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6 Days Inspiring Yoga Retreat in Aljezur, Portugal

Overview

Inspiring Yoga Retreat in Algarve, Portugal

Join Prana Casa in this retreat focused on reuniting you with your true self through community, yoga practice, pranayama, wholesome food, sound healing and meditation. During this retreat, you will enjoy your stay in a a typical Portuguese house in an urbanisation in a stunning natural park in the South West Coast of Portugal, where you will be surrounded by the beautiful beaches, dramatic cliffs, and lush greenery. Prana Casa will do everything to make sure you feel like it’s your home away from home and help you te be (re)inspired to integrate yoga in your daily life.

Highlights

  • Daily Hatha yoga classes
  • Daily Pranayama classes
  • 1x Yoga nidra class (sleeping meditation)
  • 1x Beach yoga
  • 1x Group sound healing with professional sound healer
  • Mindful walk in natural park
  • Alkaline water, herbal tea & fruit available during the day
  • Daily healthy breakfast buffet
  • Home cooked vegetarian dinners & 2 nights off

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 9.

Styles

  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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You will be staying in a shared double room with shared bathroom or a 4 pers bedroom with ensuite bathroom. The peaceful property is located in an urbanization in the middle of the Costa Vicentina Natural Park, on the west coast of the Atlantic Ocean. The entrance to the Rota Vicentina trail, the old fisherman's trail that follows the coastline, is within an only 5-minute walking distance of the accommodation.

The retreat features three bedrooms, of which two doubles (25-meter squares) with a shared bathroom, and one large dorm room (35-meter squares) with an attached bathroom (four sleepers). The house itself has a large garden boasting shady olive trees and an extended herb and vegetable garden. A saltwater swimming pool allows guests to sunbathe and relax while talking with friends and fellow guests. On most days, yoga classes will take place on the wooden yoga deck in the garden, while bad weather sees the class head indoors.

In this week we will share with you some of the yoga philosophy and will deepen your practice and knowledge following the traditional teachings and the science behind yoga.

We will introduce you to yoga Nidra (sleeping meditation), guide you on a mindful nature walk, balance the energy in a group sound healing and a definite high light of the week: meet you on the beach for a beautiful sunset/sunrise beach yoga.

During the day you will have enough time for yourself: you can go to the beach, relax at our salt water pool, go for a walk in the national park, book a horse ride tour, take a mountain bike ride, book surf classes or treat yourself with an hour relaxing massage. If you rent a car you can visit the beautiful area.

After this week you will feel rejuvenated in your body, more peaceful in your mind, have learned new things of yoga, of yourself, have made some beautiful new friends and know how to integrate yoga into your daily life!

Here follows an indication of the timing and schedule:

DAY 1: FRIDAY

  • 16:00 (or later) Check in
  • 19:00 Dinner and introduction

DAY 2: SATURDAY

  • 08:00 Yoga and pranayama
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • FREE TIME
  • 17:00 Yin yoga
  • 18:30 Dinner in silence

DAY 3: SUNDAY

  • 09:30 Yoga and pranayama
  • 11:00 Brunch
  • 12.00 Mindful walk in natural park followed by free time and dinner in local restaurant to choice

DAY 4: MONDAY

  • 08:00 Yoga and pranayama
  • 09:30 Breakfast followed
  • FREE TIME
  • 17:00 Beach yoga, workshop AcroYoga, and photo shoot
  • 19:30 Dinner

DAY 5: TUESDAY

  • 08:00 Yoga and pranayama
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • FREE TIME
  • 17.00 GROUP SOUND HEALING
  • 19:30 Optional veggie/fish barbecue and fire pit night (extra costs)

DAY 6: WEDNESDAY

  • 08:00 Yoga Nidra SLEEP meditation
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 10.00 Check out

The retreat will take place in Portugal's least developed region, the western Algarve. Algarve boasts nationally protected nature reserves, pristine beaches, wild coastlines, and dramatic jagged cliffs. The region is also home to Europes southwestern most point, Cabo de So Vicente (Cape St Vincent). All this is only 30 kilometers from the busy southern Algarve coast!

Nearby places

  • Arrifana beach - 5 minutes drive
  • Amoreira beach - 5 minutes drive
  • Monte Clerigo beach - 5 minutes drive
  • Rota Vicentina trail - 5 minutes walk

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Every day is a healthy breakfast buffet. You will be provided with home cooked vegetarian dinners and 2 nights off, which allows you to try one of the nearby local restaurants and one night we will offer a fire pit night with Veggie or Fish barbecue (extra costs). Alkaline water, herbal tea, fruit are available during the day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

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

Free activity from your doorstep

Hiking the Rota Vicentina, the fisherman's trail. Tracking right next to the coastline, the Rota Vicentina follows the trails used by locals to reach the beaches and hot fishing spots. It is a single track along the cliffs with plenty of sand, which can only be explored by foot. Since the accommodation is nestled in the Costa Vicentina natural park, Prana Casa recommends you discover some parts of the famous Rota Vicentina.

Visiting Aljezur and surroundings by car or even local bus

The closest town from the accommodation is Aljezur, a beautiful representation of the untouched Algarve. Enjoy beautiful natural landscapes, where donkeys work the land, cowbells tinkle on the plains and some of the best beaches in Portugal await you.

Situated in the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park, the large natural park that extends along the western coast of the Algarve, Aljezur is a small agricultural town lying on the fertile plains that border the Aljezur river. The hilltop ruins of a 10th Century Moorish castle dominate the historic town center and afford beautiful panoramic views of cork oak and pine woods, fields sprinkled with wild flowers and the sea in the distance.

The old town spreading down the hillside is a charming mix of cobbled streets and whitewashed houses, with the characteristic colorful trimmings around the windows. The newer part of town was established in the 18th century to relocate the population after the destruction caused by the 1755 earthquake, and lies at a short distance from the hill on the other side of the river.

Heading out of town, it is hard to decide what is more appealing, the countryside or the coastline. Other beautiful nearby villages are Carrepateira, Bordeira, Odeceixe or the mountains on Monchique. Let the team of Prana Casa advice you.

Massage

Treat yourself with a massage at Prana Casa, share your wishes and we will find you the right offer.

Horse carriage riding (max five persons):

There really is just one word to describe a carriage ride: relaxing! The calm horse pulling the elegant wooden carriage through our beautiful village. See individual villas with international decor, several garden designs and colorful flowers. It is such a different perspective to glide over two meters above the ground - soundless, if not for the rhythmic and smooth clipping of a horses hooves. Nice to share with your fellow guests!

Surf classes

The classes include transfer, material, three hours instruction from a local surf school who thinks quality is more important than quantity! Everyone gets to stand up on the board!

The Algarve was the last major European surf region to be explored and is getting very popular. Prana Casa is close to Monte Clerigo and Arrifana beach (three kilometers) boot suitable for all levels.

Horseback riding

Set your spirit free and learn to trust the beautiful nature of a horse.

MTB rental

The Southwest has a wide network of mainly unmapped dirt tracks that are great fun to explore on a (mountain) bike, with trips customized for all levels of ability. You can meander through colorful drifts of spring flowers and forests or see the ripening grapes and wheat fields in the autumn. Visit archaeological sites, fantastic beaches, and unspoiled villages as you pedal along some of the quietest roads in Europe. The more adventurous choose to ride a mountain bike as in this part of Portugal, most roads are still unpaved, so you can go on forever and just follow your nose.

Dolphin watching tour

Enjoy a dolphin seeing tour in Lagos. To get there, you will need to use the public transport or rental car

On site wellness practitioners and massage therapists are available for an extra cost. Please inquire to Prana Casa for more information.

  • Accommodation in shared or private double room
  • Alkaline water, herbal tea, and fruit available during the day
  • Every day healthy breakfast buffet
  • Home cooked vegetarian dinners and 2 nights off
  • Mindfull walk in natural park
  • 6 x yoga classes
  • 6 x pranayama classes
  • 1 x yoga Nidra class (sleeping meditation)
  • 1 x beach yoga
  • 1 x group sound healing with a professional sound healer
  • Lunch, but feel free to prepare a sandwich during breakfast
  • 2 nights dinners
  • Transfers
  • Snacks

Arrival by airplane

There are various airports to fly into, the closest one being Faro Airport. From here, an hour and 15 minute trip by car takes you to the west coast. You may also take a train or bus to Lagos, and then a taxi to the location. Prana Casa can happily arrange either a taxi and rental car for you.

There are also cheap flights flying to Lisbon (three hours drive) and Seville (Spain), and there is good public transportation from there to Lagos which takes around four hours.

Distances

  • Faro Airport - one hour and 15 minutes

Algarve Region, Portugal

Prana Casa offers different yoga retreat, yoga teacher training, and yoga and surf retreat programs for groups and individuals in Portugal.

Speaks English

  • Availability: The Meditation Retreats of this organizer are available 80% of the time.
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6 days / 5 nights

Special offer

Contact Prana Casa to ask for a discount when staying shorter or the supplement for extending your stay. Price is subject to season and school holidays.

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