5-Day Wellness, Yoga and Fitness Retreat in Vejer de la Frontera, Spain

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The whitewashed village of Vejer de la Frontera might be quaint, but it's buzzing with opportunities to relax, recharge and power up. Perched atop a picturesque hillside in Spain, guests can enjoy restorative yoga and meditation with panoramic views of the Andalusian countryside and the Atlantic. Get your daily dose of serotonin and vitamin D with guided hikes in nature and toning sessions on the rooftop terrace. Meals are made with 100% organic and seasonal ingredients, and the soothing afternoon massages are guaranteed to put you straight to sleep. 
Suitable for beginner, intermediate, and advanced practitioners
Daily massage
Daily yoga and meditation
Daily guided hikes
Daily fitness and toning sessions
Vivir is a destination wellness retreat situated in the charming whitewashed village of Vejer de la Frontera, Spain. Set atop the highest point of the historic village, the Vivir rooftop terrace offers stunning panoramic views of the Andalusian countryside and the Atlantic Ocean. Vivir welcomes guests to embark on a journey of physical well-being and inner peace. Prepare to be nurtured, inspired and invigorated at this remarkable retreat.

Accommodation

Nature, Mountain, and Beach setting
Caters for organic, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and lactose-free diets
Air-conditioned rooms
Terrace
Dining area
The retreat will take place in Vejer de la Frontera.

The venue
You will stay at a beautifully restored 17th-century manor house. The rooftop terrace has a panoramic 360-degree view, making it the perfect place to meditate, practice yoga, and soak in the breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and distant Moroccan coastline.

The accommodation offers 13 comfortably appointed guest retreats where comfort, warmth, and simplicity blend together meticulously to create cosy tranquil havens.

Retreats are furnished with extra-large beds with crisp linens, antique Portuguese furniture from the Goan jungle, floor heating, air-conditioning, and contemporary open plan bathrooms with showers and/or bathtubs.

Food
Vivir promises to serve only the freshest produce, free of pesticides and other chemicals. The fresh vegetables are grown at the “Viviendo en el Campo” garden which is a local project of ecological and certified organic agriculture. Located within a 20-minute walk from Vejer, the garden is situated on a hillside well protected from the east wind (Levante) that can create strong winds throughout the coastal villages of Cádiz. An interesting aspect of “Viviendo en el Campo” is the recovery of missing native seed cultures indigenous to the area.

All the meals in the program are created and prepared by the gourmet chef, Alberto, who brings his own masterful and creative touches to each of the healthy dishes offered to Vivir guests. As the owner of a successful restaurant in Vejer, Alberto is very familiar with organic locally sourced cuisine. His expertise is often shared at culinary conferences, where he offers presentations regarding the relationship between the environment and food sources. He has collaborated on projects with top-level regional chefs and hoteliers as well as having several recommendations in the Michelin guide.

At Vivir, guests enjoy seasonal menus centred around healthy, delicious, and inspired dishes. The culinary approach is to use only organic garden fresh, high-quality ingredients, infusing them with natural flavours. All fruits and vegetables are sourced from small local organic producers. All fish are raised and harvested from a local saltwater estuary under a world-acclaimed sustainable and organic fishing program. Organic pescatarian or vegetarian dishes are prepared by a gourmet chef.

At the conclusion of the daily hiking tours, guests will be met by Vivir team members at a designated location with an elegant picnic spread consisting of a healthy and delicious organic luncheon. The lunch is casual and elegantly rustic, surrounded by nature and the beauty of Andalusia.

 If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate them to the organiser when making a reservation 
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Program

Sample daily schedule
Morning program
  • 06:00 Soothing wake-up to the sounds of nature
  • 06:45 - 07:00 Morning yoga stretch and light meditation on the rooftop terrace
  • 07:00 Breakfast in the 17th-century courtyard patio
  • 08:00 - 12:30 Hiking tours through the Andalusian countryside and Atlantic coastline (varies daily)
  • 12:30 - 14:00 Picnic lunch safari-style surrounded by the Andalusian nature

Afternoon program
  • 14:00 Return to Vivir retreat centre and freshen up
  • 15:30 - 16:15 Low impact strength conditioning and body toning
  • 16:30 - 17:15 Restorative yoga and meditation
  • 17:30 - 18:15 Soothing massages
  • 18:30 - 20:30 Free time (guests may enjoy walking through the village of Vejer de la Frontera or reading on the rooftop terrace or relaxing with a freshly made fruit and/or vegetable cocktail)
  • 20:30 - 22:00 Organic gourmet vegetarian or pescatarian dinner in the Vivir retreat centre communal dining area
  • 22:30 Buenas Noches

Body toning
The key to a balanced wellness lifestyle is to add stretching and muscle contouring along with cardio/aerobic exercise. Daily afternoon stretching and muscle toning sessions work in perfect harmony with the cardio benefits from morning hikes.

Toning your body doesn’t just improve your overall appearance but can help your posture, improve strength and energy, give you more confidence, and can even help prevent certain diseases.

With a healthier and well-toned body, you’ll be able to enjoy more experiences. Increased stamina results in the ability to participate in physical activities that lead to a more enjoyable lifestyle.

Whether you feel overworked, overweight, or just need some time to unplug and focus on your well-being, at Vivir, the goal is to guide and motivate you towards regaining control of your health.

Yoga
Guests will be guided through morning and afternoon yoga/meditation sessions by our expert yoga instructor whose knowledge, experience and techniques will help guests focus on their energy centres, helping them feel more balanced physically, energetically and emotionally.

Slow Flow Yoga or Vinyasa is a dynamic form of yoga with a slow rhythm, combining movements with controlled respiration. By synchronizing body movement with conscious breathing, stress levels are dramatically decreased. Other benefits include releasing emotional blocks in order to increase mental clarity and open up personal awareness. Slow Flow yoga is recommended for guests of all levels, regardless of age and physical condition.

Morning session (20 minutes each day)
1. Meditation for 5 minutes
Includes a guided meditation before the physical practise in order to feel more balanced and focused for the rest of the day. This relaxation exercise is vital for connecting with inner peace in order to properly relax, therefore balancing body and mind in a more complete way.

2. Yoga stretching for 15 minutes
  • A sequence of yoga exercises and poses designed to prepare and awaken the body

Afternoon session (45 minutes each day)
1. Arrival relaxation for 5 minutes
  • Same as the morning guided meditation

2. Yoga poses for 30 minutes
  • A series of asanas (yoga poses)

3. Final relaxation / guided meditation for 10 minutes
This is the time for guests to integrate all the benefits of their daily activities and where they will embrace and connect with their full potential. They will be guided to listen to their inner self by releasing emotional blocks, thus opening up to an expanded awareness of themselves and the world around them.

Excursions
Hiking
The program offers daily guided hiking excursions through the magnificent and varied Andalusian countryside. What better way to recharge your physical and mental health than by connecting with nature?

Balance your heart, soul, and spirit while experiencing views of Africa and Cape Trafalgar, breathing in the aromas of pine forests or listening to the sounds of waves breaking on the Andalusian cliffs.

The striking natural beauty and majestic terrain of Andalusia is prime for exploration. A variety of hiking tours are designed specifically to promote physical well-being and inspire, nurture and renew the soul.

Guests will discover many memorable hiking tours set within the incredible Andalusian countryside and along the Atlantic coastline.

1. La Breña Tour: Breathtaking views of Africa
Hike in the Natural Park of La Breña, taking in the views of Africa and Cape Trafalgar. Learn about Mediterranean aromatic plants in the La Brena Natural Park and finally enjoy the scent of the sea breeze while relaxing with your feet in the sand at El Palmar Beach.

  • Duration: 4 hours

2. Los Alcornocales: Explore the Cork Oak Forest
On this hiking tour (Sendero del Buda) in the Los Alcornocales Natural Park, you will pass through a diversity of landscapes including hiking through a forest of cork trees. As well, you will be able to take in unbelievable views of Tarifa and the Jebel Musa mountain in Morocco.

  • Duration: 4 hours

3. Bolonia Beach: Discover the Ancient Ruins
Start on Bolonia beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Spain. Enjoy hiking a trail with the best views of the Cadiz coast between Zahara de los Atunes and Bolonia. Climb up to one of the highest shifting dunes in Europe to take in the views, relax and breathe in the sea air. Afterwards, explore the Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia.

  • Duration: 4 hours

Cancellation policy

Cancellation

No refund if you cancel in advance.

Changes

You may not change your dates after booking

Covid

No refund if you test positive for Covid
Full refund if you cannot travel due to Covid restrictions
Full refund if the retreat does not take place due to Covid restrictions
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