Pause and Reflect on this Luxurious October Retreat in Andalusia, Spain
9th October – 16th October 2021
Myself and Mike Farr
I love this yoga retreat centre in Tarifa, Spain. It's like staying in someone's beautiful, very welcoming home. The first thing you notice is the amazing light here, such a contrast to the usually grey October days in UK and the warmth - enough for bikini but not scorching. The view across to the Riff mountains of Morocco is stunning and gives a sense of spaciousness that invites you to breathe deeply. And the food...OMG, the food is almost as transforming as the two daily yoga practices that myself and Mike Farr (experienced Iyengar teacher), will be offering. I'm sure most of our returning students come back mainly for local chef's Kate & Tracey's (Tarifa Kitchen) inspired and creative cooking. The ingredients are all sourced locally and span moorish through to mediterranean and ayurvedic dishes.
This will be our 6th year of listening to the crickets, hearing the sound of the ocean and walking barefoot in the sand, swimming in the sea. Tarifa is the southern most tip of Spain, it is a wild, unspoilt part of this coastline that can be over commercialised. There is a laid back vibe here, that invites you to slow down; watch the waves and the kite surfers, or the migrating birds, spiralling vultures. To eat outdoors on a warm, balmy evenings gazing in awe at the sunsets and stars. We will have 2 daily yoga practices; Iyengar in the morning followed by brunch and restorative in the evening followed by dinner. There will be plenty of time in-between to swim, read on a sun lounger, draw in the gardens, book a massage, take the 15 minute stroll down to the beach and walk along the endless shoreline. For those with a more adventurous spirit, there is kite surfing (this area is famous for it), hiking into the foothills, horse riding on the beach or SUP boarding. Or why not take a trip into Tariffa and admire the moorish architecture and hippy vibe or further along the coast to Baelo Claudia, an ancient Roman town. During our stay I will be offering a hike of approx 3-4hrs up into the foothills, following the Buddha Trail.
Give yourself the gift of a week out of your daily life to pause, reflect and transform.
About La Pena
Villa La Pena is a spacious and secluded luxury property with extensive grounds, 50 sqm yoga studio, 50 sqm outdoor yoga platform, massage room, indoor & outdoor swimming pools, air-conditioning and Wi-Fi. It sits in a stunning elevated position in the La Pena area of Tarifa, nestled between mountain and sea with a panoramic vista over miles of sandy beaches. There are six twin bedroom suites, four en-suite and two sharing a bathroom.
Luxury Autumn Yoga Retreat, the practicalities.
- 7 night stay at Villa LaPena, Tarifa, Southern Spain with use of all the facilities. Arrival after 3pm on Saturday, departure by 11am on Saturday.
- 2 daily yoga practices, dynamic Iyengar morning practice and Restorative late afternoon practice
- 1 guided walk of approx 3-4hrs in the foothills, for those that wish to participate.
- Accommodation; there are six twin share bedroom suites available. Four are ensuite and two have a shared bathroom between them.
- Meals: substantial brunch and 2 course evening meal. Evening meal only on arrival day , breakfast on departure day. Special diets can be catered for, let us know at time of booking.
- All yoga equipment is provided.
- Unlimited tea, coffee and filtered water.
- Bathroom; towels and hairdryer
- Free Wi-Fi
- Easy transfers available from Gibraltar (40mins), Malaga (1hr 40)
- NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE: flights, transfers, you are strongly advised to have travel insurance.
"Dear Soraya, you have created such a safe and nurturing space over the last week, guiding us through a fascinating exploration of our 'layers', enabling me to deepen my understanding and practice of yoga. A beautiful unspoilt part of Spain, wild beaches for contemplative barefoot strolls and some of the most delicious food I have ever tasted! You are a very special teacher - patient, creative, intuitive, empowering and I have learnt so much. Thank You"
"A completely nourishing retreat! I have learnt a great deal from Soraya, a much deeper understanding of what the practice can offer each and every one of us, especially if we are prepared to go through some pain barriers. The cuisine - wow, each meal was presented beautifully and with such love and care. The villa La Pena, very warm and welcoming"
The perfect environment and expert help to improve and progress in my yoga both physically and meditatively. The physical practice was facilitated so that I improve without straining and the restorative opened me both physically and emotionally.
After a week with Soraya, I feel in a completely different place in my life. I have never experienced such peace within my body, I hope to recapture/tune into this when I need it at home. The villa, studio, gardens, food etc are all to the highest standard, all the staff created lovely feeling, like living in their house. I can't say enough about Soraya and the yoga. The way she led us through the week was perfect. I found the readings/thoughts in the class an added bonus, I hope I will recall many of these thoughts. All in all a very nourishing week, I will really try to return.
Teaching was fantastic, really enjoyed the progressions through chakras, feeling different emotions every day! Sankalpa work - a bonus, very necessary at the moment and very empowering, although challenging emotionally. The yoga and company provided a very open/safe/comfortable arena in which to practice/think/develop throughout the week. Villa and food exceptional, I look forward to coming back, thank you so much.
Words that spring to mind to describe the experience this retreat are: challenging, inspiring, nurturing and instructional. It has been a magical week with the contrast of intense concentration, focus and relaxation. The luxury of a beautiful setting and delicious food. A haven for kindred spirits of mixed experience with the common aim of physical and spiritual development.
Soraya's yoga week is an oasis of peace in our busy world. The villa accommodation is delightful and comfortable bedrooms with beautiful grounds and views of the coastline. The food is freshly cooked, diverse and delicious. Our group was great fun, we had the afternoons to sunbathe, walk or swim in one of the two pools. I think I can safely say that all of us had a wonderful week. Thank you Soraya for your gift of teaching yoga.
Cost & Bookings
£890 Twin room with shared bathroom (between 4 persons)
£960 Twin room with en suite
If you would like to book a place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A booking form will be forwarded to you with the terms and conditions. Once the form has been received with a non- refundable deposit of £200, I will secure your place. Payment can be made via BACS. Full payment will be required 4 weeks before the retreat or by 31st April for early bird price.