It’s not hard to see why Santillan was described by The Times as one of the best yoga and wellness centres in Europe. The lush gardens of this Andalusian farmhouse overlook the sea, making it an ideal destination for a yoga break.
“DO NOT SEEK TO FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE WISE, SEEK WHAT THEY SOUGHT” Matsuo Basho
The retreat is open to everyone so feel free to bring non-yoga partners and friends (they will have a great time anyway).
With mountain views. It is in this natural haven for beauty and peace that you will truly begin to completely re-connect to yourself and the wonder of nature around you. And its the perfect place to do yoga.
The 5 Elements and Yoga
During this retreat the yoga sessions will touch on the elemental nature of Ayurvedic philosophy (springing forth from the same roots as yoga) with themed classes on Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether (light, life, consciousness, space). These sessions are wonderful ways to explore these elements in all realms physically, mentally and spiritually while in the asanas (postures). As they are found in all aspects of life and in all things.
Interestingly, many other cultures integrate a concept of the 5 Elements, such as the Celtic tradition and the Chinese (although slightly different: wood, fire, earth, metal and water). Not much is actually written about the 5 Elements in Yoga, but they are believed to be represented in the first 5 chakras (energy centres or “wheels of light”), climbing in order from the root chakra to the throat chakra.
Over this week we will work with the Five Elements using Vinyasa Flowing Yoga, Yin (a restorative type of yoga), Pranayama, Chants and Meditations to bring awareness and balance to every cell.
During each yoga break, classes take place twice daily with one in the morning and one in the evening, making full use of the light, airy and spacious yoga studio. This studio is newly built and state of the art, complete with Yoga Wall, designed with guidance from leading yoga teacher Simon Low.
Guests are also welcome to use Santillan’s other facilities during their holiday. The salt water swimming pool provides a refreshing break between classes, while relaxing in the gardens is always a popular choice. The massage room offers a range of treatments to soothe sore muscles, each at very reasonable rates. (Sessions should be booked at the beginning of the week.)
It’s hard to believe that Malaga airport is only 20 minutes from Santillan. This Spanish paradise is secluded, private and peaceful, and the farmhouse’s extensive grounds provide a tranquil escape to immerse yourself in the silence of nature and enjoy a perfect yoga holiday.
Prices include: 7 nights ensuite accommodation, all meals, water, and all scheduled yoga. Tea and coffee is available all day at no charge.
Prices exclude: flights, additional food/beverages, personal insurance, massages, laundry and excursions. Airport transfers on our recommended flights (see below) are £17 each way.