Chrysalis Retreat Center is the fruit of Marianne Moineau's Vision of seeding and creating a beautiful, serene haven where people from around the world would come and touch the earth and sky, within themselves and in the environment!

From the moment she fell in love with this land over 16 years ago, she has been nurturing it, sculpting it, planting the orchards and gardens, and designing the retreat spaces . . . pouring her love and energy into every inch.

She has been and continues to create a special place where people and groups can relax, rejuvenate, ignite their inner inspiration, and recreate their lives for the benefit of themselves and their friends, family and community.

Chrysalis Retreat Center is situated in a Sacred Tropical Valley in the Andalusia area of Southern Spain.

Nestled within a womb of the Sierras de Los Guájares and Almijara Mountain Ranges and overlooking the River Verde and valleys of fruit orchards below and the sparkling blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea beyond, the views are SPECTACULAR.

Chrysalis Retreat Center offers individuals and groups a peaceful, beautiful oasis vibrating with transformational energies.  The sun shines most days and night time skies are filled with stars sparkling over one of the quietest places you will ever find. 


Quiet--VERY QUIET.  There are more moments (minutes, hours) of total stillness, silence beyond silence, and pure tranquility here than imaginable.  A silence that exists in few places this close to civilization.

Less than a 1 hour drive to the cultural center of Granada and the world famous Alhambra and only a 20 minute drive through lush valleys and winding mountain roads to the charming seaside town of Almunecar, this sacred retreat land consists of 20+ terraces of avocado trees, mangoes, papayas, oranges, apples, pears, persimmons, almonds, cherimoyas, grapevines, olives, cacao and others.

Close to the white villages of Jete, Itrabo and Otivar, the main space is a two level, spacious, charming, Moorish and Andalucian style house.  Each level, connected with stairs, has its own kitchen, living and dining spaces, 2 bedrooms, and 1-2 bathrooms.

The modern country kitchens are fully equipped and large outside terraces on each level with BBQ areas and a private pool allow vacationers and retreat participants to immerse themselves in the wonders of nature all around.

We offer private catering while also encouraging retreat hosts and participants to integrate their own meal preparation into their schedule . . . it's an incredible way to bond and discover more about each other!

Retreat hosts can enjoy their own separate private bedroom with bathroom, large enough to accommodate partners.

There are indoor and outdoor areas with incredible views, perfect for yoga, meditation, t'ai chi, qigong and other movement modalities.

The house comfortably accommodates groups of 10 to 15 people depending on the privacy needed.

As an added touch, we have Masters of Ancient Arts and Sacred Sciences, including Meditation, Reiki and other Quantum Healing Modalities, Yoga, T'ai Chi and Qigong, Human Resources and Business Management, Medical Intuitive Counseling, Sound Healing, Massage (Indian Head and Foot, Raindrop Essential Oil, Deep Tissue with Softness) and more on staff whose transformational gifts and talents can be weaved within your program.

Retreat hosts and participants can also enjoy the wonders and miracles of using a John of God Crystal Light Bed, PEMF Therapy (AMP COIL shown to be effective in over 90% of people suffering with Lyme disease), and various devices to relieve back and neck pain.

We are located about 75 minutes south of Malaga International Airport. There is comfortable bus service from Malaga to Almunecar from which a taxi can be taken up the mountain to the Center. Private airport pick up can also be arranged and we have a secure parking area for those who have an auto.

Birds such as kestrels, brown eagles, hoopoe birds, honey buzzards and many other varieties seldom seen in Northern Europe these days can be seen circling and blessing this sacred land.

Points of Interest 

Traditional white Andalusian villages, founded many hundreds of years ago, are situated in the mountains about an hour drive from Chrysalis Retreat Center. 


Other nearby beauty spots include waterfalls near Otivar and the wildlife park in the Peña Escrita.


A beautiful secluded bay about 20 minutes drive away is an ideal place for enjoying the sun and swimming.  Diving enthusiasts can experience the thrill of exploring caves and the abundant sea life.  A certified diving instructor can also provide lessons for anyone or any group that wants to enjoy a diving adventure for the first time.


The Sierra Nevada is only 1 hour away, where there is skiing in the winter months.

For those who enjoy a game of golf, there is a golf course located about 15 minutes drive away in Granada Beach.

This is one of the premier spots in the world for mountain cycling!

Flea markets, supermarkets, banks and much more are all located in Almunecar.

For walkers and wild life lovers, the Sierra Almijara and the foothills of the Sierra Nevada offer some wonderful walking throughout the year.


Regardless of your purpose for coming, you will emerge from 

Chrysalis Retreat Center like a caterpillar leaves its cocoon, 

freeing itself of  ways of being, no longer useful, 


floating with ease through 

the skies of life!



Average Temperatures And Rainfall 

(Subject to Mother Nature's Divine Blessings) . . .

May, June, September and October are the most moderate months
especially for groups that want to enjoy outdoor activities.