Finca Vinyent, Benisa -
The Training is held at the stunning 16th century Finca Vinyent, 3 kms outside of Benisa, Costa Blanca, Spain. The Finca is midway between the airports of Alicante (80kms) and Valencia (100kms) most low cost Airlines fly to both airports and prices are usually very reasonable, especially when booked in advance. We strongly recommend Alicante Airport as there is a shuttle bus with Beni Connect that will bring you from the airport directly to Benisa. Check in time is 4pm if making your own way, check out time is 10am.
Zorahaima Waibel, founder and director of the “Finca Vinyent” Yoga-Retreats and Health Care Center has been teaching Yoga for more than 20 years. She is the Founder of the first Yoga Vidya Center in Zurich-Oerlikon in cooperation with the BYV-Yoga Vidya Germany. Later, she founded the "Institute IAVEL" in Zurich-West and one in Zürich-Dielsdorf in order to impart the vedic and asian knowledges in fields like vedic philosophy, sanskrit, ayurveda courses and therapies, yoga, tai chi, qi gong as well to offer therapies in alternative medicine fields. She lives for most of the year in Switzerland. She teaches with great joy, sharing her knowledge and experience within the country and abroad.
Finca Vinyent is set in 25,000 sq meters of grounds, 3kms from the town of Benisa, so there is plenty of space for everyone to find a quiet spot. The Retreat Centre is also a gated property and for the peace and tranquility of all, starting at 'quiet time' at 10pm and continuing til 7am, the gates are locked for security purposes and we ask that all students are back on the property by this time. Zorahaima and her staff also live on site should there be an emergency.
The Finca has a new 80m2 Yoga studio, a large 12x8 swimming pool, sunloungers and poolside kitchen and seating area. There is also a student lounge, wonderful original stone walled courtyard with seating area and fountain, chill out zone, and patios are dotted around the 25,000sq metre grounds.
Your booking includes all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) including on your free days. The ovo-lacto Vegetarian food is lovingly prepared to ensure balanced nutition and sourced locally where ever possible. Finca Vinyent has a small kitchen, so unfortunately they are unable to prepare special meals. If you are on a special diet please arrange to bring your own supplements, however as a Vegetarian Retreat Centre for the harmony of all, they cannot allow meat or fish on site.
The Local Area -
Benisa is the nearest town to the Finca Vinyent and just 5 minutes away by car. A traditional Spanish town, the streets slope gently downhill towards the coast. It has one main long street shaded with orange trees, and it seems a million miles away from the bustle of the big coastal resorts.
Benisa boasts several lovely old houses and mansions of Moorish design. The huge church of Purisima known as La Cathedral de la Manna dominates the central square, which is planted with palms and cooled by fountains.
At the top of the town stands the peaceful Fransciscan Convento de la Purisima, plus the Ethnological Museum in the 15th century agricultural exchange (called the Lonja). More Informations click Benisa
The town of Jalon with its blue domed church is just 10 minutes drive from Finca Vinyent. It is the main town in the Jalon valley and famous for the Almond blossom in Spring. Jalon has a lively shopping centre selling local produce, particularly on market day (Tuesday) there is also a variety of Shops, bodegas, bars, and restaurants. Every Saturday morning (your day off) the riverbank is the venue for the ‘Rastro’ (2nd hand fair/car boot sale) which is well worth a visit.
From here the valley narrows and the villages become more scattered. When the coast is sweltering in the summer heat it is very tempting for the cool of the hills. This is an excellent hiking area, and also challenging for the keen cyclist.
Calpe is 15 minutes drive from the Finca Vinyent. It is the ideal place to get a good feel of the coast with well stocked cheerful shops, outdoor restaurants and is well known for its sporting facilities with pedaloes, wind surfing and jet skiing all common activities here.
Calpe has two splendid sandy beaches, both awarded the blue flag. You can take a boat trip around the mighty Peñon de Ifach, which stands 332m above sea level, or take a stroll near the salt flats behind the town.
This former fishing village, with its churches, towers, wall and museums was particularly stalwart during the years of the Berber pirate invasion, so much so that Carlos V dubbed it "muy heroica villa". For photos, more information and a great video click Calpe
Altea is 20 minutes drive from the Finca Vinyent. Sheltered and encircled by sleepy hills, Altea stumbles down the slopes below the blue-tiled domed Church of la Virgen de la Consuelo, which sits at the highest point of the picturesque old village like a cherry topping a cake.
A Roman settlement, the original fishing village was restored by a colony of artists in the 1950's and a variety of painters, craftsmen and potters are still amongst its inhabitants. Their sense of style spills into the sleepy white streets, shaded by orange trees, festooned by geraniums and lined with tempting boutiques.
The beach is backed by a pleasant palm lined esplanade, which has a wide range of restaurants. For more information click Altea
Free Days -
During the 200hr Therapeutic Mindful Hatha Yoga course you get 2 full free days and we can arrange a taxi to take you down to a local market or down to the coast.
Getting here -
Apart from the recommended shuttle bus from Alicante Airport, there is a good local bus service to Benisa. Car Hire is an easy option with lots of companies situated at the Airports and it often works out less expensive than a private taxi to and from the Airport. Try www.rentalcars.com
Driving times from the Airport to Finca Vinyent are approximately 1.08hrs from Alicante and 1.22hrs from Valencia. The yellow road on the map is the motorway and from the Benissa exit to The Dome is approximately 15 minutes drive. Once here there are lots of driving routes for you to explore. For driving directions please contact us.
We will also send you some Essential Booking Information once you have booked your course and can assist you with finding bus times when you have your flight options. Once students flight details have been received, we also look to see if anyone can travel to Finca Vinyent together.