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This retreat takes us to the stunning Algarve beaches of Portugal. This will be about exploring the perfectly seamless blend of Hatha yoga with yoga philosophy and meditation. In this amazing Algarve retreat, you will have two yoga sessions every day and free time each afternoon to explore some of the best beaches in Southern Europe. Come with Yoga Hali to the beautiful retreat center of Quinta Mimosa.
Quinta Mimosa is a perfect place to stay in Southern Portugal. Families, friends, and teachers with groups return there year after year to enjoy their holidays in the tranquility of the beautiful, relaxed, and natural surroundings, with caring hospitality and the comfortable feeling of home.
A warm welcome, inviting colors, vibrant flowers, and gentle breezes infused with the scent of herbs. Quinta Mimosa is a ten acre estate of almond and orange trees, set in the hillside above Almancil, away from the crowds yet totally accessible, some 7 kilometers from the coast and its fine beaches.
In this retreat, your yoga classes will be guided by Kathryn Beet and Hali Schwartz.
In 1988, Hali traveled to India for the first time to the ash ram where her mother had decided to devote her life. She has traveled there every year since, delving into all aspects of the yoga tradition at the International Meditation Institute (I.M.I.) in Kullu, in the North Western Himalayas where her mother still lives nearly 40 years later. It was at the institute that she was introduced to yoga philosophy in all its glory. She studied the Sanskrit language, several yoga and vedantic scriptures such as the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra as well as chanting, meditation, Hatha, Kriya, and Restorative yoga.
In 1999, Hali started teaching yoga in Toronto, while continuing her studies in Ashtanga yoga with the incomparable Ron Reid at the Downward Dog. In 2001, she began teaching yoga philosophy, Sanskrit, chanting, and meditation in various teacher training programs around the city, and has trained hundreds of teachers since then at Yoga Space, Yoga Sanctuary, Octopus Garden, IAM Yoga and Sananda Yoga. She loves mentoring new teachers as well as introducing new students in the amazing benefits of this awesome tradition.
In 2002, she took her first group of yoga students with her to India, and has since lead several pilgrimage voyages to the Himalayas, Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Varanasi, Rajasthan, New Delhi and Mumbai.
This retreat will take place in Algarve, Portugal. The Algarve is the southernmost province of Portugal. It has some 100 miles of coast line, a wonderful climate all year round and has over 3000 hours of sunshine annually. If you love to spend time by the sea, you can go to unspoiled beaches of the Ria Formosa Lagoon. The sandy islands are reached by wooden foot bridges, small ferries, or private boats.
You will be served daily delicious home-cooked vegetarian brunch and dinner.
In the afternoon, you will have free time to explore some of the best beaches in Southern Europe.