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8 Days Nature & Yoga Holiday with Healing Dogs, Brazil

Retreat Bela Natureza, Estrada do Côco, Kilometer 23, Bahia, Northeast Region, Brazil

Energizing Yoga Retreat in Brazil

Nature Retreat Bela Natureza Brazil with healing dogs offers yoga packages where you can practice Hatha yoga in the presence of loving dogs. They will bring a lot of joy and extra-easiness, using the language of the heart and showing understanding of human emotion through touch and energy and provide a silent companionship. What is unique about the 13 resident dogs, is the fact that they are a family spanning 3 generations. They were never taken from their parents and siblings nor were they removed from their birth home, they do not have anything missing in their lives. Therefore they are emotionally complete, which makes it easy for them to focus on the positive energy of giving.

No previous experience is required and it is open to all ages.

Meet the instructors

Bettina
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Highlights

  • Day use of retreat center
  • Crystal bowls meditation
  • Guided meditation with dogs
  • Yoga related talks and workshops
  • Yoga sessions and practices with healing dogs
  • Healthy vegetarian meals (suitable for vegans)
  • Tours and visits to interesting sites
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Portuguese
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer available:
Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport (US$60 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
10:00
Check-out Time:
16:00

Facilities

  • Fireplace
  • Free Wi-Fi

Retreat Bela Natureza offers charming eco-lodges designed in the style of the indigenous “Oca” constructions, built using the traditional adobe technique and with thatched roofs; a suite with a private veranda; and a dormitory “redário” (group room for beds or hammocks), all in the midst of nature. All offer optimum comfort, with private bathrooms and modern facilities. For bigger groups they can also offer the possibility of camping beneath leafy trees.

Program

The traditional animal human relationship is one where the animal is seen as inferior. Here at Retreat Bela Natureza, they believe that the

animals sharing this earth with ourselves are not below us, but with us. They believe they deserve to be treated with complete respect as autonomous beings and should not serve us or become a means to our ends. This philosophy allows you to uncover the beautiful truth of a dog’s existence. They have created a setting where they may feel completely safe, secure and loved, where they may not be taken advantage of. In this environment the dogs are able to flourish, growing, and developing their personalities and their relationships with each other and with you. They have learnt so much about their incredibly unique selves, and share this with you in a special exchange: those who stay on the retreat benefit from getting to know the dogs, and the dogs enjoy socializing with visitors and participating in activities that happen here. These activities, such as crystal bowl sessions, yoga and arts, are usually off limits to animals.

Yoga: During the classes, you will be instructed on the deepening of asanas (body postures) and pranayama (breathing), liberation, healing, and knowledge of body, mind, and soul, as well as awareness of the "here and now". Resident healing dogs: at Retreat Bela Natureza, they believe that the animals sharing this earth with ourselves are not below you, but with you.

Activities: You can pick and choose your activities and make your own arrangement. It’s all included in your package. Retreat Bela Natureza would like to advises that you might not have enough time to make all of the offered activities. Therefore, please choose between 15 and 20 activities below which you most like.

Yoga related activities you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy

  • Natural healing therapy - 1 private "welcome session"
  • Hatha yoga - 6 classes
  • Hatha yoga - 1 group session on the beach of Arembepe (if weather allows)
  • Philosophy of yoga, asana, and pranayama - talk
  • "Health for body, mind, and soul through yoga" – talk
  • "Chakras and vital energy" - talk
  • "Crystal bowls, light exercises, and meditation" - workshop
  • Guided meditation with dogs: “Touchable Love“
  • "Believe in the healing power of nature and animals" - talk• "Physical and energetic awareness" - group session
  • Meditative dances - group session
  • "Gratitude to the 4 Elements" - group session

Other activities for you to choose from (included)

  • "Bahia, Brazil - its history and culture" - talk
  • "The natural park - both relaxing and energizing" - talk
  • "Permaculture and sustainability" - expert advice
  • "The influence of colors in our lives" - talk
  • "Creative expression" - group session
  • "Making arts - express yourself!" - talk
  • Bush craft experiments with natural materials - group session
  • "The healing power of dog’s love" - talk
  • Dog fundamentals talks during your stay
  • Come together around the fire place in nature
  • Sharing experiences as a group - farewell

A typical day during the retreat

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Yoga lesson or meditation with dogs
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast with many fruits and regional goodies
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Talk / workshop / group session
  • 10:00 - 13:00 Tour to the beach / time for relaxing / introspection
  • 13:30 - 15:30 Lunch and free time
  • 15:30 - 17:00 Yoga practice with dogs or yoga lesson
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Free time
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner, get together, or relax
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Campfire and be in contact with nature and dogs

You will have six days of activities, one day for arrival, and one last day to unwind and say goodbye.

Included excursions

  • Guided tour to the historical center of Salvador da Bahia
  • Tour to the famous historical beach of Praia do Forte
  • Visit to a local "capoeira" group
  • Visit to the charming seaside town of Arembepe
  • Visit to the sea turtle project "TAMAR" in Arembepe

Instructors

Bettina De Lucca

Retreat location

Unique features

General

  • Beach
  • Fireplace
  • Hammock
  • Restaurant
  • River

Services

  • Car rental
  • Free Wi-Fi

Food

They offer three daily delicious vegetarian meals, suitable for vegans.

Here you can enjoy vegetarian food also suitable for vegans, regional goodies, many fruits, juices, coconut water, coffee and tea. A coffee and tea break is available at extra cost. Guests, who like fish or meat from time to time, can visit some excellent restaurants in Arembepe or other seaside villages in the surrounding area.

Coconut water is as well included in this retreat.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

  • Additional natural healing sessions
  • Additional tours
  • Diving and snorkeling
  • Driving around the beautiful Bahian coastal area / car rental
  • Eating additional meals in the local restaurants with typical Bahian food
  • Language instruction / Portuguese classes
  • Sea turtle project "TAMAR" in Praia do Forte (it’s Brazilian headquarter)
  • Surfing lessons and board rental (to request before your arrival)
  • Whale watching in Praia do Forte (seasonal)

What's included

  • Yoga sessions
  • Guided meditation with dogs
  • Yoga related talks and workshops
  • Tours and visits to interesting sites
  • Information and advises about the region and Brazil
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Good natural cross ventilation inside the accommodations
  • Mosquito nets inside the accommodations
  • Healthy meals with many fruits, juices and coconut water
  • Drinking water, 24 hours a day.
  • Free Wi-Fi

What's not included

  • Tours which are not listed
  • Transfer and eventually needed medical costs
  • Laundry (available for an extra cost)
  • Child care

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport Airport transfer available: Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport (US$60 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% 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 bring your partner or a friend, the second person gets a 50% discount. Families and groups get special prices.

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