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Portugal Yoga Retreat

You will be staying in Portugal at a 275 acre coastal retreat center. It is pure magic, where between the oversized hammocks and the freshwater lake, you’ll start to lose track of time. The kind of place where each morning is a celebration, practicing under a canopy of old growth pines, as well as each evening, with world class wine and farm to table meals. You will be situated on the breathtaking Atlantic coast of Portugal, near the charming fishing village of Zambujeira De Mar, in the Alentejo region, which is known for its long stretches of untouched coastline and charming white-washed villages. The ocean, with bluffs, trails, and sandy coves, is a 15 minute drive away. You must explore the magnificence of this yet undiscovered region of Portugal before it catches on.

Meet the instructors

Melissa & Laurel
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Highlights

  • Sunrise meditation sessions
  • Daily yoga classes (Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative)
  • Local hikes including nearby famed Costa Vicentina trail
  • Barre classes with Laurel and Melissa
  • 7 night accommodation at Cocoon
  • All meals at Cocoon, farm to table
  • Bicycles are available to explore

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction
Airport transfer available:
Lisbon Portela Airport (US$100 per person)
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Accommodation

Eleven clean and elegant rooms, each opens to an outdoor courtyard. Each room has two single beds, 8 of the rooms have en-suite bathrooms, while the remaining three rooms share a bathroom. Four of the rooms can be converted into triples.

Traveling solo?

Perfect! You will be matched with a compatible solo traveler with whom you are comfortable. Private accommodations may be available at additional cost.

Program

Sample schedule (subject to change)

  • 06:30 Coffee/tea
  • 07:00 Sunrise meditation
  • 07:45 - 09:00 Vinyasa yoga
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 13:00 Barre
  • 14:00 Lunch
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Yin/Nidra yoga (alternates before and after dinner)

Included excursions

  • Local hikes including nearby famed Costa Vicentina trail
  • Bicycles are available to explore the area
  • Swimming

Instructors

Melissa Joy Schoeller

Laurel Van Matre

Retreat location

You will be situated on Portugal’s Costa Vicentina, famed for its wild beaches and rugged cliffs. This is Portugal’s West Coast, off the radar for most tourists. It's a ten minute drive from the beach, with a variety of different beaches to enjoy in the area, each with its own perks, including the gorgeous, remote beach, called Praia de Malhao. This beach is perfect for swimming, sunbathing and surfing. It’s typical in Portugal to enjoy a lunch at one of the simple beach shacks, like grilled fresh octopus and a carafe of Vinho Verde.

There are a few sandy beaches nearby, perfect for sunbathing or surfing, Gypset can even set you up with the local surf school if you want to learn! Other areas have bluffs, ideal for hiking so, remember to bring your hiking shoes!

Food

A nourishing meal and a delicious feast don’t need to be exclusive of one another. The food is local, with most of the produce coming from either the property, or a nearby farm. Oh yeah, and they have a wood-fired pizza oven…

From a sustainability standpoint, they choose not to serve red meat, pork or poultry. They do serve eggs from their chickens, locals cheeses, and occasionally wild-caught Atlantic fish.

A typical breakfast includes eggs, local fruit, Greek yogurt, homemade granola, local honey, homemade jam, slow-rise bread, and a daily tonic.

Lunch is often a bowl; a base of ancient grains like farro, topped with avocado, roasted veggies, nori, or mixed greens.

For dinner, expect Indian or Japanese curries, Mediterranean stews, legumes, rice, salad and dessert.

Once you confirm your booking, they’ll work with you in terms of meal plan, dietary restrictions, and timing. They’re comfortable with accommodating dietary restrictions such as gluten free and vegan. They’ll offer suggested mealtimes to you based on the experience, and adjust to your specific needs.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • 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)

You can learn how to surf in your free time, ask Gypset to set you up with a local surf school.

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation at Cocoon
  • 2-3 daily yoga classes (Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative)
  • Barre with Laurel and Melissa (you can choose between an indoor studio or an outdoor pine studio for practice!)
  • Yoga mats and props
  • All meals at cocoon, farm to table, all vegetarian except 1 meal per week
  • Local hikes including nearby famed Costa Vicentina trail
  • Bicycles are available to explore the area
  • Swimming
  • WIFI

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Extra activities
  • Transfers

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela airport (LIS). For transportation to and from Lisbon and to explore the area around the resort, Gypset will be renting cars for the week. Melissa and Laurel will set up car assignments, don’t worry, you don’t have to drive if you don’t want to. They’ve got people in the group that are comfortable driving that will be happy to take the wheel. The cost for rental and patrol per person for the week will be approximately 100 USD additional.

Airport: Lisbon Portela Airport Airport transfer available: Lisbon Portela Airport (US$100 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Saturday October 1, 2022
Departure: Saturday October 8, 2022

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