Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre

Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre in Southern Spain hosts large yoga retreats and welcomes small informal groups and individual travelers.

Instructors 4

Vidya Jacqueline Heisel

Vidya Jacqueline Heisel, an E-RYT 500 and SYT, is the director of Suryalila Retreat Centre and the director of Frog Lotus Yoga International yoga teacher training programs. Vidya grew up in England and lived in India, Bali, and the USA, before arriving in southern Spain in 2011. Yoga has been Vidya’s life-long passion. She started studying, practicing, and teaching yoga in 1975 and since then, she has taught yoga extensively worldwide.

Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)

Gilda Goharian

Gilda's classes are strongly focused on alignment and breathing. She encourages her students to constantly surprise themselves by going beyond their limits and to approach yoga with a lot of fun and curiosity. In addition to yoga, she loves the practice of traditional Thai massage and became a certified bodyworker in 2012.

Lisa Dunn

Lisa is a 500-hour certified Vinyasa Flow yoga teacher based at Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre in Southern Spain. She has been teaching for 7 years and practicing for the past 15. Her formula for a great yoga class is to combine intelligent anatomical sequencing with a continual focus on the breath whilst interweaving yogic philosophy - enhancing the practice to bring a profound sense of well-being and aliveness. Lisa’s passion is to encourage and empower students to develop their practice and to have a safe life-long yoga experience.

Maria Abel

In 2005, Maria started her love affair with yoga. First, she got in touch with Shadow and Bikram style. Then she explored further styles like Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow. In 2010, she graduated from university and started working as a physiotherapist in different hospitals and institutes. In March 2012, she did the 200h Yoga Teacher Training with Vidya Jacqueline Heisel of Frog Lotus Yoga. She volunteered at Suryalila Retreat Center and assisted several YTTs for Vidya. In February 2014, she did a Thai Massage Training followed by a Forrest Advanced Teacher Training with Ana Forrest in July.

Reviews 19

Gemma Oades

from Great Britain, June 2018

"Everything was perfect!"

The first thing I’d like to stress is that I felt transformed and regenerated after only 5 days here, I’m sleeping better, feeling calmer, thinking positively and I’m so much more grounded. For this alone I’ll definitely be back!! I visited alone and found that there was plenty to do by myself but also a host of friendly people so I never felt lonely! The yoga is once or twice a day, with evening sessions being restorative, so a great wind down before dinner. I stayed in one of the tents which turned out better than I expected! Comfortable beds, plug sockets, a fan, chest of drawers and hanging rail so you can make yourself at home. The tent is beautifully cool at night but gets very hot in the daytime (in June) so you have to branch out! However, the centre has ample communal space for the guest numbers so there’s always a shady hammock or a big soft sofa if you need a siesta! The food was consistently incredible, always delicious, varied and plentiful. The produce is largely from their thriving garden and the staff will happily chat to you about their organic sustainable practices. The centre appears to be designed to nourish the land. Definitely get a Thai Yoga Massage, which has to be experienced to be believed. Conny cares deeply for her 9 beautiful horses and So service is more unique than the usual “trekking” business. The horses comfort comes first so riding is at cooler times of day only (great for humans too). The horses give 100% and there’s one for every ability.

Maïté Chemin

from Great Britain, May 2018

An amazing place, with beautiful views, delicious food, fantastic yoga and horse riding, and warm, welcoming people!

Couldn’t recommend it enough, I hope to go back!

Kaja Curry

from Great Britain, May 2018

"Yoga, learning Spanish and Nightingales"

Suryalilia is an amazing place - oozing love, compassion and harmony - the perfect retreat centre. Having broken my leg 3 months ago, I needed somewhere to heal my damaged mind , body and spirit and to explore more movement again.

Suryalilia delivered this in buckets. The teachers were all very patient- always cueing alternatives to the poses for me and the place would soothe the most troubled soul, including mine.

I chose the yoga and Spanish language week because I thought I would need something else to keep me occupied due to my limited mobility (no long distance hikes for me). It was a great choice. We had 3 hours of lessons Mon - Fri before lunch. Who knew learning Spanish could be so much fun! We spent a lot of time laughing. And now I’ve come away well on my way to my Level A1 Spanish certificate thanks to our incredible language teacher brought in from the local language school.

And finally there were the nightingales - in late April the place is surrounded by nightingales singing their rich, clear bubbling song that lifts the heart like no other songbird.

I’m already wondering when I can return.

Katarzyna Smolich

from Ireland, January 2018

"Christmas Yoga Retreat"

Beautiful place, fantastic food.

I had a great time on the Christmas Yoga retreat in Suryalila.

Having Yoga classes in the Dome is a fantastic experience . I will definitely be back

Millamaria Edén

from Finland, December 2017

Karolina Peszko

from Great Britain, October 2017

"I was so happy there"

I have done adventure week and I have to say it was great!!!! Everything was super organized :))

Jana Klutznik

from Germany, May 2018

"inspiring and joyful yoga experience in beautiful nature"

great combination of yoga (chance to experience different styles) and outdoor activities, wonderful people, delicious home-made food, laid back atmosphere, beautiful nature

Malin Schröder

from Germany, December 2017

"Escape Christmas"

A wonderful retreat and lovely people everywhere

Testimonials 5

Chloe Hay, United Kingdom

Suryalila Yoga retreat Centre Website

Thanks again for hosting such an incredible retreat for us. I came with high expectations because of all the fantastic reviews but the actual experience still completely exceeded them! I'm hoping to come on one of your adventure and yoga retreats with my boyfriend next year, so will hopefully see you then! Yoga's definitely going to be a huge part of 2018 for me.

Thanks again for such an incredible experience.

I couldn't recommend this retreat enough! Everybody who works here is so lovely and helpful, the accommodation is great (beds are super comfy!) and the food is incredible. Doing yoga in the dome as the sun rises and sets each day is a real treat and has made coming back to my tiny four-walled yoga studio in London quite difficult!

My yoga teacher for the retreat was Lidiya who is an absolutely brilliant teacher and so incredibly strong!!

I gained so much from my stay at Suryalila and hope to go back very soon

Amanda Glover, United Kingdom

Suryalila Yoga retreat Centre Website

Thank you so much for a really great week!

Lidiya, you are such an amazing teacher, you have such a great style of teaching, I loved it and really needed it. Suryalila is fabulous and I thought the itinerary was just the right balance.

Clare M

Suryalila Yoga retreat Centre Website

The Escape Christmas Yoga Retreat at Suryalila was a wonderful break. This was the second time I’ve been to this retreat and I am looking forward to the next one already!

It’s good to meet so many like-minded people in such an inspiring setting.

The yoga classes (2 a day) allow people who’ve already done some yoga to develop their practice further.

The (vegetarian) food is exceptional: nourishing, beautifully presented and tasty. And special diets are all catered for.

Plenty of activities were put on over Christmas - short hikes, musical evenings, a trip to Ronda.

It was also great just to relax on site, or visit the sauna and swimming pool.

It was a very refreshing break - highly recommended.

Pippa W

Suryalila Yoga retreat Centre Website

I had the most wonderful time on the Christmas retreat; I cannot recommend this center highly enough. It is a special, magical and peaceful place full of like-minded, kind-hearted people and I felt completely relaxed, taken care of and also able to find peace when I needed it. I will definitely be back

Alli Canada

Organizer

Spring Yoga retreart

The retreat was everything I could have hoped for. Being guided each day by our loving and kind yoga instructor, Lidiya was revitalizing. Over the course of a week, a crew of strangers became close friends and we have Lidiya to thank for that. Each morning and evening we practiced in the dome, a beautiful structure with a breathtaking view of rolling hills and blue sky. When practicing in the dome, you felt wrapped up in nature as the warm sun and sounds of the outdoors poured in. I strongly recommend this retreat to anyone seeking self care, reflection and a supportive community.

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