Sunday 1st May – Saturday 7th May 2016 (6 nights, 7 days)

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If you’re looking for a mountain and yoga vacation, this is the place for you!

Do good to your spirit and good to the planet by joining this one of a kind retreat in the midst of the Natural Reserve Sierra de Grazalema in the Mountains of Cadiz, Andalucia.

A Unesco Biosphere reserve since 1977, it is Andalucia’s first natural park and among Spain’s most ecologically outstanding areas with its limestone cliffs, gullies, caves and gorges, its hundreds of endemic Mediterranean plant species and griffon vulture colonies. In fact it’s been included amongst the 50 natural wonders of the world ahead of places as famous as the Grand Canyon in the US.

Spend one week with us to take your practice to a new level: improve your poses, make friends in a healthy, cooperative and non-judgemental environment and explore a part of the world filled with marvels still untouched.
Particularly good if you were already considering taking a step back to basics in order to discover and work with your body’s strengths and weaknesses, this retreat will stretch your body but also your mind.

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Our philosophy

We don’t as much believe in absolute pose alignment as we believe in individual body alignment, but our mentality is: postural alignment is crucial, a lot of issues originate in it, so a lot of focus will be placed on it during our classes.

What make us unique?

  • You’ll get to dip a toe or two into Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin and Iyengar yoga, as well as Pranayama and Meditation.
  • Small groups of up to 16 people and two teachers present to keep it intimate and ensure you get lots of individual attention and support.
  • 3 vegetarian meals/day, made from local Mediterranean ingredients, are always a win.
  • You can opt for an additional individual yoga session outside of the group session times, to help construct your ideal, personalised practice or…
  • …you can hike in the mountains, swim in the pool, ride on horseback. We do sound awesome, but you don’t want to hang out with us 24/7, do you?
  • You’ll get a chance to broaden your mind as well as deepen your poses.
  • KPYI & RuaYoga commit to donate a minimum of 10% of the profit from their retreats to support environment, education and environmental education.

General Information

Location

Andalucia is located in the very south of Spain in southern Europe and it is the ideal place to relax and recharge yourself with light and joy during the darker winter months. The climate and landscapes offer a pleasurable and relaxed life that makes the inhabitants very friendly and happy.

The retreat is located at Calle Parche, 26, 11687 El Gastor, Cádiz, Spain. This is 1h 20 mins from Jerez airport, 1h 30 mins from Sevilla airport, or 1h 30 mins from Malaga airport.

If you wish to have an airport transfer from Malaga we are very happy to both pick you up and drop you off in time for your flight after the retreat. A transfer there and back can be arranged for £40. You can also get to Grazalema House via train or bus to Ronda. Both buses and trains leave Malaga city regularly throughout the day and we can pick you up from the bus/train station in Ronda.

Rooms

In Grazalema house there are either single or double occupancy rooms offered. All homes are beautifully decorated and all have private bathrooms attached. There is WiFi, LED TV, AC and heaters in each room. By default, you will share a room with one other student. If you wish to opt for a single room, there will be an additional fee of £130.

Meals

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All of your meals are included

All of your meals are included in the retreat. We will serve you a lovely prepared buffet-style breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. On the arrival day, dinner is included and on departure day we will serve you breakfast.

All the food served will be well balanced, vegetarian dishes planned by our food expert Emma to ensure that you are well taken care of during the retreat.

If you have any food allergies or special requests, please let us know so we can prepare the best alternative for your needs.

Yoga Course

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Suitable for any body, any level.

The retreat will begin with a full anatomical assessment, so as to target the sequences to individual quirks – spine and postural issues (spondylitis, scoliosis, hyperlordosis, etc), joint issues (arthritis, chronic knee pain) – and provide solutions around your lifestyle (eg. how to keep a healthy posture if you sit in an office chair 8h+ a day).

It will also provide an introduction to breathing techniques (pranayama), relaxation techniques, and meditation, and especially – the experience and knowledge to personalise your own yoga practice for years to come. Last but not least you have the chance to explore the unique nature around the place, through bushwalks, canoeing, kayaking and more.

Schedule

Beginners will be offered a wonderful (re)introduction to the practice of yoga and the more advanced will have a chance to revisit and enrich their practice with perhaps a(n) new/alternate vision. Individual attention and options customised in the classroom environment will ensure you enjoy a safe yet challenging experience.

  • 06:30 Suggested wakeup time
  • 07:00 Pranayama (15 min)
  • 07:15 Dynamic Vinyasa Flow (60 min)
  • 08:40 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Free time / other activities
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Free time
  • 15:30 Raw Vegan Cuisine Workshop by Karen (optional – 45 min)
  • 16:15 Free time / other activities *
  • 18:00 Evening Hatha or Yin (75 min)
  • 19:15 Yogic Meditation (15-20 min)
  • 19:40 Dinner

*You can schedule your one-on-one session for individual coaching during these intervals. One session per person during the retreat is included. These sessions are optional but recommended.

This schedule is subject to change depending on logistics.

There will be a plenty of time to relax, enjoy, reflect and laze by the pool during the day and much to do in and around El Gastor in Cádiz if you are full of energy between classes.

FAQS

Are activities included in the yoga retreat?

Activities are paid separate, this way you can choose the ones you prefer. Once you arrive, we’ll reserve your favorite activities for you.

How can I get to the yoga retreat?

You can organise a pick up with us directly from the airport, take a bus to Ronda and we pick you up at the bus stop. Or you can rent a car if you want to have freedom to move around for the whole week – much cheaper than a taxi.

I need a special diet, can you provide it?

Of course! As long as you let us know before your arrival, we can prepare the diet you need. For example, if you are gluten intolerant, vegan, or have any other special diet needs.

Are cancellations allowed?

You can cancel your reservation up to 60 days before the retreat. If you cancel after the allotted time period you’ll lose the deposit or you can transfer it to another guest.

What should I bring?

Bring comfortable clothing for practicing yoga, a swimsuit, beach towel, sunscreen, and your yoga mat (although we’ll provide one if you don’t have).

About Us

Rua yoga teacher

Rua Hvitulv

Rua Hvitulv

Is a rather nerdy yogini and has been intermittently flirting with yoga for almost a decade, until she decided to fully dedicate herself to it in 2014. Nowadays she is striving to teach yoga the way she would have always wanted to be taught. Her long-term goal is to gather a new generation of yoga practitioners who think of yoga critically, not superstitiously, who want to learn to work healthily and integrate balance and sustainability in their lives; to offer a resource for those who want to approach yoga but also for those who simply want to understand yoga without practicing it; to offer a space for those who have tried and failed to get into it many times before, to try once more.

Despite exposing herself to many styles along the years (Yin, Iyengar, Ashtanga Vinyasa, a.s.o) for Rua the one size fits all approach won’t do. “Adapting yoga to suit the needs of every unique individual is where the true greatness of yoga lies” as TKV Desikachar had put it, and it’s how her classes inevitably develop.
Find more about Rua Hvitulv.

About Myself

About Myself

About Myself

I love challenges and, since I’d always excelled at all sports I’d tried, soccer included, yoga came as a natural progression. However surprisingly, or perhaps not so surprisingly, I discovered myself initially to be unprepared for yoga. I wasn’t as bendy as I’d thought, in body or mind.
Gradually though, yoga brought me in touch with my own body in a way unlike anything I’d experienced before, made me more mindful, more aware of my thoughts, actions and emotions, and less competitive. Yoga has taught me to not compare myself with others, but rather to celebrate everyone’s differences.

Today my biggest passion is to share the gift of yoga, linking Breath and Movement with Intention. I see yoga as a way of life — something to practice both on and off the mat. I also love to share my delicious smoothie and raw vegan cake recipes to infuse more energy and fun into the after practice.

Prices & Discounts

Included

  • 6 nights at a 4-star resort in the nature reserve
  • 3 vegetarian meals / day
  • Up to 3 hours of asana practice / day
  • Individual anatomical assessment, to tailor sequences to your body
  • 1 individually tailored session (optional, free of cost)
  • Vegan foods workshop (optional, free of cost)

Not included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfer
  • Gratuities
From griffon vulture colonies to hundreds of endemic Mediterranean plant species such as the rare Spanish fir, relic of the Tertiary geological era, the Sierra de Grazalema’s fragile ecosystem needs our protection.This is why KP & RuaYoga commit to donate a minimum 10% of their profits to support projects such as the protection of this incredible natural reserve through O-Live Environmental Association, but also the education of disadvantaged children in India through organisations such as Make a difference or Nanhi Kali.
Booking By PayPal or Credit Card

Very Early Bird (until 7 Jan): £550 (15% off)

Early Bird (until 14 Feb): £585 (10% off)

Regular Price: £650

Initial Deposit: £125

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Summary of Booking Terms
  • Booking:
    (A) Your payment is refundable up to 60 days before the start date of the yoga retreat. After that date the course can be changed by another course or person according to our availability and discretion. Cancellation charges are detailed in in terms and conditions, paragraph 7
    (B) The reservation will not be considered effective until we confirm via email that we have received the deposit payment set correctly.
  • Payment:
    (A) Use your PayPal account or Credit Card by our Booking Form. No fee will be added before payment
    . (B) You may make full payment or deposit of the yoga retreat by bank transfer.
    We will email you our banking details on request.Please indicate the yoga retreat, date and email. We will contact you when we have received the income. In case that you do not receive news from us, please contact us via email, telephone or other means.
  • Accommodation:
    (A) Share a room with a stranger: Please provide at the time of booking via email gender preferences of the other person. If any other traveler request for a room share, we will tell you as soon as possible.
    (B) Single Room Supplement:
    – Have your own apartment for an extra: £130.
    *If you want single room please inform us correspondingly when we contact you after booking.
  • Travel Insurance
    (A) We inform you that you should bring the insurance policy in case of any emergency.

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