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6 Days Journey into the Heart Yoga Retreat in Portimao, 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.

Retreat highlights

  • 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

Yoga styles

5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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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

Bend it like Buddha Yoga Retreat Portugal Program

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

Included excursions

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 a Yoga Alliance E RYT 500 Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher, author of three spiritual best-selling award winning books, 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 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.

Retreat location

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.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

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

  • Vegetarian
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)

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

Spa treatments

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

What's included

  • 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

What's not included

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfer
  • Lunch and dinner

How to get there

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.

Arrive on Thursday AM for a complimentary pick up to your accommodations. The retreat starts on Thursday evening at 4 p.m. Departure on Tuesday morning.

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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