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6 Days Horseback Riding and Yoga Retreat on Zahora beach in Andalusia, Spain

Yoga Retreat in Andalusia, Spain

Join a unique holiday in the beautiful scenery of Andalusia, Spain and enjoy the benefits from daily yoga classes with the fun and excitement of horse riding trips to the nearby beaches, the outskirts of a natural park, and the beautiful countryside around Zahora. Gallop along deserted sandy beaches and explore miles of sweet-smelling pine forests with exceptional Spanish and Hispanic-Arab horses through the most breathtaking and varied countryside that Zahora has to offer.

Highlights

  • Daily pranayama classes
  • Yin yoga classes in the morning
  • Horse riding trips to explore the surroundings
  • 60-minute health coaching consultation
  • Vegetarian brunch and dinner
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 60-minute massage

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Portuguese, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 6
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Accommodation

Casara Way offers a beautiful villa accommodation on a large, beach-facing property next to a plantation of seasonal vegetables, including potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, carrot, pepper, corn, beet, lettuce, tomatoes, and fruits such as watermelon, melon, and strawberries, among others. The retreat's center nearby wild beach, Zahora, does not usually fill up with tourists, which makes this place one of the last surviving secrets of Spain.

Casara Way has five rural cottages, just fifty meters away from the beach. You will have private access to Zahora Beach by walking a short track that passes by an area with beautiful horses, chickens, and turkeys. The venue has a calm and friendly atmosphere with a total of five tastefully decorated and self-contained cottages and shared spaces in the beautiful garden, which will make you go home feeling totally rejuvenated.

The cottages are chic and stylish, as well as they have all the amenities required to make your stay comfortable and memorable, such as international television, fridge, freezer, microwave, coffee-maker, kettle, toaster, juicer, blender, washing machine, iron, and alarm clock. Additionally, private or shared rooms with bathroom and shower are available in all the cottages.

Wherever you stay, you will be able to stroll through the gardens, walk along Zahora Beach, hear the roaring waves of the Atlantic Ocean, or just listen to the birds singing from your room. Also, its inviting outdoor areas will provide everything you need for chilling out, such as loungers, deck chairs, and hammocks, making yourself feel completely at home.

Casara uno

This 70-square meter, the light-filled cottage offers lots of charm on its two levels and its welcoming porch. On the ground floor, you will find a living room with a wood-burning stove, a kitchenette, and a bathroom with shower. On the upper floor, you will find a 30-square meter bedroom with views of the Zahora Beach. This cottage is practical and functional, perfect for couples or couples with a small child. A big world map in the room will encourage dreams of future travels.

Casara dos

This 80-square meter space is a tower that was built in the 1970s, and which has been renovated and turned into a three-story house. Today, this cottage is a place decorated with objects from trips to Asia, as well as it features a collection of masks from Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, Tibet, India, Nepal, and China.

On the ground floor, you will find a kitchen, a dining area, and a wood-burning stove. The first floor features a bathroom and a living room, while the upper floor offers a large bedroom with amazing views of the Zahora beach, which will make you fall asleep to the sound of the sea.

Casara tres

This 70-square meter cottage has the traditional architecture of the area with its sixty-centimeter wide walls, making the house cool in summer and cozy in winter. The house has only one floor, which features two bedrooms and a living room with a wood burning stove, as well as it is decorated with objects and details from trips to Africa with a collection of masks from central Africa.

Casara cuatro

This 100-squared centimeter two-floor loft has a pitched roof with white beams. From the main bedroom in the upper floor, you can access a small terrace with views of the Zahora Beach. When you enter the house, you will be greeted by a large space, with a living room and a dining room that feature a wood-burning stove.

On the lower floor, you will find an independent bathroom and a bedroom with a large wardrobe. This house is large and bright, as well as it is decorated with objects and details from trips to Ghana, Morocco, and Turkey.

Casara Cinco

This 80-square meter cottage is a two-floor space, which features a living room, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a wood-burning stove on the ground floor. On the first floor, you will find two bedrooms and a bathroom with shower. The master bedroom has access to a terrace with amazing 360-degree views of the Zahora Beach, the Cape Trafalgar lighthouse, and the Breña Natural Park, as well as its decoration, features objects from Africa.

Amenities

You will stay for 5 nights in an accommodation which is fully equipped self-contained cottages with international TV channels, fridge, freezer, microwave, coffee-maker, kettle, toaster, juicer, blender, washing machine, iron, and alarm clock.

Program

During this retreat, you will enjoy daily Pranayama and Yin classes in the morning, as well as horse riding trips to the nearby beaches, the outskirts of La Breña y Marismas del Barbate Natural Park, and the beautiful countryside of Zahora. After savoring a delicious breakfast or lunch each day, you will saddle up at our nearby stables and ride out for approximately three hours, with usually two and a half hours in the saddle. Each ride is varied and different but we will walk, trot, canter and gallops in each ride. You will not have a strict daily itinerary so you can choose the right ride for the right day.

Beach rides

You will ride along the edge of the forest down onto the long sandy beaches of Cape Trafalgar and El Palmar. These beaches stretch for 10 kilometers, giving plenty of room to get to know your horse and let him show you what he can really do. The sightseeing is spectacular and the colorful sunsets are among the best of the whole coast. For those of you who have already ridden on a beach Casara Way needs not say no more. For those that have not, then prepare to make your dreams come true.

Countryside rides

The rolling hills of the countryside riders offer fantastic views as you ride over ancient drovers’ roads and cattle tracks.

Forest rides

The stables sit on the edge of the spectacular natural park of La Breña y Las Marismas del Barbate Natural Park, consisting of pine forest, salt marshes, steep cliffs, and miles of sandy beach. La Breña y Marismas del Barbate Natural Park is the second largest coastal reserve in Andalusia and is considered one of the most diverse and best-preserved parts of the Andalusian coast. A small riding group (never more than six riders) will be accompanied at all times by two of our experienced guides.

The riding team

The team members are all passionate horse lovers with many years of experience of owning, riding, and training horses. Being from this part of Spain, they know the local countryside very well, with all the folklore and traditions of Andalusia, a place full of the living heritage of the Spanish horse. One of the guides, Roberto Crespo Manzanares, has won his latest competition which propels him into the finals of the Spanish Doma Vaquero Championships to be held in Cordoba in October 2018. Doma Vaquero is based on the traditional working horse move- ments, originally coming from horses and riders that worked the cattle in the fields. Casara Way will do their utmost to give you a holiday that you will always remember with special affection.

The horses

They have 10 horses, who are all very fit, healthy, very well cared for, and well schooled. Each horse has a different personality and they will always try to match each rider with the right horse. The horses are 150 centimeters or 59 inches tall and will carry you with confidence and sure-footedness through the undulating Andalusian terrain.

-Monday to Thursday schedule

  • Pranayama class, 15 minutes
  • Yin Yoga, 75 minutes
  • Vegetarian brunch
  • Horse riding (2 1/2 hours in the saddle)
  • Walking tour
  • Vegetarian dinner
  • Workshop (1 day)

Friday Schedule

  • Pranayama class, 15 minutes
  • Yin Yoga, 75 minutes
  • Vegetarian Brunch

Please be advised that this sample schedule is subject to change.

Included excursions

They will also take you to one of the beautiful White Towns of Andalusia. The White Towns of Andalusia, or Pueblos Blancos, are a series of towns and large villages. The towns were previously inhabited during Al Andalus and later on the towns were established on the front line of the Christians' centuries-long fight to recapture Spain from the Moors, who were slowly pushed back into Africa.

Today, these hill towns are just passing time peacefully. The old center is a labyrinthine wonderland, a photographer's feast. Viewpoint-hop through town. Feel the wind funnel through the narrow streets as cars inch around tight corners

Instructors

Sara Prada
Akshi Yogashala Yoga Alliance USA (Yin Yoga)
Sara grew up in Zahora, Cadiz, and left Spain at the age of 20 to study a career in business management, advertising, and marketing. Sara has lived and worked in many places around the world, where she discovered the benefits of yoga. In 2014, she moved back to Zahora to fulfill her dream of opening a wellness retreat center. Sara started practicing yoga in Bali in 2012, where she saw the benefits of Hatha yoga and the restorative qualities of Yin yoga and now holds a teacher’s training certificate from Akshi Yogashala, a Yoga Alliance USA-certified course.
Anwella
Anwella is a meditation teacher from the Australian Yoga Academy in Melbourne, a nutrition health coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York, and a Spanish cuisine certified expert from Le Cordon Bleu who has a true passion for food. She practices a selection of meditation and stress management techniques, modalities that show how to use the mind more effectively, escape the shackles of anxiety and stress, and to function with more ease and confidence. With her teachings, she wants to reduce the current epidemic of depression and anxiety disorders and assist others.
Helena Chalverus
Helena Chalverus comes from an artistic background, as a dancer and choreographer with a diploma from Colorado College, USA. The foundation of her yoga practice is Iyengar style where she received her teacher training certificate in the year 2000 in New Mexico, USA. She has studied and received many levels of formacion in Kundalini, Vinyasa and Yin Yoga as well. She has spent over 15 years teaching classes, with ample experience giving retreats in Spain and the United States and Latin America. Her classes usually include aspects of all of the above practices, adapted to the needs of those
Sophia Sport
Sophia is a yoga teacher and a professional systemical therapist working with individuals, families, couples, children and young people. She started her career in Munich, where she worked as a family therapist for nine years. She then progressed to Yoga teachings and since 2012 she has been teaching yoga around the world. In 2015 Sophia moved to Spain to realize her dream of living by the ocean and combining her yoga and therapist experience in her holistic approach to work and life. Sophia’s experience gives her the knowledge and experience to help you to find your very personal way.

Location

This retreat will take place in Zahora Beach, in Andalusia, Spain; an idyllic enclave with 3000 meters long, 40 meters wide, and stunning views of the majestic waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Trafalgar. With its fine, gold sand, crystal-clear, blue waters, 300 days of sunlight per year, and its charms around the province of Cadiz and Costa de la Luz, this place makes an earthly paradise that seems like a glimpse of heaven.

The ancient watchtowers of Torre del Tajo and Torre de Meca (which date from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries) stand on the cliffs overlooking the sea, where local fishermen use the traditional almadraba technique to catch tuna fish. The local area is protected due to the precious rock ecosystem and the rich variety of the offshore marine life, making this place one of the most ecologically diverse and best-preserved parts of the entire Andalusian coast.

Nearby places

  • Bolonia - 45 minutes
  • Cadiz - 1 hour
  • Conil - 10 minutes
  • Gibraltar International Airport, 93.9 kilometers
  • Jerez Airport (XRY), 91.7 kilometers
  • Jerez de la Frontera - 1 hour
  • Málaga Airport (AGP), 202 kilometers
  • Puerto Santa María - 45 minutes
  • Seville Airport (SVQ), 176 kilometers
  • Tarifa - 1 hour
  • Vejer - 10 minutes
  • Zahara de los Atunes - 40 minutes

Features

Activities

  • Cooking classes
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing

General

  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace

Services

  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Food

Anwella is our chef, She is a certified Nutrition Health Coach for Integrative Nutrition in New York and She completed a certificate in the famous Culinary School Le Cordon. During this retreat, you will receive nutritionally dense, artfully prepared, and organic, plant-based food that will fuel your body and delight your senses. The venue has a large dining room in the main house.

In the dining room, you will be able to enjoy healthy snacks, fresh fruit, filtered water, and infusions throughout the day. Nutrition during this retreat will be based on the healing principles of healthy nutrition by serving organic products that will help you detox your body and flush away any toxins.

The retreat center produces many of the vegetables and fruits that are cooked and served during your meals, and, when necessary, the venue buys products from local farmers, depending on the season. The retreat center can easily accommodate diets, such as gluten-free and vegan, among other dietary requirements. To benefit from this special menu requests, please send an inquiry to Casara Way, who will be happy to assist you.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Raw food
  • Pescatarian
  • Fruitarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During this retreat, you will have free time to sunbathe, swim, or jog at Zahora Beach, as well as you will be able to enjoy other activities, such as cycling, playing with the Frisbee, cycling, taking a walk through the surrounding areas, or playing with beach bats. You can benefit from these activities for free or practice kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, surfing, and horseback riding at an additional cost. Zahora is also the perfect place for discovering the charms of the province of Cadiz and the whole Costa de la Luz. Located in the center of the coast of Cadiz, there are nearby destinations of great interest that you can visit just one-hour drive away. This destination includes Cadiz itself, Puerto Santa María, Jerez de la Frontera, Tarifa, Vejer, Conil, Zahara de los Atunes, Bolonia, and other small towns all over the province.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES at CASARA WAY

  • Massages and holistic therapies
  • Cooking classes
  • Meditation
  • Health coaching consultation
  • Healing sessions
  • Ayurvedic medicine consultation

Spa treatments

Casara Way offers a free 60 minutes massage and 60 minutes health coaching consultation.

You can also book these treatments:

  • Ayurvedic Treatments
  • Ayurvedic Massage
  • Thai Massage
  • Shiatsu Massage

What's included

  • 5 Vinyasa yoga classes for 75 minutes
  • 5 pranayama classes of 15 minutes
  • Yoga or meditation with live music
  • A welcome drink with a delicious basket of fruits on Sunday
  • 3 horse riding trips
  • 1 walking tour
  • 1 workshop
  • 5 vegetarian brunches with appetizers from Monday to Friday
  • 4 vegetarian dinners with appetizers
  • Fresh fruit, detox water, and infusions available all day long
  • Transfer from and to Conil de la Frontera, Vejer de la Frontera, and Barbate on check-in and check-out days
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • All bedding and bath towels
  • Shower gel, body cream, cotton swabs, and cotton discs
  • Detergent for the washing machine

What's not included

  • Travel, such as airfare and transfers
  • Insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Extra activities you wish to book
  • We recommend you bring, riding hat, riding breeches and boots on your riding holiday.

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Seville Airport (SVQ), Jerez Airport (XRY), Málaga Airport (AGP), or Gibraltar International Airport (GIB). Transfer from and to these airports is available upon request.

Arrival by shuttle

Casara Way can book a shuttle for you from the Seville Airport (SVQ), Jerez Airport (XRY), Málaga Airport (AGP), or Gibraltar International Airport (GIB) to the retreat center. Casara Way will match you with other arriving guests to spread the cost. If you want Casara Way to book a shuttle for you, please notify this at least three days in advance.

If you arrive to Conil de la Frontera, Vejer de la Frontera, or Barbate, Casara Way will pick you up at these points free of charge. Just send an inquiry to Casara Way and let them know in advance. Conil de la Frontera, Vejer de la Frontera and Barbate are all around 10km from Casara Way.

GPS

36º 11´45´´N 6º 02´27´ W

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 45 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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