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8 Days Running and Yoga Retreat in Madeira Island, Portugal

Hotel Quinta da Serra, Estrada do Chote Nº 4, Jardim da Serra, 9325-140 Câmara de Lobos - Madeira, Portugal

Exciting Yoga and Running Retreat Portugal

Join our all-inclusive seven days yoga and running retreat in the beautiful eternal spring island of Madeira. You'll get to explore a different part of the Island every day while running the most breathtaking scenarios of the UNESCO World Heritage Laurissilva Forest, as well as the ancient Levadas (irrigation canals) and peaks that compose the island.

This exclusive retreat is based in the most relaxing, lush green, and mountain immersed hotels in the Island. All of these while you reconnect with your inner self as you enjoy the trip of a lifetime.

Meet the instructors

Frederica
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Highlights

  • 6 yoga sessions
  • 6 trail running tours
  • Certified mountain guides and yoga instructor
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Return shuttle to the trail
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Portuguese
Airport transfer included: Madeira Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Gym
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

Program

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival - weekly briefing

After picking you up at the airport, you'll check into your accommodation nestled in the relaxing Madeira Island north coast. You’ll gather for your retreat briefing after which you'll head outside for a relaxed run (road running). After your run, you’ll have some free time to freshen up before dinner.

Day 2: Larano - the lost world experience

Setting off from Machico outskirts, you’ll quickly see yourselves running Machico's Levada towards Boca do Risco. From there on, the views over the ocean and the green that compose the high ground over you will set the tone for your climb to Funduras. There, you'll run deep inside the forest single tracks until we reach Degolada, a steep downhill single-track challenge, that will put your quads to the test.

This last downhill lead us to Vereda do Larano. With the sea on one side and mountain in the other, you get to run some good eight kilometers in a Jurassic Park movie set like scenario. At the end of Vereda do Larano we’ll start our way back to Levada de Machico with its gorgeous views over the city and end up this cool cinematographic running experience.

Evening Yin yoga: a passive practice that creates flexibility without strength, you hold the poses for three to five minutes in stillness, aiming to release the tension in the muscles, connective tissues, especially the fascia, while concentrating on the physical, mental, and emotional sensations that arise in each pose. It is a great preparation for a meditation.

Day 3: Fanal Green Mist

Morning gentle flow: an active practice where you move slowly, holding each pose for a few soft breaths, to create some energy in the body, muscle activation while lengthening with awareness.

The run starts at the ancient Fanal’s Forest Support house and will take you through that same trail towards Estanquinhos, way up at the Paul the Serra plateau. This single-track trail crosses Madeira Laurel and Heather Forest.

It’s a constant up and down run, challenging at times and most of all, it’s filled with views over the Ribeira da Janela Valley, the longest in the island with a total extension of 13 kilometers. You end your run at this green field of Madeira Laurels, usually populated with herding cows. Time on the trail is about two to three hours.

Day 4: Encumeada - tunnels and waterfalls

Encumeada is this running adventure starting point. Following the Levada do Norte path, with its stunning views over Ribeira Brava’s Valley, you'll reach your first long tunnel cross. These 250 meters of the hand-made tunnel will take us to the north face of this mountain that holds a big portion of Madeira’s Laurissilva Forest.

After yet another tunnel crossing and some two kilometers, you start your ascent towards Paredão. ​After another fun run moment, you'll reach Levada da Serra that will get you to "Pinaculo", a point of interest that then will take you to the south face of the mountain once again.

Although you've already passed through countless waterfalls at this point, these next few ones won’t have much trail path to avoid the water, and some shower will be inevitable. A cooling, refreshing and much-welcomed adventure finish, after the kilometers you’ve already put in. You will also have an evening Yang/Yin yoga: a mix of active and passive practice, where you will move to then relax.

Day 5: São Lourenço's Playground

After breakfast, you have a 25-minute drive to Caniçal, the easternmost point of the island. Having Caniçal as background, this tour is all about the symbiosis between mountain, ocean, and having a lot of running fun. You'll get to reach the farthest eastern point in Madeira island, through the beautiful Baia D’abra’s trails until we reach Pico do Furado.

From the start until we get to Sardinha's house and the viewpoint up above its about five kilometers. An amazing running experience where the camera is as important as the shoes you're wearing. A nice swim in the ocean is advised as well.

Evening Hatha and pranayama: traditional practice, also active as requires muscle engagement. Encourages the body to lengthen and creates flexibility and strength simultaneously. You will take time to focus on each pose individually, taking rests in between them to reset and prepare for the next one. Pranayama: is expansion and extension of the breath, by the use of different techniques, which means longer and slower breaths, that also have a cleansing effect in the body.

Day 6: Conquer the Summit

After breakfast at the hotel, you'll drive out to Pico Areeiro. You'll head towards Pico Ruivo, The Summit, the highest peak in Madeira, and third highest in Portugal. A true challenge, only for the brave. For those who really want to put their skills to the test. But let's not be fooled by the "short" 12 kilometers.

It’s a constant up and down with gorgeous views over the great central massif in direct contact with endemic fauna and flora. You will be put to the test in one of the most demanding but beautiful section of Madeira's "ultra-trail world tour" race.

There will be an evening Restorative yoga and yoga Nidra practice: same as Yin yoga but you take more support of the props to feel even more relaxed. Yoga Nidra contains several relaxation techniques based on breath, body scan, and visualization.

Day 7: Poiso - Laurissilva and ponds

Starting at Poiso Shelter house, you will have your first six kilometers of warmup on a downhill section along with mountain biking single tracks. An incredible running start with views over the valley that ends up in Porto da Cruz seashore. But this run is all about green forest far away from the ocean.

Once you get to Levada do Furado we head towards Ribeiro Frio and along these eight kilometers of amazingly beautiful scenario, you will be welcomed with gorgeous waterfalls and natural ponds. For the bravest, these cool ponds are the epic place for a dive.

After reaching Ribeiro Frio's shelter we start a comfortable but challenging climb towards Chão das Feiteiras, where sheep are herd and the barns, are located. A cool green plateau run just before we face our last km to the finish line. In the evening, you'll have Yin/Yang yoga: you will start slow and then build up some energy so you can enjoy your last dinner (awaked) in Madeira Island and Go Trail - Madeira Running Tours will join you for that.

Day 8: Departure

Goodbyes and transfer to the airport.

Instructors

Frederica Valente-Perfeito

Retreat location

Food

During the retreat, you will be served with carefully chosen nutritious, healthy meals (vegan, vegetarian, fish, or meat options).

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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)

  • Massages
  • Diving
  • Jeep safari
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Sightseeing and hiking
  • Cultural visits
  • Surfing
  • Horse riding
  • Cycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Historical and cultural sites

Spa treatments

Included in the price:

  • Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Gym

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Airport transfers
  • Shuttle to and from trails
  • 6 trail running tours
  • 6 yoga sessions
  • Certified mountain guides
  • Certified yoga instructors
  • Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Gym

What's not included

  • Everything not mentioned in 'what's included'

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Madeira Airport (FNC). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Go Trail - Madeira Running Tours will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Madeira Airport Airport transfer included: Madeira Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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This vacation is available all year round, with arrival on Sunday.

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