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This is a retreat for those who are going through a stressful life period or work situation and need to rest, heal and recharge batteries. Balancing love, work, family, finances and health is not an easy feat. To maintain our health in such a busy rhythm is often challenging and there are moments when one needs to take a break, a wholesome break, both for the body and the mind.
This retreat offers exactly that, quality yoga and mindfulness teachings, therapeutic holistic treatments, healthy food and lots of time and space for you to disconnect and reconnect.
A unique opportunity to heal and open your heart, supported by the softest side of yoga and our loving guidance of Jenny and Igor.
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.
During this healing yoga retreat, you will practice Yin and Restorative yoga, meditation, yoga Nidra, and macrobiotic vegetarian diet. Living in the world, balancing love, work, family, finances and health is not an easy feat. This is a retreat for those going through a stressful life period or work situations and need to rest, heal and recharge batteries, while spending some quality time with themselves.
There are always incredible moments to be enjoyed but they are usually sustained and financed by long days of hard work. To maintain our health in such busy rhythm is often challenging, and there are moments when one needs to take a break, a wholesome break, both for the body and the mind. This retreat offers exactly that, quality yoga and mindfulness teachings, therapeutic holistic treatments, healthy food, and lots of time and space for you to disconnect and reconnect.
During this yoga retreat, immerse in Yin and Restorative yoga, loving kindness meditation, mindfulness in communication. What moves us, what makes the world go round is love. We all want to love and be loved but we are not always skillful at it. People make mistakes and we get hurt, other times we make mistakes and hurt others. Some other times a beautifully nurtured love story ends because of death, illness or an inevitable separation. We all have to go through it at one time or another.
This retreat is destined to treat all these matters, directed to those of you who are going through difficulties in any of your relationships (romantic, family or work) or simply want to improve them and learn a more skillful way to communicate and relate to one another.
A way that includes words like forgiveness, compassion, acceptance or empathy and at the same time the capacity to decline other people's abusive behavior. Welcome to this unique opportunity to heal and open your heart, supported by the softest side of yoga and the loving guidance of Jenny and Igor.
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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