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Wondering where to go after the global pandemic? The answer is nature, nature, nature! Connecting with our Mother Nature has become more crucial to our wellbeing than ever before! Embark on this beautiful journey in nature to transform your life by learning powerful mind control techniques and supercharging your mind towards unlimited abundance, success, love and happiness! Join Mind’s Garden and the Azula Community in this 5-day epic Body & Mind Detox Program super powered by purely organic homegrown vegetables of your choice, 100% off-the-grid Eco-living, DIY pizza night, twice daily yoga and pranayama practices, hypnotic exercises and daily guided meditations, and let’s not forget mind-blowing workshops such as the Oracle Deck & Creative Visualisation Workshop; Holistic Health Coaching Workshop (on the beach!); Fengshui for your Inner & Outer World Workshop; Mindfulness & Self-love as a Lifelong Discipline Workshop; Organic Gardening & Permaculture Workshop; Natural Building (with Mud!) Workshop and the blissful Face Yoga & Gua Sha Workshop! This retreat is tailored for those that want to powerfully shift their reality and live a happier, healthier and more abundant life. Are you ready?
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 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, 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-square-meter 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 colorful fabrics, as a celebration of life and the connection between the Mother Earth and all beings.
Energizing 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!
One of the most profound lessons the Coronavirus pandemic has taught us is the importance of connection. Material things don’t actually matter as much as we once thought they were, and what’s absolutely essential to the human experience is being able to connect with others, physically, emotionally, spiritually, or energetically. Things that don’t typically leave a mark on our heart become the very things we miss the most - a smile of a baby on the bus, the smell of freshly baked bread in the farmer’s market, chatting to a stranger in a bar and “Hello” from the homeless guy on the street. When the pandemic fades away and leaves many of us mentally fragile, it’s time to ask ourselves, how can we learn to live our lives with deeper awareness, positivity, and inner peace? How can we connect with each other in a more meaningful way? How can we look after ourselves better and kinder? Moreover, how can we love our Mother Nature more and cherish its beauty and abundance
This beautiful 5-day retreat is a perfect opportunity for you to connect with yourself better by learning how your mind works and how to make it work better for (not against) you; to meet and evolve with like-minded people from around the globe and learn from each other’s stories, experiences, and perspectives; to deeply destress, detox, and renew your body and soul; and to grow deeper awareness of our inner and outer world, especially Mother Nature. What’s more, this retreat invites you to dive deep within to find your inner compass and learn how to use it effectively to wipe out old, negative self-beliefs and rewire your mind towards a happier, healthier and more abundant life. When your inner world changes, your outer world starts to mirror that new inner world and your mind will do everything it can to help you achieve that vision.
This 5-day positive transformation program is designed around four key practices:
In the guided meditation program, you'll be given psychoanalysis and positive psychology-based guidance, hypnotic exercises, and powerful mind control techniques to work with your own mind and communicate with it effectively; to observe your thoughts and feelings from the inside out and cultivate non-judgmental and mindful awareness of yourself; to connect deeply with your inner voice and intuition and develop stronger mental and emotional resilience, and to learn how to truly relax your body and mind and blossom into the grandest vision you have for yourself. The sessions will be conducted with the assistance of aromatherapy and candlelight, creating a magical ambiance that will help you to arrive into deep relaxation, wonderful peace, and blissful stillness.
In yoga practices, you'll learn different styles of practice including Vinyasa, Restorative, Yin, Hatha, Rocket, Power and Traditional Balinese Watukaru yoga, to help you develop greater bod,y awareness, learn to listen to your body, supercharge your practice with the concept of neuroplasticity and flow effortlessly into stillness and inner harmony in order to experience the truth of who you are.
In meditation practices, you’ll practice various techniques such as mindfulness, silent, Tibetan Tonglen, staring, hugging, and dancing meditation. These practices give meditation beginners a great chance to kickstart their individual practices and experienced practitioners a wonderful opportunity to learn other techniques of practice. You’ll make many new discoveries about yourself and open up to new perspectives and beliefs that will powerfully transform your mindset.
In breathwork practices, you will be guided through different techniques of Pranayama and learn to harness the phenomenal power of your own breath; to release emotional blockages and trauma; to reverse the "fight-or-flight" response and deeply relax every cell in your body, 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, you have been practicing for some time, or you're an experienced meditation or yoga teacher, this Positive Transformation Program will empower you with profound knowledge, wisdom and a fresh perspective on yourself. You and only you, hold the key to positive self-transformation in your own hand and it is your responsibility to turn that key. And all you have to do is to learn to truly let go and believe in yourself during this extraordinary journey.
Remember that 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 and rising from them. During this process, learn to let others in. Take one step at a time. Pace yourself. Ask for help when needed. Experienced teachers from Mind’s Garden will be right there to help you at every stage of this transformative journey.
Now you might be wondering, is this all that this program offers? Of course not! In addition to the key practices mentioned above, you'll enjoy awesome activities to connect better with our Mother Nature such as a guided farm tour upon arrival, during which the Azula team will show you all of the amazing projects they are working on, their permaculture gardens, off-the-grid mud houses, organic veggie patches, hand-built traditional clay ovens, heart-melting farm animals, and stunning hills and lakes all around the farm. There will be an organic gardening and permaculture workshop, during which you’ll learn how to grow your own vegetables and herbs in your garden or balcony, and there will also be a special ceremony to honor Mother Nature and each of you will plant your very own tree Also, a DIY Pizza night, during which you’ll pick vegetables straight from the garden and make vegetarian or vegan pizzas with a traditional clay oven and a natural building workshop, during which you’ll learn how to build 100% eco-friendly houses with materials from nature such as mud.
Furthermore, you’ll also take part in soul-nourishing workshops such as the oracle deck and creative visualization workshop, during which you’ll understand yourself better, connect deeper with your authentic self, and learn how to visualize and manifest the life you truly deserve; the holistic health coaching workshop on the beach, during which you will learn how to balance your yin and yang energy and live more consciously, mindfully and healthier; Feng Shui for your inner and outer world workshop, during which you’ll learn how to apply Feng Shui or rather, the quantum physics of your home environment, as a unique method of aligning your inner (your mind) and outer energy field (your home) so that quick and effective manifestations can take place in your life; mindfulness and self-love as a lifelong discipline workshop, during which you’ll get a deeper understanding of mindfulness and learn to combine it with the practice of self-love to live a more balanced and fulfilled life; and the super popular face yoga and Gua Sha workshop, during which you will learn amazing face yoga techniques and Gua Sha, aka scraping therapy, to add extra glow and radiance to your skin!
Now you must be wondering, who is hosting this retreat? The answer is the Mind’s Garden and Azula teams. 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 top universities such as Cambridge and LSE; psychotherapist; mindset coach; Fintech entrepreneur; holistic health coach; travel blogger; and graphic designer; all 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. Azula (meaning “A cozy place on earth” in Arabic) is a place, a farm, a project and the home of two families that share the same vision: to raise their children in a beautiful and safe environment and to cultivate their land and themselves in a consciously loving way, so as to enjoy life fully. The Azula team is full of enthusiasm, passion, determination, and knowledge, and they are transforming previously heavily grazed lands into an abundant off-the-grid ecological farm by applying fully integrated Permaculture design systems.
Together, Mind’s Garden and Azula would love to guide you through a beautiful journey of powerful transformation, growth, love, and celebration of this glorious experience that we call life.
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 help you to understand yourself better, connect deeper with your authentic self and learn how to visualize and manifest the life you truly deserve.
While relaxing on a stunning Mediterranean beach, you’ll learn from this wonderful workshop many ways to balance your Yin and Yang energy and how to live more consciously, mindfully, and healthier.
Mind’s Garden Yogalates is a dynamic blend of Vinyasa yoga and Pilates, harnessing the physical and 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 you, reconnect with your ancestral roots, and consciously use local, renewable, and sustainable materials to create buildings and sculptures that work in harmony with yourself and the environment you inhabit.
Wondering why you revert back to the same behavioral patterns after a spiritually enlightened trip? The energy field (Fengshui) of your home might be the reason! In other words, your outer world can’t keep up with your spiritual growth! In this powerful workshop, you’ll learn how to apply Fengshui or rather, the quantum physics of your home environment, as a unique method of aligning your inner (your mind) and outer energy field (your home) so that quick and effective manifestations can take place in your life.
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.
You’ll pick vegetables straight from the garden and make vegetarian/vegan pizzas with a traditional clay oven. A perfect chance to share your favorite recipe with everyone.
You’ll learn amazing Face yoga techniques and Gua Sha, aka Scraping Therapy, to add extra glow and radiance to your skin, and get a deeper understanding of mindfulness and learn to combine it with the practice of Self-love to live a more balanced and fulfilled life.
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.
Claudia is a mathematician and statistician turned full-time yogi. She’s certified in both Yin yoga and yoga therapy, while studying extensively Chinese traditional medicine and acupuncture. Her passion for understanding the intricacies of the human body especially its self-healing power guided her to discover a unique approach of teaching—she helps students to deepen and expand their practices through activating specific acupressure points in the body. She believes there’s infinite power held in our body, and we just need to learn to use the right key to unleash it.
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.
It’s time to get your hands dirty and rejoice in the abundance and beauty of 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, and Indian cuisine with freshly picked organic vegetables of your choice! Also, 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 them. They make it their mission to provide the care and nourishment your body deserves.
Please send them two of your favorite 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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