In the spectacular andalusian mountains, located in a gorgeous green valley flanked by orange groves, you will find Molino del Rey. Is a one of a kind retreat venue. Lovingly converted from an old water mill, by the owners, Anthony and Lidiya, it features a natural salt water pool half nestled into a cave in the mountain side. A spring of the river “Rio Grande” is born nearby. From it, the purest of waters pour through the yoga centre forming waterfalls among the mountain flowers.
The rooms are tastefully designed by Anthony and Lidiya themselves, and the delicious and healthy meals are lovingly prepared. Enjoy the view of the valley and mountains while practicing in the peaceful, light-filled yoga shala.
There is plenty to explore in the area. From visiting Sevilla or Costa del Sol to hiking in the surrounding mountains there is something for everyone. But perhaps you just want to stay put. Find a quiet moment in the meditation caves, get a massage or simply relax in a hammock. This is a place where you have the feeling of having arrived. You don’t need to go anywhere else.
Expect a more active class in the morning, interweaving mindfulness, meditation and philosophical explorations with a clear and safe approach to the physical practice. The afternoon classes will be slower and quieter and will include a deep restorative practice. Maja and Clare's expert guidance will ensure that you have a rewarding and meaningful experience regardless of whether you are a beginner or have been practicing yoga for years. And with two teachers in the room you will get as much (or as little) individual attention as you need or want including plenty of hands-on support and savasana love.
MOLINO DEL REY is well situated for day trips by car to Granada with its famous Alhambra, Sevilla one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, Nerja with its famous caves, Cordoba, Gibraltar, Marbella, and of course the delightful city of Ronda. Beautiful walks, hiking, horse riding, closely situated in one of Andalucia’s most impressive natural reserves. This huge natural park “Sierra de las Nieves” has been designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, and contains the Abies Pinsapo Boissir, the oldest known species of fir tree found in Europe, just five km from the centre.
All rooms include en-suite bathrooms, balconies, warm/cold air conditioning, superbly comfortable beds, ceiling fans, tea making facilities, safes, hair dryers, alarm clocks, electric blinds etc.
The studio is 100m2 with wooden parquet flooring and occupies and extraordinary position, hand-cut out of the mountain, floor to ceiling windows with views across the valley and a door leading into the inner stillness of the caves. The latter serves as natural air conditioning when it’s hot. Under floor Central Heating available for colder weather. The studio has incredible acoustics for working with sound, and is fully equipped with yoga props.
The restaurant includes a lovely, relaxing balcony looking out towards the coast over the beautiful green valley. To keep up with modern life, it also boasts a TV room and possibility of wireless internet (WI-FI). It can also be the perfect place to gather to discuss the day's activities over a drink or two.
The magical "Grotto" pool is equipped with an automatic Sea Water System & contains no chlorine. It also has its' own natural waterfall.
For a nominal fee, one has the option of relaxing in the pool-side 14 seater sauna.
The whole mountain is honeycombed with caves. There are meditation caves on the property itself and many other caves nearby to be explored by the adventurous yogi!
As well as being good friends, Maja and Clare have taught together in New York for well over a decade, both at Cyndi Lee’s prestigious OM Yoga Center as well as the lovely East Village neighborhood studio East Yoga Center. In many ways they are cut from the same cloth which is perhaps why they get along so fabulously. They both teach an alignment-based, breath-led, intelligent vinyasa flow steeped in mindfulness and curiosity. Their intention is to help their students cultivate clarity and ease. Their friendly and warm demeanor creates a space in which their students feel safe to explore their own practice and to deepen their understanding of how the benefits of yoga extend beyond our time on the mat.
Clare has been teaching yoga classes, privates and workshops in NYC since 2006. She received her original certification at OM Yoga where she taught weekly classes until the studio closed in 2012. She holds additional certifications in Prenatal Yoga (Mia Borgatta & Dr Eden Fromberg, 2007) and Restorative Yoga (Judith Lasater, 2009). She has studied meditation with Sharon Salzberg, Cyndi Lee and David Nichtern, and anatomy with many teachers over the years. She is on the teacher training faculty at Now Yoga in New York and at Awakened Life School of Yoga internationally. For more info please visit: www.clareryanyoga.com
Maja started practicing yoga in her hometown of Stockholm, Sweden more than 20 years ago. After moving to NYC she was drawn to delve deeper into the practice of yoga and completed her first teacher training at OM yoga center in 2006 where she then joined the teaching faculty. Since then she has completed her 500 hr certification, also at OM yoga center, as well as many other trainings such as Restorative yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater, Anatomy studies with Leslie Kaminoff at the Breathing Project and Prenatal teacher training with Bec Conant. In the summer of 2017 Maja relocated to Mainz, Germany where she is currently teaching classes, teacher trainings and workshops. For more info please visit: www.majasidebaeck.com
I had a beautiful and transformative week with Clare and Maja at their yoga retreat in Mallorca. The setting was perfect, the yoga was both vigorous and calming, the food was incredible, and I made some lovely new friends. (Frances, NYC)
Clare has irrevocably changed my practice, my attitude, my life! She's an exceptional teacher who has challenged me both physically and mentally, and in her gentle, nurturing manner, has made my body (and mind) move in all sorts of cool, crazy ways I never felt possible before. She's a force of good in this world, and I always look so forward to our time together. (Ashley, NYC)
Maja's classes offer a perfect combination of exploration, challenge, and care. I've been practicing yoga for over 15 years, and Maja will always be my favorite teacher because of the exceptional creativity, knowledge, and warmth she brings to each class. In Maja's classes, I could safely explore and expand my yoga practice, gaining strength and flexibility in my mind and body, with expert guidance and encouragement. Students at any level would benefit from Maja's inspiring classes. (Sigrid Von Wendel, NYC)
Clare is a truly gifted yoga instructor. She is warm and playful, and has an exquisite capacity to communicate in a way that is clear and engaging. Over the years I have had many teachers in a variety of fields, and Clare has been one of the rare few who could create an atmosphere of comfort and challenge. I always felt that she was looking out for each person as an individual as well as the class as a whole. I am fortunate to have found her. (Adam, NYC)
Maja embodies the rare yoga combination of technical expertise and a style I describe as flow joy! She knows alignment, gently offering hands-on adjustments and suggesting alternative poses for varying needs. What I love most about practicing with her, though, is the flow of poses and transitions and the energized feeling during and after a class with her. Maja is a unique soul and I'd travel far for her grace, humor and expertise! (Shannon Curry Hartmann, NYC)
The deposit is non-refundable.
FULL PAYMENT (due within 90 days of retreat - June 24th)
When you reserve, you may either pay in full or just pay the deposit. Upon receipt of your payment we will send you a confirmation of your deposit. Full payment is due 90 days prior to the start date of the yoga retreat.
We understand that unforeseen circumstances can occur. Your payment will be refunded if you cancel more than 90 days before the start of the retreat (June 24th) minus the deposit which is non-refundable. Less than 90 days before the start of the retreat we will gladly reimburse you, less your deposit if we are able to fill your space. However, if we cannot fill your space no refunds can be given. We always recommend the purchase of travel insurance just to be safe.
Two twin beds, balcony, en-suite bathroom.
Mountain view, balcony, two twin beds, en-suite bathroom.
Single bed, balcony, en-suite bathroom.
Single bed, private patio, en-suite bathroom.
Double bed, mountain view, balcony, en-suite bathroom.
Double bed, shared use of large terrace and living room, en-suite bathroom. Option for double occupancy for a couple, ask us!