Honouring the Five Elements of our Being

A week of unfolding, discovery, work, rest and play.

Finca Del Alamo, Almeria, Spain

Saturday 4 May – Saturday 11 May 2019 – only 2 spaces left!

Cost: Twin share en-suite – £825 pp, Single en-suite – £945  

This will be my second springtime yoga visit to the wonderfully grand and quirky, Finca Del Alamo. The venue, which is part of the Huzur Vadisi family of retreat centres in beautiful Almeria, is simply fabulous.

The Yoga

This will be a creative, exploratory and fun week, offering varied, interesting and enquiring practices which will allow us to experience yoga or union in its fuller sense.

The elements form a huge part of who we are. They affect our experience of life in multiple ways. Everything in creation is made up of the 5 elements of earth, air, fire, water and ether. Learning how to tune into, and work with the elements brings a new vibrancy, depth of experience, enhanced awareness and a greater understanding to yoga practice…. and life in general.

As the body continously seeks to find balance in all of its complex layers, we can learn how to commune with the elements, their qualities and associations within the body to help find that elusive state of being.

Working with curiosity and the ‘beginners mind’ always, we will journey through the elements to help restore natural order, inspire the creativity of our best self and promote wellness.

The week will incorporate both stimulating and gentle hatha, yin yoga and accessible flowing yoga. Restorative and somatic work and yoga nidra will also be offered……a range of practices for all.

Who will this week suit? – Complete beginners to experienced yogis…all are welcome. All that is required is an open mind and a willingness to learn. For those with more experience there will be an opportunity to re-visit yoga practice with a new eye and use this to refresh, deepen and learn more!

If you have specific injuries or health issues please contact me to discuss suitability of this week for you.

Non Yogi partners – if you would like to bring a friend or partner who isn’t interested in joining the yoga, they would be most welcome.

Please note! This week is not suitable for people who are only interested in strong physical yoga. This will not be ‘boot camp’ yoga.

The Venue & Area

Almeria is Spain’s sunniest region. It’s proximity to North Africa means that the area is semi-desert, dry and dramatic with an imposing mountainous backdrop and dazzling sea.

Situated on the edge of The Cabo de Gata, one of Europe’s most remote natural parks, the area has one of the last unspoiled stretches of wonderful coastline.

Our ‘yoga home’ for the week is the wonderful Finca Del Alamo. This stunning house and outlying farm nestles in a peaceful and isolated setting yet is still within just 30 minutes drive of Almeria airport.

The main house which has long been a stylish bohemian venue for photo shoots has now been adapted to cater for yoga groups. Sitting within lush gardens, the house has won awards for its striking modernist design and has it’s own natural spring water swimming pool.

The cortijo standing 200 yards away from the main house, has been converted in the original local style into several apartments with sitting areas and kitchens. The cortijo has an outdoor yoga space and its own swimming pool.

The Accommodation

A variety of accommodation is available:

Main House – double/twin and single rooms en-suite. All rooms are unique and interesting. Some have balconies or outside sitting areas.

Cortijo – 5 apartments with sitting rooms/kitchens housing mainly twin rooms which are all en-suite. These are situated a couple of minutes walk away from the main house.

The Food

Eating outdoors where possible on the lovely terrace, all meals are vegetarian, nutritious and delicious and served buffet style.

Tea, herbal tea, coffee and water are available throughout the day.

There is an honesty bar available for other drinks.

We can cater for people with food allergies or intolerances. Please make your requirements known when booking.

Pricing

Twin share £825 pp

Single £945

All rooms are en-suite

The cost includes:

Full board and accommodation (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Please note on the free day, lunch and dinner are not generally provided.

Twice daily yoga (except on the free day)

The cost excludes:

Insurance – It is the responsibility of the guest to ensure they are covered by travel insurance for cancellation, delay of flight, ill health etc. Please ensure you have adequate cover.

Travel and flights

Airport transfers

Day trips and travel associated with these

Additional Information

Therapies – Therapists work with the venue and can be booked in advance.

Free day – Wednesday will probably be our free day when outings can be arranged. No yoga on the free day.

Excursions – can be arranged. The following are a few possibilities…

Sandy, secluded unspoiled beaches are within a 30 minute drive inside the National park of Cabo de Gata. Parasols and picnics can be provided for a beach day.

Water sports are available at Agua Amarga

Visit the Spa of Sierra Alhamilla with its healing hot springs, built by Phonecians in 300BC

Nijar, a traditional village is within walking distance and has craft shops, bars, tennis courts and horse riding available.

Granada and the Alhambra are around a 75 minutes scenic drive through the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Getting There

Fly from Gatwick direct or others with a change to the airport of Almeria. Taxis are around 50 euros one way and can carry 4 people. I will aim to arrange transfers for the group from the airport to the centre to keep costs down so please liaise with me before booking flights.

If you arrive or leave at very different times to the main group, your transfer cost will be substantially more.

Booking and Terms

If you have any further questions or would like to book a place, please email or call me.

✎ julie@yogalighthouse.co.uk    ☏ 0771 8875614

Your booking cannot be confirmed until I receive your booking form.

A deposit of £250 will reserve your place with the balance due 8 weeks before departure. I can accept cheque or bank transfer.

The deposit is non refundable should you decide to cancel. 

If you cancel within 6 weeks of the retreat, I will be unable to make any refund and the full cost will be due.

Please note, I always seek to act in good faith in my description of the facilities offered but rely on information given to me by the owners regarding their venue.