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A classic yoga retreat for those of you with a regular practice or with the intention of starting one. A week course that will give you the base to build your spiritual practice on or, if you already have one, the perfect opportunity to go deeper.
This retreat has an added Hatha and Yin yoga session after breakfast as this retreat is thought out more as a course than a yoga holiday.
Casa Vale da Lama have 9 comfortable rooms which are good for single, double / twin and family which also includes special facilities for guests with disabilities. For your children, childrens cots / cribs are available. One child under 4 years old stays free of charge. An extra bed is upon request and needs to be confirmed by the management. No worries for the varying temperatures, for they have a way of controlling them by designing the rooms to be solar passive.
The retreat center has a way of managing things environmentally-friendly. They make use of firewood to warm the whole vicinity during cold days and warm water via solar heating from solar energy. A free Wi-Fi is available on their main hall plus a small library filled with books related to sustainability which is suitable for your cozy afternoon rest. This is perfectly-coupled with their swimming pool nearby where you can take a dip and have that envied sun-kissed skin. They also have comfortable hammocks where you could feel the breeze of air under the shade of the trees waiting for you.
A classic yoga retreat for those of you with a regular practice or with the intention of starting one. Immerse in Hatha flow, alignment, Yin yoga, pranayama, meditation, and yoga psychology. A week course that will give you the base to build your spiritual practice on or, if you already have one, the perfect opportunity to go deeper.
With an added session after breakfast this retreat is thought out more as a course than a yoga holiday. Meditation, asana alignment and sequencing, breathe work and yoga psychology will be explained and demystified during the week giving enough inspiration to carry on with a meaningful yoga practice for the months to come.
During this retreat, you will practice Yin yoga, hatha flow, partner yoga, meditation, and shiatsu based bodywork. Incorporating the teachings of yoga into bodywork, this retreat is oriented not only to healers, massage therapists, yoga and dhamma teachers, nurses and doctors, but to all those who are interested in a holistic approach to healing through touch and see relationships as a fundamental part of their spiritual practice.
While it is not a professional training, this week will be an invaluable apportation to you, your life and your loved ones. We base our massage practice in shiatsu but we explore further using joint manipulations and the healing power of breath. Awareness of the loving quality of our touch and presence will be at the center of the teachings.
Since she was abandoned at birth and later be adopted, her growing years were full of questioning about the world and herself. She became an observer of human behavior. Jenny wants to understand why people act the way they do. Because of that, she spent her childhood lonely and just enhancing her role as an observer.
Good thing, her adoptive parents loved her so much. As her first teachers, they taught her the most valuable lesson - love. She did her first meditation when she was 22. Through it, she finally understood that she was never alone in her pain and that she was the sole responsible for her own happiness. Today, shes still a woman full of fascinations about the world.
Igor is a man who is optimistic about questioning life. He believes that the acceptance of uncertainties offers space for surprises, love, wisdom, and self-growth. He never forgets the contributions of people who inspired him to take this yoga journey. With this, he decided to develop a strong sense of responsibility and self-reliance in his yoga practice and spiritual path.
Eco Resort Casa Vale da Lama is located in the western Algarve within the 43 hectares property of Quinta do Vale da Lama between Lagos and Portimo. It provides hosting services for groups offering fresh organic meals, comfortable facilities and a relaxing environment where you can also be involved in a diversity of farm activities.
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Organic food lovers out there should surely enjoy Casa Vale da Lamas vegetarian buffet meals prepared by their very own cook Ana and her team. Their vegetables and herbs are fresh from the garden. You could also request for your special diet need. On the other hand, if you are planning for lunch or dinner in groups and celebrate for a special event, they are welcome to cater you.
Casa Vale da Lama will be the perfect treat for you and your family with their great variety of fun activities in your stay. Tagged as a true eco resort, you will surely should not miss this memorable holiday retreat.
Animal care: Meet the farm's sheep, chickens, ducks, pigs, and Levinho - the donkey - and help to take care of them. (Duration: variable, cost: by donation)
Bread making: Learn how to make bread in the wood oven and taste it while it is still warm. You will knead the dough and then continue the process later on, starting the wood oven and then baking your delicious homemade bread. (2-3 hours, cost: by donation, minimum 2 persons)
Craft circle: An informal circle where local natural materials based on traditional arts and crafts like palm weaving, basket making or natural dying is used. (3 hours, cost: by donation)
Food alchemy: Learn how the farm transforms its seasonal surplus of products into delicious preserves. Depending on season and viability, you are invited to join in the confection of a wide range of products, from jams, to herbal teas, choucroute, kombucha, and more. (Duration: variable, cost: by donation)
From the garden to your plate: Harvest your food in the gardens and learn how to cook delicious meals using different styles and techniques that benefit your whole being. (9 a.m. - 1 p.m., 40 EUR per person, minimum 2 persons)
Guided farm tour: Get to know some regenerative agriculture systems implemented on the farm, as well as the way of living light on the land. You will be taken on a walk around the farm and being told the story of the project combined with a small introduction to Permaculture. (2 hours, 5 EUR per person, minimum 2 persons)
Harvest your own lunch: Join our community in harvesting veggies and herbs for your lunch, getting to know what's in season and the different ways of food production we use. Grab a box, put your hat on and go down to the gardens. (1 hour 30 minutes, 10 EUR per person; minimum 1 person, maximum 15 persons)
Horseback riding: Holistic horseback riding in Monte Velho
Massage therapy: Enjoy a healing massage experience to complement you day. There are different professionals for different kinds of therapies. (1 hour, 45 EUR)
Nature in you - deep ecology session: Experience a moment of deep connection with nature through a journey of sound, silence, and the awakening of your senses. (3 hours, cost: by donation, minimum 5 persons, maximum 15 persons)
Pizza night: A night around the oven at the Sweet Spot Cafe with unlimited pizzas and a cozy environment for any celebration. (1 night, 7 EUR per person, minimum 10 persons)
Seasonal farm tasks: Every season is unique and your support is always welcome when it comes to work on the various tasks needed on the farm. (Duration: variable, cost: by donation)
World chantings: Travel around the world with live music from the members of Lama Village community. Sing, play, and join the circle! (1 hour 30 minutes, cost: by donation, minimum 4 persons)
When driving on A22 from Portimo / Faro, on the highway, turn at the sign Mexilhoeira and Autdromo. Arriving at N125, turn right going to Lagos.
Driving on N125 coming from Portimo entering Odixere (open field with a big clearing on the right and a big pavilion - Clube de Odixere - on the left side) leave N125 and turn left to Vale da Lama.
Leave the highway when you see the sign Odixere and Lagos Leste. Upon arriving N125 turn left to Odixere / Portimo. It is advisable to take the national road from Besafrim to Lagos.
Coming from Lagos, before leaving Odixere (open field with a big clearing on the left side and a big pavilion - Clube de Odixere - on the right side) get off N125 by turning right direction to Vale da Lama.
The secondary road passes in front of Clube de Odixere, then a small bridge, then a right turn where you keep on heading straight, and then another bridge and many quintas.
Stay on the same road from Clube de Odixere for 2.1 kilometers.
When facing some houses on the left side you will see a sign on your right and a much bigger eucalyptus tree, here turn right onto the dirt road.
Keep on the dirt road, 400 meters later, turn left when the road curves right, keep on going and you are there.
Park in a way that leaves free space for other cars.
A train is also available from Faro Center to Lagos. Vale da Lama can also arrange for your transfer from Lagos train station to the retreat (Vale da Lama) for 12 EUR (one way).
"Deep and light. If I had to choose two words to describe the yoga retreat, these would be the ones. Jenny and Igor are two very special teachers who teach from their hearts. No dogmas, but intuition and presence are what make their classes true and real. The talks we had were a valuable addition that created space to think about life and what yoga can do and means for us living on earth in the 21st century. At last: the soft approach really made me dive deep and made me realize that I could relax more, and more, and more I feel very grateful and thankful for bringing back my love for the practice of yoga."
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"I had a great time with Jenny and Igor from Jewel of Yoga. They are a lovely gentle couple, with their love of yoga and life shining through. We were taught techniques to help the body which can be applied to any yoga style. The Yin yoga and meditation were very healing.The food at the retreat was delicious and filling. We even asked for a few of the recipes! The accommodation was in a beautiful setting and about a 30 minutes bike ride to the beach. Even on a hot day there was a gentle breeze blowing on the ride."
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"I took one of my first yoga lessons with Jenny a few years ago and can safely say it has been one of the best I have taken since. Jenny approaches the practice with integrity humility and gentleness. I still remember her calm and soothing voice and the deep bliss I felt after the class. A special teacher indeed! The Algarve has a treasure in her."
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"Jenny and Igor are probably the most inspiring yoga teachers I have encountered during my yoga practice for the last 10 years. They provide a unique opportunity to get to know your own body and your mind, always gentle and kind and never judgmental. Do yourself a big favor and learn from these gifted and beautiful teachers."
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"Yoga, as most things in life, can be a true art when practiced and taught properly. Both Igor and Jenny are artists in their field, able to convey the essence of what yoga really is about to students of all levels and backgrounds. As a yoga teacher myself, I have greatly benefited from them. The world needs good teachers, and they definitely are!"
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"Jenny and Igor are two of the very few people I know who actually embody what they teach. When they feel they fall short of their training principles, they're happy to admit it, with grace and humor. Their teaching is student-centered, full of life, love, questions and tenderness. Jenny and Igor have been absolutely key in my recovery from a serious long-term illness that meant I was bed-bound for large parts of the day. I'm now able to get through one of their yang classes and go jogging. I've spent the last 15 years intensively going to Buddhist and yoga retreats, classes and groups, but have never felt truly at home, accepted and challenged until I met Jenny and Igor."
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"I have known Jenny and Igor for over five years and have discovered that yoga with them is always an eye-opening experience. It is more than asana. It is not only about what you do on the mat, but what you do off it, why, and how this affects your practice and your life. They inspire you to stretch your boundaries, to challenge yourself, and in the process discover more about yourself than you ever did before. You will have the pleasure of meeting a loving, kind, gentle, sincere, honest, open, understanding and above all very spiritual couple who are very generous in sharing their own personal life experiences with you."
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