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6 Day Yoga Retreat and Plant-Based Food Preparation and Nutrition Workshop in Benissiva, Valencia

Benissiva, Alicante, Valencian Countryside, Spain

Yoga, Cooking, and Nutrition Retreat in Spain

Practice yoga and expand your culinary skills in vegan cooking, while learning about the nutritional benefits along the way!

On these retreats we combine the wonderful activities of yoga, meditation, cooking and walking, to give you an experience that will feed your body, your mind & your soul and give you new inspiration to improve your well being.

This retreat provides you with enlightening & mouth-watering plant-based nutrition workshops, led by Namit and one of our amazing chefs. In addition to sharing specific recipes, we will inform you of the benefits of the different foods and how to combine them to produce delicious and healthful meals for yourself, your family and your friends.

Meet the instructors

Namit, Fernanda, & Emily
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Highlights

  • 1 guided walk
  • Morning Vinyasa or Hatha yoga class (yang based)
  • Relaxing evening Vinyasa or Hatha yoga class (yin based)
  • 6 workshops on plant based food preparation and nutrition with practical sessions
  • 3 delicious organic healthy plant-based meals (daily) prepared by professional chefs
  • Only 30 minutes drive to one of Valencia's most beautiful and secluded beaches
  • 5 nights comfortable accommodation
  • Free private yoga classes

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 15 participants
Airport transfer available:
Alicante–Elche Airport (US$36 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Valencia Airport (US$97 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
13:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Library

Yoga Sutra Shala offers accommodation with excellent quality, assuring that you will have a pleasant and comfortable stay. During your retreat, you will be staying at a beautiful secluded retreat centre situated in Benissiva. The beautifully restored farmhouse is just 30 minutes drive to one of Valencia's most beautiful and secluded beaches, Oliva.

All of the rooms have beautiful views of the mountains or the village. There are eight bedrooms, each one with ensuite bathroom to make your stay really comfortable. Two of the rooms have their own balcony and three of the rooms have a large balcony which they share with each other. All rooms have air conditioning and central heating.

Budget twin room

La Solana has two single beds and has lovely views of the beautiful hamlet of Benissiva. The room has a lovely ensuite bathroom as well. The beds can either be booked individually by two same-sex solo travellers wanting to share, or by two friends or family members booking at the same time. It can also be booked for single occupancy by one person. To book this room for a male and a female, please contact Yoga Sutra Shala.

Budget double room

Tossal Gros is a cosy room named after one of the mountains seen from it's balcony. It has a comfortable double bed, beautiful views looking out to the mountains and an ensuite bathroom. This room is perfect for a solo traveller wishing to indulge in some private time.

Double rooms

All double rooms can be booked by couples or by solo travellers as a private double room.

El Colomer ("The Dove House" has a lovely double bed and beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. It also has a nice ensuite bathroom. It is situated on the second floor.

El Llimaner has one double bed and lovely views of the village. It also has an ensuite bathroom. It is on the ground floor, so is perfect for those who find stairs challenging.

La Forada is named after the impressive arch-topped mountain visible from the balcony. It has a double bed and a shared balcony-terrace with lovely views of the Valencian mountains. It also has an ensuite bathroom.

Twin rooms

All twin rooms can either be booked individually by two same-sex solo travellers wanting to share, or by two friends or family members booking at the same time. To book this room for a male and a female, please contact Yoga Sutra Shala.

El Misserat has two single beds, a shared balcony and an ensuite bathroom. It has lovely views of the surrounding mountains.

L'Albureca has two single beds, a shared balcony and amazing views of the mountains. It also has an ensuite bathroom.

Deluxe double room

L'Umbria is a very special room. This large, luxury room has a comfortable double bed; a sitting area; mezzanine floor; and an ensuite bathroom with a bath and a shower. It has its own balcony and lovely views of the surrounding Valencian mountains and unspoilt countryside. It is perfect for a couple or for single occupancy.

Program

Yoga and meditation classes

Throughout these retreats, you will be focusing on different guided meditations every day in the morning and evening to teach your mind to relax and focus on silence within. The aim is to help you return with a more positive and happy mindset.

There will be different series of Yin and Yang based Vinyasas taught to you every day, Yang every morning and Yin every evening - designed to slowly open up the whole body over five days so that by the last day of the retreat, every muscle within your body feels open, alive, relaxed, rejuvenated and energized.

Plant-based food preparation and nutrition workshops

Three different themes will be explored in three, 2-hour morning workshops:

  • The whole truth about whole grains: learn about their nutritional benefits while picking up tips and techniques to make the most of these deliciously nutritional foods.
  • Legumes - more than just a protein: understand the best methods for cooking and combining these wonderful staple foods, so that you can confidently explore their versatility and enjoy their nutritious nature.
  • The raw awakening: raw main meals, raw desserts, and cold steeped teas to excite your taste buds and arouse your curiosity, including nutritional information on raw versus cooked meals.

In the evenings, there will be further 1-hour workshops on:

  • What happens when you mindfully eat
  • The gut-brain axis: how your gut microbiome affects your mood; and
  • Ayurveda and eating for your mind-body type.

The workshops are sandwiched by a satisfying helping of yoga and meditation, each morning and evening, and 3 deliciously healthy meals are generously portioned throughout each day. Additional activities may garnish your retreat, such as lazing by the pool and wandering in the mountains.

All-in-all you will have an appetizing smorgasbord of wonderful, interesting, healthful, relaxing, and illuminating experiences to graze on.

"Free to do/attend" retreat

Note that all the classes are all optional during your yoga retreats. Yoga Sutra Shala wants you to develop at your own pace and they want you to enjoy your stay. They want you to enjoy your yoga retreats as much as possible, to become healthy in mind and body, to learn how to relax and deal with stress, and to learn how to feel at one with yourself.

"Your yoga" structure

At your yoga retreat center, their aim is to help you develop your health, learn relaxation techniques and learn meditation so helping you to deal with stress, improve the quality of your life, your happiness, and your sense of well-being. On your yoga retreats, you will be taught meditation, asana (posture), chanting, and breathing techniques. All classes will be optional as we want you to enjoy your stay and develop at your own pace.

You will be asked at the beginning of each yoga retreat what areas you want to develop in. Your yoga retreat will be personalized according to your wants and needs for your own development whether you are a new or established student of yoga.

Namit will be using his highly developed teaching system during each class at your yoga retreat at Yoga Sutra Shala to teach Vinyasa yoga. Your yoga retreat center will be run specifically as a shala - a place of refuge and a place to find inner peace. Your shala will be a perfect place to escape the stresses of the modern world and develop a sense of peace, calm, well-being, and happiness.

Guided walks

During this retreat, there will be 2 guided walks (on Mondays and Tuesdays). You will be taken to the beautiful mountain called La Forada in the stunning Valencian valley called La Vall de La Gallinera. In summer, when the days are warmer, the guided walks will take place in the early morning. During autumn and spring, they will take place in the late morning.

During the winter season, midday is the best time to do the guided walks and catch the sun.

Get the most out of this retreat experience

On Sunday, there will be a welcome lunch and introductions to staff, fellow guests, and the retreat program. This is the time that many good friendships begin and you have the opportunity to orientate yourself and rest from your journey.

The first yoga and meditation class, on Sunday afternoon, provides an important foundation for you to build on for the rest of your week. To get the most out of your retreat and fully enjoy the loving and peaceful family sentiment here, come for the whole retreat.

If your available flights don't match the retreat times, you could stay a night in Alicante or Valencia before and/or after the retreat and make use of our Alicante shuttle bus transfer (the quickest, easiest and often the cheapest way to get to and from the retreat) or use public transport from Valencia.

If you decide to come for less time, be aware that your booking and cost would be as for the whole retreat and you may miss out on certain aspects of the retreat experience.

Free private yoga classes

In addition to the scheduled classes, Yoga Sutra Shala also offers private yoga classes to any guests that want them. The private yoga classes will be offered for free by the assistant teachers.

You can ask for these classes if you want to:

  • Go at a faster pace than the normal classes
  • Go at a slower pace
  • Work on an individual aspect or posture of yoga
  • Workaround an injury
  • Anything else that you want to work on

Itinerary information

Retreats start on Sunday and finish on Friday. It is best to arrive Sunday morning and leave Friday early evening. The retreat lasts for 6 days and 5 nights.

Course information

The yoga retreats are suitable for students of all levels including beginners because all the classes are personalized for the students on each particular yoga retreat.

Yoga Sutra Shala's aim is for you to move at your own pace - at a pace that you enjoy and feel comfortable at. The Vinyasa yoga taught at this yoga retreat center uses movement and flow from one posture to another to bring the student closer in awareness to the breath and to give them the experience of meditation.

Practitioners from all backgrounds should gain benefits of meditation and inner silence by practicing at Yoga Sutra Shala. The classes involve postures that can put pressure on the uterus.

Whilst the exercises help with your health at normal times, they may disturb the developing baby during pregnancy so if you are pregnant, it is preferred you go to a retreat that will help you with the specific parts of yoga that are designed for pregnancy such as breathing and hip opening.

Sample timetable

  • 07:45 - 08:45 Yoga class and meditation (group 1)
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Yoga class and meditation (group 2)
  • 10:00 Silent breakfast
  • 11:00 Guided Hike (on Wednesday)
  • 12:00 - 14:00 Practical workshop on healthy food preparation and nutrition (on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday)
  • 14:00 Healthy and organic lunch
  • 16:45 - 17:45 Yoga class and meditation (group 1)
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Yoga class and meditation (group 2)
  • 19:00 Healthy and organic dinner
  • 20:30 - 21:30 Workshop on healthy food preparation and nutrition (on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday)

Instructors

Namit Kathoria

Fernanda Moreira

Emily Lamoureux

Location

Retreats are based at the yoga and meditation retreat centre in Benissiva, a village in the province of Alicante, Valencia, Spain. The retreat centre is surrounded by 8 beautiful mountains and it is situated in complete silence. The retreat center is only 30 minutes drive to one of Valencia's most beautiful and secluded beaches, Oliva.

Food

Healthy, delicious plant-based, 100% organic meals will be provided using locally grown organic fruit and vegetables on every yoga retreat. The recipes used will be created by health and nutrition experts including Namit and Maru, the founders of Yoga Sutra Shala.

Wholemeal foods will be used as well as foods low in saturated fat during your yoga retreats. All meals are based on the principles of good nutrition, health and good taste.

There is no meat or fish on the yoga retreats. All the food is plant-based in the tradition of yoga and ahimsa (non-violence). The yoga tradition encourages the plant-based diet during the practice of meditation in order to increase the experience of peace.

Instead your meals at the yoga retreat centre will contain beans, nuts, avocados, tofu, seeds and other plant-based sources of protein, allowing you to build core, back and other muscle groups that have been developed from practising yoga postures by yogis for millennia.

Other special dietary requests such as vegan, dairy free, and wheat free will also be catered for. Gluten free and lactose free diets as well as other allergies can also be catered for. Our chefs will make delicious alternatives for you.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Lactose Free
  • Whole food
  • Yogic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 1 guided walk
  • 3 2-hour morning workshops on plant based food preparation and nutrition
  • 3 1-hour evening workshops on plant based food preparation and nutrition
  • 5 nights accommodation in the cosy villa
  • Fun and professional yoga and meditation classes twice a day
  • Free private yoga classes (upon request)
  • 3 delicious organic plant-based meals daily
  • Use of the swimming pool
  • Over 20 of the best quality organic teas from around the world which you will have available to drink whenever you want to
  • Wi-Fi available for the entire length of your stay
  • A library of books on yoga, philosophy, meditation and travel
  • A library of CDs with mantras, meditation music, philosophy lectures and classical music
  • Fresh organic fruit from the local organic farmers available all day for you to snack on

What's not included

  • Airport transfers (30 EUR one way, group transfer from Alicante airport)
  • Flights
  • Massage treatments

How to get there

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Arrival by aeroplane

The nearest airport is Alicante (ALC). Yoga Sutra Shala organise a group transfer from Alicante airport to the venue and from the venue to the airport during scheduled times below:

  • On Sundays at 13.00 (airport - venue)
  • On Fridays at 13.00 (venue - airport)

The cost is 30 EUR each way.

Airport: Alicante–Elche Airport Airport transfer available: Alicante–Elche Airport (US$36 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Valencia Airport Airport transfer available: Valencia Airport (US$97 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

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Price information

Usual pre-discount prices start at 495 EUR. Final price depends on dates and choice of available room. Select your preferred arrival date and room option below and Yoga Sutra Shala will confirm the actual availability and final price. 

Please wait to receive your reservation confirmation before booking your flights.

Other available room options:

​Other room options are available. Please send an inquiry to Yoga Sutra Shala for more information!

Low season
  • The rest of the year
Mid season
  • Early June
  • Early September
High season
  • Late June
  • July and August
Friday April 2, 2021
(6 days / 5 nights)

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