with Matt Giordano in Andalucia, Spain
7 nights in Andalucia, Spain
Sat Mar 11 - Sat Mar 18, 2017
Suryalila is nestled serenely in a large open valley in the foothills of the Sierra de Grazelema. This majestic mountain range can be seen looming large on the horizon. A striking part of the natural beauty of the property is the breathtaking vista extending in all directions: rolling hills, fields of sunflowers, and lakes. The sense of vastness and expansiveness is very uplifting.
Suryalila prides itself on offering sumptuous banquets of delicious gourmet vegetarian and vegan-friendly organic food. They grow as much of the food served as possible and keep happy chickens who provide guests with eggs.
Suryalila has two stunning yoga halls. Ganesha Yoga Shala has a gorgeous wooden ceiling as well as a wooden floor and is filled with light from windows on both walls as well as a skylight. It also has a lovely balcony with benches for enjoying the expansive views.
The Om Dome has been dubbed the most magnificent yoga hall in Europe. The sacred geometry creates a cathedral-like space, which is awe-inspiring and unique. The Dome overlooks rolling hills, olive groves and a ruined convent. Inside, the Dome boasts underfloor heating and cooling and two long walls for practicing inversions. The walls have been beautiful decorated with colorful murals of Indian gods and Tibetan imagery. There is a state of the art sound system as well as atmospheric lighting.
Both yoga spaces are fully outfitted with yoga props.
|8 days, 7 nights at Suryalila Retreat Centre Andalucia|
|Gourmet vegetarian and vegan-friendly organic breakfast, lunch, and dinner|
|Roundtrip airport transfers (Seville International Airport)|
|Flights not included|
|Travel insurance is mandatory and not included|
Cultural trips to Seville, Ronda, Cadiz and Arcos de la Frontera, Horseriding from Suryalila, Canoeing and kayaking, Hiking in the beautiful Sierra de Grazalema, Guided cycle rides, Flamenco classes in the village or on site, The Turkish baths in Jerez, Beach days, Spanish Lessons
Not included: flights to/from Seville Airport (SVQ) and travel insurance. Guests are responsible for purchasing travel medical insurance and cancellation insurance which are also not included.
Matt (500 ERYT) gives credit to an influential figure from his teenage years--his high school art teacher-- for sparking within him the curiosity and tenacity that eventually led him to yoga. It was Eileen Walk who told Giordano: "You are not allowed to say 'I can’t.' You must rephrase to a question: 'How?'"
That inquisitive and unrelenting spirit laid the foundation for Matt to begin a devoted yoga practice. When coupled with his passion to understand the physics and subtle alignment of the body, Matt’s dharma as a teacher came into focus.
Originally from Sea Cliff, Long Island, Giordano is primarily based in Connecticut and Manhattan, where he teaches at local studios and shows off his daring side riding motorcycles along the open road. Matt is often on the go, traveling internationally to teach yoga and perform acrobatics. Well-known for his ability to guide students deeply into postures with his refined attention to detail and precise action cues, Giordano is an adept guide for all-levels students at festivals, workshops and in his weekly studio classes. His study of biomechanics and integrative mind-body techniques informs his teaching, as he draws upon wisdom from traditions of yoga, martial arts (Aikido and Tae Kwan Do), acrobatics, AcroYoga and Thai Yoga Massage. In the end, Matt inspires a humble confidence, allowing students to find ease while expanding the edge of their comfort zones.
As Giordano helps make AcroYoga a household name, the media has taken notice; featuring him in Martha Stewart’s Whole Living, Alignyo, Yoga Dork and on LIVE! With Kelly and Michael. Events the world over are allowing countless students the opportunity to practice with Matt. No one misses the action, as his growing digital content (YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook) has become another platform for Matt to share delight, technique and even the occasional appearance of his dog Tito, a Papillon and heart-melting super yogi.
Suryalila accommodation packages are all-inclusive, which means that whether you are sleeping in a dorm or in our most deluxe suite, you will enjoy three gourmet vegetarian buffet-style meals per day and have full access to all of our beautiful common areas and facilities.
This was possibly the most relaxing experience I've ever had. The property is stunning and the rooms are beyond comfortable. While the food was definitely delicious, after 3 hours of yoga a day and activities, need a little more food in my food...eggs and more carbs would have been good. It's a little heavy on the veggies for all the calories you are burning.
Matt Giordino is such an amazing teacher. I will look for him again. Suryalila is a little remote. I would love Formentera. Or Ibiza. I will travel for him anywhere. Great trip, thank you triptribe.
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