There's Nothing But Magic and Good Vibes in the Air at this Yoga Retreat
You know that feeling when you have an amazing vacation, and you want to tell absolutely EVERYONE you know about it… and then you do, and you see that they “get” you had a good time, but don’t quite “get” HOW AMAZING the experience was? And no amount of Instagramming can truly relay what you experienced, because not even you understand exactly what happened.
What I’m experiencing now feels something like that.
The short story - I led a Wellness Retreat & English Immersion at Suryalila Retreat Centre in southern Spain. We could end this here and no doubt you’d get the feeling it was amazing, even if you weren’t in need of an English immersion. I mean, the mention of southern Spain probably puts visions of rolling hills, white washed villages, sunflower fields, olive oil, wine… beauty. Right? And then add the fact we’re at a yoga retreat and talking about wellness topics- I’d bet you’re on board with the possibilities for Zen and relaxation.
But I need to tell you…. the place I just returned from is different. Located on a renovated olive farm, the setting of the Suryalila Retreat Centre makes you feel like you’ve been transported to the beginning scenes of The Alchemist, in the rolling hills of Andalucia. If you’re unfamiliar with this story, it’s the mystical tale of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who sets out to travel the world in search of treasure. While searching, he learns to listen to the calling of his heart and the guidance offered by the “language of the world.” The “alchemy” of the story is Santiago’s evolution, or “discovering his Personal Legend.” Here’s the tie-in…the longer you stay at Suryalila, the more you feel the same sense of alchemy .
And this, my friends is why Suryalila is so magical… something about its very energy begs you to connect with yourself on a level that perhaps you hadn’t reached before.
But where does this energy come from? To begin, quite simply, let’s talk location. Set in a large open valley in the foothills of the Sierra de Grazelema, one can see the majestic mountain range peeking out in the horizon. Next, let’s talk views - every direction holds awe-inspiring surprises - rolling hills, fields of sunflowers like you’ve never seen, farm houses, even an abandoned monastery. Moreover, its 45 acres of land hold a working olive farm with 350 olive trees as well as organic vegetables, fruits, and chickens, horses, goats, sheep, dogs, and cats.
Not sure how to take in all of the views? Start with the property’s three yoga halls. Each provides a unique place to enhance your practice and achieve inner peace. The majestic Om Dome was the realization of a dream years in the making, and is what Yoga Journal called “the most magnificent yoga hall in Europe.” The dome’s massive bay window offers views of beautiful rolling hills and an abandoned convent while you take in the special energy of the dome. Two other spaces allow for even more options for awe-inspiring yoga. The Moon Shala is a sustainable cobb (straw bale and mud building) organic structure located in the olive grove and offering its own stunning vistas. The Ganesha Yoga Shala is part of the retreat’s main house, with windows on both sides allowing plenty of light and fresh air.
When you’re not practicing yoga, achieving a state of zen is not a problem. The property offers a multitude of places to relax and reflect. Whether you cool off in the salt water eco pool, nap in the Moroccan Pavilion, or sip tea on one of the benches, chairs, or pagodas aesthetically and strategically placed throughout the property, you’re promised unparalleled views and serenity.
While you’re nourishing your spirit and soul, your body will be taken care of as well as Suryalila’s cuisine is perhaps the most nourishing and lovingly prepared vegan/vegetarian organic food I’ve ever had. To say it is beautifully presented could be the understatement of the century. With ingredients sourced from the property each meal is lovingly planned by a (very happy and friendly) group of chefs. There’s even a view of the site’s organic vegetable garden from the kitchen window.
As you can see, the setting of Suryalila is quite simply perfect. But the story can’t end here, because the setting can’t get all the credit for the magic of Suryalila.
The magic… can be found, and felt in every one of the people behind it. Bringing it back to the Alchemist, it’s clear that Vidya, the woman behind Suryalila, followed her personal legend to bring this beautiful place to life. Her positive energy and unrelenting spirit created this mystical, magical escape that attracts like- minded yoga instructors, chefs, property managers, massage therapists, and support staff. It’s obvious that each of them is on course to discover their personal legends as well. They come from all over the world, each in search of something different, but with the common spirit of making Suryalila (and the world) a better, brighter place. In doing so, they’ve created a vibe that shines as bright as the sunrises and sunsets gracing Suryalila every day. If you want to know (and feel) what I’m talking about, then please run (don’t walk) to your computer and arrange a trip to Suryalila.
I promise you, it will be magical.