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Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Portugal.
Join Mind’s Garden and the Azula Community in an epic 5-day body and mind detox program filled with purely organic homegrown veggies of your choice, completely off-the-grid eco-living, natural building and permaculture workshops, DIY (do it yourself) pizza night, guided meditation in nature, yoga on the beach session, mindfulness, oracle deck and self-love journaling workshops holistic health coaching talk, and let’s not forget the eye-opening alchemy workshop! This soul-nourishing, emotional-cleansing, and body-detoxing super fun retreat are expertly designed to transform all areas of your life by guiding you to discover and grow your inner power for positive and powerful life change through mind’s garden’s flagship positive transformation guided meditation program. Embark on this beautiful journey in nature to explore what it truly means to deeply relax, rejuvenate, take care of your body and mind and blossom into the most beautiful version of yourself. This retreat is for those who are open to positive life change and willing to put in the work on conscious, healthy, natural and mindful eating, living and being. Are you ready for this revolution for yourself?
Staying at Azula is a super fun, authentic and healing experience that will open your heart and nourish your body and mind. Located among beautiful green hills, surrounded by natural lakes and greenery, Azula is a truly a gift from Mother Nature.
The Azula Team dedicated themselves since 2016 to natural building and completed some of the most stunning self-sufficient eco mud houses and lotus glamping tents, fully furnished with comfy beds, beddings, personal shelves, solar showers, and compost toilets.
These accommodations embody Azula’s passion for working with, not against our Mother Nature and their persistent efforts in conscious and sustainable living. Located among beautiful trees and greenery, the rooms especially the womb-shaped lotus tents store and transmit the most magical energy from nature, leaving their dwellers feeling warmed and protected. Come and experience 100% off-the-grid living and return yourselves to the simplicity and pure joy of life!
Azula’s 90 m2 hand-built yoga deck is located in the heart of the project on top of the hills. With its great view over gentle hills, the platform is surrounded by beautiful cork oaks. The roof of the yoga deck is a wooden lotus-shaped geodesic Zome covered by colourful fabrics, as a celebration of life and the connection between the Mother Earth and all beings.
Energising morning yoga and meditation sessions, restoring afternoon sessions, and evening candlelit guided meditation sessions under the stars, will take place on this beautiful platform, deeply connecting you with the wonders and unique healing power of nature. What’s more, you’re free to swim in a wonderful natural lake on the site whenever your heart desires!
This epic five-day Positive Self-transformation Retreat is designed around four key practices:
In Guided Meditation Program, you'll be given psychoanalysis and positive psychology-based guidance to work with your own mind - to learn to observe your thoughts and feelings from the inside out, to cultivate non-judgmental and mindful awareness of yourself, to connect deeply with your inner voice and intuition, to develop stronger psychological and emotional resilience, and to explore what it truly means to relax, look after yourself and flourish. The sessions will be conducted with the assistance of aromatherapy and candle lights, creating a magical ambience that helps you to arrive into deep relaxation, peace and blissful stillness.
In yoga, you'll learn different styles of practices including Vinyasa, Restorative, Yin, Hatha, Traditional Balinese Watukaru and Power Yoga, to help you develop greater body awareness and learn to listen to your body, let go of the ego-mind, and flow into stillness and inner harmony in order to experience the truth of who you are.
In meditation, you’ll practice various techniques such as Mindfulness, Walking, Tibetan Tonglen, Breathing, Silent and Dancing Meditation. These practices give meditation beginners a great chance to kickstart their individual practices, and those who have been practicing for a while an opportunity to experience other forms of practice.
In pranayama, you'll learn to tap into the power of your breath, to reverse the "fight-or-flight" response and deeply relax your body, to remove emotional blockages and turbulence in your mind, and to feel perfectly safe and grounded in the present moment using the breath as your anchor.
Whether you're a complete beginner in meditation or yoga, or you have been practicing for some time, or you're already an experienced meditation or yoga teacher, this five-day Positive Self-transformation Retreat will empower you with knowledge, wisdom, strength and a fresh perspective on yourself.
You may make discoveries about yourself that you may not like, you may be challenged, and find yourself facing the unknown. You may experience stronger feelings of anger or sadness, since paying attention in a conscious way to your thoughts & feelings and being encouraged to talk or write about them - perhaps for the first time can highlight your emotions.
These are perfectly natural and healthy responses as your practice develops during this retreat, their experienced teachers will be right here to help you move through them with deep awareness and loving-kindness towards yourself. Remember that you and only you hold the key to positive self-transformation in your own hand and it's your responsibility to turn that key.
You may have different experiences from others, but you are not alone in how you feel. You’re not responsible for the negative things that happened to you, but you’re 100% responsible for healing from them. Learn to let others in. Take one step at a time. Pace yourself. Ask for help when needed. We are all in this together.
Now you might be wondering, is this all that this retreat offers? Of course not! In addition to the twice-daily yoga and meditation sessions and the guided meditation program, you'll take part in wonderful activities such as Heart-opening Self-reflection Oracle Deck workshop, yoga on the beach, Mindfulness & Self-love Journalling Workshop, Holistic Health Coaching Talk, Guided Farm Tour, Natural Building Workshop, Organic Gardening Permaculture Workshop (Plant your very own tree!), Hiking to the Lakes, DIY Pizza Night and an eye-opening Alchemy Workshop!
Are you feeling stressed, anxious or overwhelmed? Do you feel tired all the time or tired of being tired? Do you often find yourself judging, over-analyzing or over-reacting to certain feelings? How does this impact your body and mind? Does your life often feel disordered and chaotic? Do you feel empty, numb or unable to focus on anything? Are you often overcome with sadness or grief? Are there parts of yourself that you've been refusing to accept or love?
Do you find yourself emotionally blocked or burnt out? Do you feel powerless or isolated for being different from those around you? Do you often feel lonely even when you're not alone? Are you feeling lost, rootless or disconnected from yourself and your inner voice? Do you feel absent from yourself? Like you're going through the motions in your everyday life, but you're not really there? Are you trapped in fear or the same negative thinking patterns that clutter your mind and steal your inner peace? Do you ever feel oppressed by your own mind?
If you have one or some of the feelings above, you might be wondering, "How can I get rid of them?" - a question almost everyone on this planet craves an answer to. By going to a spiritual guru, chanting a mantra, or living in a temple? These might be temporary solutions for some people, but not for all. In fact, there's no answer to this question once and for all, because you are humans and you can never stop having feelings and emotions. However, you are capable of controlling the effects of your feelings by changing your reactions to them.
There is no feeling in you that is inherently wrong, or bad. What truly matters is not what you feel, but what you do with your feelings. At Mind's Garden, they believe the power for positive life change resides within your own mind and it is available to each and every one of you.
This is why Mind's Garden host this retreat - to help you discover that power within you and learn to use it effectively in all areas of your life. This retreat gives you the opportunity to observe your thoughts, emotions, and feelings from moment to moment, without any judgment; to discover for yourself that your feelings, fear, and doubts are not you, they don't define or validate you and you're already complete, connected, and free.
To change your old negative thinking habits and cognitive patterns by consciously working with (not struggling against) your own mind, thus empowering yourself to respond more effectively to the challenges and demands of your everyday life; to understand who you are on a deeper level and learn to infuse your mind with deep awareness, positivity, strength, and rock-solid confidence; and to celebrate life as it is and invite more peace, light, and joy into the journey.
Now you must be wondering, "what is Mind's Garden?" Mind's Garden is a London-based wellness business that is on a mission to help people discover and grow the power for positive self-transformation through guided meditation, yoga, breathwork, and conscious dieting.
They are a team of passionate individuals from previously diverse backgrounds before they began their individual paths of yoga and self-healing - anthropologist and mathematician from Cambridge University, psychotherapist, mindset coach, architect, Fintech entrepreneur, musician, holistic health coach, travel blogger, and graphic designer - brought together by their shared passion for bringing positive changes to people's lives and making the world a little better and kinder, one day at a time.
Dear fellow humans, be realistic, plan for a miracle! This retreat is that miracle, are you ready for it?
A perfect chance to explore this beautiful paradise, meet the Azula Team, hear their stories and say hello to the adorable chickens, rabbit, cats, and doggy!
Creatively combining story-telling, journaling, psychoanalysis and self-reflective oracle deck reading, this deeply inspiring workshop will lead you to ask and answer many questions about yourself, to awaken to your most authentic inner voice and to seize your inner power for positive life change.
Mind’s Garden Yogalates is a dynamic blend of Vinyasa yoga and Pilates, harnessing the physical & mental benefits of both practices. Expect to sweat a lot, get stronger and burn those calories!
A super fun workshop that introduces you to the theories of Natural Building and gets your hands dirty with mud! Observe and respect the world around us, reconnect with our ancestral roots and consciously use local, renewable and sustainable materials to create buildings and sculptures that work in harmony with our mind, body and soul, and the environment they inhabit.
In this workshop, you will learn about the concept of Alchemy, and the ways to apply alchemical principles to our life and mind, and how this application can help us to see clearly the silver lining through the laws of nature at all scales of reality. Welcome, true seekers of Self Mastery and Wisdom!
A hands-on workshop that is focused on Organic Gardening, teaching you the fundamental techniques and knowledge of Permaculture to get you started with growing quality, fresh, organic vegetables all year round. From the urban balcony to the rural farm this workshop will teach you how to grow more veg in less space than you ever imagined to be possible! You’ll also plant your very own Azula tree and learn how to look after it! (Why not jump into the natural lake on the site afterward for a full natural cleanse?)
Danai is a psychotherapist, yoga and meditation instructor from Greece. In search of a more peaceful mind, she traveled across Europe into the majestic landscapes of Finland, where she discovered her true passion - fluid body movements through yoga and dancing. Combining her psychology background with her certification in Vinyasa yoga and guided meditation, she guides people through their individual paths of self-acceptance, transformation, overcoming of past trauma and better communication with their subconscious mind and inner voice.
Landy is a certified Vinyasa and meditation teacher. She has a natural gift of listening in order to understand people on a deeper level and applies effortlessly her understanding and empathy to her teaching or as she prefers to call it, guided self-healing through meditation, pranayama, yoga and yoga therapy. She integrates her love for poetry, art and oriental philosophy, and medicine into her teaching and has been a part of many people's positive self-transformation and journeys to happier and more fulfilling lives.
Nikolay is a Spain-based mental health and veganism advocate, yoga philosophy teacher and alchemist. From a very young age, he has been well versed in fields of Physics, Psychology, Theology, Mycology and the Alchemical Arts. His insights into self-knowledge and self-mastery through understanding “I” and the “Universe” are eye-opening and has helped many of his workshop participants to gain clarity on their individual paths and truths.
Cristian discovered permaculture in 2012 and has since developed a passion for its practicality and beauty. Now with a 16 hectare land he's doing his best to exploit the site's potential and resources to produce delicious and healthy food. He believes farming creates a stronger relationship towards one's food and even strengthen oneself physically by working consciously and with the right techniques. Besides taking care of the planting and gardening of the project, he is a passionate surfer and opened a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy in São Luis.
Christina is a London based yoga teacher and a holistic health coach. She has qualified in Rocket Yoga and teaches Rocket, Vinyasa, Power and Hot Yoga. Valuing both the internal and external benefits of the ancient practice, Christina promotes balance throughout her classes and sees yoga as a way to not only align, lengthen and strengthen the body but also to calm, restore and relax the mind. Christina has a wonderful sense of rhythm which she has taken from her dancing background and draws on her knowledge of anatomy and alignment as well as mindfulness and breath work throughout her classes.
Located on the South-Western coast of Portugal, only a 20 minutes drive to the beach, Azula (meaning “A cozy place on earth” in Arabic) is a place, a project and the home of two families that share the same vision, to raise their children in a beautiful safe environment and to cultivate their land and themselves so as to enjoy life fully. The Azula Team is full of enthusiasm, passion, determination, and knowledge, and they are transforming this previously heavily grazed land into an abundant off-the-grid ecological farm by applying fully integrated Permaculture design systems.
This is a fantastic opportunity for all participants of this retreat to see how to make dreams into reality by designing and building a Permaculture project from scratch and working with, not against our Mother Earth. So far, this process has come to transform many lives, filling them with passion for what they are doing and giving them great joy. They want to share their experiences with more people through this retreat and to make a real, strong, positive change in this world we share.
It’s time to get your hands dirty and rejoice in the abundance and beauty of our Mother Nature!
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Mind's Garden and Azula offer an experience of profound beauty, authenticity, wholesomeness, human warmth, respect and care. They are passionate about nutrition, healthy diet and food as medicine - you need to eat healthy to be healthy.
The Mediterranean diet is renowned for being the healthiest diet in the world. Every day you’ll enjoy wholesome, abundant and delicious vegetarian and vegan Mediterranean/Portuguese/Indian cuisine with freshly picked organic vegetables of your choice! And let’s not forget heavenly raw salads, vegan pies, fruits, desserts, homemade herbal teas and juices and an extra fun DIY pizza night using a hand-built traditional outdoor clay oven!
All in all, an authentic culinary experience filled with amazingness! Mind's Garden and Azula believe that the key ingredient of amazing food is always love. If you have any allergies or requirements, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. They make it their mission to provide the care and nourishment your body deserves.
Please send them 2 of your favourite vegetables and they’ll plant them and serve them to you freshly picked (by you!) from the garden, you could even cook it the way you want and share your love with everyone!
The list of veggies for the Spring Garden (June and July Retreats) is as follows:
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Lisbon Portela Airport
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From Faro, please check on the central station in Faro for a bus from Faro to Lagos. There is a bus available every half hour. From Lagos to Cercal and São Luis is only one bus a day available.
From Lisbon, the bus leaves next to the zoo in Lisbon and goes twice a day to Cercal or once a day directly to São Luis. The ticket costs 16 EUR if you above 30 years, 13 EUR for under 30 years old.
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