Short Break Yoga Holidays Portugal

This short break is for those looking to connect with themselves and nature. Nature is a powerful source of healing, regeneration, and insight for those willing to open up to its mystery and magic. Start your day with some early morning yoga, fuel up with a healthy breakfast, and immerse yourself in the wellness facilities set in nature to relax, recharge, and reconnect. Join in this retreat for an amazing experience of rediscovering your senses, emotions, and mentality.

Retreat highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Evening meditation practices
  • Experience mantra Kirtan at a fire pit
  • Unlimited access to the resort sauna facilities
  • Daily breakfast, afternoon snacks, and dinner
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Free bicycle rental

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Portuguese, English
The maximum participants in the group is 15
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Smoke-free property
  • Free Wi-Fi

During the retreat, you will be residing at Obidos Lagoon Wellness Retreat hotel and spa. The hotel is a new wellness experience to Portugal. Obidos Lagoon Wellness retreat boasts of a natural chic design, offering a unique experience of comfort and elegance.

Each suite is tastefully decorated with pastel colors designed to make you feel calm, relaxed, and far away from your busy life. Each suite has a spacious open plan living, dining, kitchen area equipped for your basic cooking needs, bathroom with rainfall shower, and a bedroom that just breathes simplicity and tranquility. There is an option of two people sharing a one-bedroom suite, or three to four people sharing a two-bedroom suite.

Spa in nature facilities

Himalayan salt cave

Once upon a time, a couple hundred million years ago, crystallized sea salt beds, now deep within the Himalayans, were covered by lava. Besides being kept in a pristine environment that was surrounded by snow and ice year round, the lava is thought to have protected the salt from modern-day pollution leading to the belief that Himalayan pink salt is the purest salt to be found on earth.

Jacuzzi

Enjoying the Jacuzzi means that you will experience sleep improvement, stress relief, and muscle relaxation. It also alleviates joint pain.

Natural saltwater pool

Salt feels better on your skin and it’s good for the earth.

Sauna

People have used saunas and sweat lodges for thousands of years all around the world, and sweating out toxins is only part of the reason. Deeper health benefits from saunas don’t just lie in detoxification. You can actually boost your immune system too by using a few added techniques.

Unfortunately, most people who visit saunas neglect some of the key steps that help make this happen. When you sit in the sauna, brush, lightly scratch, or tap the skin on your arms, legs, belly, and back. This will stimulate your pores to open up more while you’re in the sauna, and boost the circulation at the surface of your body.

Once you've started sweating, you can stay in the sauna as long as you feel comfortable. Immediately after you leave the sauna, you have to immerse yourself in the cold water of the swimming pool. It sounds totally crazy, but you should think of it as boot camp for your immune system. It may not sound pleasant, but after a few times, you’ll get used to it and you’ll actually feel great afterward.

Program

Day 1

  • 16:00 Check-in and room assignment
  • 17:00 Welcome tea
  • 18:00 Yoga suave
  • 20:00 Dinner time (you may eat out at one of the recommended restaurants or you may order soup and salad from the organizers itself)
  • 22:00 Meditation at the fire pit - weather permitting

Day 2 and Day 3

  • 07:30 Wake up in silence and join in for some natural tea with plants from the garden
  • 08:00 Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga session
  • 09:30 Healthy breakfast
  • 11:30 A walk in nature
  • 13:00 Lunch time (you may eat out at one of the local restaurants or order a picnic lunch)
  • 14:00 Free time, relax, and spa in nature or explore the area
  • 16:30 Afternoon tea
  • 18:00 Hatha yoga
  • 20:00 Dinner time (you may eat out at one of the recommended restaurants)
  • 22:00 Experience some mantra Kirtan at the fire pit - weather permitting

Day 4

  • 07:30 Wake up in silence and join in for some natural tea with plants from the garden
  • 08:00 Yoga flow session
  • 09:30 Healthy breakfast
  • 11:00 Yoga session in pairs
  • 13:00 Farewell picnic lunch

Instructors

Vânia Montinho
Vânia started her career in 2004 in the area of health and wellness, as a beautician and masseuse. After several years working in this profession, she discovered the world of yoga. Her fascination with this ancient practice led her to attend the course for teachers, and she started her journey as a teacher of this great philosophy of life. Being in love with nature and outdoor sports, she later started to practice stand up paddleboarding. She thn started giving classes in SUP yoga. She believes that yoga is in everyone and is for everyone.

Retreat location

The retreat will be held at Obidos Lagoon wellness retreat center near the Silver Coast beaches and the shore of the ancient Obidos lagoon in Portugal. A leisurely one-hour drive from Lisbon, the Obidos Lagoon Wellness Retreat is located in the old Quinta de Obidos forest estate wedged between the pristine Silver Coast beaches and the south shore of the ancient Obidos Lagoon.

The area is well-known because Obidos lagoon is the largest salt water lagoon in Portugal and it is a favorite on weekends due to the warm water, secluded beaches, fishing spots, and various water sports.

Nearby places

  • Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) - 1 hour, 85 kilometers

Unique features

Activities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Stand up paddle boarding

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Beach
  • Café
  • Garden
  • Honesty bar
  • In-room safe
  • Kitchen
  • Meditation garden
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Free bottled water
  • Free parking
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance

Food

You will be served daily breakfast during the retreat. Afternoon tea, biscuits, cake, or fruit will also be provided.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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)

The organizer recommends the following excursions during your leisure time:

Cycling

Take the opportunity to go for a cycle to explore and enjoy the beauty of nature. There is a great bicycle path along the Obidos Lagoon. Start your journey leaving the Obidos Lagoon Wellness Retreat, and turn right at the end of the road. Continue for some 500 meters to the village of Lapinha with beautiful typical homes, and at the end of the descent, continue on the dirt road which leads to the Lagoon cycle path.

During your trip, you can explore many other activities whilst exploring nature, such as bird watching. The best place for this sort of activity is at the mouth of the Arnóia River where you can find a bird observation tower. About halfway to this observation tower, there is a snack bar or coffee shop to sit and enjoy the scenery. You will also see that this is the area where many water sports activities are located, a very popular water activity is the stand-up paddling.

Visit Obidos Castle

The retreat center is just 20 minutes away from the famous Obidos Castle. At the castle, you can try some of the local sweet pastries or the infamous cherry liquor in a chocolate cup or you could choose to walk around the castle walls and enjoy the views of the town and countryside surroundings.

Sala de Bem-Estar or Wellness treatment room

Obidos Lagoon Wellness Retreat and Spa are all about providing relaxing moments of complete serenity, renewing energy and balancing the body and mind. Indulge yourself with one of their full-body massages, hot stone massages, or discover the best massage tailored for your specific needs.

The retreat price includes a discount of 20% for the spa treatments (subject to availability). Please book in advance.

What's included

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Kirtan and meditation sessions
  • Free bicycle rental (subject to availability)
  • Yoga mats available
  • Complementary use of spa facilities, including salt water swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, and salt cave
  • 2 healthy breakfasts
  • 1 picnic lunch along with morning and afternoon tea
  • Board games and reading material available
  • 20% discount on all spa treatments (subject to availability)
  • 3 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Car hire or airport transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Extra treatments
  • Extra excursions
  • Travel and cancellation insurance costs
  • Additional meals and drinks

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request and at an additional cost.

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 14 days before arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Thursday October 4, 2018
Departure: Sunday October 7, 2018

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