Yoga and Pilates retreats in Europe and England

Yoga and Pilates retreat in Andalucia, Spain 

October 05. - 12. 2019  Yoga and Meditation with Bea (Everyone welcome)

October 12. - 19. 2019  Nurture and Develop for Pilates and Yoga Teachers

with Liz Chandler and Bea Fritzsching

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Set in a peaceful Andalusian paradise, only 15 minutes from the beaches of Rincon and 20 minutes from Malaga Airport, Spain.

Yoga and Pilates retreat in Andalucia,

Centro Santillan Yoga and Wellness Centre is truly special and is set in a secluded location on an authentic Andalusian farm of 50,000 metres. It is located in the country side of Rincon de la Victoria, nestled in a Malaga hill and surrounded by the silence of mountains with wonderful sea views.

You will enjoy daily Yoga and Pilates/Meditation classes with plenty of time to relax and unwind with opportunities to explore the surrounding areas – beaches, picturesque villages and local terrain.

The Venue
Centro Santillan is a beautiful Andalusian farmhouse with gardens overlooking the sea. With an impressive 20 bedrooms, courtyards, fountains, terraces, jacarandas, palms and pines it has even played host to the Dalai Lama. You can relax in the extensive gardens or by the saltwater pool or play a round of paddle tennis. The small corners and interior spaces make it an ideal venue for retreats and it boasts a gorgeous state of the art and fully equipped yoga studio, complete with yoga wall and sea views!

Santillan have standard rooms and suites all with en-suite bathrooms and a private outdoor space, either verandah or terrace, with lovely views. There is complimentary wi-fi.

The Climate
Andalusia is one of the warmest regions anywhere in Europe. It has a warm, Mediterranean climate with dry, hot summers and mild winters with infrequent precipitation

The Food
The retreat includes 3 meals a day:
The cooks at Santillan enjoy sharing their popular Spanish-influenced healthy Mediterranean cuisine, yet are also able to cater for vegetarian, vegan and raw diets and for genuine food allergies and intolerances, such as gluten-free and dairy-free. Meals are based on organic produce, from their gardens, fruit trees, herb garden and local farmers.

Still water, caffeinated or non-caffeinated coffee and teas are available 24hrs free of charge.
Complimentary soft drink, wine and beer at dinner on the arrival day and last day.
For soft drinks, beer and wine on other days, Satillan run an honesty bar at individually marked prices. Guests will settle their honesty bar bill on check out.
All other alcoholic beverages and individually prepared juices, smoothies or cocktails (alcoholic and non alcoholic) will be served at the bar and are chargeable to each guest on check out.

The schedule:

Happiness retreat: Yoga and Mediation week with Bea (see below for Nuture and Develop)

From Saturday to Saturday: October 5th to October 12th, 2019

Arrival day is Saturday October 5th 

Morning: Meditation and Hatha flow yoga practice, to strengthen and invigorate the body and mind

Afternoon: Yin Yoga and meditation with YOga Nidras and other practises to deeply relax and rejuvinate

In between join us for one of the extra workshops and/or relax with a treatment or enjoy a hike. Lots of activities can be arranged with Santillan. 

Includes: Workshop on the great Yoga wall. 
Wednesday will be a day off to have ample time to explore.

Departure day is Saturday 12 October (Breakfast will be served in the morning.)

The activities

  • Relax, read, meditate and practice yoga and Pilates
  • Salt water pool
  • Paddle tennis - a complimentary court for guests to use
  • Treatments / Massages
  • Exploring
  • Hiking - Santillan has paths for hiking and further afield (for the brave) there is Caminito del Rey
  • Beach –7 km away (taxi to beach cost around 20 € each way - divided by number in car)
  • Visit nearby picturesque towns and villages or Malaga (30 mins by car for shopping and museums)

Andalusia is the home of beautiful cities, beaches and locales and if desired we can help you to arrange excursions further afield.


The philosophy
We believe in the power and beauty of each practice and that interweaving the philosophy and principles of yoga, meditation and Pilates informs and heightens each one.

We feel strongly about providing individual attention to enable people to feel their practice has grown with their week of work.

We cater to all abilities, from complete beginners to advanced students and teachers. We will nurture, guide and challenge you within your appropriate ability and needs.
Our group's size averages between 16 and 22 people on a retreat, but we still ensure small class sizes. For the majority of the yoga classes  and for all of the Pilates classes we divide the groups into two groups (slower paced and faster paced) .

Extra attention is provided in the slower classes; both Bea and Liz assist each other and give hands on corrections. Adjustments and modifications that are needed are easily attended to by having two teachers at hand. We have always had people highlight this as one of the strengths of our retreats.

"This was one of my best holidays ever. Liz and Bea are such wonderful persons and skilled teachers. Not only are they clear and precise on their teaching, but they are also able to work with people with disabilities and limitations. Three thumbs up!“ Petteri Jokinen 2017


Nuture and Develop Week

Holiday and training rolled into one!

Over our years of running retreats we have always had a number of teachers join us each time as guests and we have frequently received requests to observe classes and take notes. The idea to run a retreat aimed at teachers grew and we are now so excited to be offering this unique, collaborative experience to our colleagues.

This week is designed to invest back in yourself!
Enjoy being taught and recharge your batteries in beautiful surroundings, with time to relax. There will be plenty of training, new material, hands on, discussions and workshops to draw inspiration from and to develop your own practice. The week will give you time out to fuel your passion; where you can share, explore and grow in an engaging community of like-minded professionals.

We can't wait for you to join us!

Bea and Liz have 20 years of teaching experience each and together they have been running retreats in various locations for over 10 years. The yoga and Pilates combination has proved incredibly successful, influencing and deepening each practice.

Here is an example of the development work  we are planning for the week.

Sessions that focus on the following:
 Anatomy focused work / exercises  for the following; supports (feet and hands), healthy hips and shoulders mechanics.
 Movement focused work /exercises ; extension and rotation - how the two enhance each other, breath and flow , the art of touch and assisted stretching.
We will have discussions with a range of topics. Examples of some of the ones Bea and I are considering: clients, fascia exercise and body intelligence, pathologies - exercises adaptions, class plans.
How each discipline (yoga and Pilates) can influence and enhance the other with ideas on how one can integrate them, sharing ideas of how you can use traditional yoga props for Pilates and vice versa.

The yoga and Pilates will influence each other and will expand on the themes collaboratively. Most days the format will be class first for your own body, followed by workshop giving time to break down and discuss exercises that were in the class.
There will be handouts to accompany most sessions.

There will be yoga, meditation and Pilates on each day, except for the day off . On the day off we have an optional morning session only.

As the retreat is also about nurturing yourself ie having a holiday there wil be approx 7 hours between sessions for your leisure to explore and relax and of course the evening time for dinner. In additon Santillan have wonderful treatments on offer ranging from facials to massages. Santillan can also help you organise local sightseeing and expediitons further afield.

Professional developement certificate and receipts provided

Prices for week 2 of 12/10/2019 - 19/10/2019 : Nurture and Develop Week with Liz and Bea for teachers only

Twin £ 1349 per person (or the equivalent in Euros, check exchange rate)  

Single £ 1594  ( or the equivalent in Euros)

Prices for week 1 of 5/10 - 12/10/19:  Yoga and meditation with Bea  all levels welcome

Twin £ 1233 per person (or the equivalent in Euros, check exchange rate)  
Single £ 1478 (or the equivalent in Euros)

Please note the prices above reflect the charge for both standard and superior rooms. The main difference between room type is size, the rates are the same. We will allocate them on a first come first serve basis.

If you wish to book a twin but do not have someone to share with we can post here to let others know you wish to share. Please contact us for furher info.

Large luxury suites:

Twin Suite £ 1413 (or the equivalent in Euros)
Single Suite £ 1788 (or the equivalent in Euros)  already reserved
Suites - king size bed, 2 basin bathroom and sitting area

There is a £30 (40 Euros) discount on these prices if booked before June 15th!    

Included: Accommodation, 3 meals per day, unlimited water, teas and coffees and 5 to 6 days of Pilates, yoga and meditation tuition (depending on arrival and departure times.)

Click here to book now! 

Not included: Flights, insurance and the airport transfer to and from Santillan which will be an added cost of around £50 each way (that is pick up for one person) However we will arrange the groups to be cost effective taking into account your flights so htat hopefully the cost can be shared between 2-4.

Contact us by email here, or phone in UK or Germany:
Liz:    07980 158 028 (UK)    
Bea:    0049(0) 176 76486 386 (Germany)    

Travel info:

Still great flight offers, check or see below

There are direct flights to Malaga on Sautrdays from most  UK airports (Bristol, London, Birmigham, Manchester, etc.) There are also direct flights from Berlin to Malaga on Saturdays.

" I challenge anyone to find a retreat with more care taken in the choice of venue, a higher standard of organisation and better quality of teaching- I will go on every retreat of Liz and Bea that I am able to attend."
Nikky Smedley, company director, 2014

Liz and Bea Yoga and Pilates Retreat received the Winning readers tip - best retreat and holiday, The Guardian 2009




Cancellation of your holiday/retreat, for whatever reason, must be notified to Bea and Liz in writing by letter or email. Whilst we will endeavor to treat cancellations

sympathetically spaces are limited and the following applies: For cancellations made up to one month prior to departure 50% of monies received will be refunded. Cancellations less than one month in advance of the retreat no refund offered.

Exceptional circumstances are considered at the discretion of the organiser.

In case of an emergency where either Liz or Bea cannot travel, we will assign a senior teacher in her place (this is highly unlikely). 

The cost of any airline ticket is the responsibility of the participant.

You must take out your own travel insurance.