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tiny & Vast: a week long yoga retreat in south west portugal 

SAturday 8 June -  sATURDAY 15 june 2019

Let's consider the idea that the infinitely tiny and infinitely vast coexist simultaneously all the time.  That the macrocosmic vastness of the universe is contained in the tiniest microcosmic expressions of nature. That tuning in to nature or our inner experience with a sense of curiosity and wonderment can be a gateway to remembering ourselves as the vast, bright, beautiful beings that we inherently are.  

"This is the Self within my heart: smaller than a grain of rice, or a corn of barley, or a mustard seed, or a grain of millet, or the kernel of a grain of millet.  This is the Self within my heart: more vast than the earth, more vast than the atmosphere, more vast than the heavens, more vast than all these worlds". 

From the Chandogya Upanishad 3.14.1 - 3 translated by William K. Mahony

 Sunrise.  Photo: Gemma Bannister

Sunrise.  Photo: Gemma Bannister

This yoga retreat is an immersion into a wide range of practices from yoga and embodied movement practices that generously offer us different ways to come home to our vast selves. With a full week to slowly un-hold our daily habits and routines, we have time to feel our natural rhythms resurface, to allow the nervous system to rebalance, and to down regulate from city life.  We have space to immerse ourselves in the practice, exploring philosophy, yoga asana, embodied movement principles, chanting and the yoga of sound, meditation and breath work. 

Monte da Orada is an incredibly magical retreat centre and organic farm nestled into a green valley near beautiful surf beaches in south west Portugal.  The hum of nature, birdsong, exquisite starry skies, the sound of the frogs from the bio pool, the river running near,  the mountains and the green everywhere offer us the most spectacular setting for our retreat experience.  It is also near beautiful beaches and cliff side walks for adventures, sunbathing and surfing. 

 Nestled into Nature.  

Nestled into Nature.  

The retreat is designed to offer a space in which yoga practitioners can take their practice deeper in a held, beautiful space.  On this retreat you can enjoy:

  • Twice daily asana practice (both explorative, dynamic and creative vinyasa flow and restorative, somatic practice) with one day off on Wednesday to have a beach day/ surf/ relax 
  • Morning sessions: guided meditation, chanting, pranayama (breathing exercises) and kriyas (morning practices)
  • Integrated yoga philosophy discussion/ lectures
  • A range of specialist complimentary therapies with experienced therapists
  • Sunset chanting and sacred sound
  • 3 organic, beautiful and balanced vegan meals a day 
  • A Thai yoga massage workshop
  • Deep relaxation & quiet time
  • Meeting wonderful people and cultivating a sense of community
  • Free time to swim in the natural pool, hike, go to the beach, surf, swim, read...

This is a open level retreat with lots of options during asana class.  You can just come as you are and enjoy. 

 The meditation temple.  Photo: Gemma bannister 

The meditation temple.  Photo: Gemma bannister 

"O green caterpillar, you are solemnly using your body to measure the length of the rose branch that grew last Summer. Everyone says that you, my beloved, were just born this Spring. Tell me, how long have you been around? Why wait until this moment to reveal yourself to me, carrying with you that smile which is so silent and so deep? O caterpillar, suns, moons, and stars flow out each time I exhale. Who knows that the infinitely large must be found in your tiny body?" 

—from Call Me By My True Names: The Collected Poems of Thich Nhat Hanh

 Practice Room.  Photo: Gemma Bannister

Practice Room.  Photo: Gemma Bannister

Example Day

  • 7.30 am Morning Practices
  • 9.00 am Light breakfast
  • 11-13.00 Morning Asana 
  • 13.15 Lunch
  • 14.00 Pool, beach, surf, massage, read... 
  • 18.00-19.30 Evening Asana
  • 20.00 Dinner
  • 9.30-10.00 Meditation/ Camp fire/ Chant/ 

 

 

 Sparks of Fire.  Photo: Gemma Bannister

Sparks of Fire.  Photo: Gemma Bannister

Accommodation

Accommodation ranges from private ensuite rooms in traditional Portuguese country house style to full nature immersion in a teepee, treehouse or nature bungalows.  There is also beautiful shared dorm options available. Lots of options for different tastes and budgets. 

Investment

From £850 

Price includes tuition, accommodation and 3 beautiful organic meals per day. Does not include flights, airport transfers, surfing lessons, bus/ taxis to the beach, massages and treatments. 

Concessions or monthly payment plans are available, please get in touch if you would like to discuss.

Getting there & Timings

Check in for the retreat is from 1.30pm on Saturday 8th June.  Check out will be 1.30pm on Saturday 15th June.  

Monte Orada is 1.5 hours from Faro airport.  

From Faro car rental is recommended, car share groups can be arranged.    

Bookings  

For more information or to book please e-mail info@paulayoga.co.uk. To reserve your place a £200 deposit will be required.  Full payment will be required by the 8th April 2019.  We understand that sometimes circumstances change.  If you have booked, you can receive a full refund up to 3 months before the retreat (8  March 2019).  After that, you can sell or offer your place to friends or family. 

Insurance

Please make sure you take out travel insurance in case of unexpected circumstances.  

 One of the beaches near the retreat centre. Photo: Gemma Bannister

One of the beaches near the retreat centre. Photo: Gemma Bannister


"A magical experience to hold in my heart for ever." 

Retreat Yogi, May 2018


          "A deeply special week. A true inspiration. I feel so blessed."

          Retreat Yogi, May 2018

 


"What an incredible experience. The schedule was so well thought through; such a beautiful space for us to connect to ourselves and each other. "

Retreat Yogi, May 2018