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This retreat is renowned for its supportive practices to uncover the intelligence of your body through slow flow, therapeutic movement, tension relief, breathe work and relaxation. At a large villa in middle Portugal, your own room ensuite, food to aid a healthy microbiome, pool, transfers and gift included.

Yoga

The morning yoga is slow flow style, the afternoon releasing, reframing and relaxing. The practices are carefully blended to give you an intimate but playful experience, focussing on individual areas of the body whilst being aware of how everything is interconnected. Much of what is practice will raise curiosity about what’s beyond the poses for you. “Keep in mind that when you practice yoga, you’re not practicing to improve yourself. You are perfect. The practice is there to help you know that” ~ Maty Ezraty.

Through movement and stillness your two yoga sessions a day create space to embrace what shows up; strength or weakness, overwork or neglect, joy or sadness. The most effective laboratory for self understanding is through the body, and with nature all around this is a safe place to process-through-practice and restore whatever you need.

You won’t be leaving empty handed! Apart from all the wonderful memories spending time with like minded people, you will gather a sustainable repertoire of techniques and tips on how to regularly release tension from your body. Everyone receives a gift to help with their onward journey through yoga.

All mats, props, bolsters, blankets and belts are provided and a few personal additions I’ve created along the way.

Accommodation

There are 6 large bedrooms all ensuite, air conditioned with balconies overlooking the vineyard and surrounding woods. All beds are king size except for one twin room. The rooms have comfortable seating inside and out, soap and shampoo provided. We do not charge single supplements because most guests prefer a room of their own but if friends/couple want to share we will give you a 10% discount each.

The villa overlooks its own garden and vinyard. Sun lovers can relax by the pool in a lounger, shade lovers have hammocks and quiet seating areas dotted about. A tennis court for the energetic or a walk to the river beach just 10 minutes away. We host a picnic lunch there during the week so you can dip your toes in the crystal blue-flag waters. From the villa there are many country walks or if you prefer to wander through the well serviced village you can sit at a cafe and watch rural life go by.

Juliane a highly experienced masseuse visits us twice during the retreat. Her rich knowledge and original teachings from Dr. Simeon Pressel’s means she tunes into the natural flow of your energy, blood and lymphatic liquids to make a very individual massage. She is currently studying as a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the University of Coimbra.

Food

Food is such a big part of a retreat and we enjoy growing our bespoke vegetarian/vegan menu. We serve nutrient dense meals with an emphasis on a healthy microbiome to boost your mood. We also include on retreat Kimchi & Kefir making workshops so you can learn more about the gut/brain axis and it’s importance on your wellbeing. If you have other dietary requests we will be happy to accommodate with advance warning. We offer a selection of Portuguese wines at local prices to go with your evening meal should you wish to try.

There are two large interior kitchens; the ground floor is the main kitchen with a canopy covered outside eating area. Both lunch and dinner are served here in a homely way. On the second floor is the breakfast kitchen where you will help yourself to bircher or cook up eggs – if you like to start your day quietly you have an option to eat on your balcony or as a group at the kitchen table. At anytime during the day you can help yourself to cold/hot drinks, fruit and snacks.

Schedule

8am:         Breakfast – self serve

10am:         Morning yoga; pratyahara/centering, asana practice, savasana (approx 2hrs)

1pm:        Lunch on the patio (Tuesday picnic)

2pm:        Massages – Monday & Wednesday

6pm:        Afternoon yoga; tension releasing techniques, restorative yoga & nidra (approx 1hr)

8pm:        Evening meal on the patio.

Airport Transfers

You are greeted at Lisbon airport and taken to the venue so you can relax as soon as you board your flight. This is included in the price of the retreat. We have flight arrival and departure time recommendations we can go through with you. We often check flight times and can give you on the ground information about staying in Lisbon for an afternoon or overnight. Your return journey to Lisbon is also included in the cost.

About Sweetyoga

Justine, the founder of Sweetyoga has 18 years experience of yoga. Her professional teaching qualification is from the British Wheel of Yoga. She is also registered with Yoga Alliance as an Experienced Teacher and is also with the Register of Exercise Professionals. She originally trained through the prestigious Yogacampus in London and has diligently continued her personal development with world renowned teachers. She is in study with Bo Forbes learning Integrative Yoga Therapeutics. Her students enjoy her non-dogmatic teaching style, she has a sensitive touch and good awareness for their individual needs. She is passionate about passing on her comprehensive knowledge.

My practice is space to sense, feel and embrace what my body is holding that my mind cannot express ~ Justine

What’s Included

  • round trip airport-to-venue transfers from Lisbon airport
  • full-board ensuite accommodation with your own room
  • vegetarian-vegan breakfast, lunch and evening meals freshly prepared, locally sourced
  • yoga twice a day, pace set just right for the group (newcomers to experienced)
  • afternoon picnic to the local river beach
  • Kimchi & kefir workshops
  • fruit, snacks, spring water, tea & coffee
  • lovely, tranquil environment with pool, sun loungers & local river beach
  • Sweetyoga gift to enhance your practice
  • quality yoga equipment regularly cleaned

Excludes flights, massages and incidentals like honesty bar & ice creams.

Travel insurance to be organised by each individual.