Casa de Carrasco is a small yoga retreat hosting a maximum of 16 guests at any time. We´re also a 10 acre, family run olive and almond grove nestled into the Mediterranean mountains just 12 miles from the Spanish Costa Daurada.
We harvest organic produce year round and we also host organic farm volunteers from around the world.
Sarah Good, our resident Sivananda Yoga teacher, has been practicing yoga for 13 years. Since her first class in California with Max Thomas, an inspiring and acomplished 70 yr old Iyengar teacher, she has enjoyed exploring many forms of yoga through her own dedicated personal practice at home in Spain and overseas.
Sarah trained as a Sivananda yoga teacher five years ago, and the experiential fusion of asanas, kirtan and pranayama literally changed her life. From this personal awakening comes her desire to share and offer yoga’s gifts to as many students as possible. The ‘Affordable Yoga Retreat’ concept was born and can now be enjoyed by many guests at our yoga retreat in Spain.
Sarah currently enjoys offering local classes to students within the local Spanish community, to visitors staying at the coastal hotels, and at home with Casa de Carrasco Yoga retreats’ guests. You will find her teaching style relaxing, while encouraging you to reach your full potential through daily challenges.
Casa de Carrasco Organic Olive Farm
Each year, as Autumn arrives we pack away the safari tents and roll up the yoga mats in preparation for the olive harvest.
Before harvest time we need to mow and weed ten acres of terraces to allow the olive nets to sit on the ground underneath the trees. Then at harvest time we lay the nets down, hit the olive trees repeatedly with a heavy stick (!) to knock the fruit from the tree, and also prune the overgrown branches.
When the olives have landed on our nets we then bag them up, drive off to the private olive mill in a nearby village and book a slot of time to get our olives pressed. Just 24 hrs later we can then collect our beautiful golden organic extra virgin olive oil and celebrate with a feast of all things olivey!
Organic olive oil from our farm can be purchased in the farm shop and makes a great souvenir!
We also accept volunteers from around the world for two weeks at the end of November to help us complete the olive harvest, and also during the months that we operate as a Yoga Retreat.
Chris Watson a volunteer from Chigago, USA says..
“I volunteered and spent 2 ½ months, the majority of the summer at Casa de Carrasco Yoga Retreat. It was a privilege to spend that much time in such a beautiful place. Thank you. Sarah was an extremely gracious host. Getting to know Sarah and her retreat is an experience that I will treasure for the rest of my life. During the evenings, as the sun was setting behind the mountains, Sarah, other volunteers, and myself would sit outside and have dinner. We would have all sorts of conversations about travelling, food, and yoga. My favorite conversations…well that was when Sarah would tell us stories from the past six years that she has lived at the retreat. She would tell us of how everything looked before all the hard work was done. I could see that Sarah was extremely passionate about her retreat. Sarah told me that before there was a pool, a bar, a shower block, and yoga deck there was olive trees and land. Sometimes I sat there and wondered how Sarah and Martin got so much done so quickly. Hearing these stories made me feel like the retreat was coming alive with character. One night while talking with Martin he showed me his pictures…pictures of what the place originally looked like. It was amazing to see those images. I then realized how much blood, sweat, and tears went into this retreat. I learned a valuable lesson this past summer, it you want something out of life…you have to make it happen! I will never forget Casa de Carrasco.