Be Free Yoga Retreat

Órgiva, Spain

Nicole Catenazzi
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May 15 - 21, 2021
Group size: 8 - 12
Be Free Yoga Retreat
Órgiva, Spain

Nicole Catenazzi
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Deposit: €300
May 15 - 21, 2021
Group size: 8 - 12

About this trip

Let yourself be free in southern Spain

Connect with the energetic pulse of the world around you in a soulful and uplifting 6-night yoga retreat that will leave you feeling limitless.

Experience mindful yoga classes, enriching meditation workshops, healing journaling prompts, conscious activities, and contemplative moments of peace and tranquillity.

This retreat is for you if...

  • You want to move your body, calm your mind, and express your spirit in a fun, encouraging, and inspiring environment.
  • You want to invest in yourself and your self-development with tools and practices that awaken your innate potential for growth.
  • You want to cultivate awareness of energy moving through you, and feel yourself move in harmony with that energy.
  • You want to tap into your highest self, experiencing inner joy and opening your heart to the world around you. 
  • You want to rest and restore, deeply, with practices that give you time and space to integrate your experience. 

Be Free

All experience is energy in motion—our thoughts, feelings, actions, and emotions are dynamic and ever-changing. Yet, we don't often take the time to graciously watch these experiences unfold on a moment-to-moment basis. When we move through life without thought or awareness, we tend to run on auto-pilot, which can leave us feeling depleted, unfulfilled, uninspired or lacking purpose. On the other hand, when you experience the limitless power of the present moment, life unfolds with you in a deeply moving way.

The Be Free Retreat offers you the time, space to connect to the subtle energy that permeates all that surrounds you. You’ll sharpen your awareness of body, breath, and spirit by tuning into the ever-unfolding present moment. The days will flow through a centring rhythm of movement and stillness with activities that spark creativity and evoke joy. 

The Setting

Let the rugged and rural Spanish countryside awaken your soul.

The Be Free retreat is taking place at the House of Light Retreat Centre; a tranquil sanctuary set among the stunning natural backdrop of La Alpujarra in Southern Spain.

The magical property, from where you can view both the mountains and ocean, is beautiful and inspiring, as well as incredibly nurturing. The venue includes gorgeous guest rooms, glamping yurts and:

  • An indoor yoga studio with balconies that offer views to the mountains and the sea.
  • A stunning pool-side patio with breathtaking, panoramic views.
  • A large sun terrace for dining al-fresco under the setting sun.
  • A large Mongolian yurt set on a wooden floor with a roof reaching up to a large skylight.
  • Gardens that offer many spots for quiet reflection with hammocks shaded by large oak trees.

House of Light's diverse and distinctive spaces have been intricately and lovingly designed to give individuals the opportunity to connect with nature, open up, drop into vulnerability and connect quickly and deeply with one’s self.

The Accommodations

Moroccan-inspired villa living

All of the rooms have been decorated with attention to detail and provide aesthetically beautiful, calm spaces designed to both inspire and relax you.

A mixture of private and shared accommodations of indoor rooms and outdoor yurts is available to suit your travel preferences and budget (see below).

Communal gathering

The dining room is connected to a large veranda allowing for group meals to be enjoyed inside or outside in the sun, taking in the mountain views down to the Mediterranean and, on a clear day, across to North Africa.

Gather at the large West facing sun terrace or head to the Moroccan Snug, a corner of comfy luxury with lounge sofas and lanterns. 

Professionally-appointed yoga studio

The venue includes two dedicated indoor practice spaces, in addition to the outdoor garden areas. The studio spaces are perfectly equipped with yoga mats, props and meditation seats, providing you with support and comfort for your practices. 

The Food

Nourishment and nurturing is a big part of retreat life. You’ll savour three delicious vegetarian, and often vegan, meals prepared fresh daily with love and consciousness by our private chef. 

All ingredients are either grown in the gardens or carefully sourced from local farmers. The menu is designed to feed both body and soul, using fresh ingredients and organic whole foods. 

All dietary requirements can be catered for, just let us know when you book.

Meet Your Host

About Nicole 

Nicole first experienced the transformational potential of yoga in a tropical jungle in Costa Rica and credits the practice for bringing her into a state of present-moment awareness of body and mind. Now a 500-hour certified yoga instructor, she specializes in teaching in Hatha, vinyasa, and restorative yoga practices so that others may experience the same.

Her goal as a teacher is to help you find your power, your potential and your peace through movement, meditation and self-inquiry; encouraging you to listen to what your body needs, and inviting you to respond with compassionate acceptance.

Based near Toronto, Canada, Nicole has led retreats and events around the world, including her workshop Fearless Heart Flow, which combines yogic practices with expressive writing prompts. An avid traveller and lover of all things personal growth and development, Nicole has done self-directed study in neurobiology, life coaching, neuro-linguistic programming, writing, functional movement, philosophy, dance, and art.

You can find Nicole on Instagram @nameis.nicole or online at

Booking Information


Before February 14: place a non-refundable €300 deposit and agree to the terms and conditions when booking. 

From February 15 onwards: payment in full and agree to the terms and conditions when booking. 

Balance Due

The full balance is due by February 15, 2021. You can pay at any time by logging into your WeTravel account. If you would like to set up a recurring personal payment schedule, simply send an email to to make an arrangement.


A participant may cancel their booking at any time, providing that the cancellation is made by the person submitting the booking form and is notified to us in writing. 

If cancellation is made at least 90 days before the start of the retreat, we will retain your deposit of the retreat but refund any additional payments made (less any transaction fees). There will be no refunds provided on any portion if you cancel your booking within 90 days of the retreat. However, if another person can be found to take your place, then we may offer you a full or partial refund at our discretion.

This is just a portion of the full terms and conditions of booking your retreat. The complete terms and conditions are available here (PDF).

Sliding Scale

In an effort to increase access and opportunity, two spots on this retreat are offered on a sliding scale basis for people who identify as Black, Indigenous or a Person of Colour. Please email to discuss options.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many participants will be there? 

To ensure a calm, tranquil and intimate experience we are limiting this retreat to a maximum of 14 participants. This is the perfect retreat for you if you want to meet like-minded people and share the wonders of yoga and self-realization with them. 

I’m travelling with a friend. Can we share a room? 

Yes, you can! Make sure you each choose the same accommodation type when booking and mention their name on your registration form to ensure you are placed in the same room. 

Do you offer a payment plan?

Yes, we do! Once you pay your deposit, please email if you would like to pay for your spot in instalments. We will work with you to make sure you can register in a way that meets your financial needs. 

Are flights included?

No, the cost of your flight is not included. 

When does the retreat start and finish?

You're welcome to arrive at the venue from 4:00 pm onwards on Saturday, May 15 and we'll enjoy our first group dinner together at 6:30 pm. The retreat ends on Friday, May 21 (approximately 12:00 pm).

How do I get to/from the airport and the venue?

The closest airports to the venue are Granada GRX (50 minutes) and Malaga AGP (90 minutes).  Public bus transportation (ALSA) is available from Malaga or Granada to Orgiva, the nearest town to the venue.  Once in Orgiva, you'll need to take a local taxi up to the venue (around 10-minute drive).

If you'd prefer to arrive by car, we can help you organize an airport transfer privately, or with a group. Costs vary depending on how many people are in each vehicle. For example, 4-5 people per vehicle from Malaga will typically cost each person €45 one way.

Lastly, you can also rent a car and drive to the venue. Plenty of parking is available onsite. 

Are kids permitted?

Guests must be 16 years of age or older to participate. Guests under 18 must be accompanied by their parent or guardian who is 18 years of age or older and share the same private room.

Do I need to bring my yoga mat?

The studio is perfectly equipped with yoga mats, props, and meditation seats. You are welcome to bring your own mat and props if you prefer, but it is not required. 

I have certain dietary requirements, can these be accommodated? 

Yes, they can! To ensure enough time for proper menu planning, please let us know upon booking whether you have any dietary requirements. Our retreat chef is incredibly talented and accommodating to all dietary and allergy requirements.

Do I have to do all the activities? What if I want to go off on my own? 

All of the classes, workshops and activities listed are included in your stay but they are also completely optional. You can participate in what we offer as much or as little as you wish. You are free to travel off the retreat site at any time.

Because the location is rural, we recommend you rent a car if you plan on exploring the region on your own. If you need help with arranging a private driver just let us know and we can coordinate that for you. 

The accommodation option I want is sold out. Do you have a waitlist? 

Yes, there is! Please email to be added to the waitlist for your preferred accommodation option. We'll let you know if a spot opens up AND we'll honour any discount codes that were available at the time of your email to us. 

Are the activities in English?

The retreat is led in English.

What’s the weather like in this area of  Spain in May?

May is a beautiful time to visit Spain! This region of Spain enjoys an average of 300 days of sun per year, with temperatures in the mid to high 20s (Celcius).  The evenings and early mornings are slightly cooler and for outdoor activities, we recommend being prepared for rain or shine, so pack clothing items you know you'll be comfortable in for any and all activities.

Is the venue safe?

The venue is at a safe and secure location and is exclusively ours for the duration of the retreat. Each room (yurts excluded) can be locked with a key. While we can't say that the risk of theft is non-existent, it is exceptionally unlikely.

I'm having issues making a payment. Why is that?

Depending on your bank's country of residence, your credit card provider may initially block the transaction because you are making a purchase in a foreign currency (Euros). WeTravel uses a safe and secure payment gateway, so you can confidently authorize your bank to proceed with the transaction.

Anything else?

As with any overseas trip, we recommend that all participants make sure they cover themselves with the necessary travel and health insurance for the duration of their trip.

What’s included

  • Yoga Classes
    Up to two classes daily on full retreat days. Energizing vinyasa flow classes in the morning, and calming hatha, restorative and yoga nidra classes in the evening.
  • All Meals
    Daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner, lovingly prepared by our private chef.
  • Accommodations
    Choose from a variety of private or shared accommodations indoors or in yurts to suit your preferences and budget.
  • WiFi
    Guest WiFi is available throughout the venue.
  • Onsite Workshops
    Dive into the depths of your soul in meditation, journaling, and self-discovery workshops.
  • Conscious Bodies Session
    Aeris Körper artists will guide you through gentle stretches, visualizations, connecting movements and simple vocal sounds in a playful playful, relaxing and rejuvenating workshop.
  • Beach Trip
    Savour the salty sea breeze and take a dip in the ocean on a half-day visit to the beach.
  • Cave Tour
    Venture through the Nerja caves; a labyrinth of caverns and cathedral of stalactites.
  • Sound Ceremony
    Experience the meditative and healing effects of a sound bath using a symphony of chimes, gongs, drums and singing bowls.
  • Raw Chocolate Class
    Learn how to make chocolate from raw organic cacao; an antioxidant-rich treat that is good for the soul.
  • Free Time
    Yup. Free time is that valuable that it's included here. It's as important as any other retreat activity because it's in your open time that you'll live what it means to be free.
  • Flights
    You are responsible for arranging your airfare.
  • Airport transfer
    You are required to get from the airport to the venue (see FAQs above for available options).
  • Therapeutic treatments
    Treatments like massage or acupuncture can be booked at a cost (subject to availability).

Available Packages

Shared Double Yurt
only 3 left

The ultimate glamping experience. Tucked away in the olive groves are three exquisite Mongolian Yurts. With solid wooden floors and comfortable beds embellished with rich rugs and fabrics, this glamping option offers you affordable yet exotic accommodation.

Two guests occupy one yurt, each with their own comfortable twin bed.  Deluxe shared washroom facilities (toilets, sinks and showers) are available inside the main house. 

Deposit: €300
Shared Double Room
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Rest in a calm, Moroccan-inspired room and step out to a gravelled terrace overlooking the stunning, expansive vista along the length of the valley and down to the sea.

Two guests to a room, each guest has their own comfortable twin bed (female-identifying guest only).

This room shares deluxe washroom facilities (3 toilets and sinks and 3 showers on the same floor).

Deposit: €300
Private Single Room
Sold Out

Deep in the heart of the house with a view into the Arabic courtyard, this bedroom has a uniquely cosy, womb-like feel. A small wooden staircase leads you to a double mezzanine bed in the eves. This room shares washroom facilities (3 toilets and sinks and 3 showers) with two other rooms. 

Deposit: €300
Private Double Room with Shower
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This bedroom is luxuriously appointed with its own private shower, made from rich, green Moroccan tadelakt and a hand-painted wash basin set on a slab of locally sourced slate.  Colourful Indian bedding cover the double bed, perfect for a pair to share.

Important: The rate listed is per person. To book this room, both spots must be booked together (€1095 each).   If you'd like to book this room as a solo traveller, your rate will be adjusted to €1495 total, once we've received your deposit. Please specify in the booking notes if you are booking the room as single occupancy. The room can be configured with a double bed or two twin beds.

Deposit: €300
Private Double Room with Ensuite
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Coloured light floods into this bedroom through a hand made stained glass window at the front of the house and onto the decorative plasterwork arches leading into the en-suite bathroom and walk-in wardrobe. Luxurious Indian bed covers drape the double bed and the curved lines of the turquoise tadelakt shower add a feeling of decadence to this exquisite room. 

Important: The rate listed is per person. To book this room, both spots must be booked together (€1150 each).   If you'd like to book this room as a solo traveller, your rate will be adjusted to €1550 total once we've received your deposit. Please specify in the booking notes if you are booking the room as single occupancy. The room can be configured with a double bed or two twin beds.

Deposit: €300
Private Room with Terrace
Sold Out

Rest in a calm, Moroccan-inspired room and step out to a gravelled terrace overlooking the stunning, expansive vista along the length of the valley and down to the sea.

This room shares deluxe washroom facilities (3 toilets and sinks and 3 showers on the same floor).

Deposit: €300
Deposit: €300

Shared Double Yurt


Sample Itinerary
Timing and activities are subject to change.

7AM: Silent mornings

7:30-9AM: Guided yoga and meditation practice

9AM-10:30AM: Breakfast

10:30AM-12PM: Onsite workshop or open time

12PM-2PM: Light lunch

2PM-4:30PM: Offsite excursion or open time

4:30-6:00PM: Guided movement or meditation practice

6:30PM-8PM: Dinner

8:30PM: Evening activity or rest

Your Organizer

Nicole Catenazzi
1 review
I am passionate about helping people find their potential, their power and their peace through yoga, meditation and expressive writing. Find me at


This was one of my best experience I've ever made. Everything was great. Nicole helped us a lot when we had troubles with our flight to get to Toulouse. We missed one flight so we also missed our transfer. She helped us to find out which would be the best option to get to Antunac. That was super. And the place we stayed was stunning and wonderful. Everything was perfect. Food, Yoga, adventure. Thanx a lot for this awesome week.