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7 Day Women's Health Surf and Yoga Retreat in Algarve, Portugal

Costa Vicentina Luxury retreat house

Wonderful Yoga Retreat Portugal

Become the physical embodiment of your soul so that you discover the woman you were always meant to be. This retreat is hosted by women for women. Each of the hosts will bring input on women's health and cycle (sense) awareness through your own field of expertise and via your own struggles and joys as a woman. It will be a week of connecting, embodiment, and laughter. Connect to your inner and outer nature.

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Highlights

  • 10 Iyengar yoga classes
  • Mindfulness meditation sessions
  • Menstrual cycle awareness sessions
  • Savor delicious vegetarian meals
  • Hosted by women for women
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch, Portuguese
Group size: 4-10 participants
Airport transfer available:
Faro Airport (US$121 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access

Wake up to the sound of nature and the distant sound of the ocean. All the 5 ensuite bedrooms have recently been lovingly renovated. Open your glass doors out onto your own private patio either overlooking the swimming pool and natural park or the well-tended gardens. Barefoot luxury, enjoying nature at its fullest. The house is recently, lovingly renovated with 5 ensuite bedrooms either with stunning views of the gardens or the natural park. All the rooms have big door windows so that nature can be enjoyed to its fullest. The house is refurbished with barefoot luxury and in line with Yogaion's sustainable ethics, the house gets all its warm water by solar power and heating comes from an amazing masonry stove heating up the whole place if needed.

There is a swimming pool overlooking a beautiful valley of trees and bushes and in the valley, there is an organic garden. All the rooms have a mezzanine with an extra bed and two beds in the bottom, they also have their own private, ensuite bathroom with shower and toilet.

Program

About the retreat

Become the physical embodiment of your soul so that you discover the woman you were always meant to be. During the retreat we offer two different packages:

  • Womens Yoga & Surf : includes 10 women's inspired yoga classes, 3 days surf, 1 women's workshop (menstrual cycle awareness) & evening mindfulness meditations.
  • Womens Wisdom and Yoga : includes 10 women's inspired yoga classes, 4 women's workshops (menstrual cycle awareness & women's health food workshop/ herbal medicine), 1 massage & evening mindfulness meditations.

Both options will be a week full of yoga specifically for women, mindfulness meditations, menstrual cycle, and fertility awareness sessions, herbal medicine workshops all for women's health topped up with surf if wanted. Rediscover your strength and living according to the natural cycles of life. This retreat is hosted by women for women. Each of the hosts will bring input on women's health and cycle (sense) awareness through our own field of expertise and via our own struggles and joys as a woman.

It will be a week of connecting, embodiment and laughter. Connection to our inner and outer nature.

Example day women's retreat

  • 07.30 wake up to the sound of nature
  • 08.00 Morning Yoga Class
  • 10.00 Yummy Breakfast
  • 11.30 Menstrual cycle awareness or herbal medicine workshop
  • 14.00 Lunch
  • 15.00 Free time to chill by the swimming pool, go to the beach or just relax.
  • 18.00 Restorative yoga class
  • 19.30 Delicious dinner
  • 20.30 Mindfulness meditation

About Women's Yoga

What is unique about Yoga specifically for women is that it is characterised in the practice of asana and movement, designed for the needs of women at all stages of life. We as women are cyclical beings, strongly connected to nature. Living in a very linear society where everyday life, especially on the work floor, demands of us an evergoing similar approach going against our monthly cycles, which even after menopause can still be felt if we become deeply rooted and connected to them. This type of Yoga gives us as women the ability to face the physical, mental and emotional challenges of contemporary life with strength, vitality, mobility, thoughtfulness and equanimity.

During the retreat we will specifically use yoga for women's health, focusing on what to practice during which phase of your menstrual cycle and overall practices for women's wellbeing.

About surfing

The experience of surfing brings us a feeling of a deep unity with mother nature. A deep sense of belonging. One that you can already feel even when surfing the smallest of waves. The power of the ocean & the humbleness that it creates. Everything ceases to exist when for a moment you get pulled a long with the energy of the wave. This is the side of surfing that's connects us innately as women to the ocean & to surfing in itself. The softer side, the connection with the ocean & the connection to yourself.

About menstrual cycle awareness

What if loving your menstrual cycle was the key to accessing your full authority and power as woman?

Did you know as a woman you are coded for power, and the journey to realizing the fullness and beauty of that power – your Wild Power – lies in the rhythm and change of your menstrual cycle.

Menstruality is the exciting new revolution happening in women’s health and wellbeing, healing and therapeutic disciplines, coaching, education and leadership, and feminine spiritual practice.

Menstruality is the female life process of menarche, the menstrual cycle, menopause and the mature years. It is the woman’s ground, her initiatory process and ‘the mother cycle’, out of which rises the initiatory path to motherhood that is conception, pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding.

Menstruality describes the precise and multi–layered biological, psychological and spiritual process of maturation within the female body. Menstruality is the actual lived experience of this process, the knowledge that a woman accumulates or grows down into, and the field consciousness that this embodied knowledge generates.

Menstruality is a language, a way of articulating a woman’s experience that is rooted in natural lore and the process of evolution. It is how women pass on our knowledge of our feminine life process from one to another. It is a shared way of being.

About herbal medicine workshops

Every woman is intimately tied to nature. The menstrual cycle follows the cycle of the moon, ebbing and flowing every 28 days, in most cases. A woman’s body can grow and change, like the earth, to hold the life that grows within. And like the soil below us, a woman’s body can assimilate the nutrients needed to grow the perfect food for her children. Perhaps this connection with the cycles of nature has something to do with the powerful relationship that plants can have in supporting the health of women. For thousands of years, herbs have been consumed as part of rituals of menstruation and as part of supporting a woman through her transitions into puberty, motherhood and menopause. And today, botanical medicines provide potent medicine for modern women.

About mindfulness meditation

If we learn to focus our attention on our breath, thoughts, feelings and physical sensations, we establish a strong foundation. A foundation from which we can expand our awareness to our actions and interactions with ourselves, other people and the world. We choose our behavior based on response and conscious choice instead of habits and automatic patterns. When we are aware, we can take care of our feelings of anger, frustration, anxiety, stress, fear and insecurity. When we are aware we notice all the little things around us that makes life beautiful and that lift our mood. When we are aware we feel more calm, joyful and alive.

Instructors

Shaini Verdon

Maria Do Carmo

Poppy Burr

Elisabeth Tiesinga

Retreat location

All the retreats will be held in an amazing house amidst nature on the south-west coast of Portugal right in the middle of the Costa Vicentina natural park. Only a few kilometers away from two amazing wild beaches and the rota Vicentina hiking track passes right in front of the house. Close to the lovely town of Aljezur and a 20-minute ride from Lagos.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

You will be served with abundant vegetarian meals a day. All meals are cooked and prepared freshly by loving hands every single day! Most of the food you will eat will be organic and locally sourced.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Lactose Free
  • Whole food
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

  • Massage treatments (1 hour for 45 EUR / 1.5 hour for 60 EUR)
  • Human design session (overview 55 EUR / full session 85 EUR per person)
  • Private mindfulness session (45 EUR)
  • Group surf lesson (35 EUR)
  • Cooking workshop (15 EUR)

What's included

  • 10 morning and evening Iyengar women's health yoga classes
  • 5 evening mindfulness meditations
  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • 3 healthy, abundant vegetarian meals a day
  • Water and herbal tea
  • Yoga mats
  • Use of swimming pool
  • 3 days surf and 1 menstrual cycle awareness sessions OR 2 days surf & 2 women's workshops (specifically for the womens yoga & surf package)
  • 2 menstrual cycle awareness sessions, 2 herbal medicine for women's health workshops and/or women's health food workshop, and 1 massage treatment (specifically for the Womens Wisdom & Yoga package)

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfer
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO). Yogaion can arrange airport transfer at an extra cost to the retreat in Aljezur or you can rent a car. If you fly to Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS), you can take a train or bus to Lagos and from there a taxi to the retreat. If you fly to Seville Airport (SVQ), take a bus to Lagos and from there a taxi to the retreat.

Airport: Faro Airport Airport transfer available: Faro Airport (US$121 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16.94% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

Availability

Arrival: Saturday September 4, 2021
Departure: Friday September 10, 2021

Please note

This holiday requires a minimum number of participants, therefore there is a chance this retreat may be canceled. Please ask the organizer for more information when you inquire.

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