Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre

Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre in Southern Spain hosts large yoga retreats and welcomes small informal groups and individual travelers.

Instructors 9

Lidiya Petkova

Lidiya is one of Suryalila’s onsite Vinyasa flow and Yin yoga teachers. Her classes are vigorous, fluid, and energizing with a strong focus on pranayama and mindfulness. Apart from being a tourism management specialist and marketing and manager assistant at Suryalila’s office, she leads and organizes various retreats including wellness retreats, most famously the adventure and yoga retreat and dubbed the retreat of a lifetime by previous participants.

Vidya Jacqueline Heisel

Vidya Jacqueline Heisel, an E-RYT 500 and SYT, is the director of Suryalila Retreat Centre and the director of Frog Lotus Yoga International yoga teacher training programs. Vidya grew up in England and lived in India, Bali, and the USA, before arriving in southern Spain in 2011. Yoga has been Vidya’s life-long passion. She started studying, practicing, and teaching yoga in 1975 and since then, she has taught yoga extensively worldwide.

Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)

Jennilee Toner

Already a belly dance and fitness instructor, Jennilee immediately knew that yoga would be a perfect complement to any workout regime. In 2008, she chose to study with Yogi Hari of Sampoorna Yoga. She is the author of "The Perfect Chaturanga: A Comprehensive Guide to the Human Body Through the Practice of Vinyasa Yoga", has been practicing Hatha and Vinyasa yoga since 1996, and teaching them since 2003. She has also been teaching experiential anatomy to yoga teachers in training since 2010 and teaching her own Hot Warrior Yoga teacher training since 2012.

Carl Faure

Carl is the founder of Stretch and the main boss man, with 7 years of passionate and encouraging teaching experience he sets to the possible best music. He's a big fan of strong, sweaty, flowing, alignment-based sequencing, accompanied by some deep, bass-heavy electronica.

Gilda Goharian

Gilda's classes are strongly focused on alignment and breathing. She encourages her students to constantly surprise themselves by going beyond their limits and to approach yoga with a lot of fun and curiosity. In addition to yoga, she loves the practice of traditional Thai massage and became a certified bodyworker in 2012.

Lisa Dunn

Lisa is a 500-hour certified Vinyasa Flow yoga teacher based at Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre in Southern Spain. She has been teaching for 7 years and practicing for the past 15. Her formula for a great yoga class is to combine intelligent anatomical sequencing with a continual focus on the breath whilst interweaving yogic philosophy - enhancing the practice to bring a profound sense of well-being and aliveness. Lisa’s passion is to encourage and empower students to develop their practice and to have a safe life-long yoga experience.

Paddy O’Hanlon

Paddy is a little obsessed with playing and teaching AcroYoga. He values the connection, collaboration, and communication required to practice with another human being, and how AcroYoga offers opportunities for near magical experiences. In teaching, Paddy strives to share the same joy he has discovered through AcroYoga, placing the safety of his students first, while being conscious of individual needs. His classes are lovingly created to build trust and have lots of fun.

Raquelle and Jodie

Raquelle and Jodie are the founders of Fringe Yoga who have created a unique method of fusing traditional Kirtan with conscious original music and powerful connective Vinyasa. During their workshop, they will invite you to feel every single sensation through tribal beats and melodic mantras, flow with dynamic movement, and fluid asana. With a fierce intention to surrender to the divine within you, may you find freedom in this original fringe workshop.

Cátia Garcia

Cátia is a Thai yoga massage therapist at Suryalila. Her treatments work holistically to restore peace and equilibrium. The body’s energy systems are nurtured and harmonized, promoting a powerful sense of well-being. Cátia is renowned for her kind and loving presence, her sense of intuition, sensitivity and gentle touch, and her deep trust in life. She could see that imbalance, clinging to Yang and ignoring the importance of yin, was causing her to suffer, bringing physical discomfort and metabolic disharmony into her body.

Reviews 19

Maïté Chemin

from Great Britain, May 2018

An amazing place, with beautiful views, delicious food, fantastic yoga and horse riding, and warm, welcoming people!

Couldn’t recommend it enough, I hope to go back!

Kaja Curry

from Great Britain, May 2018

"Yoga, learning Spanish and Nightingales"

Suryalilia is an amazing place - oozing love, compassion and harmony - the perfect retreat centre. Having broken my leg 3 months ago, I needed somewhere to heal my damaged mind , body and spirit and to explore more movement again.

Suryalilia delivered this in buckets. The teachers were all very patient- always cueing alternatives to the poses for me and the place would soothe the most troubled soul, including mine.

I chose the yoga and Spanish language week because I thought I would need something else to keep me occupied due to my limited mobility (no long distance hikes for me). It was a great choice. We had 3 hours of lessons Mon - Fri before lunch. Who knew learning Spanish could be so much fun! We spent a lot of time laughing. And now I’ve come away well on my way to my Level A1 Spanish certificate thanks to our incredible language teacher brought in from the local language school.

And finally there were the nightingales - in late April the place is surrounded by nightingales singing their rich, clear bubbling song that lifts the heart like no other songbird.

I’m already wondering when I can return.

Katarzyna Smolich

from Ireland, January 2018

"Christmas Yoga Retreat"

Beautiful place, fantastic food.

I had a great time on the Christmas Yoga retreat in Suryalila.

Having Yoga classes in the Dome is a fantastic experience . I will definitely be back

Millamaria Edén

from Finland, December 2017

Karolina Peszko

from Great Britain, October 2017

"I was so happy there"

I have done adventure week and I have to say it was great!!!! Everything was super organized :))

Jana Klutznik

from Germany, May 2018

"inspiring and joyful yoga experience in beautiful nature"

great combination of yoga (chance to experience different styles) and outdoor activities, wonderful people, delicious home-made food, laid back atmosphere, beautiful nature

Malin Schröder

from Germany, December 2017

"Escape Christmas"

A wonderful retreat and lovely people everywhere

Testimonials 5

Chloe Hay, United Kingdom

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Thanks again for hosting such an incredible retreat for us. I came with high expectations because of all the fantastic reviews but the actual experience still completely exceeded them! I'm hoping to come on one of your adventure and yoga retreats with my boyfriend next year, so will hopefully see you then! Yoga's definitely going to be a huge part of 2018 for me.

Thanks again for such an incredible experience.

I couldn't recommend this retreat enough! Everybody who works here is so lovely and helpful, the accommodation is great (beds are super comfy!) and the food is incredible. Doing yoga in the dome as the sun rises and sets each day is a real treat and has made coming back to my tiny four-walled yoga studio in London quite difficult!

My yoga teacher for the retreat was Lidiya who is an absolutely brilliant teacher and so incredibly strong!!

I gained so much from my stay at Suryalila and hope to go back very soon

Amanda Glover, United Kingdom

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Thank you so much for a really great week!

Lidiya, you are such an amazing teacher, you have such a great style of teaching, I loved it and really needed it. Suryalila is fabulous and I thought the itinerary was just the right balance.

Clare M

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The Escape Christmas Yoga Retreat at Suryalila was a wonderful break. This was the second time I’ve been to this retreat and I am looking forward to the next one already!

It’s good to meet so many like-minded people in such an inspiring setting.

The yoga classes (2 a day) allow people who’ve already done some yoga to develop their practice further.

The (vegetarian) food is exceptional: nourishing, beautifully presented and tasty. And special diets are all catered for.

Plenty of activities were put on over Christmas - short hikes, musical evenings, a trip to Ronda.

It was also great just to relax on site, or visit the sauna and swimming pool.

It was a very refreshing break - highly recommended.

Pippa W

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I had the most wonderful time on the Christmas retreat; I cannot recommend this center highly enough. It is a special, magical and peaceful place full of like-minded, kind-hearted people and I felt completely relaxed, taken care of and also able to find peace when I needed it. I will definitely be back

Alli Canada


Spring Yoga retreart

The retreat was everything I could have hoped for. Being guided each day by our loving and kind yoga instructor, Lidiya was revitalizing. Over the course of a week, a crew of strangers became close friends and we have Lidiya to thank for that. Each morning and evening we practiced in the dome, a beautiful structure with a breathtaking view of rolling hills and blue sky. When practicing in the dome, you felt wrapped up in nature as the warm sun and sounds of the outdoors poured in. I strongly recommend this retreat to anyone seeking self care, reflection and a supportive community.

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