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Rejuvenating Yoga Retreat in Portugal

Come and treat yourself with a week of the finest yoga, food, and nature. Enjoy a carefree week in a family-run guesthouse with two experienced yoga instructors! In your daily yoga classes, you will experience the strengthening, rejuvenating and mood-lifting effect of Bowspring yoga. Use your free time to go surfing in one of the worlds best waves, to discover the sea with a SUP, to bike or hike along the cliffs, play beach volleyball or just relax at the beach. If you are interested in sightseeing and culture, the nearby World Culture Heritage of Sintra with its ancient castles is just rigth for you. Commit to this week and make this more than a holiday but your start into a balanced, healthy and joyful lifestyle.

Meet the instructors

Elisa & Pawel
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  • 12 yoga lessons
  • Maintain the essence of Hatha yoga
  • Improve metabolism and gain increased control
  • Highly therapeutic Bowspring yoga lessons
  • 2 qualified yoga instructors
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Brunch and dinner

Yoga styles

6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: German, Polish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 18
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The lovely guesthouse Sal da Costa is a small bed and breakfast owned by a local family located at Casais de São Lourenço, a small and peaceful village just atop the cliffs of São Lourenço Bay. They will make your stay as nice as possible and you will certainly get invaluable insider tips for special places.

After years of owning and managing a nearby restaurant, the Gil da Costa family decided to change their focus to hospitality. They recently renovated their local hostal to offer a beautiful low-key environment where guests can rest, relax, and enjoy all that the region has to offer. The Gil da Costa family will make the stay as nice as possible and guests will certainly get invaluable insider tips for special places.


Bowspring yoga

Bowspring yoga is an antidote to the health issues arising from the modern stressful and sedentary lifestyle. By practicing Bowspring yoga, you will eliminate corporal malposture and cope physical and emotional challenges in your everyday life with greater ease. The entire myo-fascial system (muscles and connective tissue) learns to work together and gets evenly toned. This makes for better control and maximum functionality. The breath can move freely without inhibition bringing a new level of vitality and energetic freedom.

In addition, Bowspring yoga uplifts your mood, increases your mindfulness, and gives you a friendly and compassionate attitude towards yourself, other earthlings and your environment. Through Bowspring yoga you can reprogram your nervous system's autopilot, which keeps you stuck in debilitating patterns of fear, sadness, and lack.

What makes Bowsrping yoga so special is that yoga has always been subject to changes. Traditional Hatha yoga (i.e. the general physical form of yoga) is only new a handful of asanas (postures). Most of modern day yoga asanas were developed in the India of the of the 19th / 20th centuries under the influence of the British occupation. It therefore adopted a military and western affected posture which has continued in almost all yoga styles until today (look e.g. at Tadasana, the standing pose, which recalls a standing soldier).

In Bowspring yoga, you maintain the essence of Hatha yoga. This means the meditative condition, the slowed down and conscious breathing, the mindful way of moving and the full use of the physical range of motioribcage that is open to all sides. This way of movement you can still see in young kids and tribal people that have not been spoiled by your culturally influenced conceptions of what makes a decent posture. Regarding the alignment, however, the Bowspring is revolutionary in a sense that it is oriented towards the natural way of movement as it is predefined by your innate human anatomic condition. Its centerpieces are a double-s-curved spine and a floating ribcage that is open to all sides. This way of movement you can still see in young kids and tribal people that have not been spoiled by the culturally influenced conceptions of what makes a decent posture.

The benefits of Bowspring

Bowspring yoga is a movement medicine. It provides tremendous health benefits for body, mind, heart and soul. Through the Bowspring practice, you improve your metabolism and gain increased control. The Bowspring alignment is highly therapeutic for the lower back, neck, and shoulders. You will get esthetic curves and beautiful proportions on butt, waist and shoulders, and firm skin.

While the Bowspring is filled with physical benefits, it is a great support for mental and emotional health as well. Skillful Bowspring alignment positively affects the nervous system, the circulatory system, and supports mental focus, emotional clarity and the management of stress.

The Bowspring alignment is accessible and profitable for people of all ages and conditions worldwide, including athletes, pregnant and post-natal women and people with all sorts of physical discomforts. There are almost no contraindications.

Daily shcedule

  • Morning class from 08:00 to 09:30
  • Delicious freshly prepared vegan / vegetarian brunch
  • Free time to do whatever you please
  • Evening class from 18:00 to 19:30
  • Delicious freshly cooked vegan / vegetarian dinner


Elisa Bauer
(Prenatal Yoga, Postnatal Yoga)
Elisa has been practicing yoga intensively for ten years. The asanas of Bowspring yoga match her intuitive body sensation. Elisa teaches her students powerful smoothness, mindfulness, and dance-like lightness.
Pawel Gnosdorf
Pawel has been practicing yoga for over fifteen years and has been a Bowspring teacher from the very beginning. As an Osteopath and Physiotherapist, he uses his fundamental anatomic and physiologic knowledge for an exact alignment of his yoga students. Pawel’s classes excel by his unique humor which carries his students through the most challenging asanas.

Retreat location

Located in the village of Sao Lourenco, Portugal, you will be in the middle of the protected World Serve Reserve atop the beautiful wild coast of Portugal. The São Lourenço Beach is the very spot where the Ericeira World Surf Reserve starts, and it was the first beach in the region to get a Blue Flag certificating its high environmental and quality standards. The next eight kilometers southwards are full of lovely sand and world-class waves, not only perfect for surfing and walks along the cliffs, but also ideal for relaxing. The nearby picturesque fishing village Ericeira is perfect for a stroll through its vital streets and a drink in its lovely cafés.

Unique features


  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing


  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio


  • Baby sitting
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Child care
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet


After yoga classes, you can enjoy freshly prepared healthy and delicious vegan / vegetarian brunches and dinners. Special wishes regarding your diet will be taken care of, be it gluten free, sugar-free, wholemeal etc.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Whole food
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Get an osteopathic treatment of the highly qualified and experienced Osteopath Pawel (90 EUR)
  • Make a day trip to Lisbon
  • Sightseeing the UNESCO world heritage of Sintra
  • SUP (25 EUR per session)
  • Surfing (25 EUR per session)
  • Visit the lively fisherman's and surfer's village Ericeira

What's included

  • 12 yoga lessons
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Brunch and dinner (no dinner on Tuesday and Friday)

What's not included

  • Journey to and from destination
  • Other activities
  • Trips
  • Dinner on Tuesday and Friday
  • Drinks

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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