Becoming Balance Development Retreat with Daniel Rama & Shakti Bird

Retreat

Andalucia, Spain

start: Aug 29, 2020
end: Sep 5, 2020

Overview

Come join us for a week of daily meditation, asana practice and playful movement exploration, as a means of finding freedom in our bodies and lives.  

Daniel Rāma and Shakti Bird offer their teachings in the breathtaking natural setting of the mystical Andalucían countryside, golden in the late summer light. This unique 8 day immersion combines subtle elements of traditional Yogic study including Hatha Yoga, creative Vinaysa flows, and intelligent protocols for developing the physical system. We'll be moving, breathing and celebrating the body growing stronger, the mind clearer and the spirit lighter. From asana and pranayama, to meditation and functional movement, the intention is to transmit powerful techniques for meaningful personal transformation.

Meet us at Suryalilla, one of the most beautiful retreat centers in Europe, surrounded by rolling fields of sunflowers in the cradle of old Spain’s fiery soul, and prolong the glow of summer –take a heart full of spectacular sunsets and a peaceful, grounded feeling into your golden September.

This week offers a perfect combination of challenge and dancing on the edge of what you thought was possible, with deep release and nourishing silence. You will have the opportunity to grow, deepen and expand your practice, and reconnect with the ultimate purpose of Yoga: a harmonious union between body, mind and spirit.

Highlights

  • Daily meditation, Yoga and functional movement workshops with Daniel Rama and Shakti Bird 
  • 7 nights in Suryalila Retreat Center, voted the best European Yoga Retreat Center
  • Group excursion to the medieval Spanish town and beautiful Arcos lake
  • Kirtan evening
  • Fun flamenco lesson (for beginners)
  • Plenty of free time to relax and explore the nearby attractions 

Teachers

Daniel Rāma

Teacher.

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History tells stories of Daniel Rama, living like a monk in an authentic yoga ashram and overcoming crippling injuries through the science of self-improvement. His present however, speaks of travelling…

Shakti

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“Movement is my medicine.” As a young woman, Shakti, known at the time as Sarah Bonsall, began to seek a deeper side of life. At the age of 18, she moved away from her family to follow a passion for…

Daily

Our daily schedule features structured sadhana time including meditation & asana practice, physical fine-tuning workshops, delicious organic food, opportunities for exploration, and time for rest.  In the evenings, there's time to soak up the warm southern sunsets, meditate, contemplate, detox in the sauna, sing your heart out in kirtan, make new friends, or just enjoy some down time.

As a group, we will visit a traditional whitewashed village where locals still live according to age-old tradition. We'll take in the beauty of the local landscapes, speckled with lakes and rolling sunflower hills. For those who wish to dive deeper into the local tradition and practice their dance moves, we also have a group flamenco class on the schedule.

There will be sufficient free time if you wish to enjoy some additional excurions such as nature hikes to the nearby Grazalema National Park, the medieval town of Ronda, or paddleboard on the nearby Arcos lake. For further information about all options and arranging your trips, please contact the Suryalilla front desk- they will be happy to help you! 

Example of retreat schedule*:

7:00 - 7:30 Morning Meditation
7:30 - 8:00 Tea Time
8:00 - 9:45 Asana Practice
10:00 - 11:30 Brunch
2:00 -3.00 Light Lunch
  group activity on some days
4:00 - 6:00 Essentials of Physicality
  group activity on some days
6:30 - 7:30 Dinner

Facilities

Suryalila is one of Europe’s most beautiful Yoga retreat centers, built by Yogis for Yogis.  It features three stunning Yoga shalas, including the incredible OM Dome, and various nourishing spaces for treatments & therapies. It is also surrounded by its own permaculture gardens, and trees which it's team has been planting over many years.

Pool and Spa

You might choose to relax and rejuvenate in the center’s natural salt water pool set amidst stunning vistas of the beautiful Spanish countryside. Or you might enjoy one of the many massage therapy options, and detox in the eco-sauna, built from completely natural materials, followed by a long chill out in one of the Moroccan pavillions.

Nourish

The Suryalila Kitchen specializes in gourmet international vegetarian cuisine, using the freshest seasonal organic fruits and vegetables available, from their own garden whenever possible, artfully prepared in a varied and truly delicious international menu. Vegan, gluten-free, and non-dairy dietary requests will be accommodated.

Accommodation

Choose from a selection of lovely accomodations: shared twin rooms with own or shared bathroom, eco-casas, fabouous Yurts, or the bohemian dormitories, with many of the rooms reflecting the region's rustic charm! Limited options are available for single accommodation- please do reach out to us if this is your preference, and we will do our best to find your solo spot!

Rooms are located in various “casas” devoted to Hindu gods, and spread around the property sharing beautiful common areas with couches and kitchenettes. 

If you wish to stay as close to Mama Nature as possible and enjoy beautiful vistas of the foothills of the Sierra Grazalema we recommend the Yurts as your best options. There are four compost toilets, one conventional toilet and three hot showers in the Yurt area.  

For further details on rooms and more photos please visit Suryalilla's website.

Cost

The below prices are per person, and include the retreat program, accommodation and food and some group and program activities. 

They do not include any optional activities, therapies, or cost related to travel to or from the retreat center.

Triple Yurt: Wake up surrounded by stunning Andalucian vistas and to the sounds of birds! Live in a spacious traditional Yurt with 3 single beds. The Yurt is fully furnished with all of the comforts of the other rooms and offers a back-to-nature ambience. The Yurt is located in the glamping area with outside toilets.  Cost: EUR 1700

Double Yurt: Traditional Yurt living for 2 people with a 'back-to-nature' feel'; equipped with 2 single beds; fully furnished, with all of the comforts of other rooms. The Yurt is located in the glamping area with outside toilets. Cost: EUR 1800

Eco-Casa: beautiful spacious twin room built with eco-materials only, situated in the glamping area, close to the OM Dome; shared toilets are outside. Cost: EUR 1800

Quadruple dorm: A spacious four-person dormitory in Casa Ganesha, furnished with bohemian style details; en-suite bathroom. Cost: EUR 1750

Twin room shared bathroom: 2 single beds in a spacious, beautifully furnished room with shared bathroom. Cost: EUR 1900

Twin room own bathroom2 single beds in a spacious, beautifully furnished room with own bathroom, ensuite or not. Cost: EUR 2000

Deluxe double room own bathroom: Queen size bed in a beautifully furnished room, with own bathroom. Ideal for couples or good friends. Cost: EUR 2000.

Single: beautiful double room with ensuite bathroom. The room is in one of the lovely villas overlooking a charming main courtyard full of orange trees. The house is furnished with furniture and fittings from Bali and Morocco. Cost: EUR 2250

Location

Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre is located in the heart of the Spanish Andalucían Hills, close to the charming villages of Arcos de la Frontera and Prado del Rey. It is approximately 45 minutes from the historic and beautiful walled city of Cadiz and an hour’s drive from Sevilla, the vibrant heart of Andalucía. On the edge of a stunning, mountainous national park, the property sits in a large river valley overlooking agricultural land and in the far distance, the white lakeside village of Bornos.

How to get there

By Air

Nearest airports are Seville (75 min by car), Jerez de la Frontera (50 min by car) and Malaga (2 hours by transfer/car or 3 hours by bus).

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are organized by Suyalilla front desk. We will collect your arrival and departure information in case you wish to request the airport transfer. 

From Seville: €90; From Jerez: €70 ; From Malaga: €150. 
People arriving at similar times or together can be grouped in order to lower the cost of transfer. 

Bus

There are buses running to the nearby Villamartin from where a taxi can pick you up. The cost of a pick up form Villamartin to Suryalila is €20. Once your transfer is organised, please advise any changes or cancelations 24 hour before your arrival.

Car Rental

We highly recommend that you rent-a-car if you plan to explore this magical region. Suryalilla Center is in the countryside and a car will be needed to get around if you plan to explore. 

You can also find additional transfer information here  

Contact/Address

Suryalila Retreat Centre
Cortijo La Fabrica,
Pago del Pajarete
11650 Villamartin (Cadiz)
Spain

Email: info@suryalila.com
Tel: +34 856 023 631 

Important

Here is the fine print for your booking:

  • Check-in: August 29, 3pm onwards
  • Check-out: September 5, by 10am
  • The prices are in EUR and per person
  • Early Bird ends June 1, 2020
  • Food served is vegetarian
  • Please ensure that your passport is valid
  • Please ensure you have a health, travel and cancellation insurance
  • Make sure that you are aware of immigration/visa laws in Spain

Your package includes 

  • All Yoga, meals and accommodation and selected group activities

Not Included

  • Travel to Spain and any transfer or visa costs.

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"When all was done, I felt stronger, not just physically, but also mentally and emotionally. I felt a deep sense of connection to self and to all living things. I felt refreshed, revitalized, brighter, lighter, more whole and complete." -Sally

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