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At a large country villa in the pines of Portugal, this retreat will give you all you need to Self-Restore through yoga, heavenly food and a spacious natural setting. By adjusting to a new rhythm you will unwind residual tension to invite a greater sense of vitality in your life.

By taking yourself off on this retreat and pulling away from your full life, you will be creating time for self-understanding through yoga. The morning practices are of vinyasa style and the afternoon are restorative, reframing and releasing. The practices are carefully choreographed to give you an intimate but fun experience. Much of what you do will raise your curiosity about what’s beyond the poses whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or a newcomer to yoga. As you plug-in to your own body’s wisdom you will be less inclined to un-plug. Through that interconnection you will be shown how yoga can infuse your life and not just be limited to your mat.

Our bodies house memories, emotions and longings so to process-through-practice is a wonderful way to find greater freedom. Through movement and stillness our 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. In my opinion yoga is the perfect discipline to improve awareness – the more you practice, the more you become aware.

You won’t leave empty handed. Apart from all the wonderful memories spending time with like-minded people, you will naturally gather a sustainable repertoire of techniques and tips on how to regularly release tension from your body. You will also receive a gift from me to help you with this for your onward journey through yoga.

We only use high quality mats, props, bolsters, blankets and belts and few personal additions I’ve created along the way.

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

The villa overlooks its own garden and positioned perfectly for sunrise or sunset on the horizon. It has a pool with sun loungers and a tennis court but just a few minutes walk away is a beautifully kept river beach where you can dip your toes in the crystal blue-flag waters, try a spot of safe and easy wild swimming, or simply watch life at a slower pace from the cafe.

We organise an experienced masseuse to visit during your stay because we feel it compliments your body awareness from the practices. For those of you that like a bit of pampering, we can organise a manicure or pedicure in the comfort of your own room.

In your free time you can chill out at the villa in some of the comfy social spaces or sunbathe and swim in the pool. There is also a tennis court and a multi-media room and bicycles (you must bring your own safety helmet). 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.

We have adapted recipes from River Cottage, Jamie Oliver, Yotam Ottolenghi and added our own flair giving the meals an abundance of colour – a theme we find inspirational on all levels. We use really fresh local produce and you can stroll through the garden and help yourself to figs, apples and grapes.

Food is such a big part of our retreat and we enjoy serving our predominantly vegetarian/vegan menu. We also have many wheat free dishes available too. If you have other dietary requests we will be happy to accommodate with advance warning.

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. We serve various homemade fruit waters but if you would like to try Portuguese wines and beers we have a selection available to purchase at local prices. 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.

A quality yogi breakfast of bircher muesli, fresh fruit, eggs, toast and homemade jams is self-served from 8am. The morning yoga session starts at 10am with time afterwards for discussion and individual questions. Lunch is served at 1pm then you are free to relax until the afternoon yoga. The most popular afternoon activity is a massage which we organise and is an additional cost as is a manicure and pedicure in your own room. On top of all that you can also enjoy the atmosphere at the local river beach and go wild swimming. We regroup for the afternoon yoga session at 6pm and your evening meal is served at 8pm.

About Justine
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. She bolsters this knowledge with a biomechanical osteopath to look beyond the original texts to apply a real-world approach to her yoga. 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 and maybe introduce you to new concepts or take you deeper with things you are more familiar with.

My practice gives me space for self-work where I can look, feel and embrace what my body is holding that my mind cannot express.