Hatha & Vinyasa Yoga Retreat in Spain


Teacher: Heather Elton


Dates: October 18 – 25, 2016


Venue: Santillana Centro, Spain


Cost: From £895 (includes yoga tuition + 3 meals a day + twin share accommodation for 7 nights)

Santillan is an authentic Andalusian farmhouse with gardens overlooking the sea and described by The Times as one of the best yoga and wellness centres in Europe. The peaceful location makes Santillana an Andalusian paradise.  You can immerse yourself in the silence of nature in its lovely gardens and surrounding hills. Santillan has a truly superb, light and spacious yoga studio. It’s a newly built and fully equipped yoga studio, complete with Yoga Wall.

All rooms have an ensuite bathroom with a bath tub and shower and a balcony or patio with sea or garden/mountain views. All meals are cooked to an excellent standard using local produce. You will sample some of the traditional recipes of Andalucia together with some Italian influenced cuisine too.

There will be time to relax in the gardens or beside the inviting saltwater swimming pool, explore the area, or treat yourself to a blissful massage.

The focus, of course, is yoga – on and off the mat – to enhance your appreciation of all that is around you. Two yoga classes a day in the exquisite yoga shala overlooking the sea. This is and opportunity for each student to practice at his/her own level making the week suitable for students of different abilities. Have a yoga adventure in the mystical land of its birth and get to the spiritual heart of the practice.


Start your day with basic pranayama and meditation, followed by a slow, mindful Vinyasa Flow class. Study BKS Iyengar technique and alignment principles (acts of Dharana) in the afternoon ‘Yoga Clinic.’ Restorative yoga is used as a healing/transformational tool to move through fear and release hardness in the body, experience deep inner peace and insight, and learn to be at ease in the present moment.

Heather is skilled at reading ‘individual’ bodies and knows how to help each student to have good alignment, strength and flexibility, and peace in an asana. This retreat is designed to help you improve your practice technically, so you can avoid injury and recover from imbalances. Yoga philosophy and Ancient wisdom traditions are infused into the teachings in a way that diminishes suffering in our lives. It’s a deep practice that moves beyond the physical experience to make the yogic inquiry authentic and relevant to real life.

  • Develop a Meditation practice and learn about the ‘inner limbs’ of yoga;
  • Improve your asana technique through safe adjustments and prop use;
  • Study the inner / outer techniques of Vinyasa that tie the poses together in a ‘moving meditation;’
  • Feel safe enough to work honestly at your edge, try more difficult asanas, and transform blocked energy in problem areas (hips & shoulders).
  • Experience the joy of practicing asana with humility and grace;
  • Enhance your focus and concentration skills and learn how not to over-react in a situation;
  • Discover emotional intelligence and lucidity of mind;
  • Develop a daily practice that is so inspiring you’ll want to get on your mat as soon as you get home.
  • Be a yogi for life!


This workshop will inspire and challenge all levels of yoga student. Participants have ranged in age from 19 – 68. Beginners are welcome as long as you have some yoga experience, are relatively fit and willing to try. Afternoons are free for sightseeing, swimming in the sea or pool, relaxation and massage.


This Yoga retreat  in Spain is produced by Destination Yoga, the highly respected ATOL-bonded travel business who guarantee excellent service, wonderful accommodation and food, and work with some of the world’s best yoga teachers. They are happy to book your flights and arrange transfers. Please email me for details.

The cost of the week is from £895 (shared accommodation) and £1295 (single occupancy).

Prices include: 2 yoga classes a day, 3 meals a day, and 7 nights shared accommodation.

Prices exclude: flights, additional food/beverages, personal insurance, massages, laundry, excursions. Airport transfers on our recommended flights are £15 each way.


Booking & Payment: If the retreat is of interest to you please let me know and we will hold a room for you. If you decide to go ahead we will need to take a £350 deposit and the balance will then be due 10 weeks before the retreat, this can be paid for over the telephone or by bank transfer.

For more information: or call Heather Elton +44 (0) 7714 328 055

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