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Discover Harmony with Nature: Introduction to Permaculture with Yoga Retreat at Suryalila

Next dates: 28 September to 5 October 2024


Frances Osborn, Diploma in Applied Permaculture 

Emilio Gilabert, Farm Manager

Training certified by:

Danyadara Worker Eco Farm

More info about the three week Permaculture Design Course:

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How is our Permaculture and Yoga retreat special?



Whether you want to boost your well-being or take a wellness break, our retreats provide you with the skills to live a holistic life in harmony with nature. This unique Introduction to Permaculture course with yoga will teach you how to use permaculture principles to design your own food growing systems, while nourishing mind, body and soul in the heart of Andalusia. 

Gain hands-on experience growing food and flowers in a Mediterranean climate following permaculture principles – skills which can be adapted and applied anywhere from an urban garden to a small holding.

Over one transformative week, you will embark on a retreat combining hands-on experience in the garden with classroom time where you will learn how to design sustainable systems with particular reference to soil regeneration and growing your own.  

As you learn with us, you will be welcomed into the arms of a supportive yoga community and nourished with a daily yoga session, delicious vegetarian food, dips in the salt water swimming pool, meditation, inspiring discussions, outdoor pursuits, and much more.  

Keep reading below …


We, at Danyadara, are the nonprofit sister project of Suryalila, on a mission to fight desertification in Southern Spain through using permaculture principles. Since starting in 2016, we have transformed an arid stretch of land in Andalusia into a green, organic edible landscape by planting a food forest with 5,000 saplings, creating a flourishing vegetable garden, implementing systems to harvest precious water, regenerating an organic olive grove and working with our farm animals to help manage the land and boost soil health. 

Meet Your Host

Suryalila Retreat Centre is located on the site of an ancient olive oil mill nestled at the foothills of the stunning Sierra de Grazalema National Park voted the Best Yoga Retreat in the Om Yoga Awards 2023. Directed by master yoga teacher Vidya Heisel, Suryalila is listed as one of the best retreat centres in the world and has also been awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and Travellers Choice Award.

Join Us

We are excited to share our journey with you on our Permaculture and Yoga retreat experience where you will live the magic of joining in a friendly community where all who come here are offered an experience of profound beauty, wholesomeness, well-being, human warmth, respect and care.

Danyadara Workers Eco Farm

Our Intro to Permaculture Retreat Includes:

Classroom time that will be complemented by practicals and a space for you to do your own designs, so that we can put theory into practice.

We will also take you for tours around Danyadarra and Suryalila so you can see how permaculture techniques have been applied in these spaces, as regards soil regeneration, food growing, eco-building, appropriate technologies and more!

What else?

  • Day Trips: In addition, if you stay longer, you can enjoy trips to local beauty spots such as a walk along the El Bosque River, or; a scenic hike up a well preserved Roman road from Ubrique to Benaocaz. 
  • Daily yoga practice: Through out the course, you will be welcomed into expertly taught Vinyasa and Restorative yoga classes held in Suryalila’s beautiful yoga shalas and spaces.
  • World-class vegetarian food: Enjoy delicious and nutritious organic vegetarian buffets a day lovingly prepared with seasonable produce many of them harvested from the garden as well as access to a selection of fresh fruits and beverages.
  • Great community spirit: Feel supported, nurtured and inspired within the arms of our creative, positive and international community where freedom of expression and respect for others are actively encouraged and held in the up most regard.

Watch this video about a similar course: our PDC & Eco-building movie shot by the talented BBC filmmaker Michael Reilly here!!


Frances Osborn

Frances is an ecologist with a degree in Environmental Sciences from Southampton University, UK, and a PhD in Insect Ecology from the Simón Bolívar University, Venezuela. With a Diploma in Applied Permaculture in March 2021. Frances has extensive experience in garden and agricultural systems at different scales.  She is particularly interested in soil ecology and restoration. 

Emilio Gilabert

Farm manager at Danyadara.

The search for a healthier and more respectful life choices with Mother Earth led him to train in Yoga, Meditation, Health and vegetarian cooking, organic farming and mindfulness.

His objective is to create a ‘green lung’, a ‘school of flavours of the earth’ and a native forest that recreates and shelters the ecosystem that 100 years ago reigned in this region of Spain.


Taking part in the Danyadara PDC will forever be a memorable experience. Each day outside in the beautiful landscape, observing, designing, digging, planting, watering, daydreaming! For me, the course highlighted how creative you can be within the framework of permaculture. How it can be applied in many diverse ways. Because of this, Danyadara has given me the confidence to move forward with my own future projects.

Lou Baker – University Student and Permaculture Designer

Danyadara PDC has been a learning experience on how to approach a community garden. I thought the mix of theory and practical experimental work allowed for overall skill development. All the tasks I have been involved in and the knowledge from the PDC, have helped me to see what might be necessary to living permaculture and integrating with the traditions from our culture to create a wholly balanced lifestyle. 

Sam Bruton – Farmer and Permaculture Designer

A fantastic course in a superb location, Danyadara PDC is at the forefront of reversing desertification in Andalucía. They have created a unique balance of theoretical and practical teaching. Living on site this PDC is an opportunity not to be missed.

Richard Stringer – Land Artist and Permaculture Designer

I loved everything about the one-month PDC course. I gained so much new knowledge about soil, energy, sustainability and overall knowledge about recycling energy. I am much more aware of the principles of reuse, reduce and recycle in general. I stayed in a beautiful yurt in Suryalila, and I absolutely loved the food that was served everyday. The teachers are amazing, and always available to share their knowledge. I would highly recommend everybody to take this course. 

Natasja, PDC student 2022 

I had a beautiful time doing the Permaculture Design Course at Danyadara. Having Frances Osborn and Emilio Gilabert as teachers was fantastic. They have shared so much knowledge with the group, truly amazing. A wide spectrum of subjects is being taught during the course. In the classroom as well as in the field with hands-on experiences. Emilio is not afraid to show his trials and his errors of which can be learned. This makes him a very down to earth and lovable guy. Frances always takes time to supply more information on any aspect. She is also very good at creating the right atmosphere for the group of students to grow and bond. The two make a great team, and supported by wonderful food and the relaxed atmosphere from the surroundings, this course is a true recommendation. 

If you are willing to be yourself and open up, you are in for an unforgettable time. A time of curiosity, knowledge, emotional times and a lot of laughter.


Ruud, student 2022 

Danyadara olives


Limited places!


To make a reservation, send us an email:  [email protected]

Once you have made the reservation, more info, the schedule and timetable will be sent to you.

Cancellation policy:

  • If you cancel your attendance to the course up to 8 weeks in advance, you are entitled to a full refund minus 5% admin costs and possible bank fees.
  • The 80% of the total fee will be refunded in case of cancellations made up to 8 weeks before the course start.
  • Payments are non-refundable if cancellations are made within 2
    month of the start date or once the course has started.
  • *If you need to cancel within 1 month
    before the course start, no refund will be made but you can rebook the course for other dates.

More info about the three weeks permaculture design course:

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