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8 Days Family Yoga Retreat in Portugal

  • Yoga Holiday Algarve Quintas, Quelfes, Algarve, Portugal


Portugal Yoga Retreat

Join the perfect yoga retreat specifically tailored for families that would like to practice yoga, but also explore the beautiful surroundings that east Algarve, Portugal has to offer. The children's practices will be led by a yoga teacher who holds regular classes for kids of all age groups. Children’s classes will be at the same time as the adult classes, giving the adults the opportunity to concentrate on their practice, which will be taught by experienced yoga teachers.


  • Fun outdoor group activities
  • Simultaneous yoga practice for adults and children
  • Free time to explore or go to the beach
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • 6 days with instruction
  • Dutch, English, French, German
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The accommodation comprises of an old quinta set in the peaceful countryside. There are lovely gardens and areas in which you can relax. All the apartments are spacious with enough room for the children to sleep in a bed. All the apartments are en suite and have a fully equipped kitchen for those who want to prepare their own meals or snacks. There is also barbecue area. The gorgeous weather of the Algarve means on most days you can practice outdoors surrounded by beautiful country with views of the sea on the horizon. There is a beautiful yoga platform in the orchard, shaded with colorful sails.

The Butterfly House encourages both kids and parents to benefit from yoga practice. There is a variety of superb teachers who can share their knowledge and experience with you. The adults will usually be taught by two instructors per week, one for the morning session and the other for the evening session. They will always complement each other and liaise to ensure that a balanced program is created. The simultaneously taught children’s classes are held by a dedicated teacher. Her imaginative approach gives the kids a good grounding and hopefully will make them enjoy the gift of yoga for life. During your free time, you can move freely between their extensive grounds, orchards, and communal areas. There is also plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful beaches, surrounding countryside and historic old towns nearby.

Sample schedule

  • 07:30 Light snack taken in your room before yoga practice
  • 08:30 One and a half hour yoga classes for both children and adults
  • 10:00 Healthy and nutritious brunch
  • 11:00 Free time to explore, go to a beach, take part in an activity, have a treatment or relax
  • 19:00 Healthy vegetarian meal specifically tailored to children’s tastes
  • Kirsteen

    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

    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 our personality, mind and emotions.

  • Nicole

    Nicole is an experienced leader in children's activities. She has many years of training and experience in theatre, theatre for children, experimental theatre, improvisation theatre, creative dance and corporal expression. She has developed children's activities that bring yoga and art together, yoga and drawing/painting, yoga and movement, colouring mandalas, yoga and stories and yoga and dramatic expression.

The Butterfly House is located in the Algarve, in southern 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 Butterfly House has extensive grounds, which can be explored and guests are welcome to help themselves to whatever fruits are in season. 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.

Nearby places

  • Faro Airport (FAO) - 20 minutes
  • Fuzeta Beach - 10 minutes
  • Olhao - 5 minutes
  • Boating
  • Diving nearby
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Massage
  • Sailing nearby
  • Shopping nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Spa
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Baby sitting
  • Board rental nearby
  • Child care
  • In-room dining
  • Local market
  • Tour assistance

Butterfly House understands that a family would want to take advantage of the beautiful local beaches and the wide variety of activities on offer. Therefore, only breakfast will be provided, giving you the opportunity to eat out for lunch or to make a picnic in your self-catering facilities. There is also delicious vegetarian dinners available with 24 hours notice that can be taken in your self catering apartment. The meals uses seasonal ingredients sourced from local markets.

The nourishing and delicious vegetarian meals ensures that your diet works in harmony with yoga. A healthy balanced vegetarian diet is essential to a happy yoga practice. The food is lovingly prepared from seasonal ingredients which are locally sourced from nearby markets.

Activities you might enjoy during your retreat include:

  • Dolphin watching
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Kite surfing
  • Nature boat trips
  • Sea horse observation
  • Stand up paddle boarding

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. The Butterfly House is fortunate to have an experienced Ayurvedic practitioner. After an initial consultation, the practitioner is able to offer a variety of massages and treatments tailored to meet your needs, whether you need to address a specific issue or to unwind with a therapeutic massage. The treatments can be bought individually or, for maximum benefit, as a series of treatments across the week.

We also offer Thai Yoga massage, which works well with the yoga lessons and has been studied extensively by our therapist in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Traditional Thai Yoga massage is a therapeutic practice with its origins in Yoga, Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine.It consists on a rhythmic, flowing massage, which includes a series of stretches and yoga postures associated with acupressure techniques, applied with the palms, thumbs, elbows, forearms, knees and feet, crossing points and energy lines of the body. The combination of these techniques help to unlock physical and energetic blockages, relieving pain and tensions, rebalancing posture and body alignment, restoring the natural flow of vital and self-healing energy .

  • 2 X 1 one and a half hours sessions of adult yoga daily
  • 2X 1 one and a half hours sessions of kid’s yoga, yoga inspired activities, taught simultaneously daily
  • 7 night’s accommodation in boutique self-catering apartments
  • Daily healthy breakfast baskets delivered to your apartment
  • Plenty of free time to explore the venue, go to the beach, or relax
  • Use of all The Butterfly House yoga platform
  • Airport transportation
  • Ayurvedic treatments
  • Child care for children 0 to 3 years old
  • Evening meals or lunch
  • Other activities
  • Return flight from your destination

Arrival by airplane

You will be flying into Faro Airport (FAO), also known as Algarve Airport.

There are cabs waiting outside. The journey to the venue takes 20 minutes.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Yoga Holiday Algarve an inquiry.
  • Review by Cathy from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I have just spent a lovely week on a yoga holiday at The Butterfly House.. Helena was a fantastic host she made us feel very much at home and gave us some great advice about where to go in the local area. Manu was an excellent yoga teacher. He is very knowledgeable and my practice grew under his instruction. He also gave me an ayurvedic consultation and recommended some treatments which left my feeling relaxed. The food was nutritious and delicious. All in all a great week was had by all and I would not hesitate to recommend this yoga holiday."

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  • Review by Annelies and Dann from Holland
    10 out of 10

    "We had a wonderful stay at The Butterfly House. The yoga was was really what me and my husband needed to help us to relax during our holiday. Our teachers were very good, they gave us so much attention when it came to helping us correct our Asanas. The Ayurvedic massage was the best one I've ever had! The setting was gorgeous and very close to the sea."

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  • Review by Veronique from France
    10 out of 10

    "This was my first yoga retreat and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The yoga instructor was very experienced and helped to guide me, so that by the end of the week I saw a big improvement. The apartments were beautifully decorated and the surrounding countryside perfect. This area of the world I would like to return to."

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  • Review by Annebel from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for an amazing stay at your retreat, it couldn't have been more enjoyable. Everything was perfect! Thank you."

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  • Review by Suzanna from Germany
    10 out of 10

    " I would recommend this retreat to anyone wanting a beach holiday with the time to practice yoga and enjoy some Ayurvedic treatments. The people were very friendly, the rooms spotless and spacious, with great views to the garden. I particularly like the yoga deck, where you can sea the sea in the distance. I will hopefully return next year!"

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  • Review by Anca Cernea from Sweden
    10 out of 10

    "The holiday at The Butterfly House was a unique experience, both for me and my daughter. Our target was to have a holiday in nature, eating healthy, and exploring more the yoga world. We are grateful for Helena and Dani for offering us this magnificent experience. The house and gardens beautifully combine nature and the Portuguese traditions. The yoga platform feels like a temple, making the yoga class an unforgettable experience, feeling the Atlantic breeze, and listening to bird song. The yoga class for the kids was a great introduction to my four year daughter. The food was tasty and healthy and the accommodation great!"

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  • Review by Nicole Muller from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you so much for a fantastic family yoga retreat. We were made to feel welcome from the start of the holiday and came away feeling truly revitalized! The kids loved doing their yoga lesson with the teacher and have learned many asanas as well as enjoying the other activities on offer. Our yoga teacher was wonderful and you couldn't beat doing the practice out in the open air. It was a remarkable holiday that we'll remember."

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  • Review by Hannah and Bell from UK
    10 out of 10

    "I arrived at The Butterfly House with my four year old daughter. My hope was that she would spend time with other kids and participate in yoga based activities which would enable me to practice in the adult class. My fear was that she might not stay engaged for the full hour and a half. However, I need not have worried as Marline was able to create a wonderful environment for the kids to learn yoga poses and get involved with art and craft based on some of the principles of yoga. This enabled me to benefit from the the yoga classes given by Manu. He has helped me with my practice and given my confidence to work on my headstands and other poses which I found difficult. By the end of the week my daughter had made such good friends that she did not want to leave"

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  • Review by Alex and Kate Winterton from UK
    10 out of 10

    "10 out of 10 for the family yoga holiday. The accommodation was stylish and comfortable, the gardens were beautifully laid out, with plenty of places to relax. Both the adults and kids yoga was a great success. Our teacher Manu guided us through the week and we came away feeling like we had progressed a lot. The children also had fun with their yoga and we're going to try to continue their lessons back in the UK."

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  • Review by Louise Jepsen from Denmark
    10 out of 10

    "This yoga retreat is really specially, there is so much to do in the area, including dolphin watching and we even went on a sea horse safari! It was good to start the day every morning with yoga classes, which I'd normally not be able to do. My daughter loved her time with her teacher doing yoga poses, going for nature walks and painting the Mandolas. Our apartment was beautiful and the gardens and view over the orchard spectacular. We loved our fresh juices and breakfast basket in the morning. Many thanks."

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Yoga Holiday Algarve offers relaxing yoga holidays in the beautiful Algarve countryside, moments away from the sea.

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Saturday November 5, 2016
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