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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three different themes will be explored in three, 2-hour morning workshops:
1. The whole truth about whole grains: Learn about their nutritional benefits while picking up tips & techniques to make the most of these deliciously nutritional foods.
2. 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 and enjoy their nutritious nature.
3. The raw awakening: Raw main meals, raw deserts and cold steeped teas to excite your taste buds and rouse your curiosity, including nutritional information on raw versus cooked meals.
In the evenings there will be further 1-hour workshops on:
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.
Note that all the classes are all optional during your yoga retreats. We want you to develop at your own pace and we want you to enjoy your stay. We 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.
At your yoga retreat centre, our 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 centre 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.
During this retreat, we will lead you on a guided hike to enjoy some of the breath-taking views from the mountains surrounding the retreat centre. We can show you more paths to enjoy walks on your own or with your fellow guests.
Our experience of guests arriving late leads us to strongly advise you to come for the 6 days (5 nights), Sunday to Friday:
On the Sunday we have 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 the 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.
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:
Namit has a strong family tradition of yoga and has studied yoga all over the world including in his native India. His background as a leading health professional allows him to apply and explain the health benefits of nutrition and yoga scientifically and to a high level. Namit has yoga teaching qualifications from Rishikesh (the birthplace of yoga) and also from Dharamsala (the current residence of His Royal Holiness the Dalai Lama). Namit is an E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance & Registered Senior Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals & has been teacher and mentor to yoga students since 2010.
Fernanda had a passion for cooking from an early age. When she was 17 years old began her career cooking in São Paulo, where she discovered the fascinating world of flavours and aromas. At the age of 24 she worked at a biodynamic farm in Palencia in northern Spain, where she learned a lot about organic and biodynamic food. During the last few years Fernanda has dedicated her free time to reading and learning more about food and nutrition, so that she can feed her family, the team and all the retreat guests a delicious, healthy and balanced diet.
Emily’s yoga journey began as asanas practice in studios throughout her 20s. It was when she attended a retreat in Cambodia that she truly realised the healing benefits of yoga, pranayama & meditation. In 2017 she completed her TTC in New Zealand, where she began sharing her knowledge in workshops, at yoga festivals and on retreats. Holistic plant-based nutrition has also played a large role in her health journey. She is often diving into books, doing workshops & experimenting in the kitchen. Emily loves sharing how easy & fun it can be to make the change to a whole foods plant based diet.
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.
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.
Transfer available for additional US$33 per person
Transfer available for additional US$88 per person
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:
The cost is 30 EUR each way.
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