A relaxing week of yoga at Finca Don Carmelo with
Indian Yoga master Shinoj Varghese
Summer Yoga Retreat
@ Finca Don Carmelo
Travel time: 6 days - 5 nights
3 - 8 July 2021
Stay in a Finca Don Carmelo Bell-Tent: 695 euros
A wonderfully relaxed yoga retreat with a 'touch of India' at Finca Don Carmelo, near the picturesque olive village of Periana in Andalucía (southern Spain) with 2 sessions of 1.5 hours of yoga each day with Indian yoga master Shinoj Varghese.
You can either stay in your own tent on the estate of the finca, among the olive trees and close to our grazing horses or in one of our comfortable 'bell tents'.
You can use the common sanitary facilities and shower at the horse stables. In between yoga classes you can laze in one of our hammocks, swim in our natural swimming pool, sunbathe or enjoy a book in the shade of one of our numerous olive, orange or lemon trees.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner (vegetarian and or vegan) are freshly prepared by Alain and served outside at a long, cozy table. Our finca is beautifully located, only 500 meters from the charming hilltop village of Periana. You can walk there on your own.
We also provide two excursions: one morning we do yoga on the beach and one morning we take a walk in the spectacular El Torcal de Antequera nature park.
Yoga: Included are fourteen yoga classes (21 hours in total) of which 15 hours Hatha/Ashtanga with Shinoj and 4 introduction classes (1 Yin Yoga, 1 Yoga Nidra, 1 Restorative Yoga and 1 Pranayama) with Jackie.
ABOUT SHINOJ, OUR INDIAN GUEST TEACHER
Shinoj Varghese (35) was born in New Delhi and lives in Hyderabad. He studied at the Indian Army Public School, but instead of joining the Indian army, he chose to follow the yogic path. He continued his studies at the Yoga Darshanam institute in Mysore (the birthplace of Ashtanga Yoga) and became a master yoga instructor at Bharat Thakur Artistic Yoga. He has been teaching yoga for the past 9 years
Shinoj is now a regular teacher at the Shiva Shakti Yoga School in Goa, where he teaches future yoga instructors Hatha and Ashtanga during 500 hr Yoga Alliance teacher trainings.
Here he met Jackie from Finca Don Carmelo, who was trained by him. Shinoj is a much-loved yoga master who combines a personal discipline with a big heart for yoga.
Finca Don Carmelo is very proud that Shinoj is joining us as an instructor during our very first summer yoga retreat.
ABOUT JACKIE, OF YOGA WITH JACKIE
Jackie Huisman (49) was born in Delft and has been living in Andalucía for ten years, where she runs an olive finca with her partner Alain Grootaers. Jackie is a translator by training but opted for a profession as a journalist. She became acquainted with yoga more than 25 years ago through an interview with Ashtanga yoga guru Prem (Anthony Carlisi) in Antwerp, after which she built up more knowledge of yoga and continued to take lessons over the years.
In 2017 she took the step to follow her own training in India and is now a fully trained, 500 hr YA senior instructor (200 hr Hatha/Ashtanga at the Association for Yoga and Meditation institute in Riskhikesh and 300 hr Hatha/Ashtanga at the Shiva Shakti yoga school in Goa).
* Camping at Finca Don Carmelo in your own tent (595 euros) or in a Bell tent (see photo below) provided by Finca Don Carmelo (695 euros per -very large- shared 2 persons tent)
* All meals (vegetarian and/or vegan) at Finca Don Carmelo (5 x breakfast, 4 x lunch, 5 x dinner), water/tea.
* Two excursions (beach and nature park)
* Daily yoga sessions (2 x 1.5 hours a day, all ages, all levels)
* Transfers from and to airport. Pick up at the airport at 9.30 am and at Plaza de la Merced in Málaga (for those arriving earlier) at 10 am.
Drop-off airport (or in Malaga city) at 2 p.m.
(If you fly earlier, we can also provide separate airport transportation for you, at your own expense)
* Flight to and from Málaga International Airport
* Travel insurance
* Cancellation insurance
* Two lunches that are taken during a field trip in a tapasbar (approx. 12 euros/lunch).
* Alcoholic and other beverages
* Massages, restorative and relaxation are available upon request