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Are you craving some time out from the daily grind?

Do you want to slow down and reconnect with yourself, remembering what it’s like to be fully present and ‘in the moment’?

By intentionally carving out time for spaciousness, we can step away from the daily grind of jostling for positions of recognition or material success, which distracts us from our true sense of peace and joy.

Even if we have been restless our whole life, we can take back control at any point and learn how to wake up from sleepwalking through life and become fully present.

My Rebalance & Reconnect Retreat will set you on the right path.

Rebalance & Reconnect Retreat

19th  -22nd October 2019

Estoi, Portugal (15 mins from Faro)

Through the practice of mindfulness in yoga and meditation, we can learn to cherish the simple things in life, and form deeper and more authentic connections, not only with ourselves but with our friends and families.

You will come away from the retreat feeling liberated, lighter and inspired to live a little differently…

“There is beauty calling to us everyday, every hour, but we are rarely in a position to listen. To be alive and walk on the Earth is a miracle, and yet most of us are running as if there were some better place to get to.” Thich Nhat Hanh

The Yoga

Morning Practice

Morning practice will be a dynamic vinyasa flow, focusing on asana alignment and technique … can you think of a better way to start the day than bringing movement into the body?  Depending on how the class flows, we may take the time to break down one or two postures more deeply in a workshop style class, or just continue exploring and building our strength and flexibility.

Evening Practice

Evening practice will be deeply nourishing, and peaceful… a slower and more mindful practice. We’ll take the time to surrender into postures, so you can be truly present with yourself.

During shavasana (relaxation) and the special one hour yoga nidra and sound healing workshop, you will be bathed with the healing sounds of Tibetan singing bowls, and gongs, which is an amazing experience! On the most basic level, sound healing brings about a deep state of relaxation, allowing your unconscious to process and heal. You will be sure to sleep soundly afterwards!

What’s Included?

  • 4 morning, 4 evening yoga classes

  • A bonus Yoga Nidra and Sound Healing Workshop

  • Guidance and advise on how to develop your own personal practice, through careful in-class adjustments

  • 3 nights Luxury Accommodation at the beautiful Palacio de Estoi (with the comfiest beds ever!)

  • Access to Hotel Pools (indoor and outdoor), Steam Room and Sauna

  • Access to Hotel Spa treatments (book and pay with Spa reception)

  • Daily breakfast. A Portuguese buffet of everything you could ever wish for; fresh fruits, pastries, yoghurt, bread, cheeses, jam etc. as well as numerous cooked breakfast options.

  • Welcome Drinks and Canapes

  • Retreat goody bag


Please contact me ahead of the retreat to book any additional sessions with me, that might enhance your retreat experience.

  • Private/ Couples Yoga Classes: time to go deeper into certain postures, focus on correct technique, or deep relaxation – your choice

  • Private Healing Treatments

  • Reiki, Energetic or Sound Healing

Please book your own return flights to Faro, to arrive at Palace de Estoi by 3/4pm on 19th Oct, and depart any time from 12 noon onwards on 22nd Oct. Palace de Estoi is a 15 minute taxi ride from Faro airport.

About the Pink Palace in Estoi (your retreat home)

Beautiful things take time to build, and this is perhaps especially true for the Pink Palace, located in the small village of Estoi. In 1840, a local Algarve aristocrat, of the Carvalhal family, started building the Pousada Palacio de Estoi. However, by the time of the aristocrat’s death – several decades later – the palace was still nothing but a beautiful ruin, a half-made dream.

In 1893, the unfinished palace was bought by a wealthy landowner from Beja. He spent a fortune finishing the grand estate, and in 1909 the Pink Palace could finally celebrate its completion. The opening of the Pink Palace in Estoi was celebrated with a massive party that took place in May the same year. The celebration was apparently so wild that people spoke about it for years after. Unfortunately, a few decades later, the privately owned palace closed its doors and the wealthy family moved away for good. The Pink Palace was once again a beautiful ruin.

In 2009 that Pousada Palacio de Estoi once again opened its doors – this time as a luxury hotel and your retreat home.


£444 shared occupancy

£614 single occupancy

Contact me to book: c.critoph@outlook.com