​Restore and Re-Vision: A Yoga ​Retreat Just for Yoga Teachers
Donna Farhi & co-facilitators ​Gaby Porter ​& Sam Loe
​June 0​2 - June ​08, 2019 (S​un-Sat)
Suryalila, Andalusia Spain

"​​It may be that when we no longer know what to do
we have come to our real work,
and that when we no longer know which way to go
we have come to our real journey.”

~ ​​Wendell Berry

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An exclusive retreat for ​Yoga teachers

​Yoga teachers give a lot.  And sometimes in that giving we become depleted and lose sight of our own self-care and the deeper vision that we may hold for our lives, both personal and professional.  This retreat is exclusively for those working as Yoga teachers who would like an opportunity to reconnect with their personal practice as a source of nourishment, well-being, and the foundation for embodying the wisdom that is Yoga.

Each day of this retreat will begin with a silent morning meditation (optional for those of you who are not early risers), followed by an active morning asana class with an emphasis on gentle warming and hydrating practices that loosen and release the body as well as strengthening and stabilizing sequences.  In the afternoons, we will focus on Restorative Yoga practice, and on exploring our own and others’ questions, challenges, and wider aspirations - individually, in dyads, and small groups.  Our sessions will culminate most days in the deeply nourishing practice of Yoga Nidra.  A key focus of this retreat will be on heightening felt sensation as the basis for choosing, adapting, tailor fitting, and intuitively sequencing.  As the retreat progresses, more and more of the sessions will be opened up for you to shift into your own practice, with Donna and assistants circulating to offer help when needed.  To deepen the restfulness of this retreat, silence will be honoured from 10 o’clock each evening until the beginning of the morning class the following day.

To ensure a truly cohesive and confidential environment there will be an application process ​for this retreat.  As a part of your application we will invite you to frame the questions which are uppermost for you in your practice and teaching and which you’d like to explore with faculty and peers.  While Donna teaches many intensives packed with anatomical, somatic, and developmental material, the focus of this retreat will not be in providing more “training” but rather, an opportunity to receive the kind of tender loving care that you give to your own students.

Vibrant gourmet vegetarian meals support your retreat. In between sessions, treat yourself to a massage with a Suryalila practitioner, relax at the salt water swimming pool, put your feet up and enjoy a good book while basking in the pure air of Andalusia air, or book on one of the optional excursions.

All inclusive package from ​1​1​​99.00 ​features:

  •  Six nights accommodation (​see the right column for options)
  • Three gourmet vegetarian meals a day featuring produce from Suryalila’s ​organic gardens.
  •  Active morning and Restorative afternoon Yoga class each day
  • Gaby Porter will lead afternoon sessions ​exploring our own and others’ questions, challenges, and wider aspirations - individually, in dyads, and small groups. ​The topics for these will be gathered ​​as part of your application process.
  • Optional morning meditation session
  •  Exclusive use of all facilities at Suryalila Resort including wifi Internet access, saltwater pool, ecosauna, juice bar, and outdoor dining and relaxation areas, all set in the beautiful Andalusian countryside

Additional options:

  • Suryalila has its own in-house ​Swedish, Deep Tissue, Thai Yoga, ​and Ayurvedic massage therapists. ​​These can be booked directly with Suryalila ​during the Retreat. Please note, they cannot be booked prior to the Retreat.

​Optional ​Sunday excursions: these can only be booked directly with Suryalila

  • Benamahoma River Trail ​is a 30 minute drive into the mountains of Sierra de Grazalema​, ​the 13th ​century ​border zone between the Arab Kingdom of Granada and the Christian Kingdom of Castilla. From the picturesque village of Benamahoma, ​embark on a 2 hour hike through ​the old forest. The route is shaded, gentle and easy, following the Rio Macajeite downstream. ​Take a refreshing swim; the waters ​here have been acclaimed through the centuries for their medicinal proprieties. On a lucky day, you might catch a glimpse of trout. The walk ends up in the ​village of El Bosque where you can stop for a drink or a meal at one of the cafes in the village square.
  • Hike the UNESCO biosphere reserve Garganta Verde Canyon ​(Green Gorge) in Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. This spectacular canyon has been artfully carved by the streams of the Pinar River. Famous for its lush vegetation and wildlife, it offers outstanding views​. Be prepared for an unforgettable hike, several exciting abseils, and refreshing ​swim in the Garganta Verde Canyon. The entire tour ​takes 5 hours.
  • ​Explore the stunning 'white villages' of Andalucia.
  •  Enjoy a horse ride directly from Suryalila into the surrounding countryside. The part-bred Andalucian horses living on the Suryalila grounds are owned by Conny Muennemann, who will lead your ride. There are beautiful trails to explore for 1 or 2 hour rides for all levels of experience, with all equipment provided.

Not included:

  • ​International and/or domestic travel to/from Suryalila
  • ​Travel insurance
  • ​Wine
  • ​Juice bar purchases
  • ​Shop purchases
  • ​Tours and additional options and services other than those specified ​in the above 'all inclusive' package


Thank you for taking the time to review our FAQ page before contacting us.

Donna Farhi

Donna Farhi

Donna Farhi is a Yoga teacher who has been practicing for 40 years and teaching since 1982. She is one of the most sought after guest teachers in the world, leading intensives and teacher training programs internationally. Her approach to Yoga is informed by the refinement of natural and universal movement principles that underlie safe and sustainable Yoga practice. This concentration on fundamental principles allows students of all levels of experience and from all traditions to build their own authentic Yoga practice. Considered the “teacher of teachers” students return to Donna’s intensives year after year to be a part of the inspiring evolution of Donna’s own practice and teaching.Donna is the author of four contemporary classics; The Breathing Book, Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit: A Return to Wholeness and Bringing Yoga to Life: The Everyday Practice of Enlightened Living. Her fourth book Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship is a curricular text for teaching trainings worldwide. She has been profiled in four separate publications on exceptional contemporary teachers of our time, including Yogini: The Power of Women in Yoga. After four decades of practice Donna believes that Yoga is about learning to befriend our self and to be in friendship with others as a means to building greater fellowship with all of humanity. American born, Donna now resides in Christchurch, New Zealand on a 30-acre farm.

Gaby Porter

​​​Gaby is an experienced Yoga teacher and qualified Hanna somatics education coach. She has studied and trained extensively with Donna since 2003.  Students say that Gaby meets them where they are and encourages them to discover and experience a fuller sense of self and to feel more connected with the world around them. They describe feeling accepted, supported and cared for. ‘She pays attention to each person’s needs and strengths and helps us individually to understand and extend ourselves.’

Gaby is also a facilitator, coach and mentor to people and organisations working in museums and galleries, heritage, theatre and culture. She draws on her experience of appreciative enquiry and deep thinking, inspired by the work of Nancy Kline. Kline has developed the Thinking Environment, creating the conditions in which people flourish and grow. As a qualified Thinking Environment facilitator, Gaby offers presence and a quality of profound attention in which others may think afresh about what matters most for them, break through limiting assumptions and generate powerful personal and collective intentions and actions.

Gaby lives in Manchester and sometimes on the Isle of Bute off the west coast of Scotland. She loves her family and friends, her garden, birds and nature

​Sam Loe

​Sam offers conscious movement and restorative yoga classes, private sessions, workshops and retreats in Nelson, New Zealand where she lives with her partner and two lively sons. With nearly two decades of ​Yoga practice and teaching under her belt, Sam has developed a somatic approach that involves listening deeply within and moving in sustainable ways that honour self-care. She has a great passion for encouraging and supporting people with self-practice and self-inquiry. She has studied with a wide range of international teachers from many lineages and styles, but feels blessed to have studied in depth with Donna Farhi whom she has assisted on retreats, workshops and online content over the last 10 years.  

As a certified iRest Teacher® Sam uses the non-dual teachings of Yoga to connect people with a sense of Wholeness and Wellbeing as they face life’s challenges including exhaustion, stress, chronic pain, cancer, anxiety and depression.

When not busy with householder duties and teaching ​Yoga, she enjoys getting out into nature be it via hiking, camping or mountain biking.

T​erms and Conditions

​The ​price 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). Due to arrangements made with our vacation hosts, 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.

Travel Insurance

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.


Thank you for taking the time to review our FAQ page before contacting us.