“A chance to re-energise not just your body, but your mind too, this holiday gives you expert Spanish tuition and professional yoga lessons all rolled into one.”
Intensive Spanish course | Picos de Europa National Park | Panes | Camino de Santiago | 90-minute daily yoga and pilates session
Description of Learn Spanish & yoga in the Picos de Europa, Spain
Your holidays can be a great opportunity to renovate yourself. More than a spiritual retirement, this holiday is a chance to re-energise your mind and body in the heart of Green Spain. Activate your Spanish in our lovely school in Panes: this intensive course, provided by enthusiastic and highly qualified teachers, will awake your mind… as well as enable you to better embrace the local culture. Learning a language with us is an invigorating experience, which will make your holiday unforgettable. Then energise your body with the guidance of our expert Yoga+Pilates teacher in a unique, tranquil spot in the middle of a native woodland.
You will have a memorable trip: Panes is at the doorstep of Picos de Europa NP and on one of the routes of the Camino de Santiago. It is surrounded by prehistoric cave paintings making history another key ingredient of the area. Finally, with a max. number of six people per group, you will feel special from the moment you get off the plane!
What’s included: - Spanish intensive course with a maximum of six people, with enrolment, materials and level test if appropriate. During the class hours, there is access to the school kitchen, with complimentary coffee, tea and biscuits! The course comprises four 50-minute lessons per day. The school has free WiFi and you can use the printing facilities at a small cost.
- One and a half hours of Yoga+Pilates sessions, plus half an hour chill out time afterwards, with refreshments, in the loveliest setting (Mon-Thurs).
- Transport to and from Yoga+Pilates sessions.
- Map of the area.
- Advice on extra activities, travel, things to do over the weekend, etc.
Our Spanish teachers love learning languages, and we want you to love it too! Our teachers are qualified and experienced… as well as good fun. We know you’re on holiday, so we focus on making our lessons enjoyable, not forgetting to give you a challenge and encouragement to achieve your goals.
Our Yoga+Pilates Teacher Soledad Martinez is originally from Madrid, where she trained as a classical ballet dancer before relocating to Asturias. She has an extensive career as a professional classical and contemporary dancer. She graduated from the Escuela Superior de Danza under the direction of the prestigious dancer Mariemma. She is also a licentiate of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in London and has studied with Yvonne Hunt from the Royal Ballet, Carl Paris and Christine Tanguay, amongst others. From the beginning of her career, she has used yoga and Pilates techniques to teach both professional and amateur dancers: she has developed her own approach, mixing Yoga and Pilates techniques, through years of helping dancers recover from injury and strengthening their bodies to avoid recurrence. As a Yoga+Pilates teacher, she has worked in the International Ballet School and Dance Centre in Madrid, as well as the renowned Victor Ullate’s Studio. But don’t picture her as a tough cookie, she’s the sweetest woman!
Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.
2017: 27 Feb, 12 Mar, 26 Mar, 9 Apr, 23 Apr, 7 May, 21 May, 4 Jun, 18 Jun, 2 Jul, 16 Jul, 30 Jul, 13 Aug, 27 Aug, 10 Sep, 24 Sep, 8 Oct, 22 Oct
Our top tip:
You’ll have free time to explore the fantastic Picos de Europa walking if you like, so bring good shoes
Small group holiday. Max. 6 people.
Leisurely. No previous yoga experience needed.
Local hotels selected to your taste and budget.
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available.
Not included. Lots of local cafes, restaurants and shops nearby.
Spanish course, yoga sessions, transport and map.
Responsible tourism: Learn Spanish & yoga in the Picos de Europa, Spain
We are serious about maintaining the natural beauty of the region and take steps to ensure that the environmental impacts of our activities are kept to a minimum.
In order to reduce vehicular traffic in the area, we prefer to pick up all visitors from the airports, ferries and train stations that service the area.
We promote local environmental projects and initiatives, and use these as a point of interest in our walks. This improves knowledge, awareness and allows a positive transfer of ideas.
We take litter home with us (whether it’s ours or not).
We walk responsibly, minimising soil erosion and disruption to animals. We use lesser known routes to halt over exploitation and damage.
We are knowledgeable about the environment we live in and its rich history. One of our passions is supporting people who respect their environment by taking an active interest and helping out with work when things are busy, for example at our friends traditional farm.
We want our business to have a socially positive impact locally and beyond. We visit local businesses and promote traditional practices that do not abuse the environment.
We take an active interest in other local businesses, for example helping out when things are busy at one of our neighbour’s traditional farms. We organize cinema nights at the school for the locals, as well as conversation exchange opportunities (such our "Menage a three" nights where Spanish, English and French are spoken over a glass of wine). We also work with local projects to promote sustainable development.
One of the great things about the area is that everybody helps each other when needed and money is never mentioned. We really like this and support these values. We treat the traditional ways of life and the local people with respect. We make a point of showing these to our groups as a way of promoting the area and creating interesting points of discussion.
We use a local taxi minibus service for our trips to the National Park, allowing us to be dropped off and picked up in different locations. This also minimises pollution and creates employment locally.
The Picos have some very old and traditional villages high in the mountains, these often have combined bar/shops which we use whenever we visit, helping keep them alive for the local people. This is really important as many of these villages are remote and inaccessible during winter.
We use local produce and workforce whenever possible.
Reviews of Learn Spanish & yoga in the Picos de Europa, Spain
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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 16 Sep 2016 by Ann Potter
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Loved the yoga in a lovely old farmhouse with a great teacher. The Spanish school was excellent with the lessons at the right level for us.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
The school was in Panes where virtually nobody spoke English so we had to speak Spsnish virtually the whole time.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes through using local hotels /bars and restaurants.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Excellent teaching and yoga which was really enjoyable