Cortijo Romero



This is a holiday centre like no other, nestled among spectacular mountains in enclosed gardens. Almost all visitors comment upon its harmony, beauty and ambience. Set in the Sierra Nevada region of Spain, Cortijo Romero boasts the sunniest climate in Europe.

Cortijo Romero (CR) guests usually want something different to conventional holidays – a bit deeper, more authentic, personal and meaningful. Almost all want to be in a glorious natural environment, connecting with like-minded people. They wish to widen their horizons, learn more about themselves and others, acquire new skills, explore new possibilities, solve life problems or find a new direction. Many have demanding jobs and need time to de-stress and refresh and some are going through a transition in their lives.

This is a place to be nurtured and refreshed ~ Find new friends and a deeper sense of yourself ~ Drop the roles, the status games and having to look good ~ Try things you’ve never done before and have some enjoyable surprises ~ Develop more confidence ~ Feel more able to take risks and be better able to go after your dreams.

There are a diverse range of workshops available at CR and I attended one entitled ‘Riding the Winds of Change’ presented by facilitator Judi Ledward. Made up of sixteen participants, the group came together each day to explore ways to create the life they truly desired, using play, practical exercises, meditations and group-work.

Judi is an extremely skilled workshop leader with a wealth of experience and it was fascinating to watch her leading the group. She gave everyone the opportunity to work with the support of the group, although there was certainly no pressure to do so. I sensed those that chose to do so benefited enormously from the process, as did many of the other group members.

The CR staff are extremely helpful and friendly and many guests return here year after year, some claiming it’s like a second home to them. Participants are generally solo travellers and are also very friendly. Special moments on this holiday included outdoor morning yoga overlooking the mountains, inspiring conversations sitting under the stars at night and one rather amazing chocolate cake!

The food at CR is vegetarian and is exceptional. It’s prepared using local and organic produce where possible.

The aim of spending time at CR is to give yourself a true holiday – many say it is the best of their life – where you take back far more than a suntan and souvenirs.

Listen to me in conversation with a selection of the Cortijo Romero workshop leaders and discover your perfect workshop…


Malcolm has been a group and individual psychotherapist since 1985. He trains other therapists, was a co-founder of “Alternatives” in London, has had two Channel Four television series and is the author of “Falling in Love/ Staying in Love”.


An incredibly intuitive life & relationship coach and tantra teacher, Jan incorporates a strong spiritual emphasis into her work. The themes of sexual healing, self-acceptance, forgiveness and loving kindness are central to Jan’s life and work.


Alison has taught improvisation, drama and comedy for over 25 years, to people of all ages and levels of ability. She has worked as a television and radio presenter for the BBC and was a stand-up comic for several years in her 20s.


Through his own deep understanding of energy work and meditation, Jason has passed on the benefits of vitality, natural health, inner strength, and inner peace and balance to all those who have trained with him.


Charlotte is a highly experienced and award-winning nutritional therapist, yoga teacher and author. She lectures for The Minded Institute and writes for Om Magazine, Healthista and What Doctor’s Don’t Tell You


A director of the Centre for Systemic Constellations and a leading British practitioner for both personal and leadership work, Ed has over 16 years experience of leading groups and helping people find and unfold their unique creative potential.


Judy now guides the young and old to optimal pain-free movement and uses a unique blend of slow, gentle movement with various awareness techniques to help her students relieve chronic pain and access personal and professional success.


The core of Jessica’s work centres around the exploration of the human condition through creative processes, believing that in doing so we can access ‘something greater (that) surges in the soul’ and in the unconscious.


Ken Scott is a highly revered photographer (self-taught over thirty-five years). He has Photography Distinctions from the ARPS (Associate of the Royal Photographic Society) and is currently judging advisor to the Southern Counties Photographic Federation.


Alison aims to create a suitable environment for meditation that feels safe and supportive. Into this space, she gently introduces mindfulness in a way that the practice can generate insights, help us know and trust our intuition, and trigger positive change.


Catherine is a best-selling children’s-book illustrator and author. Her workshops empower individuals and bring them together, using the arts, to create a safe, playful and supportive environment to explore creativity and expression


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