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Summer Sanctuary Retreat, July 2023

with Charmaine Berg






Summer Sanctuary Retreat


This retreat is suitable for all yoga levels including beginners and anyone needing a nurturing getaway in nature. Stay in Suryalila's beautiful retreat centre nestled in the Spanish mountains on the edge of the awe-inspiring Sierra de Grazalema National Park. Enjoy dips in the refreshing saltwater pool, lovingly prepared vegetarian food, and afternoon siestas in one of the softly swaying hammocks as the sun warms your shoulders.

One of the wellness activities you’ll enjoy is a walk in the Suryalila team's favourite spot – along the banks of the flowing Majaceite river in El Bosque. Follow the beautiful river trail under a canopy of trees before stopping off in one of the inviting natural rock pools filled with pure mountain water for a revitalizing cold dip. Afterward, make your way back to Suryalila for a home-cooked organic meal prepared using local, seasonal ingredients and a warming herbal tea made with fresh herbs grown in its permaculture gardens.

Retreat activities

*An easy flow yoga class every morning

*Daily guided short meditation

*A gentle yoga class every afternoon including Yin, restorative, and gentle flow

*One evening of Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation)

*Two sound healing sessions (one including a yin practise)

*A breathwork session


*Riverwalk with cold water bathing pools

*Day trip to a gorgeous Hammam in Jerez

*Delicious organic breakfast, lunch, and dinner

When you are not enjoying these experiences, allow the sun to kiss you at Suryalila's beautiful salt water pool, lazily read a book in a hammock, take a meandering horse ride, book a massage, or wander around the beautiful grounds and surroundings of Suryalila.

Additional activities such as horse riding and massage are available at an extra cost (subject to availability).


  • Daily meditation practice

  • Morning flow yoga classes

  • Yin, restorative, and gentle afternoon sessions

  • River walk, and a day trip to a gorgeous Hammam in Jerez

  • Sound healing and breathwork sessions

  • Kirtan

  • Use of Suryalila's saltwater swimming pool and facilities

  • 7 nights accommodation

About Charmaine

Charmaine began her yoga journey almost 20 years ago In search of a deeper meaning in life and to find tools and practices to help calm her anxiety. What began as a strong physical asana practice has developed and blossomed over the years into a beautiful, loving, heartfelt offering, a sacred and safe space for inner work and healing.

Charmaine is a RYT 200hr with Frog lotus yoga and she worked as a senior assistant on the frog lotus teacher trainings for a number of years in Spain and Bali. After falling in love with yin yoga and practicing at home for a few years on her own; in 2014 she traveled to Bali and graduated RYT 200 hr in yin yoga under Jo Phee and Joe Barnett.

After 6 years of continued study and mentor ship under Jo Phee , In 2021 Charmaine completed her RYT 300hrs with Yinspiration school giving her the title of RYT 500 in yin yoga.

She has studied with a wide variety of teachers and in various styles over the years but her true love of yoga and teaching lies within the quiet, healing, contemplative and meditative practices.

Charmaine holds a safe, nurturing and healing space for her students to dive deeper into the inner sea of self. She teaches yoga from a functional approach using the Grillies method as taught to her by her teachers. She also loves incorporating meditation, yoga Nidra , breathwork, sound healing, devotional chanting, and energetic practices.

Originally from Canada, she is based on the South East Coast of Ireland. Outside of being a yoga teacher Charmaine holds a diploma in sound healing, she is a trained Thai massage practitioner and a facilitator of rebirthing breathwork. She works at Suryalila retreat center in Southern Spain hosting retreats, offering yin yoga workshops, sound journeys and Rebirthing breathwork circles.

When she is not traveling she lives a very quiet life in Ireland enjoying time in nature and continuing her studies, personal growth and development as a student and teacher.



29 July - 05 august 2023

summer sanctuary Retreat schedule

Summer Sanctuary Retreat

29 July - 05 August 2023

Sat 29th

Arrival Day

5pm Arrival Day Yin Yoga with Charmaine 

7pm Dinner

8:30 pm Welcome Meeting 

Sun 30th

8 am Meditation and Flow Suryalila Class

11:30 Sound healing with Charmaine

1;30 pm lunch

5:30 pm Restorative Suryalila class

7pm Dinner

8:30 pm Yoga Nidra with Charmaine


Mon 31st

8am Meditation and Flow Yoga Suryalila Class

9.30am Breakfast

11:30 am Rebirthing breathwork with Charmaine

1.30pm Lunch

5 pm Yin yoga with Charmaine

7pm Dinner

8:15 pm Kirtan

Tue 1st

7:30 tea, coffee & fruit

8am Hike to Grazalema. Packed breakfast

1:30 Lunch at Suryalila.

5:30 Restorative Suryalila class (DOME) 

7pm Dinner  

8pm Permaculture tour

Wed 2nd

8am Meditation and Flow Yoga Suryalila Class (DOME)

9.30am Breakfast

10.30 am Riverwalk in Benamahoma

2 pm Lunch at Suryalila 

5 pm Yin Yoga and Sound healing with Charmaine (GANESHA)

7pm Dinner

Thur 3rd

8am Meditation and Flow Yoga Suryalila Class

9.30am Breakfast

11:30 am Rebirthing breathwork with Charmaine

1.30pm Lunch

5 pm Yin yoga with Charmaine

7pm Dinner

8:15 pm Yoga Nidra


Fri 4th

8am Meditation and Flow Yoga 

9.30am Breakfast

1.30pm Lunch

14-16pm Settle your bill at the shop

5pm Rebirthing breathwork with Charmaine 


5:30 pm Suryalila Restorative or yin class

7pm Dinner


Sat 5th

8am Meditation and Flow Yoga Suryalila Class

9.30am Breakfast



Summer Sanctuary Retreat

29th July - 5th August

  • Daily Yoga Classes including an evening yoga nidra

  • Grazalema Hike. 8am departure. Packed breakfast. 

  • Riverwalk in Benamahoma- 10:30am departure, 2pm Lunch at Suryalila.

  • Two Sound Healing Sessions

  • Two Rebirthing Breathwork Sessions 

  • Kirtan Wednesday July 6 with Emilio at 8:15 pm

  • Tour of the Garden and Danyadara – Thursday 5th at

  • As this is a retreat, please note that All sessions are optional we would however be grateful if you could please inform us if you are not planning to go on the excursions as we will be travelling by transport to the location

  • All Morning classes 8 am taught by Team Suryalila daily update on blackboard outside of the office

  • Mon, Wed, Friday  Suryalila  afternoon Yin or Restorative classes are at 5:30 pm daily update on blackboard outside of the office

  • Please note Sun, Tues, Thurs and Friday classes with Charmaine are at 5 pm.

  • Friday July 8 evening optional  5 pm Rebirthing breathwork with Charmaine or 5:30 pm Suryalila Restorative or yin class