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Join The Butterfly House for a short break in the beautiful country side of Portugal, only moments from the sea. Daily yoga practice is the beating heart of this retreat. There is a variety of superb teachers who can share their knowledge and experience with you. You will have the opportunity to use the outdoor yoga platform which is surrounded by the beautiful view of the countryside and the sound of bird songs. You will leave feeling deeply relaxed and re-energized and ready to start your daily life.
During the retreat, you will be residing at The Butterfly House. The house is located near the sea in the East Algarve in Southern Portugal. The accommodation is surrounded by the peaceful Algarvian countryside, almond and fig orchards, with sea views on the horizon. Nearby are miles of white sand beaches and picturesque islands of the Ria Formosa.
The boutique accommodation comprises of a renovated old farmhouse with extensive grounds, orchards, and communal areas. There is a magnificent yoga platform, overlooking the countryside, shaded with colorful sails, and fully equipped with yoga mats. Each apartment has its own small kitchen cooking facilities, refrigerator, and luxury bathroom.
Daily yoga practice is the beating heart of your yoga holiday. The practice is held once in the morning before breakfast. There are usually two instructors per week. They will always complement each other and liaise to ensure that a balanced program is created.
Kirteen started practising yoga at home and with friends and going to regular classes and happily made more and more space in her life, seeing it as a reliable friend to help her through the ups and downs, twists and turns of life. Her classes can be dynamic flowing or slow flow, focussing on finding the meditative quality of free flowing breath and movement combined, followed by deep relaxation.
Teresa was born and raised in the Algarve and the desire to know more about life and the human dimension brought her in touch with yoga, the Indian philosophical system. Teresa's teaching method explores the different yoga techniques. She works with the asanas, pranayama, yoga nidra and dharana to develope an integral consciousness of the whole being, enabling her yoga practice to work with the physical, gross aspect, to the most subtle aspects of your personality, mind, and emotions.
International Association of Yoga Therapists (Therapeutic Yoga)
Yoga Vidya Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Ayurveda Yoga)
Paramanand Institute of Yoga Science & Research Yoga Alliance RYT 300 (Ayurveda Yoga)
Marlene started her path in yoga, 20 years ago. During this time, she always kept the practice of yoga as her daily routine, as well as attending different styles of yoga classes in Portugal and in different places in Europe. In 2012, Marlene traveled to India searching for deeper knowledge and experience in yoga, and became a yoga teacher, certified by Yoga Vidya (AyurYoga) in Kerala (Yoga - YTT / YogaAlliance RYS 200) and by Paramanand Institute of Yoga Science & Research, in Indore - YTT (YogaAlliance RYS 300) plus Yoga Therapy – IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists).
As a seeker, the human pursuit for self-knowledge led Carolina to stumble across yoga. Since then, the eight fold path of yoga has naturally become her sadhana, an important part of her daily routine. The first steps towards this Vedic science of self-realization, put her in contact with Ayurveda. It was love at first sight and she absorbed both disciplines, which are interdependent and powered when associated. As a yoga teacher, she explored many traditions and different practices over the years, but took refuge in Satyananda’s teachings, following the lineage of Bihar School of Yoga.
The retreat will take place in a countryside region of Algarve in Portugal. The surrounding countryside is bursting with life. For most of the year, wild flowers provide a colorful background and the air is scented with orange blossom and wild herbs.
The local beach of Fuzeta is popular for stand up paddle boarding (SUP) and kite surfing. The beautiful islands of Culatra, Armona, and Farol are all accessible by ferry from the historic fishing town of Olhao, just five minutes away from the yoga center by car.
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A healthy and delicious breakfast is served after the early morning practice. A healthy vegetarian evening meal can be provided with 24-hour notice. You have the access to a kitchen refrigerators and cooking facilities within your accommodation.
Their are plenty of nearby markets selling fresh seasonal ingredients and local produce.
Apart from relaxing in the extensive grounds, on one of the shaded terraces or in a hammock, you can take part in plenty of local activities such as stand up paddle boarding, nature boat trips, kite surfing, kayaking, horse riding, and dolphin watching.
To complement the yoga session, Yoga Holiday Algarve offers Ayurvedic massage from their highly trained therapists. One massage for one and a half hour is included in the price. Extra treatments are available at an additional cost.
Ayurvedic medicine is a holistic healing system that originates from the Indian sub-continent. It utilizes a variety of methods to balance, relax and rejuvenate. There is an experienced Ayurvedic practitioner at the Butterfly House. After an initial consultation, the practitioner is able to offer a variety of treatments tailored to meet your needs, whether you need to address a specific issue or to unwind with a therapeutic massage.
Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO). Ryan Air and Easy Jet offer some great deals to fly to Faro. Yoga Holiday Algarve provides a cab to transfer you to the Butterfly House at an additional cost.