About Retreat Centre
This is a multi-functional space which provides for accommodation, classes and workshops. Meals are served in the bright, open-plan communal kitchen and eating area, or outside on the patio, with wonderful views over the Mediterranean sea and local mountain ranges, including the often snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada.
From this tranquil setting one can easily access and enjoy all the facilities and beautiful natural surroundings of La Loma.
The centre is the main area where we host our courses and retreats. It is available to hire for workshops, events and eco-holidays.
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Nestled in the cave-like structure of the retreat centre are seven bedrooms. Each room has it`s own private access to the outside patios and gardens, is south facing and has a stunning view over the Mediterranean. Six of the bedrooms are twin rooms and one can sleep four people, with a maximum capacity of sixteen guests.
The rooms have a simple decor with an almost monastic feel, designed to create an ambiance of tranquility, minimalism without clutter, perfect for the true retreat experience. We provide comfortable cotton bedding, bathing and pool towels and cupboard space for belongings. All guests are provided with heavenly home-made organic soaps and other organic bathing products. We use only organic natural products here as all the shower water is recycled and used for irrigation. The bathrooms are all adjacent to the bedrooms and are made from natural clay-stone, such as is used in Arab bath houses. As the bedrooms are surrounded by earth on 2 sides they stay cool in summer and benefit from natural passive warmth from the sun in winter and can be heated by central wood-burners when needed.
The Retreat Centre has a large serene studio space, with lots of natural light, perfect for all types of classes.
Teaching equipment, tables and chairs, boards and a television screen can all be provided where necessary.
There are multiple outdoor spaces which can be used for classes year round in good weather. They all have spectacular views.
The main dining area can be easily converted into another bright, sunny learning space or classroom with wonderful views. There is also a large, modern, open-plan kitchen which makes a great place for cooking classes, demonstrations and talks related to food or nutrition.
Sustainability and Eco-building
By choosing La Loma Viva for your retreat or course you can be sure that it has a green footprint. The whole ethos of the project here is to demonstrate more regenerative living practices, in harmony with nature and valuing natural resources. The centre has been built and operates on ecological practices which reduce harm to the environment and reduces waste. We would like to show that one can live in a sustainable way, without sacrificing functionality or aesthetics. La Loma Viva is off.grid and we provide for many of our living needs on site, including water, food, energy and we re-cycle most of our waste products back into our system.
The retreat centre building is cave-like, surrounded by earth on 3 sides and benefits from that natural insulation. It is south facing, thus maintaining a fairly constant temperature all year round with minimal use of resources for lighting, heating and cooling. Hot water is supplied by solar panels. Wood burning stoves also provide hot water and heating. The interior is covered with a natural eco-plaster and painted with mineral based paints. The bathrooms floors and walls are made with a clay-stone product, similar to Tadelakt used in Arab and Turkish baths, incorporating all natural ingredients and pigments. The building is powered by solar photovoltaics.
All the water from showers and basins is re-cycled for irrigation to the gardens and all the black-water (sewage) is processed on site and further purified using specific plants in a constructed wetland. Our water is supplied by two ancient mountain springs constructed by the Moors, called gallerias or qanats (supported by a borehole when needed). Most of the rain water is collected from the roofs and hard surfaces and stored in a tank for irrigation .
We ask that guests do not use any products which may be harmful to the environment and only organic soaps, shampoos etc.