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7 Days Yoga & Sound Healing Retreat, Portugal

  • Monte Velho Retreat Centre, Carrapateira, 8670-230 Aljezur, Portugal

Overview

Yoga & Sound Healing Retreat in Portugal

Monte Velho Retreat Centre invites you to the beautiful Yoga & Sound Healing Retreat. It is a wonderful combination of yoga, meditation, sound healing, dance, art therapy and vegetarian healthy food. The ocean, the trees, the beaches, the smell of wild flowers, the sunset view on the Atlantic west coast of Algarve is a very inspiring place to find peace within. Leave your worries behind, let go of stress, and allow yourself to enter in this space of silence and healing.

Highlights

  • Art therapy session
  • Morning pranayama
  • Therapeutic dance session
  • Yoga and meditation classes with live music
  • Full moon celebration with mantra chanting by the fire
  • Creative sessions and schedule free time
  • Delicious vegetarian food
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English, Portuguese
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At the retreat centre, dormitory, double, or private room accommodation options are available. All rooms have a private bathroom, terrace, and hammock.

The day at Monte Velho will start at 07:30 with a morning silent meditation, followed by pranayama and a lovely heart yoga practice to wake your body up and refill your energy levels. Yoga is union, the union starts when you align thoughts, words, feelings and actions. Once your body is awake after stretching, you will be having a delicious healthy breakfast. Afterwards, there is an invitation for you to sublime your creative expression through different exercises everyday such as art therapy, therapeutic dance, yogic cleansing techniques, and active meditations. The lunch will be served at 1:30 pm. An exquisite vegetarian buffet made of organic vegetables from our garden and local fresh food, will let your senses delighted. After lunch you will have free time for yourself. You may sleep, read a book on a hammock or make any extra activities. At 17:30 the sunset yoga class and the organic healing sounds with live music of exotic instruments from around the world, will fulfill your overall being with love and quietness. A warm dinner will then be served around 19:30. On special evenings, there will be unique activities.

Arrival day schedule - September 11, 2016

  • 15:00 - Arrival
  • 18:00 - Meeting
  • 19:00 - Dinner
  • 20:30 - Opening circle and sound journey

Retreat daily schedule

  • 07:30 - Meditation, yoga, pranayama, and sound healing
  • 09:30 - Breakfast
  • 11:00 - Creative expression / active meditations / therapeutic dance / yogic cleansing techniques
  • 13:30 - Lunch and free time
  • 17:30 - Yoga with live music
  • 19:00 - Dinner
  • 20:30 - Special evening activities (welcoming circle, full moon celebration, and closing gathering)

Departure day schedule - September 17, 2016

  • 07:30 - Free time for your personal interests
  • 13:30 - Lunch
  • 15:00 - Departure

One silent walking excursion is included for you to enjoy nature, the amazing views, and the smell of the wild West Algarve coast line.

  • Terra

    Terra has learned how to communicate and transform consciousness in the relationship area and events production. She then slowly got more interested in nature and the therapeutic path. Terra traveled three times to India, from there she was inspired by great teachers and studied deeply the art of yoga, meditation, stillness, and well-being.

  • Pedro Collares

    Sound therapist and music producer, Pedro has been studying different ways of using sound and music as a healing tool for more than ten years. The search for a deeper approach on music brought him to specialize in different therapeutic sounds.

  • Vera Balsemao

    Vera is passionate about creating, painting, singing, playing the guitar. Over the past ten years she has been learning and working in different projects about anthroposophy and Waldorf education where she found her guidelines.

Monte Velho Retreat Centre is located at west Algarve, Portugal. It was once a rural tourism center, Monte Velho has grown into its true essence and purpose as a retreat center. It is a space to appreciate and bring to life the natural beauty of the environment and a chance to have a real and empowering experience, our connection to our roots and a way to discover our true nature. It is a region enriched by the strength of its nature, where the high cliffs overlook the ocean, filling the air with a fresh breeze, spreading myths and tales of fishermen, sailors and pirates, sunken ships and great fisheries. The dense energy that originates from the storms in the ocean, concentrates in the beautiful waves that break on the sweeping sandy coast. Additionally there is a vast and unexplored area where several species can be seen. The location is a bearer of magical aromas, different plants, many of which are therapeutic.

Also Algarve, is Portugal’s southernmost region, which is known for its sunny Mediterranean climate and its beach and golf resorts. The whitewashed fishing villages on low cliffs overlooking sandy coves were transformed in the 1960s tourism boom, and nowadays its central coast between Lagos and Faro is lined with villas, hotels, bars and restaurants.

Activities
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Massage
  • Spa
  • Surfing nearby
  • Swimming
General
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Picnic area
  • Yoga studio

During the retreat, full board delicious vegetarian local and fresh meals will be served. Many of the vegetables, ingredients, and salads come from the retreat centre's organic garden.

Apart of the Yoga and activities, you will have free time to enjoy nature, go to the beach, receive a treatment at the spa or read a book. You can do the following around the area:

  • Bird watching
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Horse ride
  • Kite surfing
  • Nature treks
  • Photography workshops
  • Surf classes

Spa treatments are available for an extra cost, you may ask the reception for the packages.

  • 3 meals a day and all day herbal infusions
  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • Art therapy session
  • Daily meditation classes with live music
  • Daily yoga
  • Full moon celebration with music by the fire
  • Mats and yoga materials
  • Nature silent walk
  • Therapeutic dance session
  • Airport transfers
  • Plane ticket
  • Special tours

Arrival by airplane

Please book a flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO) or Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS).

From Faro Airport (FAO) you can rent your own car or you can arrange a transfer please contact the team. It is a one hour drive.

Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) is three hours away from the retreat venue.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Monte Velho Retreat Centre an inquiry.
  • Review by a traveller from Portugal
    10 out of 10

    "Loved the place. You feel so welcomed, everything emanates peace and tranquility. The rooms are very nice and comfortable. There's nothing but silence at night, and a starry sky. There are good walks in the property, nice lakes, where you can swim or ride the little boat. There's permaculture, and beautiful horses and the chance to try "Holistic Riding", with the wonderful, wise Andreas. For a different getaway, I recommend it. If you like nature in its raw form, this is the place for you, near beautiful beaches and surrounded by nature almost untouched by man. Good for surfers. Wonderful healthy breakfast."

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  • Review by a traveller from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "The Best place for a retreat and vacation on the Algarves!!!!!! The staff are very kind and helpful. It has all the facilities you need; very clean and also fantastic for kids to learn to love animals and nature!!! No internet in the room, it was just what I needed. If I go back to Portugal, this is where I will stay!!!"

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  • Review by Scott from Geneva, Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "Some of the best times of my life have been spent with dear friends at this resort. An easy drive in your rental car from either Lisbon or Faro airport, it is a surfer's paradise and a rustic nature resort. Friendly, private, sublime and remote are some adjectives I find to describe it. Food lovers will love the local fare, and hikers/walkers will love the beaches, dunes and cliffs of the surrounding areas. This is a place to get in touch with one's soul and disconnect and also recharge. It is wonderful for families."

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  • Review by a traveller from Massachusetts, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Monte Velho was a five star experience for us, and a real find. If the phrase “getting there by dirt roads” puts you off, you will probably want to consider another place. The resort grounds are located hillside with grand vistas of the Atlantic and nothing but pine nut orchards between you and the closest village, Carrapatiera. It is an absolute beauty of a location, and the buildings - the horse stables, the retreat center, the guest houses, the kitchen gardens, all – are laid out with an excellent, artistic eye. Not your place, though, if you are expecting a swimming pool, or even a TV. The rooms, though ‘primitive’ in some sense, are – as the grounds are - decorated with an exceptional sense of style and cosmopolitan set of expectations. This could be driven by the clientele for the yoga retreat center there, or possibly by the owners, but we couldn’t be sure. We love this corner of Portugal anyways; the local seafood, the Portuguese themselves, the surfers, but most of all the national seashore there. The sea and cliffs there are just world class. And the Monte Velho perfectly reflects this spirit. Best I can describe it is a Santa Fe sense of class and style, combined with a local laid back, salt-of-the-earth sensibility. Good mix, obviously, for us. Henrique, our host, was a great guy and got us plugged into the right restaurants in Carrapatiera and the best places to explore along the coast. He also talked us into eating Perceves, to which we are eternally grateful. Our bet is that Henrique is the architect behind this charming retreat. But we never met Vera, so we will have to reserve our praise for our second visit. Oh yes, we are going back."

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