Whether you visit Suryalila Retreat Centre as a guest, a yoga teacher trainee or a volunteer, this is the definitive list of things to do at Suryalila…
- Gorge yourself on the delicious food and tell yourself it’s fine because it’s all so damned healthy. Vow to eat more lightly the next meal, then go back for seconds. And thirds.
- Do yoga at 8am and feel virtuous and smug all day. Make sure everyone knows about it.
- Conversely, miss one early morning yoga class to lie in. Even hardcore yogis deserve a day off. And it’s cool to be a yoga rebel. Fact.
- Borrow a deeply spiritual book from the bookshelf in the hall and convince yourself that it will change your life.
- Laze by the pool pretending to read said deeply spiritual book, then doze and hope it enters your consciousness via some miracle of osmotic transference instead.
- Take photos of yourself doing the fanciest looking yoga postures you can think of in the Om Dome then immediately post them on Instagram. #Suryalila. It’d be a waste not to.
- Walk to the ruins wearing inappropriate footwear. Who brings hiking boots to a yoga retreat anyway?
- Tear yourself away from Suryalila for the day to visit Prado Del Rey and enjoy the ridiculously cheap vino and tapas at Carmen’s.
- Speak Spanish, even just a little. You are in Spain after all. Practise on the donkey if you’re too nervous to try the staff.
- Eat the vegan rice milk ice cream. Just trust me on this one.
- Promise to transform your lifestyle when you go home. Daily yoga, meditation, reading and clean, fresh organic vegetarian food cooked from scratch can’t be so hard to keep up, right?
- Book a return trip before you even leave so you know it’s not goodbye forever.
Fellow Suryalila fans, let me know what I’ve missed!