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YOUR ESSENCE

You are strong and soft, courageous and determined…you are passive and fierce…you are persistent and fearful…you share and connect, feel and express…you are nurturing and receptive.

You are full of grace, beauty and love.

During this intimate women’s retreat we journey together to tap deeper into these characteristics. Through movement, breath, stillness, intention, sharing, connecting, nature, and sisterhood, you’ll be invited to unleash your essence and live in the radiance of your femininity.

What do you want to create?
How can you use fear to propel yourself forward?
What does self-care mean to you?
What if you let go of the negative self-narrative?
How do you move through discomfort with an open heart?
Do you communicate your boundaries?
Are you nourishing your being?
What’s holding you back from pursuing your goals?
What if you let go of the past?
Are you fully claiming your sexual power?
How do you maintain strength through adversity?

We explore these concepts and other women related themes throughout the week’s practices and activities. You’ll cultivate them through daily asana classes (vinyasa in the mornings, and hatha flow or yin with Reiki in the evenings), 3 workshops including discussion, journaling, visualization and partner work, 2 hikes with meditation, and 2 evening sharing circles. On September 14th, we collectively harness the power of the feminine with a full moon meditation to ignite our essence.

Whether you feel quite empowered already or ready to leap more fully into your being,
YOUR ESSENCE Yoga Retreat welcomes all women no matter where you are on your path.

“A strong woman is one who feels deeply and loves fiercely. Her tears flow as abundantly as her laughter. A strong woman is both soft and powerful, she is both practical and spiritual. A strong woman in her essence is a gift to the world.”

ACCOMMODATION & LOCATION

Prana Casa is a peaceful private villa located on the southwest coast of the Algarve region of Portugal. Being situated along the pristine Costa Vicentina National Park on the Atlantic Ocean lends a perfect opportunity for an immersion into nature.

Accommodating up to 8 guests between 3 rooms allows for a more intimate experience of sharing and connection. Two rooms have 2 twin beds each and share a bathroom between them, and the third room has 2 twin beds and 1 bunk bed with an ensuite bathroom. Towels and linen are provided.

The property consists of a saltwater pool, sunbeds, landscaped grounds and meditation garden, fire pit, indoor/outdoor dining areas, spacious living room, and outdoor yoga deck. Mats, straps, blocks and blankets are provided.

All vegetarian meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are prepared by a local chef using fresh ingredients.
A day excursion includes lunch at a local restaurant. Please inform me of any food allergies ahead of time.

Optional self-care treatments such as massage and Reiki are available, as well as optional activities including mountain biking, horseback riding, and surfing. All may be arranged through Prana Casa for additonal fees.
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Three world famous beaches (Arrifana, Amoreira and Monte Clerigo) are within a 5 minute drive or 30 minute walk from the retreat, and several beautiful hiking trails are nearby. Aljezur (5km away) is a small market town lying on fertile plains bordering the Aljezur river. The hilltop ruins of a 10th century Moorish castle dominate the center of town, and gives magnificent views of the surrounding landscape and sea.

There is a small supermarket, a few restaurants, and a bar all within a few 100m of the property.

GETTING THERE

The closest airport is Faro Airport.
An airport transfer from here is included with travel time of approximately 1.5 hours.

In order to maximize the number of guests per transfer, you may be asked to wait for a specified time. Pickup times will be coordinated based on flight arrivals closer to the retreat start date.

Alternatively, if flying into Lisbon you can take a bus to Aljezur and then a short taxi ride to Prana Casa. There are 2 busses that run to Aljezur, and travel time is about 4 hours. If you choose this option, bus (17€) and taxi (12€) fees are not included in the retreat price. Costs are approximate.

If you require a return transfer, it can be booked through Prana Casa for an additional fee.

All guests are responsible for checking their country’s visa requirements and fees for entering Portugal.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

7 nights accommodation
13 yoga classes
3 workshops
2 sharing circles
2 hikes w/ meditation
1 full moon meditation
1 excursion*
Daily vegetarian meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)**
Airport pickup (Faro)
WiFi

*day trip exploring the pristine Algarve region, details to be determined closer to retreat start date
*only dinner on arrival day and breakfast on departure

DAILY SCHEDULE

Monday 9/9
15:00-19:00 Arrival
19:00-20:00 Dinner

Tuesday 9/10
7:30-9:00 Vinyasa
9:00-10:00 Breakfast
10:00-11:30 Workshop
13:00-14:00 Lunch
17:30-18:30 Beach Hatha Flow
19:00-20:00 Dinner
20:00-21:00 Sharing Circle

Wednesday 9/11
7:30-9:00 Vinyasa
9:00-10:00 Breakfast
10:00-13:00 Hiking & Meditation
13:00-14:00 Lunch
17:30-18:30 Yin w/ Reiki
19:00-20:00 Dinner

Thursday 9/12
7:30-9:00 Vinyasa
9:00-10:00 Breakfast
10:00-11:30 Workshop
13:00-14:00 Lunch
17:30-18:30 Beach Hatha Flow
19:00-20:00 Dinner
20:00-21:00 Sharing Circle

Friday 9/13
7:30-9:00 Vinyasa
9:00-10:00 Breakfast
10:00-17:00 Excursion w/ lunch
17:30-18:30 Hatha Flow
19:00-20:00 Dinner

Saturday 9/14
7:30-9:00 Vinyasa
9:00-10:00 Breakfast
10:00-11:30 Workshop
13:00-14:00 Lunch
17:30-18:30 Yin w/ Reiki
19:00-20:00 Dinner
20:00-21:00 Full Moon Meditation

Sunday 9/15
7:30-9:00 Vinyasa
9:00-10:00 Breakfast
10:00-13:00 Hiking & Meditation
13:00-14:00 Lunch
17:30-18:30 Beach Hatha Flow
19:00-20:00 Dinner
20:00-21:00 Closing Ritual

Monday 9/16
7:00-8:30 Vinyasa
8:30-9:30 Breakfast
10:00 Departure

PRICE

$1395
per person
Quadruple occupancy w/ ensuite bathroom
Bunk Bed
(Room has 2 twin beds & 1 bunk bed)

$1415
per person
Quadruple occupancy w/ ensuite bathroom
Twin Bed
(Room has 2 twin beds & 1 bunk bed)

$1495
per person
(only 1 left!)
Double occupancy w/ shared bathroom
Twin Bed
(4 twin beds between 2 rooms)

BOOKING

$150 BOOKING DISCOUNT
CODE: HAPPYTRAVEL
(offer ends June 30th)

$500 non-refundable deposit due at booking to reserve your space
Balance due August 1, 2019

Any bookings after August 1 must be paid in full

CANCELLATION POLICY

50% balance refund within 35 days of retreat start date
No refunds within 20 days of retreat start date

NOT INCLUDED

Airfare | Airport return | Travel insurance | Gratuities | Local transport
Optional activities & services | Currency conversion fees | Credit card process fee