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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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Tom K wrote a review Jan 2018
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I'd always had a dream of a family yoga holiday, but on investigation, it became apparent that they are not (yet) much of 'a thing'. However Nic, his own family and their team are way ahead of the curve here, having been providing pretty much exactly what I had imagined/hoped for, over many years already. When my wife found the website and it all looked so lovely, we agreed we simply had to go. In so many ways El Convento surpassed our fantasy of how ideal a week being totally off-grid, with daily stretching and aimless family hanging-out time could be. From the moment of arrival, the pace of our London lives was dropped, and days became about picking almonds for the talented chef to transform into dinner, discussing our yoga challenges or perhaps wandering up to the old
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Date of stay: July 2017
rebekkasorli wrote a review Dec 2017
Oslo, Norway1 contribution
The couple Nic and Henriette have created a wonderful space among olive trees, having renovated an old monastry that serves as the hub of the estate. I had been on the look out for a different holiday offering serenity yoga and family time and at El Convento these wishes were met to the fullest! I had booked a bell tent as our place to sleep and it was super cosy and my daughter of now 7 loved it! Also it felt very connected to nature with a amazing night sky to gaze on in the evenings. NIcs yoga routine in the morning was perfect catering to every level in an Ashtanga series - combining elements of the first and second series. He compassionatly guided the the group through practice every morning. The days were relaxed and the kids on the retreat became good friends and played
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Date of stay: July 2017
Yvette G wrote a review Dec 2017
Midsomer Norton, United Kingdom2 contributions2 helpful votes
We came to this very special place for the first time in June for a family yoga retreat and it was really magical. Nic the yoga teacher was very inspiring. He catered for all levels and you could go at your own pace or try more advanced poses. I felt really amazing after doing yoga for a few hours every morning and my husband also really enjoyed it. It was his first yoga retreat and usually this wouldn't be "his thing", however he really enjoyed it and would certainly be back. It was lovely that we could do yoga and our 2 daughters were doing activities and then we could spend the afternoon together; walking, swimming and playing, It suited everyone. The views are breath taking and the natural water from the mountains makes you feel young and vibrant:)! We've also kept in
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Date of stay: June 2017
Janaina C wrote a review Dec 2017
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We had an amazing experience here, went me my husband and our first baby (who was 9 months during the retreat) and came back renewed and grateful for all experienced! The place is so peaceful and beautiful, everyone in the El Convento team was lovely with us; our baby and the kids were so well taken care of while adults joined the yoga sessions. Food is delicious. The yoga excellent and everybody could fit, advanced and basic level students improving at their levels - I learned and enjoyed a lot and have been practicing regularly since then. The hosts Nic, Henriette and their family are indeed very special people, and the families who came (some for 2nd or 3rd time) very nice to meet as well. This was a lot more then a holiday trip, and more like a gift to body, mind and
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Date of stay: August 2017
liz0289 wrote a review Nov 2017
Sheffield, United Kingdom2 contributions2 helpful votes
My son and I had a fantastic week in August 2017. My son had an amazing time, running wild with the other children, living/playing as children did before the advent of screens/technology. He was extremely well looked after and loved his morning trips up the hill while we were doing yoga. As a single parent, it was ideal as we both had company, I had relaxation/'me' time and he was entertained. The food was amazing, both wholesome and tasty. It inspired me in how I cook now on my return. The staff were amazing too, friendly and welcoming. I could do with a trip like this every few months to re-charge.
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Date of stay: August 2017
SpainAndaluciaProvince of MalagaEl Burgo
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