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8 Days Iyengar Yoga Retreat Portugal

  • Quinta Mimosa, Sitio dos Quartos, Loule, Algarve

Overview

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.

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
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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Quinta Mimosa (May, July, and August) and Monte na Luz (August "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.

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 except on Tuesday/Wednesday 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.

  • Rachel Lovegrove

    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 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
Activities
  • Golf course nearby
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Reiki
  • Surfing nearby
General
  • Garden
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Local market

Guests will be served a daily brunch and dinner. All the 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 our friendly cooks who have been catering in the Algarve for many years.

Dinner is served every evening except on Tuesday or Wednesday when guests can eat out to experience local cuisine.

  • 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

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.

  • 6 days yoga classes
  • Internationally renowned teacher
  • Healthy and delicious brunches and dinner
  • Towels, linens, yoga equipment
  • Exclusive use of the facilities
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Yoga equipment
  • 1 evening meal
  • Flight ticket
  • Massage treatments or excursions
  • Transfer fee

Driving directions to Monte na Luz

  • Monte na Luz is situated just 5 minutes north of Loule
  • Both venues are only 25 minutes driving time from Faro Airport (FAO)
  • If you are hiring a car, Orange Tree Yoga will send you a google map link to the venue once your booking is confirmed. The venue is not on main roads so its a good idea to follow the map link and print this off before you fly.

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 15 minutes away from either venue.

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.

Distances

  • Faro Airport - 20 minutes
  • Lisbon - 2 hours by bus
  • Lule - 5 minutes
  • Seville - 2 hours by bus
  • Spain -1 hour
For information about the booking conditions, please send Orange Tree Yoga an inquiry.
  • 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. Rachel and her team, run up to six retreats each year with daily yoga, delicious food and great company!

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