Nature Discovery Weeks
Indecent! That’s how someone described the sheer numbers of wildflowers around here. And the place is abuzz with insects and butterflies and birds of all kinds. The guidebooks state with some authority that there are more than 2100 plant species in the National Park, and that an astonishing 80% of all European endemic flowers can be found within a 50 kilometre radius of Mairena. Statistics like this can be massaged to suit all purpose, as we know, but whatever the exact numbers happen to be is almost irrelevant in the context of such abundance and extravagant wilderness beauty. We’ve known this for ages,of course, though what now makes us even more keen to showcase all this wonderous diversity is the discovery of an extra special gem: Jorge. For our friend Jorge Garzon, part boffin, part charmer, is one of those special guides whose enthusiasm, nay passion, for his subject is not feigned, nor his keenness for the natural world able to mask his natural charm and wit. He’s equally at home with a class of 10 year olds, a high ranking academic or a bunch of semi-knowledgeable semi-enthusiasts like ourselves. He’s a fully-fledged (pun intended) National Park Guide, and the author of the hefty hardbacked official guide to the birds of the area. In other words the perfect teacher with whom to begin to understand some of the zoological magic and mysteries of the alpujarra.
These are the dates when Jorge will be around to guide us:
- April 6th
- April 15th
- May 16th
- June 13th
Please let us know if you are interested and we’ll get back to you with exact prices and schedules.
For more information please contact Emma and David Illsley:
Tel: +34 958 760089
Some Reviews from the Carrie Yoga 2014
"A heartfelt thank you from me too. For me, last week verged on the magical: a micro-environment where we had got it right, well, apart from some of those backward bends!"
(Carol Bang Christennsen July 2014)
"What an amazing week it was. Looking back I sometimes wonder if it was all a dream; the yoga, the cherry trees, filling our bottles with spring water, the amazing food and hospitality. Thanks so much Emma, David and Carrie."
(Sharon Rigby July 2014)
"Thank you once again to Emma and David for a fab week, with lots of variety of activity. Loved the walks in the Sierra Nevada and more locally. Of course, I really enjoyed the visit to Lola's weaving emporium. I felt completely at home there and could have stayed put!! Relaxing by the pool, reading, eating cherries, and, of course, the main activity of the day - yoga - all made for a really enjoyable week."And here's a link to another on Trip Advisor
(Carrie Granthan July 2014)
Ashtanga yoga with Kia Naddermier 2015.
Enjoy a week of yoga at Las Chimeneas. Twice daily yoga sessions; in the morning at the Chimeneas organic farm under the olive and fruit trees, and in the evening in a lovely light room looking down over the valley as the sun sets. Specific dates and itinerary are yet to be determined for 2015.
Please e-mail us for more information and for availability
Emma and David Illsley
Tel: 0034 958 760089
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