PEACE YOGA RETREAT
or 8 - 14 JUNE 2019
or 8 - 14 JUNE 2019
“One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste” - Albert Einstein
What comes to your mind if you think about yoga? Flexibility or maybe asanas (yoga postures)? We Sunchild Yogis envision tranquility, joy and play and invite you to join us as children of the sun in our hidden rural paradise. For us, yoga is a way of life and the Peace Yoga Retreat our means of sharing these ideas. Both on and off the mat.
There is so much more to yoga than performing asanas, but often these asanas serve as the door we go through to discover the unknown “world of yoga” behind it that is far away from our competitive world we are surrounded by every day. Behind this door you will find a world of love, compassion, gratitude, equanimity, peace and joy.... And most probably…. yourself!
“Yoga is a scenic journey to our deepest spirit.” - D. Swenson
More than an attitude or a worldview, yoga is an approach towards life. When feeling lost or confused, yoga grounds us, when feeling anxious or stressed it relaxes. Just like that, we breathe, experiment and play to connect mind body and soul and reverberate intuition, harmony and joy. Simply join us and let your inner child rediscover what it means to just 'be'. Our Peace Yoga Retreat is a wonderful experience aimed at deconstructing rigidity and cultivating childlike openness.
Whatever previous experience of yoga you have (if any) we want you to know that we all start where we are. We start with accepting where we are at this particular moment in time. Flexibility starts in the mind, not in the body. Yoga philosophy experienced in a playful and interactive way will show us how we can start to live a life which is in more harmony with the world around us and with ourselves. With practice and awareness, personal insights begin to manifest. We become aware of what we put into our bodies and how we interact with the world around us.
YOGA ON AND OFF THE MAT • PROGRAM
“No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell.” - C. G. Jung
Contemporary practices often focus solely on asanas, however they are a mere fragment of yoga. In fact, yoga philosophy is their foundation. In our Peace Yoga Retreat we discover the holistic perspective of yoga, rooted in ethical principles. To live a more conscious and harmonious life that leads us out of our circles of habits (our sufferings) we will also introduce you to the teachings of Buddha and discover the similarities of these two ancient but still very modern philosophies in a playful way.
Find your balance and inner peace
We will introduce you to mornings in silence and introspective meditations to reconnect with your inner self. Furthermore, we experiment with different yoga styles: active and dynamic styles (yang) to begin the day and rather passive and relaxing (yin) styles in the afternoon. Just as tasting a strawberry can not be described theoretically, the different yoga styles can only be tasted through practice. No style is better than another and by tasting them we will enable you to distinguish them and find orientation in the jungle of yoga class names.
As a natural part of non-harming, vegan alimentation will be an essential part of the retreat and together we will learn more about it not only theoretically but also in practice as the daily offered meals will be prepared together in little teams as a convivial and participative activity.
To have an intimate atmosphere where acceptance can thrive and enough space for solitude is guaranteed, our retreat will be shelter to 14 guests max.
All levels are welcome !
You can also book 1:1 classes on site to deepen your practice or if you have any specific doubts or postures you want to learn (on additional costs).
Experience the abundant variety yoga has to offer as a way of being. After this nourishing week, three things will stay with you permanently: love, compassion & gratitude. Ground to rise and be the change the world needs! Ultimately, peace begins with you
For several generations up until now, the Cortijo has been an active place of produce with many different buildings for many different uses and only little extra room to spare for accommodation. Hence almost all rooms have shared bathrooms, some rooms are passage rooms, some are only divided by curtains and some do not have windows, but we will spend most of the time outside in sunny June so the accommodation is mainly just for sleeping. Plus, in shared spaces, there are almost no boundaries for forming new friendships ;-) You have three different options for accommodation - a mix of single and shared twin rooms and a four-bed dormitory in an old barn:
Option ”Dormitory” • 670 EUR
Single bed in a dormitory room of 4 persons max. with en suite bathroom
Option “Shared” • 690 EUR EUR
Shared twin room in an apartment with a shared bathroom
Option “Single with curtain” • 715 EUR
Private room in an apartment (separated by a curtain) with a shared bathroom
Option “Single with door” • 745 EUR
Private room in an apartment or renovated barn with a shared bathroom (only 2 available)
Option “Single with door, ensuite” • 765 EUR
Private room with queen size bed private bathroom (only one available)
Click here to see special discount prices!
As this is a retreat in unspoilt nature designed to disconnect and to step back from the outside world WIFI internet connection is available only in the main public area.
“Yoga begins in the present moment, and the present moment begins in silence.” - Michael Stone
Our retreat takes place in the cottage “Cortijo Casería del Mercado” - a natural oasis of peace located 1250 meters high up in the Alpujarra mountains of Andalusia. This traditional spanish country house that overlooks the whole beautiful valley is home to several friendly dogs and beautiful peacocks that stroll freely through its wonderful gardens which are abundant with healthy, organic vegetables, colorful flowers surrounded by expansive fields of almond, fig and olive trees. Memorable sundowners illuminate this beauty around you and your beauty within. Other features of the venue are:
The Alpujarra region is located between the Sierra Nevada and the Mediterranean Sea. Clean air and fresh water things for which it is renowned. The Cortijo itself is a calm and magical oasis amidst the vast openness of these remote lands where your heart will find peace.
GETTING THERE • TRAVEL
The Cortijo (our retreat) is located high in the Alpujarra mountains close to a tiny village called Cástaras. Trevélez, known as the “highest town of Spain” (1476 m) is only 15 km away. The biggest town in the region is Órgiva, which is approximately 45 minutes drives away from the Cortijo. Órgiva is also the access town to the Alpujarra valley, coming from Granada or Màlaga, with some good bus connections. The closest airport is Granada. Malaga is the second best option.
If you do not rent a car, you will have to make your way to Órgiva by BUS arriving there at 6 p.m. at the latest. There we will pick you up at 6:15 p.m. and bring you to the Cortijo / Retreat (12 EUR per person).
Getting to Órgiva
To Granada there are less direct flights but from there it is easier to get to Órgiva (5 buses a day) and it is well worth a visit with the Alhambra and the Albaicín. Málaga is the main airport of all the Andalusian Mediterranean area as it is close to the very touristic Costa del Sol. Still quite unpopular, Málaga is a charming mediterranean city at the coast with a tranquil Spanish flair, city beaches, a huge tropical plants park, home of Picasso and a picturesque castle and is worth a visit if you wish to extend your stay or come some days earlier. Some people also fly to Seville for visiting this beautiful Andalusian city and take a bus to Granada from there...
ALSA (www.alsa.es) is a bus company that offers budget and punctual bus rides throughout Spain. The timetable can be checked here but the website shows connections only some weeks in advance (So do not check connections yet - be patient and trust. Spanish bus companies work perfectly, but not on the internet).
From Granada to Órgiva
Buses run five times a day from Granada to Órgiva for 5 EUR (one-way)
From Malaga to Órgiva
There is one daily connection from Málaga to Órgiva leaving Málaga at 3 p.m. and arriving in Óriva at 6 p.m. (12 EUR). Perfect, our pick up in Orgiva will wait for your bus!
Don´t worry. Depending on the amount of people arriving in Málaga or Granada we will help you to organize the best possible and most economical option. We can do so about 2-3 weeks before the retreat.
Another option is to rent a car: it is economical (about 70 EUR / week) and more flexible. We can offer to connect you with others retreat guests so you can share the ride and costs. You will not need a car once you are in the Cortijo but of course getting there and away requests less planning ahead and avoids being dependent on bus scedules. Also, you can visit Trevelez or other white villages when you bring your own car.
36° 55.543, -3° 16.388 (open in google maps)
The retreat will end with a final sunrise yoga class and a collective farewell breakfast that will finish about 11pm. Please do not plan to leave before then. We will organize taxis for you to Órgiva for the time requested. If you fly back from Málaga please plan to take a bus to Granada and from there to Málaga because the only direct bus from Órgiva to Málaga leaves at 8:20 a.m. which would mean you would miss the final morning that has proven to be important for everyone on an emotional level.
Saturday • Arrival
18:10 Pick up at Órgiva (note: if you come by car directly to the venue you can arrive from 15:00 on)
19:00 Welcome ceremony, meeting the group, introduction to yoga
Friday • Departure
07:30 final sunrise yoga class
09:00 farewell breakfast
11:00 Check out of rooms / from then on departure
What to bring
Despite the altitude it can be very hot during the day, but evenings and early mornings can be cool or even cold. So bring a scarf and socks for morning meditations and a warm jumper. Bring your swimming suits as days are hot and a warm jacket for the cold evenings. Hiking boots are good for exploring the area and are warm for the evening. Please bring your own yoga mat.