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8 Days Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Andalucia, Spain

  • Molino del Rey, Costa del Sol, Spain

Yoga Retreat Spain

James Jewell offers this delightful and magical retreat to those who yearn for being away and resting from their normal routine, practicing yoga, stillness and meditation and being outdoors in nature. This retreat will give you a fresh perspective and awareness on yourself and your life. You may prefer to take the week more as a retreat, with more silence and reflection during the free time. Or you may just prefer to relax and be on holiday!


  • Twice daily yoga classes
  • Breathing, meditation and long relaxation sessions
  • Yoga practice in well equipped, beautiful spacious studio
  • Vegetarian brunches and dinners
  • Candlelit meditation in a cave
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Many different individually designed bedrooms on offer, some with valley views, others over the waterfall. Room features:

  • Maximum capacity of 22 guest beds
  • En-suite
  • Balconies
  • Warm / cold air conditioning
  • Superbly comfortable beds
  • Ceiling fans
  • Tea making facilities
  • Safes
  • Hair dryers
  • Alarm clocks
  • Electric blinds

The retreat center also has many facilities:


The magical Grotto pool is equipped with an automatic sea water system and contains no chlorine.


For an extra cost, you have the option of relaxing in their pool-side 14- seaters sauna.

Seminar studio

The studio is 100 square meters with wooden parquet flooring and occupies and extraordinary position, hand-cut out of the mountain, floor to ceiling windows with views across the valley and a door leading into the inner stillness of the caves. The latter serves as natural air conditioning in hot summer months. Under floor central heating available for winter months. The studio has incredible acoustics for working with sound, and is fully equipped with yoga props and training materials.

Decking area

Besides their lovely yoga studio, there is also an approximately 60 square meters teak decking area, for enjoying yoga outdoors. During summer months, the wooden gazebo serves as a second Thai and Chavutti massage room.


They are extremely fortunate in having their own caves, particularly appreciated by meditation groups, and for chanting, overtone, Didgeridoo etc. In fact the whole mountain is honeycombed with caves.

  • 08:00 Breathing / meditation outside on decking
  • 08:30 In studio for yoga practice
  • 10:15 Brunch followed by free time (resting, relaxing, walking, riding, reading, swimming or nothing). Snacking if needed.
  • 17:00 Yoga session, finishing with longer relaxation
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • 21:30 Meditation in caves
  • James Jewell

    James Jewell's intention as a teacher is to provide an explorative environment where loving kindness can prevail, both to himself, fellow companions, and life itself. Safe, enjoyable, and at times, creatively and playfully fun, James' classes are where your natural, joyful movement, as nature intended, can be reclaimed. He likes to be as creative as possible to encourage, stimulate, and deepen the practice and self inquiry.

Molino del Rey is nestled in a little hamlet called Jorox with extensive views down the valley towards the Sierra de las Nieves, a national mountain park. It has everything you would expect from a top yoga retreat and much more. The yoga retreat facilities are second to none in Spain. In fact the top yoga experts regularly rate Molino del Rey as one of the best yoga retreats in the world. Molino del Rey, the retreat center is set in beautiful Andalucian Nature Reserve, is just 60 minutes from Malaga Airport on the Costa del Sol in Southern Spain.

  • Horse riding/rental nearby
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Car rental nearby
  • Tour assistance nearby

Food is of great importance on a retreat. All food during your stay here are included in the price. They have their local cooks, Simone and Gloria, preparing creative brunches and sumptuous dinners. A lot of the vegetables are grown in the vegetable garden. The meals are served buffet style so everyone can choose what they like from the varied dishes on offer each meal time.

Molino Del Rey is well situated for day trips by car to Granada with its famous Alhambra, Sevilla one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, Nerja with its famous caves, Cordoba, Gibraltar, Marbella, and of course the delightful city of Ronda. Beautiful walks, hiking, horse riding, closely situated in one of Andalucias most impressive natural reserves. This huge natural park Sierra de las Nieves has been designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, and contains the Abies Pinsapo Boissir, the oldest known species of fir tree found in Europe, just five kilometers from the center.

Bathing in waterfall and rivers

A spring of the river Rio Grande is born at the entrance of the hamlet. From it the purest of waters pour through the center, offering wonderful bathing facilities whilst surrounded by the wonderful fragrance of mountain flowers. A lovely waterfall is just 5 minutes hike from there. Depending on yearly rain fall, the waterfall can be enjoyed most of the year.

Chilling out in the center

Being an old water mill, Molino has beautiful Moorish water streams flowing down through the center, creating a refreshing, magical charm to the place. They have refreshing, salt treated, mountain water pool, sculpted under the caves with a hidden shower under the banana trees for you to relax during your free time.

Optional tours

Molino del Rey is in a perfect location too for visiting neighboring Andalucian white villages, or famous towns like Ronda. Hence a hired car could be a good idea for exploring either during the course or for staying on a bit longer afterwards. Prices can start at less than 100 EUR for a week.

Let your everyday world slip away with one of their massages or therapies. The resident therapists Dimitri and Lidiya offer a variety of massages such as:

  • Chavutti Thirummal
  • Dry skin brushing
  • Hot stone
  • Indian head
  • Japanese facial
  • Polynesian
  • Swedish massage
  • Thai foot
  • Traditional Thai
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All sumptuous, vegetarian brunches
  • All delicious dinners
  • Breathing, meditation and long relaxation sessions
  • Twice daily yoga classes
  • Use of pool and cave
  • Flight to Malaga Airport
  • Transfer
  • Sauna
  • Therapies

Driving directions from Malaga Airport to Molino del Rey yoga retreat in Jorox

Leave airport and follow signs to Malaga on E15/A7.

At the next main junction, follow blue overhead signs to Motril, Antequera,Sevilla,Granada.

At exit number 236, follow blue signs to A357 Cartama,Parque Technolgico and mauve sign to Universidad.

Once on the A357, follow this road for 30 kilometers. You will note small green signs, counting every kilometer on all spanish roads.

Just after KM40, turn left on to the A354 direction Zalea,Casarabonela,Alozaina,Yunquera. Follows signs to Alozaina.

After 19 kilometers (at KM 0) Alozaina, turn right at gas station on to the A366 direction El Burgo, Yunquera, Ronda.

After 4 kilometers you have reached the hamlet of JOROX . Total journey is 55 kilometers.

Best first park in the parking areas provided on entering the hamlet, and walk approximately 250 meters to the center.

Turn left at the little chapel and follow the wooden fencing. Keep straight down the hill for about 200 meters. The house is the round building with blue window surrounds and the only house with solar panels on the roof.

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport is Malaga Airport. You can hire a taxi or a car and the journey will last for around 1 hour.


  • Malaga Airport - 60 minutes
  • Sierra de las Nieves, 5 kilometers
  • Waterfall - 5 minutes




  • A reservation requires a deposit of 37% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Verified reviews

  • Review by Lisa from Sweden
    10 out of 10

    "The yoga retreat was fantastic and well-balanced. Words cannot describe the beauty and serenity of Molino Del Rey, the hospitality of Anthony and Lidiya, the delicious, abundant food and last but not least, James unpretentious, gentle, calm, flexible way of leading the yoga and meditation classes. It was great for all levels of students, from the novice to the expert. Last but not least, James kind soul shined throughout the week and he was extremely accommodating when it came to activities outside of the yoga class.I arrived a ball of stress and left feeling well-rested, contentment and clarity and also made many new friends. It was PERFECT. Like plastic surgery for the soul."

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  • Review by Claire and Shane
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you James for a fantastic weekend we had a wonderful time and will definitely be back. Hope we can make your retreat our annual treat! Take care."

    James Jewell website, edited

  • Review by Steve and Jane from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "It was so lovely to see you again. We love our annual retreat time with you and the yoga in these wonderful settings. I hope we can come again next year. Were thinking about coming out to one of your other retreats as well as (or possibly instead of, if the dates are difficult for us) your UK retreat. We will definitely see you one way or another in 2016! Id love to introduce other members of the family to yoga with James, but I fear wed be taking up almost all the spaces if we did that! Our son is especially keen, and our daughter has just taken up yoga so is very enthusiastic."

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  • Review by Jeni
    10 out of 10

    "A huge, huge thank you for everything you did to make this weekend special for us all. Not very good at this sort of thing but I wanted to say that since I met you all those years ago you, your yoga and yoga Nidra have had a profound and lasting effect on my life. I hope I will get the chance to get my fix next year. I hope you enjoyed the weekend too and wish you a wonderful year till we meet again."

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  • Review by Paula
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for a fabulous weekend. Until the next time! Lots of love!"

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  • Review by Lucy
    10 out of 10

    "Thanks James (and everyone) for a lovely weekend. It was really special for me to be able to spend that time practicing with such a welcoming group and a wonderful teacher, and a bonus to see some familiar faces again. I felt much more balanced and lighter after the weekend."

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  • Review by Patricia from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "James is an inspirational tutor, his instruction is presented in a clear, friendly manner giving practical guidance into the postures, disposing of any held tension by witnessing and working with the breath. The pace of each session is well structured and nourishing. If you are thinking of attending one of his retreats, then follow your thinking."

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  • Review by Zoe from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I really loved the weekend. I have been telling to all my friends about that too. Hopefully see you next year. Amazing how you can build such good friendships in a short space of time!"

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for all that you are James, you give so much to the people who come to be part of your retreats and I am sure many renewed their strength for their return home and ordinary life. I hope to join you again, hopefully next year."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you so much for a lovely week, it had been too long since I was last there and I cant tell you how much I needed it and to reconnect to life, myself and Chris. Hoping to join you next year, sending love to you all."

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  • Review by Lorraine from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Thanks a million for last week. I think its the best one yet in terms of the yoga and I really enjoyed it! I feel I really have progressed so thank you so much for your inspirational teaching - always with good humor which is wonderful."

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  • Review by Gill
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you. It was a wonderful week and as I said at the time you are the key to holding that space so that we were all able to gain what we need ed. Namaste."

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  • Review by Anne
    10 out of 10

    "We are home safely now and want to say thanks to you James and everyone who shared the week with us - it was very special time and we are trying to hold on to it for as long as we can! Much love to everyone."

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  • Review by Rhona from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you all for making it such a special holiday but special thanks to James for making it happen. Cant wait till the next one frankly. Hope we can keep in touch. Big hug to each one of you."

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  • Review by Patrizia from Italy
    10 out of 10

    "Thanks to James for bringing us all together, and for creating and holding a wonderful space in which to be. Thanks to each and every one of you for making it so special. Until the next time, much love to all. Jamess approach, teaching and pace enabled me to get out of head and trust my body creating a real sense of joy, connection and wholeness. "

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  • Review by Bunty
    10 out of 10

    "Lovely photos from such a wonderful week with all you amazing people."

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  • Review by Nicola
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you again for a fabulous week of yoga, the photos and your lovely blessing. I am extremely grateful to have spent last week on your yoga retreat, at Molino Del Rey. Ive been incorporating lots of what you covered this week in my yoga practice too and Im loving it. Health and happiness!"

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  • Review by Jackie and John from Ireland
    10 out of 10

    "A traditional Irish blessing to you and yours from us.'May the road rise up to meet you. "

    "May the wind be always at your back."

    "May the sun shine warm upon your face;"

    "the rains fall soft upon your fields"

    "And until we meet again,"

    "may God hold you in the palm of His hand.Til we meet again then so!"

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  • Review by Sarah from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Dear James, "

    "I have just been struggling to wake up and prepare myself for my first day back to work. Lying in bed mulling over the wonderful week, I have been thinking of the lovely times we spent- all of the laughter ; the new experience of yoga that I found so all encompassing as a total mind, body and soul presence and being amongst a group of people that demonstrated warmth the likes of which I have not felt in a group before. It makes me feel so sad that it is over- I recall you saying that it takes a few days to let go- I expect that is what I am feeling but it really was very special. Thank you so much. I have already looked for a horse riding and yoga group - how lovely that one week will have such a permanent impact on my life. God bless you and your family and all good wishes for all that you do."

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  • Review by Wendy and Keith
    10 out of 10

    "Keith and I were (still) talking on the way home and really feel that it was one of if not the best holiday we've had - and we've had some holidays! The way you bring people together is amazing. It really felt as we'd known you and the group for years.We had a very long trip home - our plane went tech in Malaga so it took 12 hours to get home. Ordinarily that would have been stressful but we were so relaxed we really didn't care!Thank you again for a very special holiday. We will be back. Looking forward to seeing where you decide to go next year - although very happy to return to Molino Del Rey.Wishing you all the very best - until we see you again."

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  • Review by Louise
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you James and thank you to everyone who helped make my time the most amazing holiday I've ever experienced. I miss you all, but know somewhere deep in my soul that I will be reunited with you again someday. Probably at another James Jewell retreat! Lots of love."

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  • Review by Helen from Sweden
    10 out of 10

    "Hi James and thank you. I am in Fuengirola enjoying the effects of the retreat, have been running early mornings almost every day followed by yoga on the terrace, a perfect way to follow up the fabulous experience in Molino.How to describe what I experienced there? Rejuvenating, invigorating, inspiring, strengthening, as well as contemplative, meditative and FUN in a loving, nurturing environment. I have so much respect for what you do and how you build up the week so every participant comes away feeling reborn.Thanks a million James, sorry if that sounds American but a plain thank you wont do it. This truly was the most wonderful holiday I ever had and I hope to be able to do it again."

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  • Review by Augusta from Ireland
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you as always! I came with a fire in my head and leave with peace in the deep hearts core. Thanks to your joy, presence, and generosity. "

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  • Review by Nicky from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I came with a simple goal - to stretch my cycle-weary hamstrings! But I leave with having achieved so much more. Thank you for a very special week and beautiful yoga."

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  • Review by Cate from Spain
    10 out of 10

    "Fab as always, just what body and soul needed. Thank you. "

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  • Review by Charlotte from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Another fabulous week where I leave feeling like a different person from the stress-head that arrived. You've made it brilliant. Thank you."

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  • Review by Kim from UAE
    10 out of 10

    "Thanks again for great weekend. It was really good to do a decent amount of yoga, and to meet the others there. Looking forward to next years week in Molino!"

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  • Review by Michaela from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I trust you know how much we enjoyed and soaked up the nourishment - spiritual and physical - your place and company, and James and his teaching of yoga, afforded us. I am living off it in a big smug way. Its been really fantastic and I am already looking forward to the next time. Cant wait. All the very best"

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  • Review by Hannah from United States
    10 out of 10

    "Mere words dont sum it up - your warmth, spirit and smiles and humor and huge wonderful heart make this such an amazing experience each time. Thank you again for returning us completely whole into our lives, at the end of the week."

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  • Review by Lesly from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "I feel blessed that I was able to come back to Molino and to share the week with all of you, it was a great group! James, thanks again for everything: for classes that make the body smile and for everything that you give in abundance to make the week special for every single one and for the group as a whole: time, jokes, ideas, quotesOnce again a heartfelt Danke for giving so much to all of us with your beautiful classes, your sense of humor, your time and your thoughtfulnessLots of love to all of you."

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  • Review by Christine from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "I am still keeping the positive Molino del Rey spirit :-) I really had a fabulous week with you and I miss the great yoga classes, your lovely company and the fun we had, the wonderful Molino, the delicious food everything. After a trip to Hungary and some days in Austria with my parents I am finally back in Belgium, looking forward to starting yoga classes and changing some things in my life I had been thinking about during the yoga retreat.James, I really hope to see you again at one of your wonderful yoga retreats!!!"

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