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Cooking and Yoga Retreat in Portugal

This Ashtanga, Ayurveda Cooking & Pranayama Retreat is one of the most popular retreats Martinheiras hosts. In this retreat, you will learn the basic principles of Ayurveda through food, yoga, and breath (pranayama). Your pulse will be taken daily to determine your current constitution and you will also learn how to cook for it. You also have the benefit of adding additional services such as massages, nail and waxing treatments to really allow yourself to be pampered.

Meet the instructors

Amari (Tiana) & Anita
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Highlights

  • Daily pranayama & meditation sessions
  • Take part in a cooking class and spice workshop
  • Morning Ashtanga Mysore or Led yoga sessions every day
  • Enjoy one group biodanza session
  • Food, drink, and snacks included
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Portuguese
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Poolside bar
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

Casa do Jardim - private room in a shared house

Casa Do Jardim is a little guest house with a private kitchen area, living space, shared bathroom, and private terrace. This option is a private room in a shared house. There is also the option to take the entire house if you wish.

Casa do Jardim - loft bed in a shared house

Casa Do Jardim is a little guest house with a private kitchen area, living space, shared bathroom, and private terrace. This option is a single loft bed in a shared house.

Quarto do Patio - twin sharing room with en-suite bathroom

Quarto Do Patio is a quaint room with twin beds and a private en suite bathroom located in the courtyard of the property. There is also the option to book this room privately for a higher price.

Quarto do Sobreira - twin sharing room with en-suite bathroom

Quarto Do Sobreira is one of the favorite twin sharing rooms as it is located at the very top of the property with fantastic views.

Yurt - twin sharing room with shared shower and compost toilet

The beautiful 6.2 m yurt with a shared compost toilet and shower. The yurt is located on the north side of the property, in the middle of nature and it has a stove inside it. This is a beautiful way to enjoy this retreat surrounded by nature. This is a twin-sharing option.

Program

Day 1, October 1 - Arrival day

  • 15:00 Arrival at Martinheiras by car or Train Station Santa Clara Saboia where Martinheiras will pick you up (at an extra charge). Tour, light refreshment
  • 15:30 - 16:30 Relax and enjoy
  • 16:45 - 18:00 Getting to know you, guided meditation and pranayama led by Tiana
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • 21:00 Rest

Day 2, October 2

  • 08:00 - 08:15 Herbal tea on the terrace
  • 08.15 - 08:30 Meditation with Tiana
  • 08:30 - 09:15 Pranayama with Tiana (pulse taking day 1)
  • 09:15 - 11:30 Asana with Tiana
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Buffet brunch
  • 13:00 - 15:00 Massage time / Reiki / pool time / hammock hill
  • 14:30 Light snack and healthy smoothie
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Workshop 1: Discovering your Doshas and how the pranayama will differ for each individual with Ayurvedic questionnaire, explaining the doshas
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Restorative yoga class
  • Break
  • 18:45 - 20:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Short video - yoga documentary
  • 21:00 Rest

Day 3, October 3

  • 08:00 - 08:15 Herbal tea on the terrace
  • 08.15 - 08:30 Meditation with Tiana
  • 08:30 - 09:15 Pranayama with Tiana (pulse taking day 2)
  • 09:15 - 11:30 Asana with Tiana
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Buffet brunch
  • 13:00 - 15:00 Massage time / Reiki / pool time
  • 14:30 Light snack & or healthy smoothie
  • 15:00 - 17:00 Massage time / Reiki / pool time / hammock hill
  • 17:00 - 18:40 Workshop 2: Ayurvedic cooking with Anita: Basic principles and
  • making your own dinner
  • 18 45 - 20:30 Dinner
  • 21:00 - 21:30 Tratak meditation
  • 21:15 Rest

Day 4, October 4

  • 08:00 - 08:15 Herbal tea on the terrace
  • 08:15 - 08:30 Meditation with Tiana
  • 08:30 - 09:15 Pranayama with Tiana (pulse taking day 3)
  • 09:15 - 11:30 Asana with Tiana
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Buffet brunch
  • 13:00 - 15:00 Massage time / Reiki / pool time
  • 14:30 Light snack and/or healthy smoothie
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Massage time / Reiki/ pool time / hammock hill
  • 16:30 - 18:30 Workshop 2: Part 1: The Vinyasa: How to fly, part 2: A deeper look at back bending
  • 19:00 - 20:30 Dinner
  • 20:30 - 21:30 Group Biodanza
  • 21:30 Rest

Day 5, October 5 - Departure day

  • 07:30 - 08:00 Herbal tea on the terrace
  • 08:15 - 09:00 Pranayama with Tiana (pulse taking day 4)
  • 08:30 - 09:15 Asana with Tiana
  • 09:30 - 10:45 Buffet brunch
  • 11:00 - 14:00 Departure to Lisbon and Faro

Post-retreat Skype session

Martinheiras offers one free Skype session after the retreat which allows for the following:

  • To check up on any issues with self-practice or practice in a shala or with another teacher
  • To motivate you and guide you back onto the mat

The skype call is as an additional talk through class lasting one hour. In this hour, you can also address any issues that may arise and it can be with any of Martinheiras core teachers. Valid up to 6 months after your visit! Martinheiras team wants you to stay happy and healthy and empowered however they can.

Instructors

Amari (Tiana) Harilela-Vicente

Anita Cunha

Retreat location

This is a beautiful retreat set in an incredible setting at Martinheiras in the hills of Alentejo which is in the South of Portugal. A remote place, designed to give you a true retreat feeling with a home feel.

This is practically an undiscovered part of Alentejo, where nature prevails and the stars are endless at night. They have designed a program to allow you to unfold in nature's grace, to take you away from your busy schedule and to give you the opportunity to unwind your mind.

The retreat will happen in a special and magical place. The property sits high up on 11 hectares of land near Luzianes - Gare, Alentejo, Portugal with spectacular views. It is one of the most quiet and peaceful places in the area, with beautiful gardens and surrounded by nature. It is 100% solar powered with tracking and have its own water system, making it not only luxurious, but eco- friendly as well. The place is 40 minutes to the coast and 30 minutes to Odemira. There is a lake 20 mins away on which a sailing excursion can be organized at an extra cost.The closest coastline is one of the most beautiful in the world, with much to explore and to see.

They have a salt water pool, beautiful walks, and meditation spots on the land and the famous hammock hill. The ideal place to relax and unwind as one should on a retreat, under beautiful Cork Sobreira trees.

Unique features

Activities

  • Cooking classes
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Reiki
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Hammock

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

The food that you eat on the retreat is of the utmost importance. Food nourishes you from the inside and out. Your food is made with love by the lovely Chefs Anita or Ricardo. Whether it's a detox retreat or Ayurveda retreat their sole purpose is to fill your belly with healthy vegan food that leaves you satisfied and ready to take the day on.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegan
  • Ayurvedic
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)

Massage is at an additional cost of 40 - 50 EUR. Advance booking is necessary. Subject to availability. Reiki session costs 30 EUR per person for 45 minutes with Tiana. Other treatments are available. Advance booking is necessary.

What's included

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily morning yoga (Ashtanga Mysore and/or Led)
  • Daily pranayama, pulse taking, and meditation
  • All food, snacks, and drinks
  • 1 cooking class and spice workshop
  • 1 yoga workshop
  • Evening meditation and programs
  • Group Biodanza session

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Extra Reiki sessions
  • All types of massages
  • Acupuncture
  • Sailing / kayaking trips
  • Beach trip

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO) or at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). From both Faro and Lisbon, you can take the train to get to the Santa Clara Saboia Station. Martinheiras provide transfer service from here for four passengers.

Arrival by train

Martinheiras is accessible by train from both Faro and Lisbon. You are advised to notify Martinheiras of your pick up time before you purchase your train ticket so that they can schedule your transfer service. It is also advised that you book your train in advance before flying. Please arrive at Santa Clara Saboia Train station and contact them first.

From Faro, take a taxi or bus to the Faro railway station. Take the train in the direction of Lisbon and get off at Santa Clara Saboia Station. Martinheiras provide a transfer service from here for four passengers.

From Lisbon, you can take the underground, or a taxi from the airport to Lisboa-Oriente railway station. Take the train in the direction of Faro and get off at Santa Clara Saboia station. Martinheiras provides a transfer service from here for four passengers.

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.

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Arrival: Friday October 1, 2021
Departure: Tuesday October 5, 2021

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