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Divine Meditation and Yoga Holiday Portugal

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Portugal.

Take a break and experience a divine body rest and unique peace of mind. Give yourself a gift of love and relax; you deserve it. During the yoga classes, Almashala will point at the exploration of the correct alignment, which will bring you an understanding of the healing purpose of the asanas and the inner feeling of the body and mind. Almashala is really Inspired by the tradition of Hatha yoga and Iyengar yoga. This method is a wonderful practice that uses a wide range of props to support the body to come into a state of relaxation and to provide more comfort or easefullnes, to respect more our bone structure. BKS Iyengar said “For me, the prop is not only for the asana. It should contribute to the position of the body which in turn can let the mind be calm and state of ‘chitta vritti nirodha’ be experienced. The body is my first prop. The body is a prop to the soul.” ​​​​​​

Meet the instructors

Samuele & Lavinia
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Highlights

  • 7 days of practice
  • 6 evening yoga classes
  • 6-morning session, meditation, pranayama, and Hatha yoga
  • 1 Kirtan night and 1 gong meditation with Kundalini yoga
  • 1 Special treatment (Ayurvedic or craniosacral massage)
  • 1 Relaxing massage and 1 Deep tissue massage
  • 6 Daily delicious brunch and 6 Ayurvedic dinners
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Airport transfer available:
Lisbon Portela Airport (US$47 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Yoga shala

The space design follows the Vastu philosophy, the Indian traditional system of architecture, transcendental home design in harmony with nature.

With the main entrance and the meditation area facing North East, the seat of consciousness, where Surya, the sun rises. The fireplace in the southeast area, which is under the influence of the fire, Agni, where his heat activates the energy. The yoga shala is in the center, in the Brahma hall, surrounded by a vibrant spine of natural light and 260 square meters. The total capacity of the shala is 25 people.

Program

Almashala is following all the required hygiene and sanitation measures according to the indications of the Directorate-General for Health, with specific recommendations to maintain the space clean and safe for guests.

Daily schedule

  • 07:30 Tea and dry fruits
  • 08:30 Meditation, pranayama, and Hatha yoga class
  • 10:30 Vegan brunch buffet
  • 13:00 Free time
  • 16:00 Afternoon tea
  • 18:00 Special treatment (relaxing massage, full body scrub, and yoga Ayurvedic massage)
  • 20:00 Vegan dinner buffet (one-day juice detox)
  • 21:00 Evening activities (mantra, yoga Nidra, and fire circle)

Body and Mind Therapy

The physiotherapist is Ricardo Monteiro, a Certified Physiotherapist, and Osteopath. He will take care of you, using different techniques and tools according to what your body needs.

The holistic therapist is Giada Carlucci, she is a yogi and a movement therapist who uses the mind-body approach to expand awareness through conscious touch. 

She landed on Arun Conscious Touch 3 years ago and this changed her body awareness, completing her own healing process. The essence of touch is always a presence. It is sharing meditation that happens between the one who gives and the one who receives. They use the touch to promote health, flexibility, and sensitivity; the body restores itself bringing you a new vision, providing energy to your day to day and consciousness expands allowing inner observation.

Instructors

Samuele Piazza

Lavinia Casaburo

Retreat location

Almashala is located in a strategic location. Pure nature is a few steps away from its door.

The Sintra reserve is one of the most suggestive natural attraction of all Portugal, and it offers infinite walking and trekking routes. From there, you can get to the beach by foot, passing through an enchanting path in the forest, or following the river and getting lost in the valley.

Almashala loves to do walking meditation in nature, enjoying the peace and silence of the forest. They also love to do the beach walk. This area is famous for its 11 kilometers of coastline and 13 beaches, most of them located in the picturesque fishing village of Ericeira. If you love nature, this is the place for you.

Food

A balanced and healthy diet is as important as the practice for Almashala. Almashala also works in farming, gardening. Portugal has rich and fertile soil, they don't need to add anything. Almashala has been inspired by permaculture and biodynamics and they are totally committed to organic production. Ideally, a yogic diet would be rich in sattvic foods.

Sattvic foods are generally fresh vegetables, grains, and legumes, mild spices, and mildly sweet foods. According to Ayurveda, this is the best diet for a yogi to adopt. It helps keep the mind clear and Sattvic and makes you feel good physically and emotionally. as opposed to rajastic or tamasic. The food that Almashala provide follows these lines, most of the raw material come from our garden and all the receipts are inspired by a low sugar diet approach.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Private yoga class - to understand what is stopping you to get deeper into the posture
  • Thai herbal massage
  • Hot stones
  • One-day rock climbing
  • Surf class
  • One day at the spa (sauna, steam, and Jacuzzi)

Spa and massages

  • Relaxing massage
  • Sport massage
  • Ayurvedic massage
  • Reflexology
  • Thai massage

What's included

  • 7 days of practice
  • 6 evening yoga classes
  • 6 morning session, meditation, pranayama, and Hatha yoga
  • 1 Kirtan night
  • 1 Gong meditation with Kundalini yoga
  • 1 special treatment (Ayurvedic or craniosacral massage)
  • 1 relaxing massage
  • 1 deep tissue massage
  • 6 daily delicious brunch
  • 6 Ayurvedic dinners
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Amazing surroundings

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Flight

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). Transfer to and from the airport by shuttle is available at an additional cost of 40 EUR. Please send an inquiry for more information.

Arrival by bus

You can take a bus to Campo Grande Bus Station, the company name is Mafrense, direction Ericeira (around 45 minutes). You can buy the ticket from the driver. Once in Ericeira, you can take the bus from the main station you have been dropped in direction to Pobral. Your stop is POBRAL (Repsol). You are 30 seconds walking from Almashala.

Airport: Lisbon Portela Airport Airport transfer available: Lisbon Portela Airport (US$47 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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