SPAIN

Sierra de Cadiz, Andalusia

with Bita Jenkins & Moses Brown

October 4-11, 2025

LAST 6 SPACES

Join us for a week in the province of Cadiz, located in the beutiful southern Spain region of Andalusia!  We’ll retreat to the heart of Sierra de Grazalema national park, where we’ll  have exclusive use of a collection of charming Spanish villas surrounded by the mountains. Complete with hiking trails, gardens and  5 swimming pools, join us as we bask in the Andalusian sunlight illuminating the surrounding panoramic views.

During our week, we’ll relax in our surroundings, and adventure to the neighboring villages of Setenil de las Bodegas, Zahara de la Sierra, El Gastor and Ronda.  We’ll have wine tastings and tapas, learn about regional olive oils and experience authentic Flamenco.

We have a limited capacity and are only able to offer this one October week in 2025.
Register early to ensure your space!

Vacation Details

Immerse in the peace of nature enjoying rural luxury accommodations, five swimming pools, breathtaking scenery and hiking routes. According to BBC Travel, the best place to hike in Andalusia.

Our retreat venue is a collection of charming Spanish villas nestled in Andalusia’s spectacular national park, Sierra de Grazalema.

Enveloped by nature, our property includes 5 swimming pools, a tennis court, gardens, terraces, and, of course, a fully stocked yoga shala.

Our on-site chefs offer a vegetarian and vegan menu for the week, utilizing all of the freshest ingredients of the region, and  our expansive surroundings offer a special opportunity for a welcomed physical and digital detox.

A brief outline of our week together is below.

All days include at least one yoga session and all activities (as always) are optional based on your needs for your retreat.

Day  1 – arrivals, orientation, yoga and welcoming first dinner

Day 2 – After breakfast we’ll venture out on a guided hike to explore the whitewashed villages that serve as gateway to our yoga retreat center.  Our leisurely hike (around 2 miles each way) will take us to Mirador, Big Dolmen and El Gastor Village to familiarize us with our surroundings.  We’ll have free time in the afternoon, yoga,  dinner and perhaps some massage appointments available.

Day 3 – Morning yoga followed by brunch, then a longer outing to Zahara de la Sierra, one of Andalusia’s most striking villages which sashays up a cliff rock face to a castle-topped peak in the park’s northern reaches.  We’ll visit an authentic Olive Oil Factory that still uses traditional and sustainable methods of production. We’ll have a tasting of olive oil, cheese and sherry wine, plus ample free time to explore the village on our own. Back to our homestead, we’ll have a relaxing yoga class before dinner and evening stargazing.

Day 4 – A leisure day of yoga, good food, good company, pool time and more local explorations for those wanting to venture out solo.  Massage appointments will be available.

Day 5- After brunch, we’ll have another adventure day wandering the winding streets of Setenil de las Bodegas, the whitewashed village built as caves under the rocks.  We’ll sample the local wine, jamón, goat cheese and other tapas, and have ample time to explore on our own.  We’ll return with time to relax before dinner.

Day 6 – Leisurely morning with breakfast, yoga and lunch to prepare for our late afternoon / evening trip to the picturesque town of Ronda.  Here we will have time to enjoy and wander, but then meet back up for an evening Flamenco show!  We’ll be home late tonight.

Day 7  – Our last day is one of leisure – meals, sunshine, yoga and relaxation.  Of course, you know your surroundings now, so extra exploration, hikes and revisiting villages are all possible. Our hosts are happy to guide us based on our desires.

Travel, Additional Information & FAQ’s

The closest international airports are Malaga (AGP) and Seville (SVQ).

We always recommend adding some extra time on the front or back end of your retreat (when possible) to enjoy more of the region!

Our hosts can assist with transfers to the retreat center.  Malaga airport is approximately 2 hours drive, Seville airport, 2 hours. There are also trains and buses that you might take to the town of Ronda which is even closer.

Approximate costs of those transfers:
AIRPORT TRANSFER: 180€ per way and car for one, two, three or four people.
RONDA TRAIN STATION TRANSFER: 80€ per way and car for one, two or three people.
There are daily buses from Seville, Jerez or Malaga stopping in El Gastor, the closest village to the Nature Reserve retreat center. The pick up at the El Gastor bus station is 15€ per car.

Check in on the start day of your retreat is (no earlier than) 4pm.  Check out on the last day of your retreat at 11am.

The center is not available for early arrival or additional night on the back end, but you might consider extra time in Ronda.

OTHER IMPORTANT FAQs

Meals are vegetarian meals including eggs & dairy.  Each house and studio also has kitchen facilities for your personal use.  Alcohol is not included with meals but wine is available for purchase on site and in the villages.  There is  a 24 hour snack table with drinking water, fruit, instant coffee, tea and nuts.

All houses and rooms have private bathrooms, heaters and air conditioning, plus windows that can be opened to enjoy the fresh air.

PACKING:
Please bring plug adaptors for your electronics. Computers and cell phone chargers are designed to work with 110v and 220v.  Other appliances typically are not.  The center has hair dryers available on request.

Comfortable clothes, and perhaps one nice outfit for our Ronda outing.
Good walking / hiking shoes.
Sandals
Bathing Suit
Reusable water bottle
Easy to carry day pack
Personal toiletries (they are not provided)
Sunscreen
Mosquito repellent
Passport (also have a digital copy accessible)
Personal medications

MONEY
The center DOES NOT ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS. They can take Dollars and Euro.

Your Teachers

Karlie Lemos - One Yoga Teacher

Bita Jenkins, M.D., E-RYT500  has been practicing and studying yoga since 1976.  Her approach to yoga is intelligent, playful, and heart-based. She emphasizes awareness, the breath, core principles, alignment, and integrating both movement and stillness to access our true nature. Cultivating a sacred space to open the body, free the mind, and connect with spirit, she aspires to ignite the magic of our existence and the bliss of living this presence. Bita can appreciate all of the stress we accumulate in our fast-paced lifestyles. Her intention is to offer down to earth techniques and ways to incorporate them into our daily lives to help minimize stress, heal our bodies, and focus our minds. Self-transformation and awakening within has guided Bita to teach from a place of love, respect and integrity.

Moses Brown is a Certified Yoga Teacher who has been teaching since 1991.  He  leads public classes immersions and yoga teacher trainings. Moses believes that yoga should be a heart-opening experience that is both supportive as well as empowering to the student.  His teachings create an approach that are physically dynamic, mentally stimulating and therapeutic. Moses brings focus, concentration, and mindfulness to his classes, weaving them together with playfulness, joy and FUN!!

Accommodations

Enchanting accommodations scattered across meticulously landscaped grounds, each designed to delight with views of lush gardens and majestic mountains.

El Cortillo House
This Andalusian House comes complete with garden, private swimming pool, full kitchen, living room and 4 bedrooms.
ROOM 1 – Two twin beds / private bathroom – RESERVED
ROOMS – 2 & 3 – Queen bed / private bathroom – RESERVED
ROOMS – 3 – Queen bed / private bathroom RESERVED
ROOM 4  – Deluxe room (the largest room on the property) with queen bed, private tower and large bathroom with arab style bathtub. – RESERVED
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DOUBLE OCCUPANCY: $3495 per person

SINGLE OCCUPANCY: $3895

DELUXE DOUBLE ROOM: $3795 per person
(one available with queen bed)

Rancho
This delightful house has 2 bedrooms and 1 shared bathroom, plus kitchen, living, gardens and private pool.  Room one has a double (queen bed) and room 2 has 2 twin beds. Perfect for 2-3 friends. We can offer 2 single rooms or a single and double.
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LAST 2-3 SPACES

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY ROOM (shared bath): $3495 per person

SINGLE OCCUPANCY ROOM (shared bath): $3895 per person

 

PARAISOS
2 complexes of studios each with a large swimming pool. Each studio apartment has a Queen bed and sofa-bed (a twin bed can be added as needed), kitchen, living room and ensuite bathroom.  These studios are about an 8 minute walk to the yoga shala and main facilites.*scroll on image for more pictures

LAST 4 SPACES

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY: $3495 per person

SINGLE OCCUPANCY: $3895

 

An $695 deposit will secure your space.
We will confirm your reservation and offer to set up any balance to run in autopayments through January 2025.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • 8 days / 7 nights accommodations
  • Excursion to Ronda inlcuding a Flamenco show
  • Excursion Setenil de las Bodegas, wine tasting and tapas
  • Excursion to Zahara de la Sierra including olive oil factory and tasting
  • Guided local hike
  • All meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8 (minus a couple lights bites on outing days)
  • Daily classes with your teacher

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Airfare to Spain and transfers to venue (the venue can assist)
  • Extras such as massage 
  • Alcohol (though available)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities to Center staff

Refunds and Cancellations: Refund less deposit ($695) before July 1, 2025. No refunds after July 1, 2025.  Due to arrangements made with our vacation hosts, there can be no exceptions to this policy.

If you place a deposit, the balance due will be set to charge in equal installments starting the month after deposit through July, 2025 unless other arrangements are made.

We HIGHLY recommend that you consider purchasing Travel Insurance. Travel insurance companies like AIG Travel guard and Trawick International offer policies that insure your investment in case you need to cancel (including “cancel for any reason” coverages), coverages for expenses incurred due to to weather & travel delays, personal property loss and emergency travel medical.  Please review policies carefully to choose the coverage you need.

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We recommend that you consider purchasing trip insurance to protect your investment. AIG Travel Guard and Trawick International are two providers that we recommend. Please review policies carefully to ensure they provide the coverage you need.

We recommend that you consider purchasing trip insurance to protect your investment. Trawick International and Travel Guard are two providers that we recommend. Please review policies carefully to ensure they provide the coverage you need.