PEACE YOGA RETREAT
12-18 MAY 2018 ANDALUSIA SPAIN
12-18 MAY 2018 ANDALUSIA SPAIN
“Your essence is the now.” - Unknown
What comes to your mind if you think about yoga? Flexibility or maybe asanas? We Sunchild Yogis envision tranquility, joy and play and invite you to join us as children of the sun. For us, yoga is a way of life and the Peace Yoga Retreat our means of sharing these ideas.
Already Einstein referred to play as the highest form of research and according to Goethe, one must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste. These two great minds are among many in stressing the importance of exploration and joy. And so do we. Our Peace Yoga Retreat is a wonderful experience amined at deconstructing rigidity and cultivating childlike openness. Simply join us and let your inner child rediscover what it means to just 'be'. A child’s life is golden and you can always be this child. In essence, being a child means to be in the now.
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 breath, experiment and play to connect mind body and soul and reverberate intuition, harmony and joy.
Together, let us discover awareness and inner calmness through the intense introspective power yoga has, and through mindfulness create peace of mind and eventually transform our sense of self and what it means to be. Ultimately, peace begins with you.
WHAT WE DO • 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. The practice of waking up as well as stilling mind and body go hand in hand with what is referred to as the 'Raja' (royal) path of yoga, described by Patanjali as the eight limbed path. We root our practice with ethical teachings outlined as the stepping stone to further practice.
Find your balance and inner peace
We will introduce you to mornings in silence and introspective meditations to reconnect with our inner self. Further, 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. Insights into different practices help you distinguish them through feeling and experiencing so you learn to find a balance that suits you best.
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. We want you to feel wholeness, self love and joy.
All levels are welcome !
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!
HOW YOU REST • ACCOMODATION
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 all rooms have shared bathrooms and some rooms are even passage rooms so 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 “Single” • 665 EUR
Private room in an apartment with a shared bathroom
Option “Shared” • 635 EUR
Shared twin room or semi private single room (separated by a curtain) in an apartment with a shared bathroom
Option ”Dormitory” • 615 EUR
Single bed in a dormitory room of 4 persons max. with en suite bathroom
Although not stable nor fast, a WIFI internet connection is available in some public areas.
“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 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 reknowned. The Cortijo itself is a calm and magical oasis amidst the vast openness of these remote lands where your heart will find peace.
In our retreat a fresh and healthy diet plays a significant role. The food menu is designed to support all the practices on the course by detoxifying as well as energizing our bodies. Using mostly organic ingredients as well as seasonal and local fruits and vegetables, our chef will prepare three vegan gluten free meals per day. Depending on season, apples, figs, tomatoes, almonds, and much more can be directly picked from the beautiful organic garden of the Cortijo.
GETTING THERE • TRAVEL
The Cortijo is located high in the mountains close to a tiny village called Cástaras. Trevélez, known as the “highest town of Spain” (1476 m) is 15 km away. The next bigger town in the region is Órgiva, which is approximately 45 minutes drives away from the farm. Órgiva is the access town to the valley, coming from Granada or Màlaga.
Getting to Órgiva
Closest airports to Órgiva are in Granada and Málaga. To Granada there are less direct flights but from there it is easier to get to Órgiva and it is worth a visit with the Alhambra and the Albaicín. To Málaga there are various airline and flight options. It’s a charming mediterranean city at the coast with beaches and huge tropical plant parks and is worth a visit if you wish to extend your stay.
From Granada to Órgiva
ALSA (www.alsa.es) is a bus company that offers budget and punctual bus rides for 5 EUR (one-way) five times a day from Granada to Órgiva. The timetable can be checked here but the website shows connections only some weeks in advance (so do not check yet for May).
From Malaga to Órgiva
Malaga has a more limited bus connection to Órgiva (www.alsa.es) as the buses run less frequently. We can also organize a group pickup from Málaga Airport to Órgiva for 240 EUR (will be shared) and in case of only 3 to 4 people, we can organize a taxi (approx. 40-50 EUR per person). Depending on the amount of people arriving in Málaga or Granada we will help you to organize the best possible option.
From Órgiva to our Peace Yoga Retreat
Depending on your arrival, we can organize a group pickup from Òrgiva for 80 EUR (will be shared) and in case of 3 people max. we can pick you up ourselves.
Another option is to rent a car: it is economical and more flexible. We can offer to connect you with others retreat guests so you can share the ride and costs. However, you will not need a car once you are in the Cortijo, which will keep you focused on the location and the present moment.
36° 55.543, -3° 16.388 (open in google maps)
Saturday • Arrival
Arrival from early afternoon on
16:00 Welcome yoga class, meeting the group
Friday • Departure
09:00 Breakfast together
10:00 From then on departure
You can also extend your stay for 1 night at additional cost (ask), check-out is at 10am
What to bring
Despite the altitude it can be very hot during the day, but evenings and early mornings can be cool, so bring a scarf and socks for morning meditations and a warm jumper. Please bring your own yoga mat.