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Santillan Yoga Retreat, Spain, with Gerry Kielty

25 June - 02 July 2016

             

Retreat

A typical day involves four hours of yoga, three healthy shared meals, and in between plenty of time to relax, read and enjoy optional extras such as massages and excursions. The gentle pace of each day means you can tailor the retreat to yourself, whether you want to be sociable or quiet, adventurous or more reflective. A retreat in every sense of the word, this week away from day-to-day life will leave you recharged and re-energised, with a more profound connection to your yoga practice.

 

Yoga

The yoga taught on this retreat is open to all abilities, and under Gerry's careful tuition you will explore and discover new areas of your practice as well as build upon your strength and knowledge. With a 2hr class in the morning and another in the afternoon, after six days you will surprise yourself with the positive changes to your body and mind.

Each session takes place in the state of the art yoga studio, fully equipped with mats, belts, blocks, bolsters
and blankets, including the Yoga Wall.

 

 

The hotel and surrounding area

Santillan is a traditional Andalucian Hotel offering wonderful seclusion and peace, featuring a new state of the art yoga studio.

With far reaching views down to the sea, Santillan is based on a farm of 30, 000 sq.m., it is located in the peace of the Spanish countryside, and yet is conveniently only thirty minutes from Malaga airport.

You can immerse yourself in the silence of nature and dark skies in the sub-tropical gardens and surrounding hills. It is the perfect setting for yoga and meditation. Despite having only been recently launched as a yoga venue, Santillan has already been mentioned in ‘The Times’ as one of Europe’s best yoga and wellness centres. 

The sea and beaches are within 15 minutes drive, and exploring the local area or visiting the renowned cities of Granada, Ronda, Cordoba, Malaga, Nerja or Marbella are all within an accessible driving distance. There is also golf and horse riding locally. There are walks in the surrounding hills with views to the sea.

Accommodation and prices

Santillan has 20 rooms, individually styled and all with en-suite bathrooms,
fans and air-conditioning. Each room comes with a private outdoor space,
either verandah or terrace, with lovely views of the gardens, surrounding hills
or down the valley to the sea.

There are
- 8 Standard rooms: With veranda or terrace overlooking the tropical garden
- 10 Superior rooms: Terrace with sea and mountain views, equipped with
whirlpool
- 1 Grand suite : with separate sitting room, jacuzzi and whirlpool shower

Standard and Superior Twin/ Double room £815pp (based on two sharing) £925pp (single occupancy)

Grand Suite £1325pp (based on two sharing)

Please note, that with regards to the standard and superior rooms, it is first come first served for securing the room type you would like.

Price is inclusive of 2 yoga classes per day (equivalent to 4 hours/day, there is no class Wednesday afternoon), accommodation and three meals per day. Flights and transfers are not included.

Travel

Nearest airport is Malaga Airport, which is only 30 minutes drive away.Airport pick up can be arranged, price dependant on numbers. 

Bookings

Places are offered on a first come first serve basis. A non-refundable deposit of £50pp is required to secure a place, and accomodation type. Details regarding additional deposits and the balance payment will be confirmed at the start of 2016.  

All participants please ensure that you have travel insurance. It is a condition of booking, that you take out travel insurance to cover cancellation and other eventualities.

If cancellation is made once booked prior to the start of the retreat, a full refund (less £50 non refundable) can be issued if a replacement student can be found. Once the retreat has begun no refunds or credits will be issued. Refunds (less non-refundable payment) can only be given if a replacement student can be found.

 

Villa Azul Yoga Retreat, Fuerteventura, with Gerry Kielty

12 - 19 November 2016

             

Retreat

Nestled amongst the volcanoes with views to the sea is Villa Azul Yoga & Pilates Retreat. Enliven your practice on the beautiful wooden yoga deck, relax by the pool or in the garden, take in the view from the terrace and bask in the Canarian sunshine. Choose from a range of exotically decorated rooms at this eco-villa retreat, enjoy vibrant vegetarian meals and holistic massage and therapies. 

Yoga

The yoga taught on this retreat is open to all abilities, and under Gerry's careful tuition you will explore and discover new areas of your practice as well as build upon your strength and knowledge. With a 2hr class in the morning and another in the afternoon, after six days you will surprise yourself with the positive changes to your body and mind.

 

 

The hotel and surrounding area

The Azul villa has a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, themed rooms from around the world and lots of comfy chill-out areas. You can relax with a book in the garden, have a dip in the pool, chat with your fellow guests in the lounge or sit and enjoy the view to the sea from the balcony terrace.

Our eco-friendly villa is powered by solar panels and a waste management system to feed the gardens. If you are here in season you will taste some of the delicious fruits and vegetables grown right here in the Azul garden. The retreat is only ten minutes drive from the beach in the beautiful and typical Canarian village of Villaverde. With amazing volcanic scenery and incredible vistas of the ocean and neighbouring Lanzarote, this is the perfect respite from the busy day to day. The villa is also conveniently located for those wishing to get out and explore the island. There are walking paths and a bus stop close by, going to the beach hourly, and a transfer is provided from the villa to the beach once a week. 

Meals

Villa Azul has an in-house chef, Jo Dombernowsky, who designs delicious vegetarian meals five nights per week, and amazing brunches after the morning yoga session. The food at the retreat receives rave reviews and is a real highlight of the retreat experience. Jo has published a cookbook and runs cooking workshops internationally. We endeavour to use fresh, organic and local produce as much as possible. All food is vegetarian or vegan. We can cater for food allergies and intolerances if we know about them in advance. 

Meals provided: Vegetarian brunch - fresh fruit salad, muesli, yoghurts, homemade bread with homemade jams, ghee, a daily savoury or sweet hot dish including omlette, quiche, gluten free pancakes or porridge with nuts and seeds.

Dinner (Sat, Sun, Tue, Thu, Fri) - Vegetarian evening meal - several courses including breads, dips, salads, a main course and a delicious grain, followed by a yummy healthy dessert. On your arrival day an evening meal is provided and on your leaving day a breakfast is provided. * NOTE - there is no dinner provided on Monday or Wednesday evening.

 

Accommodation and prices

On offer at Villa Azul is the following accommodation:

- Moroccan Suite, which has an open plan bedroom, a small single bedroom, an outdoor roof terrace, a kitchenette and a large en-suite bathroom. For two sharing. 

- Little India Apartment, which has a bedroom, en-suite, lounge with sofa and dining table, kitchenette and garden terrace. For two sharing (twin beds).

- Canarias Apartment, has two private bedrooms with a lounge and a pool terrace and garden. For two sharing.

- Santa Fe Room and Bali Room. The Santa Fe Room has views to the coast and is a large light space with a comfortable double bed. The Bali Room is on the main level with a garden view with two single beds. One person in each room, these two rooms share a bathroom with each other.

- Sahara Tents. Two lovely traditional Sahara Tents joined by a chill out lounge. One tent with a double bed and the other tent with a single bed. There is a common Moroccan style chill out area between the tents. The tents have power and lights and access to an indoor bathroom in the main villa and an outdoor kitchen. One person in each tent.

Price is £700pp except for the Sahara Tents which are £500pp.

Please note, that with regards to accommodation, it is first come first served for securing the room type you would like.

Price is inclusive of 2 yoga classes per day (equivalent to 4 hours/day, there is no class Wednesday afternoon), accommodation and meals as per above. Flights and transfers are not included.

Travel

You can fly direct to Fuerteventura Airport (FUE). For a wider choice of flights, you can fly to Lanzarote Arrecife Airport (ACE) and take the 20 minute ferry crossing to Fuerteventura. The last ferry crossing to Corralejo from Playa Blanca, Lanzarote is at 19:00 so please make sure your flight arrives by 16:00 if travelling with luggage.

Bookings

Places are offered on a first come first serve basis. A non-refundable deposit of £50pp is required to secure a place, and accomodation type. Details regarding additional deposits and the balance payment will be confirmed shortly.  

All participants please ensure that you have travel insurance. It is a condition of booking, that you take out travel insurance to cover cancellation and other eventualities.

If cancellation is made once booked prior to the start of the retreat, a full refund (less £50 non refundable) can be issued if a replacement student can be found. Once the retreat has begun no refunds or credits will be issued. Refunds (less non-refundable payment) can only be given if a replacement student can be found.

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