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7 Days Summer Yoga Retreat in the Heart of Nature, Portugal

Summer Nature and Yoga Retreat Portugal

All difficulty levels
Instruction in English
Maximum 12 participants
All meals included
Airport transfer available

Follow the ocean call and dive into beautiful Portuguese summer time. Join your hosts Antonio and Lisa in their magical nature getaway and unwind with daily yoga classes, meditation sessions, concentration and breathing exercises, and a lot of fun and sunny moments. During this retreat you will stretch, prepare, and relax your body and top of your week with delicious healthy food,beautiful hikes, adventures, outdoor activities and new friends. It's time to escape city life and relax surrounded by cliffs, waterfalls, forest, river and Portugal's sandy beaches.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Concentration and breathing exercises
  • Hike and sunset meditation on top of a nearby mountain
  • Time to explore the surroundings
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily healthy meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 12

Airport transfer available:
Lisbon Portela Airport (US$111 per person)

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Accommodation

Finding the ideal location for our retreat was always our top priority. With Naturarte Campo we have found the perfect accommodation that combines nature and peaceful surroundings with high-quality, beautifully decorated rooms and facilities.

Located in the Vicentine Nature Park the hotel offers a peaceful and calm accommodation for nature lovers and a break from busy city life. The living and dining rooms, yoga room, swimming pool, tennis court and an orchard with an outdoor bed offer the perfect facilities to relax and enjoy. At Naturarte, every room is decorated individually inspired by traditional Portuguese architecture.

Program

Our program is carefully designed to combine yoga and relaxation with unforgettable outdoor activities that show you the most beautiful nature of southwest Portugal.

Our day will start and end with different kinds of yoga classes. However, what makes this retreat so unique is that you can personalize your program as we offer plenty of free time to try exciting activities such as kayaking in the Mira River, surfing, hiking and horse riding, discovering hidden waterfalls, enjoying a massage or going to the beach or just reading a book and relaxing by the pool. On this retreat, every day will bring a new unique experience that you won’t forget.

DAY 1

  • 16:00 - 17:00 Welcome with snacks and drinks
  • 18:00 - 19:00 “Stretch out the trip” Yoga session
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Vegetarian dinner

DAY 2 TO DAY 6

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Morning meditation and yoga session
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Breakfast
  • 11:00 - 13:00 Free time for activities or rest
  • 13:00 -14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 18:00 Free time for activities or rest
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Yoga session
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Vegetarian dinner

DAY 6

On day 6 we will be doing a hike and unique meditation session on top of the nearby mountain. With a breath-taking view of the river and ocean, we will be watching the sunset and reflect on our goals in life. This is our favorite day because it will end with a delicious farewell barbecue with traditional Portuguese products: wine, cheese, local bread, grilled fish from the market (for the non-vegetarian). Portuguese music, dance and good vibes will make this an unforgettable evening.

DAY 7

We will start our last day slightly later with a special yoga class. Subsequently, our cook will spoil us with a delicious brunch after which participants have time to pack their bags and relax before the transfer takes them home at 13:00 (depending on participant's flights times)

Instructors

Antonio
Antonio was born in Lisbon. He did a teacher training in Hatha yoga in 2000 at the Lusa Yoga Association, and founded the Algés Yoga Center in 2003. He attended several workshops, such as Vedanta Philosophy with Swami Dayananda, Iyengar yoga, and Ashtanga and Dynamic yoga classes. He surfs and practices yoga daily, and his goal is to provide a fantastic experience for the people who share the same things in order to find harmony, enjoy nature, and have a break from the demands of everyday life.

Location

Our retreat offers the exceptional opportunity to discover Portugal’s beauty beyond its main touristic cities. The southwest Alentejo coast is one of the most astonishing natural landscapes in Portugal. Enjoy its untouched beauty with us in a small Portuguese village called São Luis. Located in the Vicentine Nature Park, our retreat has a unique combination of natural wonders: the mountains of Cercal, the Mira River, and the Atlantic Ocean.

Although having the amazing benefits of a peaceful nature experience, the beautiful beaches can be reached within only a short driving distance (10-20 min), some of which are vast and very popular (such as Malhão, Aivados, Zambujeira do Mar and Almograve), and others which are small and practically deserted, even in the summer. On the river Mira, which passes close by, it is possible to practice a variety of water sports away from the ocean waves and in close contact with a peaceful landscape.

Food

During this retreat, you will enjoy three daily vegetarian meals. The menu is thoughtfully chosen with the help of a nutritionist and includes a power-breakfast and a light lunch, which can be taken to the activities as a picnic, and a dinner rich in nutrients.

The ingredients may include freshly pressed juices, refined with mint from the garden and homemade energy bars to give you energy between yoga and activities.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Hike in the Rota Vincentina

You can hike through the available routes of the famous Rota Vicentina where you will enjoy different hiking scenarios, from the rugged and wild coastline to the countryside hills, also small and characteristic Portuguese villages and the natural park.

Horse riding

Horse lovers can enjoy high-quality riding lessons, as there exist stables within the accommodation’s grounds. Depending on the level of experience, horse riding trips are available in the local equestrian center, the surrounding fields, along the river or coastline.

Kayaking in the Mira river

Paddle in one of the cleanest rivers in Europe or go on a guided day-long adventure to the heart of Alentejo where you can discover off the beaten track waterfalls.

Take a workshop

There are several theme workshops offered at an additional cost. Some of the options include a nutrition, tile painting, or meditation workshop among others.

Surfing

Enjoy a high-quality surf lesson with one of the best surf schools in Portugal. If you are a beginner or simply want to strengthen your existing skills, the beaches surrounding the retreat center offer the perfect conditions and waves for every level!

Ayurvedic massage

Free your mind and body in a 90-minute Ayurvedic massage with our specialist Tiago. After assessing your type (dosha) Tiago uses specific oils and massage techniques that are especially effective and relaxing for you.

What's included

  • 2 x daily yoga classes (including meditation, breathing and concentration exercises)
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All meals, snacks, and drinks
  • Meditation workshop
  • Farewell barbecue and party
  • Sunset meditation on top of the nearby mountain
  • Hikes along the coastline
  • One special activity: surf, horse riding, kayak, or SUP
  • Local transfer to all activities

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfer

How to get there

Arrival by airplane: Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS)

Wide Ocean Retreat transfer: We provide direct transfers from Lisbon (189km) which is a two-hour drive. The transfer will leave Lisbon on the retreat start day at 14:00 from the airport.

Arrival by airplane: Faro Airport (FAO)

You can also choose to arrive at the Algarve International Airport (Faro, 150km) but we advise to check with us for airport transfer availability in advance as this may not be guaranteed.

Arrival by bus

Bus: You can also take a bus from Lisbon (Sete Rios) to Vila Nova de Milfontes (about 18€), where we will pick you up and take you to the retreat place for free.

Important information

Our airport transfer leaves Lisbon airport at 14h00 on the retreat starting date. Please book your plane ticket to arrive earlier, or contact us if you need to come the day before and need to stay one night with our hotel/guesthouse partners in Lisbon

On the last day of the retreat, the transfer will arrive at Lisbon airport no earlier than 10h30. Please book your flights accordingly.

Airport: Lisbon Portela Airport Airport transfer available: Lisbon Portela Airport (US$111 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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