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Take time to cultivate contentment, peace, and real happiness. In this course, you will learn the techniques to develop a healthy, content, and truly rich life. During your stay, you will dedicate your time to deeply reconnect and rediscover your mind and body. Discover the beautiful nature of the wild south west Portugal and enjoy surfing and hiking along the coastline with two yoga sessions per day, meditation, Qi Gong, mindfulness classes, and of course - delicious food.
The Pure Flow Motions Retreats will be taking place in one of the most beautiful hotels in Portugal, the Memmo Baleeira Hotel in Sagres. This beautiful four star design hotel is located right in front of the Baleeira Bay on the Atlantic Ocean, with a beach at the bottom of the gardens' hotel and has 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 sleep three to five people. Two people will stay in single bedrooms and one will stay in the living room in a very comfortable sofa bed. This option the suite will be shared by three people. The third person to book gets the sofa bed. There is also 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 will stay in the whole suite and the bedroom is for two people, either in a twin, or a double room. if it's requested, one can sleep in the living room in a very comfortable sofa bed.
The Pure Flow Motions surf yoga retreats are designed for people that are looking for an insight on 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 awaken and your body feels more free to experience some new challenges. With the help of Pure Flow Motions' specialized crew, you are led through the natural elements in Portugal, as water and land; an experience which has something to offer to each one of you.
Yoga (mainly Hatha yoga, Sivananda style) exercises 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 gives you the necessary relaxation and inner peace just before a great vegetarian meal and a restorative sleep. This surf 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 it in a positive way makes you more ready for your daily challenges and your look into life will be broader and connected to the life.
Surfing is a full experience with nature as well as a therapy. For Pure Flow Motions, surfing is the sport that is more connected with one of their favorite elements, water and the ocean. Feeling the energy of the waves and understanding that you can use this to have fun and to enjoy this ride with the help of a board is a unique feeling of freedom.This area is perfect for a surf yoga retreat in Portugal. Ideal for surfing, whether you just started to surf, or have been surfing for a long time already. The retreat is for both beginners and advanced surfers. For surfing, beginners get classes, and more advanced surfers get surf guidance and improvement lessons deepening their surfing skills by training balance, flexibility, and strength. Surfing is not obligatory, as some guests sometimes prefer to relax on the beach.
The best way to really experience the natural park in which this retreat takes place, is hiking through it at a gentle rhythm. This surf yoga retreat in the south west tip of Europe will get you fully connected with nature in the most pure form, hiking along the cliffs, valleys, and hills. Pure Flow Motions choose amazing trails to reveal some of the Algarve's most secret places. You'll get the joy from walking on these breathtaking paths guided by a local nature guide that provides 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.
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 south-west of Europe, a town forever faithful to its origins. Within the south-western Alentejo Nature Park, Sagres is a traditional fishing town built on magnificent cliffs that have been sculpted by Nature and time. Sagres is 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 were 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 legendry 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 are going to be sleeping in 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.
It 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 south west 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). Thursday there won't be dinner served, 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 (everyday, Pure Flow Motions provide a delicious picnic lunch to be eaten where your activities take place). Dinner is served in 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 captivate our 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 their 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 is 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, but there is much more to explore here 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 13ºC and 22ºC.
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 that embraces the secrets of the Portuguese discoveries of the 15th and the 16th centuries. Explore all this through fabulous pedestrian and biking trails or diving spots with professional guidance and different difficulty levels, and 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), with design 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), and designed by Howard Swan. Enjoying views of the Atlantic Ocean, historic town of Lagos, and the hills of Serra do Monchique, Quinta da Boavista offers a unique setting for golfers. Its design and location combined with a variety of holes make this a very enjoyable experience.
located 40 kilometers from 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 those Guests that wish to have a healthy and active pristine getaway with a close contact with a 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 hotel) - the predominately north winds during the summer months and crystal clear water make this beach one of the favourite spots for European windsurfers. In summer the beach is the perfect place for slalom, free ride, 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) - July and August are 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 pretty good and the waves break regularly. But be careful, the small size of the beach area and the existence of rock outcrops make this place suitable only for experienced windsurfers.
This camp is about well-being for your body and mind. In 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.