New Year Retreat – Spain
This 6-night new year retreat combines yoga, hill walking and healthy (and very tasty) vegetarian cuisine in gorgeous surroundings. The hikes are for anyone who enjoys walking and has a reasonably active lifestyle. During this week there are two guided hikes in the beautiful Alpujarra hills with waterfalls, gorges, Moorish villages & shaded valleys.
Everyone is so caring. I had nothing to worry about. I was taken care of from the moment I arrived to the moment I left.Bliss! Paula
Summary of what’s included
Six nights accommodation (four-poster, twin beds, or veranda cabin)Daily Mindful Vinyasa Yoga classes with Lelly or Arantza (morning & evening)
Full board with delicious vegetarian menu (vegan & coeliac friendly)
2 Full days of guided hill walks (4-5 hrs walking per day
Optional excursion to a traditional Spanish Bodega
Additional activities for your delight and surprise
Outdoor freshwater pool (not heated in winter)
Horseback riding in the mountains with an experienced guide (single or group)
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On each hike we’ll be walking for 2-3 hours on undulating terrain ranging from reasonably challenging gradients to moderately easy up and downhill. This region is one of the finest walking areas in Europe and has been certified by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve, yet you don’t have to be an athlete and there are some paved sections as well. In the evening when you return there is a restorative yoga session, followed by supper.
The other days include daily yoga sessions (2 hours in the morning and 1.5 hours in the evening), with plenty of time for treatments, rest, and relaxation in between. Please note: the hikes are not suitable if you have high blood pressure, reduced mobility, or are recovering from recent surgery.
Gourmet Vegetarian Cuisine
The food at Kaliyoga will delight and amaze you. Our gourmet vegetarian cuisine is light, gluten free, vegan/coeliac friendly and absolutely delicious. And with three copious meals per day, you will never go hungry. Our super talented nutritionists are happy to suggest alternative ingredients if you have an intolerance to foods that could lead to an allergic reaction.
Yoga and Meditation
Under the expert guidance of our fabulous in-house teachers, you will discover that yoga can be a tool not only for improving health and fitness but also for deep rest and mindful relaxation. During the week we give you the tools and confidence to build a self-practice that you can develop at home. Our yoga method can be applied to all styles of yoga because, rather than focusing solely on stretching and shape-making, we teach you to balance your physical stability and strength with mindful tranquility. So, rather than trying to perfect the external shapes of yoga, you’ll begin to experience yoga as meditation in motion.
In the mornings there will be a 2-hour yoga class, preceded by a guided half-hour meditation and in the evenings 1.5 hours. The week culminates with a fun partner yoga session on Friday evening and a self-practice session on Saturday morning.
Because we teach yoga as mindfulness (as opposed to a type of exercise), we do not grade you in terms of your ability. Everyone is welcome, whether novice or experienced.
Time for Self-Care
You are welcome to use the outdoor facilities at any time : infra-red sauna, solar-heated swimming pool (temperature depends on the sun!) Or read in a hammock, catch up on some guilt-free sleep, or go for a walk in the beautiful Alpujarra mountains (we have walking maps, or a walking guide can be arranged) although there are two days of guided walking included on this retreat. If you want to sleep in and miss a yoga class, that’s fine too.
Our hand-picked team of holistic therapists are available every afternoon to attend to your needs.
They can help to free you from whatever might be holding you back.
Evenings can be quite social, though if you prefer to be quiet, that’s ok too. There is a warm sitting room with a cosy snug to curl up in and relax with a good book; or why not go for an evening stroll in the countryside, or stroll into town (about 20 mins on foot).
Things to See and Do
Kaliyoga is located 10 minutes from the market town of Orgiva where you will find whole food & hippy shops, cafes and a bustling outdoor market on Thursday mornings. There is also horse riding, great mountain walks, Moorish whitewash villages, beautiful beaches (35 mins drive) and paragliding for the adventurous. We are 50 minutes from the glittering Moorish city of Granada with its Alhambra Palace and Gypsy Flamenco quarter.
Arrivals from 14:00
17:30 Yoga (1.5 hrs)
Mocktails & supper
Evening Yoga & meditation
Mocktails and supper
On Wednesday (half day) there are options for horse riding / cultural excursion
2 Days mid-week
Hill Walking + lunch picnic
Mocktails and supper
11:00 Vacate rooms
12:00 Checkout and transfers
Kaliyoga is located in southern Andalucia between the Alpujarra hill towns of Lanjarrón and Orgiva, surrounded by panoramic views of the Sierrra Nevada mountains. We are approximately 1.5 hrs by car from Malaga airport