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8 Days SUP and Yoga Retreat Portugal

  • Butterfly House, Quelfes, Olhao, Algarve, Portugal

8 Days SUP and Yoga Retreat Portugal

  • Butterfly House, Quelfes, Olhao, Algarve, Portugal

Relaxing Yoga Holiday Portugal

If you believe that life is about balance between rest and movement, fun and relaxation, challenge and recovery, land and sea, then this retreat could be for you. Join other like-minded souls for a 8-day retreat by the stunning beaches and islands of the Algarve just as it’s starting to get cold over here again. October is the perfect time in Portugal. There will be plenty of sunshine, mild enough to do yoga outside, and the sea is warmer than at other times of year, so perfect for water sports.


  • 4 SUP lessons
  • Daily flow yoga classes
  • Gorgeous view of Algarve
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Daily nourishing meals
  • A trip with picnic
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Butterfly House comprises of three neighbouring quintas set in the peaceful countryside and situated a few steps away from each other. The place has lovely gardens and areas in which you can relax, two swimming pools, and the communal areas in which the guests can move freely between each of them.

The Butterfly House is usually where the yoga sessions and treatments take place. The gorgeous weather of the Algarve means on most days you can practice outdoors. For those of you who want to practice in inner city studios, it will be a truly liberating experience.

All bedrooms are spacious and comfortable with double beds and are aimed at single person occupancy, or for couples to share. For those who want to prepare their own meals or snacks, each villa has a fully equipped kitchen and barbecue area.

Shared apartments

This consists of large double room, 2 single beds, and shared bathroom. In the upstairs, there is glass-fronted mezzanine room which consists of 2 single beds with shared bathroom.

Private rooms

You can choose to stay either in a double-bed room with en-suite or shared bathroom. Single and double occupancy are available.

This retreat is designed with a programme of yoga classes for the week to compliment your SUP sessions, and leave you feeling refreshed and revitalised. You will have the opportunity to use the outdoor yoga platform which is surrounded by beautiful countryside and the sound of bird song. The SUP lessons are for four days of the week, run by a local water sports school.

Your retreat will include one away trip. All pick-ups and picnics are provided.

  • Gillie Sutherland

    Gillie has been studying the field of well-being for 20 years.

Your retreat will take place at Butterfly House. It is located in the Algarve in southern Portugal. It is just on the edge of Ria Formosa Nature Park with its sand dunes and estuary. The surrounding countryside is bursting with life. For most of the year, wild flowers provide a colourful background and the air is scented with orange blossom and wild herbs.

The Butterfly House has extensive grounds, which can be explored and guests are welcome to help themselves to whatever fruits are in season. The local beach of Fuzeta is popular for SUP and kitesurfing. The beautiful islands of Culatra, Armona, and Farol are all accessible by ferry from the historic fishing town of Olhao, just 5 minutes away from the yoga centre by car.

Nearby places

  • Faro Airport (FAO) - 20 minutes
  • Islands of Culatra, Armona, and Farol - 5 minutes by car

You will be served three nourishing meals a day, cooked by a local chef specialising in healthy Ayurvedic-inspired cookery made from fresh and seasonal ingredients. Bottled water is also available all day.

  • Ayurvedic treatments
  • Boat trips 
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Kitesurfing
  • 1 trip (pick-ups and picnics provided)
  • 3 daily nourishing meals
  • 4 SUP lessons (all equipment included)
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Daily flow yoga classes

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO). Flights to Faro are cheap and available from several major as well as local airports, from as little as 80 GBP return, such as Exeter, Bristol, Gatwick, Stanstead, Manchester, Liverpool, and Glasgow.


  • Review by A traveler
    9 out of 10

    "Gillie is a fantastic teacher who makes everyone feel comfortable, and her yoga is incredible! Aerial yoga is an absolute must try for everyone-I can't get enough of it!"

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  • Review by A traveler
    9 out of 10

    "Another wonderful, fun, happy SUP yoga session. Despite the waves and the weather there were smiling faces throughout. Wouldn't have been half as much fun without Gillie's positive, encouraging instruction. A great way to start the weekend, making the most of what beautiful Devon has to offer."

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  • Review by Ute Behr from United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

    "Gillie is an experienced, thoroughly trained, and truly passionate yoga teacher. I have attended her classes and workshops for several months now, and the atmosphere she provides there is enthusiastic, positive, supportive, inclusive, non-competitive, and, most of all, just plain fun. Her yoga instructions are based on Gandhi's "no harm" philosophy, so she makes sure that her clients learn to respect their own limitations, which she supports with offering different options to certain poses based on your level. She also corrects postures where she sees that people might overstretch themselves. Her classes are rather addictive and her special weekend retreats are lovingly organised. Lots of attention to detail."

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  • Review by Tom Youle
    9 out of 10

    "Amazing weekend retreat. Great variety of yoga, best ever massage, windswept walk, nourishing and tasty food, lovely company, and cosy fireside evenings. Gillie has a great teaching style combing thorough knowledge of the postures and anatomical impact with an infectious love of the activity. She also makes sure that everyone works within their individual limits. I cannot remember ever enjoying yoga this much!"

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  • Review by Valeria Molotova from United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

    "Thank you, Gillie, for a beautiful wild yoga weekend! We both enjoyed every single moment of it. Thank you for sharing your beautiful heart and light with us. Namaste."

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