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8 Days Intermediate Level Iyengar Yoga Retreat Portugal

  • Monte na Luz, Cabanitas, Loule, 8100-538

Iyengar Yoga Retreat Portugal

Join Rachel Lovegrove, internationally renowned Iyengar yoga teacher, for a retreat of excellent instruction, fabulously healthy and delicious food, as well as peaceful and beautiful surroundings in the heart of Portugal, Algarve. Monte na Luz is a well established yoga retreat center, set in the hills overlooking the pretty town of Loule, with views over the valley to the sea. It is only 25 minutes from Faro airport and 7 kilometers from the wonderful Algarvian beaches.


  • 2 Iyengar yoga sessions daily
  • Beach trip and walking option
  • Exclusive use of the facilities at Monte na Luz
  • Daily healthy but delicious brunches and dinners
  • 7 night accommodation in en suite bedrooms
  • Welcome dinner
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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Monte na Luz provides single and double rooms arranged over the estate with a fully equipped yoga studio. There is a large, landscaped, private swimming pool and the main building where the dining room and dining terrace is, has views overlooking the hills towards Loule and the Algarve coast. In the evening you can enjoy a tea or a glass of wine whilst watching the sun set over the hills. Frank, the center manager, provides a weekly mini-bus service to the beach and you can walk into town along quiet country lanes in only 20 minutes. There are plenty of places for reading, relaxing, swimming, chatting, and meditating etc. Onsite we have visiting massage therapists providing a range of excellent treatments including relaxing massage, ayurvedic therapies, reiki, hot stones and shiatsu.

Arrivals day is on Saturday from 2 pm. Welcome meal and introductions will be held at 8 pm. On Sunday to Friday, although the program is subject to change, you are guaranteed at least 20 hours yoga per week, divided into one or two daily sessions with one afternoon and one morning off for self-practice or extra relaxation time. %Brunch is served after each morning yoga session and dinner every evening. Food is vegetarian and beautifully prepared. Special diets can be catered for with advanced warning. On departure day, guests are requested to vacate their rooms by 9 am but you can leave your luggage securely and relax by the pool if your flight is later in the day.

Although there is a request for a year's regular practice of yoga for this course, it is not intended for advanced yogis, but for those who already have a keen interest in the subject and want to take the next step in their progression on this amazing, life affirming path. Rachel has a down-to-earth attitude to teaching, a healthy and infectious sense of humor and is adept at making her guests feel at ease from their first moments on the mat. Whatever your age, ability or experience level, Rachel will take care to provide you with the best teaching that her 20 years of experience has to offer.

On Wednesday or Friday, weather permitting, Orange Tree Yoga invites participants to join them on a walking tour either by the sea or into the beautiful Algarvian hills. Bring suitable footwear, sunscreen and water.

  • Rachel Lovegrove

    Iyengar Yoga Association UK Introductory I and II (Iyengar Yoga)

    Iyengar Yoga Association UK Junior Intermediate I and II (Iyengar Yoga)

    Iyengar Yoga Association UK Junior Intermediate III (Iyengar Yoga)

    Rachel Lovegrove is an internationally renowned, certified Iyengar yoga teacher with over 25 years experience. Her teaching style is pragmatic, open and supportive and she is dedicated to helping people reach their full potential through the practice of yoga.

The Algarve is the southernmost province of Portugal. It has about 100 miles of coast line, a wonderful climate all year round and has over 3000 hours of sunshine annually. If you love to spend time by the sea, we can direct you to the unspoiled beaches of the Ria Formosa Lagoon. The sandy islands are reached by wooden foot bridges, small ferries or private boats.

  • Horse riding/rental
  • Mountain biking
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Garden
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Terrace
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free! WiFi
  • Massage Treatments

The cooks of Orange Tree Iyengar Yoga provide delicious and abundant feasts of vegetarian food with substantial brunch after each morning yoga session and three course evening meals each night. They cook with love and great energy and are always on hand for questions, recipes and advice as well as being able to modify dishes for dietary allergies with skill and originality.

  • Horseriding, mountain biking, golf
  • Indulge in an on-site massage treatment
  • Playing watersports, such as surfing, waterskiing, jet skiing, and banana boat riding
  • See historic towns and villages such as Loul, Silves and Alte
  • Visit Olho fish market
  • Walk along the Via Algarviana
  • Watch dolphins in the wild at Mar Ilimitado

Massage treatments are available onsite on request.

  • 7 evening meals
  • 6 brunches
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast on departure
  • Complete yoga course with Rachel
  • Towels, linens, yoga equipment
  • Use of facilities
  • Flight ticket
  • Transfer fee
  • Massage treatments or excursions

Arrival by plane

Arrive direct to Faro Airport (FAO) and you are only 25 minutes away by car or taxi.

Alternatively, fly to Lisbon take the train to Loule, only 15 minutes from Monte na Luz.

Once you book, full travel details will be sent to you.

Driving directions to Monte na Luz and Quinta Mimosa

  • Monte na Luz is situated just 5 minutes north of Loul and Quinta Mimosa 5 minutes south of Loul!
  • Both venues are only 25 minutes driving time from Faro airport.
  • If you are hiring a car, Rachel will send you a google map link to the venue once your booking is confirmed.
  • Both venues are not on main roads so its a good idea to follow the map link and print this off before you fly.


  • Spain - 1 hour
  • 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.


  • Review by Cherry

    "Thank you so much for a fantastic week of yoga. It was challenging and exhilarating. It was all that I needed in such a great atmosphere as usual. I feel that I have learned so much and hopefully have improved my practice so that I am moving forward."

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  • Review by Rebecca

    "I think the thing is that you are such an excellent teacher, it makes other yoga classes seem bit rubbish! You really do have an amazing gift for teaching. What was most striking was how you managed to teach such a range of ability and make it look easy. Your thoughtful planning, sensitivity to peoples needs, experience and expertise all make for the best yoga and teaching anyone could ever have."

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  • Review by Angela

    "Rachel, you are an inspiration and a great motivator. Thank you so much for sharing your gift. Im returning to my life a better person for the experience."

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  • Review by Justine

    "Thank you for awakening my sleeping inner yogi. I've had a wonderful week."

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  • Review by Ciara
    10 out of 10

    "What a wonderful oasis of calm. Everything was so lovely, lovely people, fabulous food, sunshine and great yoga. Im hooked! Have to come back again! And I forgot, amazing massage! Thank you so much, it was just what I needed."

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  • Review by Ruth
    10 out of 10

    "My yoga practice will be so much better after this week of Rachel's excellent tuition! The beautiful weather, good food and lovely company made it a relaxing, restorative week."

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  • Review by Maria
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you to all at Quinta Mimosa for a truly lovely week. A wonderful mix of stretching and eating and swimming! Rachel, your words of encouragement and guidance will stay with me for a long, long time. Hope to see you again."

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  • Review by Rose Marie
    10 out of 10

    "This week has been a restoration of health and wellbeing for me. I came expecting to do only some of the classes because of health issues. However, Rachels firm but sensitive guidance has enabled me to complete the weeks classes and end with a feeling of achievement and wellbeing. The food is outstanding and Quinta Mimosa the perfect backdrop. Thanks to all involved in this process, including my classmates who have been great fun to hang out with. Extra special thanks to Rachel. "

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  • Review by Sean
    10 out of 10

    "What an amazing week, wonderful weather, beautiful surroundings and a lovely group but most important of all the teacher was amazing. Clear instructions, concise demos and lots of individual attention. I really felt that I got to grips not just with the asanas but also gained more understanding of the philosophy behind yoga. Having a proper studio made a big difference, except for having to explain the rope burn afterwards!! I loved the balance of the sessions, tougher in the morning and then more relaxed in the afternoon, especially welcome after a hard day at the beach! My big fear before I went was that I would be sick of yoga after a few days, but the opposite was true, I actually wanted more. Keep up the great work and I`m looking forward to the next time."

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Loule, Portugal

Iyengar Yoga Retreats in the beautiful Algarve, Portugal with international yoga teacher, Rachel Lovegrove. Wonderful accommodation, delicious food and fabulous yoga for all levels and ages.

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