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Welcome to Free Spirit Travel, UK's leading provider of yoga holidays

"Source of Light", above Malaga, Spain

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  • 2017

    from £565 single/share

    A purpose built mountain retreat where you can really relax. Wonderful food which includes a raw food lunch

Nestling amongst the Andalucían Mountains we are within walking distance of the traditional Spanish white hamlet. Here your hosts, Richard and Betty,  provide a quiet comfortable yoga retreat where you cannot help but relax.

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One of the many attractions of the centre is its breathtaking views. With mountains on three sides, the centre rests beside an open valley with a grand vista of both Lake Viñuela and the Mediterranean Sea. Perfect for walking, the local scenery is stunning.

Sunbathing takes place by the oval, salt water, swimming pool, with its mosaic lining. Lay on the sun-beds with a book and look down through the olive groves to the lake below you and, far in the distance, glimpse the glittering sea, on a clear day you can see Africa.

Breakfast and dinner are included. A raw food lunch is also provided with the exception of Wednesday which is the excursion day, or the change-over day. Food here is delicious

     

   
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Hot Springs, trips to the beach, and other excursions can all be provided by your hosts.

 

Massage and Treatments
Reiki, Healing, No hands Massage, Nutritional therapy, Bach Flower remedies are avaailble on-site by Betty and reconnective healing is available from Richard. Cost is 45 euros per hour.
 

   

The venue is fully equipped so no need to bring yoga equipment - they even provide towels for the pool.

 

 

 

The Source of Light was especially  designed for yoga retreats and therefore lends itself beautifully to all activities that require a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere. Spectacular natural beauty and perfect Feng-Shui combine to create a superb location where one can truly experience living in harmony with nature.

There are four main areas used for yoga: the Lake room, the central open Moroccan style patio, the yoga platform and the newly extended area around the swimming pool.

Morning yoga usually takes place on the yoga platform on the the hill behind the centre. Surrounded by olive and almond trees, and shaded from the morning sun, the scent of the trees and plants will make these sessions even more special.

 

The central patio is the heart of the property with its relaxing water feature and beautiful natural terracotta tiles. A perfect location for calm meditation or evening yoga practice.

There is also the option of using the cool indoor Lake room or the newly extended 48 square metre wooden platform beside the swimming pool - the options are ours to decide.

Yoga mats, blocks, belts, cushions and blankets are provided.

 

Massages and Treatments

Massages, Holistic therapies, Reiki and healing are available on-site and complement the retreat activities perfectly. Personalised consultations with a nutritional therapist are also available. Cost is 45 euros per session.

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This venue is an especially lovely venue for those of you who like a room to yourself as rooms single rooms have no extra costs involved.
Rooms are inspired by a mixture of traditional Andalucían architecture and materials, and ancient Arabic patterns and decorations.

 

The venue comprises of a main building and three small houses designed, on different levels, around an open central patio with a traditional Moorish sunken fountain.

 

 

Guest rooms are separate from the core building, creating the perfect environment for absolute comfort and relaxation.  Each guest enjoys en-suite accommodation.  There are nine guest rooms, all rooms are single with en-suite bathroom and terrace and all are equipped with a desk with a salt crystal lamp. The décor is rustic with a touch of ethnic.  Each room is south facing with a small patio outside giving magnificent views down the valley to the sea. 

 

The Lake room is the heart of the core building and has a stunning view over Lake Viñuela and the Mediterranean Sea. The Lake room is used for meal times and also as an indoor area for yoga or any other group activities. In winter the room is heated with under-floor heating and a fire place.

In a corner there is our juice bar that also serves the usual bar drinks and coffee. Just outside the Lake room there is a large terrace where one can enjoy food outdoors or simply relax taking in the view.

 

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Centre of Light is a vegetarian centre, food is lovingly prepared using only fresh, seasonal and and wherever possible locally grown ingredients. Most vegetables are purchased directly from a neighbouring farmer in order to get the freshest produce and support the local economy.

All food is prepared using olive oil that comes from Periana (4 Km from us) and no other fats so commonly used in restaurants. They try to limit the use of dairy products and wheat in dishes and instead have these foods as separate options and are very lucky to be supplied with Chloe's delicious organic eggs.

Food at the centre is normally light and fresh and always includes a raw dish and is accompanied by lots of fresh fruit while dinner is a more substantial affair and always has a pudding at the end!  Menus are carefully devised offering not only a balance of nutrients but an eclectic mix of raw, vegan, traditional Italian and Spanish cuisine.

Includes - Accommodation, yoga, full board - except for one dinner on the chef's night off, this evening will be reserved for a trip to a local restaurant where you can buy a typical Spanish meal.

Not Included - Flights, transfers, insurance, typical Spanish meal in restaurant mid-week.

 

 

Flights - Malaga airport - Call Jilly or Debbie in the office, we can help find flights and advise of flights arrival times of other participants.

Transfers

By Taxi The retreat is about 50km from Malaga. The journey takes approximately one hour by taxi. The cost of the taxi is 75 euros per journey. For larger groups we have a minibus which takes up to eight.  We will try to link people arriving at similar times so they may share the taxi cost. Arrive early in the day if you want this option.

Please note: there have been a few confused customers thinking they were paying 75 for 6/7 people. So the minimum charge is 75 whether there is one or 3 persons, and a maximum charge of 160, ie 20 each for a full cab of 8.

By Bus -Buses depart from Malaga bus station to Periana, times are 12.15 and 18.15.  To get to the bus station from the airport you need to get the Cercanais train (10 min) to the train station (bus station is right next door to the train station). Times from airport to Malaga Maria Zambrano are 03 and 33 minutes past the hour.

By Car - Car hire is available at the airport. Please contact us in the office for directions to the venue.

 

2017 - Programme

Saturday - Saturday Programme Teacher Single rooms only
Jun 10 Jun 17 Iyengar Yoga Margaret Rawlinson SOLD OUT
Jun 24 Jul 1 Scaravelli Inspired Hatha Yoga Jane Manze SOLD OUT
Jul 8 Jul 15 Hatha Flow Yoga Lorna Chapman SOLD OUT
Jul 22 Jul 29 Hatha Yoga Sevda Mustafa £575
Aug 5 Aug 12 Flowing Yoga Kathryn Banks £565
Sep 9 Sep 16 Hatha Yoga Tina Abbey £605
Sep 16 Sep 23 Hatha Yoga Tina Abbey £605

2018 - Programme

Jun 23 Jun 30 Scaravelli Inspired Hatha Yoga Jane Manze £630
Jun 30 Jul 7 Sivananda Yoga Diana Shipp £630
Jul 7 Jul 14 Private Group Ginny Haswell £610
Jul 14 Jul 21 Hatha Yoga Patricia Haygarth £600
Jul 21 Jul 28 Flowing Yoga Kathryn Banks £600

Please note: All rooms are singles with en-suite facilities and terrace. There is no single supplement.

One of the rooms may also be used for a couple as it has a very small double bed in a small room.

We try to link participants to share transfers from Malaga Airport, arrive early for this option.

Hi Debbie, just a few hours back  from a blissful week at Punto de Luz. It really was a great retreat, amazing food, lovely people and good yoga, not to mention fantastic weather. Thank you

Kind regards, Cheryl - August 2017

 

Hi Debbie, I came back from the spirit of light yoga holiday on Saturday and had a wonderful time. The villa is very cute and the calm and quiet environment is so relaxing. Richard and Betty were lovely. Being a veggie I really enjoyed Richards food and had a few treatments while I was there which were gorgeous!  Our yoga teacher - Lorna was fantastic. She has obviously been doing and teaching yoga for a number of years and it showed. She was great at offering alternative postures if you were unable to do anything as well as offering more advanced positions for more experienced members of the class! She has a lovely way of teaching and made my first yoga holiday very enjoyable. I definitely hope to do more in the future. Many thanks

Rhian - July 2017

 

Hi Free Spirit! Just wanted to let you know that I had a great holiday at Source of Light with Emma Conally-Barklem. I think I've been going on holidays with you for the last 13 years or so and this was one of the best. Emma is a great teacher - knowledgeable, authentic and teaches from the heart.
Betty and Richard were very welcoming - the food and treatments were amazing. I will likely go back next year also.

Thanks for organising another great trip. Best wishes
Helen September 2016 Emma Conally-Barklem

 

Hi Debbie   Just to say that our week at Source of Light was excellent. The food, accommodation, and weather were top notch: and the standard of Yoga teaching with Ginny Haswell was absolutely superb. 

Tony and Jan - July 2016

 

Dear Free Spririt, I am just back from the retreat with Jane Manze at Source of Light. Just wanted to say that it exceeded all my expectations, I really, really enjoyed it. I am an experienced yogi and a teacher as well and I have seen a lot but these people, Jane, Richard, Betty, they were all so genuinely kind, they really cared to make things nice, comfortable, to make us feel welcome and safe.
Will definitely travel with you again.
With warmth, and thanks,
Pernille
 

I have just experienced one of the best weeks that I have ever had.
I have been on yoga retreats before but this one was entirely different, it was a retreat in every sense of the word rather than a holiday. The food was delicious - fresh, imaginative and healthy; with at least one raw food dish daily. So yummy, I miss the food already! Care and love went into every dish and any allergies/intolerances were catered for
Thanks again to all of you that helped make my week so special. I very much hope that I will see all of these shiny, happy people again.
Namaste
(abbreviated from a long blog by a happy guest  - we can email you the whole thing if you wish)

  

Hi Jilly, I would just like to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the holiday. Richard and Betty are great hosts. The food was outstanding. The yoga/pilates/chi kung combination was great - 1.5hr sessions swept by and Kathryn style of teaching was perfect for the setting - she gave options for people at all levels. I also have to add that I thought the holiday was good value.
Best wishes,
Kathy Wiggan
 
  
Hi Debbie
I have just returned home from Source of Light and just wanted to let you know how fabulous it was. The place was beautiful and Richard and Betty so welcoming.
Richard's cooking was amazing. I have never eaten so well as a vegetarian.
But the real treat was Kathryn's yoga. She was great. Her "yoga flow" has left me feeling stronger, more stretched and generally healthier. I would not be able to recommend her strongly enough. I just hope that at some point in the future I can attend her classes again.
Do please pass my thanks on to her.
Sindee
 
  
Hi there,
just wanted to say thanks for a great week in Spain last week (Kathryn Banks). I loved the combination of yoga and pilates and tai chi - I wish more people did that. I have had some back problems which mean I need to be careful with some forward and back bends. Kathryn was always able to offer alternatives and I just did what I could. Nice group of people and I liked that it was not "her" group. I expect that could also be fine but it was nice that no one already knew each other, so we were all in the same boat. Wonderful wonderful centre and I will definitely be looking to go back there. Great food and such a lovely location and nice people.I walked every day except one, had some treatments and although it is quite remote, it doesn't feel isolated or boring. I can't speak highly enough of the food - really imaginative and tasty and good value I I look forward to going back, hopefully next year, perhaps with some friends. Thanks again, and for fitting me in at quite short notice.
Ann
 
   
Hi Jilly
I just had to let you know what a fantastic week I have experienced at "Source of Light " in Spain. My first ever solo Yoga holiday! It felt like an exciting adventure was beginning. And it was...The location was stunning and the accommodation was great. Betty and Richard were lovely, welcoming hosts and the food was AMAZING! The group of women I shared the holiday with were fabulous. We all got along really well and enjoyed spending time together. We have already been in touch with each other within a day or two of returning! The yoga was wonderful and Kathryn was a lovely, inspiring teacher. Yoga for joy it certainly was! This holiday is one that I would highly recommend and I would definitely go back.
Thanks a million!
Best wishes, love and light,
Helen Johnson
 
 
Hi
We've just had a wonderful week of sunshine, fabulous food and inspiring yoga at Source of Light, Malaga, Spain. I felt at home immediately, there wasn't a settling-in period. Richard and Betty have created a welcoming haven, and the little extras they provide make a world of difference, large beach towels for around the pool, hand wash and shower gel in every room. Even though they have therapies on site, they kindly went out of their way to book a massage for me from a local therapist! The food was inventive, healthy and colourful and always had oohs and arrhs from around the dinner table. Our yoga sessions with lovely Jane were outstanding, and even though there was always the opportunity to do just as much as you were comfortable with, you always wanted to make progress and try that bit harder. Hope to be able to book again with Free Spirit.
Colette