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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 our connection with yourself is through nature which Prana Casa's surroundings have an abundance of.
Set in a stunning Natural Park in 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 inspiring yoga and meditation retreat invites you to join a community of like-minded people. It’s all about having meals together, sharing together and meeting people with different backgrounds and interests that you might not meet otherwise. Prana Casa will do everything to make sure you feel like it’s your home away from home.
The maximum participants in the group is 9.
You will be staying in a double room or shared dormitory. The dormitory accommodates 2 to 4 people. The peaceful property is located on a spacious piece of land 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 coast line, is in only 5-minute walking distance of the accommodation.
The retreat features three bedrooms, of which two are twins with a shared bathroom (can be made into double), and one large dorm room 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 salt water swimming pool allows guests to sunbathe and relax when not hiking or surfing. On most days, yoga classes will take place on the wooden yoga deck in the garden unless it rains in which case we all go inside.
Prana Casa will guide you through morning and evening yoga classes with one of their highly experienced yoga teachers, ranging from Hatha, Yin to Vinyaasa yoga, followed by a wholesome and varied breakfast or dinner. 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.
Another highlight in the program will be the guided yoga nidra session, which is also referred to as sleeping mediation, for most guests a new and unforgettable experience.
During the day guests can choose to spend the day either relaxing by the pool or on the beach, working on their own practice, or enjoying one of the many activities available through Prana Casa like surfing, mountain biking, hiking, horse riding, following a raw food cooking workshop or enjoying a massage or healing at the house.
Shivshakti Yoga Institute Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Hatha Yoga)
Eve has done a teacher training course with the emphasis on anatomy and physiology and traditional Indian Hatha. She feels blessed to be in close contact with two of her teachers Venky and Paresh who remain her loyal advisors. Her ambition is not only teaching but also inspiring people and to help people with any imbalances in mind/body.
The retreat will take place in Portugal's least developed region, the western Algarve, in the middle of the stunning Costa Vicentina Natural Park. The area boasts nationally protected nature reserves, pristine beaches, wild coastlines, and dramatic jagged cliffs. The peaceful village of the Casa is only a 5 minute drive to the nearest beaches famous for their excellent surf, and a 5 minute walk to the Fisherman's coastal trail for hiking.
Guests will enjoy home cooked, wholesome and balanced, vegetarian breakfasts and evening meals during their stay. On the chef's night off, guests can explore the incredible local cuisine the area has to offer. On a walking distance you will find a small supermarket and also some cheap restaurants to get your lunch/snacks.
Like cowboys in the prairie, Bedouins in the desert, Scandinavians in the fjord. The horses are part of the nature. Free your mind and take part in it too. 20 kilometers to the north of Cabo São Vincente, the most southwestern point of Europe between the Atlantic and Monchique Mountains, the nature reserve Costa Vicentina offers a breathtaking view of Portuguese landscape. Experience the narrow degree between desert and lake district, sandy beaches and rocky cliffs, green cork oaks, pine forests and deforested eucalyptus plantations. 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 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.
Enjoy a dolphin seeing tour in Lagos. To get there, you will need to use the public transport system (not included in the package price).
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.
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 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 horses hooves.
Being located on the corner of the Iberian Peninsula means that the Algarve has the widest swell window in the country. It was the last major European surf region to be explored, and although it does not contain the classic reefs of central Portugal, the potential for good yet uncrowded waves is high. The west coast is by far the best destination as it picks up the predominant northwesterly swells. The south coast tends to have nice waves during the bigger winter swells but the further you get from the west coast, the smaller they become and the more tourist orientated it gets. It is these two very different coasts that make for such a special surfing location. With one coast facing predominately west and the other south, if there is any swell around, there will always be waves somewhere.
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.
The Costa Vicentina, as this south western coastal strip is referred to, boasts some of the most beautiful unspoiled beaches in Portugal. Many of them feature broad expanses of sand dunes flanked by towering cliffs, and hardly a building in sight. Let Prana Casa connect you with other guests and share the costs of a rental car together, so you can get to see the most.Prana Casa loves this place and they are sure you will love it too.
On site wellness practitioners and massage therapists are available for an extra cost. Please inquire to Prana Casa for more information.
There are various airports to fly into, the closest one being Faro Airport. From here, a 1 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 (3 hours drive) and Seville (Spain), and there is good public transportation from there to Lagos which takes around 4 hours.