Join yoga teachers Jessica Winderl and Sea Marie Biladeau for 5 nights/6 days unplugged and off the grid, while connecting to nature and a slower rythym. During this retreat, intentionally cultivate time + space to breathe, walk, move, meditate and find a remembrance of self and spiritual connection. Embrace the warmth of the sun, smell the orange blossoms from the nearby orchard, and walk barefoot through our private villa as you enjoy the view.
MEDITATION. YOGA. HIKING. SWIMMING.
This retreat villa (www.molinodelrey.com) is spectacular and special- it is simple, clean, and offers a grounding energy through its on-property private meditation caves. Yes, private meditation caves! The yoga shala is bright and full of sunlight, and looks out over the surrounding hills and valleys. After practice (or before) enjoy a dip in the private pool that is fed from the natural springs near by, or savor a coffee or juice on the wrap-around deck while chatting with other students or writing in your journal. Afternoons are for siestas or personal time, and daily walks/hikes will be led by Sea Marie and will incorporate sweet meditation + contemplation exercises. Spirit + Sol has been lovingly designed to offer a true retreat, or withdrawl, from the chaos and noise of daily life, and to be powerful in its simplicity. It is all about daily yoga and meditation, time spent in nature, meaningful conversations with other yogis, and shedding energetic layers that weigh us down and hold us back from connection with Source. And, of course, having some fun! Tap in to a higher frequency, and then tune it and turn it UP. This retreat will meet you exactly where you are, flowing through the depth of your spirit and the fun and lightness of a summer holiday with close friends. As an added bonus we also have a professional photographer who will be present during the retreat taking photos- so feel confident putting your phone away and just enjoying the present moment!
RETREAT TEACHERS + GUIDES
Jessica and Sea Marie have been dear friends for what feels like forever- they grew up in the same town in Idaho, taught skiing together in Aspen, CO, and love to geek out on all things yoga-related. They bring a joyfulness and spirit of friendship to this retreat that is inclusive and encouraging.
Jessica is a yoga teacher (ERYT 500), Ayurveda Yoga Therapist, and the Founder of the Atman Yoga School. She also teaches and lectures at yoga festivals across the US and Europe and leads workshops and teacher trainings in Europe. Jessica is known for her creative and unique vinyasa flow sequences, and her ability to make yoga philosophy accessible and relevant to the modern yogi. Learn more at www.jessicawinderl.com.
Sea Marie is the co-founder of Karmic Earth, an organization based on collaborating and supporting each other in community to create positive change in the world. She is passionate and dedicated to teaching mind-body tools such as yoga to show up as an active leader of seva. She helps engaged people to transform their purpose and passion into action through leadership workshops, teaching yoga, and leading adventure service retreats. Sea Marie also co-leads yoga teacher trainings in Aspen, Colorado.
THE RETREAT CENTER
Molino Del Rey – Considered Spain’s Best Yoga Retreat and featured in Vogue, Yoga Magazine, Lonely Planet, BBC, and others.
Built by hand Molino Del Rey is set in the beautiful nature reserve of Andalucia “Sierra de las Nieves”, in Southern Spain. In a typical little Spanish hamlet community, surrounded by the traditional and simple Spanish country way of life and it is everything you would expect from a top luxury yoga retreat! The gorgeous green valley of Andalucian is flanked by orange groves and welcomes hiking and walking in the Ronda Mountains. In the nearby town, there is a simple bar but no shops or banks giving to a true retreat experience. Give way to the sacred pause that lends itself to totally relaxation and the experience of leaving it all behind.
+ Pool – Fed from the springs of the river “rio Grande”, the magical Grotto pool contains no chlorine.
+ Spa and massage treatments (optional)
+ Studio – floor to ceiling windows with views across the Andalucian valley
Food – A private chef serves delicious, healthy meals, typically vegetarian in nature. Fresh, colorful, local, and in season- just like Ayurveda reccommends! All meals are held in a protected veranda overlooking the valley, and special dietary needs can be accommodated.
“RONDA RENDEZVOUS” DAY TRIP
This fun afternoon excurision is optional, where we visit historical sites and visit the beautiful town of Ronda. Built astride a huge gash in the mountains carved out by the Río Guadalevín, Ronda is a brawny town with a dramatic history littered with outlaws, bandits, guerrilla warriors and rebels. Its spectacular location atop El Tajo gorge and its status as the largest of Andalucía’s white towns have made it hugely popular with tourists – particularly notable when you consider its relatively modest size. Modern bullfighting was practically invented here in the late 18th century, and the town’s fame was spread further by its close association with American Europhiles Ernest Hemingway (a lover of bullfighting) and Orson Welles (whose ashes are buried in the town).
South of the gorge, Ronda’s old town largely dates from Islamic times, when it was an important cultural centre filled with mosques and palaces. Further north, the grid-shaped ‘new’ town is perched atop steep cliffs, with parks and promenades looking regally over the surrounding mountains. Ronda is one of the oldest towns in Spain, and is unique due to its surrounding nature and history. It is built on two separate cliffs. The town is connected by the most famous bridge in Spain, known as “The New Bridge” even though it was built in 18th century.
WHAT TO EXPECT: A DAY OF SPIRIT + SOL
+ Wake up to the Spainish summer sun
+ Enjoy a community breakfast
+ Morning Sadhana yoga practice, meditation, chanting, etc
+ Privately catered Lunch
+ Siesta or swimming
+ Late afternoon Sadhan
+ Homemade dinner (spanish wine available)
+ Evening meditation or activity of your choice
July is the driest month of the year. July in the Andalucian Valley typically has lows of 54 degrees and a high around 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Count on 10 hours of sun each day.
The retreat is located 50 minutes from the Malaga airport and 38 km from the magical city of Ronda. Fly into the Malaga, Spain airport (airport code AGP), and take our private car shuttle to/from the airport (additional charge).
Rooms feature: balconies, air conditioning, super comfy beds, ceiling fans, tea making facilities, safes, hair dryers, alarm clocks, electric blinds. The Basic price for the Spirit + Sol Retreat is 715 Euro*, but the choice of a King Suite is an additional price. Book early to secure the room you want! *Does not include massages, alcohol, day trip, gratuities, or airport transfer. ** Does include VAT tax, all meals, accommodation, twice daily yoga sessions.
+ Twin rooms, balcony
+ One double and single bed, balcony
+ King suite
+ Twin dome – shared bathroom
+ Single cabin – shared bathroom