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El Convento Retreat

Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park, El Burgo Spain
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El Convento is a very special retreat centre.Our ashtanga yoga is taught on a yoga deck that overlooks the Sierra de las Nieves natural park and our teacher, Nic Freeman, was trained and has been blessed to teach by the creator of Ashtanga yoga, K. Pattabhi Jois. Nic teaches from beginner to advanced students, so you do not need to be able to bend like a pretzel..We understand that when your family begins to grow, priorities change and so we are one of the few retreats world-wide that offer child-care during yoga classes and throughout the day so you can regain your balance.Our food is not the mass-produced and souless fare of some retreats but is vegetarian, organic and from the most local souce possible. Our chef, Bianca, has cooked all over the world and fills the table every day with freshly baked bread, salads, curries, daal, gazpacho or heavenly cake.Our accommodation is simple but beautiful with our bohemian bell-tents, tipis and huts. We don't believe that having a plasma television and private balcony will make your holiday more restful. Instead, we give you the mountains, the gardens, the terraces and the rivers to wander through, meditate on, socialise in or simply sit next to.We aren't damaging our environment by building ill-fitting dormitories or wasting vast amounts of water on poorly sourced plants. Instead, we use the clean mountain water, piped directly from the spring, power ourselves on solar energy only and encourage energy efficiency with both indoor and outdoor showers as well as contemporary and compost toilets.In all, we are not a manicured illusion of nature, we are part of the real deal. We would love to share what we consider to be the most beautiful place on the planet with you and so our prices are affordable and our yoga accessible to all.
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Dominic C wrote a review Dec 2019
Alne, United Kingdom1 contribution
If you’ve ever dreamed of disconnecting with the world, reconnecting with your family and finding an inner sense of peace El Convento is place you’ve been looking for. We were lucky enough to join Nic and the team for a family yoga retreat in August 2019 and the experience was transformational. Six months on we’re still practicing regularly and often think back to the magical week we spent at the convent. Amazing healthy food, swimming in the Bolsa, massages with the amazing Christie, family yoga fun with Emma, walks in the beautiful mountains, freshwater dips in the local river, refreshing outdoor showers, lazy afternoons reading in the shade and hours of uninterrupted peace. Whether your a regular yogi (like my wife) or an complete novice (like me) Nic’s Ashtanga practice was brilliantly pitched to challenge and stretch whilst giving a sense of progression and most importantly presence. As a family of three, with a curious and independent five year old daughter we can’t recommend El Convento enough.
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Date of stay: December 2019
Philip D wrote a review Aug 2019
Shanghai, China6 contributions8 helpful votes
We had a wonderful time at El Convento. Nic, Henriette and their team created an amazing experience - the yoga, the kids program, the food (my god the food), a couple of fun outings - all of which perfectly suited the stunning location. It was a perfect way to switch off from the wider world, come together as a family free from distractions, make some wonderful new friends and deepen our yoga practice.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Room Tip: Every single one of the huts and tents is fantastic, it's the location that makes it and...
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Kriton123 wrote a review Oct 2018
Crete, Greece1 contribution
This was our first family yoga retreat. Our daughter is 2 years old and not going to kindergarten and it was her first experience being under the care of strangers. It went very well. The retreat had a professional taking care of the children and abundant very friendly volunteers that really allowed parents to have the concentration on the morning yoga class. There was spontaneous help throughout the day also. In the retreat we had our first astanga yoga classes, and it was a very nice experience. We would like to have more yoga during the day, maybe an afternoon session could be added before the nice trips that the retreat organises. Food was great! Our room where adequate and environmentally friendly. The place itself is beautiful, in the middle of a national park, inside a private land that used to be part of a monastery. We would gladly visit again!
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Date of stay: July 2018
Trip type: Traveled with family
monikaschwartzms wrote a review Aug 2018
Vienna, Austria1 contribution
Our time in El Convento was wonderful, we relaxed, we laughed, we enjoyed good company, we practiced yoga with an accomplished and experienced teacher, we had great vegetarian food , nice trips, fresh water from the spring, clean air, refreshing swimms and nice hikes. The first thing i noticed was that the pictures don’t do the place justice. It is truly beautiful! The the landscape is spectacular, the old convent is the only other building you can see. It‘s a nature paradise!On the grounds there are mostly almond and olive trees, filled with crickets that chirp. You listen to the chirping of the crickets, relax in the shade on a bed or one of the lounging areas with the coulourful pillows. Everything is decorated with an astonishing attention to detail, here some flowers, there an oriental ornament. My daughter befriended another girl right away, and had a lot of fun with all the other kids and the staff. Everyday, after the small breakast, the adults would head to the roof terrace for the daily yoga practice and the kids would go up tot he bolsa – a fresh water pool. For me - a single mother - it was like heaven, my daughter wasn’t bored with the usual animation, but with creative games and nature adventure. It was a pleasure to see her run wild with the other kids without me thinking about any dangers of the city. Our wood hut, was really beautiful and i slept like a baby. The food was soooo delicous!!!! The Chef Virtudes is great! After the yoga we had the big breakfast and after a few hours lunch and dinner in the evening, and everytime she would create something wonderful. The trips are very well selected and organised: We were on both trips. The first one was a picnic by a beautiful river, after a refreshing swim in the river we ate Virtudes food with great relish. The kids were busy trying to catch some fish and they actually succeded in the end. The second trip was to Ronda, a magnificient city, with the spectacular bridge Puente Nuevo towering 120 m above the canyon floor. I enjoyed walking with my daughter through the old town and do some shopping and sightseeing. We will be back!!! Thank you very much Nic and Henriette for this memorable holiday! Best regards, Monika and Victoria Schwartz
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Date of stay: July 2018
Trip type: Traveled with family
wishyyou wrote a review Feb 2018
Bristol, United Kingdom1 contribution
We attended the family yoga retreat in August 2017. On a whim we booked it after a very stressful year and despite being anxious about taking three young children (5, 3, 5 months) we had the most incredible time and met some truly great people. Nic and Henriette went out of their way to accommodate us and especially helped me out at times with my young baby, meaning I could have more time doing the yoga I so badly wanted to do. Our elder two had such a lovely time with the childminders who were great fun and made pals with the other children and they formed a great little tribe running around. It was also incredibly peaceful having time in the afternoons just the five of us without any distractions and just simple, beautiful nature. We have very fond memories of the trip - it was definitely worth every minute. Don't expect incredibly luxurious accommodation but do expect excellent yoga teaching, OUTSTANDING food, one of the most beautiful places I have ever been and some genuinely kind, holistic people.
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Date of stay: August 2017
Trip type: Traveled with family
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Frequently Asked Questions about El Convento Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to El Convento Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Sierra De Las Nieves (3.1 miles), AstroLab (2.9 miles), and Caucon-Tajo de la Caina (3.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at El Convento Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at El Convento Retreat?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at El Convento Retreat?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to El Convento Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Cocina del Zarcillos, Restaurant Casa Pepe, and Enara.
Are there opportunities to exercise at El Convento Retreat?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to El Convento Retreat?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Cuevas del Becerro (9.4 miles).