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7 Days Family Yoga Retreat in Portugal

  • Casa Vale da Lama, EN 534 Vale da Lama, Odiaxere, Lagos, Algarve, Portugal


Portugal Yoga Retreat

You are invited to the Jewel of Yoga's specially-tailored family yoga retreat in Algarve. Being a family themselves, Jenny and Igor know how hard it is sometimes to let go of your loved ones for a few days. This summer, they want to give you the opportunity to enjoy a healing and meaningful yoga week while letting your children play and learn about nature.

Strengthen the familial bond

When you finish your yoga or meditation session, you can all go to the beach or go for a bike ride together; strengthen the bonds by having fun as a family. Two daily yoga / mindfulness sessions for the parents will be taught by Jenny and Igor. They will also be available for shiatsu massage, private yoga lessons, and mindful parenting counseling with additional fees. Plenty of activities for the kids, organized by Vale Da Lama, in the gorgeous Algarvean summer - an unforgettable week!


  • 2 daily yoga sessions
  • 1 yoga session for family
  • 2 daily activities for children
  • Daily organic vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Snacks for children available at all times
  • 6 nights accommodation

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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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.

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.

Nearby places

  • Meia Praia beach, 100 meters - 15 minutes
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily organic vegetarian meals, additional snacks and teas available at all times, snacks for the children
  • 2 daily sessions of yoga for grown-ups
  • 2 daily activities for the children
  • 1 family yoga session


09:00 Yoga

10:30 Breakfast

14:00 Lunch

17:30 Yoga

19:30 Dinner


  • Breakfast at 08:15
  • Waking up the body at 09:00
  • Hands-on gardening, harvesting, planting, animal care or other seasonal tasks
  • Snack at 09:00
  • Feet on the earth at 17:30
  • Trekking, biking, observing, and learning from nature in the local area
  • Dinner at 19:30
  • Night before bed: Gathering under the stars - story telling and music (not every night)

Driving directions from Portimo - Faro

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.

Driving directions from Lagos - Aljezur

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.

Secondary road

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.

Arrival by airplane

  • Upon arrival at Faro Airport, Vale da Lama can arrange for your airport transfer. It will be 68 EUR for a one way travel to Vale da Lama.

Arrival by bus

  • You could ride a bus from Faro center to Lagos. Vale da Lama can then arrange a transfer from Lagos bus station to the retreat (Vale da Lama) for 15 EUR (one way).

Arrival by train

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).


  • Faro, 80 kilometers
  • Lisbon, 330 kilometers - 4 hours by bus or train
  • Seville, 300 kilometers - 5 hours by bus

Check in

From 3 p.m.

Check out

  • After breakfast.

Airport transfers

  • Transfer from and to Faro Airport on request.
  • Please send an inquiry to The Jewel of Yoga to get assistance with airport transfer.

Itinerary information

  • Arrival time is between 15:00 - 18:00. Dinner will be approximately at 18.30 and followed by introduction and yoga talk at 19.30.

Course information

  • Please be advised that one or two of the yoga classes will be family sessions when children are welcome. All other yoga classes are for parents only.
  • For the smallest children that cannot participate in the activities, there will be a qualified baby-sitter during the yoga classes.

Electricity information

Casa Vale da Lama is Solar-passive, they utilize solar energy to warm water and use firewood to heat the whole house during cold days. And in line with their theme of community living, there is no television and telephones in the rooms.

Accessibility information

  • Special facilities are available for guests with disabilities and they are very much welcome to the retreat.

Special menu request

  • Request for special dietary needs (ex: gluten free, vegan, etc.) are accepted. Please note that this service might change standard prices.

Additional information

For more information, ask your questions directly to The Jewel of Yoga who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Contact Organizer button to send a message.


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.

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Transfers to and from Faro Airport

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)

  • Massage
  • Mountain walking/trekking nearby
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Beach nearby
  • Caf
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga shala
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Tour assistance
For information about the booking conditions, please send The Jewel of Yoga an inquiry.
  • Review by Tessa from Amsterdam, Netherlands

    "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." website, edited

  • Review by Freya from Surrey, UK

    "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." website, edited

  • Review by Dan

    "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."

    December 2015, edited

  • Review by Dominique

    "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."

    December 2015, edited

  • Review by Kaya Peters

    "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!"

    December 2015, edited

  • Review by Sally

    "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."

    December 2015, edited

  • Review by Judy

    "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."

    December 2015, edited

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The Jewel of Yoga offers yoga/surf holidays and yoga/dive holidays combining your yoga practice with the forces of nature in Algarve, Portugal.

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