Re-energize and Renew

Yin & Yang Yoga Retreat

2 – 8 October 2018 – Small group – Limited Spaces

Host: Special Guest Teacher Jane Bakx

Relax & renew during a relaxed week at a beautiful & peaceful location in Andalusia.

Yin-Yang yoga retreat – Finding your balance

Yin-Yang stands for balance.

During this retreat we want to bring balance to your body, mind and heart. We want you to find a way to bring balance into your daily busy life.

We will take you on a journey passed the 5 elements, opening the body with yin practices, making the body stronger with dynamic practices, also doing various practices to quiet the mind, connect to yourself and find your inner peace.

Yin & Yang = Perfect combination

Yin yoga is all about surrender and letting your muscles relax. Yang yoga is more like a typical vinyasa flow (dynamic yoga) class; keeping the body’s functionality and mobilizes the energy body to refresh the body’s vibrancy. When combined they compliment each other and balance out your energy.

By practicing Yin yoga before Yang (which we do during a few Yin-Yang sessions) we can carry over Yin’s very mindful way of practicing into our dynamic Yang practice. We truly benefit from the openness of the body and the stillness of the mind. It is also really beneficial for those of us who might tend towards competitiveness or striving in asanas.

Benefits Yin Yoga

  • Stimulates the meridians (energy channels) bringing balance to the organs in the body
  • Improves flexibility and joint mobility
  • Calms and balances the mind and body
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Works deeply on the connective tissues (fascia, tendons and ligaments)
  • Can prepare the practitioner for meditation practice

Benefits Yang Yoga

  • Strengthens and tones the body
  • Improves flexibility and circulation
  • Increases endurance
  • Calms the mind down by inviting us to synchronize movement with breath
  • Removes tension and obstacles in the body to allow breath and prana to flow.


Jane Bakx – 500 RYT

Jane is an E-200RYT + 500RYT yoga teacher (Yoga Alliance certified) from the Netherlands. She lived in Amsterdam for most of her life and worked as a producer in advertising. She practised yoga for over 15 years and has been teaching for years. After her two yoga teacher training courses (both in India), she decided to leave her job in advertising and follow her heart and passion for yoga full time. Since then, she has been teaching and traveling around the world and also organizes retreats. She mainly practices Vinyasa and Yin yoga herself and sometimes also Ashtanga.

To Jane yoga is all about making a connection with yourself; with your body, mind and heart. Through yoga you learn to listen more to your body. The focus in Jane’s classes is mainly on making that connection to yourself and at the same time getting more flexible and strong.

More about Jane

We were fortunate enough to have Jane as our teacher for the Rebalance & Renew retreat on Bonaire from April 7-14 2018.
As beginners, we weren’t quite sure what to expect, but Jane was fabulous at making us feel comfortable and safe. She provided both of us with a wealth of knowledge about Yoga practice, and supported us in finding poses that were specifically adapted to our personal challenges. We definitely recommend Jane and any of her classes or retreats to all Yogi levels.
Jane has been a fantastic teacher who lit a fire for Yoga and made us aware of the importance of mindfulness in our daily lives.
We’d love to come back and spend another week doing Yoga with her at one of the most beautiful spots on Earth


Belinda Von Niederhäusern / Facebook

I was very lucky to join the Rebalance & Renew retreat on Bonaire from 2-9 December 2017.

The yoga lessons were perfectly in balance and personalized.

Jane is a fabulous yoga teacher with not only a wealth of knowledge about the practice and the tradition, but a true passion for the growth of her students.

You can’t help but be energized and optimistic after a class or session with her.
I am looking forward to one of her retreats in the future.

Berit Velstra / Facebook

Jane is the best yoga teacher I’ve ever had the pleasure of being taught by.

Unlike many others, she takes the time to go around and helps adjust your poses in the best, personal way- always making you feel comfortable and confident in what you’re doing.

She always brings great energy into the room and her ability to mix strength, flexibility and relaxation in the same class makes for a truly enjoyably experience.

5 stars and beyond!

Valentina Jacks / Facebook


During our retreat the focus is on finding your balance, increasing your energy, improving your concentration, increasing your flexibility and building your strength. You can completely relax and renew in a beautiful environment.

We will learn you some practical exercises and techniques that you can easily integrate into your daily life when you go back home.

Be inspired by our yoga & meditation sessions, including a Beach Yoga session and a special walking meditation.

You can as well participate in a special cooking workshop by our passionate chef Tiziana.

You will also notice that when you pull out from your hectic life, you can create space for new insights and personal growth.

Take time for yourself to reflect on what is really important to you in your life.


Yin and Yang

During this week we will will do yin and yang yoga sessions. The combination of the more yang orientated yoga like Hatha and Vinyasa with Yin yoga brings harmony to your body, mind and soul.


Silent walk and Yoga on top of the mountain

You can do beautiful walking trails, just starting from our finca. During this retreat we will do a silent walk or walking meditation. On our way we will stop to do  yoga and meditation on top of the mountain.


Excursion to the beach

We will go to the beach for a nice yoga beach session and a picknick. Afterwards you can relax on the beach and enjoy the Mediterranean sea.


Cooking Workshop from chef Tiziana

Our chef Tiziana is very passionate about healthy food. She  cooks delicious vegetarian food. She will share some of her kitchen secrets during a special cooking workshop. Discover how you can cook incredibly tasty and healthy with a few simple tricks!


Yin and Yang Yoga Retreat in Malaga

Excursion to Alhama de Granada

We will bring you to the beautiful town of Alhama de Granada. They call this place little Ronda. It is a beautiful and charming old town. From here we will take you on a stunning walk.


Sound Journey

We will have a special night with a beautiful meditation session with Tibetan & cristal bowls.

Just relax and enjoy this beautiful sound journey!



When you wake-up in the morning, you walk outside en watch the amazing sunrise above the mountains. You enjoy a fresh and Healthy Detox Shake and some tropical fruit. You bring your yoga mat and get ready for a dynamic morning flow at the terras. After the session our Chef will welcome you with an delicious and healthy breakfast.

Afterwards it is time to relax. You jump in the beautiful and refreshing pool for a swim. After your dip you relax on one of the sun beds next to the pool and you can finally start in this book that you really wanted to read.

In the afternoon we will have a healthy and tastefull lunch.

In the afternoon we leave for a nice silent walk. After tea time we do a nice Yin session before diner and we enjoy the sunset together.

Our chef Tiziana arranged a really nice dinner.  We enjoy the food and the views together and finish the day happy and relaxed.



During this retreat you stay at one of the most beautiful places in Andalusia. The old cortijo (farm) where we stay is a converted traditional Andalusian farmhouse.

The cortijo has a cozy large kitchen and living room. A beautiful terrace and a nice tropical garden. There is also a large swimming pool. The cortijo overlooks the mountains.

In general the weather around that time is very nice. The cortijo has a lot of space outdoors. The view is breathtaking. This place has a very good and peaceful atmosphere. The perfect place too relax and renew.


La Axarquia

La Axarquia area, east of Malaga city,  is breathtakingly beautiful and has not been spoilt.

The main attractions are the area’s dramatic hill and mountain scenery and its unspoiled white washed villages. Because of the region’s sub-tropical climate, this is also a region where some of the more tropical fruits, such as mango and kiwi are grown.


The charming village of Periana is located in the beautiful Axarquia region of Malaga, affording stunning views to the surrounding countryside. To the north are spectacular mountain ranges and to the south the beautiful Lake (Reservoir) Viñuela and the coastline.

The village sits along the scenic Route of the Olive Oil and Mountains, which follows the land through olive groves, mountain ranges and ancient pueblos blancos (white villages).

Periana is located just a 40 minute drive from the city of Malaga and its airport and less than 40 minutes away are the costal towns of Nerja, Torrox and Torre Del mar, which boast lovely beaches.

Walking distance from the finca: beautiful Mondron

The small white village of Móndron boasts all local amenities as well as stunning panoramic views of the beautiful mountains, surrounding countryside and nearby Lake Viñuela.

Mondron is nestled in the hills approx 600m above sea level. This small village is only 10 min walk from our finca and has a store and a nice local Spanish restaurant.


Please read the reviews of our visitors

Ilse-Marie has a very pleasant and relaxed way of teaching.

Yoga Retreat Spain

She has this calmness or peacefulness around her, while on the main time she is so passionate while teaching. She explains things clear and knows a lot to tell about the background of yoga. I often have pain in my back and neck and she has helped me with some practical exercises to reduce the pain. The yoga sessions outside with the sounds of nature were an unforgettable experience. I’m following yoga classes for several years, but learned a lot of valuable new things. I really like the way Ilse-Marie teaches yoga and I will definitely come back.

Jeanny Ruijters, Maastricht

Wonderful! What an amazing experience

For me it was the first experience with yoga, meditation, Andalusia and Ilse. Just to say it in one word: amazing!

It is difficult to describe in words what happened there, not only with me but with everyone.

Ilse knows how to give her guests the warmest welcome. She has this beautiful location. The wonderful chef  Alejandro who makes delicious healthy meals.  His love and passion for cooking is obvious and you really taste this!.

The program is very diverse and very fascinating. If you combine this with the enthusiasm and humor of Ilse and even the most sceptic beginning yogi starts to develop a passion for yoga. After 5 days I was hooked:)

The different styles of yoga and meditation techniques that you learn make the program very special and creates something for everyone. Whether you are doing yoga for years or an absolute beginner like me.

There is such a loving and relaxed atmosphere, that you just really want to come back and book another retreat with Ilse.

Joleen Heymeijer

For me staying with Viva la Vida was in one word FANTASTIC !!

Ilse-Marie and Jeroen are amazing, warm and lovely people. But I had as well a real connection with my fellow yoga-goers. Just escape from the rat-race where we all live in, and come to Andalusia to relax completely.

I returned reborn and completely zen to Belgium!

And not to forget, the super chef who makes these delicious & healthy meals!

Thank you lovely people that I could stay with you for these 5 days. It was really SUPER !!


Jolanda Verachtert-Brandsma

Your personal attention and genuine interest in everyone makes it very special.

Yoga retreat review Spanje

“Viva La Vida” basically says it all .. .. 5 amazing days on a a great location in a beautiful setting.

The retreat is very diverse and has the perfect balance between yoga, meditation, workshops and relaxation.

This combined with the love, care, passion and personal attention that Ilse, Jeroen and Alejandro give you and you go back home with a big smile and full of positive energy!

What a great experience!

When  can I go back?

Tanja op den Kelder

I will definitely book again !

Yoga Retreat Spain

As an entrepreneur I am very busy.

I wanted to unwind and relax and I had great interest in yoga and meditation. And where can you better dive into yoga and meditation than under the Spanish sun?

This beautiful location felt directly as coming home.

A old cortijo has these beautiful charming  rooms, amazing gardens, and a lovely pool.

And what a setting; the best views of Andalusia!

The sessions Ilse-Marie were perfect for me. Through the devotion, personal attention and passion of Ilse-Marie I came quickly in the proper flow of yoga and meditation. But as well the delicious food, the beach visit, the relaxing in between sessions (book certainly a massage) make the retreat a must.

Anyone involved in this yoga retreat is doing it with so much with passion, that it makes the retreat really special and personal. Whether you are completely familiar with yoga or a beginner like me, after you returned from the retreat you are totally relaxed and you will love yoga and meditation.

I will definitely participate again!

Martha Delcliseur, 31 jaar.

This retreat is a beautiful gift to yourself

This retreat is a beautiful gift to yourself

You receive a very warm welcome when you arrive in the beautiful finca in this magical place close to Malaga.

The yoga and meditation sessions are take place in the open air, which gives you a great feeling of space and rest. The beautiful and loving Ilse-Marie connects all participants and elements of the retreat together.

Her passion and love for yoga makes her  a very passionate teacher, who has special attention for everyone.

Even in the food, prepared by Alejandro you taste power and energy.

I think back with very warm feelings to these wonderful, loving days. It was truely was amazing.

It was a great gift that vibrates at a soul level.

I said good bye with a grateful heart.


Good luck Ilse-Marie and thanks for everything.

See you next time.

Monique Schleicher

Fantastic location, magnificent views! What a tranquility

Yoga retreat Viva La Vida in Zuid-Spanje

Dear Ilse-Marie,

I really enjoyed your wonderful Viva la Vida Retreat.

What a stunning setting and magical serene place.

Thanks for your great yoga and meditation classes, that you adjusted perfectly to the level of the group. .The Yoga nidra session under the stars was WOW! Passionate.You have a lovely voice to listen to.

I really enjoyed your enthusiasm, the program with the special workshops and plenty of rest and space for yourself.

And of course the delicious and pure food prepared by Alessandro . And not to forget the personal approach of Jeroen.

Thank you all!.

I will definitely recommend your retreat to others!

Love Judith

Judith Thijssen

This retreat has exceeded my expectations

It started with a nice contact with Ilse via whatapp and email. The warm welcome by Jeroen at the airport.

After that I was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful nature, and authentic accommodation, the healthy but very tasty food, the great yoga sessions and the really nice people.

Ilse creates with her integrity and passion an atmosphere that makes people feel at ease straight away and that you want to open your heart.

There was a lot of fun, but tears were welcome as well.

The elements of the program are optional, which gives you a great sense of freedom. Therefore these 5 days really felt like a holiday.

Do not hesitate, just do it!

Fanneke Oomen

I had a great time! What a beautiful location

I really loved the accommodation!  The buildings of the old cortijo have a lot of atmosphere and give you an intimate feeling. The  tropical gardens I liked a lot, because there were nice places everywhere to relax in the shade or in the sun.  And the views are really fantastic. The program was well balanced. You have the freedom to relax and do your own things while there was enough time with the group as well. During the yoga sessions  I liked it that it was quiet and that there was a lot of repetition so that you can learn the poses properly. Ilse has a nice voice to listen to.

The yoga session on the beach was also superb.  I found the food very tasty and nice to see Alejandro cook with so much passion. Tasty fresh vegetables and creative meals. It was great!


Susanne Dekker, Den Haag

I would love to go back

I would love to go back!


An idyllic location, the program has a good balance between  group sessions and time for yourself.


Ilse has this ability to sense what the group needs and is able to create a fun and very relaxed atmosphere.


Ilse inspires absolutely!


Yoga sessions are also suitable for beginning yogis.

The environment is really beautiful, serene and peaceful.


Doing yoga on top of the mountain and overlooking the villages is really relaxing and soothing.


The most fun experience I found the yoga session on the beach.  The sense of freedom that you experience on this beautiful beach is really  special.


As well the tasty food and our relaxed outdoor eating sessions make a Viva La Vida yoga retreat a truly unique and beautiful experience.  I would definately book again!

Sisca Hoek, 40 uit Delft

When I get the chance I will go back again!

This retreat is like a very special present for yourself, Everything was really well organized.

The meals are vegetarian / vegan, but if you think it makes it boring, you are wrong! We got served these huge colorful and flavorful meals. Alejandro the chef prepared this everyday with so much love!

We did the Yoga sessions on beautiful spots in the natural surroundings of southern Spain.

Ilse-Marie creates a new themed session every time which offers a lot of variety. You learn a lot of yoga poses in a short time.

Furthermore you will learn many ways to relax.

It is the perfect way to escape from the everyday hustle and bustle!  The music used is wonderful and hugely relaxing. You will notice that Ilse-Marie with her warm personality, love, care and personal attention does everything to make sure your week is perfect!

The retreat is very inspiring and makes you feel like you’ve been gone for a month!

As soon as I get the chance, I go again!

Sandrine Kwast

The area is exceptionally beautiful; it starts with the road to the retreat. It makes you completely relaxed and let you escape from your busy life straight away.

The olive oil farm is a very nice Retreat location; intimate and yet plenty of room to chill and go your own way.

The peace and serenity in and around the location was beautiful . And with a car you can easily go to a lot of interesting places nearby.

The program is nicely balanced with room for your own initiative.Ilse knows very well what the needs of the group are and leaves room to whether or not to participate in an activity.

At first I was a bit worried that the yoga sessions would be too much (I was still very stiff haha) but after every session I felt so great. The yoga sessions were not too difficult, even though  I did not do yoga for a long time. The Meditations were great!

I need to like the voice of someone in order to be able to relax completely and to be able to meditate. I really liked the soothing voice of Ilse-Marie.

The silent walk was very nice (It felt a bit like coming home) and the yoga session in the mountains was also very special to me.

And not to forget the Yoga excursion to the beach: this was great! What a beautiful place; it gave me an immense feeling of freedom, vacation and relaxation.

Also the food was GREAT! I have some things home made again. Congratulations to Alejandro



Yoga with Ilse was such a refreshing experience!

She was very fluent in all the languages needed to conduct the class and was able to instruct different people according to their abilities in a way that didn’t disrupt the flow of the class. I am rather new at yoga, despite dabbling with it throughout university. Ilse was able to foresee potential problems I may face and gave very clear instructions on how to manage any potential obstacles in my practice. She made yoga so accessible to someone so stiff! It was also very nice that she led us through various asanas that I might not have tried on my own. The class progressed at a comfortable pace and before I knew it, I was attempting a shoulder stand! Many yoga classes in Singapore are rather large and you don’t get feedback on your own alignment. I really appreciate Ilse’s patience and her attention to each student. Thank you Ilse! I wish I could take more yoga lessons with you!

Nurhayati K., Singapore

It was my first experience with a yoga retreat but it was unforgettable!

Yoga in Spanje

The days in Alfarnatejo have had a very positive influence on my life.  It gave me a calm mind, relaxation and new energy, but this retreat brought me many new insights as well.  I am very grateful for what Ilse-Marie and her team have done!

Every aspect of this retreat is just right; the preparation and warm welcome, the great location and beautiful surroundings, amazing yoga and meditation sessions, the delicious food of Alejandro. Very special was the personal and professional approach of Ilse-Marie and the natural way she guides the group and the attention she has for you as an individual.

Everything is full of energy, love and vitality.

As often with special experiences, it is difficult to explain to someone else what makes it so special.

I can only say go experience it for yourself!

Renate Hogers

The group felt so familiar and at ease

For me it was the first time I have experienced such a retreat in this form and capacity. I can only say that I was very pleased. The group was amazing right from the start. Ilse and her husband have this wonderful ability to put you at ease instantly.

From Ilse, you get nothing but positive energy.

The most important thing I’ve learned is what really matters this life: Letting go and being in the now.

Ilse shows this through themed yoga & meditation sessions, beautiful workshops and excursions and a very special silent walk. You become  aware of what you do have instead of what you don’t have “Count your blessing.”

I will recommend everyone to experience this amazing retreat.

Ilse will give you amazing new insights in a nice and casual way.


I am very happy that I was able to experience all this as my first experience of retreat. I liked it so much that I have gone twice to their Viva La Vida Retreat.

Keywan Oveisiypur, Rotterdam

Ilse-Marie is a very passionate yoga teacher!

I really had some wonderful days with Ilse-Marie. What a passionate yoga teacher! She is a wonderful hostess who pampers her guests and knows what they need. She inspired us all with plenty of suggestions for a life without stress. Thanks !!

Hester, 50 jaar uit Goes

After 5 days I came back full of energy and recharged

Viva La Vida Yoga Retreat Spain

The great location in the Andalusian mountains, the lovely group, super tasty food and nice yoga and meditation classes  of Ilse gave me a huge energy boost.

As a beginner, I have learned a lot in one week. Ilse has inspired me!  Since I’m back home I start everyday with a few sun salutations and I started regular classes.

Ilse created a very special atmosphere where people felt safe and relaxed. I’m sure I will  book next year again.



Sonja Theuws

The massage was a very special experience for me


Dear Ilse,

What a great time did we have!

With you,Alejandro and our nice fellow retreaters.

Toni’s massage was for me a very special experience. She knew to find my sensitive spots.

in April we have had some cold nights  with thick blankets.  But I enjoyed the old farm with the nice wood fire, the gardens with the beautiful views, the yoga sessions, healthy food and the commitment of everyone.

There was literally and figuratively space to go, let go or keep something for yourself.



Cora Aafjes

Viva La Vida: it says it all!

How amazing to live 5 days in a totally different, beautiful and peaceful environment.

The combination of yoga and meditation in such a beautiful environment was for me a totally new experience.

This feeling of peacefulness and rest was really special.

The combination of Ilse’s professional yoga sessions, the warmth and  care of Ilse and her husband Jeroen, the massage of Toni and the special surprise sessions

Ilse professional yoga classes with the proper care during the five days from her and her husband Jeroen, massage and even some surprising sessions made this 5 day Yoga retreat complete and unforgettable.

I will go back for sure!

Peggy Kleverlaan

I will never forget this yoga retreat!

From the first moment I had a great feeling about the email contact with Ilse. She and her husband Jeroen are really warm and enthusiastic people.

The location in Alfanatejo is idyllic, what a view! Just being in this place makes your mind quiet straight away.

The yoga sessions are a wonderful combination of Yin, Hatha Vinyassa, Kundalini and Ashtanga yoga. We had our yoga sessions not only in the beautiful gardens, but also on the beach and even on top of a mountain.

If you like vegetarian food, you’re in the right place.  Alejandro, the chef has a tremendous passion for the vegetarian cuisine.

Furthermore we had a couple of really special workshops from guest teachers.

I can really recommend this retreat!

Lidia Barberio, 38 jaar

Yoga in nature, what a lovely experience!

Ilse is a very good teacher with a lot of passion and love for yoga. She can also easily adjust exercises for beginners and more experienced yoga practitioners. Each yoga session lasts an hour and a half which is a big plus because there’s plenty of time for relaxation. I have become quite a yoga fan by Ilse and started to do yoga daily. 

An dehandschutter, Spanje

This retreat is for me a very special memory..

About the Retreat location: great accommodation, clean and good beds in a beautiful setting, peaceful and quiet.The garden with palm trees with the hammocks is super!

I am looking back with very sweet memories!

Claudia Pastor

This yoga retreat was for me one of the best weeks that I had in the last 5 years!

Yoga Retreat Spain

I will always remember this perfect combination of fun, activity, connectedness and health.  I felt  immediately at ease when I got to know the others during the first delicious lunch.

During the retreat  anyone could go heror his own way and at the same time there was also plenty to do.

Ilse-Marie arranges everything to the last detail.

The beautiful surrounding area is worth a visit in itself.
I can highly recommend this retreat to everyone!

Martine Dekker

Surrounded with the best care, healthy and surprising food and staying in a breathtaking place

For all those who wish to submerge themselves into yoga and meditation, while being surrounded by mighty mountains, beautiful nature staying in an authentic and idyllic location, this yoga retreat with Ilse from Viva La Vida is an absolute must!

The program is varied but leaves plenty of room for personal interpretation or just to do nothing and relax completely.

Ilse yoga classes are  really nice and long with a good combination of flow and relaxing moments.

I’ll definitely come back again!

Karlien Heremans, Antwerpen

This yoga retreat has been on of my best decisions ever!

What did I enjoy those wonderful retreat days! I feel it in every fiber of my body and heart.

It has brought me so much. The environment, the people, the yoga, the atmosphere, the food … It’s like a dream! I will always cherish the experience. And it is reflected in my daily life back home. The retreat with Ilse-Marie is one of my best decisions ever.

You receive everything what’s promised, but it’s worth so much more! Ilse-Marie is a special and compassionate woman. She has a lot of joy, wisdom and knowledge that she shares with love.

The personal approach makes it really unique. Ilse-Marie feels what everyone needs. She is also part of the group while she still has this natural leadership. She has this gift to create an atmosphere in which totally different people feel at home straight away and connect. We did the amazing yoga, meditation and breathing exercises when possible outdoors in the beautiful tropical gardens, on the beach and in the  mountains. The environment is so magical with such a breathtaking views that you experience a constant feeling of happiness. The food is so delicious, full of flavor and pure. I want to return again !!

Liliane van den Heuvel, Amstelveen

Wonderful relaxing days in a beautiful setting.

Wonderful relaxing days in a beautiful setting.

Lots of variety of yoga, meditation and other activities, but as well enough time to relax. I gave me a peaceful mind when I was in between 2 jobs. I was completely rested and energized when I returned home.
Ilse does everything with such a passion and fun. This makes it an experience that I can definitely recommend to anyone ( for beginning and advanced yogis). For everyone that wants to enjoy the magical serene surroundings. I had such a relaxed days in this beautiful setting.

Anouk Reintjens, 39 jaar Amsterdam

More information about the trip


  • 7 days of inspiration
  • 6 nights accommodatie in the finca
  • 1 healthy welcome cocktail.
  • 3 delicious vegetarian meals per day
  • Unlimited water, tea and fruit.
  • An experienced yoga teacher will be with you throughout the week.
  • Various Yin & Yang yoga & meditation sessions in the morning and afternoon
  • A special sound journey meditation
  • 1 x a special yoga nidra evening meditation.
  • A silent walk & walking meditation & Yoga on top of the mountain
  • Unlimited use of the beautiful swimming pool
  • Wonderful excursion with a hike in Alhama de Granada
  • A special cooking workshop with our chef Tiziana
  • Excursion to the beach with beach yoga & time to relax.
  • Use of towels
  • Use of a yoga mat, pillows, blocks, belts and blankets.

How can you book your retreat?

To reserve your spot we ask you to pay 150 euros deposit, or you can transfer the entire amount in one go. You can book securely and directly through our website via a direct transfer. We can also send you an invoice by email if you prefer this.

Costs Retreat

In the beautiful finca where we stay, there are different types of rooms available. All rooms are decorated in the typical Andaluz style. If you come together with a partner or with a friend or relative you can also book a room together. The house has 7 rooms, 3 shared bathrooms and an extra toilet.

There is also a room for 3 people available.

We have rooms with double beds and rooms with single beds.

Shared double room (two single beds) 845 -per person

Single room 995, -

Reserve your spot


  • You can book a really nice massage with one of our special massage therapists


  • Flight to and from Malaga.
  • Transfer airport - finca. We have a fixed transfer time (departure from airport or Malaga city center). If you travel at that time you pay 20 euros per ride. We can also arrange a transfer for you, but then the costs are slightly higher. Of course you can also rent a car yourself. This can be very advantageous (especially in low season) via, for example,
  • A travel and / or cancellation insurance.
  • Personal Expenses like additional drinks on the beach etc.

Good to know:

  • Bring relaxed clothing
  • Yoga mats, meditation cushions and other yoga props are available for use.
  • Check-in at the location is possible from 13:00. Check out is around 12:00 (in consultation with the location sometimes later). Inquire with us about the flights that fit best.
  • You can book a flight at a good price with Transavia, Ryanair or Vueling or EasyJet. We usually use the website It can often be cheaper to book two single tickets. You can thus book the most advantageous price / time with eg two different companies.

If you want, we help you book.

TIP: many participants book a day and night in Malaga before or after the retreat. This is highly recommended. It is a very nice and relaxed city by the sea.

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Book a special massage

Be spoiled with the most delicious health veggie and vegan dishes

During this week Chef Tiziana will prepare delicious meals and healthy fresh shakes. The organic meals are prepared with fresh ecological products from farmers from the area. For us it is a really important to support local ecological farmers.

If you have special dietary requirements like a complete vegan or gluten-free meal, or an allergy we will adapt the meals for you.

Tiziana will surprise you with delicious vegetarian meals during the retreat. You can also join her for a free cooking workshop.

More about the Retreat

Is this Yoga Retreat something for you?

People come to us for a variety of reasons.

Some people just want to relax and have some time for themselves in a beautiful place.  

Other people visit us because they have (or had) a difficult or stressful  time or because they had an emotional period.
But this retreat is for everyone who wants to relax and who wants to feel stronger, more energetic and more focused.

It is for anyone who wants to calm their mind in a peaceful place.

Yoga & Meditations

Our yoga retreat is suitable for all levels. The yoga sessions are created for beginners and for people who already have experience with yoga and / or meditation and who would like to deepen their practice.

Yoga and meditation experience is certainly not required, the workshops are accessible for everyone. We do adjust the sessions and asanas to everyone's level.

Yoga and meditation styles

We offer Yin & Yang styles of yoga during this week. In the morning the lessons are more energetic and in the afternoon there will be a more Yin or Restorative Yoga Session.

Extra attention will be given to the practice of Yin Yoga during the retreat. During this week we also do various pranayama's (breathing techniques) and different types of meditations.

What kind of people are coming to our retreats?

We are regularly asked what kind of people join our retreats.

Our visitors are both men and women, of various ages and with very different backgrounds. Most people come alone to our retreat but we also regularly have people who come together (couple, friends or family).

Our experience is that every group has a great connection from the start of the retreat.

A retreat is  great place to meet like-minded people and we have seen a lot of new friendships.

But during the retreat you have all the freedom to be by yourself and enjoy the  beautiful spots in the tropical gardens.

All activities are also voluntary. The most important thing is that you can relax and enjoy this special time for yourself.

We choose to work with small groups. There will be a maximum of 10 people participating.

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Are you interested in coming to our Yin and Yang Retreat?

Would you like to contact us before you book?

You can always call, text or WhatsApp us via +31 6 14 900 730 (Ilse-Marie)

You can also send us an email at or leave a message here.

Greetings from the beautiful Andalusia,


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Viva La Vida

Who created Viva La Vida? We are a Dutch family who decided a couple of years ago to go on an adventure in the beautiful Andalusia. We first planned to go for a year, but we enjoyed it so much that we  decided to stay here for a longer period.

We, Jeroen and Ilse-Marie, and our two daughters Elise-Sophie and Ana Rosa, have found a pretty old cortijo in an incredibly beautiful area.

We are very enthusiastic about the area and like to share it with other people. We organize yoga retreats and yoga & walking holidays all year round at the most beautiful places in Andalusia. We really enjoy to create a special program for you. We try to give our retreats something extra. We bring you to beautiful places and organise do special activities, hikes and workshops.

Furthermore we will learn you some useful tools to relax and to re-energize to take home with you.