Yoga and Beaches in Algarve, 14th -21st May 2022

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Description

Join this elevating Yoga Meditation Fusion retreat and experience profound healing, bliss, balance, flexibility, relaxation, chakra activation, clarity, inner peace, and deep love, connection and joy.

Participate in yoga and meditation that go beyond the postures to bring yoga, the “union” of your true Self, into every aspect of your being.

Allow your body, mind and Soul to flow in harmony. Dive into the wealth of knowledge of Ayurvedic Yoga and Pranayama preparing your body for deeper spiritual practices and meditation. You will learn specific techniques that make meditation much easier and you will learn how to use meditation to transform your life and deepen your connection with your Higher Self.

Yoga is an ancient spiritual tradition of India. Yogis sat in meditation for long periods of time for their spiritual development and discovered that ease in body and mind is required. Through observation and practice, they found that particular yoga poses, movements, breathing practices, dietary, daily living and cleansing practices affect the body and mind in particular ways.

True happiness is always within you, you just need to know how to find it. During this retreat you will learn how to experience happiness within you and learn to find it amidst the challenges of life.

Meditation changes the structure of your brain and directs you to the pre-frontal lobes where happiness lives within you. As you expand your awareness through ancient Vedic traditions of yoga and meditation, you become more capable of seeing all of the richness that life has to offer you. This retreat is for up to 30 people

Location

Welcome to Algarve. The name comes from the Arabic ‘El Gharb’ which means the West. The region is protected by mountains to the North and bordered by the sea to the South offering 125 miles of coastline carved with cliffs, long sandy beaches and spectacular views.

With a mild climate, opportune location and tranquil atmosphere, the cuisine offers another persuasive reason to visit which is home to 6 Michelin star restaurants. Enjoy daily yoga at the resort in the morning and local wine as the sun sets each day, this single hotel stay is perfect for cultural emersion and relaxation.

Hotel & Accommodation

Set among gardens in a stunning cliff-top with an outdoor pool, Cascade Wellness Resort overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and the nearby Porto de Mós Beach. It features a full spa with beauty and massage treatments, hot tub and sauna.

The hotel is divided into five individually decorated wings, each reflecting the expeditions of Portuguese navigators across four continents – Europe, Africa, Asia and South America, which is reflected in the tasteful décor of the rooms. Features a Spa with 4 treatment rooms and outdoor heated pool, a state-of-the-art gym, kids club, 2 football pitches, 2 tennis courts and a gaming room.

With 3 restaurants and 2 bars, the offer varies from international haute cuisine to the richness of Portuguese gastronomy and regional products. Located within a 30-minute walk from Dona Ana Beach and Ponta da Piedade Lighthouse. Porto de Mós beach is 2953 feet, and Boavista Golf Course is 1.9 mi away.

Retreat schedule

Day 1 Faro / Praia Verde ou Lagos
Welcome to Algarve, Portugal! After arrival at Faro Airport, you’ll meet your guide and be transferred to the hotel. After check in, enjoy some time to explore the property before having a welcome dinner with the rest of the group.

Day 2 Full Day Faro / Olhão / Tavira
Start your day with yoga by the beach and a leisurely breakfast. This morning, we head out to explore Faro, Santa Luzia and Tavira.

The first stop will be to Faro, known as the capital of the Algarve. Your guided tour will feature the old town, a visit to the Carmo church and its Bones Chapel. After the tour, you will have free time to explore the area or walk along the harbor.

Later in the day, our next stop is a visit to the small fishing town of Santa Luzia. After the visit, we continue to Tavira. During your time here, you will be amazed by the history of the city as you pass by the old ruins of the castle, the church of Santa Maria do Castelo and the famous Ponte Romana Bridge. Enjoy lunch served at a local restaurant before returning to the hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy the pool or beach.

Day 3 Praia Verde Ou Lagos
After breakfast and a morning wellness activity, you will have the option to pick an included optional day tour. Select one of the optional experiences:

Visit Loulé’s Traditional Market and Taste the Local Flavors. Loulés markets offers a magnificent edifice of neo-Arabic style, that extends the bustle to the surrounding streets. Here we can find all sorts of local products, such as fresh vegetables, fish and fruits that grow in Loulé’s surrounding. On this tour, you will visit the old and traditional city of Loulé, some special people that make the place alive and get the opportunity to taste the regional pastries, in a local familiar factory, taste dried fruits that are always served with Medronho shot and have a light lunch in a traditional tavern.

Petisco Tour. Try a wide variety of Petiscos, from land and sea. During this tour, you will experience the Portuguese way of eating, drinking and celebrating friendship and hospitality. On your tour, a private guide that will take you to 6 food tastings, 4 beverage drinks, and 4 historic sites. The remainder of the afternoon and evening are at leisure to enjoy the resort amenities.

Day 4 Portimão / Lagos / Sagres
After yoga and breakfast at the hotel, you will take part in a full day to discover the Western Algarve. Our first visit is to Portimao, located on the bank of the Arade with its narrow streets where you can admire the typical houses with Portuguese tiles, iron balconies and faience balustrades.

We will then visit Lagos, where Henry the Navigator had the first vessels built for his maritime expeditions. Our last visit is to Sagres, where you will visit the famous fortress. Enjoy lunch at a typical Portuguese restaurant before returning back to the hotel where you can enjoy the rest of the day at the pool or beach.

Day 5 Praia Verde Ou Lagos

After a wellness activity at the hotel followed by breakfast, you will have a free day for activities to enjoy. Select one of the optional experiences of the day:

Sail in the Bay of Lagos. On this shared cruise, sail in the Bay of Lagos explore some of the most impressive caves and rock formations in Southern Portugal.

After experiencing this beauty of nature from afar, we anchor in a sheltered bay where the crew will prepare and serve grilled chicken, salad, bread and wine. Don’t forget to bring your swimsuit to jump in the water for a swim. After lunch, we continue our journey and show you the famous caves of “Ponta da Piedade” by smaller boat. Eventually we raise the sails again and make our way back up the coast. Feel the magic of sailing, while you relax, sip a cocktail and enjoy the sun, sea and breathtaking view.

Hiking in Fonte Benemola and Serra Do Caldeirao. From the “Barrocal” to the hills of “Serra do Caldeirão”, departing and arriving at Benemola local protected area (Querença). This is the ideal program for those seeking a pure hike in the nature.

You’ll get a close contact with dense cork trees woods – which produces the best cork in the world – and its rich biodiversity, including numerous species of wild plants and birds, such as Bonnelli´s Eagle or the colorful Kingfisher. A walking journey through a different Algarve!

After your activity, return to the hotel to enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening.

Day 6 Alte / Querença (Typical Village)
Start your morning off with yoga and breakfast at the hotel. Today, we visit one of the liveliest towns in the interior of Algarve where you will have free time to walk around and visit the castle. The picturesque market full of fruits and vegetables offers a wide choice in crafts.

Nowadays, we can still find artisans who produce leather articles, delicate works and beautiful pottery. After our exploration, we will sit down for lunch at a typical Portuguese restaurant.

After lunch, stroll through the narrow and flowery streets and discover the most picturesque village in the Algarve. You can admire the door of the church of Nossa Senhora da Assunção, a good example of the Manueline architecture. After the tour, return to the hotel for the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 7 Lagos
After yoga and breakfast at the hotel, select one of the optional experiences of the day:
Stand Up Paddle. Let yourself be amazed by the magic of the waters of the Algarve ‘walking’ on them! Duration: 2 hours

Pottery Workshop-Try the Potter’s Wheel. A workshop that takes us to the magic of the potter’s wheel, transforming subtle movements of hands in a thousand forms, created from a simple piece of clay. The work will be experienced at the wheel creating various forms.

At the end, participants will take a traditional “alguidarinho” (small bowl) previously prepared. In the workshop, you can choose to paint a tile, a traditional art of Algarve. Duration: 2 hours. Freshen up upon return, before enjoying a farewell dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Day 8 Departure
Start your morning with yoga by the beach and a leisurely breakfast. After check out, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.

Teachers

Heidi Nordlund invites you to experience abundant vitality and vibrant health. Heidi is a certified Ayurvedic Doctor with multiple degrees in Ayurveda, Yoga Therapist, Spiritual Healer and Guide, Tibetan Cranial Practitioner, Postpartum Specialist and Pancha Karma Technician.

She excels in her healing practice which she skilfully combines with her vast knowledge of Indian Healing Arts. For 23 years, Heidi travelled around the world to study and pursue the knowledge of masters in Ayurveda, Spiritual Healing, Yoga and Meditation.

From her travels, she has obtained great knowledge and sensible application for authentic healing work. Heidi is passionate about guiding you to live life to its fullest and best potential. If you are ready to manifest your optimal self, Heidi is ready to empower, to assist, and to rejuvenate you in that pursuit.

Heidi is Certified as Yoga Therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and invites you to enjoy yoga poses, breathing practices and relaxation techniques in a safe, joyful and uplifting atmosphere. As a C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, Heidi Nordlund offers Yoga Therapy with a strong Ayurveda influence.

Following the classical tradition of individualised yoga practice, Heidi formulates recommendations based on your particular constitution and imbalances.

You can expect to:

  • Heal your body and mind.
  • Experience less stress and anxiety.
  • Sleep better and have more energy.
  • Release internal emotional blocks.
  • Enjoy a deep level of calm and relaxation.
  • Access your Inner Energy, Light and Vibration.
  • Increase balance, flexibility and strength in body and mind.
  • Tap into higher knowing and have boosts in cognitive ability and creativity.
  • Utilize the power of your mind so you can create and manifest the life you dream of.
  • Learn Yogic Cleansing Techniques to balance your body and ensure proper health.
  • Apply Hand Mudras and Bandhas to your life and increase circulation, purify and open the channels in your body.
  • Receive Mantras to open your 3rd Eye, raise your vibration and tune into higher frequencies.
  • Connect with your Divine nature and renewed version of yourself.
  • Enjoy inner peace and joy. Move beyond your mind’s noise and emotional turbulence into peace and expanded awareness.

Food/cuisine

A form will be sent to each participant prior to the departure asking about allergies or dietary options (vegan, gluten free or vegetarian). This will be passed along to the vendors a month prior to departure with the rooming list so they can coordinate with each person upon arrive.

Room options

Single and double occupancy available at the Cascade Wellness Resort, included in the retreat price.

Retreat Price

Prices are in US dollars

Double Occupancy: $2,874
Single Occupancy: $3,549
Deposit amount of $300 per person due upon registration.
Enter promo code HEIDIHEALING to save $250 per person if deposit is made before 09/01/2021
Retreat registration deadline is 11/13/2021

Includes

  • Meals (drinks included in all meals):
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 3 Lunches
  • 2 Dinners

Does not include

  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Entrance fees in monuments
  • Tips for guide and driver- the value of the tip is up to the client
  • All other services not mentioned as included
  • Personal expenses

Optional activities

  • Daily Yoga and Meditation classes
  • Visit to the Chapel of Bones in Faro
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Pottery Workshop
  • Sailing in the Bay of Lagos
  • Guided Hike
  • Traditional Market Visit
  • Food Tasting Tour

What past guests have said

“Heidi blends practices that are accessible and strengthening so well you come out empowered and very connected to your body. I could literally feel the changes in my body during the practice!! I had some major healings, releases, and shifts in awareness during this intensive and I’m not new to self-work! Heidi’s techniques are just SO BEAUTIFUL that any parts of myself that would normally resist soften and just let healing happen, awareness happened, releasing just happened. I experienced healing, release, and genuine peace. I learned techniques to use in my daily practice. Everything Heidi teaches she ensures you know it’s yours to take home and use for your benefit. It’s not like studio yoga (if it were, I wouldn’t have attended). It’s HEALING, INTEGRATIVE, & WHOLISTICLY STRENGHTENING!” Lucia F., Denver, CO, USA

“Heidi is absolutely amazing! I can honestly say that she changed my life. Heidi is the best yoga teacher I have ever had (I have been doing yoga for over 20 years) She teaches what I would call “true yoga” working with the internal organs and truly balancing the system. I would recommend Heidi for whatever she offers. Her knowledge, and spiritual depth make anything she does “life changing” and “miraculous” Thank you for all you do Heidi and thank you for sharing your Light with the World.” Rebecca B., Littleton, CO, USA

“I have experienced through my work with Heidi, tremendous benefits in emotional and spiritual healing. Heidi is a wise healer and her advanced knowledge of Yoga and Ayurveda allow her to zone into the core of one’s emotional difficulties and see how they are linked to spiritual challenges. Her deep understanding of yoga comes from personal experience and disciplined self-dedication — she lives the lifestyle that she advocates for us. Therefore, the understanding that she shares comes from her direct experience and carries with it its strength. Heidi is extremely patient, and is able to help us stay positive even in the midst of the most adverse circumstances. She is able to integrate the philosophy of her approach to one’s real life circumstances, to assist one in finding a realistic way to make life style changes. Having her help as a healer is a true gift for anyone seeking to change and heal, and to live a healthier, more wholesome life style. I am grateful for all that she has given me, her assistance is precious.” Vanessa P.C., PsyD, New York, NY, USA

“Heidi, I absolutely look forward to your wellness yoga classes. You move us through positions that make me more flexible and improve my balance. You not only make me feel better physically, you raise my spirits with your knowledge and spiritual essence. You just have a way of lifting my spirits. I feel fortunate to have met you. Thank you so much.” Myrna W., Longmont, CO, USA

“Refreshed, invigorated, renewed. Words that always come to me after being in one of Heidi’s classes. Realizing that all this is new to me is even more thrilling. I so suggest this class, whether you are in need or just wanting a short vacation to restart yourself. I am a caregiver so my life is stressed and the road is rough. It is a day by day fight. Heidi’s classes are my release and ability to find even ground. She allows me to find my sight and my path. I am able to choose a path of love, caring and strength. I am always so delighted for one of her classes to reset myself.” Joan R., Longmont, CO, USA

“Heid’s presence emits unconditional love and you will be held in the hands and heart of a true master.” Cassie M., Sedona, AZ, USA

“My view of this world has forever been changed in part do to you. You continue to be the best example of the enlightened that I have ever met. You are truly an ANGEL here on earth and I am truly blessed to know you. All my love.” Tom H., Colorado Springs, CO, USA

“It is rare to meet a person truly dedicated to the betterment of others. But, I was lucky to meet Heidi. She helped me enormously while treating me with her wonderful healing hands, and teaching me with her compassionate heart and wisdom. If I were to define Heidi in two words, it would be “pure love”. Thank you, Heidi!” Daniela I., Denver, CO, USA

“I am so very grateful for your presence in my life, Heidi. I am also ever grateful for the true healing on a deep level. The work you and I have done is nothing short of a miracle for me. I feel more awake and attuned to my spirit and earthly body than I have in many, many long years. Thank you! ” Elizabeth B., Fort Collins, CO, USA

“I don’t have words to thank you for the day I was lead and blessed to meet you, be guided in finally knowing how to eat, take care of my body, my mind, and my rhythms. I am finally content and peaceful being. You are truly an earth angel, and I’m so thankful you are following your destiny and offering your gifts. Thank you thank you thank you thank you.” Sarah L., Boulder, CO, USA

“I noticed how Heidi glows. Because she is a model in practicing all she preaches and the result is a beautiful glowing Lady who inspires people to better themselves and literally runs groups to teach folks how to be happy. She can improve your life significantly. I promise. I’ve watched how what I learn from her helps me as well as my kids when I apply the same principles to them. Thank you Heidi!” Karen P., Denver, CO, USA

Booking

Email: Heidi Nordlund Heidi@NamaskarHealing.com

Check in and check out times: Noon on Saturday May 14, and noon on Saturday May 21

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