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Well Woman Yoga Retreat - Málaga, Spain

Saturday 3 - Saturday 10 October 2020 at Santillán, Málaga in Spain

Take advantage of an amazing opportunity to spend 6 days with Birthlight founder Françoise Freedman, for a combined retreat and 50 hours teacher training course in Well Woman Yoga offered in conjunction with the Yoga Academy. The course will be based at Centro Santillán, judged to be one of the '20 best Yoga retreats in the world!'. It is close to Málaga in Spain, but a haven of peace in the countryside with sea views.
The programme will combine group classes and bespoke individual instruction. The intensive course will provide you with the key techniques to lead interactive yoga classes for women of all abilities and ages. The yoga taught on the course is a unique eclectic set of practices incorporating the principles of Yoga and Ayurveda in women’s lives.

 By the end of the week, your awareness of how yoga can contribute to women’s wellbeing will have transformed. Plus an opportunity each evening to participate in dedicated explorations of relaxation for yourself as well as for enriching your teaching.

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Why we need Well Woman Yoga

Women transform through life in cycles. The reproductive cycle, from the onset of menstruation, to childbirth and the menopause, changes bodies and psyches. Yoga can help women to make the most of their life transitions when practice is wisely adjusted to support the spirals of growth that each gateway opens.  Each new stage offers opportunities to heal new or old patterns and face current challenges, with an expanded loving connection to themselves and others. Yoga supports personal evolution. Well Woman Yoga does so in a way focused on women. At any phase or age in these cycles and spirals and at times of personal challenge, yoga can bring an unprecedented state of vitality and Wellness.

Well Woman Yoga is open to interested yoga teachers, both men and women.

Here are 5 reasons for teaching Well Woman Yoga in your community:

  • Most yoga practitioners are women, whose needs to transform their practice at times of life transitions are not met, or not met enough…

  • The increasing medicalisation of the reproductive cycle, from adolescence to motherhood (or not) and menopause creates fragmentation and alienates women from their “selves”.

  • “The body keeps the score’ (Bessel Van der Kolk). Gentle yoga can be powerful in unravelling the impact of past experiences that may causing repeat patterns that do not support wellbeing

  • Women love yoga taught in “circles of friends” with connection

  • Well Woman Yoga practices are accessible to ALL women, from all walks of life and all levels of fitness, from micro-movements in bed or on chairs to intelligent progressions tailored for advanced yoga practitioners and dancers. Increased opportunities for actual interaction across ages and stages are invariably positive.

Well Woman Yoga is not a new brand of yoga that excludes other styles of practice. It is an invitation to interweave gentle, subtle and interactive ways of teaching into your current style of teaching. Equally it often also opens up new dimensions and subtleties that may take you in new directions in your own practice and in your teaching.

Birthlight Well Woman yoga training will equip you with:

  • Fresh insights into anatomy and physiology, so you understand and can communicate how neuro-endocrinology links ancient texts of Yoga/Ayurveda with new research on women’s health using selected visual aids and tips to “see” somatic patterns

  • An extensive ‘repertoire’ of adaptations, modifications and progressive sequences developed over many years of teaching yoga to women of all ages (Asana with flow variations, pranayama, mudra, nada) 

  • Clear teaching points and contraindications aligned with evidence-based research

  • Restorative and dynamic sequences to ease breath and movement for all women.

  • The experience to sensitively explore the power of safe and caring touch in interactive yoga practice in your classes (pairs, small groups and circles)
  • Ideas of how to orchestrate your classes (or one to one sessions) to cover the whole palette of emotions women bring, using yoga to create positive awareness without words

  • Ways in which to develop your own yoga practice with new levels of self-understanding, compassion and enjoyment of life.

Well Woman Yoga qualification

This retreat course is equivalent to Well Woman Yoga Part 1 (principles and applications of yoga for women’s health and wellbeing) and Part 2 (focus on the pre-peri and post menopause stages). If you wish to gain the Well Woman Yoga qualification you will need to complete coursework consisting of two case studies (group OR one to one), a worksheet, a DVD/Book review and a home-study report.

The training can be taken further later to gain the full accredited Well Woman Yoga Diploma (Yoga Alliance Professionals). Further details>

Course tutor

Francoise Freedman retreat tutorFrançoise Freedman, a known pioneer of pregnancy and postnatal yoga, developed Well Woman Yoga in response to the needs of women who were not comfortable to return to their yoga practice after childbirth complications or when facing other reproductive challenges. The course was first offered as a module of the Yoga Therapy Diploma at the Yoga Biomedical Trust, London, before expanding into a Diploma course accredited with Yoga Alliance Professionals (50 hours).

Françoise brings her experience as a medical anthropologist (Cambridge University) and her life-time work as a yoga teacher/trainer and therapist together to make this course unique as a contribution to promote support for integrated health in the community with yoga. She is the founder of Birthlight, a UK charity aiming to support wellness before, during and after childbirth.

Françoise enjoys sharing her yoga expertise with students and members of the Yoga Academy, to which she has contributed workshops on yoga for pelvic health. Her yoga and training style are in synergy with and complementary to Simon Low’s teachings.

Françoise will be assisted by Kirsteen Ruffell, senior tutor and Birthlight Training Coordinator.

Idyllic course venue

Set in a secluded location, Santillán is an Andalusian paradise, ideally suited for the Well Woman Yoga retreat course. It’s located in the countryside, surrounded by the silence of the mountain and with wonderful sea views.
A farm of 30,000 sq meters, it is located in the peace of the Spanish countryside, and yet is conveniently only 20 minutes from Málaga airport.
The family atmosphere, the delicacy of service, gardens, small corners and interior spaces make it an ideal venue for yoga, retreats or explore meditation, deepening silence and stillness space.
Santillán is located in Rincón de la Victoria, 20 kilometers from the center of the capital of the Costa del Sol, Málaga. It is nestled in a hill overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It is only 25 km away from Málaga´s airport and the train station (RENFE) and Bus are 24 km away. Approx. €55 taxi transfer each way shared wherever possible with other participants.

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Santillán has 20 rooms, each individually styled, paying special attention to color, harmony and balance with the environment. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with magnifying mirror, hair dryer and welcome products, air-conditioning, heating and each comes with a private outdoor space, either verandah or terrace, with lovely views of the gardens, surrounding hills or down the valley to the sea.

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Accomodation prices include all food, the cost is £100 per night in shared accomodation (2 or 3 people). A single option is available at a supplement price of £20 per night. Choice of accommodation will be booked on a 'first come first served' basis.

We recommend that you arrive on Saturday 3 October afternoon by 5.00pm to be able to attend the Introductory session and dinner. Then, the course begins early on Sunday 4 October in the morning. The course will end on Saturday 10 October early afternoon.


Santillán Mediterranean, vegetarian and vegan meals are based on organic produce grown under the Spanish sun, from their gardens, local farmers, their chicken coop, fruit trees and herb garden.

They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner OR early morning fruit and tea or light snacks, brunch and dinner. Meals are usually served buffet style.

The cooks at Santillán Retreat enjoy sharing their popular Spanish-influenced healthy Mediterranean cuisine, yet are also able to cater for vegetarian, vegan and raw diets and for genuine food allergies and intolerances, such as gluten-free and dairy-free.



Early Bird

Course price £595 £695

Early bird pricing ends 30 April 2020

Accommodation (7 nights - includes food) £700
Single supplement (7 nights) - optional £200

£295 deposit payable on booking. Payment in instalments possible.


Course booking and further info

Course and accommodation booking is through Birthlight.

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Flights are not included - there are plenty of airlines going to Málaga at competitive prices.

If you have any general queries please email [email protected].

Katherine will be happy to take your call on +44 1223 362288 if you prefer booking on the phone.

If you have personal queries, please email Françoise directly ([email protected])


"Francoise is such a knowledgeable and amazing teacher. As both a scientist and experienced yoga teacher, her teachings have an authenticity that I find incredibly helpful and reassuring."     
Belinda Edwards, Jan 2020 "

The Birthlight courses come from a source of deep knowledge and authenticity. To graduate as a Wellwoman teacher under the tutelage of Francoise Freedman gives me the confidence to know that I can really help my students. Such a supportive and welcoming environment makes it a joy to study under Francoise"    
Cleo Rea, 2019

 "I have also done the wellwoman course with Francoise. It’s a wonderful course that I can’t recommend highly enough. I’ve worked successfully with woman trying to conceive, prevented woman from having surgery with prolapses, helped woman manage the side effects of menopause so that they can have a better quality of life as well as manage my own endometriosis (from used to having to take strong pain relief, which was giving me gastro problems, to now not taking any pain relief at all). It has been a life-changing course.   
Alex 'Carter' Glanville

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