read about our Venues below. Spain is first, and then Thailand.
Our venues change depending on the season and the groups we host.
Venue - Spain
The main Olive Retreat venue* is a modestly renovated Andalusian cortijo in the countryside near Málaga, Spain. Nestled in rolling olive fields, its tranquility, comfort, clean air and nature make it a perfect detoxing environment.
We call it the Horse Venue as the large cortijo is set in pristine nature where wild horses may come along for our afternoon walks, and the sensitive, protected Spanish Imperial eagel and Leonado vultre can breed. That's the sign we look for when searching an area for a perfectly clean Olive Retreat. For all our venues we stick to the nature reserve of Sierra de las Nieves for the clean air and the water.
The setting of the venues all allow beautiful, relaxing walks or runs, exciting forest hikes, good exercise and for breathing clean air to enhance an efficient detox on a cellular and energetic level.
Also, we use venues where no toxic substances are allowed, including harmful pesticides or chemical applications, or cleaning products. We are very careful to leave a low impact, which means you can expect nature to visit us in many forms - flies, mosquitoes, wild animals, frogs, foxes, wild bores, dogs, birds of all kinds, and anything else that might appear in the countryside.
We provide complementary airport pickup from Málaga with your retreat booking. Our retreat property is a one hour drive from the Málaga airport. Once you arrive in Spain, all you need to do is sit back and relax.
Venue - Thailand
Unique, enchanting and beautifully remote, Olive Retreat leads you to a hidden gem nestled on the coast of Thailand. Set in the jungle, next to a nature preserve, yet located just a few hours from the airport, our property is located in the lovely fishing village of Khao Tao, right on a often deserted beach, and framed by fabulous mountains and temples. We have set out to leave as low an impact as possible and minimum building has taken place on the land and around the Shala where we hold our most of the classes. Toilets and showers are all outdoor, and wildlife abounds. Expect a deer to be chewing near your tent, or a peacock or dozen to come swooping down from the mountains. Two kinds of monkeys visit us often, both of them quite entertaining.
You have the choice to sleep in our amazing Prana Pods (permanent tents) for a 100% outdoor life, or in a traditional Thai Hut with veranda and ensuite toilet. We provide complimentary airport pickup and return from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport. If your flights conflict with bus times, our trusted drivers will pick you up at the airport (addition cost of 50$) and deliver you right to our property in an easy drive of approximately three hours. After the retreat, we will bring you directly back to the airport. Bus transfers are included in the price of your retreat and private cars are an additional 50$.
* Our venues change depending on the season and the groups we host.
There are many options for accommodation. One, we partner with a few beautiful neighboring resorts where you can stay in their charming casitas, or you have the choice of simple rooms in local Thai houses, as well as five star resorts. Each morning, we bring you 5 minutes down the road to our land which borders a protected forest. Two, you can choose to camp in one of our tents in a covered area on our land.
We practice morning yoga together on the beach. Then we’ll rest, eat some vitalizing breakfast, and explore the beauty of the surrounding temples, markets and more.