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Join Annett - your yoga teacher, in this superb summer location Colares and Cascais for a magical yoga retreat next to the beaches in a calm local atmosphere away from busy cities. This is Colares, in front of Praia Grande and with the view of the green Sintra mountains in the background. Here, you can connect with like-minded people, evolve your two daily yoga classes on the mat, as well as on the floating mat in the bay of Cascais. Here, you will enjoy two daily yoga classes with Annett, fabulous vegetarian home cooked food, relax at the pool or take a stroll to the beaches.
During this retreat, you will stay in the Starpine Lodge. New and fresh, the lodge is set in a beautiful garden, giving you the feeling of space and calmness with the ocean in front and the Sintra Mountains raising behind you and just around the corner from the Praia Grande Beach among other along the coast line.
Starpine is a superb yoga house which has been totally refurbished and part of it renovated this year including creating a new swimming pool and a yoga shala in the garden with sea view. The annex next to the main house has been turned into three beautiful double and twin rooms with private bath and direct view to the garden and pool.
The main house has a large terrace for alfresco dinning including an outdoor barbecue area with view to the pool and the yoga shala at the end of the garden. The lodge also offers you a separate kitchen fully equipped where you can store your food and drinks and cook if needed.
You will find the communal area on the ground floor with a living room and fireplace, dining area, kitchen, and reception. The rooms in the main building are all on the first floor with views. There are five double or twin rooms, two with sea view and three with Sintra view both sharing two separate bathrooms.
The practice of yoga is an ideal way to balance the stresses of modern day living, helping you stay healthy and young in body, mind, and spirit. Yoga nourishes the organic body through the practice of asanas (postures), brings clarity to the mind, and keeps the body strong, supple, and healthy.
Annett has been teaching for more than 17 years and six years of running her retreats in Portugal. She has a good eye for the students’ needs and you can make sure you are in good hands.
You will have a two-hour long asana morning class and one and a half hour long restorative class in the afternoon. The yoga sessions are taking place in the new yoga shala and suitable for all levels including beginners with some yoga experience as well as intermediate level.
The groups are small and there is time for personal attention to each student, so all students personally benefit and work on their individual challenges. If you are a beginner, the aim is to make you well-versed on the important basics. Meanwhile, the more advanced yoginis are assisted in evolving and working on their individual issues.
Yoga sessions are held at the new beautiful yoga shala at the Starpine Lodge, set up with all equipment needed including mats, foam blocks, bricks, belts, blankets, and chairs. Iyengar yoga uses all these props to help you practice the poses safely. The classes are taught in English and in Danish.
If you’ve never been on a stand-up paddleboard, don’t be discouraged. The classes are suitable for beginners. Note that paddle boards are extremely stable and built for you to balance on them. Your instructor will know how to get you up on the board and show you the proper ways to paddle for momentum, how to stop, and how to turn.
The classes will take place in Cascais Bay with the paddle surf school in charge of taking you our on the floating mat. You will be transported from the lodge to Cascais and back with also the opportunity to pay Cascais a visit, shopping, having lunch, or just laying low on the beach before returning to Colares.
You will go on a trip to Cascais for stand up paddling.
B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Institute Junior Intermediate I (Iyengar Yoga)
Annett Mottlau is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher from the B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Institute in Amsterdam. Her admiration for the Iyengar yoga technique and philosophy behind the teaching has always inspired her in her practice as well as her teaching.
This retreat will take place in the little traditional village of Colares, a nice place to have a coffee or a meal and enjoy its quiet charm and local market. Colares is one of the nicest small towns in the area where Portugal is still Portugal.
During your stay at this summer retreat, you will be served tea, nuts, and fruits before the morning classes and a healthy breakfast after including fresh juices, tea, and coffee. You will have a lunch pack every day and four delicious vegetarian dinners during the week. For the remaining evenings, you may explore the amazing restaurants in the area with some help from Iyoga Portugal if needed.
During your free time, you have a wide range of options: you can enjoy the wonderful beaches, marvel at the amazing scenery of the Sintra-Cascais natural park, and take a trip to Cascais and Estoril, two charming fishing villages, or simply visit Lisbon, the capital of Portugal and one of the oldest cities in the world. There are mountain bikes available free of charge at the lodge for short trips. Longer trips can be organized on site.
The extensive Praia Grande and its little sister, the scenic Praia Pequena, with its steep cliffs are only a short walk from the lodge. There you will find small local restaurants. Take a short bike ride or a 20-minute walk and you get to Praia das Macas, a nice little beach with a little village that offers restaurants and cafe shops.
Besides these more well-known beaches, the area also has some more hidden bays on offer where even on a summer Sunday you will hardly find any people - that is, if you don't mind a little hike down the cliffs. In a radius of 30 kilometers to the south, east, and north, you will find dozens of more beaches, bays, and reefs offering perfect conditions for all kinds of water sports.
Formerly a small local fishing village, Cascais is situated approximately 25 kilometers north of Lisbon and 19 kilometers from Colares (20 minutes by taxi from Colares) and remains local, set on the waterfront, and is connected by a string of smaller urban beaches with the next town Estoril.
You can walk the whole way along the sea (paredo), stop at various beaches to either soak in the lifestyle with a bica (coffee) or have a lunch or dinner at the beach restaurants where fresh fish and seafood are served. There are plenty of cultural activities in the area such as museums. In the narrow cobble stoned walking streets and towns squares, you will find open air fairs and shops.
A visit to Lisbon is also a must. The Portuguese capital is one of the oldest cities in the world and less than a 40-minute drive from the lodge. Rich in architecture and culture, it’s also a very vibrant city and a must-see for everybody coming to Portugal. It can be easily reached from the camp for a day trip by train from Sintra.
The Natural Park of Sintra-Cascais, spreading out from the mountains of Sintra to the beaches of Cascais, represents a unique diversity of landscape and without doubt the most breathtaking region in Portugal. It includes sand dunes, rugged coastline with high cliffs and sandy bays, dense forests and calm lakes, with the majestic Serra de Sintra overlooking it all. The centuries old symbiosis of manmade Sintra and the surrounding nature has gained the whole area the status of UNESCO cultural heritage.
Your body might like to enjoy a relaxation massages with Esther, the amazing professional massage therapist, who for many years had a massage practice in the Caribbean. The treatment can be booked upon arrival for an additional cost.
Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. The transfer cost is 50 EUR per transfer for up to three persons and 75 EUR per transfer for four to seven persons. Single transfer can also be arranged.
You may also pick up the train from Lisbon to Sintra and Iyoga Cascais will collect you free of charge from the train station in Sintra.
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