Mindfulness and Yin Yoga Retreats, Portugal, 4 – 12 October, 18 – 24 October
Mindfulness and Yin Yoga Retreats in Portugal
April 5-11, 2020
October 4-12, 2020
October 18-24, 2020
Our yin yoga retreats are for those going through a stressful life period or work situations and need to rest, heal and recharge batteries, while spending some quality time with themselves. Living in the world, balancing love, work, family, finances and health is not an easy feat.
There are always incredible moments to be enjoyed but they are usually sustained and financed by long days of hard work. To maintain our health in such busy rhythm is often challenging and there are moments when one needs to take a break, a wholesome break, both for the body and the mind.
This retreat offers exactly that, quality yoga and mindfulness teachings, therapeutically holistic treatments, healthy food and lots of time and space for you to disconnect and reconnect. A way that includes words like forgiveness, compassion, acceptance or empathy and at the same time the capacity to decline other people’s abusive behaviour.
Welcome to this unique opportunity to heal and open your heart, supported by the softest side of yoga and the loving guidance of Jenny and Igor at Vale da Lama, Algarve Portugal.
Our yin yoga retreats are soft, healing and restorative retreats where people who need to take a break and recharge batteries have the opportunity to do it in the most wholesome environment. These retreats are for all levels.
During this yoga retreat, immerse in Yin and Restorative yoga, loving kindness meditation, mindfulness in communication. What moves us, what makes the world go round is love.
We all want to love and be loved but we are not always skilful at it. People make mistakes and we get hurt, other times we make mistakes and hurt others. Some other times a beautifully nurtured love story ends because of death, illness or an inevitable separation. We all have to go through it at one time or another.
This retreat is destined to treat all these matters, directed to those of you who are going through difficulties in any of your relationships (romantic, family or work) or simply want to improve them and learn a more skillful way to communicate and relate to one another.
A way that includes words like forgiveness, compassion, acceptance or empathy and at the same time the capacity to decline other people’s abusive behaviour. Welcome to this unique opportunity to heal and open your heart, supported by the softest side of yoga and the loving guidance of Jenny and Igor.
Jenny and Igor entered into Hatha Yoga through Ashtanga Vinyasa, loved the feeling of committing to practice and that of giving movement to the meditative process.
Over the years they have slowed down and so has their practice, moving in softer styles, such as Yin or slow flow asana. They are most interested in finding their voice, which practice suits me today? Practicing like this, asana becomes a vehicle for not only awareness but also joy and creativity.
Their first meeting with meditation was through Vipassana and it is still a relevant part of our awareness training but we are also open to any self revelatory practice that offers a direct link to the heart.
Most mornings you’ll find our head chef Bruno in our gardens, scribbling menu notes, picking fresh herbs and discussing the daily harvest with our gardeners. Specialising in vegan and vegetarian dishes, he turns produce from the surrounding farm – along with other ingredients, that are as locally-sourced, seasonal and organic as possible* – into nourishing Mediterranean buffets. Always served with a smile, overlooking beautiful gardens, the presentation makes farm-to-fork more like an art form.
* That which isn’t grown on the surrounding land through regenerative agriculture is purchased from local producers and like-minded suppliers in tune with the Casa’s ethics; purchased at a fair price from farmers and producers who: protect natural resources, do not endanger wildlife, do not use pesticides in soil and water, do not destroy biodiversity and do not accelerate climate change.
From our fields full of vegetables to our surprising food forest; our traditional olive, almond, carob and orange trees, to our more exotic cultivations such as bananas and ‘superfood’ moringa; our quinta entices guests who are invited to join us in gardening and harvesting, and picking their own herbs for tea infusions and more.
As well as reviving the land and boosting our health as individuals, we strive to benefit the local community. Surplus is shared along with growing tips and cultivating chat. Our (veranda) has become a colourful meeting place for conscious foodies, discerning travellers and local creatives, who share our belief in permaculture principles.
The resort consists of 9 spacious rooms, all with en suite bathroom. Vale da Lama is a solar passive house, where temperature is controlled without any use of electricity, only by sunlight and firewood.
Guests are entitled to our complimentary high-speed internet in the main sections of the house, but rooms are intended to be Wi-Fi-free zones to avoid 24/7 connectivity, and support optimum relaxation and rest.
There are no TVs, instead floor to ceiling glass is your screen for non-stop entertainment from an array of wild and nurtured flora and fauna.
Hammocks hang across each of the rooms’ small terraces, with direct access to the outdoor salt-treated swimming pool and inviting you to meditate, read a book from the library, or wander into the gardens to pick flowers. Read reviews.
You can chose to book:
Shared double €990
* 6 nights accommodation
* 3 daily organic vegetarian meals, additional snacks and teas available at all times
* 2 daily sessions of yoga and meditation
Does not include
* Travel insurance
* Transfers to and from Faro airport (We can assist with arrangements)
* Surf excursions (with or without instruction)
* Car or bike rental
* Swimming in the salt water pool
* Massage treatments
What past guests have said
”Jenny and Igor are probably the most inspiring yoga teachers i have encountered during my yoga practice for the last 10 years. They provide a unique opportunity to get to know your own body and your mind, always gentle and kind and never judgmental. Do yourself a big favor and learn from these gifted and beautiful teachers.” Dominique Haijtema, Journalist and author
How to get here
Faro is the nearest airport and there are various ways to get from there to Vale da Lama:
Shuttle service: You can book a shuttle from Faro to Lagos online approx €30/each way. Then take a taxi from Lagos to Vale da Lama €12-15.
Public transport: The bus goes from the airport to Faro (every 30min) +/- €2,20. Buy online. Then take a train or a bus to Lagos. By train is €7,30 and by bus is a little bit less. Then a taxi from Lagos to Vale da Lama €12-15
Car service: We can assist you with a booking, however please be sure you want it before you book as this is a private service and it causes problems for them when transfers are cancelled. The cost is €75 each way (cash payment).
To book your place on this Mindfulness and Yin Yoga Retreat in Portugal, fill in the form below and we will get back to you within 24 hours. You can also contact the team direct on firstname.lastname@example.org.