YOGA RETREATS

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YOGA & WALKING RETREAT IN THE BEAUTIFUL SETTINGS OF ZAHORA BEACH, CADIZ.

If we are to live a truly healthy life, then being gentler with ourselves, practising yoga and meditation, reducing stress, eating healthy and organic food and sleeping deeply all have an important part to play.  With a yoga retreat at CASARA WAY (Wellness And Yoga), you will learn to slow down, live fully and enjoy life again, all in the spectacular setting of one of the most stunning beaches in all of southern Spain.  

The retreat combines daily Pranayama classes and Ashtanga classes in the morning with walking tours that explore the beautiful beaches of Zahora, La Breña y Las Marismas del Barbate Natural Park and the local countryside, plus yin yoga classes in the early evening, evening workshops and three delicious vegetarian meals per day.

Forest Walk; La Breña y Marismas del Barbate Natural Park is the second largest coastal reserve in Andalusia. The 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. Impressive cliffs fall over a hundred metres into the Atlantic Ocean. This is one of the most environmentally diverse and best-preserved parts of the Andalusian coast.

Beach Walk; besides the wonderful sunsets in Zahora, the most spectacular aspect of this beach is the huge reef that shows at low tide and the enormous lagoon that appears when the water is shallow. The sunsets and the scenery make for some of the most breathtaking sights in all of southern Spain.

Countryside Walk; the rolling hills of the countryside provides walkers with fantastic views from ancient drovers’ roads and cattle tracks. We will walk to the ancient hermitage of San Ambrosio, which dates back to Roman times. We will also visit the El Palomar de la Brena, the largest dovecote in the world.

On the first day of the retreat (Monday) we will have a welcome introduction after the morning yoga class. There will also be a games night after dinner so that we can all get together and have some fun.

Our groups are small, only 12 participants, which allows personalized guide and instruction.

Sample daily Schedule (Monday to Thursday)

  • Pranayama class, 15 minutes
  • Ashtanga Yoga, 75 to 90 minutes
  • Vegetarian breakfast
  • Walking tours in the beautiful settings of Zahora (3 days, 60 to 90 minutes)
  • Vegetarian lunch
  • Free time
  • Yin Yoga, 60 minutes
  • Vegetarian dinner
  • Evening workshops or satsang. Subject will be chosen upon demand at check-in (3 days, 60 minutes)
  • Joyful silence

Sample Friday Schedule

  • Pranayama class, 15 minutes
  • Ashtanga Yoga, 75 to 90 minutes
  • Vegetarian breakfast

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

YOGA, NUTRITION & COOKING CLASSES BY THE BEACH IN SOUTHERN SPAIN, WITH A PERSONAL NUTRITION & HEALTH COACHING CONSULTATION

CASARA WAY (Wellness And Yoga) is the perfect choice for combining a yoga getaway with fun and informative healthy cooking classes and nutrition workshops.

Whether you are an experienced home cook or are just beginning to discover nutrition and cooking, this retreat will help you take your health and wellbeing to the next level. The hands-on cooking classes are taught in our professionally equipped kitchen. The cooking classes are limited to six participants, which allows personalized instruction. All cooking classes include printed recipe handouts. All you need to bring is your appetite for knowledge and fun!

This creative and relaxing yoga, cooking and nutrition holiday offers beautiful villa accommodation on a large, beach-facing property next to a plantation of seasonable vegetables including potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, carrot, pepper, corn, beet, lettuce, tomatoes and fruits such as watermelon, melon, strawberries and others.

The Chef and Nutrition Health Coach will be Anwella, who knows how to make delicious and healthy food exciting and how to empower her students with new knowledge and understanding. Anwella understands how challenging it can be to find the time to eat healthily in a busy life and will pass on her knowledge and passion of healthy living to you in an easy, relaxed and simple way!

During the five-day retreat you will receive:

  • Daily pranayama classes and two yoga classes to rejuvenate and unwind outside of your cooking classes and feel the benefits of this retreat.
  • A free personal nutrition & health coaching consultation. Anwella will listen carefully and help you to navigate the world of nutrition advice to determine what works for you through a simple, personalised plan.
  • 3 cooking classes, focusing on breakfast, lunches, dinners and healthy snacks (1 1/2 hour).
  • 3 nutrition workshops where you will learn about super foods & supplements, healthy eating, sustainable weight loss, how to prevent disease through nutrition, how to detox and what is really in your food. Learn about how food affects our minds, bodies and souls.
  • 3 walking tours in the beautiful settings of Zahora exploring the beaches nearby, La Breña y Las Marismas del Barbate Natural Park or the local countryside (3 times per week, 90 minutes).

In between yoga lessons, pranayama, cooking classes, nutrition workshops and walking tours, you can simply relax in the lovely garden or enjoy one of the most stunning beaches in all of southern Spain.

Spend five days in this perfectly relaxing Health Retreat. Whether you already enjoy a healthy lifestyle or you are starting out on your journey, thanks to our delicious recipes you will come back feeling relaxed and invigorated by this fabulous yoga, cooking and nutrition holiday.

Sample daily Schedule (Monday to Thursday)

  • Pranayama class, 15 minutes
  • Ashtanga Yoga, 75 to 90 minutes
  • Vegetarian breakfast
  • Cooking classes (1 1/2 hour each, 3 days)
  • Vegetarian lunch
  • Walking tours in the beautiful settings of Zahora (3 days, 60 to 90 minutes)
  • Yin Yoga, 60 minutes
  • Vegetarian dinner
  • Evening nutrition workshops or satsang. Subject will be chosen upon demand at check-in (3 days, 60 minutes)
  • Joyful silence

Sample Friday Schedule

  • Pranayama class, 15 minutes
  • Ashtanga Yoga, 75 to 90 minutes
  • Vegetarian Breakfast

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

CLEANSING, YOGA & MEDITATION RETREAT BY THE BEACH IN SOUTHERN SPAIN.

Specialists recommend that everyone takes time out for a 5-day cleanse once or twice per year. The best times of the year to cleanse are spring and autumn.

Clean your body in the beautiful surroundings of Zahora and return home with new energy and a clear mind!

During this retreat, you will receive an organic plant based menu, nutritionally dense and artfully prepared that will fuel your body and delight your senses. You will benefit from a specially designed menu with cleansing food, healthy snacks, organic raw juices and smoothies.

Natural cleansing foods are a delicious and a healthy option to detox your body, reduce stress, lose weight, put a glow back on your skin and return to a happier, healthier, more confident you.

Stress, inactivity, poor diet and many other challenges of modern life often result in the accumulation of toxins. It is essential to break the cycle of dependence on saturated fats, refined carbohydrates, processed foods and general excess. In addition to breaking the cycle of craving food that undermines your health, in just five days a cleanse food programme can do so much for your body and mind!

Our experienced team will do the cleanse with you and will guide you with love and sensitivity through the cleanse food process, keeping you fully informed and taking care of you from beginning to end. Our groups are small, 12 participants, which allows personalized guide and instruction.

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

Meditation classes
Every day from Monday to Thursday you will benefit from two meditation classes. 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.

Food
For your five-day cleansing retreat you will benefit from a specially designed menu of organic raw juices and smoothies, cleansing food, healthy snacks (Carrot Cleanser, Sweet Beet, Alkaline Boost, Ginger Zinger…) and detox water (Lemon Ginger Detox Water , Blackberry and Orange Detox Water , Lemon and Mint Detox Water, Apple and Cinnamon  Water, etc.).

We only use organic fruit and vegetables, so our guests will not ingest the pesticides, herbicides and antibiotic residues that the body is trying to clear out.

Sample daily Schedule (Monday to Thursday)

  • Pranayama class, 15 minutes.
  • Yoga, 75 minutes
  • Vegetarian Breakfast
  • Meditation, from 30 to 45 minutes
  • Walking tours in the beautiful setting of Zahora exploring the beaches nearby, La Breña y Las Marismas del Barbate Natural Park or the sights of the local countryside (3 days, 60 to 90 minutes)
  • Vegetarian Lunch
  • Meditation + Detox water, 1 hour
  • Yoga Class, 60 minutes
  • Vegetarian Dinner
  • Workshops or satsang focus on meditation and nutrition (3 days, 60 minutes).
  • Joyful silence

Sample Friday Schedule

  • Pranayama class, 15 minutes.
  • Yoga, 75 minutes
  • Vegetarian breakfast
  • Meditation

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

YOGA & HORSEBACK RIDING HOLIDAY BY THE BEACH IN ANDALUSIA.

If you love yoga and riding through beautiful scenery, galloping along deserted sandy beaches and exploring miles of sweet smelling pine forest, then we have just the holiday for you.

Our Horse Riding & Yoga Retreat includes daily Pranayama classes, Ashtanga classes in the morning, horse riding trips exploring the nearby beaches, the outskirts of the La Breña y Las Marismas del Barbate Natural Park and the beautiful countryside around Zahora, restorative yin yoga classes in the early evening, evening workshops and three delicious vegetarian meals per day.

Ride our exceptional Spanish and Hispano-Árabe horses through the most breathtaking and varied countryside that Zahora has to offer.

Horses are grounded and centred by nature. Horses will help you to focus on the here and now. They help you develop inner strength and authenticity and show you the importance of your intentions. Yoga and meditation with horses shows how important the connection is with yourself and your environment to achieve your goals. You will use respectful, non-verbal communication to create cooperation and work together as one.

You will also develop your inner attitude, inner silence, relaxation, grounding, balance, breathing techniques and body posture, building up your confidence, non-verbal communication, tenderness and clarity.

A small riding group (never more than six riders) will be accompanied at all times by two of our experienced guides.

Each day after our delicious organic breakfast or lunch, depending on the weather conditions, our guests will saddle up at our nearby stables.

You will ride out for approximately three hours with usually two and a half hours in the saddle. Each ride is varied and different. We do not set a strict daily itinerary because we like to choose the right ride for the right day.

  • The Beach Rides, we will ride along the edge of the forest down onto the long sandy beaches of Cape Trafalgar and El Palmar. These beaches stretch for 10km, giving plenty of room to get to know your horse and let him show you what he can really do. The sightseeing is spectacular and the colourful sunsets are among the best of the whole coast. For those of you who have already ridden on a beach we need not say no more. For those that have not, then prepare to make your dreams come true.
  • Forest Rides, the stables sit on the edge of the spectacular natural park of La Breña y Las Marismas del Barbate Natural Park, consisting of pine forest, salt marshes, steep cliffs and miles of sandy beach. La Breña y Marismas del Barbate Natural Park is the second largest coastal reserve in Andalusia and is considered one of the most diverse and best-preserved parts of the Andalusian coast.
  • Countryside Rides, the rolling hills of the countryside riders offer fantastic views as we ride over ancient drovers’ roads and cattle tracks. We will ride to the hermitage of San Ambrosio, which dates back to Roman times. We will also visit the El Palomar de la Brena, the biggest dovecote in the world.

 Sample daily Schedule (Monday to Thursday)

  • Pranayama class, 15 minutes.
  • Ashtanga Yoga, 75 to 90 minutes
  • Vegetarian breakfast
  • Walking tours in the beautiful setting of Zahora (3 days, 60 to 90 minutes)
  • Vegetarian lunch
  • Horse riding (2 1/2 to 3 hours in the saddle)
  • Yin Yoga, 60 minutes
  • Vegetarian dinner
  • Workshops or satsang. Subject will be chosen upon demand at check-in (3 days, 60 minutes)
  • Joyful silence

Sample Friday Schedule

  • Pranayama class, 15 minutes.
  • Ashtanga Yoga, 75 to 90 minutes
  • Vegetarian Breakfast

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

Our riding team
Our team are all passionate horse lovers with many years of experience of owning, riding and training horses. Being from this part of Spain, we know the local countryside very well, with all the folklore and traditions of Andalusia, a place full of the living heritage of the Spanish horse. We will do our utmost to give you a holiday that you will always remember with special affection.

Our horses
We have 10 horses, who are all very fit, healthy, very well cared for and well schooled. Each horse has a different personality and we will always try to match each rider with the right horse. Our horses are 150cm/59inches tall and will carry you with confidence and sure-footedness through the undulating Andalusian terrain.

Do you need to bring a riding hat?
We strongly recommend that you do; however helmets are provided.
Youcan ride without a helmet but your insurance must clearly state that you are covered to do so.

Do we have limits on age?
We do not have an upper age limit, as long as you are fit and healthy and can ride for 2 ½ hours a day. Unfortunately we do not have horses for children. We can take teenagers if they know how to ride.

What level of rider should you be?
Our rides are for intermediate riders. You should be comfortable at walking in open spaces for 2 ½ hours a day.
The horses are 150cm/59inches tall and riders need to weigh less than 90 kilos/198 pounds.

What do you need to bring with you?
We recommend you wear riding breeches and boots on your riding holiday.

YOGA & ADVENTURE HOLIDAY TO EXPLORE THE COASTLINE OF SOUTHERN SPAIN. 

This retreat is an adventure that will give you thrilling moments and exciting memories to last a lifetime. Our Adventure & Yoga Retreat includes daily Pranayama classes, Ashtanga classes in the morning, exciting activities in the beautiful settings of Cadiz (kayaking, stand-up paddle, horse riding, hiking, cycling), restorative yin yoga classes in the early evening, evening workshops and three delicious vegetarian meals per day.

Each activity is varied and different; we do not set a strict daily itinerary because we like to choose the right activity for the right day. Each activity will take around two and a half hours.

Horse riding day.
Our stables sits on the edge of the spectacular natural park of La Breña y Las Marismas del Barbate Natural Park, which consists of forest, salt marshes, steep cliffs and miles of sandy beach. La Breña y Marismas del Barbate Natural Park is the second largest coastal reserve in Andalusia and a major attraction for equestrian lovers. We will ride along the edge of the forest and down onto the long sandy beaches of Cape Trafalgar.

SUP day (Stand-up paddle).
The district of Caños de Meca is dotted with quiet and clean beaches whose shores are gently touched by green and blue waters. Beautiful small bays are hidden all along the coast from Cape Trafalgar to La Breña y Las Marismas del Barbate Natural Park. The best way to enjoy these waters and reach these remote beaches is by taking to a kayak or SUP board.

Kayaking day.
ElPalmar is an endless stretch of white sand beach that goes on as far as the eye can see. There are no high-rise concrete hotel blocks. The blue and limpid waters, fine sand, chilled out environment and great surf conditions have made it the most celebrated beach in all of southern Spain for kayakers.

Hiking day in the countryside.
The rolling hills of the countryside offer fantastic views to walkers, as we hike over ancient drovers’ roads and cattle tracks. We will pass old monasteries and walk through the sleepy Andalusian hamlet of San Ambrosia, which has remained untouched for centuries. According to archaeological sites found so far, the hermitage of San Ambrosio dates back to Roman times. We will also visit El Palomar de la Brena, the largest dovecote in the world.

Cycling day.
Each cycling day will be varied and different, as we like to choose the right ride for the right group. One trip includes a ride to the fishing town of Bolonia, famous for its giant 30-metre-high sand dune and its 4km long beach. With Roman ruins and grazing cattle nearby, this secluded beach is stunningly beautiful. On the sunniest days, you can even see the African coast.

A small adventure group (never more than six people) will be accompanied at all times by our experienced guides.
There could not be a better way to experience all that Cadiz’s magnificent nature & culture have to offer!

Sample daily Schedule (Monday to Thursday)

  • Pranayama class, 15 minutes.
  • Ashtanga Yoga, 75 to 90 minutes
  • Vegetarian breakfast
  • Exciting activities in the beautiful settings of Cadiz, Each activity will take around 2 1/2 hours
  • Vegetarian lunch
  • Walking tours in the beautiful setting of Zahora exploring the beaches nearby, La Breña y Las Marismas del Barbate Natural Park or the sights of the local countryside (3 days, 60 to 90 minutes)
  • Yin Yoga, 60 minutes
  • Vegetarian dinner
  • Workshops or satsang. Subject will be chosen upon demand at check-in (3 days, 60 minutes)
  • Joyful silence

Sample Friday Schedule

  • Pranayama class, 15 minutes
  • Ashtanga Yoga, 75 to 90 minutes
  • Vegetarian breakfast

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

YOGA & SURF HOLIDAYS ON THE CADIZ COAST, STAYING RIGHT BY THE BEACH.

Yoga may be the main course but CASARA WAY (Wellness And Yoga) is also located in southern Spain’s most celebrated surfing destination. So why not combine the two?

Our Surf & Yoga Retreat combines daily Pranayama classes and Ashtanga classes in the morning, with surf lessons, walking tours in the beautiful settings of Zahora, Restorative/Yin yoga classes in the early evening, evening workshops and three delicious vegetarian meals per day.

Each day from Monday to Thursday after our delicious organic breakfast or lunch, depending on the tides and weather conditions, we will make the way to the beach. We will surf either at Zahora beach, just 50 metres from CASARA WAY or at El Palmar beach, 4 km from CASARA WAY.

Practising yoga is not about perfecting difficult postures; it is about developing the ability to know your body, become more flexible and to be fully present in every moment. Anyone who has experienced both yoga and surfing does not take long to realise that they share common threads, both physically and spiritually. Surfing is a connection to nature that can be both exhilarating and humbling. When you are surfing, you are out in the fresh air, sunshine and water, challenging yourself, increasing your confidence, mental clarity and general well-being. There is nothing quite like the feeling of riding a wave.

The retreat does not just combine surfing and yoga because of the amazing surfing conditions in Costa de la Luz (Zahora beach and El Palmar Beach), but because each activity is the perfect complement to the other. Both surfing and yoga build strength, flexibility, focus and endurance. Both can be spiritual and meditative, and both definitely make you feel fully alive in the moment. Surfing is, in many ways, yoga on the water.

Your morning yoga class is a perfect pre-surf warm-up, getting you ready to paddle out and pop up on your board, invigorated and prepared for what is next. The gentle yin yoga evening class will help you stretch your muscles out to avoid neck, shoulder, and back stiffness and help you recover from your day on the water.

Beginners are welcome on the retreat. Whether you are new to surfing or are an experienced surfer looking to take it to the next level, there is a spot for you. The instructors will tailor their lessons to each student, ensuring a safe and fun time for all. The surf classes consist in sessions of three hours. We work with small groups (max six students) to guarantee maximum progression and the personal attention of our surf instructors.

The surf courses are suitable for all ages. You do not have to be a great sportsperson to take your first steps on the board.

Professional surf school
To get the best surf experience, CASARA WAY believes in lessons that fit your personal needs and wishes. We will make sure that all the guests get exactly the customized attention they are looking for. Our staff have years of surf teaching experience and have all the important local knowledge to provide the best possible surf courses on the Costa de la Luz.

  • Each lesson lasts about three hours, with a minimum two hours in the sea
  • Groups are six people maximum + two surf instructors
  • Free surfing equipment (surfboard & wetsuit)

Top surfing spot
El Palmar is an endless stretch of white sand beach that goes on as far as the eye can see. The blue, limpid, warm waters, the fine sand, chilled out environment and great surf conditions have helped make it the most famous beach for surfers in all southern Spain. El Palmar beach is perfect for beginners and advanced surfers. The long sand beach provides plenty of space and the surf consists of small to medium waves, which are easy to enter and near the shore. Come and try this exciting water sport while enjoying one of the most beautiful coastlines of all Spain.

 Sample daily Schedule (Monday to Thursday)

  • Pranayama class, 15 minutes.
  • Ashtanga Yoga, 75 to 90 minutes
  • Vegetarian breakfast
  • Surf lessons,
  • Vegetarian Lunch
  • Walking tours in the beautiful setting of Zahora exploring the beaches nearby, the La Breña y Las Marismas del Barbate Natural Park or the sights of the local countryside (3 days, 60 o 90 minutes).
  • Yin Yoga Class, 60 minutes
  • Vegetarian dinner
  • Workshops or satsang. Subject will be chosen upon demand at check-in (3 days, 60 minutes)
  • Joyful silence

Sample Friday Schedule

  • Pranayama class, 15 minutes.
  • Ashtanga Yoga, 75 to 90 minutes
  • Vegetarian Breakfast

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