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5 Reasons to Attend a Yoga Retreat in Andalucia, Spain

May 2, 2016

Picture wild and brooding mountains dotted with whitewashed villages redolent of orange blossoms; the fertile lands of Andalucia remain suspended between the sea and stars.

The land is full of culture, history, fiestas, nature, and excellent foods, making it the perfect place to explore your yoga practice and weave rituals into your daily life.

Andalucia is the ideal place for a memorable, inspiring yoga retreat that’ll influence your life for years to come. Below we detail why this is the ideal place to explore your mat, your Self, and the art of ritual.

5 Reasons to Attend a Yoga Retreat in Andalucia, Spain

white washed villages andalucia1. Discover the history of the region.

Andalucia is the ideal place to receive a historical and cultural lesson—viewing ancient buildings, mosques, Arabic Hammams and more.

From the breath-taking Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba to the Hammam Al Andalus Granada, there’s no short of history in the region to explore.

In addition, Andalucia contains The Alhambra, Plaza de Espana, the Seville Cathedral, Generalife, Barrio Santa Cruz, the Puente Nuevo Bridge, and so much more. Each building tells a story.

ritual in Andalucia Spain2. Explore the art of ritual. 

Rituals have been a vital part of virtually all cultures throughout the world and there’s a lot we can learn from Spanish culture.

For instance, at historical sites like Hammam Al Andalus Granada, a person can see that bathing rituals have been an important part of civilizations for thousands of years.

Like most cultures, folklore has also been a vital part of the Spanish civilization throughout time—and the Galicians, Asturians, Canabrians, Catalans, Basques, Celtiberians, Iberians, Milesians, Carthaginians, Suebi, Visigoths, Spaniards, Moors, and even the Greeks and Romans’ stories have influenced the region.

andalucia3. Witness one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Surrounded by brooding mountains, whitewashed villages, and no shortage of flowers, it’s safe to say that Andalucia is one of those places that you’ve got to witness for yourself.

In addition, Andalucia contains a spectacular national park—Sierra de Grazalema, complete with a multitude of hiking trails. You’ll fall in love at first glance.

Andalucia yoga4. Deepen your yoga practice.

Change your location, change your perspective—and practicing overlooking lush mountains certainly won’t hurt.

In Spain, you’ll get the opportunity to practice with a teacher focused on the experimental, rich, worldly tradition, mantra, and shamanic influences. You’ll leave knowing more about the practice, your body, and yourself.

Andalucia bathhouse5. Embrace a cultural adventure. 

Andalucia is the perfect place to embrace your sense of adventure. From horseback riding through the Spanish countryside to dancing the flamingo and taking fabulous hikes, there’s sure to be something for everyone!

Experience Andalucia for yourself! Join us on our FP Escapes Yoga Retreat in Spain—The Art of Ritual with Mischa Varmuza and Maggie Harrsen leading the way from September 25—October 1, 2016. Book now!


Living every single day for the mat, Sara is a yoga teacher, a published yoga writer and storyteller, an innovative yoga marketer, a YOGANONYMOUS editor, and a dedicated yoga student.

Sara strives to live from the connection of her head and her heart and encourages her students and clients to do the same by motivating them to step into their full powerful purpose through the transformational magic of yoga.

When not on the mat, you can find this earth sign hiking up a mountain in the beautiful Boulder, Colo., where she’s based or shredding down a ski hill.