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Wonderful Yoga Retreat Portugal

Yovedic Retreats is holding a wonderful six-day retreat bringing together Ayurvedic, yoga, and vegan principles. Their core program will mainly focus on these great methods but they will also be incorporating lots of other fun workshops too such as reiki, massages and lots of fun workshops. All of which is included in the price. The retreat will be held in the beautiful Santa Marta castle in Porto, Portugal. Guests will stay in one of the en-suite signature rooms and can enjoy the swimming pool and grounds on there stay.

Meet the instructors

Laura, Halana, & Hunni
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  • 1 Reiki treatment
  • 6 days of self practice
  • Meditation workshop
  • Ayurvedic massage and workshops
  • 2 yoga classes per day including pranayama and meditation
  • Ayurvedic personalized plan and 1 cooking classes
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

6 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
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  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen

Yovedic Retreats is very excited about their next retreat which will be held in a unique castle from the 12th century located in Porto, Portugal. This castle has beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and Limia River. Along with the stone-paved path, between the high stone walls, amongst olive groves and ornamental tree’s you will find pure bliss with the Yovedic family.

There are 9 bedrooms all en-suites consisting of either double, twin or triple. There are three living rooms, two dining rooms, a huge kitchen, large hallways and plenty of extra space.

The gardens cover’s approximately 4.2 acres, with its most outstanding features being: the Manueline style watchtower, the dovecote and the century tunnel that leads to the fountain patio.

Not forgetting the swimming pool and the ornamental trees such as orange, lemon, olive, chestnut, fig, and walnut.

The castle is a 5-minute walk to the Limia river where you can cleanse your aura. The closest white sandy beach is Cabedelo beach where you can catch some waves and rays. There are also lots of mountain hikes and walking trails around the local area.


The retreat program itself will consist of two daily yoga and meditation classes, three delicious Sattvic vegan meals per day, an Ayurvedic detox plan, an Ayurvedic marma massage and Reiki session, an Ayurvedic workshop discovering your individual dosha where guests will also receive a personalized plan to take home including diet, herbs, lifestyle, yoga, and meditation advice.

As well as all of this, Yovedic Retreats will be holding two workshops a day which include a meditation workshop, one vegan cooking workshop, a local trek, and a music jam night to finish the retreat off on a high. Guests will also have a lot of free time between these events to relax, enjoy the surrounding nature, and have a dip in the pool.

Daily schedule

Day 1

  • 18:00 Check-in
  • 18:30 Introduction or tour
  • 19:00 Welcome dinner

Day 2

  • 06:30 - 07:45 Sunrise yoga meditation and pranayama
  • 07:45 - 08:45 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 12:00 Free time (massage or Reiki session)
  • 12:00 - 13:15 Meditation workshop
  • 13:15 - 14:15 Lunch
  • 14:15 - 16:15 Free time (massage or Reiki session)
  • 16:15 - 17:30 Yoga and meditation
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Dinner

Day 3

  • 06:30 - 07:45 Sunrise slow Vinyasa yoga, meditation, and pranayama
  • 07:45 - 08:45 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 12:00 Free time (massage or Reiki session)
  • 12:00 - 13:15 Local trek
  • 13:15 - 14:15 Lunch
  • 14:15 - 16:15 Free time (massage or Reiki session)
  • 16:15 - 17:30 Vinyasa flow, meditation, and yoga philosophy
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Dinner
  • 18:30 - 20:00 Meditation Workshop

Day 4

  • 06:30 - 07:45 Sunrise slow Vinyasa yoga, meditation, and pranayama
  • 07:45 - 08:45 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 12:00 Free time (massage or Reiki session)
  • 12:00 - 13:15 Ayurvedic workshop
  • 13:15 - 14:15 Lunch
  • 14:15 - 16:15 Free time (massage or Reiki session)
  • 16:15 - 17:30 Partnership yoga and meditation
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Dinner

Day 5

  • 06:30 - 07:45 Sunrise Vinyasa yoga, meditation, and pranayama
  • 07:45 - 08:45 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 12:00 Free time (massage or Reiki session)
  • 12:00 - 13:15 Vegan cooking workshop
  • 13:15 - 14:15 Lunch
  • 14:15 - 16:15 Free time (massage or Reiki session)
  • 16:15 - 17:30 Vinyasa flow and meditation
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Dinner
  • 18:30 - 20:00 Jam night

Day 6

  • 06:30 - 07:45 Sunrise Vinyasa flow yoga, pranayama, and meditation
  • 07:45 - 08:45 Farewell breakfast
  • 09:00 Check out


Laura Seddon

Halana Palmer

Hunni Palmer

Retreat location

The retreat will take place in Porto, Portugal.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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The Vegan Sattvic Diet

The vegan diet can be quite daunting for anyone new to this way of eating. Whether you are simply moving from a vegetarian diet or just trying to cut down on animal products, making a few changes can make all the difference.

Attending one of our retreats will be a great stepping stone to veganism. You will experience eating a variety of delicious foods and have hands on time in our workshops learning recipes and preparing meals.

The health benefits that come from eating a good vegan diet are amazing. By eating a large variety of nutritious vitamin and mineral rich foods, you will start to feel more energised and vitalised. Your skin will appear healthier and your overall outlook on life will improve!

By consuming foods that come from plants and taking a break from our busy schedules is important. This includes preparing our meals and sitting quietly to eat. Even the most fresh, lovingly prepared dishes lose all their beneficial effects if they are eaten in a hurry or when stressed.

Ayurveda gives us the tools to become our own healer. In Ayurveda eating a sattvic diet is a way to promote, and keep, ‘Sattva’ - A clear head space of truth, contentment and stability

What is Sattvic?

The secret of a Sattvic diet is eating high Prana (life energy) foods and being more aware of how you enjoy them. Some foods can slow us down or cloud things over, making you lack enthusiasm and happiness. Prana on the plate = Prana in the mind

All foods affect our physical health, mental well-being and even our spiritual strength. Sattvic foods promote purity of both body and mind. In particular, a sattvic diet is intended to cultivate a calm, clear and compassionate mind.

Foods that decrease the energy of the body are considered Tamasic:

Tamasic foods include meat, fish, onions, garlic, mushrooms, overripe and underripe fruits and vegetables. In addition, some fermented foods like vinegar, bread, pastries, cakes, alcohol and even leftovers and stale food are considered Tamasic. Tamas is the quality of dullness or inactivity, apathy or lethargy.

Rajasic foods increase the energy of the body. These foods are hot, spicy and salty, they are irritants and stimulants. For instance, heavily spiced foods such as hot pickles and chutneys can stimulate the senses. Rajasic foods can make the mind more agitated and susceptible to temptation. The mind can become more Rajasic and this can increase the feelings of anger and hate.

Sattvic foods are soothing and nourishing. They help to sharpen your intellect and give you a greater sense of empathy. Sattvic foods are vegetarian. It is important that foods are grown naturally and that they do not contain preservatives, artificial flavours, or additives. It is important to eat local produce as other food will lose its life energy in the process of importation.

Ancient food processes are different from those that we have at this present time. Many of the ancient recommendations used then would not be relevant today.

At Yovedic Retreats we take a vegan approach to this philosophy combining fresh local plant foods with Sattvic principles. This will feed not just your body but also your mind.

A Sattvic diet generally consists of:

• Fresh, organic fruit and vegetables

• Whole grains and nuts

• Beans, lentils and legumes (small in size so easy to digest)

• Plant-based oils and milks

• Mildly sweet foods (natural, unrefined sugars) for example jaggery and molasses

• Spices such as cinnamon, basil, coriander, ginger and turmeric.

A Sattvic diet requires the kitchen to be a place of calm. It needs to have a pleasant atmosphere for food preparation. Preparing your food with mindfulness, care and love will create energetic vibrations that are absorbed by the food. The quality of your food is greatly enhanced by loving attention, including how the vegetables are cut, how the spices are ground and the way you add ingredients to the dish you are preparing.

Sitting in quiet and enjoying the meal is as important as what you eat.

“Let’s create some magic”

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

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

  • Vegan
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 3 delicious vegan sattvic meals per day
  • 2 yoga classes per day including pranayama, meditation and yoga philosophy
  • Ayurvedic detox plan
  • 1 Reiki treatment
  • 1 Ayurvedic marma massage
  • Ayurvedic workshop discovering your dosha with a personalized plan to take home including diet, herbs, lifestyle, yoga, and meditation advice
  • Ayurvedic personalized tea workshop
  • Ayurvedic self-body massage workshop
  • 1 cooking classes
  • Meditation workshop
  • Local guided trek
  • Jam session
  • Towels and linen
  • Yoga mats, blocks, straps, and blankets

What's not included

  • Flights and transfers

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 32% 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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Arrival: Thursday June 16, 2022
Departure: Tuesday June 21, 2022

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