8 Days Iyengar Yoga Retreat and Paddle Surf in stunning Tavira, Portugal

Summer SUP and Yoga Retreat Portugal

Join Annett - your yoga teacher and host at this superb summer location in the Tavira hills, East Algarve for a unique yoga retreat giving you a peaceful and relaxing break from your busy life. Our stunning location in the East Algarve has some of Europe’s most beautiful clean beaches and is only 10 minutes from the Natural Reserve of the Ria Formosa and Tavira town. Here, you can connect with like-minded people of all ages and all nationalities, evolve your two daily yoga classes on the mat, as well as on the floating mat on the Ria Formosa in Fuseta. You will enjoy two daily yoga classes with Annett, delicious vegetarian home cooked food, relax at the pool or a trip to the many beaches nearby or explore Tavira town.

Retreat highlights

  • Paddle surfing lessons
  • Daily Iyengar yoga classes
  • Free time to explore the surrounding areas
  • Exclusive use of the facilities
  • Healthy breakfast and lunch
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 4 vegetarian dinners

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Danish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 14
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in a dreamy place located in Tavira hills, East Algarve, Portugal. The house is surrounded by an agro-ecologically landscape among orange trees and other exotic fruits and a beautiful pond, giving you the feeling of peace and tranquillity.

You will have time to rest with a book on your own terrace, under one of the many orange trees or at the stunning pool. Just listening to the sound of bees and birds is a meditation in itself. Within walking distance is a small village with a supermarket and 2 restaurants, good for coffee and cake. The famous beach of Praia do Barril is 10 minutes away.

The facilities

The garden is in an agro-ecological landscape. The main house is an open space house airy and with views over the property and from the dining room and living room you have a stunning view to the outdoor terrace.

All the rooms are unique with different space and decor using the colors of nature and all with their own little patio or terrace. On the upper part of the property, you will find the amazing swimming pool with a spectacular sea view. For the more energetic and daring, there is also a natural pond for refreshing swims amongst the frogs. And next to the lake we have the beautiful yoga shala equipped with all the yoga props needed.

All rooms with ensuite bathrooms and private terraces.

Iyoga Portugal Yoga Retreat Program

The practice of yoga is an ideal way to balance the stresses of modern day living, nourishing, energizing to helping you stay healthy. Going on a yoga retreat gives you the time and peace to deepen your asana practice in relaxing surroundings.

Annett is located in Tavira and has been teaching for almost 20 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.

Yoga

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 fully equipped yoga shala and suitable for all levels, men and women including beginners with some yoga experience as well as intermediate level. If you are a beginner, the aim is to make you well-versed on the important basics.

The classes are taught in English and in Danish.

Stand up paddle boarding

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 Ria Formosa at Fuseta with the paddle surf school in charge of taking you on the floating mat. You will be transported there and back.

Sample daily schedule

Day 1

  • Arriving
  • Get together
  • Yoga at 6 p.m.
  • Dinner

Day 2

  • Yoga 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. at noon with 1/2 hour break
  • Brunch

Day 3

  • Yoga at 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. and at 6 p.m. - 7.30 p.m.
  • Dinner

Day 4

  • Breakfast
  • Your imagination?

Day 5

  • Yoga at 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. and at 6 p.m. - 7.30 p.m.
  • Dinner

Day 6

  • Yoga 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. at noon with 1/2 hour break
  • Brunch
  • Your imagination?

Day 7

  • Yoga at 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Dinner

Day 8

  • Breakfast and departure

The timetable is a guideline and can be altered to some extent.

Included excursions

You will go on a trip to Fuseta for stand up paddling on three of the days. Transport cost to and from the villa to Fuseta is not included in the package as it depends on how many we are. Students not paddling might also join the transport to enjoying the beach and town of Fuseta for the afternoon.

Instructors

Annett Mottlau
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 and in October 2015 she completed a 3-year study of Therapeutic Iyengar yoga with Stephanie Quirk. Her admiration for the Iyengar yoga technique and philosophy behind the teaching has always inspired her in her practice as well as her teaching. Her teaching is clear, dynamic with strict attention to details and alignment. She combines a well-structured class with her warm teaching style.

Retreat location

The stunning location Tavira in the East Algarve that has some of Europe’s most beautiful white sandy beaches, and is only 10 minutes from the Natural Reserve of the Ria Formosa and 4 kilometers from Tavira town.

Nearby places

  • Natural Reserve of the Ria Formosa - 10 minutes
  • Tavira town, 4 kilometers

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

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 Annett if needed.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

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)

Vegan food workshop with Eva

During you week Eva will offer a 3hr workshop teaching you new vegetarian cooking skills. Don’t miss this one.

Relaxing Massages

Your body might love to enjoy a relaxation regenerating massage or reflexology with Ivana, our amazing professional massage therapist working with us during the week of retreat. Can be booked upon arrival.

Fuseta | Paddle Surfing

Why Sup in the Algarve?

The Algarve is a pure aquatic playground with warm waters. With the superb location within the Ria Formosa Natural park, voted 1 of the 7 natural wonders of Portugal and an eco paradise. Just a 20min drive from our house to Fuseta town and beach.

Bicycles

Bicycles can be rented upon request.

Spa treatments

Various Massages

Your body might enjoy a relaxation regenerating massage or reflexology with Ivana, our amazing professional massage therapist working with us during the week of retreat. Can be booked upon arrival.

What's included

  • 2 Iyengar yoga classes daily
  • 3 paddle surfing lessons
  • 4 vegetarian dinners
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily healthy breakfast and lunch pack or brunch
  • Exclusive use of facilities at the villa
  • Tea, nuts, and fruits before the morning classes

What's not included

  • Transportation to and from the Paddle surf lessons
  • Food workshop

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Fly into Faro, distance to Sinagoga Tavira is approximately 30 minutes.

  • From Faro airport to Sinagoga a taxi cost approximately 40 EUR.
  • Take taxi to Faro train station and take the train to Tavira and from there a taxi to Sinagoga. Price approximately 10 EUR.
  • You may combine a visit to Lisbon and choose to fly into Lisbon Portela airport and from there either take the bus directly from Lisbon to Tavira, a 4hrs journey through the beautiful landscape of Portugal, Alentejo.

In the case I have your arrival time and flight numbers, I will always check if any of you will arrive at the same time and possible could share a taxi. I will let you know and set you up for a date in the airport :)

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
8 days / 7 nights
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Availability

No single rooms available in July.

Saturday July 28, 2018
(8 days / 7 nights)

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