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Summer Sanctuary; Soothe, Destress, Unwind

with Charmaine Berg






Summer Sanctuary

Indulge in Summer Sanctuary Retreat at Suryalila

About the Retreat:

Seek solace and serenity amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Andalusia with our Summer Sanctuary Retreat at Suryalila. Let the warm embrace of the Andalusian sun soothe your mind, body, and soul as you embark on a journey of deep relaxation and rejuvenation. Led by the experienced yoga teacher Charmaine, this retreat offers a sanctuary of healing practices including nourishing yoga classes, meditation, sound healing, breathwork, and gentle hilltop hikes surrounded by the stunning countryside.

Retreat Highlights:

  • Daily Meditation Practice: Start each day with guided meditation sessions to cultivate inner peace and mindfulness.

  • Morning Flow Yoga Classes: Awaken your body and spirit with invigorating flow yoga classes designed to energize and strengthen.

  • Yin, Restorative, and Gentle Afternoon Sessions: Indulge in afternoon sessions of gentle yoga, yin yoga, and restorative practices to release tension and restore balance.

  • River Walk and Day Trip to Hammam in Jerez: Immerse yourself in nature with a revitalizing river walk along the banks of Majaceite river in El Bosque, followed by a day trip to a luxurious Hammam in Jerez for ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation.

  • Sound Healing and Breathwork Sessions: Experience the healing power of sound and breathwork to harmonize your body, mind, and spirit.

  • Kirtan: Join in heart-opening devotional chanting sessions to uplift your spirit and connect with the community.

  • Use of Suryalila's Saltwater Swimming Pool and Facilities: Enjoy leisurely swims in Suryalila's refreshing saltwater pool and make use of the center's facilities for relaxation and rejuvenation.

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.


This retreat is suitable for all yoga levels, including beginners, and anyone seeking a nurturing getaway in nature. Stay in Suryalila's beautiful retreat center nestled in the Spanish mountains on the edge of the awe-inspiring Sierra de Grazalema National Park. Delight in delicious organic meals prepared with local, seasonal ingredients, and indulge in afternoon siestas in softly swaying hammocks as the sun warms your shoulders.

About Charmaine:

Charmaine brings over 20 years of experience and a heartfelt dedication to her yoga teaching. As a RYT 500 in yin yoga and a practitioner of sound healing and breathwork, Charmaine creates a safe and nurturing space for inner work and healing. Her teachings focus on quiet, healing, contemplative, and meditative practices, incorporating meditation, yoga nidra, breathwork, sound healing, devotional chanting, and energetic practices.

Meet Charmaine

Charmaine began her yoga journey over 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.

Her aim is to hold a safe and sacred space for people to come together as a community offering healing workshops and wellness retreats with all of the beautiful tools she has gathered on her personal journey of growth and healing.


July 13th - 20th, 2024

Join us for a week of deep relaxation, rejuvenation, and inner exploration on our Summer Sanctuary Retreat at Suryalila. Let the tranquility of Andalusia's countryside and the nurturing guidance of Charmaine guide you on a journey of self-discovery and renewal.


This is the approximate schedule - days/times of activities are subject to change.

Saturday 13th

Arrival Day.

5pm Arrival Day Yin Yoga with Charmaine

7pm Dinner

8:30 pm Welcome meeting (Dining Hall)

Sunday 14th

8 am Meditation and Flow Yoga Suryalila Class

11:30 am Sound Healing with Charmaine

13:30 pm Lunch at Suryalila

5:30 pm Yoga Nidra with Charmaine

7pm Dinner

Monday 15th

8 am Meditation and Flow Yoga Suryalila Class

9:30 am Breakfast

11:30 am Rebirthing Breathwork with Charmaine

1:30 Lunch at Suryalila

5:30 pm Restorative/ Yin Yoga Suryalila class

7pm Dinner

Tuesday 16th

8 am Meditation and Flow Yoga Suryalila Class

9:30 am Breakfast

10:45 am RiverWalk in Benamahoma

2 pm Lunch at Suryalila

5pm Yin Yoga and Sound Healing with Charmaine

7pm Dinner

Wednesday 17th

8 am Meditation and Flow Yoga Suryalila class

9:30 pm Breakfast

10:45 Visit to the Hammam

17:30 pm Suryalila Restorative Class

7pm Dinner

8:00 pm Kirtan with Emilio

Thursday 18th

8 am Meditation and flow Suryalila class

9:30 am Breakfast

1:30 pm Lunch at Suryalila

5pm Nurture, Restore and Sound with Charmaine

7pm Dinner

8:15 pm Sauna

Friday 19th

8 am Meditation and Flow Yoga Suryalila class

9:30 am Breakfast

1:30 pm Lunch at Suryalila

2:00- 4:00 pm Settle your bill at the Shop

5pm Rebirthing Breathwork with Charmaine

8:15 pm Closing Circle

Saturday 20th

8 am Meditation and Flow Yoga Suryalila class

9:30 am Breakfast

11:00am Check out. Departures


Reviews from past retreats

“This place will blow your mind! Its so beautiful. The most amazing people, gourmet plant based food, so many brilliant yoga instructors and practices from vinyassa flow to yin and restorative. The schedule is full so you won't get bored but attendance to all practices is optional. Charmaine is the most amazing and enchanting lady. She has put her lifes work in to creating this retreat and it shows. All 20 of us were in awe of her as she guides you with love and care through your healing journey. The whole experience is potentially life changing. All the guests were so lovely and I was sad to leave. I can't recommend this retreat enough do yourself a massive favour and book it. You won't be disappointed.”

Matthew S. from United Kingdom

"🤍Charmaine is a person you immediately feel when she’s entering a room. I had the absolute pleasure to participate in a retreat that was partially curated by Charmaine and got to experience sound healings, breath work and yoga with her. I don’t know if I can ever put into words the absolute wonder that is Charmaines voice when chanting and singing. I still - months later - can hear her song very clearly in my head like it’s a beautiful gift I can carry with me wherever. Charmaine offers the most beautiful gift of holding pure space for you, so you can feel safe to really feel, to cry, to be happy, to share, to move, to sing, to explore without doubting yourself or feeling shame. She embodies the saying: "love is the only thing that multiplies when you share it”


"Charmaine shares healing arts from a deeply connected place. Her powerful and beautiful voice sings to every cell of the body and soul inviting calmness, connection and a safe container to express and let go. The combination of her many gifts creates an alchemy that brings you closer to your heart. She is able to hold space for large groups and yet make it very personalized. Her retreat was a beautiful balance of community and introspection. I'm so glad she's doing this work and I strongly recommend her retreats and sessions!"


Suryalila Winter Wellness Retreat

🤍"The winter wellness retreat was such a beautiful experience, I didn't want to leave at the end of it! It was a big group of likeminded women and it was amazing how well we bonded in such a short amount of time. The food, instructors, classes and little day trips were amazing but the highlight was meeting Charmaine. She created such a safe environment for us all and I felt totally relaxed and open to immerse in her yin yoga, breathwork and sounds healing classes. An experience I will never forget and hopefully repeat!"

Lindsay xx

“Amazing Experience with fabulous Charmaine as a host, this retreat fed my soul. Charmaine held the space for everyone so beautifully, the Yin Yoga classes, the rebirthing breathing sessions, sightseeing trips, the food and new friends you meet, make the experience all the more special. This is a retreat like no other, just fantastic!”

From heart to heart...

With love, Claudina Saldanha

“I arrived a day late due to work obligations so began the retreat on Tuesday morning. From the first yoga session, before breakfast even, I knew this place, these people were going to be a completely new experience and a delightful one. The yoga was demanding but exhilarating, animal, graceful and deep. And then breakfast was superb. Not just because I’d worked for it, but because the fruits and vegetables and grains were delicious.

However, my first meeting with Charmaine that evening, I know now, was life altering. I have always been a bit wary of the spiritual side of western yoga practices. The misappropriation of Hindu beliefs and god descriptions can grate on my sensibilities but Charmaine married eastern practice with her own beautifully. Her generous and open being holds myriad beautiful moments, and disparate threads from many cultures in a gorgeous tapestry which she wraps around you. She gently but firmly showed me how multiplicity and magic can exist everywhere, in a blossom, in a note, in a pose. The week continued, my relationships with the other retreat members deepened and we had some great hikes and more lovely food. But ultimately, what I took home with me were the gifts Charmaine gave. I recommend this retreat for the good of your soul!”

Tanya B.


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