with Greta Hill
In the southernmost region of Spain lies UNESCO-protected Grazalema Nature Reserve, home to 5,000-year-old ruins, wild goats, carob trees, and the setting for our latest retreat with senior Bala Yoga instructor, Greta Hill. Together, we will embark on a heart opening adventure through Andalusia, “the land of light,” in pursuit of that which fulfills and nourishes our spirits on a deep soul level. Greta will lead us through daily practices and workshops steeped in yoga and Ayurvedic wisdom; returning to the natural rhythms and cycles of nature, remembering the deep intuition of the body, and building better habits for daily living.
- 7 Nights’ Accommodation
- Organic Vegetarian Meals (7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners Provided)
- Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes
- Ayurvedic Workshops
- Local Olive Oil + Winery Tour/Tasting
- Group Hike Through Grazalema Nature Reserve
- Excursions to the towns of Ronda + Zahara de la Sierra
- Transfers To/From Hosted Day Trips
- Onsite Swimming Pools, Tennis Court + Hiking Trails
- Optional additional activities (not included in retreat price) such as horseback riding, hammam, flamenco show, Alhambra Palace + more
**Special dietary restrictions can be accommodated if notified in advance. Optional additional activities are not included retreat, and will incur additional costs.
Three whitewashed villages serve as gateways to our yoga retreat center. Zahara de la Sierra is one of Andalusia’s most striking villages, sashaying up a craggy, castle-topped peak in the park’s northern reaches and just 30 minutes away by car. The second, El Gastor, also known as the Balcony of the Andalusian White Villages, is a charming small town, just fifteen minutes from our retreat center by foot. The third, Ronda, sits atop the spectacular El Tajo gorge and is the largest of Andalusia’s towns. Modern bullfighting was practically invented here in the late 18th century, and the town’s fame was spread further by American literary figures Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles who spent much time within the town limits of Ronda and southern Spain.
The retreat center itself, sits within Grazalema National Park, at the base of great buttresses of rock silhouetted against the clouds and soaring above a forested landscape tinged with greens, yellows, and deep rusty reds.
On retreat, we will offer yoga and meditation classes daily. Greta’s soulful teaching is filled with myth, mantra, mudra, meditation, and an overwhelming sense of passion. Her vinyasa classes are a bhakti fusion of form and flow that will connect you to source and open your heart. All experience levels are welcome to join, and all yoga and meditation classes are completely optional. Greta is a very skillful teacher with the ability to meet students where they are, allowing you to be seen, and bringing you into the collective energy and flow of the group.
Our meals will be prepared in-house by our resident chef, and served family style. The retreat center offers bright, nutritious vegetarian meals full of local produce and mediterranean specialties. Many of the dishes we will eat draw on Ayurvedic recipes and principles for optimal health and healing.While all meals are provided, there will also be opportunity to dine out and experience the local food scene if you’d like. All rooms are outfitted with a mini fridge and most have a kitchenette for those that wish to pick up additional snacks and refreshments in town.
Our accommodations are comprised of a series of traditional Andalusian farmhouses, nestled in the heart of the nature reserve, and surrounded by olive and carob trees. The property is complete with a beautiful yoga studio, private tennis court, and magnificent hiking trails. A variety of homes and apartments are available with access to beautiful pools, modern kitchens and baths. Private and shared occupancy available.
Greta has been deeply devoted to yoga for more than 20 years. It all began in her late teens when she was feeling a little lost seeking something to soothe her soul and what she discovered was a passion for a practice that has been her source of healing, inspiration, grounding and connection ever since!
Greta has studied extensively and mentored with some of the top names in the yoga and Ayurveda world and received certification in both Anusara and Vinyasa since she started teaching in 2000. She has taught yoga extensively in Los Angeles, Bangkok, Brazil and New York before recently moving to Seattle. Greta is passionate about teaching and has been training yoga teachers around the world for over 10 years. She is a lead teacher of Rasa Yoga and leads Rasa Yoga Teacher Trainings, retreats, online yoga lifestyle courses and she has served as a consultant for a variety of wellness magazines including Yoga Journal. She continues to work closely and study with Sianna Sherman who is her biggest yoga influence and inspiration. As a result of her passion for healthy living, she also graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and went on to specialize in detoxification and Ayurveda with Dr. Alejandro Junger of the Clean Program and Cate Stillman of Yogahealer.
Greta’s teaching is a bhakti fusion of form and flow and she is wildly devoted to helping students reclaim their beauty, awaken deep purpose, cultivate vibrant health through yoga and Ayurvedic lifestyle. gretahillwellness.com
SAMPLE ITINERARY +
7:30-9am morning yoga practice
2:30pm local excursion or afternoon workshop
9-9:30pm evening meditation
*Schedule subject to change
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE
- Malaga Airport – 1h 30min away by car
- Jerez Airport – 1h away by car
- Sevilla – 1hr 30min away by car
At an extra cost of approx. 40 EUR, we can help arrange airport transfers to/from the venue and any airport.
Those renting a car or taking a taxi will want to map to 11687 El Gastor, Cádiz, Spain.
You can also take a train or bus to Ronda, and we can organize your pick up from the bus/train station in Ronda for an additional 15 EUR. Both buses and trains leave Malaga or Sevilla regularly throughout the day.
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
Please ensure your passport is valid for the period of travel and for six months after you return. Your passport name must match the name on the flight ticket otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid. Visas are not required for stays in Spain.
- Recommended $300 – $600 in spending money depending on spending habits
- Additional food and beverages including alcohol
- Flights to and from the retreat location
- Tips – Estimated $10/day
- Bathing Suit
- Comfortable Hiking Shoes
- Multiple Yoga Outfits
- Warm 3rd Layer
- Beach Towel
- Special Dietary Foods
- Yoga Mat
- Bug Spray
- Debit/Credit Cards (notify provider of travel prior to departure)
- Phone Charger
- Outlet Adapter
Deposits secure your spot on the trip and are nonrefundable. Refunds for the balance payments vary depending on timing. For cancellation requests submitted with more than 30 days of retreat date: 100% of total amount (less deposit) will be refunded. For cancellation requests submitted within 30 days of retreat date, 50% of total amount (less deposit) will be refunded. Cancellation requests within 14 days of the retreat: sorry but no refunds given, no exceptions. Nobody books a retreat with the intention of canceling it, but unexpected events do occur, so please consider purchasing travel insurance. Exceptions cannot be made for any reason, including weather, injury/illness, or personal emergencies. No refunds or credits will be granted for failure to attend, complete or for arriving late or leaving early.
Main Farm House (Shared Kitchen/Bath) – Early Bird (Before March 1): $2200
Main Farm House (Shared Kitchen/Bath) – Regular (After March 1): $2400
Casita (Private Kitchen/Bath) – Early Bird (Before March 1): $2400
Casita (Private Kitchen/Bath) – Regular (After March 1): $2600
*Private occupancy available for an additional $400. Pricing listed is for shared occupancy.
RESERVE YOUR SPOT!
$500 Non-Refundable Deposit
Pay in Full by May 24, 2018