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Join Ashan Vinildas Gurukkal and Maya Gayle in this unique martial arts and yoga retreat in Spain. Practice Kalari - a traditional Indian martial art - and yoga with the spectacular and unspoiled beauty of the Alpujarra mountain forest in the magical Sierra Nevada mountains as your background. Set in the beautiful eco-friendly accommodation in the natural park of La Taha, you will be guided through trails, streams, waterfalls, and huge ancient trees of the mountain forest.
All guests will be staying at Baile en el Aire or "air dancing". Baile en al Aire is a permaculture setting deep in the spectacular mountain forest of the Alpujarra. It is not just a place for workshops. It is a place to share experiences, relaxation, laughter, quality time, improvised soirees, and knowledge.
This is a center for people from different places and all ways of life to learn yoga, bio-dynamic agriculture, and vegetarian cuisine, as well as to watch and listen in sunrises, sunsets, forest magic, milky way, and music.
Baile en el Aire is eco-friendly and guests will enjoy shared room accommodation. Every guest room is unique and incredibly beautiful as if it’s like another planet in a magical place. There are exterior solar shower facilities, wash basins, and outdoor toilets.
Today, you live in a time where you are in contact with people nearly every day of your lives. Knowing how to negotiate this landscape and maintain your life force energy is one aspect of the teachings of Kalari. Some lessons are not found through words but through the art of movement. Like yoga, the art of Kalari arose from observing animals and through the study of nature. Kalari and Ayurveda are tools to connect with the nature within yourself.
Each day, you will focus on Kalari, the traditional Indian martial art study and practice with Ashan Vinildas Gurukkal. Sessions will include performance and interactive talks, inclusive of background, philosophy, marma vital point knowledge, energy principles, and elemental theory.
You will participate in two Kalari classes daily. The morning classes are for energy activation, and the evening classes will help you to focus on channeling the flow of energy, concentration, on breath, and quiet movements. To complement your Kalari classes, you will also be attending Yin yoga and Nidra yoga classes with Maya Gayle. You will have plenty of time to relax and unwind in the healing tranquility of the Alpujarra mountain forests.
Kalari Yogham is the method of practice of the Shivashakthi Kshethram school of traditional Indian martial arts, teaching practitioners to break through limitations and open to insight, leading to a total transformation of self becoming Madhira Menni, which indicates the body becoming a living temple.
Shivashakthi Kalari Kshethram follows the way of Siddha tradition through arts and sciences of the Siddha tradition by analyzing the nature of reality. It is a transformative process leading to the realization of universal consciousness.
Kalarimurai and Kalarippayattu are ancient art forms from Southern India. Their origins can be traced back to the Dravidian culture. The poothara (shrine) is at the sacred core of Kalari with its energy being based on Kundalini power and the forces of nature. The fundamental aspect of Kalari is to energize prana. Through Kalari practice, pranic channels will clear up, enabling the student to realize this force. Through conscious control, it can then be applied to their own physical and spiritual way.
The Siddha tradition is the seed of Kalari culture. Through continual practice, there will be a development of concentration, breath, flexibility, body balance, stamina, speed, accuracy, mental strength, and alertness.
This retreat will take place in Baile en el Aire in Pitres, Spain, nestled in the spectacular Alpujarra Mountain Forest in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. At 1,500 meters high, your gaze is lost between the sea and the southern slopes of Sierra Nevada. In the area of La Taha, deep in the natural park, your steps guide you through trails, streams, waterfalls, and huge ancient trees of the mountain forest.
The price of this retreat includes three specially prepared and healthy vegetarian meals per day. All produce is fresh from the permaculture gardens or locally sourced. Guests with any special dietary requirements such as vegan, gluten free, and dairy free can be catered for.
Massage appointments are available for an extra cost.
The treatment system consists of Kalari uzhichil and Thirammu (marma massage or vital point treatment) and localized application of herbal paste, Kizhi, Kalari medicines, and herbal steambath. These treatments are very effective for arthritis, dislocations, back pain, vital point damage, and rejuvenation. Kalari marma massage acts on vital energy increasing blood circulation, strengthening nerves, freeing joints, and activating the senses.
Kalari foot massage (Khal uzhichil) is very beneficial for body flexibility. The price of this treatment is 50 EUR per hour. It can be booked in advance or during the retreat week.
Please book your flight to arrive at Federico García Lorca Airport (GRX) or Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport (AGP). Transfers from and to these airports are available upon request.
From each airport, you can get buses to Capileira. It is important to refer to bus timetables as you will need to arrive before 16:00 on the first day of the retreat.
From Capileira, you can take the taxi for 10 EUR per person to get to the retreat venue.