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6 Days Journey into the Heart Yoga Retreat in Portugal

  • Praia da Rocha Beach, Portimao, Algarve, Portugal


Portugal Yoga Retreat

Treat yourself on this inspiring yoga holiday to southern Portugal. Be surrounded by stunning beauty such as the Benagil sea cave beach and grottos declared by the Huffington Post as one of “the most beautiful beaches in the world." Be inspired, meditate, learn, contemplate, take home a valuable gift of restored health, and learn in depth about vegetarian cooking from the garden, yogic lifestyle, permaculture, and self-community sustainability.


  • Daily yoga classes
  • Pranayama and meditation sessions
  • In-depth learning about permaculture and yogic lifestyle
  • Learn about community self-sustainability in Algarve
  • Journal writing in a woodland forest mountain peak
  • Tibetan bowl sound healing
  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 5 days with instruction
  • Chinese (mandarin), English, Portuguese
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During the retreat, you will be staying at a comfortable, cozy, private room accommodation located on an eco-garden paradise with a lovely chill out area. All bedrooms have their own bath and shower. The venue is located on a surreal two hectare garden estate villa which is also an art studio that displays over 200 art pieces.


  • 24-hour reception
  • Cutlery
  • Daily cleaning service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • Glass ware
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Microwave
  • Plates
  • Stove top oven

This retreat is a perfect balance between peaceful countryside relaxation and upbeat, lively friendly, cafes and restaurants of the beach strip of Praia da Rocha beach. The evening and morning yoga, meditation, and pranayama are the essential aspects of this retreat. You will find the teacher and yoga studio uplifting and relaxing.

During the retreat, you will practice sunrise Vinyasa flow yoga in the morning, followed by Yin or Restorative yoga session in the evening. The sessions are usually held in a stunning yoga studio on Praia da Rocha or on the beach depending on weather, and include pranayama (breathwork), mindful meditation, and yoga Nidra meditation.

The evening yoga sessions will be followed by various unique healing activity such as Reiki, crystal and Tibetan bowl sound healing, angel therapy cards, yoga Nidra meditation, and healing, powerful pranayama session. All of the yoga sessions are Shakti inspired, empowering, and made with love to ignite your heart’s spark.

What you will get from the program

  • Ancient teachings brought into a contemporary context
  • Becoming a part of the family and feeling like you've know everyone for years
  • Complete change in your lifestyle
  • Delicious healthy organic food during the entire retreat
  • Surrounding beaches and the beautiful nature, sound of owls, singing starlings, and of course the amazing sunsets, sunrises, and millions of stars and moonlight
  • Lessons from a variety of experienced teachers (each one has different strengths) who will help you grow in many different ways
  • Meeting people from all over the world who share the same passion for the yogic lifestyle
  • Transformational experience that you’ll remember for the rest of your life

Sample daily schedule

  • 07:30 Meditation on the beach and pranayama (breathwork)
  • 09:00 90-minute peaceful Vinyasa Flow yoga sessions
  • 11:30 Free time
  • 15:00 Planned day activities
  • 16:00 Gentle Vinyasa flow or Yin or Restorative yoga classes followed by Shakti inspired activity

Excursion that you can enjoy during this retreat include:

  • Boat tour or kayaking through beach grottos and caves on Friday
  • Hiking through the woodland forests of Monchique on Sunday
  • Hydro aqua candle light spa with cold pools, hot pools, Turkish baths (steam rooms), sauna, and various relaxing aqua massage jets
  • L. Farrah Furtado

    L. Farrah Furtado is Canadian-Portuguese and is an international yoga teacher, author of three spiritual best-selling award winning books, world traveler, and director of Kaohsiung Yoga School and Bend it like Buddha Yoga in Portugal. She has lived in Asia for over 14 years, studying the healing arts in Buddhist monasteries in Taiwan, Balinese healing with energy healing masters in Ubud, and has trained in the traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa system and pranayama with BNS Iyengar, the lineage of Pattabhi Jois and Krishnamacharya in India. Farrah is a third degree Usui Reiki master.

  • Pujari

    Pujari is from Holland and teaches Osho meditation and gentle Hatha yoga. He also has been teaching permaculture and community self-sustainability for over 10 years. Pujari was first awakened to the yogic lifestyle in India in the 1960s and he has an enormous wisdom to share with everyone he meets regarding meditation, yoga, and self-community sustainability. His wisdom, energy, unique journey, and generosity are enormously inspiring.

This inspirational yoga retreat is held at two locations: gorgeous Praia da Rocha beach in Portimao and in the Lobos Valley in Lagoa, an unspoiled, peaceful country side village in southern Portugal.

  • Boating
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Diving
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Reiki
  • Snorkeling
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Yoga studio
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Room cleaning

During the retreat, you will be served with daily breakfast. The food concept is healthy, tasty, vegetarian, and organic. Savor juicy local fruit, crunchy organic vegetables, crisp salads, and fragrant herbs while sipping on an energizing juice or sweet, colorful herbal tea.

Everything is freshly harvested and lovingly prepared with attention to detail in the on-site kitchen where you can cook your own meals if you prefer. There are diverse fusion recipes in a peaceful and tranquil setting. Bend it like Buddha Yoga believes that pleasing your palate is fundamental to your experience.

If you are vegan, raw foodie, or gluten free, it’s no problem. The resident chef can make something delicious for you. You can choose from fresh tropical fruit, homemade organic yogurt, a wide selection of vegetarian dishes (delicious even for those not used to vegetarian food), curry dhal, rice, salads, herbal teas, and chai.

Throughout the day you can order for a small extra fee small snacks, vitamin, health-booster juices, and fresh local fruit. You can have these at your room or relax in the garden lounge by the swimming pool - the perfect place to rest, study, or listen to some chilled out tunes.

During your free time, you are welcome to explore and do as much as you like. In the Algarve the 'Things to do' list is endless. This is your holiday retreat and Bend it like Buddha Yoga believes you should choose what's best for you. They can help you design a unique activities and excursions for your six-day retreat just for you.

Optional activities

  • A walk to the Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos
  • Chilling out at the beach strip café
  • Enjoying one of healing treatments offered
  • Enjoying the beautiful beach cliff surroundings
  • Kite boarding
  • Meditation walk to the stunning beaches, caves, and grottos
  • Reading or writing
  • Swimming at the stunning nearby beaches
  • Taking a surf or paddle board lesson

You will be able to enjoy one session of therapeutic massage tailored to your needs. Other available treatments that you can enjoy at an extra cost include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Balinese or Reiki healing massage
  • Indian scalp massage
  • Reiki attunement
  • Reiki chakra balancing
  • Swedish massage
  • Thai yoga massage
  • 2 daily yoga sessions
  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • Access to the resident kitchen
  • Balinese healing massage or Reiki massage
  • Consultation and health assessment
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily meditation and pranayama classes
  • Kayaking, swim, snorkel through the most beautiful beach grottos in the world
  • Personalized yoga program by three experts in Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha, Osho meditation and yoga
  • Post-program support
  • Reiki 1 attunement session
  • Spiritual hiking trip through a woodland forest and yoga Nidra at the top of the peak
  • Airfares
  • Airport transfer
  • Lunch and dinner

Driving direction from anywhere in Europe

  • Lagoa, Algarve can be easily reached from anywhere in continental Europe. A superb network of new motorways and dual carriageways allow for trouble free motoring through attractive areas of southern Portugal. Apart from major holiday periods, there is not a problem with traffic congestion.
  • The A22, also known as the Via Infante Sagres Spain is close to Lagoa. Roads branch off to beaches, coastal towns, and inland villages.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO). Bend It Like Buddha Yoga will help you anytime with the direction.

Arrival by ferry / boat

You can reach the Algarve through the many ports and marinas spread all along the south Portugal coast.

Arrival by train

Bend It Like Buddha Yoga recommends you to arrive at Algarve by using a train. It is because Portugal is part of the European rail network and can easily be reached from most of the European capitals.

Getting to the Algarve is part of what makes it one of Europe’s most fascinating holiday destinations. Whether you choose to arrive by plane, car, train or bus, you are bound to be received with a warming and welcoming spirit.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Bend it like Buddha Yoga an inquiry.
  • Review by Grace from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I received my Yoga Alliance RYT 200 Hour certification with Bend it like Buddha and Kaohsiung Yoga school. I loved pranayama and asanas the best. Understanding the postures, muscles and the benefits how to get into it and the benefits were great. I loved the pranayama ALOT and especially the 6 breathing techniques we focused on and how it benefits the body and deepens meditation."

    "Also, I love the variations of different modifications of the postures shown for students in pain, beginners and intermediates …and the variety of activities and techniques we learned the openness of the teachers and the liberal range of topics was always so interesting and wonderful! Thank you Tori and Farrah for everything!"

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  • Review by Kathleen from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I loved learning the ashtanga series along with other variations of the series and different styles of yoga. The day was also balanced nicely with asanas, meditation, pranayama, meditation, therapy, theory and philosophy…Philosophy, Reiki and Ayurvedic medicine were some of my favorite topics. It was something new and also enjoyed learning more about Business/ Career of Yoga and how to brand yourself as a teacher and the studio branding modules. I also enjoyed practicing to teach as we learn each day, bit by bit."

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  • Review by Caitlin from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "I enjoyed learning yoga philosophy, history and traditional ashtanga teaching. I really felt I was receiving authentic, pure teaching (The way it is taught in India.) I really liked the way Tori and Farrah would teach us what their teachers in India taught them and their interesting stories. I liked the alignment modules and the teaching practice of what we learned each day-meditation, pranayama and asanas."

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  • Review by Genevieve from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I really liked learning about the traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa style. I learned so much throughout the course and I enjoyed seeing my physical and spiritual progress. And I enjoyed learning all of the pranayama techniques with Farrah and have already started teaching them in my meditation classes at my studio. I enjoyed learning. The massage techniques and all of the helpful tips and interesting discussions in Yoga Business class on how to start and brand a yoga studio. Very useful! Thank you Tori and Farrah for your wonderful teaching!"

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  • Review by Rachel from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I loved how there was so much variety in all of the topics we covered. My mind and heart feel very full. I feel empowered and the teachers. Paced the lessons quite nicely, especially the modifications class-as we learned 75+ postures! There was a nice flow to all of the classes. Everyday I felt warmly received and comfortable. There was a nice balance of extremely challenging with extremely relaxing and restorative. I would recommend this course for everyone. Well done Farrah & Tori! & I will recommend this RYT for anyone and everyone."

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  • Review by Sophie from UK

    "One of the main positives from the retreat was you helped improve my confidence, I joined a yoga studio as soon as I got back to London and now practice four times a week; Ashtanga Vinyasa remains to be my favorite! Also, you taught me a lot about the philosophy and history of yoga which has implications for everyday life. Your classes really focused on pranayama which really helped me realize the importance of the breath and how this maximizes the benefits from each posture. I enjoyed visiting the place where we did the moving meditation and the guest house was just perfect. I'd say the retreat was a lovely balance of everything. Funnily enough I was talking today with a friend about the Tibetan bowl healing, that also was an amazing experience, one I probably wouldn't have chose to do before, so it was great to learn and gain new experiences. "

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  • Review by Vanda from Lisbon, Portugal

    "I am glad to know that you are pursuing your way in teaching yoga. I really enjoyed your classes. When I arrived, I had just ended a really stressful, long, and demanding task, and the exercises with you really helped me getting some balance back. Of course, when the vacation days ended and I had to get back to work, things got more complicated. But some things remained; yoga is now more present in my life, and the same for meditation. I feel more aware, more present, and for now I am trying to keep this feeling and (slowly) make it grow in all the little things of daily life. As I said I really enjoyed your way of teaching yoga, both indoors and outdoors. The sunrise session at the beach was great, and also the yoga Nidra. Another moment I enjoyed greatly was the sound session with Mafalda. That’s one of the things that I am trying to explore and learn more, the healing sounds of the Tibetan bowls."

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  • Review by Hanna Koskinen from Helsinki, Finland
    10 out of 10

    "Like they say, beginners are welcome! Sunrise yoga and sunset yoga is great experience in the beautiful settings in Praia de Rocha. Teachers are warm and welcoming. Very relaxing. Booking the lessons was easy, just a quick message to the page and you will get an answer soon."

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  • Review by a traveler from Ireland
    10 out of 10

    "My sister whom I was travelling with had never done Ashtanga yoga but the teacher was very professional and also very receptive to her and all levels of skill. the class is 90 min. which is good to not feel rushed. the whole setup was very relaxed but so professional. Very reasonably priced for the beautiful space and high level of personal instruction. The only thing I would say is the studio is a bit chilly so bring a sweater or hoodie. I felt very relaxed but inspired at the end of the class. the teacher was amazing and very intuitive, very spiritual and I felt very aware and open spiritually after the experience."

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  • Review by a traveler from Swindon, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I came across this studio as the weather wasn't great whilst on holiday. I contacted the studio via Facebook and was responded to very quickly. The studio is located to the rear of the main strip and so is very private. The instructor is wonderful, very experienced and insightful. If you like yoga and want to continue with some relaxation and meditation whilst on holiday I would recommend this studio."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Found this studio on Facebook. Quick response and I was provided with all necessary information by the very sweet and welcoming teacher. Beautiful new and fresh studio just up the stairs from the beach. Mats and props are provided. Morning classes are also given at the beach, highly recommended! Fantastic experience! I had the pleasure of taking classes with the lovely and very skilled teacher Farrah and her guest teacher Kristen for two full weeks. The majority of classes was given at the beach, and was beautifully set up! The teachers caters to all levels, and are very insightful and open to share what ever might be of interest for the participants. In addition to yoga, Farrah has extensive experience in meditation and pranayama (breathing techniques) and was very happy to share this with me - which was truly and amazing and eye opening experience! The teachers are very gentle and loving and takes good care of the students, and are very flexible and accommodating in every way. I highly recommend Bend it Like Buddha for all levels, and all interest!"

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  • Review by Ann T.
    10 out of 10

    "I was amazed with both the breadth and depth of knowledge and skills that I attained during my 200 hour course. I would highly recommend for others to seek their yoga training through the Kaohsiung Yoga School."

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  • Review by Bernie Kelly from Ireland
    10 out of 10

    "Lovely classes on the beach and in the studio. I really enjoyed."

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  • Review by Vibeke Hansen from Norway
    10 out of 10

    "Great location at the beach, or at the beautiful studio just by the beach. Lovely and utterly skilled teachers! Highly recommended!"

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  • Review by Sankt Polten from Austria
    10 out of 10

    "“Awesome time, perfect location”"

    "The huts are simple as expected; however, there is a toilet and shower, also, a basin included. So that was surprising for me and really great. The beds are comfortable. I did not have Wi-Fi in my hut because I was too far from the reception desk. In the front ones, I guess there would be. The yoga lessons are awesome and the beach and location are really calm and clean. The only thing I was not so happy about is loads of dogs all around and especially during night when they were howling so much. And a train seems to be going close by there, so there are quite a few sounds during night. Get earplugs and you'll be fine! Food is awesome and fresh! Staff is great, fun, and helpful."

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  • Review by Indira D.
    10 out of 10

    "I taught a yoga retreat at Lotus and had the most amazing time. Manav, Smeeta, Rajul, and the team took such great care of us all. Nothing was too much trouble, they were always ready with a smile and did everything they possibly could to make sure everyone was happy. The customer service was faultless. The food was delicious! Again the wonderful meals we enjoyed every day were absolutely faultless. In fact, we wished we hadn’t bothered to have dinner out on the last night as the food was nowhere near as good! The location, right on Patnem beach was lovely, being able to just walk out of your hut and be on the beach was incredible. We loved being able to practice yoga looking out to sea with the sound of the waves around us. The huts are simple but comfy and clean. They have ensuite bathrooms and you can have a hot shower as long as you don't shower first thing before the water has had a chance to warm up. Patnem beach is just beautiful and still unspoiled, it's like Palolem was 12 years ago and I hope it will stay the way it is. If you want to get back to nature and love being on the beach, with the sand between your toes and the sound of the waves as you go to sleep, you will love this place. You won't find more helpful or friendlier staff and the food is incredible."

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  • Review by a traveler from New Delhi
    9 out of 10

    "It was an amazing experience to spend a week at Lotus Oasis. This is one of the few places that I have discovered on my travels around the world. That one can experience peace, music, beautiful view, fun people, and great food at the same time. A true paradise with a bohemian vibe! The yoga teachers are very good and doing yoga or meditation next to the beach adds to the effect of serenity. I met some cool travelers during my stay and one week passed quickly. The bonfire and music nights are legendary! I congratulate Manav and his team for a fabulous job and will come back again for sure."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Really enjoy every single class we did at Lotus as all have different styles and all the teachers were extremely knowledgeable and offered very helpful corrections which deepened our practice! Slightly quieter than its neighbor not a bad thing as hence it feels more personal."

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  • Review by Maida
    10 out of 10

    "We enjoyed the yoga lessons a lot and also the hiking experience. Your way of telling about yoga and your deep knowledge about the different postures and the impact yoga has made us enjoy your lessons very much. You have a very good ability to combine theory and practice of yoga and to highlight how some of the yoga and meditation can be used in everyday life. The hiking was a really nice experience, I love nature. Thank you for everything." website, edited

Portimao, Portugal

Bend it like Buddha Yoga is an RYS 200 that offers yoga courses and retreats in a center adjacent to a stunning beach location in Algarve, Portugal and India.

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6 days / 5 nights


This vacation is available from July to September, with arrival on Thursday.

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