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DUENDE: an Andalucia Yoga Retreat duen·de/noun: a quality of passion and inspiration. a spirit. MALAGA, SPAIN June 26-July 3, 2021
DUENDE: an Andalucia Yoga Retreat

noun: duende
a quality of passion and inspiration.
a spirit.

"Welcome to Andalucía.

The scent of orange blossom, the swish of a flamenco dress, the glimpse of a white village perched atop a crag: memories of Andalucía linger. Andalucía, despite creeping modernization, remains a spirited and passionate place where the atmosphere sneaks up and envelops you when you least expect it – perhaps as you're crammed into a buzzing tapas bar or lost in the depths of a flamenco performance. Duende loosely translates as a moment of heightened emotion that takes you out of yourself, experienced during an artistic performance, and it can be soulfully evoked in Andalucía if you mingle in the right places." - Lonely Planet

Journey to Southern Spain for a 7 night/8 day yoga retreat with Lily Dwyer Begg.

This location is dreamy. Andalucia, with its Moorish influence and year-round warmth, is described as the Soul of Spain. Santillan is a secluded refuge from all stress - tucked away in the sagebrush and bougainvillea folds of the mountains of the Axarquía, 15 minutes from the beaches of Rincon and 20 minutes from wineries, shops, museum, cafes of Málaga. Near some of the most beautiful balmy sun-drenched beaches of the Costa del Sol, many of Spain's cultural sights, within launching to travels to Morocco afterward. Think wine country, bougainvillea, gorgeous coastline, and flamenco dancing.

During the retreat, we will have exclusive use of the entire retreat center. Luxury accommodations are provided in a restored Spanish Farmhouse. Each room has unique antique furnishings, bathtub and shower, AC, and a private balcony or patio with view to the sea or the gardens.

Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner - included in your retreat package - are a farm to table affair, featuring locally sourced ingredients.

Santillan is described as one of the top retreat centers in the world and is a highly sought-after retreat center by yoga instructors worldwide. What really sold me was the Yoga Studio: Indoors but with sweeping glass doors that can be opened for an indoor/outdoor feeling; Every prop I could ever dream of (including 30 backless yoga chairs and an Iyengar rope wall with padded harnesses for inversion and traction.), a sprung, thermally heated flooring, and sweeping views out to the tropical gardens and the Mediterranean sea just beyond. This is the kind of space where your practice can soar and you can fully relax. Mornings will be for Vinyasa flow, sweat, fluency, and strength - the passion for the practice. Afternoon sessions will be for the refinement of the practice. Due to the caliber of the space and the quality of props afforded I will be able to highlight alignment-based workshops and extravagant restorative practices.

There will be plenty of free time to unwind by the sea or at the pool between all the yoga sessions. Two afternoons off for self-led activities provide opportunity for a night out on the town, a longer hike, or tour of a local winery.

Included in your rate is a guided kayak tour to the cliffside waterfalls of Nerja and the nearby beach of Playa de la Caleta. Two afternoons off will allow you time to journey, explore, and immerse yourself in the local culture or tour a local Malaga winery. In between our twice daily yoga practices you will have plenty of free time to receive a massage on-site, unwind by the sea or at the pool or enjoy the nearby hiking trails, museums, and shops.


1) Complete the registration form in section five of this document.
2) Choose either a non-refundable deposit of $500 or you may pay in full.

Payment can be made in the form of:
CHECK made out to Lily Begg
CREDIT CARD via PayPal (contact for invoice) or Venmo @lily-begg *

* PayPal payments include a 3.5% processing fee.

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