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Join Pure Flow Motions and enjoy this exciting hiking and yoga retreat in Portugal. Nature has created a land full of splendid beauty, ready to be explored, in the great Atlantic Ocean. Marvel at the scenic views of the country through hiking and maintain balance in your mind, body, and spirit with yoga and mindfulness experience. If you are ready to experience the thrills of hiking and the inner peace brought by yoga, then this holiday is for you.
The Pure Flow Motions Retreat will be at one of the most beautiful hotels in Portugal, the Memmo Baleeira Hotel, in Sagres. This beautiful four-star designed hotel is located right in front of the Baleeira Bay on the Atlantic Ocean, with a beach at the bottom of the garden's hotel and many other beaches in its vicinity. The hotel has spa facilities which are free for use for participants of the retreat. So after a surf, have a nice spa or Turkish steam bath. Located in the most southwest point of Europe, Sagres is surrounded by ocean and beautiful wilderness, a perfect location to reconnect mind and body with nature. There are five ocean-view suites with large sliding glass doors for direct access to the beach and garden; three others are land view. A suite consists of a bedroom, bathroom, and a living room with kitchen.
The shared suite room can accommodate three to five people. Two people can stay in single bedrooms and one in the living room in a very comfortable sofa bed. With this option, the suite can be shared by three people. The third person to book gets the sofa bed. There is also a suite with two bedrooms, so the fifth person to book gets the sofa bed. The bathroom and the kitchen are shared.
In the ocean view suite option, only two persons can stay in the whole suite. The bedroom is for two people, either in a twin, or a double room. When requested, one can sleep in the living room in a very comfortable sofa bed.
This Pure Flow Motions hiking and yoga retreat is designed for people who are looking for an insight into their life in a harmonious way, treating both body and mind to become more awake and aware of their lives. In a natural environment, your senses can become awake and your body feel more free to experience some new challenges. With the help of Pure Flow Motions' specialized crew, you are led through the natural elements of water and land in Portugal to an amazing experience.
Yoga exercises, which are mainly Hatha yoga, Sivananda style, are the essential elements to connect with your mind, body, and nature. Starting the day with yoga exercises will get you ready to ride the waves during the day, get more aware of your body, achieve more flexibility, and go beyond your limits. Doing a yoga session in the afternoon will give you the necessary relaxation and inner peace just before a great vegetarian meal and a restorative sleep. This hiking and yoga retreat is mainly for beginners and intermediate yoga practitioners. The yoga session or classes are for all yoga levels.
Meditation is extremely helpful for a conscious and free mind. Training on it in a positive way makes you more ready for your daily challenges. Your outlook in life will be broader and more connected to life.
The best way to really experience the natural park where this retreat takes place is hiking through it at a gentle rhythm. This hiking and yoga retreat in the southwest tip of Europe will get you fully connected with nature in the purest form, hiking along the cliffs, valleys, and hills. Pure Flow Motions chooses amazing trails to reveal some of the Algarve's most secret places. You'll enjoy walking on these breathtaking paths guided by a local nature guide who will provide you with valuable information about its unique flora and fauna, geology, and local culture of southwest Portugal in the southwest point of Europe.
Walks unfold in a sequence of landscapes combining a variety of sceneries and atmospheres such as gentle hills and pine groves rolling into valleys and gorges along narrow footpaths leading to vast wild beaches and breathtaking cliffs.
Starting at Amoreira beach, this trail will lead you south on a fisherman’s footpath along the top of steep dark slate cliffs, among an immensely rich and diverse coastal vegetation, providing spectacular views of small creeks, rocky islands, and sandy beaches. You will come across a small fishing village as well as ancient Moorish temple ruins perched on the top of the cliff. Finally, you will discover the vernacular Arrifana fishing village and harbor set in a bay sheltered from the north winds with its white-washed houses contrasting strongly with the dark cliffs.
Starting at Amado beach, this trail is composed of a sequence of changing scenes that will lead you through impressive and geologically fascinating cliffs, offering breathtaking views of the coast, leading you into narrow gorges, fresh water streams, and pine groves, and ending smoothly on the majestic sand beaches of Barriga, Cordoama, and Castelejo. By walking this trail, you will feel the true essence of the wild west coast of the Algarve.
Starting at the top of the hills amongst pine trees, this "salty" trail, accompanied by the smell and the music of the ocean, will gradually bring you down to the village of Carrapateira with its museum dedicated to the people of the land and the sea. You will then reach a majestic and mysterious coast with high cliffs, many islands, and creeks as well as two immense sandy beaches where once the stealthy steps of pirates and moors were heard.
Starting among cork trees, this trail will take you through the two peaceful white-washed villages and hamlets of Vilarinha and Bordeira nestling in their respective valleys. On your way, you will be inundated with the smells of the wild time and rock roses and come across water dams, beehives, and herds of cattle. Gradually, the landscape will change and you will sense the ocean nearby. Crossing sand dunes, this trail ends on the spectacularly long and wild Bordeira sandy beach with its fresh water river flowing into the sea.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200, RYT 500 (Yoga)
Yoga Alliance RYT 300 (Yoga)
From the Netherlands, Michael has been traveling around the world encountering more knowledge for his passion for body and mind work, especially mediation, yoga, Qi Gong, Tai-chi, surfing and other techniques. A certified 800-hours YogaAlliance teacher with a yoga therapy certification from Paramanand Institute of Yoga Sciences and Research, Indore. He teaches yoga in the styles of Iyengar, Hatha, Vinyasa and mindfulness to really be able to deepen your practice, whether you are practicing for years already or a complete beginner.
Nicolau da Costa
Half Portuguese, half English, having travelled around the world, Nicolau's passion drew him back to this part of the world in Europe where he was brought up in order to dedicate himself to activities that are more directly linked to nature. He has experienced a wide range of activities connected with the ocean and the land, as sailing, diving, professional fishing, surfing, natural bee keeping and organic agriculture, landscape architecture, and nature guiding. His best skill is his deep connection with nature.
Originally from the centre of the Algarve, she has been coming to surf to this area since a very young age. Eleven years ago, she decided to move indefinitively to the Natural Park of Vicentina Coast (Southwest Algarve Portugal) and set up a surf school so she could live within the ocean surroundings, live among unspoiled nature, and of course, to surf. So she has been a surf teacher for the last 10 years as well as a local surf guide.
Sagres stands at the extreme southwest of Europe, a town forever faithful to its origins. Within the south-western Alentejo Nature Park, it is a traditional fishing town built on magnificent cliffs that have been sculpted by nature and time. Steeped in history, it was from here that, in the 15th century, Prince Henry the Navigator planned and organized Portugal's journey of discovery to the new world. With a visionary spirit, the Prince's achievements are unique.
The discovery of the Atlantic islands of Madeira and the Azores was followed by the passage around Cape Bojador by Portuguese navigator Gil Eanes in 1434, opening up the coast of Africa. This led Portugal to acquire the knowledge and talent that would bring Europe to the unknown world to Brazil, the sea passage to India and to the Far East. The legendary charisma of this age and its navigators still lives in the spirit of Sagres and its people.
Finding a place like the west coast of the Algarve in Portugal is like finding a secret paradise or an oasis in the middle of a wide desert. The surf yoga retreat is held in the beautiful, pure, and wild southwest of Europe in the Algarve, Portugal, in the mythical town of Sagres. You will stay at a wonderful four-star hotel overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, a perfect place for this retreat to relax and enjoy the local outdoor activities and to experience nature to the full, starting with the sunrise which you can watch from your room.
The sun rises just in front of the bay window behind the protected islands of Martinhal. If you are more of a sunset person, you can either bike or drive towards the famous Cape Saint Vincent and watch from there the most amazing sunset of the western world. Almost like an island, the southwest coast of the Algarve in Portugal Europe, is a narrow peninsula surrounded by the ocean from west to south.
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Three healthy vegetarian daily meals with mostly locally grown products with fresh fruits, tea, snacks, and drinks are included in this package (this will be a non-alcoholic week). On Thursday, no dinner will be served so you are free to explore the flavors of Sagres. Breakfast is served in the breakfast room along with other hotel guests; lunch takes place in several beautiful locations. Every day, Pure Flow Motions provides a delicious picnic lunch to be eaten where your activities take place. Dinner is served at the hotel's restaurant.
At Baleeira harbor, you can find all you need to explore the magnificent seas around Sagres. You can discover all the local marine life on fast and safe boats. The deep blues of the ocean and the aroma of the sea will captivate your imagination. This is a trip not to be missed, as the impressive cliffs and seas around Sagres will remain forever etched in your memory. Should you prefer something more traditional, you can also take a family fishing trip on an original wooden fishing boat designed for group tours.
Memmo Baleeira has bicycles for rent so you can enjoy the best of Sagres and what its beautiful coast has to offer. The price is 8 EUR for two hours and 12 EUR for a whole day.
A different Algarve will uncover before your eyes. Wild and magical, it will fill you with an incredible energy along the Vicentina Coast Natural Park. The region's spectacular beauty promises great dive sites, considered some of the most magnificent on mainland Portugal. In summer, the prevailing wind is from the north, ensuring a calm sea, and favorable diving conditions.
Divers will be amazed by the variety of local species, both fauna, and flora. From shoals of fish to sub-aquatic plants, there are a lot for divers to see. Local fish such as bodiões and judias, black and white sea bream, moray eels, and octopus swim in and out of the many crags and hollows that are typical of this region abound. But there is much more to explore than simply crags and caves. There are also plenty of shipwrecks at depths of between 10 and 30 meters, with many located in fairly shallow waters and thus, ideal for beginners. The temperature of the water varies between 13 degrees Celsius and 22 degrees Celsius.
Located in the Southwestern Portugal, this region is the perfect refuge for a variety of marine life and land-dwelling birds that depend on the sea as a source of nutrition. It is the sea which helps to make the coastal vegetation so unique. Mountains, cliffs, and the ocean embrace the secrets of the Portuguese discoveries of the 15th and the 16th centuries. Explore all these through fabulous pedestrian and biking trails or diving spots with professional guidance and different difficulty levels. Enjoy your accommodation at Memmo Baleeira Hotel in Sagres.
Golfers can enjoy three unique and high-quality golf courses within a 40 kilometers radius. Located 17 kilometers from the hotel, Parque da Floresta has a course length of 5.670 meters and 18 Par (SSS): 72(72), designed by Pepe Gancedo, Spanish amateur champion. This course has been integrated into the hillside where many of its natural features are still present. Unlike most golf courses, Parque da Floresta features a wide variety of holes, each with its individual characteristics. A combination of long drives and short putts are required to achieve a good score. All these challenges make golfers want to return to this course to perfect their technique in the most difficult holes.
Quinta da Boavista is 25 kilometers away from the hotel with a course length of 6.053 meters and 18 Par (SSS): 71(71), designed by Howard Swan. The views of the Atlantic Ocean, historic town of Lagos, and the hills of Serra do Monchique, Quinta da Boavista offer a unique setting for golfers. Their design and location, combined with a variety of holes, make this a very enjoyable experience.
Located 40 kilometers from the hotel, Palmares has a course length of 5.961 meters with 18 Par (SSS): 71(72). Designed by architect Frank Pennink, this course is internationally known for its stunning views. The sequence of holes between the railway line and the beach cliffs are reminiscent of the famous British courses. The "Almond Blossom" championship held every year in February attracts golfers from all over Europe.
Sagres is known for its inspiring landscapes and bright light. In addition to being a great place for surfing, hiking, and cycling, it is also perfect for running. Memmo Baleeira has the perfect location for guests who wish to have a healthy and active pristine getaway with a close contact with pure and lively nature. Memmo Baleeira has designed three different itineraries for running with a distance of four and a half and 13 kilometers from an easy to medium level of difficulty. All you need is to bring your running shoes, ask for the running map at the reception, and enjoy yourself trying all three different paths.
South coast at Martinhal beach (next to the hotel), the predominately north winds during the summer months and crystal clear water make this beach one of the favorite spots for European windsurfers. In summer, the beach is the perfect place for slalom, freeride, and freestyle with strong winds and calm waters. In winter, this spot is more suited to wave riding.
West coast at Tonel beach (five minutes from hotel), you can windsurf in July and August, the best months for windsurfing on this beach. During this time, the north winds blow offshore at Martinhal beach. If you are in the mood for wave riding, try out Tonel beach since the winds here are good and the waves break regularly. But the small size of the beach area and the existence of rock outcrops make this place suitable only for experienced windsurfers.
This camp is concerned about the well-being of your body and mind. At the hotel, there is a space especially for your health and relaxation, with a range of offers from a simple massage to specific treatments by specialists. There is a Turkish bath, a sauna, and a heated indoor pool. The participants of the Pure Flow Motions yoga weeks can make free use of the spa facilities of the hotel like Turkish steam bath, sauna, indoor swimming pool, and others. Massages are also available upon request.
Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO).
Take a bus to the town of Lagos (30 kilometers from Sagres, where the retreat is held). Pure Flow Motions can pick you up at Lagos Train Station for 15 EUR and drive you to the hotel.
Catch a train to the town of Lagos. Pure Flow Motions can pick you up at Lagos train station for 15 EUR and drive you to the hotel.
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