6 D Walking and Yoga Retreat by the beach in Andalusia, Spain
If we are to live a truly healthy life, then being gentler with ourselves, practising yoga, eating healthy and sleeping deeply all have an important part to play. With this retreat, you will learn to slow down, live fully and enjoy life again, all in the spectacular setting of one of the most stunning beaches in all of southern Spain.
Type of Event
On your arrival day your room will be ready from 4 pm. You are welcome to arrive earlier and enjoy the facilities at CASARA WAY, spending some time on the beach, going for a walk exploring Zahora.
The retreat combines daily Pranayama classes and Ashtanga classes in the morning with walking tours that explore the beautiful beaches of Zahora, La Breña y Las Marismas del Barbate Natural Park and the local countryside, plus yin yoga classes in the early evening, evening workshops and three delicious vegetarian meals per day.
La Breña y Marismas del Barbate Natural Park is the second largest coastal reserve in Andalusia. The shore is lined by towering cliffs which are home to teeming colonies of herring gulls and egrets. Thick stands of stone pine provide shade for a stunning variety of Mediterranean wildflowers. Impressive cliffs fall over a hundred metres into the Atlantic Ocean. This is one of the most environmentally diverse and best-preserved parts of the Andalusian coast.
Besides the wonderful sunsets in Zahora, the most spectacular aspect of this beach is the huge reef that shows at low tide and the enormous lagoon that appears when the water is shallow. The sunsets and the scenery make for some of the most breathtaking sights in all of southern Spain.
The rolling hills of the countryside provides walkers with fantastic views from ancient drovers’ roads and cattle tracks. We will walk to the ancient hermitage of San Ambrosio, which dates back to Roman times. We will also visit the El Palomar de la Brena, the largest dovecote in the world.
On the first day of the retreat (Monday) we will have a welcome introduction after the morning yoga class. There will also be a games night after dinner so that we can all get together and have some fun.
Our groups are small, only 12 participants, which allows personalized guide and instruction.
Sample daily Schedule (Monday to Thursday)
Pranayama class, 15 minutes
Ashtanga Yoga, 75 to 90 minutes
Walking tours in the beautiful settings of Zahora (3 days, 60 to 90 minutes)
Yin Yoga, 60 minutes
Evening workshops or satsang. Subject will be chosen upon demand at check-in (3 days, 60 minutes)
Sample Friday Schedule
Pranayama class, 15 minutes
Ashtanga Yoga, 75 to 90 minutes
Please be advised that this sample schedule is subject to change.
What is included:
A welcome drink with a delicious basket of ecological fruits on Sunday
3 daily vegetarian meals with appetizers (breakfast, lunch, dinner) from Monday to Thrusday and breakfast on Friday
Healthy snacks, fresh fruit, mineral water and infusions are available all day long
9 Yoga classes (five Ashtanga/Hatha Yoga classes of 75 to 90 minutes and four Yin Yoga classes of 60 minutes)
5 Pranayama classes of 15 minutes
3 hikes/walking tours in the beautiful settings of Zahora (60 to 90 minutes).
5 nights’ accommodation in fully equipped self-contained cottages with international TV channels, fridge, freezer, microwave, coffee-maker, kettle, toaster, juicer, blender, washing machine, iron, and alarm clock
All bedding and bath towels
3 workshops or satsang. Subject will be chosen upon demand at check-in
Games night on Monday
Transfer from and to Conil de la Frontera, Vejer de la Frontera and Barbate on check-in and check-out days
Trip to one of the beatiful White Towns of Andalusia
We will do our best to take you to a cultural or folklore show such as flamenco, a Spanish concert or jam session going on nearby
WiFi is available throughout the property
At CASARA WAY, our vision is to help all our guests develop a yoga path, expand their awareness, grow their consciousness and create a space for personal growth, inspiration and transformation.
Anwella is a Meditation teacher, Nutrition Health Coach and has a true passion for food. She studied meditation with the Australian Yoga Academy in Melbourne and with Fernando A. de Torrijos from the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts. She is a certified Nutrition Health Coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York and she also completed a certificate in Spanish Cuisine at Le Cordon Bleu.
Carol Milstein has been teaching Ashtanga and Yin Yoga from 2010 and she continues practicing with Sharath Jois in Mysore and with Kirsten and Mitchell (KPJAYI authorized teachers) in Thailand. Her purpose is to teach with love and humility and pass along her knowledge and experience obtained by great teachers. She wants to help people obtain the multiple benefits of yoga and mainly connect to themselves to grow and gain wisdom to live in happiness, harmony and love.
Morning Ashtanga Yoga class
Ashtanga Yoga is a system of yoga transmitted to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009). This method of yoga involves synchronizing a progressive series of postures, linked by movement and breath.
Benefits: Ashtanga practice produces intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is an improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind. This practice stretches the entire body and increase flexibility. It also relaxes the nervous system, improves concentration and provides all over physical and mental well-being. Ashtanga helps alleviate tension, reduce stress and regularize the metabolism, noticeably improving digestion and sleep
Early evening Yin Yoga class
Yin Yoga is a meditative practice that consists of floor postures (asanas) held passively for extended periods of time (1-5 minutes). The postures target the underlying connective tissues (tendons, ligaments, fascia) of the hips, pelvis and back. The practice of surrender opens the body and helps cultivate the ability to observe and stay with the sensation.
Benefits: This practice calms and balances the mind and body, increases circulation and improves joint mobility and fascial release.
Morning Pranayama class
The ancient Pranayama breathing techniques are an efficient way of purifying the body and stimulate the metabolism. With the basic act of bringing in more oxygen, vitamins and minerals are more easily absorbed. With good exhalation, more toxins are removed from the bloodstream, which revitalizes the organs and clarifies the mind.
Benefits: Pranayama techniques are beneficial in treating a range of stress and emotional related disorders. Pranayama helps relieve the symptoms of asthma.
Nutritionally dense, artfully prepared, organic plant-based cuisine fuels the body and delights the senses.
Nutrition at CASARA WAY is based on the healing principles of healthy nutrition with organic products from our own garden. We produce many of the vegetables and fruit that we cook and serve. When necessary we buy products from local farmers, all according to the season.
The nutrition at CASARA WAY will help detox your body and flush away any toxins, all while delighting your taste buds.
CASARA WAY has a wonderfully calm and friendly atmosphere with a total of five tastefully decorated and self-contained cottages. Our five rural cottages lie nestled between trees just 50 metres from the beach. You will have private access to the Zahora beach along a short track that passes by beautiful horses and the odd chicken and turkey.
The cottages are chic and stylish and have all the amenities required to make your stay comfortable and memorable: international TV channels, fridge, freezer, microwave, coffee-maker, kettle, toaster, juicer, blender, washing machine, iron, and alarm clock.
In CASARA WAY you will experience peace and serenity, a place to feel all the pleasures and emotions of nature and life.
CASARA WAY (Wellness And Yoga) is located in an idyllic enclave with stunning views of the majestic waters of the Atlantic Ocean and of Cape Trafalgar, where in 1805 the Royal Navy of Great Britain under the command of Admiral Nelson defeated the combined Spanish and French fleets, changing the course of history in the Napoleonic Wars.
Zahora Beach is 3,000 metres long and 40 metres wide. With its fine gold sand, crystal-clear blue waters and 300 days of sunlight per year, the beach is an earthly paradise that seems like a glimpse of heaven. This rustic and wild beach does not usually fill up with tourists and is one of the last surviving pieces of secret Spain. The colourful sunsets and the scenery make for some of the most breathtaking sights in all of southern Spain.
Nearby guests can visit the La Breña y Marismas del Barbate Natural Park, a huge coastal reserve that is a popular area for hiking, equestrian, cycling and water sports. The shore is lined by towering cliffs, home to teeming colonies of herring gulls and egrets.
How to get there?
We recommend that you fly into Jerez but you can also fly to Seville, Malaga or Gibraltar.
We can book a transfer (shuttle) for you from the airport to CASARA WAY. We will try to match you with other arriving guests to spread the cost.
Conil de la Frontera, Vejer de la Frontera and Barbate are all around 10km from CASARA WAY. If you let us know your arrival time in advance we can pick you up there for free.
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Special menu request
We can easily accommodate diets such as gluten free and vegan if you let us know before your stay. If you have other dietary requirements then please contact us to discuss them and we’ll do our best to accommodate your needs.
Digital detox / Disconnecting to reconnect with ourselves
We have a digital detox policy, encouraging you to step away from technology and back into the present moment from breakfast to dinner time.
This allows people to really sink into the present moment and get back in touch with their true hearts and minds.
Digital nomad / Office Services
We provide high-speed Internet services in all areas. We recommend not using electronic devices in the main living area, but you are free to use them in your cottage and garden.
Can I arrive early or stay longer?
We understand that flights don’t always work out for the check-in or check-out date. If your flights are before or after your retreat dates you are welcome to stay with us at CASARA WAY. Please e-mail us to check availability.
Can I take non-yoga/riding/surfer partners?
Yes you can. We are surrounded by beautiful beaches and countryside with 5000 hectares of forest.
Bringing Your Pet
The neighbours’ dogs, cats, chickens, horses occasionally come to CASARA so we recommend that you leave your pets at home. We love animals and well-behaved pets are welcome at CASARA under your responsibility.
Please remember to pick up your dog poop, cat litter and pet waste from the garden. We need to protect children’s play areas from cat and dog feces.