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Escape Christmas Retreat

with Vidya Heisel & Lidiya Petkova






Escape Christmas retreat 2024

🎄 Escape Christmas Retreat 2024: Unwind in the Spanish Mountains! 🎄

After the resounding success of last year's retreat, we're thrilled to announce that bookings are now open for this year's award-winning Escape Christmas Retreat! It is completely fully booked!

🌞 Sun-Kissed Haven: Bid farewell to the holiday frenzy and join us amidst the sun-soaked Spanish mountains for an unforgettable Escape Christmas Retreat. Immerse yourself in a week of relaxation, rejuvenation, and joy away from the Christmas chaos.

🧘‍♀️ Reconnect and Recharge: Let daily yoga classes, nourishing vegetarian meals, guided meditations, and a soothing sound healing gong bath nurture your body and mind. Re-energize with invigorating hikes, engaging workshops, and the thrill of an acro yoga session.

🏞️ Nature's Embrace: Embrace the beauty of the outdoors with stunning hikes, dips in our saltwater pool, and lively kirtan sessions in the om Dome. Enjoy live music, flamenco dancing, and moments by the fire with a cozy chai latte from Amrita Cafe.

🌺 A Journey of Indulgence: Experience indulgence through specialty coffees, golden milk, chai, and herbal teas. Delight in a Christmas day feast featuring mulled wine and Tofu Turkey. Treat yourself to massages and explore optional activities like horse riding and Thai Massage.

🧘‍♂️ Yoga Sessions: Dive into dynamic Vinyasa Flow classes, explore Yin Yoga and Chinese Meridians, and engage in healing Sound Bath sessions with Gongs. Unwind with Yoga Nidra Meditation and discover the art of Pranayama for energy and mental clarity.

🎉 Retreat Highlights: Dharma talks, invigorating practices, breathwork, sacred singing, live classical Indian music, permaculture tours, flamenco music, and more. The week is filled with laughter, connection, and enriching experiences.

🌟 Our Intention: Providing nurturing yoga practices, celebrating with like-minded souls, advancing your yoga journey safely, and creating a space for restoration, rejuvenation, and growth.

🏞️ Local Exploration: Immerse yourself in the local area, guided hikes, and authentic experiences that bring you closer to nature and the community.

🎁 Escape Christmas Magic: Join us in co-creating the enchanting atmosphere of Escape Christmas, a fusion of local and international talents, joyful practices, and memorable moments.

🧘‍♀️ Retreat Leaders: Led by Vidya, Suryalila’s Director, and Lidiya, resident teacher and seasoned yogi, expect invigorating Vinyasa Flow classes, restorative practices, workshops, and more. Vidya's deep insights and Lidiya's vibrant energy create a balanced experience.

🌞 An Unforgettable Week: Bask in morning Vinyasa Flow, restorative sessions, breathwork, sacred singing, live music, and much more. Enjoy sauna days, group games, and chats that make this week a treasure trove of memories.

Escape the chaos and embrace tranquility at Escape Christmas Retreat 2023. Secure your spot now for an experience of a lifetime! 🌟

🌟 What Awaits You: Indulge in a perfect holiday where rejuvenating yoga sessions, invigorating hikes, and inspiring workshops set the stage for a truly memorable experience. Discover the joy of unwinding amidst stunning surroundings, far from the holiday noise.

🧘‍♀️ Recharge Your Spirit: Immerse yourself in revitalizing yoga sessions that nourish your body and soul. Let the calming energy of our expert-led yoga sessions guide you to a place of serenity and inner balance.

🏞️ Explore the Beauty: Embark on exciting hikes that lead you through picturesque landscapes, allowing you to connect with nature's beauty and find tranquility in each step. It's a journey for both body and soul.

🎨 Inspiring Workshops: Engage your mind and creativity with our insightful workshops, designed to uplift your spirit and provide you with new perspectives.

🌺 Your Perfect Holiday: This is the holiday you truly deserve – a break from the Christmas hype, filled with the activities that nurture your well-being and bring you joy.

Escape the ordinary and immerse yourself in a week of serenity, adventure, and self-discovery at our award-winning Escape Christmas Retreat. Book your spot now and gift yourself the holiday you've been longing for. 🎁🌟


Saturday 21st

5:30 – 7:00 pm Unwind from your Journey with a Tranquil Slow  Flow Yoga Practice to Ground and Energise   

8:00 pm Welcoming Circle and Introduction to the Retreat and Suryalila

Sunday 22nd 

8:00 – 9:30 am Energising Yoga Practice

11:00 am  Group I Embarking on a trek through the enchanting local Natural Park and its off beaten  tracks (returning by 5:00pm)

11:30 – 1:30pm Group II Sauna Session in the Eco Sauna  (swimming suits required) 

5:30 – 7:00 pm Nourishing Restorative Yoga Workshop – Awakening to the Power of Conscious Rest 

Monday 23rd  

7:30 – 8:00am Pranayama, Chanting and Meditation

8:00 – 9:30 am Energising Yoga Practice 

11:00 am Group II Embarking on a trek through the enchanting local Natural Park and its off beaten  tracks (returning by 5:00pm) 

11:30 – 1:30pm Group I Sauna Session in the Eco Sauna  (swimming suits required) 

5:30 – 7:00pm Restorative Practices, Sound Healing and Yoga  Nidra for Deep Rejuvenation 

8:15 pm Movie Night: “Six Years in Search of Sanity”,  Suryalila’s story 

Tuesday 24th  

7:30 – 8:00 am Meditation and Pranayama 

8:00 – 9:00 am Energising Yoga Practice 

11:00 – 1:30 pm Cacao Ceremony 

4:00 – 5:00 pm Myo-yin – a Roll and Release Muscles Class

6:00 – 7:00 pm Sound Healing and Gong Bath

8:00 pm Mulled Wine with Minced Pies and Live Music 


25th Christmas Day  

8:30 – 9:00am Pranayama, Chanting and Meditation

9:00 – 10:30 am Energising Yoga Practice  

12:00pm A walk to the local white village Prado Del Rey with a view over the highest peak, el Torreon  6:00pm Restorative Practices with live Classical Indian  Music 

8:00pm Dancing to Live Fusion Music in the Dome with  Saeed  

Thursday 26th  

7:30 – 8:00 am Meditation and Pranayama 

8:00 – 9:30 am Energising Yoga Practice 

11:00 - 12:00 Dharma Talk: Karma Yoga and Gratitude

12:15 – 1:15pm Group Games on the lawn and Acro Yoga

3:00 – 4:00 pm Face Yoga in Ganesha Yoga Shala

5:30 – 7:00 pm Nourishing Yin Yoga 

8:00pm Kirtan 

Friday 27th  

7:30am Meditation and Chanting 

8:00am Energising Yoga Practice with breath work and cold  plunge in the pool

11:00 am Group I Permaculture Tour of Suryalila grounds with  Danyadara 

12:00 am Group II Permaculture Tour of Suryalila grounds with  Danyadara 

3:00 pm Sauna will be open till 5:00pm 

5:30 pm Energy Boost – Restorative Practices 

Saturday 28th  

8:00am Energising Yoga Practice 

Departure anytime after breakfast. Your rooms should  be freed by 11:00am, however you are very welcome  to stay as long as you would like to, sit by the pool,  book a massage etc. Requesting lunch is also an  option on this day.


The purpose of the morning class on the retreat is to awaken and  amplify your energy. You'll be inspired to bring meditation into  movement and feel powerful from within. Each day there will be a  particular focus depending on what you, as a group, will benefit  from the most. The perfect balance between strength, integrity of  breath, and alignment, this class will leave you brimming with  energy well after it has ended. 


Awakening to the power of conscious rest is the intention behind  each afternoon yoga session. These practices are big energy  regenerators and help you find sustainability in your life.  

You'll use various forms of props, and will experience sound therapy  to assist the body to fully release to gravity and to open to its own  rejuvenating powers. You will have the opportunity to find rest on all  levels while refining and settling your awareness into the present.  


These sessions can assist you in feeling mentally empowered and  alert, physically purified, and energetically vibrant and fully alive. 

During our retreat week you'll dive into in depth exploration of  various balancing, energising and soothing breathing practices. This  will help develop discipline, and enhance the quality and the  mobility of the life force (prana) within you. 

Pranayama is considered one of the most valuable tools that the  Yogic tradition offers to influence our mind. It sets the ground for  meditation, bringing us closer to our inner stillness and wisdom.  

Hopefully you'll be inspired to create a regular practice after the  retreat ends.

Escape Christmas Retreat Reviews

"Best Xmas ever... outstanding experience!"

"Don´t tell my mom but this was the best Christmas ever!"

A wonderful experience on a beautiful and peaceful site in a Spanish natural resort. Vidya and her team have done such a fantastic job in creating this extraordinary environment, which allowed for great yoga sessions, joyful hikes, excellent vegetarian meals and a culture program like no other. Every single person greets you with a smile coming straight from the heart. The yoga sessions and massages, the cleanliness of the rooms and the passion for making the world a better place is visible in every corner and every moment of your stay. My only suggestion for improvement is to tell people about the environmental efforts on day one. I would have used the compost toilets and outdoor showers with even more joy, knowing what difference it makes for recultivating the land. My summary at the end of the Xmas escape retreat was: “don’t tell my mom but this was the best Christmas ever”. We were 40 people and really bonded after very little time; It felt like being with old friends. It was my first time at Suryalila and certainly not the last.

"The South of Spain provided days of sunshine and the Winter Solstice full moon shone through the window of our yoga studio to bring a touch of magic to our evening classes. A week of good food and comfortable surroundings was provided by Suryalila in Andalucia. Everyone spoke English and everyone had a story to tell - because we were all escaping Christmas from our usual habitats. Suryalila organised enough events to keep us busy and there was plenty of time to sit in the sunny cupola and chat or walk to local scenic spots (including a bar or two). We were introduced to flamenco dancing, acro yoga and even some board games. A wood fired sauna warmed up the afternoon, followed by a plunge into the salt water pool. I highly recommend Suryalila as a home away from home, an intelligent and supportive yoga school and a beautiful, relaxing holiday destination."


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