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Escape Christmas Retreat, December 2023

with Vidya and Lidiya






Escape Christmas retreat 2023

🎄 Escape Christmas Retreat 2023: 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!

🌞 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. 🎁🌟


From Thursday December 21st

To Thursday December 28th

Escape Christmas 2023

The Schedule

Thursday 21st

5:30pm Unravel From Your Travel Yoga Practice to Ground and  Energise 

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

Friday 22nd  

8:00am Vinyasa Flow Yoga 

11:30pm Hike in Grazalema Natural Reserve with picnic lunch

5:30pm Restorative Practices to Increase Breathing Capacity I and Boost The Immune System

8:15pm Sauna Session in the Eco Sauna (swimming suits  required) 

Saturday 23rd  

7:30am Pranayama, Chanting and Meditation 

8:00am Vinyasa Flow Yoga  

12pm Invigorating Pranayama (Wim Hoff breath) followed by an invigorating cold swim in the pool with Liam *only  optional:)  

4:00pm Meditation Lecture and Practice 

5:30pm Restorative Practices for deep Rest and Rejuvenation 

8:30pm Movie Night: “Six Years in Search of Sanity”, Suryalila’s  story 

Sunday 24th  

8:00am Vinyasa Flow Yoga 

12:30pm Dharma Talk: The Secret to True Happiness

5:30pm Restorative Practices with live Classical Indian Music

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

Monday 25th Christmas Day  

8:30am Pranayama, Chanting and Meditation

9:00am Vinyasa Flow Yoga 

*note the time change

12:00pm A walk to the local white village Prado Del Rey with a  view over the highest peak, el Torreon 

8:00pm Live Music

Tuesday 26th  

8:00am Mobility & Breathwork Class followed by a cold Christmas Day plunge in the salt water pool

12:00pm Group Games on the lawn 

2:30pm Permaculture Tour of Suryalila grounds

5:30pm Deep Restorative practices and Yoga Nidra 

8:30pm Sound Bath

Wednesday 27th  

8:00am Vinyasa Flow Yoga 

11:00am Planting Trees with Danyadara 

3:00pm Sauna Session in our beautiful Eco Sauna

5:30pm Yin Yoga and Closing Circle

Thursday 28th  

8:00am Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Suryalila Teacher 

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.  

This is a estimated outline of our Escape Christmas schedule which is subject to change.

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."