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PORTUGAL RETREAT 2020: exquisite intelligence

SAturday 12 september -  sATURDAY 19 september 2020

A week long immersion into our yoga practice in a quiet, beautiful, abundantly green valley in South West Portugal.

Our bodies are the unfurling of nature’s intelligence, and hold deep wisdom. With a full week to slowly unwind, we have time and space to down regulate from our busy lives and listen in to that wisdom as we immerse ourselves into practice and nature. Gradually, our natural rhythms resurface. Through varied yoga practice, deep rest, immersion in nature, nourishing meals and the nurturing that comes from being in community, we are held, and can gently release and relax into our inherently whole, exquisitely intelligent, essential nature.

We will explore philosophy, dynamic and restorative yoga asana, embodied movement principles, somatic and playful movement practices, chanting and the yoga of sound, meditation and breath work.  The retreat is designed to offer a space in which yoga practitioners can explore their practice in a held, beautiful, abundant space.

You can expect…

  • 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 philosophy discussion/ lectures

  • A range of specialist complimentary therapies with experienced therapists

  • Sunset chanting and sacred sound

  • 3 x Beautiful, delicious and nourishing vegan meals per day

  • 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...


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 LOCATION

Located at Portugal's Southwest Atlantic Coast, bordering Algarve, Orada combines spectacular wild Surf beaches and the authentic countryside tranquility of the Alentejo region. 

1,5 hours away from Faro airport and 2,5 hours away from Lisbon,  this isolated ever green valley creates an abundant oasis where two creeks come together, nourishing an ancient lush forest and wildlife. 

This will be our 3rd year at Monte do Orada, and we can’t wait to share our home away from home with you.

ACCOMMODATION

There are many beautiful accommodation options to suit your preference, budget, and level of nature immersion. From ensuite private rooms in the beautifully reconstructed farm house to nature bungalows a little further set back into the valley, shared dorm rooms, and a beautiful tipi and treehouse for the full nature immersion!

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 Example Day

7.30 am Morning Practices

9.00 am Light breakfast

11-13.00 Morning Asana

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Pool, beach, surf, massage, read...

18.00-19.30 Evening Asana

19.45 Dinner

9.30-10.00 Chanting Evening/ Free Time/ Bonfire

Investment

From £750 - £1300

Price includes: 3 practices per day (with one day off), one evening Kirtan (chanting), accommodation and 3 beautiful vegetarian meals per day.

Does not include: Flights, airport transfers, surfing lessons, bus/ taxis to the beach, massages and treatments. 

Concessions are available if you are a student or do not have an income, and monthly payment plans are available, please get in touch if you would like to discuss.

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Getting there & Timings

Check in for the retreat is from 4pm on Saturday 12th September.  Check out is 11.00am on Saturday 19th September.  

Monte Orada is 1.5 hours drive from Faro airport.  

We can arrange a taxi transfer if you are on the recommended flight, for approx £35 one way (8 seater).

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 1st August 2020.  We understand that sometimes circumstances change.  If you have booked, you can receive a full refund up to 3 months before the retreat (12 June 2020).  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.   


"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 2019


"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 2018

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