Welcome to Alaya Retreat Centre
Alaya Retreat Centre
An idyllic space to calm the mind in the Penedés wine region of Barcelona
Alaya Retreat Centre
The yoga shala takes our breath away

Welcome to Alaya Retreat Centre

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The Alaya Retreat Centre is located in a 150 year old, recently renovated wine farm(“Cal Pau Cruset”) at 45 minutes from Barcelona. We are surrounded by vineyards and a large garden with fruits, olive and almond trees. Our beautiful ‘Masia’ (winefarm) consists of 3 private villas, 1 large villa, and the 120 m² yoga shala. The beautiful 4×12 m² swimming pool is located at the far end of the garden between the fruit and palm trees. There is a wellness centre with a jacuzzi and a sauna near the swimming pool area as well. It is an inspiring, idyllic and peaceful place that can accommodate yoga retreats, meditation groups, and workshops of all kind.

For retreat organizers we offer:

  • A marvellous sala of 120 m² with natural light from 4 directions with an oak wooden floor.
  • A 120 m² roof terrace with views over the Penedes wine region which can be used for yoga or meditation.
  • Accommodation for 50 people at 40 minutes from Barcelona, Spain in an old wine farm with beautiful rooms with views on vineyards, some luxurious with jacuzzi, some simpler to adjust to any budget.
  • Peace of mind that our facilities will be loved by your participants and you can focus on the contents of your retreat while we will take care of the rest.
  • Delicious vegetarian food sourced from local vendors all freshly prepared without the use of any preprocessed ingredients.
  • A 12 x 4 m² pool with a small wellness centre with jacuzzi, sauna and a fireplace to relax.
  • Extra services like massages, healings, sound therapy with quartz bowls and reiki sessions.
  • A chillout area with pillows with a screen and monitor to watch movies with a fireplace or play our djembes and other percussion instruments.


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Our beautiful centre offers several varieties of accommodation depending on the needs and budgets of our guests. The houses are bright and airy, decorated in a comfortable and welcoming way, giving a nice Mediterranean flavior.

We offer

  • Rooms (shared bathroom)
  • Rooms (private bathroom)
  • Dorm
  • Luxury jacuzzi suites

Alaya Healing Centre

Therapies, healing and other sessions


Yoga is not for the flexible, it is for the willing


Because some questions can't be answered by Google


A good weekend starts with a positive attitude and a great massage

Coaching with horses

Coaching with horses


Your body's ability to heal is greater than anyone has permitted you to believe

Horse Riding

Connect with our beautiful rescue horses by riding through the vineyards


From waterfalls to quarrys, the Penedes region is full of breathtaking adventures

Quartz sound bowl healings

Quartz sound bowl healings


“Healings for Animals by Humans and For Humans By Animals”

We offer energy healing and coaching for animals and people:

  • Reiki treatments and healing for animals and people
  • Quartz bowl treatment for animals and humans
  • Systemic coaching assisted by horses for individuals and teams
  • Meditation with horses for humans
  • Various massage techniques for humans

Ellen Christiaanse – Founder

Ellen took her first yoga classes at age 14. At that age she wanted to become a vet. After that she was a bit distracted for about 30 years by doing a master in psychology and a doctorate in Information Systems at Harvard and MIT and working for many years in the academic and consulting world. From 2005 on she started to focus again on what life was really about and educated herself in healing techniques and in 2008 left her academic career as an Associate Professor of Information Systems to dedicate herself to build ALAYA Retreat Centre at Masia Cal Pau Cruset, near Barcelona, Spain.

She has worked with groups for over 20 years. She completed 2 years of the Four Cycles TM integrated healing program (http://www.cuatrociclos.com) and in 2006 obtained her master in Reiki which allows her to teach reiki to other students and work as a reiki healer. In addition she participated in a first level teacher training of Yin Yoga and has a diploma in sound therapy level I and II, to give healing with Quartz Bowls. Since 2017 she educated herself as a horse assisted coach and animal reiki healer. With this her circle was completed and she is now happily doing healings on horses, sloths, dogs, cats, donkeys, leopards, lapas, ant eaters, squirrels, monkeys, scorpions, bees and humans.

Currently she is the owner of Alaya Retreat Centre where retreats are held on a variety of topics like yoga, meditation, detox, tantra, healing, hiking, mindfulnes and coaching.

The team working with Ellen

Daiana: Certified massage therapist
Pierluigi: Yoga instructor, Reiki healer



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We believe that the most important ingredients to good food are: love, dedication, creativity, happiness, generosity and olive oil.
We ensure that our guests eat healthy and tasteful food. The meals we offer are prepared with fresh, seasonal, and, for the most part, locally grown and produced ingredients. We can provide vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, lactose free and dietetic food.
We ensure that our guests eat healthy and tasteful food. The meals we offer are prepared with fresh, seasonal, and, for the most part, locally grown and produced ingredients. We can provide vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, lactose free and dietetic food.

Warm dishes

  • Cream soups with vegetables from the season
  • Risottos with mushrooms and chitakes
  • Ratatouille with thyme and rosemary
  • Caramelized carrots
  • Spinach with almonds and raisins
  • Roasted potatoes with rosemary
  • Vegetable pies
  • Stuffed courgettes with oregano
  • Cous cous with seasonal vegies
  • Bulgur with roasted vegetables
  • Rice croquettes with dzaiziki ( greek yoghurt sauce)
  • Quiches
  • Pizza
  • Rice with curry and tofu
  • Vegetarian burgers
  • Glazed onions with raisins

Cold dishes

  • Gazpachos of different types (cold Spanish soups of tomato, red beets etc.)
  • Rice salads
  • Salad buffets
  • Tomatoes with oregano
  • Pasta salads
  • Vegan mayonnaise of carrots
  • Bean salads
  • Green salad with gomasio
  • Salad of mung beans with red beets
  • Vegetable pates


  • Chocolate cake
  • Lemon mouse
  • Roasted apples with cinnamon
  • Crumble pies with cherries or apple
  • Lemon cake
  • Chocolate mouse
  • Ice-cream with warm cherries

Home made (ice) teas

  • Ellen´s Energizer: Fresh ginger-lemon with honey
  • Maria´s secret: Maria Luisa from our garden with some secret spices
  • Magical Mint: Mint-lemon from our garden
  • Green Delight: green tea and mint with a dash of lemon
  • Minty Morroccan but not with as much sugar as the Moroccans add…. 😉
  • Indian Chais

Home made smoothies

  • Orange Delight: carrot-ginger-apple
  • Grape Gossip: grapes, apple, mint
  • Red Rooster: beet roots, red pepper and celery and others (depending on season)


We regularly run different retreats, festivals, workshops and sessions at our centre. We offer services at Alaya Retreat Centre and we also collaborate with a number of world known teachers who during the year, hold their activities at our Masia. To learn more about upcoming events and workshops please visit our facebook page.

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