Yoga and Hiking Retreat in Altea

Yoga and Hiking Retreat in Altea0
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Type:
Retreat
Location:
Altea, Spain
Dates:
Oct 17, 2019 - Oct 22, 2019
Host:
Soul Seed Media
Price:
From £745 GBP

Overview

If you fancy exploring further, you can go biking and horse trekking, cook up a delicious paella lunch or simply chill in the sun. Our yoga and hiking retreats in Spain are the perfect blend of two complementing exercises.

Whilst hiking is great for the heart and lungs it can create tight leg muscles and an aching back but, with the addition of delicious yoga to lengthen, open and strengthen your posture, you’ll loosen your hamstrings, build strength, mobilise joints and deepen your breathing.  The simple fusion of yoga and hiking on one retreat means you receive a complete boost to your health and fitness.

Our yoga and hiking retreat takes place in the coastal town of Altea, an hour north of Alicante. Altea is surrounded by coast hugging mountains that tumble to the sea and is considered to be one of the prettiest towns in this area with little white washed houses lining narrow cobbled streets, interesting artisan shops a stunning blue domed church and a gorgeous coastline. According to the World Health Organisation this is one of the healthiest places to on Earth!

Yoga

The twice daily yoga sessions will complement the hiking with a combination of deep Hatha stretches and the warming flow of Vinyasa to open the body and joints in a sensitive nurturing way.

Morning classes will be uplifting to energise and open the body and senses to the day whilst evening sessions are more restorative, slow and calming to help soothe our bodies and minds from the activities of the day.

The level is suitable for keen beginners, those with a lapsed practice and intermediate yogi’s. Our teaching style is precise but relaxed but, as safety is important, expect to hear plenty of alignment tips to keep you on track.

There’s no pressure here to create the ‘perfect’ yoga posture practice. We’ve all come to yoga with different bodies and abilities and so what’s more important is that you pay attention to how the yoga ‘feels’ in your body regardless of whether you manage the final version of the posture. Slow and steady, your body will open up and let you back in.

The hikes

We’ll also be hiking out exploring this beautiful area at a nice relaxed pace.  First morning we’ll take you on an orientation 14k ‘Coast & Country’ hike to help nudge your body into action and explore the area close to the hotel so you get a good feel for what’s on your doorstep which will help you when you want to venture out on your own into town or the beach.

On Sunday we jump into the minibus with a picnic lunch and head into the hills beyond the hotel with a 4.5-5 hour hike in some of the most stunning scenery you’ll ever get to see in this area.

Then, if you’re ready for another hike, we’ll provide you with maps and our local’s knowledge for a 3rd self-guided (easy) 17k coastal hike to the neighbouring town of Albir and its ancient lighthouse on a safe rocky peninsula from where schools of dolphins have often been seen.

Retreat Schedule

Each day on our yoga and hiking retreat begins quietly with herbal tea and fruit to help you slowly awaken. Next it’s morning yoga to open your body and senses to the day.

Then it’s breakfast time – fresh fruits, wholesome cereals, yogurts, local cheeses and cold cuts, Spanish tortilla, eggs, sun kissed tomatoes and avocados, breakfast cakes, breads, fresh juice, teas and infusions. Help yourself to as much as you like.

In between classes you can take part in various activities exclusively for our guests – see activities below.

Late afternoon we gather for another yoga session to help us unwind from the day before a delicious vegetarian supper. We dine at the hotel on all but two evenings. On one of these free eves your taste-buds are free to explore local dining options and on the second free eve, we organise a meal out at a local restaurant, which you are free to join if you wish.

We like our retreats to be super relaxed so if there’s a morning you’d like a lie-in or an afternoon you’d like to wander into town and skip class, no problem! Do what your soul asks.

Activities

If you’re still feeling energetic, you can take this opportunity to join our guided biking excursion through mountain villages, have fun in the aerial yoga workshop or join Chef in his kitchen to help him prepare some traditional Spanish dishes which you’ll then eat for lunch or of course, visit our super beauty and holistic team for therapies, life coaching or nutritional advice.

Naturally, everything is optional. We prefer our retreats to be super relaxed.  So if there’s a morning when you want to sleep in, please sleep in. If there’s an afternoon where you’d rather stay by the pool, that’s ok!  Whatever your soul needs, please do that.

Cuisine

You can look forward to delicious, freshly prepared Mediterranean vegetarian menus that uses the very best local fruits and vegetables that grow so abundantly in this region. Fish is offered some nights too. As this isn’t a strict retreat, wine is available for those that would like a savour a glass or two.

Accommodation

We’re delighted to host this retreat at a 300 year old Olive farm that’s been owned by the same Spanish family for all 300 years! The farm has been renovated into a traditional country house hotel and sits in a peaceful spot with lovely views to the mountains and sea and yet, the pretty town and beaches of Altea are within easy reach.

There’s a pool in the garden, a small gym and sauna, a light filled yoga studio and a restaurant. Vincenta, the hotel owner, looks after us supremely well bringing fresh eggs from her happy hens and baking breakfast cakes each day.

The 22 spacious and superbly equipped rooms have double or twin beds, hot/cold air-conditioning, WiFi, a fridge, TV, safety deposit, telephone and a daily maid service to keep things fresh & sparkling. Every room has its own ensuite bathroom with fluffy bathrobes, fresh towels, complimentary toiletries and hairdryer.

We never ask nor expect guests to share so, if you are coming on your own, you’ll have your own double room with private bathroom, unless you’d like to share with a friend of course.

Retreat price

Prices are in British pounds
March 21-26, October 3-8 and October 17-22 from £745.00
Payment can be in UK Sterling or Euros in full or instalments – fill in the booking form for details.

Unless you’re bringing a friend to share you’ll be given your own double room for a small charge of £75.00 for the week.

Includes

* 5 nights accommodation in a superbly equipped double en-suite room
* Welcome gathering and refreshments day one – chance to get to know everyone
* 3-course vegetarian suppers at the hotel x 3 with refreshments
* Pre-morning yoga ‘mini-breakfast’ of fresh fruits and herbal teas
* Hearty and healthy buffet breakfast spread each day after morning class
* Twice daily yoga sessions x 90 minutes
* Mudras, mantras and meditation workshop
* One full day hill guided walk with picnic lunch
* One half day country guided walk
* Maps for self guided coastal walk
* Services of a Retreat Manager to help organise your stay
• Unlimited Yogi Teas throughout your stay
• Well-being gifts to help you unwind

Does not include

* Airport transfers from/to Alicante at selected times (€40 each way). We aim to meet guests between 11am-1pm on arrival day and arrive back at airport on final day for midday. Transfers must be pre-booked.

* Dinner x 2 evenings where your taste buds can explore local restaurants. One of these evenings we will organise a group meal at a local restaurant, your attendance is not compulsory nor complimentary, join us if you fancy.

Optional activities

* Guided biking
* Horse trekking
* Therapies and Spanish cookery workshop
* Life Coaching
* Therapies
* Nutritional services

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