Iyengar Yoga Retreats Portugal

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.

Retreat highlights

  • 2 yoga sessions daily
  • Internationally renowned teacher
  • Healthy and delicious brunches and dinners
  • Exclusive use of the facilities
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 1 guided excursion

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 25
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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.

Orange Tree Yoga Portugal Yoga Retreat Program

Why Orange Tree Yoga?

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.

Main Program

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.

Included excursions

Weather permitting they will arrange a walking tour either on the beach or in the Algarvian hills.


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.

Retreat location

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.

Nearby places

  • Beach - 15 minutes
  • Faro Airport - 20 minutes
  • Lule - 5 minutes
  • Spain - 1 hour

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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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.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Whole food
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

  • 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

Spa treatments

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.

What's included

  • 6 days yoga classes
  • Internationally renowned teacher
  • 6 healthy and delicious brunches and dinner
  • Towels, linens, yoga equipment
  • Exclusive use of the facilities
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Yoga equipment

What's not included

  • Flight ticket
  • Massage treatments or excursions
  • Transfer fee

How to get there

Driving directions to Monte na Luz

  • Monte na Luz is situated just 5 minutes north of Loule and is 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.
  • The venue is not on the main roads so it's a good idea to follow the map link and print this off before you fly.
  • Rachel will organize a taxi transfer if you are not hiring a car - cost is around 25 EUR.

Arrival by airplane

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.

Arrival by bus or train

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.


  • Faro Airport - 20 minutes
  • Lisbon - 2 hours by bus
  • Loule - 5 minutes
  • Seville - 2 hours by bus
  • Spain -1 hour

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 28 days before arrival.
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