Our retreats in Southern Spain are situated near a small village called Orgiva, in the Alpujarra mountain area of Andalusia. This region is renowned for its great natural beauty of snow covered high mountain peaks, rushing rivers, wild flowers, sightings of eagles as well as the goat herds. White painted villages cling to the mountain side. There is lots of local produce - wine, goats cheese, olives and oil, honey, dried figs, organically grown vegetables, to name a few. It is great walking country, and horse riding and hang gliding are also available. The local market (Thursdays) town of Orgiva is lively and cosmopolitan, and also attracts artists and a variety of therapists. So a good massage is available after all the exercise! Trips up the mountain can be arranged. There is also a bus service. During our retreats we offer some wonderful excursions as part of the program, and when you like to stay longer after our retreats to explore more of the surrounding area, we can help you find suitable accommodation when required.
ABOUT THE SURROUNDING AREA
Spain's highest mountains "Sierra Nevada" are a magnificent backdrop to this partly undiscovered area of Spain.
The region has dramatic and enchanting valleys, forests, vineyards, waterfalls, rivers and picturesque white mountain villages, all with about 325 days of sunshine per year!
You can see oranges, lemons, figs and ancient olives trees with a backdrop of snow capped mountains and there is a special Light that make it a painter's and writer's paradise.
From the retreat centre one can explore the area by making a walk along the riverbed, just stroll down from the retreat center. Horse riding and biking is also a possibility.
Foraging: A Taste of the Wild
Join Sue Rodgers for a walk along local country tracks around the picturesque spa village of Lanjaron and discover the delicious ingredients to be found on your doorstep.
Whatever the time of year there are always leaves, flowers, seeds, fruits to be found that can be made into delicious salads, drinks, puddings and so much more!
On arrival at Sue & Pete’s cortijo, set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, you will get the chance to use those foraged gems with ingredients from the garden in a delicious lunch.
After lunch Pete will take you on a tour of their Organic Herb Farm. You will finish the day with Tea & Cakes before you return along mules tracks back to the village of Lanjaron.
We leave from the Tourist Office, Lanjaron at 11am and return at 4pm ish! All refreshments, and materials are included in the price of 35 € per person.
The fairy tale city of Granada crowned by the magnificent Alhambra Palace is an hour's bus or car ride away. it is a lovely medieval city to explore, located on one of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range and contains a ski resort with the highest peak in Spain, the Mulhacen with 3482 m.
You can visit the famous Alhambra, a fabulous medieval palace once built by the Arabs and the Generalife summer palace, on the same hill, with its lush gardens with beautiful fountains and tranquil ponds. Their gypsy quarter ( Albacin/Sacremonte) is also a great place to visit with lots of flamenco music and tapas bars. Or you can get yourself pampered in the warm baths of a Hammam with beautiful colours, sensual shapes and a peaceful atmosphere that transport you back to the bygone Moorish days.
The picturesque white mountain villages in the Poquera Valley called: Pampaneira, Bubion and Capileira are also worth a visit.
They all sell local produce, food, wine and carpets and have some lovely terraces with incredible views.
There is also a mountain spring beyond Capileira where you can swim in natural stone pools and stand under waterfalls. and there are beautiful walks to be made from there.
We will also visit this place together during your stay with us.
BUDDHIST RETREAT CENTER O-SEL-LING
On a quiet mountain slope, high above the Alpujarra valley, with views upon white mountain villages, and on clear days al the way down to the sea and Morocco.
O-Sel-Ling is a center for meditation in the Mahayana tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
With a huge prayer wheel and Tara statue in a pond the place vibrates with an inspiring mix of meditative practice and nature's beauty calm.
BATHING IN LANJARON SPA
Lanjaron is a charming small village just 20 minutes away from where we are.
Mainly famous for its pure spring water that sells all over Spain.
It has some mineralized springs that serve for drinking therapies.
Recently added luxury Spa Hotel Balneario de Lanjaron also offers sauna and massage treatments.
It is also a great village to get local cheese, olive oil, chocolate and other souvenirs.
There are several beaches on the Mediterranean coast to be enjoyed, within a 45 minutes drive from Orgiva.
Nearest would be at the foot of Salobrena, a white washed village build around a castle upon a rock in the Gualdafeo river plain. Next along the boulevards of Almunecar, which also has ia Moorish castle, plenty souvenir shops and markets (regular at Fridays and flea market at Sundays). Slightly further towards Malaga, just past La Herradura , there is the Nudist beach Cantarijan nestled in natural surroundings, rock cliffs, trees and two charming beach restaurants only.
For the adventurous there is a possibility for an hour's walk along the coast over the outcrops to the next beach too.