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8 Days Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Aljezur, Portugal

Meditation and 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 with acro yoga workshop and photoshoot
  • 1x Group sound healing with a professional sound healer
  • 1x Yin Yoga
  • 2x hatha yoga class on deck
  • Mindful walk in natural park
  • Alkaline water, herbal tea and fruit available during the day
  • Daily healthy breakfast buffet
  • Home cooked vegetarian dinners and 2 nights off

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 9
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Accommodation

You will be staying a private double room or shared dormitory (the dormitory accommodates 2 to 4 persons). The peaceful property is located in an urbanisation 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 coast line, is in only 5-minute walking distance of the accommodation, while the closest beach is only 2,5km away.

The house 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 salt water 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.

Prana Casa Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Algarve, Portugal Program

Every morning will start with an energizing yoga class from one of Prada Casa's highly experienced yoga teachers, ranging from Hatha, Yin to Vinyaasa yoga, followed by a wholesome and varied breakfast. Surfers are then picked up by local surf instructors to spend the day catching waves on one of the beautiful local beaches. The day is then topped off with evening class which will be a restorative yoga class, a special Yoga Nidra session or a sunset nature walk to make sure you will get to see some part of the famous Rota Vicentina trail and witness the sun setting in the ocean. In the end of the day the group sits down to enjoy a freshly home cooked dinner and share stories of the day.

When taking a day off from surfing, you can choose to spend the day either relaxing by the pool, working on your own practice, or enjoying one of the many activities available through Prana Casa. These include mountain biking, hiking, surfing, horse riding, and more and can be arranged before or upon arrival.

Sample daily schedule

DAY 1: SATURDAY

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

DAY 2: SUNDAY

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

DAY 3: MONDAY

  • 09:30 Yoga and pranayama
  • 11:00 Brunch
  • 12.00 Mindful walk in natural park followed by free time and dinner in local restaurant (at ur own costs)

DAY 4: TUESDAY

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

DAY 5: WEDNESDAY

  • 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: THURSDAY

  • 08:00 Yoga and pranayama
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • FREE TIME
  • 17:00 Yoga on the deck
  • 19:30 Dinner

DAY 7: FRIDAY

  • 08:00 Yoga and pranayama
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • FREE TIME
  • 17:00 Yoga on the deck
  • 19:00 Dinner

DAY 8: SATURDAY

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 check out

Instructors

Eveline
Shivshakti Yoga Institute Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Hatha Yoga)
Eve has done several studies: a Teacher Training Course with the emphasis on anatomy and physiology, a Back Pain Management course at SHIVSHAKTI YOGA INSTITUTE (www.drvenkysyoga.com) and a traditional Indian Hatha TTC at Yog Vidya Gurukul in India. Her ambition is not only to teach but mainly to inspire people to integrate yoga in their daily life.

Location

The retreat will take place in Portugal's least developed region, the western Algarve, in the middle of the stunning Costa Vicentina Natural Park. The area boasts nationally protected nature reserves, pristine beaches, wild coastlines, and dramatic jagged cliffs. The peaceful village of the Casa is only a five minute drive to the nearest beaches famous for their excellent surf, and a five minute walk to the Fisherman's coastal trail for hiking.

Food

Guests will enjoy home cooked, wholesome and balanced, vegetarian breakfasts and evening meals during their stay. On the chef's night off, guests can explore the incredible local cuisine the area has to offer. On a walking distance you will find a small supermarket and also some cheap restaurants to get your lunch/snacks.

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

Things to do (optional)

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 nested 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 centre 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 colourful 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 colourful flowers. It is such a different perspective to glide over two meters above the ground - soundless, if not for the rhythmic and smooth clopping 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) bot suitable for all levels.

Horse back 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 customised for all levels of ability. You can meander through colourful 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

Spa treatments

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

What's included

  • 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
  • Mindful walk in natural park
  • Daily Yoga classes
  • Daily Pranayama classes
  • 1x Yoga Nidra class (sleeping meditation)
  • 1x Beach yoga with AcroYoga workshop
  • 1x Group sound healing with a professional sound healer
  • 1x Yin Yoga
  • 2x Afternoon Hatha class on the deck

What's not included

  • Lunch, but feel free to prepare a sandwich during breakfast
  • 2 nights dinners
  • Transfers
  • Snacks

How to get there

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
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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.

 
Pricing information

From February to July and October except for school holidays, the price starts from 656 EUR. During school holidays and July, August, and September, the price starts from 792 EUR.

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