Yoga and walking retreats in Spain

“Combine daily yoga and meditation sessions with organic home-cooked vegetarian food and walks in the beautiful Beniali Mountains on this relaxing 6 day yoga retreat”

Highlights

Morning chanting and breathing techniques | morning Vinyasa yoga | evening Yin based yoga | guided meditation | guided walking in the mountains and valleys | relaxing by the pool | three organic, vegetarian meals a day

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2019: 22 Dec
2020: 2 Feb, 9 Feb, 15 Mar, 22 Mar
'Free from' food:
All of our delicious, plant-based meals are freshly made using locally sourced, organic and wholegrain ingredients. Many dishes are also gluten free. Our wonderful chefs are skilled at producing delicious meals for a range of different dietary needs. We like to see all of our guests happy.
LGBT:
Our retreat provides a safe and welcoming place for the LGBTQ travellers.
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Yoga and walking retreats in Spain

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

All our fruit & vegetables are locally sourced (within 25km of the retreat centre) and organic.
All meals are plant-based (so there's less encouragement of carbon emissions).
We organise a group transfer for our guests.
Beautiful guided hikes are offered directly from the retreat location (no driving necessary).
Our permanent staff live locally. Our temporary staff live a short walk away from the retreat centre.
We encourage awareness for responsible usage of electricity and water (with nice signs around the retreat centre).
All light bulbs are energy-saving.

Environment

- We actively recycle and Benissiva village has recycle bins which we use regularly to recycle plastics, glass, paper, cardboard. We provide bins for recycling paper, plastics and glass in the kitchen for guests to use here.

- We do not print brochures - instead we provide all of our information electronically via the internet.

- Any information we do print - whether about ourselves or the charity we support - ‘People For Animals’ is printed on recycled paper.

- All of the cleaning products we use here are environmentally friendly. We use products from Ecover or local companies such as Ecotech and Ahimsa.

- All washing is done at low temperatures.

- We actively ask guests not to waste water.

- Nearly everything here is locally sourced so as to limit transport and so minimise effects on the environment and minimise packaging waste.

- Most of our paper hygiene products - napkins, kitchen towels, toilet paper and so forth come from European companies which are committed to the environment and to recycling. Many of the products we use carry the EU Ecolabel. The EU Ecolabel helps identify products and services that have a reduced environmental impact throughout their life cycle, from the extraction of raw material through to production, use and disposal.

- Where we cannot get recycled paper hygiene products, we make sure that the alternative products we keep have FSC certification to ensure that they come from responsible forestry sources.

- Nearly all of our lighting is with energy saving light bulbs again to reduce the impact on the environment.

- Our yoga products are friendly to the environment. Our yoga straps are made from organic cotton so that pesticides and other chemicals have not been put into the earth where the cotton was grown. The yoga mats that we use are made from non-harmful plastics as well.

- We are very much involved in a charity in India called People For Animals. They have around 36 animal hospitals all over India including one in Mysore, India where we spend winter ourselves. We talk to students/guests who come here about the nature of Ahimsa or non-violence and tell them about the charity. We also donate a small part of our profits to People for Animals too. Our work with this charity conveys very well the nature and the underlying philosophy of yoga.

- We provide information on local walking routes here in the Valencian countryside to guests who come here.

- All of our foods are organic. These means that the foods are grown in an environment that is free from pesticides, chemical fertilizers and other products that are harmful to the environment, to the soil and to the consumer. Organically grown food is also higher in vitamins, bioflavinoids and other nutrients that are anti-oxidant. Our aim is to truly create a healthy environment where our guests and the soil can thrive.

Community

- We work hard to maintain two of the foundations of yoga practice - Yama and Niyama which are rules for social and moral conduct. It is therefore very important for us to have a positive connection with the local people in our community.

- Many of our staff are local. Our head chef prepares the most amazing healthy and delicious food that you can imagine and lives in a local village called Benirrama. Our housekeepers are local too. Our handyman and gardeners are from Benissiva village too. Our drivers live in the Valencian Community.

All of our fruits and vegetables are organic and sourced from local farmers. Most of it comes from a local organic farmer called Joan who grows everything on two large plots in the Valencian countryside within 25km of the retreat.
We also have organic Valencian oranges growing here on the retreat centre and they are the most delicious oranges we have tasted! Using these local farmers for fresh produce reduces the impact on the environment in terms of transport and emissions. It also means that our food is much fresher and hence more healthy & tasty and it means that we provide money to the local community, which is very important to us. Our dry foods also come locally from Spain as well - some even from nearby villages too.

- All of our staff are invited to the yoga, meditation and other classes and some of our chefs are really developing as yoga students as a result.

- When we can we provide a free yoga class to the local community here in Benissiva and to people from the surrounding villages.

7 Reviews of Yoga and walking retreats in Spain

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Reviewed on 17 Nov 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Meeting such a wonderful group of people - both instructors and fellow guests.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Just go for it...…...don't hesitate it is well worth it. It was a bit chillier than I expected so if going in the winter take a warm jumper, scalf and jacket.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes - they sourced most of their food locally and operated in a very environmentally conscious way.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent in every way

Reviewed on 04 Aug 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


When we watched the sun rising on top of the hill... It was truly a magic moment.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Apart from the nice morning hikes, the retreat offers a gret opportunity to get some tips and hints for yoga practice , as it offers variety of workshops, but
alternatively you can also just chill in the wonderful meditation garden or swim in the pool. The place is truly wonderful - great for everyone who loves nature
and likes to try some fantastic vegan food.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Absolutely, most of the ingredients of our meals were coming from local sources - and prepared by an awesome local cook as well.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was a very nice week, fully recharging. The staff is absolutely wonderful, they truly take care of the people to make sure everyone gets the support they
need to enjoy their retreat.

Reviewed on 23 Jun 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


All the amazing, genuinely kind honest people that I connected with.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Just give yourself up to the experience, take in the peace and open your mind and heart to learn.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The shala really works with the environment. All the food is local, seasonal and organic... And also delicious!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This was the best place I have been. The surroundings are beautiful. The activities are organised really well and are interesting, don't miss the mountain hike. A great place to take a breath and reflect.

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Hard to decide....the location, the yoga or the food. Actually it was the other people who made it
a great week, staff and customers alike.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


You’ll only need casual clothing, something loose for yoga and walking boots for hikes. If
you’re not already vegan, be prepared for surprisingly tasty food.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely. Care is taken to avoid plastics, and recycle and compost where possible. Food is local
and organic and all paid staff are local.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The location is so perfect I would have forgiven them if the yoga hadn’t been good, but it was
excellent, especially the meditation. Altogether excellent value.

Reviewed on 09 Oct 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


I loved the food and the yoga classes. The normall meditation classes were a bit much for me. I did loved the walking meditation!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Book in a season when there are not that muh mosquitos. I had more then 70 bites and had to put on a lot of spray. The weather was perfect tho.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It helps the farmers with producing more foods on the land.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I really enjoyed it. Except the part with taking all the cash with me during travels.. And the meditation classes were quite long for a beginner.

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


It was all great - yoga, meditation, walks, food, people. I could not have had a better experience!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go with an open mind and enjoy every minute of it :)

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We had a supply of fresh fruit and veg from the local organic farmers.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was overall a great retreat and exactly the right mix of yoga, meditation and walks that I was looking for.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you Ela! What a great week! And the weather is perfect now for walks, so best time of the year to really get the whole mix of everything! We hope to
see you again in the future! Lots of love, Lieke, Namit and all the rest of us here at Sutra Shala!

Reviewed on 04 Oct 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


There are two things that really stick in my mind; when I read one of the books on the coffee table and realised something fundamental about myself, and
when Namit was correcting my posture and I listened (perhaps for the first time in my yoga practice) to exactly what he was saying and made the changes /
activated the muscles/ sucked in my tummy, it's amazing how much of a difference this made to my practice.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Prepare to open your mind......and your hips.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The retreat really felt part of the community, in terms of connecting with the local farmers and businesses and the people were very respectful of their
surroundings.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was a truly wonderful experience. We didn't have the best weather for the week but it really didn't matter as the staff just created more workshops for us
and I think we benefited more from that. Plus that final day beside the pool was heavenly when we got it.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for your review Natasha! :-)

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