FAQs
Sacred Self-Care: A Women’s Yoga & Ayurveda Retreat

Thank you for taking the time to ​read these ​answers before contacting us.  ​


I can’t decide which Retreat to attend? What do you recommend?

This years ​Women's Retreat is focused around your personal relationship to self-care.  During this retreat all classes are structured and guided and you’ll partake of many wonderful presentations on Ayurveda for women’s lifelong health.  While deeply restful and nourishing the Women’s Retreat is also packed with information.  We also find that many women feel uncomfortable speaking to intimate issues about their bodies and health in the presence of men.  This is the event to come to if you want the support of sisterhood.

During the Teachers' Retreat, both men and women are welcome, and while there will be structure to both the morning and afternoon classes, there will be a gradual movement towards more self-practice in the mornings (with circulating faculty to help, if you want it).  This retreat will not be packed with information, anatomy, or new “techniques”, but rather will be about using practice as a time for self-inquiry, restoration, and renewal.  Also, many teachers do not have opportunities to candidly discuss their personal and professional challenges and aspirations when students may be present.  For this reason, I’ve asked the wonderful Gaby Porter to facilitate dyad and small group discussion based on her work as a “Thinking Environment” consultant.  If you are feeling that your own personal practice has suffered as a consequence of teaching, and that you want a confidential collegial environment where you can explore the big questions about your role as a teacher (without the onus of students present) this is the event for you.  It will also be an opportunity to network, share strategies and learn from other professional teachers.

Why not do both?  If you are a Yoga teacher wanting to really drop down and in, there’s no reason you can’t attend ​both.  

​Can I bring my ​male relative or friend?

Because we find that many women feel uncomfortable speaking to intimate issues about their bodies and health in the presence of men, we have limited this Retreat to women.


Can I attend both the Women’s and Teachers’ Retreats?

Yes, of course, conditional on your application to the Yoga Teacher’s Retreat being accepted. ​


Can I attend ​part of the Retreat?

​In order to foster ​an inclusive ​ atmosphere, we ​have developed this Retreat around a ​​7 night ​package. ​We understand that circumstances may arise ​that delay your arrival or ​require you to leave ​earlier. The cost of the Retreat remains unchanged. We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance to cover ​such an eventuality.


Is their a ​special price for att​ending both Retreats?

​​Each separate Retreat has been priced according to content​ and duration. As they are ​offered separately ​they are priced separately and need to be booked separately.


Can you hold a ​place for me ​while I think about it?

​​​Be​cause there are only a limited number of ​beds available, ​in fairness to everyone, we are ​unable to ​do so.


​What is the check-in and check out time?

​Check in: after 3pm

Check out: after breakfast (around 10am. No late check outs are possible).


How do I get to Suryalila?

See  http://suryalila.com/contact/directions

If you are flying into or out of  Seville, Jerez, or Malaga airports only, ​​in March 2019 we will send you a link to an online booking ​portal where you can order a taxi. Where possible, so that you can share the cost,​ the drivers will try to collect more than one passenger travelling to Suryalila. The fare must be paid in cash Euros directly to the driver.

​Taxi bookings are only available to/from these three airports through the online booking portal once it is published in ​March 2019. You cannot book them d​irectly with Suryalila. ​There are bus stops and train stations at these airports​ in case you are staying elsewhere and would like to use this pickup service.  We are unable ​to take manual bookings at any time, nor are we able to take ​​bookings or offer advise or assistance with transfers from hotels, other cities, or other ports. ​ For ​all other ​domestic or international travel, bookings, and advice​, please see your travel agent.


I would like to stay a day or two ​​before/after the Retreat. ​Can I book extra nights at Suryalila?

​If you wish to stay at Suryalila ​​prior or after these dates, please contact Suryalila: info@suryalila.comIf they are booked out, you might like to try Air B&B.com or Booking.com for accommodation in nearby Villamartin, or alternatively see your travel agent. ​


What's ​the weather like at that time of year?

​We have selected t​hese dates specifically because the climate is generally warm and dry that time of year. Nights are also warm but can sometimes be chilly enough to need a light jacket.


What should I bring?

A few weeks before the Retreat, we will send you a link where you can download a recommended packing list. Suryalila have most yoga props, although you might like to bring your own yoga mat if you plan on practicing outside, and a ​Muscle Release Ball (also known as a Gertie Ball).


​Is wifi available at the Retreat?

​Yes, however the connection is not suitable ​to send our download large files or Skype/Facetime etc.


Are washing machines available?

​There are washing machines in each casa and also the main building. ​There are also dryers, but pegs are more eco-friendly...


​I w​ant to come, but the room I want ​is 'out of stock'.

​​​If you ​have booked and paid we ​can ​notify you ​if a different type of accommodation becomes available. ​We are unable to waitlist ​anyone who is not ​paid.


I've already booked, and now ​a friend is coming. Can we share a room?

​If you have booked the same twin-share room type or tent, and a space is available, yes of course. ​Best to check of that same room type is available before your friend has booked and paid, and then both of you should email us: products@donnafarhi.co.nz requesting ​to share. If that room type has already been booked out, then ​you will be unable to share unless there is a cancellation.


Refunds and Cancellation Policy

​​Full payment less 15% bank charges and booking fee is refundable until ​December 15, 2018. No refunds can be made after December 15, 201​8. In case of cancellation, you may transfer your deposit or your reservation to another person as long as you notify us with 30+ days notice. In case of cancellation by Ladino 2004 Ltd, you will receive a full refund of all funds received by Ladino 2004 Ltd. In case of an emergency where Donna cannot travel, Donna will assign a senior teacher in her place (this is highly unlikely). ​In order to secure ​your exclusive use of Suryalila, we were ​required to financially commit to block-booking ​the Retreat a year in advance, he​nce there can be no exceptions to this policy. All participants will be required to complete an application and sign a liability waiver to participate on the trip.​  We STRONGLY recommend that you purchase travel insurance in case you need to cancel your trip and/or flights. Please note that travel insurance may need to be purchased within a limited window of reserving your trip or purchasing airline tickets. Please check with your travel agent for details as terms and conditions vary between countries and agencies.


Further questions?

​Email us: ​​products@donnafarhi.co.nz


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