YOGA & HIKING RETREAT
The program is designed to allow guests to experience yoga and hiking in a natural and peaceful environment. A perfect retreat to gain new energy. We offer yoga lessons in the morning and the afternoons, mountain hikes, excursions along with local plant-based food - all a perfect starting point for active experiences and better health. Join in and experience the magic of this retreat!
THE YOGA LESSONS
TEACHER: KARLIEN DE VOS
Karlien is a locally based Yoga teacher and has been a Yoga practitioner since a very young age; “it was one of my after-school activities". At the age of 21she first travelled to India, where her fascination for Yoga grew. Karlien has completed a 4-year Yoga Teacher Training, in the European Sadhana Teacher Training School. She stayed at the Sivananda Meenakshi Ashram in India to learn from Sivananda teachers and continue to learn and enroll in different teacher trainings to offer the best possible care in her class.
The yoga classes are a mixture of Hatha yoga, calm vinyasa (yoga flow), yin yoga, breathing exercises and mindfulness meditation. We start the day with a soft morning yoga class (60 minutes), to wake up our bodies after a great night sleep and to help us prepare our hips, spine, and our energy through breathing for a morning meditation session in The Chapel.
The yoga classes take place in the beautiful garden. While we practice outdoors, surrounded by the natural park of Almijara, we deepen our breathing, focusing on renewing the air in our lungs and focus on learning new healthy breathing patterns. Practicing outdoors also allows us to relax due to the soothing effect of nature on our nervous system..Yoga is suitable for everyone regardless of age and physical form and you do not need to have experience with yoga before. Here you work on your own level and with your own starting point. We explain the exercises clearly and adapt to your individual needs.
The yoga / hiking vacation will be a break from daily demands and obligations. We offer the opportunity to stop, make time for yourself, to let go of tensions related to stress, bad posture, bad sleeping or eating habits. When the program is complete, the participants have practiced yoga and meditation every day, hiked in the mountains, relaxed, and taken in nature's healing effect on body and soul.Guests will travel home with inspiration and better health! This retreat is ideal for singles, couples, friends or groups..
ABOUT THE HIKES
Andalucía has amazing mountains and landscape for hiking!The hikes take place in the beautiful mountains of Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama, located in the province of Malaga / Granada followed by experienced guides who knows the area and mountains very well.The Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park is a fantastic mountain group filled with mountain peaks, streams, rivers, beaches, trails, and cart roads. From the coast of the Mediterranean, the mountains break up to the horizon with a spectacular array of peaks reaching up to 1500 meters above sea level. Here is lush nature with a unique plant kingdom.On many of the tours you can see the white medieval villages and the blue Mediterranean as far as the eye can see.
The hikes take place in ancient historical landscapes and on these mountain paths and country roads people have throughout history brought fish from the coast to the fish market in Granada. The hillsides are covered with aromatic plants such as rosemary, thyme, oregano, sage, lemon thyme, mint and lavender, and there are great opportunities for us to meet mules, donkeys and goats on our way.The hike starts from Finca Parrilla after breakfast.
We will hike from 3-4 hours every day and when we get back to the finca we have a nice lunch in the garden patio. John and Graham are our local lovely guides. They are experienced hikers and know the natural park very well! They have hiked all over the world.
One of the days is set for excursion for those who want to explore this beautiful region. Or maybe just spend a relaxing day on one of the small Mediterranean beaches?
VISIT GRANADA & ALHAMBRA (8 HOURS)
• Join us on an excursion to Granada and Alhambra. Starting off visiting Alhambra, the 13th century old palace and gardens are among the finest Islamic constructions in the world. Set on the footsteps of the Sierra Nevada peaks, it is a true jewel. Next up, we explore the old Arabic architecture and narrow streets of Granada (Albaicín), filled with tapas bars and Spanish/Moorish culture. Finishing off with a delicious lunch overlooking the beautiful views of Alhambra and the old city of Granada, it will leave you wanting to come back again and again.
• Price: 180€ per person, 10 hours, minimum 4 people.
The excursion is not included in the price and is paid upon registration.
7:30 - Morning yoga
14:30 - Lunch
16:00 - Free time
17:30-19:00 Yoga classes / meditation
20:00- Evening meal (at the Finca or in the village)