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Join Buddha Retreats for a New Year’s yoga retreat in a beautiful and peaceful environment of the picturesque village of Columbeira, Portugal. This retreat will be your opportunity to either start or deepen your yoga practice. The combination of yoga and fresh healthy food will make you feel healthy and energized. There is no better way to end the year or start the new year with being kind to your body and soul.
Buddha Retreats’ property consists of a main house, several additional buildings, terraces, an indoor and outdoor yoga studio, a swimming pool, a small river, fruit trees, a meditation garden, and rural land. The gardens surrounding the main house have around 5,000 square meters and offer enough space to relax.
There are five double or twin rooms with shared bathrooms, two single rooms with shared bathrooms, and three rooms with en-suite bathrooms for up to three people. For your retreat, you have the option to stay either in a comfortable single or twin room.
The yoga classes in this retreat are suitable for all levels and will include asana (poses) and pranayama (breathing) practice. The morning sessions are more active practice and the evening sessions will have a more restorative nature. Buddha Retreats is always open to listen to the students who want to work on specific themes or parts of the body. The yoga classes will take place in the heated indoor studio.
During this retreat, you will practice Iyengar yoga which is a dynamic and physically intensive form of yoga where the focus is on correct alignment of the asanas (postures). This practice allows the energy to flow freely through the body. The practice of yoga will give strength and flexibility to the body and more peace in your mind.
The roots of Iyengar yoga originated in India and Iyengar yoga was founded by BKS Iyengar who was a student of Sri T. Krishnamacharya. Buddha Retreats’ yoga teachers are fully qualified and have done several years of teacher training.
Asana practice is a big part of each yoga class. By practicing asanas, the body develops flexibility, strength, and stamina. By cultivating the body, the mind can become clear and quiet.
The time of arrival to the retreat is at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 with the first yoga class at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner. Check-out on the last day, Sunday, January 1, 2017 will be at 1:00 p.m.
Carlijn is one of the in-house yoga instructors and is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher. She took her first yoga class while traveling in Central America and even though it was hard work she immediately felt the benefits. Her teachers Cle Souren, Delilah King, and Rembert Petrus have been guiding her and teaching her over the last few years and she is currently preparing for the next level of certification. As she loves to surf, she has been working on special sequences for surfers.
Buddha Retreats is located on the edge of the picturesque village of Columbeira, Portugal. Located in a beautiful and peaceful environment, Buddha Retreats is a perfect setting to escape from daily life.
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As a part of your yoga retreat, Buddha Retreats will provide you with daily delicious and healthy meals. Buddha Retreats serves an abundance of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, often coming from their own garden or the local markets. The menu is based on the philosophy of whole foods, so Buddha Retreats avoids processed foods and preservatives.
In the morning, you will be served a healthy and energizing breakfast which includes fresh fruit, homemade granola, freshly baked bread, and banana bread among other things. Throughout your stay, you can also enjoy fresh coffee, herbal teas, and purified water as much as you wish. During dinner time, you will be served Portuguese red and white wines.
At additional cost, Buddha Retreats can arrange an optional trip to the medieval village of Obidos.
Massage treatments are available at extra fees.
Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS).
From the airport, take a taxi and get off at the Campo Grande bus terminal which is only two and a half kilometers away from the airport. From the Campo Grande terminal, buses leave frequently to Bombarral (around 45 minutes ride). The bus to Bombarral leaves on the right side of the terminal in a side street (when looking towards the football stadium) opposite a tall green building.
Upon your arrival in Bombarral bus station, Buddha Retreats Yoga & Surf will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. The pick-up is included in the price.