Yoga & Mindfulness in Andalucía

A Sensory-Filled Retreat

‘Any reasonable, sentient person who looks at Spain, comes to Spain, eats in Spain, drinks in Spain, they’re going to fall in love. This is the dream of all the world.’ – Anthony Bourdain 

Amidst the spectacular and diverse landscape of Andalucía sits an authentic farmhouse with gardens overlooking the sea. Santillan Yoga & Wellness Center is an elegant and peaceful oasis in the countryside inviting moments of tranquility and mindfulness.

The Retreat

Slow down and hear, smell and taste, and let your senses come alive. Be in the moment whether it’s in a yoga pose or seeing an exquisite 900 year old palace or tasting a delicious tapa or feeling the passion when watching a flamenco dancer. Andalucía offers an abundance of sensory experiences to be savored and in this way, we extend our mindfulness practice from the yoga studio into our travel. We seek to balance rest and relaxation offered by the peaceful sanctuary of Santillan Yoga & Wellness Center with exciting and fun new adventures. The retreat is designed so that you can do as little or as much as you’d like. Yoga classes, meals, and included activities are planned but always optional. 

Yoga

Yoga practice will be offered on most mornings in the beautiful studio before breakfast. In the evening, a restorative yoga class will help you relax and sleep more deeply. Appropriate for beginning and intermediate level students, classes emphasize the wisdom in honoring your strengths and limitations and to be grateful for all that your body can do. All classes are taught by Lisa Hampton.

Malaga

Along the famed Costa del Sol sits one of the oldest cities in the world and is loaded with history. This beautiful city that gave the world Picasso is also known for the warmth of its people and their hospitality. Our day to Malaga will include a guided tour of the city center and La Alcazaba (the best preserved citadel in Spain), free time, dinner and flamenco show at one of the city’s finest restaurants. 

La Alcazaba, Malaga, Spain

Mijas Pueblo 

Mijas Pueblo is a village town that takes you back to what a Spanish village used to look like. This enchanting white village is surrounded by pine forests with panoramic views of the Costa del Sol. Our day will be unplanned allowing you to wander and explore on your own. You don’t want to miss the Mayan Monkey chocolate factory

Mijas Pueblo, Spain

Nerja & Frigiliana

We’ll have a full day visiting Nerja, a stunning Andalusian white village nestled on a rocky coastline, the fascinating Cuevas de Nerja and the hillside village of Frigiliana, the ‘prettiest village in Andalusia.’ 

Frigiliana, Spain

El Caminito del Rey

For the thrill seekers and nature lovers, you won’t want to miss hiking the El Caminito del Rey (the King’s Little Pathway). This 7.7 km hike clings to the mountainside 100 meters above the River Guadalhorce 😮. Although once known as the ‘most dangerous hike in the world,’ the route was refurbished in 2015 and receives around 300,000 visitors a year.

El Caminito del Rey Hike

Andalucía, Spain

Serenity in the Spanish Countryside

DateOctober 30 – November 6, 2022
Time
4:00pmSaturday afternoon
10:00amSaturday morning
Location

Santillan Retreat Center
Malaga, Spain
Website

Cost
(per person)
$2,295 shared superior room
+ $400 single superior room
 
 
 
 All superior bedrooms have en-suite baths, balconies & sea views. Rooms have either twin beds or a queen/king bed.
Deposit$700 non-refundable check/cash deposit to secure your spot
BalanceBalance due July 30, 2022. If registering after July 30, full payment is due at that time.
Register[email protected]
CanceLlation
Policy
No refunds will be issued for the deposit. No refunds for the balance will be issued after July 30, 2022 unless your spot can be filled with someone from the waiting list.
Includes
  • daily yoga and meditation classes
    use of all yoga equipment (mats, bolsters, blocks, blocks, straps, eye pillows, blankets)
  • 7 nights accommodations in an authentic Andalusian farmhouse – all rooms have en-suite baths and balconies with sea views
  • healthy and delicious vegetarian + fish meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner (except for lunches out on excursion)
  • unlimited tea, coffee, water, fresh fruit daily
  • local wine/beer at dinner
  • amenities – saltwater pool, paddle tennis court, library, gardens, on-site boutique, hiking trails
  • one massage – in room or outdoors
  • full day tour of Nerja, Caves of Nerja and Frigiliana
  • guided tour of Malaga including La Alcazaba
  • wandering time in Malaga
  • dinner with flamenco show
  • a day trip to the white village of Mijas Pueblo
  • all transportation to/from excursions
  • three free days to choose your own activities
  • housekeeper
  • WIFI access in common areas and some rooms
  • laundry service available at extra cost
  • group transfers (1 scheduled each way) to and from Malaga Maria Zambrano Train Station
  • taxes
Optional
Excursions
  • hike the El Caminito del Rey path and/or other regional hikes
  • golf overlooking the sea
  • aquatic activities including kayak & paddle surf
  • authentic Arab bath
  • horse riding in the mountains
  • day trip to Granada/Alhambra
  • shopping, museums, monuments and more
  • a list of optional excursions will be provided upon request 
Does Not
Include
  • airfare
  • travel to and from Spain
  • travel insurance
  • extra massages
  • gratuities
  • other travel related expenses
 
 
 TravelSaturdays are travel days and there is no programming except for a short yoga session on arrival day.
 Airports: Malaga Airport is the closest airport.
Travel
Insurance
For your own protection, you must have adequate travel insurance. You are solely responsible for ensuring that you are adequately insured for the full duration of the retreat with respect to possible illness, injury, death, loss of baggage and personal items, cancellation and curtailment, or any other potential loss. You may consider plans from allianz, travelinsure.com, insuremytrip.com, or any other option provided by your credit card, airline or travel company. Also note that your health insurance may not provide coverage internationally. Check with your provider and consider additional coverage if necessary.
More InformationRegistrants will receive more detailed information including itinerary, travel tips, recommendations on hotels in the area for extended trips, and much more.
 

 

“And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it’s a heightened sense of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.”  ― Pico Iyer, Why We Travel 

The Center

Cited in The Times as one of Europe’s best yoga and wellness centers, Centro Santillan is an authentic Andalusian farmhouse with expansive Mediterranean sea views located in the mountains east of Malaga. All 20 bedrooms are simply and elegantly designed with private baths and most have outdoor sitting areas. Perhaps the most stunning feature is its state of the art and fully equipped yoga studio with large windows overlooking the countryside and sea. In addition to the extensive gardens for relaxing and wandering, there is a saltwater pool, a paddle tennis court and numerous hiking paths around the property.

Cuisine

Organic produce grown under the Spanish sun in the gardens at Santillan, along from local farmers is used by the cooks who share their popular Spanish-influenced healthy Mediterranean cuisine. They also benefit from the fruit trees, an herb garden and free range chickens to provide fresh eggs! Meals are mostly vegetarian but fish is also served. Breakfast, light lunches and dinner are lovingly prepared and served buffet style for guests. Unlimited tea, coffee, water, juice (when available) and fruit is offered. Local wine, beer and other beverages will be served with dinner. 

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