Sunfoodyoga in Spain

Reach for the sky

Sunfoodyoga – raw food and outdoor yoga

Sunfoodyoga is a very special experience for those looking to recharge themselves both physically and mentally in beautiful, natural surroundings. Nestled in the breathtaking Andalusian mountains, these retreats are offered for five seven or ten days, and give you the chance to try yoga and meditation outdoors. At the same time you can experience the nutritional and digestive benefits of a raw food diet, all in the glorious Spanish sunshine! May is a fabulous time to visit this part of the world. The sun is already hot at mid day, but the countryside is still beautifully green and full of flowers. September is also a great time to come when it’s a little cooler and there is a fresh harvest of figs and grapes on offer for guests.

Stretching in the sun

Sunfoodyoga – Sierra Nevada views

All of the yoga sessions take place in the fresh air under a beautiful red tent, with stunning views of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The retreat is suitable for all ages and abilities. You don’t need to be an expert, just take it at your own pace. This environment is really special. The garden is beautiful, full of orange and olive trees, roses, bougainvillea, and wild flowers.

Bojana’s best balancing act!

When I was there the tiny cream starry flowers from the olive tree were continually floating through the air like a kind of celestial snow. Mornings start with a group meditation in the white tent, and I found this an extremely calming and grounding way to begin the day. After a refreshing smoothie – which will be something like spirulina and fresh orange juice – is a yoga session, followed by a delicious breakfast which is a close to a dessert as you are likely to get here! Banana and strawberry pancakes with a chocolate avocado sauce was a particular favourite of mine.

Breakfast pancakes

Sunfoodyoga – ideal for the solo traveler

Lunch at 2pm is the main meal of the day, with dinner at 7pm. Meals are social occasions and a good chance to get to know your fellow guests. There’s water or hibiscus tea to drink and a variety of herbal teas available throughout the day. During my visit guests included an international mix of German, Dutch, English and Slovakian visitors. This is the kind of break you can easily take alone. You are with a small group of like minded people most of the time, and there’s no pressure to join every session if you don’t want to.

Mountain meal time

There is plenty of free time for you to relax in your own charming room in the farm house. There are some small houses in the grounds you may use if there are a few of you here together  There’s a lovely swimming pool too, where you can make the most of the fabulous weather and take refreshing dip in the pool.

Swing by the pool

Sunfoodyoga – explore Andalusia

On Thursdays there is a local market you can visit in nearby Orgiva, and you can opt in for walk up into the mountains for a picnic on one day. If you have a car, the majestic city of Granada and the world famous Alhambra are only just over an hour’s drive away.

A typical bedroom

The retreats are run by Tara Esther Kleij who, although actually Dutch,  was brought up in India and has 20 years of experience in teaching yoga.

Sunfoodyoga – try a wonderful raw food diet

The imaginative raw food meals are provided by a trio of chefs – Pam, Sam and Amanda. Guests help out in the kitchen making the raw chocolate, which tastes incredible. Food demonstrations include how to make Kimchi – a fermented vegetable dish which is great for the digestion. All meals are vegan and feature lots of fresh local produce.

Kitchen action

Raw Food – the key to wellness?

Raw food takes takes time to eat and digest so you may well find yourself eating a lot less than you normally would. A natural raw food diet often provides a solution to weight problems as it re-balances your body, giving it the right amount of nutrition it needs. A western diet, although seemingly abundant, is often made up of a lot of processed foods. These are high in fat and sugar, but low in nutrients. Guests attend a brilliant session with raw food expert Veronica. This is your chance to ask anything about changing your diet to adapt to this way of eating.

A room with a view

You can opt for beauty treatments including massages from Tara or her husband Inti who are both qualified therapists. I had an excellent Shiatsu massage while I was there. This really helped my shoulder which I’d damaged in an over enthusiastic trip to the gym.

The seven chakras

Sunfoodyoga is a great experience and runs a few times a year. This retreat is far cheaper than any of its UK equivalents, even taking the flight into consideration. This is a fabulous place to holiday.  It gives you a golden opportunity to refresh, review and recharge both your body and mind.

If you are interested in a UK raw food and wellness retreat, try the amazing  Split Farthing Hall in beautiful North Yorkshire. Check out my blog about it here

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