Santillán Retreat has three spacious fully-equipped uniquely designed yoga salas, two indoor and our amazing new outdoor Garden Sala.
The Yoga Studios at Santillan
Santillán’s three spacious studios are fully equipped with a complete range of professional yoga teaching and practice props.
The golden aura designed Carlo Classic studio looks down the valley to the sea, and has a 24-station Great Yoga Wall (originally inspired by BKS Iyengar), wooden floor, quadraphonic sound, wood-pellet burning stove, infra-red panels, and an extensive collection of yoga props.
Studio Andaluz is a large traditional Andalucian salón with two wood-burning fireplaces making for cozy winter restoratives, and thick stone walls for a cool space in the hottest of summers. Overlooking the pine garden and on to the sea, Studio Andaluz is a very peaceful studio and has been used for meditation retreats for many years.
The new outdoor Garden Sala is a 170 sq metre outdoor covered sala with views all around to gardens, the valley & hills and on to the sea. Recently built in the same style at the Patio Andaluz, this glorious and versatile space, with variable-coloured lighting and access to yoga props, can be used for outdoor classes, dances, weddings and shaded relaxation.
The retreats and trainings presented at Santillán have free use of all the yoga props and facilities, while The Great Yoga Wall has powerful therapeutic potential offering a fresh, very effective and highly technical approach to alignment-based yoga.
Some of the world’s most informed and inspiring teachers lead retreats and trainings at Santillán, including Martha Peterson, Mimi Kuo-Deemer, Michelle Pernetta, Bridget Woods-Kramer, Leela Miller, Martin Zilbauer, Simon Turner, Ulrica Norberg, Adelene Cheong, Anji Gopal, Susi Hately and Santillan Retreat’s resident yoga teacher and co-founder Simon Low. Yoga schools and studios like The Yoga Academy and YogaMoves (Holland) run teacher trainings and ongoing training retreats at Santillán. See our calendar page for forthcoming retreats and trainings.
Santillán is also becoming Spain’s top yoga destination for Spanish language retreats and trainings. Enrique Moya, Danilo Hernandez, Angelo XXXX, and Diana Moya are regular workshop and retreat teachers for day, weekend and week-long retreats with tuition primarily in Spanish.
Visited by the Dalai Lama himself on a monastic passage through Spain, Santillan is renowned for its peaceful, spacious and supportive environment for yoga, meditation, chi kung, coaching, creativity and activity retreats.
Carlo Classic Studio
Our main yoga studio was designed by Tana and internationally renowned yoga teacher and trainer, Simon Low. This spacious state-of-the-art 170 m2 yoga sala has beautiful sea views and huge south-facing windows, allowing you to practice yoga while enjoying sunsets, sea views, and appreciating the natural beauty of Santillan’s valley location.
This yoga studio, with its sprung, thermally insulated wooden floor has 24 stations on the The Great Wall, all the essential yoga props of the highest available quality, and attention to detail that makes it truly one of the most outstanding yoga studios in Europe, resulting in an enhanced experience for students and teachers.
The Carlo Classic studio is equipped with the following:
- Spacious 170m2 studio
- A sprung, thermally insulated wooden floor
- All necessary yoga props: 6 mm thick yoga mats, foam blocks, wooden blocks, belts, bolsters, blankets, sandbags, chairs and wooden slant boards
- 24 stations on the The Great Wall, from the world’s leading ‘yoga rope wall’ manufacturer with detachable yoga wall belts, which can be used at five different heights on the wall
- Ceiling fans
- Biomass heating
- Led lighting with dimmer controls
- Quadraphonic sound system
- Two large quartz crystal singing bowls, Tibetan bells and a range of sou d instruments, tea light holders, incense holders
- Chalk bags
- Plastic skeleton, white board, tv monitor
Studio Andaluz is a 70m2 salón with a gabled roof, wooden floor, traditional walls and beams, and two open wood burning fireplaces. Looking out into the shaded pine garden the studio is cool in summer and toasty warm in winter with the open fires burning. This offers second indoor space for teacher trainings and retreats, a separate meditation space, viewing, or meeting hall. There is a pull-down screen for a projector, a sound system and lighting options.
The outdoor garden sala was built in 2021 and offers 170 sq metres of covered practice, dance, dining or gathering space with views all around the valley, gardens and to the sea. The Garden Sala is a wonderful location for outdoor morning and afternoon practice to the natural sounds of our peaceful valley.