This is a wonderful opportunity to experience yoga in the idyllic setting of the beautiful village of Deia. Situated in the north of the island nestled between mountains and sea, about 40 minutes drive from Palma airport.
The pebble cove, called the Cala, is about 25 minutes walk down through the old part of the village and ancient olive groves following the Torrent Major to the sea. The Cala is a lovely place to swim, relax or enjoy food and drink, while soaking up the sun and the scenery. Set aside some time for personal study and quiet reflection in Deia's peaceful surroundings.
Two charming traditional Mallorcan houses just 5-10 minutes walk from the centre of the village provide accommodation and a perfect indoor space for the yoga sessions if needed. Outside there is a large, shady garden with the main yoga practice area plus meditation and relaxation spaces too, along with a separate orchard where you will find hammocks for dozing and hens clucking around. The bedrooms have twin beds and a bathroom or shower room ensuite (one has ensuite immediately next to the bedroom for your own use). There is one single room available with ensuite.
An early breakfast cuppa, croissant and fruit will start the day and a large healthy vegetarian lunch will be served after the morning yoga session. Teas/coffees freely available throughout your stay in the large well-equipped kitchens.
There is a secluded pool for a swim or lounging around and plenty of space indoors and in the gardens for your own personal yoga practice perhaps enjoying quiet contemplation, reading, meditative walks, spiritual discussions, whatever you'd like.
There will be 2 hours of yoga each morning and 1.5 hours each evening (except for one evening). The morning sessions will be more dynamic, and will include energizing postures and breathing practices, whereas the evening sessions will focus on restorative practices, including gentle āsana, breathing, meditation and longer relaxation. This is a general guide as the yoga sessions will naturally be adapted, where possible to the needs of those on the retreat.
The style of teaching is a mixture of hatha and rāja yoga, which suits all ages and abilities, see the classes page for details. Some experience of yoga is useful, although during the yoga sessions Caroline will give full instruction and offer alternatives to postures or breathing practices where necessary.
Afternoons are free for you to enjoy as you wish. Coastal paths and mountain tracks provide wonderful opportunities for walking and soaking up the surrounding scenery. There is a museum in the former home of the writer Robert Graves; an archaeological museum built into the rock; galleries of art and pottery and a variety of good shops. Buses - cheap and comfortable - run through the village to places of interest such as Soller (where you can also take a tram to the Puerto de Soller), Valldemossa and Palma.
Deia offers a surprisingly good choice of restaurants, bars and cafes serving delicious local food and international cuisines to suit every pocket, all within 5-10 minutes walking distance from the accommodation - places to consider for an evening bite to eat. Down at the Cala there's another restaurant and a bar/cafe (may just be open daytime).
If you'd like to create your own snacks, there are two food stores in the village where you can choose for yourself from the tasty variety of local delicacies on offer and you will have full use of the kitchen facilities at the house for preparing and enjoying those delicious olives, aioli, coca mallorquin, almond panelletas... mmm...
The cost is approximately £600 - £700 (the actual dates and price will be confirmed shortly). This includes yoga tuition, accommodation, light breakfast, main lunch and teas/coffees, throughout your stay. The price excludes flights, transfers, evening meals. No need to bring your yoga mat unless you would like to, as mats, blocks, bolsters, blankets, etc are all provided.