Yoga Training & Retreats

Ilse Sobering will continue under the name House Of InnerPower.

You can find Yoga Teacher Training courses, Yoga Nidra courses, Breathwork & Meditation courses, workshops, and Yoga Retreats in Europe, The Netherlands and online on the website of House Of InnerPower.

For the latest activities or if you have any questions about yoga courses, yoga retreats please visit the new website or contact Ilse via +316148900730


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Life Coaching & Hiking Retreats

Jeroen Ruijters will continue under the name  Ruijters Coaching.

Go to  his website for coaching, hiking retreats, personal development in Spain and The Netherlands

If you have any questions about coaching or the hiking holidays please contact Jeroen directly: +31642953426 or visit Ruijters Coaching


Ruijters Coaching
relax yoga Retreats in Spain

5 DAY Energizing Yoga Retreats in Andalusia from € 695

Do you want to feel full of energy and more healthy?

Do you want to reduce stress and learn how to relax better?

Do you want a break to see what is important for you?

Or are you just looking forward to relax completely for a few days in a beautiful location?

Join our Viva La Vida Yoga Retreat in Spain


Unwind and recharge your energy.

Relax in a beautiful location in the heart of Andalusia.

5 days full of inspiration with daily Yoga Sessions, QiGong, Breath Work, Meditations, Excursions, a Cooking Workshop, breathtaking Hikes and visits to the Beach and the surrounding mountains.

We will show you how yoga and meditation can help you to improve your life.

By escaping for a few days from your busy life, you can make room for new insights and personal growth.

Take time to reflect on what’s really important to you in your life.

Go back home with a clear mind and full of energy

In May I followed the 5-day Viva la Vida yoga retreat. I needed some rest, some time for myself and was looking for new, positive energy. I succeeded completely with the help of Ilse, the co-participants and Alejandro.

It really feels like a gift! These 5 days were really great.

The location is beautiful, in the mountains with amazing views of the mountains and valleys.

The accommodation at Cortijo Pulgarin Bajo is stunning, authentic, with beautiful gardens.

Alejandro has cooked delicious for us, it was always a little fiesta to see what delicacies were put on the table. Healthy and so many different flavors. 🙂

The program was perfect. Lots of variety due to different types of yoga, in different beautiful places (in the gardens, on the beach, on the mountain and in the old mill), a sound journey, a hike, a cooking workshop and a massage. In addition, every day some time for yourself.

I also found it very special to notice how easy contact was made within the group and how quickly everyone opened up. Without any obligations, if you didn’t feel like talking and you just wanted to withdraw, that was fine as well.

And last but not least, Ilse .. her wonderful yoga classes, the conversations with her about yoga and life, her enthusiasm, her ability to switch quickly. Gracias Ilse! And continue to spoil people with your retreats!

At the moments that we were doing yoga exercises in the garden or on the beach and I let the amazing surroundings work on me and I felt the wind blowing, I was completely ‘happy’. I have taken this feeling home with me and hope to keep it for a long time.

Sandra Kluytmans / Facebook

DATES 2020


>> Thursday 3 – Monday 7 September 2020 – with yoga teacher Ilse-Marie Sobering at Cañuelo (new location for this retreat)

>> Thursday, Sept. 24 – Monday, Sep. 28, 2020 with yoga teacher Pleuni van Holten in Pulgarin Bajo


>> Thursday 1 Oct – Mon 5 Oct 2020 with yoga teacher Pleuni van Holten in Pulgarin Bajo

Viva La Vida Lifestyle

Is This Retreat Something For You?

Our Viva La Vida Yoga Retreats  are for people who are

– Looking for a peaceful place to renew and relax for a few days.

-Recovering from burn-out, or experiencing insomnia,  or anxiety.

– Feeling highly stressed, physically tense, recovering from injury.

– Feeling ‘blocked’ creatively.

– Seeking new ways to increase your energy levels NATURALLY and sustainably.

– When you are in between jobs and need some time to reconnect with what is really important to you.

– Wanting to build your confidence and self-esteem

– Interested in learning about the chakras, your energy system, and want to learn some valuable self-healing techniques.

– Needing to create a healthy work-life balance, where you can work, rest and play more energy-efficiently.

This yoga retreat is for anyone who wants to relax and feel stronger, more energetic and want to feel more focused.

It’s for anyone who wants to relax in nature and who wants to explore what is really important in his or her life.

Suitable for all levels

Suitable for all levels – the yoga is as dynamic as you want it to be and are comfortable with. Our yoga retreats are designed for both beginners and those who already have experience with yoga and /or meditation.

Yoga and meditation experience is not required.

We choose to work with small groups and have a maximum of 12 participants per retreat.

Yoga Vakantie Andalusie

About the Hosts

Ilse is hosting the retreats from  3 – 7 Sep. Ilse is as well involved in the other retreats of Pleuni.

Ilse-Marie Sobering - Yoga Teacher 500 RYT

Ilse-Marie Sobering 500 E-RYT

– Senior Yoga & Meditatie Teacher and founder of Viva La Vida Lifestyle


I have great passion for yoga, meditation, QiGong, mindfulness and healthy food. Yoga and meditation have a huge influence on my life. I live more in the moment, I can cope better with stress and I enjoy much more of the little things in life. I’ve realized what’s most important to me and how I can make a positive contribution in this world by using my passion and talents. I love to share my knowledge and passion with others.

There’s much scientific evidence on the positive effects of yoga, mindfulness and meditation. I’ve done a lot of research and have developed several courses to help people to use yoga and meditation to improve their life.  I teach ​​yoga and meditation in 3 languages and offer courses for beginners, intermediates, seniors and children. Teaching gives me a lot of energy and it’s amazing to see the positive effect it has on people.

I did several teacher trainings and courses . I finished my yoga teacher training course at  the internationally recognized Tao Centre in Spain. In addition I have done several specialist teacher training courses such as the Transformational Yoga Course for teachers by Dashama Konah and  did several teacher courses around Vinyassa Core Flow from the Vinyassa Yoga Master Sadi Nardini and a comprehensive Kundalini yoga training. I went to India and finished an advanced master teacher course foccused on multistyle yoga and yoga therapy. I have developed my own style which is a mix of Hatha Yoga, Vinyassa Core Flow, YIn Yoga and Kundalini Yoga. My classes include meditation and relaxation exercises, breathing techniques, sun salutations, Vinyassa flow variations and asanas.

Profesora de Hatha Yoga Ilse-Marie sobering

About our family

We are a Dutch family living in Spain. One of our dreams was to live closer to nature and to give our children the chance to grow up among animals, flowers and beautiful scenery. We  realized our dream and we’ve found a beautiful spot in Andalusia. We now live in a beautiful old finca.

The farm is located in Axarquia, a beautiful area in the east of the province of Malaga.

We invite you to come to the beautiful Axarquia to unwind and relax completely.

Hatha Yoga | Vinyasa Yoga | Yin Yoga | Kundalini Yoga |Breath Work & Pranayama | Mantra | Chakras | Meditaties | TCM | Energy Work

Pleuni is the main host during the following retreats:  24 -28 September en 1 – 5 October

Pleuni van Hulten – Senior Yoga & Meditation Teacher 500RYT


I am Pleuni van Hulten, originally from the Netherlands. At this moment I am traveling the world while teaching, playing, growing and learning, and sharing the beautiful way of life called YOGA. The Vinyasa classes I teach are an exploration of the body’s natural way of moving and in my Yin classes we practice in a very meditative way. I always invite students to feel into their own body and decide with openness and curiosity what it is that works for them individually. I feel grateful to have studied with teachers like Jo Phee, Gary Carter and Julie Martin, for they have opened my eyes in many ways.

As a dancer and choreographer, I discovered yoga early in my life. The professional dance-world is harsh, very harsh. Dancers usually don’t take care of their bodies and choreographers don’t take care of their dancers. Yoga made me discover a truly different path of physical activity that is designed to take care of your body. I also became more and more interested in the personal experience of the dancer and the connection between dance and spirituality. The professional dance world thrives on ego, which is logical considering that it is a performance art and it’s all about what you project. Standing on the yoga path, I started to look at dance from a totally different point of view. In the workshops and classes I teach right now the most important thing is to enjoy exploring the body in space.

A few years ago I left everything in the Netherlands behind to be able to share my experiences with the world, to teach yoga retreats and workshops and to broaden my own horizon at the same time. I have taught in many places and I feel honoured to share this path, for it changed my own life completely.

Vinyasa Yoga | Yin Yoga | Soundhealing | Mantra | Pranayama | Meditatie

Book your retreat


>> Thursday 3 – Monday 7 September 2020 – with yoga teacher Ilse-Marie Sobering at Cortijo Las Monjas (new location for this retreat)

>> Thursday, Sept. 24 – Monday, Sep. 28, 2020 with yoga teacher Pleuni van Holten in Pulgarin Bajo


>> Thursday 1 Oct – Mon 5 Oct 2020 with yoga teacher Pleuni van Holten in Pulgarin Bajo

Viva La Vida Lifestyle
Viva La Vida Yoga Retreat


Do you have any questions about the Viva La Vida Retreat?

Please contact me!

Telephone/ SMS of WhatsApp: +34 622 39 06 49 –Email:

Viva La Vida Yoga Retreat

Please read the reviews of others

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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 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

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.

Book your retreat


>> Thursday 3 - Monday 7 September 2020 - with yoga teacher Ilse-Marie Sobering Cañuelo (new location for this retreat)

>> Thursday, Sept. 24 - Monday, Sep. 28, 2020 with yoga teacher Pleuni van Holten in Pulgarin Bajo



>> Thursday 1 Oct - Mon 5 Oct 2020 with yoga teacher Pleuni van Holten in Pulgarin Bajo

Viva La Vida Lifestyle

More about the program

During this yoga holiday you will learn how to use yoga and meditation to increase your energy level step by step.

We will focus on increasing your energy, improve your concentration, flexibility, strength and relaxation through yoga exercises, breathing techniques, meditations and relaxation exercises.

Focus Yoga & Meditation Sessions

In this Yoga Retreat we'll work on:

Vinkje-oranje1 The philosophy, history, background of yoga and meditation.

Vinkje-oranje1 Pranayama (breathing exercises) and basic techniques for better breathing.

Vinkje-oranje1 The main yoga poses and variations of these exercises.

Vinkje-oranje1 The sun salutation with different flow variations for more energy and a complete workout.

Vinkje-oranje1 A set of yoga exercises and workouts that you can continue with when you are at home.

Vinkje-oranje1 Relaxation techniques for stress reduction and better sleep.

Vinkje-oranje1 Different types of meditations and tips on how to meditate at home.

Vinkje-oranje1 We give you lifestyle tips for a different mindset: nutrition tips, habits that help to increase your energy level. Tricks to better cope with stress and anger and to look differently at life.

Vinkje-oranje1 We will still send a few weeks after our retreat practical tips, exercises and meditations.

Yoga & Meditation in Nature

We will do when possible our yoga and meditation sessions outside. The old farm has beautiful tropical gardens with enough shade from the old palm trees. We will take you to the mountains and to the beach to do our yoga sessions.

Outdoor sessions add a different dimension to your practice and pare yoga down to its original link with nature.  Yoga means ‘union,’ and when it’s practiced outdoors it seems like the union with nature, humanity, and the universe is truly felt.

Many aspects of yoga are in fact about being in the moment and at one with nature or the universe. That’s why so many asanas reflect animals and nature. By putting your body into the shape of a tree or a dog, by exploring the graceful wings of a bird or the fluidity of the Sun Salute, by breathing with the same cyclical sense as the tides or with an ocean sound, you evoke a sense of harmony, timelessness, and connection to the universe.

Outdoors offers another level to focus on—the smell of nature, such as the ocean, pine, grass. When you start to smell the outdoors, it’s as if nature wants us to be present and breathe deeply.

Additional activities & workshops

In addition to the yoga and meditation sessions, you can also participate in a number of other activities. Participation is always voluntary. The following workshops and activities are included in the price.

Beach Yoga

Beach Yoga retraet AndalusiaWe go to a beautiful beach for a yoga and meditation session. The perfect natural surroundings make an ideal location for an early morning yoga practice. What better way to get the ultimate mind, body experience than by performing yoga on the beach? Imagine listening to the sound of waves, smelling saltwater and feeling the gentle touch of sand. No music is necessary because nature provides it own unique sounds, allowing one to relax while practicing asanas.

Cooking workshop

Together with our  Chef , we have compiled a cooking workshop. You will learn to make the most delicious fruit and fruit patés. Examples that we do in the workshop: how to make your own vegan milk, chocolate and jam. Our chefs is experts in the field of vegetarian and vegan cuisine and while share their passion about healthy eating with you.

Walking meditation - silent walk

Stiltewandeling yoga retreat

In the area you can do amazing hikes.  We are surrounded by this beautiful landscape of mountains with views over a lake and the ocean.  For anyone who would like to experience an breathtaking hike in complete tranquility we organize a special walking meditation.

A walking meditation is a form of meditation in action. In walking meditation we use the experience of walking as our focus. We become mindful of our experience while walking, and try to keep our awareness involved with the experience of walking. A walking meditation is an excellent way of developing our ability to take awareness into our ordinary lives. During the walk you will experience everything around you very intense. The colors, sounds, the sun and the wind. It is a very pleasant and special experience. During the our walk we will stop under these thousand year old olive tress and do a special yoga session.

After this beautiful tour we enjoy a delicious picnic.

Other activities

In addition to the activities mentioned, there's plenty of room for doing nothing or to read a good book in one of the hammocks in the beautiful tropical gardens.  From the farm you can do several hikes in the area,  or you can visit one of the famous whitewashed villages , go to the beach, visit Malaga or plan an activity like kayaking or horse riding. More on the surroundings you will find under  'the finca and the surroundings'.

Daily sample itinerary

A typical day on our Viva La Vida Retreat

9:00 Nice yogi breakfast

10:00 - 11:30 Yoga & Meditation Session

11:30 -12: 30 Relax in the beautiful tropical garden

12:30 - 13:30 A fantastic healthy lunch

13:30- 17: 00 You-time, massages, siesta, swim, sunbathe, read & reflect….or explore!

17:00: 19:00  Yoga & Meditation Session or Special workshop

19:30: Supper beneath the stars

20:30 Workshop or Relaxation

*This is a sample schedule and may still change. Participation in activities is voluntary.

What Can This Yoga Retreat Bring You?

Vinkje-oranje1You get more energy and you will feel completely recharged.

Vinkje-oranje1You feel happier, more balanced and stronger.

Vinkje-oranje1 Your body will feel more flexible and balanced.

Vinkje-oranje1 You'll reduce back, shoulder, neck pain.

Vinkje-oranje1 You'll improve your body and learn to live healthier.

Vinkje-oranje1 You will notice that your concentration is better, you feel more focused.

Vinkje-oranje1 You will improved your brain function. Just 20 minutes of yoga will  improve cognitive function, boosting focus and working memory.

Vinkje-oranje1 You learn to live more in the moment and to enjoy the little things.

Vinkje-oranje1 You improve your breathing which will improve your energy level.

Vinkje-oranje1 You'll be able to relax more and sleep better.

Vinkje-oranje1 You will be able to deal better with stress and you feel calmer.

Vinkje-oranje1 You work on your selfconfidence.

Vinkje-oranje1You get a better view of what is really important in your life, in your personal life mission.

Vinkje-oranje1Return home feeling physically rejuvenated, spiritually enriched and mentally rebalanced.

What is included & costs

The locations

During our Viva La Vida Yoga Retreat we stay in a beautiful old Andalucian finca. The beach is a 35 min drive and we're 50 minutes from Malaga airport.

More about the retreat and the location can you find below.

Price for the 5-day retreat

The price depends on the type of room and the location where we stay.

Prices Pulgarin Bajo ( End of September and October 2020)

You can choose to share a room with another participant or you can share a room when you come together with a friend.

You can also choose to book a single room.

You share a spacious bathroom with 1 other room. You can also book a single room ensuite.

Shared double room: € 695 per person

A private room: € 795 per person.

A private room with private bathroom: € 850 per person.

Shared double room: € 1390 for 2 people

Family room: two connecting rooms: € 1450 for 2 people

Double room with private bathroom: € 1500 for 2 people

Prices for Cañuelo (First week of September)

This location is very suitable for couples, friends or family who want to come together.


Shared twin or double room in a shared casita with a living room, one or more bathrooms, kitchen and terrace with sea and lake views€ 750 per person.

Single room in a shared casita with a living room, one or more bathrooms, kitchen end terrace with sea and lake views.€ 850 per person

This retreat includes:

  • 5 days of inspiration.
  • 4 nights accommodation of your choice.4 yoga & meditation session in the morning.
  • 2 yoga sessions in the afternoon.
  • 2 special yoga & meditation workshops.
  • Excursion to the beach: beach yoga
  • Excursion in the mountains: silent walk - walking meditation and yoga on top of a mountain.
  • 1 healthy welcome cocktail.
  • 4 times light breakfast with fresh juice, fruit and tea.
  • 5 x extensive lunch/brunch
  • 4 x delicious vegetarian dinner buffet.
  • Free Wifi
  • Unlimited water,  special yogi tea and fruit.
  • Free  cooking workshop by our great Spanish Chef.


  • Massage to unblock any energy issues with a very experienced therapist
  • Additional excursions in the area (hiking, museums, sports activities).


  • Transport Airport or Malaga centre- Finca .  If you join our arranged transport it is 30 euro's per trip per person. See below for the schedule. If you arrive at another time we can arrange a taxi for you.
  • Flight to and from Malaga.
  • A travel insurance or cancelation insurance.
  • Personal expenses.

Practical information

Important information

Tickets & Transfers

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor vinkje pngThe airport to fly to is Malaga Airport.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor vinkje pngA  lot of airlines fly to Malaga. For example: you can book your flights with KLM, Transavia, Ryanair and Vueling.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor vinkje png Arrival flight: You can book a flight that arrives on Tuesday morning (best arrival before 12:00 in the morning) and arrange the joint transfer through us.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor vinkje png Return flight: you can fly back from around15:30 if you want to go with the shared transfer. Returning therea are often  two  shared transfers 1 at 12:30 PM (13:30 PM at the airport) and 1 around 16:00 PM (17:00 PM at the airport).

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor vinkje pngShared transfer: Pick-up and drop off from the airport is possible both with the shared transfer service(fixed time) and with a private taxi. You can also be picked up or dropped off in Malaga centre (plaza Marina). The shared transfer is 30 euros per person for a single transfer (60 euros for a return ticket) when you travel together with the rest of the group.
It is approximately 80 euro p.p. euro for a single transfer/taxi.

You can be picked up or taken to Malaga Airport or to Malaga Center (Plaza Marina).

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor vinkje pngThe shared transfer leaves from the airport on Thursday between 11:30 am to 12:30 pm to the finca. The definitive time depends on the flights of the participants, we try to plan it in such a way that as many participants as possible can make use of the shared transfer. (Several flights arrive in the morning between 8:30 am / 11:00 am)

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor vinkje pngOn Monday a shared transfer departs after the brunch / lunch (12:00) geared to the flights at the end of the afternoon. If necessary, a second transfer will take place in the afternoon if several people take the evening flight back (around 4 p.m.).

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor vinkje pngWe can really recommend to book a day in Malaga before or after. This is a super relaxed city near the beach. Many participants do this before or after. It is also possible to be picked up or dropped off at the center of Malaga.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor vinkje pngIf you are planning on doing some trips on your own you can best rent a car.

Additional practical information

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor vinkje png Check in from 13:00 PM

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor vinkje png Check out  at 12:30 PM You can possibly stay a little longer at the location on the last day (till 16:00 PM)

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor vinkje png Earlier or later check-in is sometimes possible upon request, depending on the location


Afbeeldingsresultaat voor vinkje pngPlease bring comfortable (sports) clothes & some good sporty shoes or hiking shoes.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor vinkje png A small backpack and drinking bottle / bottle is recommended.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor vinkje png Yoga mats, meditation cushions and yoga blankets are provided.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor vinkje pngThe swimming pools are open (subject to change). In the autumn at least until the beginning of October.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor vinkje png A washing machine is available

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor vinkje png You can book an additional massage through us.


The conditions below apply for reservations made directly with us.

Payment conditions

We will ask you with your reservation to make a deposit of 300 euros of the total accommodation costs. You can also transfer the entire amount in one go. After receiving the deposit payment your reservation is final. You can pay the remaining costs 6 weeks before the start.

We advise you to take out travel and cancellation insurance

When you make a booking you agree with our Terms & Conditions


+ After our retreat will will send you additional tips, free meditations and exercises to motivate you to continue with everything that you have learnt during the retreat.

+ You receive some nice playlists with the best yoga music to take home with you.

Reload Your Energy During Our 5 Day Yoga Retreat in Andalusia.


Our professional chefs are specialized in the vegetarian and vegan cuisine.

We can cater for special diets as well like a gluten-free diet. We use ecological products from local farms in the area.

All meals on the premises, herbal teas, fruits and nuts throughout the day are included.

Stay at a beautiful old Finca in the mountains

We organize our Viva La Viva Retreats in beautiful old fincas in Andalusia.

We work with two different locations for our 5-day retreats. Both locations have similar facilities and both are authentic Andalusian Fincas.

Our retreat in Sep is in a new location this year.

Late September and October retreats are hosted at the location where we have been successfully hosting our 5-day retreats for 5 years.

Both locations have beautiful gardens, a large swimming pool, beautiful terraces, nice rooms and are situated in the mountains with a breathtaking view.


Magical old hamlet

Stay in a beautiful little hamlet with beautiful lake & ocean views

Small whitewashed Casas and casitas in a mountain hamlet, with a rustic on-site bar and pool, surrounded by birds, bougainvillea and breathtaking views.

It’s a steep climb through olive groves to reach the hamlet of El Cañuelo. Perched high in the mountains, with clear views to the 25 km-distant Med, it’s a wonderful place, and the nice holiday homes with their terraces merge charmingly into the traditional village; Rafael the goatherd’s house is opposite.

The cute houses are not very luxurious, but El Cañuelo is as authentically Andaluz as it gets. It has a lot of charm.

Step outside and you’re in a bird-sung world of bougainvillea and sunshine: take to the village trail, explore the nearby markets or drink in the spectacular views.



There is a bar in El Cañuelo that we can use during our stay. The bar has spacious outdoor terracing with spectacular views. Indoors there is space for several tables and there are two fireplaces for winter use.

Swimming pool

The swimming pool, called locally the ‘Mickey Mouse’ because of its shape, is 7 x 7 meters with the two small ‘ears’ one with a depth of 90cms and the other about 15cm. The main pool is 2m at its deepest point. The Bar and location have WIFI.

The Yoga Shala

There is a beautiful, recently refurbished, spacious Yoga Shala. It has big windows with a lot of light coming into the room.

Furthermore there are several platforms/ terraces where we can do the yoga outside if the weather permits it.




During this retreat we will stay at a beautiful place in Andalusia. The old cortijo where we stay is a converted traditional Andalusian farmhouse

The finca used to be used as an olive oil factory, powered by a water mill. The location also has a beautiful museum space. The finca is located in Axarquía Alta and has more than 60,000 m2. land full of fruit and olive trees. It is really a beautiful location and is rated 9.5 by visitors to!

This place has a nice swimming pool and especially the many beautiful green gardens make it a wonderful place. Everywhere you will find hammocks everywhere and nice places to relax. We have been giving many of our retreats here with great pleasure for

Stay & rooms

This unique location consists of 4 different spaces. It has a large old cortijo with several rooms and 3 additional houses.

With your booking you can choose whether you share a double room or whether you are booking for a room alone. The rooms are decorated in authentic Andalusian style; cozy and completely in the atmosphere of this beautiful old farmhouse.


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The Area and Activities

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This beautiful finca is situated just 45km from Malaga City and 35km from the beach (Torre del Mar).

This area is known for the wonderful mild climate.

The setting is magnificent. It lies between the mountains near the beautiful lake Viñuela where you can do all kinds of water sports such as kayaking, sailing and SUP. There are several walks nearby. You can also climb the surrounding mountains: Los Tajos de Doña Ana, El Gomer, El Fraile, Bermejo or La Atalaya. Or visit the healing water in the nearby Vilo. The Cortijo where we stay lies between several beautiful white Andalusian villages: Alfarnate, Riogordo (El Paso, Holy Week), Periana and Frigiliana.

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Do you have  any questions about our Viva La Vida Yoga Retreat?

Or do you like to give me a call to receive more information?

Or are you interested but can't come on the current dates?

Or are you interested in bringing a group (friends, family or colleagues) to do yoga in Andalusia?

We can also arrange this for you.

Please contact me via the information below.


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