Whether it’s peace & relaxation, healing & recovery, self-development & learning or meeting new people and sharing ideas yoga retreats are a great way to get some well needed balance into your life.
Every Week is Different
The two yoga retreat centres, based in the Algarve, Portugal, are run by Rachel who has been teaching in the Iyengar tradition for over 15 years. Rachel and her team, which includes therapists and gourmet vegetarian cooks, run around six retreats each year at the Quinta Mimosa and Monte na Luz locations. Every week is different. A unique group of individuals, young, old, beginners or those with more experience, all coming together to spend time practising the beautiful art of yoga, sharing life stories, relaxing and enjoying wonderful surroundings and fabulous, vegetarian food.
A typical weekly schedule
Saturday Arrivals day! Guests as grreted as they come in. Rooms are normally ready after 1pm but those on early flights will be catered for. Plenty of time to settle in before the welcome dinner at around 7.30pm
Mornings 8.30am to 10.30am – Morning yoga practice followed by brunch on the terrace. On Thursday there is no morning practice so a lie-in for some!
Day Time Guests can enjoy an onsite massage treatment or take an optional excursion to the beach. On Wednesdays an organised nature walk or boat trip in the Ria Formosa nature reserve.
Evenings 5.30pm to 7.00pm – Evening yoga practice followed by dinner every night except Wednesday.
Meals Out On Wednesday and Friday the evening is free for an optional meal out so guests can sample local cuisine or eat at one of the many beach restaurants.
Departures Saturday is departures day and rooms are normally vacated by 9am. There is a left luggage area and those on late flights are encouraged to visit the farmers market in Loule or take a last day at the beach before heading home.
Back to nature, community and the environment
At Quinta Mimosa guests can wander round the 5 hectares plot and see olive, almond and fruit trees and learn about the fruit that is produced, pick oranges, grapefruit, lemons and even avocados and bananas.
Guests are also encouraged to make herbal teas with herbs picked straight from the herb garden. Fresh herbal iced tea at meal times also an option for those who prefer not to drink alcohol.
The retreats support the local community by sourcing all their therapists, caterers and helpers locally and building a team who are committed to living and working in the Algarve. Local farmers markets are also supported and promoted as is a commitment to source and use seasonal local produce wherever possible.
Guests are also encouraged to explore local areas and sample the wonderful variety of shops, restaurants etc, which are locally owned and which provide traditional Portuguese products.
Find out more about this Portugal yoga holiday and others at www.responsibletravel.com