Yoga & Hiking Retreat in El Chorro, Spain 11th-16th of May, 2019
9 x Yoga sessions in the open air Yoga shala overlooking the mountains (90 minutes each) with two different yoga teachers. 1x meditation session (Gong Bath, Tibetan bowls or Yoga Nidra meditation for deep relaxation).
Healthy, nutritious and wholesome veggie breakfast, lunch and dinner made by the Olive Branch Chef.
Comfortable twin or triple en-suite rooms with little terraces overlooking the mountains or gardens.
Complimentary goodie bag with plant based products (from kombucha to raw energy snacks)
The Caminito del Rey gorge walk: a spectacular walkway pinned along the steep walls of a gorge and hanging over 100 meters up on a vertical cliffs. 7-8km of walking in total.
Hiking to the top of the Arabic Staircase, enjoying the view along the way of pine forests, El Chorro village and rolling hills and rocks down below. Short meditation session on the top of the mountain, too. 7-10km of hiking in total.
Visit to Ardales Lakes. Swimming in the lakes, short hikes around or optional kayaking.
Use of retreat facilities. Relaxing by the swimming pool or in the hammock, reading or journaling in the garden, playing dart and board games in the communal room.
Journaling as well as self and group reflection time.
Optional activities include: massage, rock climbing, billiard and kayaking.
Pick up from Malaga airport.
And of course living the dream!
The Olive Branch Bed & Breakfast
Located in the mountains and rolling hills of El Chorro, the Olive Branch Bed & Breakfast is set in a tranquil and peaceful nature setting. There are mountain and garden views from the property, swimming pool with sun loungers, verandas as well as communal room with sofas, billiard table, board and dart games. Plenty of space in the beautiful Mother Nature to give time for your self, to breathe, to grow, to unwind.
The Olive Branch Guesthouse has been awarded with the Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor four years in a row already. Therefore, best possible experience staying at the Olive Branch is guaranteed for us!
The Olive Branch Gardens
Drinking coffee with the view (warm jacket won't be needed in May, though!)
Expect morning sessions to be energizing, fun and dynamic Vinyasa/ Hatha Flow style. Sessions will awaken, strengthen our body and minds. We will move from one asana to the other linking each pose with our breath. Every session will be quite different composed of creative yoga asana sequences where strong focus will also be given to learn the correct asana alignment in order to be able to practice individually after the retreat and to prevent injuries. Expect to playfully challenge yourself and learn something new every day!
Sunset evening sessions will be quite the opposite: Yin/ Restorative Yoga. A meditative experience where we will spend longer periods of time in each pose, surrendering and letting tension in our body and nervous system go away with each breath. Expect to deeply relax and restore your body and let go of all the tension in your muscles, to feel safe and grounded. We will cultivate mindfulness and stillness within.
Ieva Luna received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training certificate in Rishikesh, India and was deepening her yoga asana and meditation practice in Indonesia and China for the last several years. Ieva Luna also completed 12 hour workshop 'Yoga as a therapy for Back Problems' in London. Currently she is teaching Yoga in the UK where she has regular classes as well as teaches yoga in the events such as Vegan Festivals and corporate events. Ieva Luna is also a certified CBT practitioner as well as had attended various courses on NLP and Communication.
Sabrina Vernooy is practicing Yoga on and off the mat since 2010. She completed 200 hour RYT in Vinyasa Yoga, 100 hour RYT in Yin Yoga and 50 hour RYT in Yoga Nidra. Currently she is teaching yoga in Amsterdam. Sabrina is also a professional dancer.
The Spectacular Caminito del Rey Gorge walk
Hiking through the pine forests
Price is per person for 5 nights accommodation in en-suite double or triple rooms, yoga sessions, meals from dinner on 11th to breakfast on the 16th of May (breakfast, lunch and dinner on 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th), use of communal retreat facilities, pick up from Malaga as well as hiking, Caminito del Rey and Ardales lakes activities.
All inclusive price is £ 695.
Price does not include: flights (check skyscanner.com for super good deals from the UK to Malaga! Wizzair, Ryanair and Easy jet have good deals), insurance, optional activities, extra snacks or soft drinks.
What to do now?
Take a deep and slow breath. Smile. Visualizing this beautiful yoga adventure all together in the magical nature of El Chorro.
Get in touch with Ieva Luna at if you have any questions! I am here to happily answer any questions you might have.
Places are limited, so don't wait too long if you are coming!
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I come by myself?
Absolutely! Most of our retreat participants are coming alone and leaving with new friends in the end of the retreat. Welcoming and friendly environment with like minded people is a fertile ground to connect with other fellow travelers, yoga practitioners and make (possibly) lifelong friendships.
- I have never done yoga before, can I still come?
Don't worry if you have never practiced yoga before or can't touch the ground with your fingers (yet!). This retreat is open for those new to yoga as well as advanced practitioners. Different yoga posture modifications will be given during the Yoga classes, all levels will be catered for and everyone will be supported in their personal growth: physical and mental.
- What about food? I have some dietary requirements, what should I do?
Expect the food to be wholesome, nutritious, healthy and plant based. Please let us know in advance/ in the time of booking and The Olive Branch chef will make sure to cater for your dietary requirements/ allergies.
- What about hiking? Do I have to buy new hiking shoes?
Sport shoes or comfortable hiking sandals will be absolutely enough. Our hiking will not be strenuous, but more an enjoyable long walks in the mountains. Two of our hikes will be max of 12 km per hike with stops to enjoy the view along the way, to take some photos and spend peaceful time in sitting still/ meditation.
- What about the payment? Do I have to pay the full price in advance?
The payment can be made in full or a deposit of 200 can be made first to secure your spot and then the rest of the payment to be paid by the 11th of March.
- What about your cancellation policy?
We offer a full refund of total booking amount for cancellation prior to 90 days before arrival. A refund of 50% of total booking amount for cancellation prior to 30 days before arrival. For cancellation during 30 and less days before arrival a full payment is required unless we can fill the room/place at the retreat.
Open air Yoga Shala where we will practice yoga every morning and evening
Double, twin or triple rooms with mountain or garden views