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Yoga and Meditation Retreat Portugal

Prana Casa is not an escape, it’s a return to home. Modern life comes with so many distractions that can easily take you away from your core self. When this happens you can get stressed, run-down, agitated, and even depressed. Prana Casa attempts to reunite you with your true self through community, yoga practice, teachings, wholesome food, and meditation. And of course, one of the easiest ways to reignite your connection with yourself is through nature which Prana Casa's surroundings have an abundance of. Set in urbanization in a stunning Natural Park on the South West Coast of Portugal, you will be surrounded by the beautiful beaches, dramatic cliffs, and lush greenery that this area has to offer. Prana Casa welcomes both single travelers and couples of all skill levels to join the weekend yoga and meditation retreat and will make sure everyone feels at home.

Meet the instructors

Eveline
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Highlights

  • Evening Yin yoga
  • Morning yoga and pranayama classes
  • Walking meditation in the natural park
  • Alkaline water, herbal tea, and fruit are available during the day
  • 2 healthy vegetarian breakfast buffets and dinners
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


2 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer available:
Faro Airport (US$106 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
13:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Car rental
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

You will be staying in a shared double room with a shared bathroom or a four-person bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. The peaceful property is located in an urbanization in the middle of the Costa Vicentina Natural Park, on the west coast of the Atlantic Ocean. The entrance to the Rota Vicentina trail, the old fisherman's trail that follows the coastline, is within only five-minute walking distance of the accommodation.

The retreat features three bedrooms, of which two doubles (25-meter squares) with a shared bathroom, and one large dorm room (35-meter squares) with an attached bathroom (four sleepers). The house itself has a large garden boasting shady olive trees and an extended herb and vegetable garden.

A swimming pool allows guests to sunbathe and relax while talking with friends and fellow guests. On most days, yoga classes will take place on the wooden yoga deck in the garden, while bad weather sees the class are available. Limited single occupancy rooms for a surcharge are available. Please send Prana Casa an inquiry for more information regarding this.

Program

Your three days retreat is part of the seven days retreat. Prana Casa prefers most people to start on the same day but they are flexible. The check-in is always from 4 p.m. and check-out from 1 p.m. The first three days of the weekly program is as follows:

Day 1:

  • 16:00 (or later) Check in
  • 19:00 Dinner and introduction
  • 22:00 Silence

Day 2:

  • 08:00 Yoga and pranayama
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • Free time
  • 17:00 Yin yoga
  • 18:30 Dinner in silence
  • 22.00 Silence

Day 3:

  • 08:00 Yoga and pranayama
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Mindful walk in the natural park, opportunity to extend this as a day activity check out at 1 p.m.

Course information

The classes are suitable for beginners and advanced since many asanas have different variations, and visitors can follow the classes on their own level, and at their own pace. You may add surfing to your program - send Prana Casa an inquiry for the possibilities.

Instructors

Eveline

Retreat location

The weekend retreat will take place in Portugal's least developed region, the western Algarve. Algarve boasts nationally protected nature reserves, beaches, wild coastlines, and dramatic jagged cliffs. The region is also home to Europes southwestern most point, Cabo de So Vicente (Cape St Vincent). All this is only 30 kilometers from the busy Southern Algarve coast.

Distances

Faro Airport - 1 hour and 15 minutes

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Your food is prepared by your yoga instructor and is healthy yet simple so you could be inspired to take some recipes home and integrate a healthy lifestyle in a simple way to your busy lifestyle. Every day there is a healthy breakfast buffet and home-cooked vegetarian (or vegan) dinners.

There are limited facilities to cook your lunch, since Prana Casa has set up a basic outside kitchen, but rather than cooking yourself you can pre-order a 5 EUR packed lunch deal which you can keep or bring along with you and enjoy wherever you like. Going out for lunch though is super cheap in Portugal.

A drink is around 1 EUR and fresh soups are sold for around 2 EUR, or you look for a Prato de Dia (dish of the day) in any restaurant which will cost you around 7.50 EUR. Alkaline water, herbal tea, and fruit are available during the day. If you have a specific dietary intolerance or allergies, please let Prana Casa know before the retreat starts.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
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)

Free activity from your doorstep

Hiking the Rota Vicentina, the fisherman's trail. Tracking right next to the coastline, the Rota Vicentina follows the trails used by locals to reach the beaches and hot fishing spots. It is a single track along the cliffs with plenty of sand, which can only be explored by foot. Since the accommodation is nestled in the Costa Vicentina natural park, Prana Casa recommends you discover some parts of the famous Rota Vicentina.

Visiting Aljezur and surroundings by car or even local bus

The closest town to the accommodation is Aljezur, a beautiful representation of the untouched Algarve. Enjoy beautiful natural landscapes, where donkeys work the land, cowbells tinkle on the plains and some of the best beaches in Portugal await you. Situated in the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park, the large natural park that extends along the western coast of the Algarve, Aljezur is a small agricultural town lying on the fertile plains that border the Aljezur river.

The hilltop ruins of a 10th Century Moorish castle dominate the historic town center and afford beautiful panoramic views of cork oak and pine woods, fields sprinkled with wildflowers, and the sea in the distance. The old town spreading down the hillside is a charming mix of cobbled streets and whitewashed houses, with the characteristic colorful trimmings around the windows.

The newer part of town was established in the 18th century to relocate the population after the destruction caused by the 1755 earthquake and lies at a short distance from the hill on the other side of the river. Heading out of town, it is hard to decide what is more appealing, the countryside or the coastline. Other beautiful nearby villages are Carrepateira, Bordeira, Odeceixe, or the mountains on Monchique. Let the team of Prana Casa advise you.

Massage

Treat yourself with a massage at Prana Casa, share your wishes and we will find you the right offer.

Horse carriage riding (max five persons):

There really is just one word to describe a carriage ride: relaxing! The calm horse pulling the elegant wooden carriage through the beautiful village. See individual villas with international decor, several garden designs, and colorful flowers. It is such a different perspective to glide over two meters above the ground - soundless, if not for the rhythmic and smooth clopping of a horse's hooves. Nice to share with your fellow guests!

Surf classes

The classes include transfer, material, three hours of instruction from a local surf school that thinks quality is more important than quantity! Everyone gets to stand up on the board! The Algarve was the last major European surf region to be explored and is getting very popular. Prana Casa is close to Monte Clerigo and Arrifana beach (three kilometers) bot suitable for all levels.

Horseback riding

Set your spirit free and learn to trust the beautiful nature of a horse.

MTB rental

The southwest has a wide network of mainly unmapped dirt tracks that are great fun to explore on a (mountain) bike, with trips customized for all levels of ability. You can meander through colorful drifts of spring flowers and forests or see the ripening grapes and wheat fields in the autumn. Visit archaeological sites, fantastic beaches, and unspoiled villages as you pedal along some of the quietest roads in Europe. The more adventurous choose to ride a mountain bike as in this part of Portugal, most roads are still unpaved, so you can go on forever and just follow your nose.

Dolphin watching tour

Enjoy a dolphin-seeing tour in Lagos. To get there, you will need to use public transport or a rental car.

What's included

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 2 vegetarian dinners
  • 2 healthy breakfasts
  • 2-morning yoga/pranayama classes
  • Mindful walk
  • (Yin) yoga depends on the day of the week you arrive
  • Alkaline water, herbal tea available, and fruit during the day

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Lunches
  • Snacks
  • Transport

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

You can book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO). From here, an hour and 15 minutes trip by car takes you to the west coast. There are also cheap flights flying to Lisbon Airport (LIS) and Seville Airport (SVQ) in Spain, and there is good public transportation from there to Lagos which takes around four hours.

Arrival by bus or train

You may also take a train or bus to Lagos, and then a taxi to the location. Prana Casa can happily arrange either a taxi and a rental car for you.

Airport: Faro Airport Airport transfer available: Faro Airport (US$106 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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If you like to arrive another day than Friday, just check if it is possible, and know that your program content will differ slightly (see itinerary).

 

High season

  • July, August, and September

 

Mid season

  • January - June
  • October - December

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