Hatha Vinyasa & Yin Yoga Retreat
Dates: 23rd – 30th July 2022
£755 per person
Included: 7 nights’ accommodation, full board, 10 yoga classes
Not included: flights, transfers, travel insurance, optional excursions, drinks and treatments
8 SINGLE ROOMS & 1 TWIN/DOUBLE AVAILABLE
Situated just 50km north of Malaga and nestled amongst the picturesque Andalucían Mountains is the beautiful and tranquil Centro Punto del Luz meaning “Source of Light” retreat centre. Established as a yoga retreat centre in 2009 by our hosts, Richard and Betty, it’s an idyllic venue where you cannot help but relax. Breathtaking views, spectacular natural beauty and perfect ‘feng shui’ combine to create an experience of living in harmony with nature. Surrounded by mountains on three sides, the centre rests beside an open valley with a grand vista of both Lake Viñuela and the Mediterranean Sea. It’s perfect for walking too as the local scenery is stunning.
The centre was designed for yoga retreats and has five buildings arranged in a “village” layout on different levels, with four different areas to do yoga including a 65 sq metre yoga studio with infrared heating, a central open Moroccan-style patio, a yoga platform with views over the lake and the newly extended area around the swimming pool.
Rooms are inspired by a mixture of traditional Andalucían and ancient Arabic architecture, and furnished with an ethnic, rustic décor. They are separate from the core building, creating the perfect environment for absolute comfort and relaxation. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom and are equipped with a desk with a salt crystal lamp. Each room is south facing with a small patio outside giving magnificent views down the valley to the sea. There are nine guest rooms in total, and all are singles so for those of you who like a room to yourself there are no extra supplements are involved.
Sunbathing takes place by the oval, salt water, swimming pool, with its mosaic lining. Lay on the sun-beds with a book and look down through the olive groves to the lake below you and, far in the distance, glimpse the glittering sea, on a clear day you can see Africa.
Centre of Light is a vegetarian centre, food is lovingly prepared using only fresh, seasonal and and wherever possible locally grown ingredients. Most vegetables are purchased directly from a neighbouring farmer in order to get the freshest produce and support the local economy. All food is prepared using olive oil that comes from Periana (4 km away) and no other fats so commonly used in restaurants. They try to limit the use of dairy products and wheat in dishes and instead have these foods as separate options and are very lucky to be supplied with Chloe’s delicious organic eggs. Food at the centre is normally light and fresh and always includes a raw dish and is accompanied by lots of fresh fruit while dinner is a more substantial affair and always has a pudding at the end! Menus are carefully devised offering not only a balance of nutrients but an eclectic mix of raw, vegan, traditional Italian and Spanish cuisine. Full board is included daily which consists of a hearty breakfast after morning yoga practice, a raw food lunch and a nutritious evening meal, with the exception of Wednesday which is the excursion day, or the change-over day and the chef’s day off so this evening will be reserved for a trip to a local restaurant where you can buy a typical Spanish meal. The food here is absolutely delicious.
The Lake room is the heart of the core building and has a stunning view over Lake Viñuela and the Mediterranean Sea. The Lake room is used for meal times and also as an indoor area for yoga or any other group activities. Morning yoga usually takes place on the yoga platform on the the hill behind the centre. Surrounded by olive and almond trees, and shaded from the morning sun, the scent of the trees and plants will make these sessions even more special. The central patio is the heart of the property with its relaxing water feature and beautiful natural terracotta tiles. A perfect location for calm meditation or evening yoga practice. There is also the option of using the yoga studio or the newly extended 48 square metre wooden platform beside the swimming pool – the options are ours to decide. Yoga mats, blocks, belts, cushions and blankets are provided.
Reiki, “no hands” massage, nutritional therapy, Theta healing and Bach Flower remedies are available on-site with Betty, and reconnective healing and singing bowl therapy is available with Richard. Cost is €50 per hour.
A few minutes walk away is a local bar with coffee, drinks and snacks, and within walking distance is a traditional Spanish hamlet. Hot Springs, trips to the beach, and other excursions can all be provided by your hosts Betty and Richard.
Flights & Transfers – flights should be booked to Malaga Airport.
By Taxi – the journey takes approximately one hour by taxi. The cost of the taxi is €75 per journey (max 3 people). For larger groups we have a minibus which takes up to eight at €20 per person or €160 for the minibus. We will try to link people arriving at similar times so they may share the taxi cost. Arrive early in the day if you want this option.
By Bus – buses depart from Malaga bus station to Periana, times are 12.15 and 18.15. To get to the bus station from the airport you need to get the Cercanais train (10 min) to the train station (bus station is right next door to the train station). Times from airport to Malaga Maria Zambrano are 03 and 33 minutes past the hour.
By Car – Car hire is available at the airport.
To reserve your place, or for more information, please contact the Free Spirit Travel office on:
Tel: 01273 564230
Website : http://freespirityoga.co.uk