Living the 5 Elements – Path to Wholeness Yoga Retreat

Event Highlights

  • 2 yoga classes daily with experienced teachers.
  • Meditations and elemental workshops.
  • Yoga Nidra.
  • 3 vegetarian meals a day.
  • Spring water swimming pool.
  • Simple and comfortable accommodation.
  • Creative bath bomb making with Weleda expert Philippa
  • Optional extra affordable activities are available to book during your retreat to nurture your yoga and deepen your rhythm with nature : Shiatsu Massage, Weleda Facials, Horse Riding and hiking can be pre booked before or during your retreat and are paid for during your stay.


Awake to peaceful mountain sunrise
Walk to your yoga class surrounded by bird song and mountain fresh air
7.30-9.30am Yang Yoga
10am breakfast
11am to 2pm - free time / optional workshops including guided meditations, bath bomb making with Weleda expert Philippa Lovemore
2pm to 3pm Lunch
3pm to 5pm siesta, free time
5.30pm to 7pm Yin Yoga
7.30pm dinner
Optional evening meditation

During free time you can book to receive Weleda facials or shiatsu therapy from 35GBP paid for in cash during your stay.
Take time to enjoy the farm, to be in natures healing fresh air, to swim, hike, rest and sleep.
Horse riding and guided hiking can also be booked separately.

About This Event

5 day yoga retreat with indoor and outdoor studios, all with mountain views to energise and harmonise.
The 5 elements, fire, earth, air, water and space, will guide us on a journey of healing and balancing, releasing emotional and physical blockages, supporting energy to flow easily and freely in body and mind.

Daily practise of asana, meditation, and pranayama will lead you towards a deeper sense of soulful connection with the whole.  Each day will focus on a different element, drawing forth its energy and qualities, each one leading to the next in a cycle of support and growth.

Mornings include a dynamic Yang yoga practise to energise and wake up body and mind, each afternoon a relaxing Yin practise draws us inwards and grounds the energy raised by the days activities.  In between yoga practises there will be meditations and workshops related to each element, and plentiful time for walking, stillness, peace and rest in beautiful nature.
We offer a functional, embodied yoga practise, merging ancient and modern wisdom in service of body-mind-heart, nature and community.

We work with the 5 element model of Fire, Earth, Air, Water, and Space – drawing on Nature, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, and other traditional and modern models, to bring balance, clarity and joy.

We believe yoga is for everyone, and adapt our practise to suit all ages, life stages and styles, from embryo to elderly.  Empowering you to take health into your own hands and bring yoga to your daily life.

“Surrounded by the beautiful landscape of the Alpujarras Maya and Felix will guide you on a journey of personal growth, strength and reflection. Teaching you to work in harmony with the elements and the breath. I have never felt so at peace with myself. I know I cannot retreat forever, but by bringing home this philosophy and practice I feel I am in a strong place to slowly change my world for the better. Thank you both for your unconditional love and nurturing, sharing your spirits with us.” – Sarah, Armonia Retreat, Lanjaron, 2015.

Venue Highlights

Cortijo Casería del Mercado is an organic farm in rural Southern Spain, their passion is to honour nature, ecology and tradition. Regularly hosting acrobatic events this is a space that encourages you to let your spirit fly with nature!

Fully organic, biodynamic farming is practised and in addition to the huge array of fruit and vegetables grown on site the farm cares lovingly for goats, chickens and peacocks.

A beautiful retreat centre with traditional Spanish accommodation, simple and comfortable with a nourishing family vibe, refreshing natural mineral water swimming pool, indoor and outdoor yoga studios with spectacular mountain views.

Vegetarian meals include fresh and delicious fruit and vegetables filled with vitality and sunshine.


Traditional Spanish accommodation, simple, cool and comfortable with a nourishing family vibe.
There are a variety of beds available whether choosing single occupancy or shared, please enquire if you have special requirements. Curtains are provided for those sharing who want some additional privacy.
Camping bookings must bring their own tent and bedding.
There is hot water and plenty of showers and toilets for all to enjoy.
All yoga equipment and accessories are provided.
You are of course welcome to bring your own home comforts and we send a list of recommended items to pack.


  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


Plentiful vegetarian meals 3 times a day include fresh and delicious fruit and vegetables, filled with vitality and sunshine.
Special dietary requirements can be catered for so please let us know your needs in advance of the retreat.
A health consultation is sent via email for you to complete one month before your retreat, this helps us to cater the retreat and yoga classes to your needs.


Cortijo Casería del Mercado is an organic farm in rural Southern Spain.
Please be aware that transport costs are not included in the price of this retreat.

Flights to Granada, Almeria or Malaga airports are the closest and most affordable, you can allow 1hour 40minutes to 2hours for journeys by car from these airports. Please aim to arrive by 4pm on arrivals day.
Buses or taxi transfers are available to book for approximately 20 to 60€ per person each way – we can arrange the most cost effective transfers for you.
You can also travel by Alsa bus to the village of Orgiva and book a taxi from there to the venue for approximately 50€.

Venue Googlemap Link : (contact info blocked)KqiW5T5PE2

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 60+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 30-59 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-29 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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