Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre is located in the heart of Andalusia, the agricultural capital of Spain
We are dedicated to creating healthy sustainable living. The Yoga Centre is situated on an ancient olive grove, surrounded by over 350 lovely old olive trees and we produce our own home-cured olives and hundreds of litres of organic cold-pressed olive oil each year. We also harvest many of our own fruits and veggies from our orchards and gardens. Everything we grow is organic, no chemicals or fertilisers are used.
Organic Kitchen Vegetable Garden
In view of the kitchen window, and overlooked by the Balinese Pagoda, is our vegetable garden. The first plant you see, woven through the fence which borders the garden, is a grapevine. We sometimes use the fresh grape leaves to make dolmas. The grapes ripen in late September.
You can often see our cooks in the kitchen garden, picking fresh herbs and edible flowers for the meal. We have an extensive herb garden, with rosemary, parsley, basil, mint, lavender, oregano, thyme, chives and much more.
There are several abundant black fig trees and a few orange trees in the garden. August is the month to enjoy figs and they are best picked straight from the tree. Our favourite recipe is figs stuffed with local soft goat cheese and baked in the oven. Mouth-watering!
We have a large orchard with over 50 fruit trees. Our chickens live happily in the orchard also.
The fruits growing there include figs, peaches, pears, apricots, pomegranates, apples, and grapes.
Aside from the fruit trees in the orchard we have many orange and lemon trees scattered around the property. If one of the cooks needs a lemon, they just go outside and pick it from a tree. Your freshly squeezed orange juice couldn’t be any fresher! The oranges look so pretty on the trees we leave them there until they fall off. The orange trees fruit twice a year and when they flower the air is fragrant with orange blossoms.
So Many Happy Chickens!
Our organic free-range eggs come from our own happy chickens. The chickens share their field with geese and ducks. Since we are vegetarian our birds have long and happy lives. We like to think the chickens had a party the day we moved onto the property! Collecting the eggs is one of the favourite occupations of our volunteers.
As a guest, you are free to visit our chickens, as long as you close the gate behind you. The chickens have a habit of following you, en masse, when you enter their home, as they always think you are coming with the food scraps, even when you are not carrying a bucket!