8 Days Re-Energizing Yoga Retreat Portugal

  • The Butterfly House, Algarve, Portugal

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Portugal Yoga Retreat

  • 7 days with instruction
  • Join Yoga Holiday Algarve for a relaxing retreat in a beautiful Portugal countryside. Twice 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. Given the gorgeous weather of the Algarve, you 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 the week feeling deeply relaxed and re-energized.


    • Twice daily yoga class
    • Plenty of time to explore the local area
    • Free time to relax in the communal garden
    • 3 daily healthy and nutritious vegetarian meals
    • 7 nights' accommodation

    Skill level

    • Beginner


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: English
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    During the retreat, you will be residing at The Butterfly House and its quintas. 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 two- three renovated old farmhouses with extensive grounds,swimming pool, orchards, and communal areas. There is a magnificent yoga platform, overlooking the countryside, shaded with colorful sails, and fully equipped with yoga mats.

    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.

    Sample daily schedule

    • 08:00 One and a half hours of yoga practice
    • 09:30 Healthy group breakfast
    • 10:30 Relaxation time in the communal garden or enjoy one of the Ayurveda treatments
    • 13:00 Healthy and nutritious vegetarian group lunch
    • 14.00 Time to explore the local area and take part in one of the activities offered, go to the beach, or enjoy some stand up paddle boarding lesson
    • 18:00 One and a half hours of yoga practice
    • 20.00 Healthy and nutritious vegetarian group dinner
    • 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.

    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.

    Nearby places

    • Faro Airport (FAO) - 20 minutes
    • Fuzeta Beach - 10 minutes
    • Olhao - 5 minutes
    • Boating
    • Horse riding / rental
    • Kayaking
    • Massage
    • Stand up paddle boarding
    • Garden
    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Yoga studio
    • Tour assistance

    During the retreat, you will be served 3 daily healthy and nutritious vegetarian meals. 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.

    As well as 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 treatments from their highly trained therapist who can advise you specifically on your constitution.

    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.

    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 daily yoga classes
    • 3 daily healthy and nutritious vegetarian meals
    • 7 nights' boutique accommodation
    • Activities
    • Return flight from your destination
    • Transport
    • Transport from the airport to the Butterfly House

    Arrival by airplane

    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.

    For information about the booking conditions, please send Yoga Holiday Algarve an inquiry.


    • Review by Vera from Dublin, Ireland

      "I enjoyed every moment of my stay at The Butterfly House! Helena is a great host, she's been really flexible with us from the moment we arrived and through out the whole stay. Breakfasts were just great and really healthy, we used all the recommendations provided by Helena. The apartment we stayed in was bright, clean, cozy and quiet. Special thanks to Carol, we had 4 morning yoga classes together as well as a an Ayurvedic massage. needless to say, all of them were perfect. i would highly recommend this experience to anyone who wished to rest!"

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    • Review by Corina and Florian from Germany

      "We really enjoyed our time here. The yoga classes and teachers were excellent and it was great that we could switch the time and adjust it to our daily trips. The accommodation was perfect, we had everything that we needed in the apartment and everybody was so nice and polite. The yoga space is also very beautiful and the surrounding is so calm and beautiful. One of the highlights was the breakfasts, but we can't emphasize just one aspect as we really enjoyed everything! Thanks for making our 5 day Algarve holiday so perfect!"

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    • Review by Alice from UK

      "The place was beautiful, the people welcoming, kind and helpful in every way. the yoga was truly fantastic with SUP too, I was amazed at how kind everyone was and thought the week was both exciting and restful. The yoga deck provided the perfect scenery. Helena and Danny are fantastic hosts - it was just great! Thank you"

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    • Review by Janice from UK

      "Excellent service, Attentive, professional, generous, caring...wonderful."

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    • Review by Roxanna from Russia

      "Enjoyed every moment staying at the Butterfly House. loved the breakfasts in the garden and yoga practise on the sunny deck. The house was cozy and great to have a kitchen with all amenities."

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    • Review by Cathy from United Kingdom

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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

      " 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

      "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

      "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

      "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 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

      "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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