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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.
The maximum participants in the group is 20.
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.
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.
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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.
Massage treatments are available onsite on request.
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.