“I thought I was ‘well’ because I can cycle for hours and still perform OK in the gym… but your yoga classes were so good… because you gave us a structure geared towards continuing practice after we have left… your attention to detail has made me more aware”
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About this retreat
This retreat is all about coming home to yourself. Under the expert guidance of Lelly and Arantza, our highly experienced yoga & meditation teachers, you will learn how to use your yoga practice as a tool for health and fitness as well as for deep rest and relaxation. Lelly has over 20 years experience as a teacher of Hatha yoga and delights in inspiring you to develop a self-practice at home.
The method that we teach at Kaliyoga can be applied to all styles of yoga as it concerns itself with the application of an internal sense of stability and ease, rather than focusing solely on shape-making. Lelly is more interested in how we relate to what is going on inside of ourselves, rather than perfecting the external form. Under Lelly’s expert guidance you will experience yoga not merely as stretch exercise, but as profound meditation in motion. As we teach a yoga method, rather than a style, we do not grade people in terms of ‘levels of ability’ – instead all are welcome, from total beginners to experienced practitioners.
There are three formal morning meditation sessions per week and 10 yoga classes (morning and evening) with a self-practice session on Saturday morning. When you are not doing yoga, you are welcome to sunbathe by the pool, read in a hammock, catch up on some guilt-free sleep, go for a walk in the beautiful Alpujarra mountains (walking guides can be arranged) or indulge in a session with one of our world-class holistic therapists who will inspire you to free yourself from the things that might be holding you back in your life. And most importantly of all, you will begin to feel good about yourself, just as you are, without the would have, could have, should have.
Kaliyoga Spain is located 1.5 hours from Malaga airport, in the stunning Sierra Nevada mountains, in the Alpujarra region of Granada province. The Alpujarras are renowned for its verdant microclimate, waterfalls, gorges, Moorish villages & shaded valleys. One of the finest walking areas in southern Europe, the Alpujarras have been certified by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve.
Gourmet Vegetarian Food
The food at Kaliyoga will delight and amaze you. Our deliciously gourmet vegetarian cuisine is light, gluten free and vegan/coeliac friendly. And with three copious meals per day, served mostly al fresco, 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
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 it was originally intended. In the mornings there will be a 2-hour yoga class, preceded by a guided half-hour meditation. The evening sessions are 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 to yourself
You are welcome to sunbathe by the pool, 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). If you want to sleep in and miss a yoga class, that’s fine too.
We are delighted to introduce you to our hand-picked team of world-class holistic therapists, available every afternoon to attend to your needs. They can help you to free yourself from whatever might be holding you back; and most importantly of all, the powerful combination of yoga classes and holistic therapy sessions re-connect you with the wonderful person that you really are, rather than who you think you ‘should’ be.
When you return to Kaliyoga, you will be eligible for a free holistic relaxation session with the therapist of your choice, subject to availability.
Wednesday: Free Day
After the Wednesday morning yoga class we serve brunch, then you are free to do as you please. Options for the day include a trip to the local beach (about 35 mins by car) or a trip to the picturesque mountain village of Pampaneira and waterfall nearby.
Alternatively, you may wish to visit the stunning Alhambra Palace in Granada; or simply stay at Kaliyoga and enjoy a cookery workshop where the food you create will be served in the evening. Please note that kitchen space is limited to 8 people.
If you would prefer to dine out at a local restaurant, we can arrange a taxi to take you into Orgiva (10 min). If you’d prefer to rest at home, a light evening meal is available.
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, whitewashed Moorish villages, beautiful beaches (35 mins drive) and paragliding for the adventurous. We are just 50 minutes by car from the outstanding Alhambra Palace and Gypsy Flamenco quarter in Granada city.
Accommodation (6 nights) with your choice of four-poster bed, twin beds, veranda cabin, or teepee
10 yoga classes + self-practice
guided meditation sessions
vegetarian full board (except Weds evening)
informative talk about superfoods and digestive health
access to our team of natural health therapist
Natural health treatments from our team of world-class therapists, available every afternoon
Horseback riding in the mountains with experienced guide (single or group)
Arrivals from 14:00
17:30 Yoga (1.5 hrs)
Mocktails & supper.
Monday to Friday
Meditation (30 mins)
Yoga (2 hrs)
Yoga & meditation (1.5 hrs)
Mocktails and supper
Wednesday: half day
Self-practice yoga (1 hr)
11:00 Vacate room
12:00 Checkout and transfers