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St Knut Retreat


This retreat will teach you to embrace 2020 with open arms and an open heart.

Tjugondag Knut ("Twentieth Day Knut") is a traditional festival celebrated in Sweden and Finland on 13 January. At Hotel Los Castaños it has become somewhat of a tradition to extend festivities past the twelfth day and celebrate Swedish style on the 13th of January.

Christmas trees are taken down on Tjugondag jul, and the candies and cookies that decorated the tree are eaten. In Sweden, the feast held during this event is called a Knut's party (Julgransplundring, literally "Christmas tree plundering") and there is dancing involved!

To kick off your retreat we invite you to our special Knut´s dinner on your first evening. We think it is a perfect opportunity to end the festive season and look towards a New Year with hope and anticipation for change.

The retreat program is designed to help us set intentions for the coming year and the activities are intended to teach and enforce the importance of resilience and to help you find your purpose.  During this retreat we will look at practical ways to include self care into our lives such as gratitude journal writing, social media detox, decluttering. We will look at how our thoughts affect the way we live, how to take back control of them and how positive thoughts and actions can change our lives for the better.

We have also included in this retreat a full day excursion to the nearby town of Ronda. During the morning we will lead the group on a fascinating walk. Starting in San Francisco barrio the walk takes you down into the Guadalavin valley, we end up at the north end of Ronda and go along the top of the cliffs towards the Puente Nuevo and then a stroll through the old town past most of the important monuments, arriving at the 13th century Arab baths we will visit the immaculately restored site said to be the best in Spain.

Lunch will also be included at a nearby restaurant and to round off the day we include a 120 minute spa circuit in the modern version of the ancient arab baths- Aguas de Ronda.

We will of course also include our usual holistic mix of physical and mindful activities. We will treat the body with invigorating walks, pilates and aerobic exercise, delicious nutritious food and relaxing massage and also restore and renew mind and spirit with yoga, Thai massage, healing and meditation, self care rituals and inspiring connections.

You will leave armed, prepared, restored and revitalised to take on a New Year.


For a more detailed breakdown of treatments and activities see Your Retreat Experience.

You can also learn more about your accommodation  and the setting of our retreat here.

  • Arrival - Monday 13th January Departure- Friday 17th January
  • 4 nights stay in a luxurious, super comfortable ensuite room.
  • Groups will be small and intimate.
  • First night St Knut celebration dinner - including some special gifts to help you enjoy your retreat.
  • Morning and evening stretching and meditation rituals, including mindful walking.
  • Breakfast -sumptuous breakfast buffet, lunch -delicious 3-course meal and supper - light but satisfying supper to aid a good night´s sleep. All drinks and snacks.
  • Ayurvedic cooking class- led by your hostess Di- award-winning hotelier, author, world traveller and outstanding cook.
  • Group session of Reconnective Healing therapy
  • Group workshops exploring self care habits for life- gratitude journal keeping, controlling social media use, decluttering, getting organised, ways to avoid negative thinking and bring more joy into our relationships.
  • Guided walks or hikes in the local area- from gentle walks through chestnut forest to the fascinating limestone crags of "Los Riscos"
  • Day excursion to the historic town of Ronda- including a guided walk, a visit to the 13th century Arab baths, 3 course set lunch and a 120 minute spa circuit at the Aquas de Ronda hammam. 
  • Yoga and pilates- your highly experienced teachers will hold group classes during the retreat from energising to restorative-
  • Gym circuit- small but varied circuit with qualified monitor in our local gym.
  • We include one full massage per guest in your retreat- The first four guests to book will be guaranteed a session of Thai massage with Mara.
  • Use of hotel´s infra-red sauna as well as all other amenities.
  • Hand picked farewell gift bag to remember your stay!
  • Ask about our discounts or groups of 4 or more people 

We have formulated this package for you to enjoy a full and unedited retreat experience safe in the knowledge that everything is included.

Price per person based on single occupancy- 1,299 euros
Price per person sharing double room- 999 euros.

Clicking book now below will take you directly to the host webpage where you can securely reserve your place by placing a deposit of 249 euros.



On Wednesday 27th November we are opening our doors to welcome you on a singular journey- to see, to taste, to feel and to enjoy the Body, Mind and Soul experience all in one day. Meet our team, tour the fabulous hotel, see the rooms, taste the food and sample the activities. So you really can try before you buy!What is not Included:
Airport Transfer (The hotel can arrange)

Short version itinerary.pdf