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Join Rachel, internationally renowned Iyengar yoga teacher, for a retreat of excellent instruction, fabulously healthy and delicious food, as well as peaceful and beautiful surroundings in either of two beautifully appointed and fully equipped yoga retreat centers in the heart of Portugals Algarve. You will be in a nurturing and tranquil environment with people of all ages and walks of life. Single travelers are very welcome and both Quinta Mimosa and Monte na Luz have been looking after yoga groups for many years.
Quinta Mimosa (May, July, and August) and Monte na Luz (March "Mini Retreat" and October) are both situated within 25 minutes of Faro Airport (FAO) and only 15 minutes from the beautiful Algarvian coast. Both have private swimming pools, en suite accommodation, gardens and fully equipped yoga studios. They have both been looking after yoga and meditation groups for many years and have the same team of excellent cooks (Wendy, Elena, Ali and Margda) and massage therapists on site at each venue. There are plenty of spaces to read, relax, take in the view and surroundings and you are not far from amenities such as shops, restaurants, cafes, etc.
Rachel, your host, is based in Portugal and has been hosting retreats here since 2003. She is a highly qualified and experienced teacher in the Iyengar method, providing courses for all levels of ability and experience. You will be in a nurturing and tranquil environment with people of all ages and walks of life. Single travelers are very welcome and both Quinta Mimosa and Monte na Luz have been looking after yoga groups for many years. She has many returning clients, some of whom have been coming annually for many years, sometimes twice yearly.
You will have a program of dynamic morning classes followed in the evening with a more contemplative practice. After each morning yoga class, a hearty brunch is served on the terrace. Dinner is served every evening when guests can eat out to experience local cuisine. Weather allowing, on one of the free afternoons, Rachel will take participants on a guided walk around the Ria Formosa nature reserve near the sea, or to the hills around the region of Querenca to show guests a bit more of the Portugal that she has grown to love so much.
All levels of ability and experience are welcome on the May, July, August and October retreats. In April (Portugal) and September (Italy) she runs intermediate level retreats, and seasonally in March, August and December she runs "Mini Yoga Retreats" over 5 days. Please see her other listings here on this website for details.
Rachel is highly skilled in teaching a range of levels at the same time and with her down to earth approach and gentle sense of humor, she makes everyone feel at home right away.
Weather permitting they will arrange a walking tour either on the beach or in the Algarvian hills.
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 3,000 hours of sunshine annually. If you love to spend time by the sea, Rachel 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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Guests will be served a daily brunch and dinner. The delicious food served is vegetarian, and special allergy diets can also be catered for.
All meals are prepared imaginatively and served with love and abundance. All the meals are eaten together, a huge brunch after each morning yoga session and three-course dinner on most evenings. You can take food away with you from brunch if you like to save something for later. The food is created by the friendly cooks who have been catering in the Algarve for many years.
Dinner is served every evening.
Onsite, there are visiting massage therapists providing a range of excellent treatments including relaxing massage, Ayurvedic therapies, Reiki, hot stones and Shiatsu, which guests can enjoy at an extra cost.
Fly direct to Faro and hire a car or we will arrange a taxi transfer. Transfer time 25 minutes. Details will be provided on booking. Fly direct to Lisbon and take the train to Loule - just 5 minutes away from either venue. Fly direct to Seville and take a coach to Almancil or Loule.
From Seville and many other areas in Southern Spain, you can arrive by Eva Bus. Monte na Luz is situated only 2 hours by train from Lisbon or bus from Seville.