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6 Days Yoga, Meditation, and Mindful Eating Retreat by the Beach in Southern Spain

Overview

Creating connection: Body, Mind, Heart, and Spirit

Do you want to invest more of your energy creating the big life you crave? Are you tired of struggling with overeating, over-dieting, emotional eating, binge eating, or body dissatisfaction? Do you wish you could just be at peace with food? This retreat will help you explore yoga, meditation, mindful eating, and healthy living!

Mindful eating - eating with intention and attention - provides a practical approach to decision-making without restriction, deprivation, or guilt. Yoga and meditation are a wonderful compliment to mindful eating because practicing yoga and meditation is the art of listening to yourself, it connects you with your spirit while unraveling the physical, mental, and emotional knots.

Yoga and meditation allow us to explore and change our perspective and relationship to our body, food, and mind. It teaches us to appreciate what our bodies are capable of, to learn to listen to our bodies’ signals and honor them to best meet our needs. This retreat will give participants the tools that lead to a greater connection to their body, mind, heart, and spirit.

Highlights

  • Cooking classes
  • Daily yoga classes and Pranayama sessions
  • Nutrition, weight loss, and body detox workshops
  • Complimentary personal nutrition and health coaching consultation
  • Wallking tours through Zahora and the nearby beaches
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 12.

Styles

  • 5 days with instruction
  • French, Portuguese, Spanish, English
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Casara Way offers a beautiful villa accommodation on a large, beach-facing property next to a plantation of seasonal vegetables, including potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, carrot, pepper, corn, beet, lettuce, tomatoes, and fruits such as watermelon, melon, and strawberries, among others. The retreat's center nearby wild beach, Zahora, does not usually fill up with tourists, which makes this place one of the last surviving secrets of Spain.

Casara Way has five rural cottages, just fifty meters away from the beach. You will have private access to Zahora Beach by walking a short track that passes by an area with beautiful horses, chickens, and turkeys. The venue has a calm and friendly atmosphere with a total of five tastefully decorated and self-contained cottages and shared spaces in the beautiful garden, which will make you go home feeling totally rejuvenated.

The cottages are chic and stylish, as well as they have all the amenities required to make your stay comfortable and memorable, such as international television, fridge, freezer, microwave, coffee-maker, kettle, toaster, juicer, blender, washing machine, iron, and alarm clock. Additionally, private or shared rooms with bathroom and shower are available in all the cottages.

Wherever you stay, you will be able to stroll through the gardens, walk along Zahora Beach, hear the roaring waves of the Atlantic Ocean, or just listen to the birds singing from your room. Also, its inviting outdoor areas will provide everything you need for chilling out, such as loungers, deck chairs, and hammocks, making yourself feel completely at home.

Casara uno

This 70-square meter, the light-filled cottage offers lots of charm on its two levels and its welcoming porch. On the ground floor, you will find a living room with a wood-burning stove, a kitchenette, and a bathroom with shower. On the upper floor, you will find a 30-square meter bedroom with views of the Zahora Beach. This cottage is practical and functional, perfect for couples or couples with a small child. A big world map in the room will encourage dreams of future travels.

Casara dos

This 80-square meter space is a tower that was built in the 1970s, and which has been renovated and turned into a three-story house. Today, this cottage is a place decorated with objects from trips to Asia, as well as it features a collection of masks from Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, Tibet, India, Nepal, and China.

On the ground floor, you will find a kitchen, a dining area, and a wood-burning stove. The first floor features a bathroom and a living room, while the upper floor offers a large bedroom with amazing views of the Zahora beach, which will make you fall asleep to the sound of the sea.

Casara tres

This 70-square meter cottage has the traditional architecture of the area with its sixty-centimeter wide walls, making the house cool in summer and cozy in winter. The house has only one floor, which features two bedrooms and a living room with a wood burning stove, as well as it is decorated with objects and details from trips to Africa with a collection of masks from central Africa.

Casara cuatro

This 100-squared centimeter two-floor loft has a pitched roof with white beams. From the main bedroom in the upper floor, you can access a small terrace with views of the Zahora Beach. When you enter the house, you will be greeted by a large space, with a living room and a dining room that feature a wood-burning stove.

On the lower floor, you will find an independent bathroom and a bedroom with a large wardrobe. This house is large and bright, as well as it is decorated with objects and details from trips to Ghana, Morocco, and Turkey.

Casara Cinco

This 80-square meter cottage is a two-floor space, which features a living room, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a wood-burning stove on the ground floor. On the first floor, you will find two bedrooms and a bathroom with shower. The master bedroom has access to a terrace with amazing 360-degree views of the Zahora Beach, the Cape Trafalgar lighthouse, and the Breña Natural Park, as well as its decoration, features objects from Africa.

Amenities

You will stay for 5 nights in an accommodation which is fully equipped self-contained cottages with international TV channels, fridge, freezer, microwave, coffee-maker, kettle, toaster, juicer, blender, washing machine, iron, and alarm clock

Our experienced Facilitators will guide you through a life-changing experience as you explore and transform your relationship with food, physical activity, and self-care.

Yoga clases

Every day from Monday to Thursday you will benefit from three yoga classes from Monday to Thursday (Pranayama class, Hatha class in the morning and Restorative/Yin yoga classes in the early evening). On Friday morning you will have Pranayama class and Hatha class. All the classes are specially designed to support the elimination of toxins and to help you to feel deeply relaxed.

Meditation and Mindful Eating classes

Every day from Monday to Thursday you will benefit from two meditation classes (mindfulness and mindful eating). At Casara Way (Wellness And Yoga) we offer a variety of meditation classes designed to help students become more mindful, connected and self-aware. They are aimed at both beginners and experienced students. We will explore informal and formal mindfulness practices focusing on the breath, thoughts, and emotions, meditations of loving kindness and self-compassion, as well as other practices designed to deepen your connection to your body, breath, and heart. The classes are designed to increase awareness, ultimately strengthening the relationship we have with ourselves and with others.

Sample Daily Schedule (Monday to Thursday)

  • Pranayama class, 15 minutes
  • Meditation, 20-30 minutes
  • Yoga, 75 minutes
  • Vegetarian brunch
  • Walking tours in the beautiful settings of Zahora (2 days)
  • Yin Yoga, 60 minutes
  • Mindful Eating class, 45-60 minutes
  • Mindful Eating dinner to practice the new skills you’ve learned that day
  • 2 Workshops focus on Meditation and Mindful eating, 1h

Sample Friday Schedule

  • Pranayama class, 15 minutes
  • Meditation, 30 minutes
  • Yoga, 75 minutes
  • Vegetarian Brunch

Please be advised that this sample schedule is subject to change.

During this retreat, you will receive two walking tours: the forest, and one of the beautiful White Towns of Andalusia.

The White Towns of Andalusia, or Pueblos Blancos, are a series of towns and large villages. The towns were previously inhabited during Al Andalus and later on, the towns were established on the front line of the Christians' centuries-long fight to recapture Spain from the Moors, who were slowly pushed back into Africa. Today, these hill towns are just passing time peacefully. The old center is a labyrinthine wonderland, a photographer's feast. Viewpoint-hop through town. Feel the wind funnel through the narrow streets as cars inch around tight corners.

The forest walk will take place at La Breña y Marismas del Barbate Natural Park, the second largest coastal reserve in Andalusia. Its shore is lined by towering cliffs, which are home to teeming colonies of herring gulls and egrets. Thick stands of stone pine provide shade for a stunning variety of Mediterranean wildflowers, as well as impressive cliffs, fall over a hundred meters into the Atlantic Ocean. This is one of the most environmentally diverse and best-preserved parts of the Andalusian coast.

Casara will do its best to also take you to a nearby cultural or folklore show (also known as flamenco), a Spanish concert, or jam session.

  • Sara Prada

    Akshi Yogashala Yoga Alliance USA (Yin Yoga)

    Sara grew up in Zahora, Cadiz, and left Spain at the age of 20 to study a career in business management, advertising, and marketing. Sara has lived and worked in many places around the world, where she discovered the benefits of yoga. In 2014, she moved back to Zahora to fulfill her dream of opening a wellness retreat center. Sara started practicing yoga in Bali in 2012, where she saw the benefits of Hatha yoga and the restorative qualities of Yin yoga and now holds a teacher’s training certificate from Akshi Yogashala, a Yoga Alliance USA-certified course.

  • João Gomes

    João was born and raised in Portugal but started discovering the world at a very young age. He has practiced many sports, but it was 10 years ago when he started surfing in Angola that he found his true passion. While travelling in India, he was introduced to the practice of yoga and realized that surf and yoga are practices that complement each other. At Casara Way, he helps promoting the development of the body and soul in deeply meditative practices that provide infinite benefits.

  • Anwella

    Anwella is a meditation teacher from the Australian Yoga Academy in Melbourne, a nutrition health coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York, and a Spanish cuisine certified expert from Le Cordon Bleu who has a true passion for food. She practices a selection of meditation and stress management techniques, modalities that show how to use the mind more effectively, escape the shackles of anxiety and stress, and to function with more ease and confidence. With her teachings, she wants to reduce the current epidemic of depression and anxiety disorders and assist others.

  • Helena Chalverus

    Helena Chalverus comes from an artistic background, as a dancer and choreographer with a diploma from Colorado College, USA. The foundation of her yoga practice is Iyengar style where she received her teacher training certificate in the year 2000 in New Mexico, USA. She has studied and received many levels of formacion in Kundalini, Vinyasa and Yin Yoga as well. She has spent over 15 years teaching classes, with ample experience giving retreats in Spain and the United States and Latin America. Her classes usually include aspects of all of the above practices, adapted to the needs of those

  • Sophia Sport

    Sophia is a yoga teacher and a professional systemical therapist working with individuals, families, couples, children and young people. She started her career in Munich, where she worked as a family therapist for nine years. She then progressed to Yoga teachings and since 2012 she has been teaching yoga around the world. In 2015 Sophia moved to Spain to realize her dream of living by the ocean and combining her yoga and therapist experience in her holistic approach to work and life. Sophia’s experience gives her the knowledge and experience to help you to find your very personal way.

This retreat will take place in Zahora Beach, in Andalusia, Spain; an idyllic enclave with 3000 meters long, 40 meters wide, and stunning views of the majestic waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Trafalgar. With its fine, gold sand, crystal-clear, blue waters, 300 days of sunlight per year, and its charms around the province of Cadiz and Costa de la Luz, this place makes an earthly paradise that seems like a glimpse of heaven.

The ancient watchtowers of Torre del Tajo and Torre de Meca (which date from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries) stand on the cliffs overlooking the sea, where local fishermen use the traditional almadraba technique to catch tuna fish. The local area is protected due to the precious rock ecosystem and the rich variety of the offshore marine life, making this place one of the most ecologically diverse and best-preserved parts of the entire Andalusian coast.

Nearby places

  • Bolonia - 45 minutes
  • Cadiz - 1 hour
  • Conil - 10 minutes
  • Gibraltar International Airport, 93.9 kilometers
  • Jerez Airport (XRY), 91.7 kilometers
  • Jerez de la Frontera - 1 hour
  • Málaga Airport (AGP), 202 kilometers
  • Puerto Santa María - 45 minutes
  • Seville Airport (SVQ), 176 kilometers
  • Tarifa - 1 hour
  • Vejer - 10 minutes
  • Zahara de los Atunes - 40 minutes
Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Swimming
General
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
Services
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

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During this retreat, you will receive nutritionally dense, artfully prepared, and organic, plant-based food that will fuel your body and delight your senses. The venue has a large dining room in the main house, where buffet-style meals will be served two times per day (brunch and dinner), either at the inside or at the outside tables. In the dining room, you will be able to enjoy healthy snacks, fresh fruit, filtered water, and infusions throughout the day. Nutrition during this retreat will be based on the healing principles of healthy nutrition by serving organic products that will help you detox your body and flush away any toxins. The retreat center produces many of the vegetables and fruits that are cooked and served during your meals, and, when necessary, the venue buys products from local farmers, depending on the season. The retreat center can easily accommodate diets, such as gluten-free and vegan, among other dietary requirements. To benefit from this special menu requests, please send an inquiry to Casara Way, who will be happy to assist you.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Raw food
  • Whole food
  • Yogic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Ayurvedic
(If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

During this retreat, you will have free time to sunbathe, swim, or jog at Zahora Beach, as well as you will be able to enjoy other activities, such as cycling, playing with the Frisbee, cycling, taking a walk through the surrounding areas, or playing with beach bats. You can benefit from these activities for free or practice kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, surfing, and horseback riding at an additional cost. Zahora is also the perfect place for discovering the charms of the province of Cadiz and the whole Costa de la Luz. Located in the center of the coast of Cadiz, there are nearby destinations of great interest that you can visit just one-hour drive away. This destination includes Cadiz itself, Puerto Santa María, Jerez de la Frontera, Tarifa, Vejer, Conil, Zahara de los Atunes, Bolonia, and other small towns all over the province.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Massages and holistic therapies
  • Cooking classes
  • Meditation
  • Health coaching consultation
  • Healing sessions
  • Ayurvedic medicine consultation

You can also book these treatments:

  • Ayurvedic Treatments
  • Ayurvedic Massage
  • Thai Massage
  • Shiatsu Massage
  • A welcome drink with a delicious basket of ecological fruits on Sunday
  • 5 vegetarian brunches with appetizers from Monday to Friday
  • 4 vegetarian dinners with appetizers from Sunday to Wednesday. You are free on Thursday afternoon and dinner so you can explore the area and some of the tapas bars nearby.
  • Fresh fruit, detox water, and infusions are available all day long
  • 5 Hatha Yoga classes for 75 minutes
  • 4 Yin Yoga classes of 60 minutes
  • 5 Pranayama classes of 15 minutes
  • 5 meditation classes and 4 mindful eating classes
  • Yoga or meditation with live music
  • 2 walking tours (Trip to one of the beautiful White Towns of Andalusia and La Breña y Las Marismas del Barbate Natural Park)
  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • Detergent for the washing machine
  • 2 workshops
  • All bedding and bath towels
  • Shower gel, body cream, cotton swabs, cotton discs
  • WiFi is available throughout the property
  • Transfer from and to Conil de la Frontera, Vejer de la Frontera, and Barbate on check-in and check-out days
  • Travel, such as airfare and transfers
  • Insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Extra activities you wish to book

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Seville Airport (SVQ), Jerez Airport (XRY), Málaga Airport (AGP), or Gibraltar International Airport (GIB). Transfer from and to these airports is available upon request.

Arrival by shuttle

Casara Way can book a shuttle for you from the Seville Airport (SVQ), Jerez Airport (XRY), Málaga Airport (AGP), or Gibraltar International Airport (GIB) to the retreat center. Casara Way will match you with other arriving guests to spread the cost. If you want Casara Way to book a shuttle for you, please notify this at least three days in advance.

If you arrive to Conil de la Frontera, Vejer de la Frontera, or Barbate, Casara Way will pick you up at these points free of charge. Just send an inquiry to Casara Way and let them know in advance. Conil de la Frontera, Vejer de la Frontera and Barbate are all around 10km from Casara Way.

GPS

36º 11´45´´N 6º 02´27´ W

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 45 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Cadiz, Spain

Casara Way offers experiences of personal growth, healthy living, and spiritual exercises in a lovely accommodation by the beach in southern Spain.

Speaks English

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6 days / 5 nights

Departure:
Friday May 4, 2018
(6 days / 5 nights)

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