Pilates & Slings Retreat
8th - 14th May 2022
Join me for a week of nourishing movement and relaxation in Portugal at the Monte Velho Retreat Centre. Enjoy the stunning south-western coast, a region enriched by the strength of its natural beauty where high cliffs offer breathtaking views of the ocean.
We will practice Pilates & Slings Myofascial Training® exercises daily in the fabulous circular pavilion with heated cork floors, providing ample space and light - my dream space!
We will begin each day with a dynamic class based on the Classic Pilates MatWork repertoire always infused with a Slings focus with time to focus on the details, refine alignment and rhythm and tune in to the intention of each exercise. This retreat is geared towards experienced Pilatistas or Slingsistas such as those who have been attending my classes regularly and also for movement teachers wanting to deepen and refine their skills. About Stephanie
Breakfast follows and then free time to enjoy the surroundings; be that heading to the stunning beaches, walking along coastal trails, surfing, mountain biking or swimming in the lake. You are also welcome to join me in a power walk or light run, or at the beach for more fun.
After a vegetarian and vegan lunch there is free time for relaxation and at the end of the afternoon we will come together again for a slower paced Slings class, where the focus will be on different qualities of fascia, to foster limberness, structural integration and movement ease. Each practice will be approx 90 minutes.
A vegetarian and vegan dinner awaits and then there will be time for conversation and enquiry and then off for a good night’s sleep, ready to start again bright and early the next day!
Surrounded by pine trees, frogs chirping, stunning sunset views and a tranquil lake, open skies and starry nights, the retreat centre is designed to offer all the comfort and space you need to relax. The main house comprises a well decorated large common living room, a dinning room with capacity for 25 to 35 seats, an outdoor breakfast veranda with capacity for 32 seats as well as a sauna, steam bath and therapy room.
The rooms are cosy, with simple design and decoration, providing all that is needed to let go.
There are 13 rooms that can be used as single (limited), double or twin and some can be used as 3-4 bed if desired. For those wanting more secluded privacy there are three further separate accommodations for double or shared use.
Here are examples:
This suite is independent of the main building and ideal for a couple.
This unit (pictured above) is in the property but independent from the main building. With 2 double rooms, 1 bathroom, 1 living room with kitchenette, a small porch and ocean view.
This unit is in the property but independent from the main building. With a living room, 2 double rooms with double bed, 1 bedroom with single bed, 2 bathrooms. Outside panoramic veranda with ocean view and swimming pool.
Free Time Activities
On the nearby beaches, Amado and Bordeira (approx. 5-10min drive) you can enjoy a long walk, take a dip or surf - surf lessons including board & wetsuit can be booked on the beach.
Along the cliffs or inland trails you can go hiking and mountain biking.
Other options include horse-riding, dolphin watching, e-bike tour or treat yourself with sauna, steam bath or even book a massage treatment. Most of these activities can be purchased via the retreat centre.
6-night stay at Monte Velho Retreat Centre
Three daily delicious vegetarian and vegan meals made freshly from sustainably sourced and locally grown produce. Dinner on arrival day and breakfast on departure day.
2 daily classes (Monday to Friday). Mats and props provided. Feel free to bring your own mat.
Travel to Portugal, transfer to and from Monte Velho, massage treatments or extra activities/excursions, bottled drinks.
Transfer from and to Faro Airport (approx. 90 minutes) can be arranged for you via the retreat centre, or you can rent a car from the airport.
Prices (per person)
Double or twin occupancy £927
Single occupancy £1227.00
Double/twin occupancy £1077.00
Triple occupancy (1 couple + 1 single) £927.00 Forrest House quad occupancy (2 couples) £867.00
Single £1107.00 (min 3 to share or 1 single and 2 double)
Double £927.00 (min 2 couples)