Yoga retreats are unforgettable experiences – you relax in a beautiful setting, you deepen your yoga practice, you follow a healthy diet, and you meet people from different places who are interested in yoga, just like you! People come for a week and feel like they have been on a much longer holiday. I even met my partner on a yoga retreat!
Since I have worked as a teacher and as staff in different retreat places in Spain and Italy, people often ask me for recommendations. Here is a list of places and people I love to work with.
Retreat centers and their locations
Nestled in the Sabina hills, north of Rome, with its own olive grove producing delicious oil, In Sabina is famous for its stunning outdoor yoga platform. I spent 6 lucky and unforgettable weeks working there in 2011. This place is rightfully listed in a beautiful book called “Great yoga retreats” and attracts teachers from all over the world.
This architectural gem was purpose-built after the owners travelled the world to visit famous yoga retreats and learn from them. Its location on a hillside with a view of the Tramuntana range in Northern Mallorca is breathtaking and the house itself very tastefully decorated. Mallorcas stunning beaches are a short drive away but people tend to stay glued to the pool and get hooked on the peaceful vibe of La Serrania’s grounds.
La locanda della Quercia Calante
This farmhouse in beautiful Umbria (between Rome and Florence) was transformed into a retreat place by an Iyengar teacher, and she created a perfectly equipped yogaroom with underfloor heating and a soothing view of green meadows, a large outside platform, as well as charming little cottages overgrown with wisteria and vines. The nearby town of Orvieto is well worth an excursion too. Come in late April or May for the flowers or in the summer for the pool, and all year round for Quercia Calante’s unparalleled indoor yoga space!
La Posada de San Marcos
This place is very close to my heart, because I set up the first yoga holidays here with my friends, Posaderos Lucy and Angel, who built this eco-friendly guesthouse in the lush green Sierra de Aracena, North of Seville. It is not a professional yoga retreat centre (it mostly caters to hikers), but if you love organising your event from scratch and discovering places off the beaten track, contact the Posaderos and invent your retreat with them. All the yoga takes place outdoors and can be beautifully combined with adventure sports in the Sierra. The busy city-dwellers I’ve taken there have all fallen in love with the white village of Alájar, where men still ride their Andalusian horses, and with the moonlit meals on the terrace of La Posada de San Marcos.
Apart from being one of my closest friends, Claudia Hubberten of Yoga Mallorca is also a very talented yogini with a great outlook on life. We have taught two retreats together and I will attend her yoga and sound-healing retreat in Mallorca this spring. A Mallorcan native, Claudia teaches in English, Spanish, French and German, in several beautiful locations around the island (and can come to your holiday home for privates, too). She is proficient in hatha, yin, restorative and vinyasa yoga and always tailors the practice to her students’ needs. Her big smile and her wisdom alone are worth the trip to the Baleares!