A peaceful week of yoga and sunshine in Almeria, Spain

19 - 26 May 2018

Cost from £845

Teacher Lara Stapleton

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About The Finca

This stunning yoga venue is on the edge of the Cabo de Gata in Almeria, Spain, offering peace and isolation with a spectacular mountain backdrop.

Almeria is Spain's sunniest region and one of the least visited. Its proximity to North Africa means that the area is semi-desert, dry and dramatic, with imposing mountains and dazzling sea.

The venue is on the edge of one of Europe's most remote and beautiful natural parks, the Cabo de Gata, one of the last unspoiled stretches of Spanish coastline. It's an amazing landscape of perfect half-moon bays, hidden coves, bizarre volcanic rock formations, and spectacular flora and fauna - a wonderful wild coastline.

The venue is in a peaceful, isolated location, but within walking distance of the lovely traditional local village of Nijar, which can be seen across the valley at the foot of the spectacular mountain backdrop. It is only half an hour from Almeria airport, served by several affordable airlines.

 

The daily programme

Lara will offer two yoga classes each day. The morning class will gently open the body and attune the mind to the breath and slowly move and build into a deeper exploration of the poses. The classes will be suitable for all levels and yoga experience. There will be one yoga free day.

There will be time set aside in the day to explore and take in the stunning beauty of the surroundings, relax by the pool or head off to the beach. We will meet again in the late afternoon for a more gentle and restorative practice.

 

Things to do

Several sandy, secluded and unspoiled beaches can be found within approximately 30 minutes drive from the venue, inside one of Spain’s largest National Parks, the Cabo de Gata. Parasols and a picnic can be provided for a day out swimming and sunbathing.

There are several scenic walks straight from the Finca, of varying lengths, including up to the mountain village of Huebro via the Ruta del Agua, around 1.5 hours each way, following the spring-fed river past more than twenty small water mills, to the pool at the source of the water, where you can have a refreshing swim! So bring some trainers or walking shoes.

The city of Almeria is half an hour from Nijar. The 10th century Alcazabar is a fortified complex within Almeria city and is the largest Muslim fortress in Spain. The cathedral is also impressive. The pretty, local village of Nijar is within walking distance and offers a variety of craft shops and picturesque places to sit and have a drink al fresco. There is also a tennis court in Nijar, and a nearby hotel offers horse-riding.

Accommodation

The venue consists of the main house, which won awards in the 80's for its striking modernist design. It sits in the semi-desert landscape amid lush gardens, its architecture echoing ancient Mediterranean civilizations. Its striking natural swimming pool is fed by spring water and filtered by reed beds. It has long been a stylish, bohemian family home, also an exotic venue for photo shoots. It is now being adapted to cater for yoga groups.

The outlying cortijo or farm has been converted in the original local style into charming accommodation, located a couple of hundred yards from the main house. The cortijo has its own swimming pool and a covered outdoor yoga space.

 

Comments

I had such a wonderful week thank you - Lara was an incredible teacher. I loved my introduction to Scaravelli yoga and her enthusiastic, energetic approach. The classes were long but restorative and holding poses for longer enabled us to release from deep in the fascia...I felt an opening in my hips and shoulders and an awakening of my spine, which was wonderful - even my feet are much more spread and dynamic! The focus on pranayama and meditation was also excellent, as they often get forgotten for the asana and are such a crucial part of the practice.
Connie
I would like to thank you for arranging the most amazing yoga holiday which surpassed even my best hopes for the week. Lara is a teacher on a different level. If there was a bronze, silver and gold level, Lara would undoubtedly come in at the platinum level.
Nicky
A great experience, looking forward to booking my next YOAS holiday because the learning about yoga was like one careful breath towards coming home to my body.
Inga
Thank you so much for a truly wonderful week of yoga and getting in touch with my inner me! It has been inspirational and lots of fun too. I have learnt so much that I will now try and apply it to my own yoga practice (my new resolution is to do at least one proper practice at home per week and I now have the confidence to do that!. My downward dogs will be never be the same again now I know I should be treating my spine like a living breathing animal!
Natasha
I had the absolute privilege and pleasure to join one of Lara's yoga retreats in Morocco a few weeks ago. I can honestly say, hand on heart, that it was one of the best experiences of my life. The yoga and the spiritual journey that the yoga connected us to during the week was immense. Lara's style of yoga is simply inspiring. I was honoured to watch each of the 16 in the group change and expand their practice as the week went on. My body and mind were nurtured beyond my wildest dreams and in the space of one week I came back feeling refreshed, full of vitality and with an amazing sense of peace and wellbeing. Lara is passionate, intense in her belief of the body mind connection and is almost obsessive with ensuring her students get the very best from her class. She takes time with each individual, she doesn't rush, she listens to and reads her group and somehow manages to push you and get you to go far beyond what you think is possible without you realising you're being pushed. She has inspired me, helped me grow and has touched a part of my soul this week that I will never forget. Quite simply - she is outstanding!!
Karen

A peaceful week of yoga and sunshine in Almeria, Spain, 19 - 26 May 2018

Costs

Cost per person:
Double or twin room en-suite - £845 per person
Single occupancy room en-suite - £995
Small single occupancy room en-suite - £845

Includes:
Accommodation
Three vegetarian meals each day
Daily meditation and yoga classes (apart from one yoga free day)

Not included:
Airport transfers
Dinner out at a local restaurant one evening
Optional day-trip and other excursions
Massage treatments

Travel Arrangements

Almeria airport is the closest and just 30 minutes away by taxi.

Easyjet & Thomas Cook fly to Almeria on these dates.
Skyscanner is a useful comparison website for looking at the different
options.

www.skyscanner.net
www.easyjet.com
www.ryanair.com

Transfers are not included in the price but we will arrange these for you and group people together where possible. Generally the cost is between €30 - €50 per person for a two-way transfer, depending on numbers.