6 D Yoga & Horseback riding retreat on Zahora beach in Andalusia, SPAIN
If you love yoga and riding through beautiful scenery, galloping along deserted sandy beaches and exploring miles of sweet smelling pine forest, then we have just the holiday for you.
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.
Our Horse Riding & Yoga Retreat includes daily Pranayama classes, Ashtanga classes in the morning, horse riding trips exploring the nearby beaches, the outskirts of the La Breña y Las Marismas del Barbate Natural Park and the beautiful countryside around Zahora, restorative yin yoga classes in the early evening, evening workshops and three delicious vegetarian meals per day.
Ride our exceptional Spanish and Hispano-Árabe horses through the most breathtaking and varied countryside that Zahora has to offer.
Horses are grounded and centred by nature. Horses will help you to focus on the here and now. They help you develop inner strength and authenticity and show you the importance of your intentions. Yoga and meditation with horses shows how important the connection is with yourself and your environment to achieve your goals. You will use respectful, non-verbal communication to create cooperation and work together as one.
You will also develop your inner attitude, inner silence, relaxation, grounding, balance, breathing techniques and body posture, building up your confidence, non-verbal communication, tenderness and clarity.
A small riding group (never more than six riders) will be accompanied at all times by two of our experienced guides.
Each day after our delicious organic breakfast or lunch, depending on the weather conditions, our guests will saddle up at our nearby stables.
You will ride out for approximately three hours with usually two and a half hours in the saddle. Each ride is varied and different. We do not set a strict daily itinerary because we like to choose the right ride for the right day.
The Beach Rides, we will ride along the edge of the forest down onto the long sandy beaches of Cape Trafalgar and El Palmar. These beaches stretch for 10km, giving plenty of room to get to know your horse and let him show you what he can really do. The sightseeing is spectacular and the colourful sunsets are among the best of the whole coast. For those of you who have already ridden on a beach we need not say no more. For those that have not, then prepare to make your dreams come true.
Forest Rides, the stables sit on the edge of the spectacular natural park of La Breña y Las Marismas del Barbate Natural Park, consisting of pine forest, salt marshes, steep cliffs and miles of sandy beach. La Breña y Marismas del Barbate Natural Park is the second largest coastal reserve in Andalusia and is considered one of the most diverse and best-preserved parts of the Andalusian coast.
Countryside Rides, the rolling hills of the countryside riders offer fantastic views as we ride over ancient drovers’ roads and cattle tracks. We will ride to the hermitage of San Ambrosio, which dates back to Roman times. We will also visit the El Palomar de la Brena, the biggest dovecote in the world.
Sample daily Schedule (Monday to Thrusday)
Pranayama class, 15 minutes.
Ashtanga Yoga, 75 to 90 minutes
Walking tours in the beautiful setting of Zahora (3 days, 60 to 90 minutes)
Horse riding (2 1/2 to 3 hours in the saddle)
Yin Yoga, 60 minutes
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.
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.
Carol Milstein will be the yoga teacher, she 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.
If you are interested in renting a car, we recommend this website:
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.