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7 Day The Art of Vinyasa Yoga, Meditation, Mantra, Forest, and Ocean in Ericeira

ALMASHALA, Rua da bica 6, Pobral, São João das Lampas, Portugal

Vinyasa Yoga Retreat in Portugal

This experience is designed for those who wish to go deeper into the practice of Vinyasa Yoga, to understand its techniques, its secrets, and the philosophy. Bks Iyengar writes: "The word vinyasa has two parts. Vi means separating and Nyasa means placing or putting down. Vinyasa means separating and putting down or placing in sequential order." Yes, Vinyasa is not limited to jumping. 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. You'll practice and experiment with the coordination of dynamic continuous movement of primarily introductory poses to offer the practitioner further insight into the natural flow and evolution of actions inherent in the asanas and how they correlate to each other. On a purely physical level, the actions of a Vinyasa practice offer endurance, power, and strength. From the sunrise till the sunset will incorporate the proper method in its full spectrum. It is fundamental for them to offer an experience that is far away from the distractions and in contact with nature. It is for this reason that they created Almashala, a paradise for the yogis, a place of bliss, peace, and discipline. A vibrating space to cultivate mental and physical balance. A domestic version of holiness, a sacred refuge.

Meet the instructors

Samuele & Lavinia
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Highlights

  • 2 yoga classes per day
  • Indoor and outdoor shala
  • Gong bath and Kundalini
  • Daily Meditation and Pranayama sessions
  • Evening activities (Mantra, Fire circle, Gardening, Forest Walk)
  • Forest and ocean really close to your accommodation
  • Daily vegan delicious brunch and dinner
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer available:
Lisbon Portela Airport (US$48 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

Daily schedule

07:30 Tea and dry fruits

08:30 Meditation, pranayama, Hatha yoga class

10:30 Vegan lunch buffet

13:00 Free time

16:00 Afternoon tea

18:00 Evening class (Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin, Acroyoga, Restorative)

20:00 Vegan dinner buffet

21:00 Evening activities (Kirtan, Yoga nidra, Sound healing)

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.

Instructors

Samuele Piazza

Lavinia Casaburo

Retreat location

A paradise for the Yogis, a place of bliss, peace, and discipline. Almashala is located closed to Ericeira, Portugal, the European modern spiritual mecca. Portugal is a place which is witnessing a transversal migration of people with a common intention of contemporary society based on sustainable living in harmony with the earth, with the ocean and with the others, but also the birth of projects such as co-working spaces, digital nomads networks, ecovillages, permaculture, and shared gardens.

Based on these values and visions we chose this place, we felt a deep and natural sense of belonging for this small magical village and this is why they dreamed of Almashala.

“If you love nature, this is the place for you.”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.

Ericeira was declared World Surfing Reserve in 2011 and is special for a world-class 8-kilometer long surf coastline.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

A balanced and healthy diet is important as the practice for Almashala. They work in farming and gardening. Portugal has rich and fertile soil, so they don't need to add anything. They have been inspired by permaculture and biodynamics and 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 rajasic or tamasic. 

The food Almashala provides follows these lines. Most of the raw material comes from the garden and all the recipes 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

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

  • Vegan
  • Lactose Free
  • Ayurvedic
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)

You can join a surf lesson class for 35 EUR which also includes the rental of the surfboard, wetsuit, pick up.

  • Surf lesson
  • Climbing
  • Private yoga class - to understand what is stopping you to get deeper into the posture
  • Rent a bike
  • Spa and massages

The famous beach Foz de Lisandro is really close and the bus stop is just outside Almashala. The bus passes by every hour and in 5 to 7 minutes you are on the beach.

If you are looking for a wilder beach instead, you can get to another beach through a unique path in the forest, in the valley, by the river. It will take you around 45 minutes walking.

Spa treatments

  • Cupping therapy
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Craniosacral
  • Relaxing massage
  • Face massage
  • Sport massage
  • Ayurvedic massage
  • Reflexology
  • Thai massage

What's included

  • Vegan brunches and dinners
  • 8 meditation and pranayama, Hatha session, and Alignment Workshops
  • 1 Kirtan night
  • Forest walk
  • 2 Ashtanga classes
  • 2 Vinyasa classes
  • 1 Restorative yoga class
  • 1 Yin yoga
  • 1 Gong bath
  • 6 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Transport from and to the airport:

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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$48 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% 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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