Movement for Living Well
14 - 20 July 2024
Join me for a week of nourishing Yoga 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.
Arrival day Sunday 14 July 2024 from 4pm. Dinner and light stretch session to ease out the kinks from travel.
Departure day Saturday 20 July 2024 after breakfast.
We will practice Asana, Pranayama & Meditation daily in the fabulous circular Yoga Shala with cork floors, providing ample space and light - my dream space!
We will begin each day early in the Yoga Shala where I will be teaching you my personal morning routine of movement as well as Pranayama; including purification techniques that improve breathing and tone the abdomen, Mudra and Meditation. An excellent way to start every day! A delicious breakfast follows and then free time for rest, quiet alone time, perhaps a massage or simply to enjoy the surroundings.
We will then continue with a dynamic vinyasa class which will also have a fascia focus. There will be time to work on the details, refine alignment and flow with the breath. This retreat is geared towards Yogis with some previous experience or who have been attending my classes regularly. Please do get in touch if you are unsure.
After a nourishing vegetarian and vegan lunch there is free time for heading to the stunning beaches, walking along coastal trails, surfing or mountain biking, for example. At the end of the afternoon we will come together again for a slower paced restorative practice combining Slings exercises with deeper stretches, melting exercises and Yoga Nidra.
A freshly prepared vegetarian and vegan dinner awaits with time for conversation and then off for a good night’s sleep, ready to start again bright and early the next day!
Surrounded by pine trees, stunning sunset views, 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 two 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. Ideal for 2 couples or 2 singles sharing.
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.
3 daily classes (Monday - Friday) + mats and props. Feel free to bring own mat.
Travel to Portugal (nearest airport is Faro) and transfers to and from Monte Velho.
Massage treatments or extra activities/excursions.
How to get to Monte Velho
Firstly I strongly recommend you take out travel insurance to cover your trip and your stay should you find you are unable to attend.
The nearest airport is Faro. From there you can hire a car and it's approximately a 90 minute drive to Monte Velho. Alternatively a private transfer can be arranged by Monte Velho - carpooling recommended. Stephanie will create a WhatsApp group for all attending to facilitate arangements. Check in at Monte Velho from 4pm on Sunday 14 July 2024.
Prices (per person)
Single occupancy £1415.00
Double occupancy £1175
Double/twin occupancy £1295.00
Triple occupancy (1 couple + 1 single) £1175
Quad occupancy (2 couples) £1085.00