A Yoga & Culinary Retreat

27 July - 2nd August ✺ Casa Erica, Málaga, Spain

with Sasha Noelle, Caro Gante & Vera Bettiol 

Join this culinary treat. Only one date this year!

This new retreat concept focuses on more elaborate menus as our two resident chefs, Caro and Sasha, join forces in the kitchen. Twice as many chefs means twice as much creative energy flowing in the kitchen! Each meal will be carefully crafted and expertly executed with a symphony of flavours. Additionally each chef will also offer one workshop/ presentation.

This retreat is perfect for everyone who loves to get spoiled and inspired! You’ll have the chance to explore incredible plant-based meals from all corners of the earth while learning some tricks of our excellent retreat chefs.

Soulful meals & a heartfelt yoga practice. 
A retreat to give yourself
a time of calm, connection, care and love.

Meet our chefs

Sasha Friess

Sasha Noelle
Plant-based chef & consultant

Sasha has been cooking for YSC Retreats in 2019 and surely this collaboration would have go on if there wasn’t the pandemic. We are very happy that she returns for summer 2023!

“It is my passion to host and nurture guests. I love when others can experience food to be both beautiful, nourishing, and nutrient dense without ever jeopardizing quality or flavor. As a mindful chef, I always work to instill all food with intention, love and care. Each dish is a form of art and magic.”

Sasha’s Workshop
Sasha will introduce you to the Art of Cacao. You will learn how to prepare a simple yet decadent cacao truffle, easy cacao bark and a savoury, raw cacao mole. All recipes are free of dairy and refined sugars.

More about Sasha


Caro Gante
Retreat chef & integrative nutrition health coach

We met Caro in 2021 and it was a match! In 2022 Caro cooked for many Retreatees a creative, detailed, diverse and always very beautifully presented menu. It is both: healthy & delicious.

Caro is passionate about food since her childhood and it is just a pleasure and so inspiring experiencing her following that passion. Her ideas about creative plant-based dishes are endless & very intuitive. Her love for nature and ingredients gets delivered through her plates.

Caro’s Workshop
Caro will introduce you to the world of fermentation.
You’ll learn about traditional fermentations such as sauerkraut as well as more modern recipes like cultured cashew cream cheese. While exploring the science of this bacteria-based process, Caro will provide you with the necessary tips and tools to make fermentation suitable for your home kitchen.

More about Caro

A culinary day at the retreat

vegan, low in gluten, 
refined sugarfree


Buckwheat waffles, vanilla cream, warm berries, pistachio brittle 


Fresh salad, seed crackers, fermented nut cheeses, spinach tarts, miso rosemary scones, stuffed mushrooms.


Kelp & Shiitake broth, roasted artichoke, preserved Lemon

Saffron Risotto, trumpet mushrooms, grilled Radicchio, candied orange

Chocolate hazelnut Lava cake with rose cream           

About the Yoga

When was the last time you chose you? This retreat is designed as a reset and is dedicated to give space to YOU so you come back home to yourself when life pulls you away, so you can choose yourself, emerging as your true self, full of self-love and acceptance.

During the full moon we will have a chance to observe and connect to the shifting energies. Lunar energy by nature is cooling, restorative, nourishing, nurturing and intuitive and invite us to slow down, go within and connect to the divine feminine energy within us. We’ll dive into the magic that resides within in our body, exploring inwards towards feeling, awareness, self-healing and peace. We combine this with an outward experience of learning and sharing with other beings, in a beautiful place, far away from our day to day.

Move your body daily with deep embodiment vinyasa yoga practices, guided breathing practices and meditation to connect to your inner world, and yin or restorative yoga to observe the shifts in energy within and music to match the rhythm of life that you seek. You will set sacred intentions, practice affirmations and gratitude, let yourself to feel your feelings and allow what is.

All this deep work will balance with free time for contemplation, entertainment for the senses with nourishing food, walks in nature, sunbathing at beach or at the pool. 

Vera Bettiol

Vera is an E-RYT 500 YA certified yoga instructor & former YTT lead. Vera is specialized in Vinyasa Yoga and has additional certifications in Aerial Yoga, Yin Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation. She was born and raised in Italy, but lived for about 15 years in San Diego, CA. She has taught classes in the U.S., Europe and India. Currently she teaches yoga at numerous studios in Italy, and travels the world leading yoga workshops and 200hrs Yoga Teacher Trainings.

Vera believes that yoga is limitless in its potential to transform and heal our lives. Her intention is to create space for everyone to move with intention and awareness to the breath & body, to turn inward, to recognize the constant transformations taking place with each breathe and to connect with the strength of the heart that’s in us all. She feel blessed and grateful to be able to share the essence of Yoga’s teachings.

When not teaching, Vera loves eating avocados, reading books, watching sunsets, spending time with family and & exploring every corner of the planet.

Yoga Video with Vera

Veras website

Vera Bettiol

Retreat offerings
○ 6 nights at Casa Erica
○ 3 vegan meals per day
○ 2 x 1,5h culinary workshops / presentations
○ vinyasa yoga in the morning 
○ meditation, pranayama
○ yin or restorative yoga in the afternoons
○ one afternoon hike 
○ water, tea & coffee

Not included
○ flight or train to Málaga
○ airport transfer to Casa Erica
○ massages, optional Workshops
○ travel insurance  (recommended)

from 1.350€

Please visit our faqs for infos about our corona policy, travel, airport transfer and much more.

all yoga equipment is available at our retreat location, as well as towels & bed linen. bring sturdy shoes or sneakers with a good grip sole for the hike & a beach/pool towel. we’ll let you know again what’s good to bring, a few days before your retreat.

check- in on thursday from 15:00, lunch snacks waiting for you // check- out on wednesday until 11:00 after breakfast

arrival & departure: group pick ups & drop offs will be organized for thursday from Málaga airport & Málaga city center. Vice versa for departure on wednesday. costs: 20€/person/way

please take a look at our faqs or send us an email. Looking forward to hearing from you.

a typical day

07.30 tea, coffee, fruit

08.30 yoga & meditation 

10.30 breakfast

reading 〰️ beach 〰️ pool 〰️ massage

15.00 lunch or snack

17.30 yoga

19.30 dinner

arrival day (thursday): check-in from 15.00,
afternoon snack, no yoga class,
19.30 dinner, 21.00 welcome circle 

departure day (wednesday): no yoga class,
9.30 breakfast, check out until 11.00

about the place

Casa Erica is where it all begun and where we host retreats since 2014. It is a home to us, which we love to share. Peacefully located on the coast of Andalusia, between Málaga and Nerja. The beach in walking distance.

What we love most about it are the pastel sunsets, the wild beaches and the laid back Andalusian mentality. Also our dog Alpha and cat Hanuman live here. More

© Yoga Spirit Circle 2024


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