Join Prana Casa in this retreat focused on reuniting you with your true self through community, yoga practice, pranayama, wholesome food, sound healing, and meditation. During this retreat, you will enjoy your stay in a typical Portuguese house in an urbanization in a stunning natural park in the South West Coast of Portugal, where you will be surrounded by the beautiful beaches, dramatic cliffs, and lush greenery. Prana Casa will do everything to make sure you feel like it’s your home away from home and help you te be (re)inspired to integrate yoga in your daily life.
You will be staying in a shared double room with shared bathroom or a 4 pers bedroom with 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 the only 5-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 saltwater 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 head indoors.
In this week, Prana Casa will share with you some of the yoga philosophy and will deepen your practice and knowledge of some yoga subjects. They will guide you through some longer meditation and pranayama sessions, teach you the importance of yoga Nidra and much more. To make sure you will get to see some part of the famous Rota Vicentina trail, which follows the coastline for over 200km, they will take you for a nature meditation walk and witness the sun setting in the ocean. Besides all this, you will have enough time for yourself so you can go to the beach, relax at the saltwater swimming pool, go for a walk and treat yourself with a relaxing healing or massage. After this week, you will feel rejuvenated in your body and more peaceful in your mind. Moreover, you might have learned some new things and have made some beautiful new friends.
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Shivshakti Yoga Institute)
Eve has done several studies: a Teacher Training Course with the emphasis on anatomy and physiology, a Back Pain Management course at SHIVSHAKTI YOGA INSTITUTE (www.drvenkysyoga.com) and a traditional Indian Hatha TTC at Yog Vidya Gurukul in India. Her ambition is not only to teach but mainly to inspire people to integrate yoga in their daily life.
The retreat will take place in Portugal's least developed region, the western Algarve. Algarve boasts nationally protected nature reserves, pristine 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 of this is only 30 kilometers from the busy southern Algarve coast!
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Your food is prepared by your yoga instructor and are healthy yet simple so you could be inspired to take some recipes home and integrate 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, 1 night we take you to a local restaurant where you can choose to have vegetarian or maybe some local fish, if the weather is good we will organize a fish/veggie BBQ in the garden. One night is free for you to decide where you like to go and eat (at own cost) this will be on a day where we do morning yoga, breakfast and mindful walk, cause it allows you to enjoy the whole afternoon without having to look at the time somewhere else.
There are limited facilities to cook your own lunch, since we have set up a basic outside kitchen, but rather than cooking yourself you can pre-order a 5 euro 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 euro and fresh soups are sold for around 2 euros, or you look for a Prato de Dia (dish of the day) in any restaurant which will cost you around 7,50 euro.
Alkaline water, herbal tea, and fruit are available during the day.
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 nested in the Costa Vicentina natural park, Prana Casa recommends you discover some parts of the famous Rota Vicentina.
The closest town from 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 centre and afford beautiful panoramic views of cork oak and pine woods, fields sprinkled with wild flowers 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 colourful 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 advice you.
Treat yourself with a massage at Prana Casa, share your wishes and we will find you the right offer.
There really is just one word to describe a carriage ride: relaxing! The calm horse pulling the elegant wooden carriage through our beautiful village. See individual villas with international decor, several garden designs and colourful 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 horses hooves. Nice to share with your fellow guests!
The classes include transfer, material, three hours instruction from a local surf school who 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.
Set your spirit free and learn to trust the beautiful nature of a horse.
The southwest has a wide network of mainly unmapped dirt tracks that are great fun to explore on a (mountain) bike, with trips customised for all levels of ability. You can meander through colourful 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.
Enjoy a dolphin seeing tour in Lagos. To get there, you will need to use the public transport or rental car
Transfer available for additional US$102 per person
There are various airports to fly into, the closest one being Faro Airport. From here, an hour and 15 minute trip by car takes you to the West Coast. 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 rental car for you.
There are also cheap flights flying to Lisbon (three hours drive) and Seville (Spain) and there is good public transportation from there to Lagos which takes around four hours.
Faro Airport - one hour and 15 minutes