SACRED SPACE RETREAT To PORTUGAL
30.06.19 - 07.07.19
JOIN ME FOR A BLISSFUL WEEK OF YOGA, KIRTAN, MEDITATION & SURFING
Hillside Eco Retreat . Vinyasa Flow Yoga . Yin Yoga . Meditation . Kirtan . Natural Bio Swimming Pool . Delicious Homegrown Vegetarian Food . Wild Surf Beaches .
FIND YOUR SACRED SPACE...
Investment: FROM £750
The retreat will be held at Monte Da Orada, a serene, eco-sustainable retreat centre, nestled deep in the privacy and tranquility of the Alentejo countryside. Located on Portugal's Southwest Atlantic Coast, bordering the Algarve, Monte da Orada is surrounded by spectacular, unspoilt surf beaches, breathtaking scenery and delightful coastal and hillside villages to explore.
1.5 hours away from Faro airport and 2.5 hours away from Lisbon, this beautiful valley lies in an abundant oasis where two creeks come together in ancient lush forest and wildlife vistas. Monte da Orada is a sanctuary of peaceful nature and healthy, organically grown food. One of the oldest buildings documented in this region, the name Orada means "prayed for" and legend goes that people and animals came to rest here to recover from their ailments, and to pay homage to the Virgin Mary housed inside a shrine in a stone barn. She still sits here in her shrine, watching over the Yoga Studio, lending an air of peace and solace to this sacred space.
One of the highlights of Orada is a wonderful natural Bio Swimming Pool, a fully self sustainable eco-system which keeps the water oxygenated and chemical-free, perfect for swimming and relaxation. There is a panoramic wooden roof deck to sunbathe and watch the sunset from and many comfortable living spaces to relax and socialise in. The main house has a large traditional Portuguese dining and lounge space and a huge outdoor patio and terrace with pizza oven. A stunning glass-walled lounge overlooks the valley with comfy sofas, floor cushions and a woodburner for chilly evenings. There are many beautiful outdoor spaces to spend time exploring and relaxing in, including a stone firepit and amphitheatre.
Monte Da Orada has a wide variety of accommodation to suit every taste and budget. There are 6 suites with bathroom and kitchenette opening onto the beautifully maintained permaculture garden. There are 2 large forest bungalows which are surrounded by nature with outdoor bath and shower. There is a delightful Treehouse for 2 people and a Yurt for 4. If you are on a lower budget we have a stunning shared loft space with futons or a spacious dorm room with single bunk beds. Let us know what you would like and we can tailor your accommodation to suit your needs.
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Morning Yoga practise will be a mixture of dynamic, vinyasa flow with some Rocket and Mandala flow influences; plenty of core strengthening, with fluid, creative sequencing and fun, playful arm balancing and inversions if you fancy them. Evening practise will be Yoga Nidra; the awakening practise of sleep, and Yin Yoga; floor based, long held meditative postures. We will end with meditation. On some of the nights we will be joined by musicians and if you feel like chanting there will be Kirtan, the devotional uplifting practise of singing from the heart.
All levels are welcome. If you are an experienced yogi this will be a chance to delve deeper into your practice, or if you are a complete beginner it will be an opportunity to begin your yoga journey. Every body will be lovingly nurtured and catered for.
COST PER PERSON BREAKDOWN:
DOUBLE ENSUITE: £900 - per person
FOREST BUNGALOW: £850
TREEHOUSE OR TEEPEE: £800
SINGLE SHARING: £750
Single supplement will be applicable if a private single room is required.
Payment plan is available to stagger the cost.
7 nights accommodation
3 fresh healthy meals per day using local organic ingredients, mostly grown in Orada’s own gardens
Unlimited tea, coffee, filtered water
2 Yoga classes each day
Evening Kirtan, Nidra & Meditation
Other activities available at extra cost include •Surfing •Hiking • Day Trip to Mooji’s Ashram• Kayaking •Horse Riding
£300 deposit required to secure your place. Payment plan available.
For further details and bookings please get in touch via my contact page or email me at: email@example.com
''Emma's assured, creative and beautiful practice has given me a real gift - a lasting love of yoga. It is clear that she poured her heart and soul into crafting a retreat which allowed her students to strengthen as yogis and as people. She gave us the confidence to stretch, balance and breathe in new ways and made space for all the deep reflection that comes with that. There was also time to collaborate, share music, books, laughter, dance, stories and nature. This week spent on retreat with Emma was one of the most special of my life so far and I have no doubt the glow I felt afterwards will last for a long time yet - topped up every time I get back on the mat.'' Hannah Burd - Retreat Guest
"Emma's retreat was a week of being truly good to yourself. Life-changing sounds a bit over-the-top, but I think it really was! Having a whole week in what can only be described as paradise, with delicious healthy food and a truly beautiful beach felt like the ultimate life detox. And that's before I've even mentioned the yoga! Emma's classes were fun, thoughtful and completely in tune with the nature that was all around us. She tailored them to each of our needs meaning we could work on areas that we wanted to improve, as well as teaching us lots of new poses and sequences. I looked forward to every class and could feel myself getting stronger every day. I never thought I would be able to do yoga twice a day, every day for a week - but it turns out I can! It felt so easy to connect with everyone and I made some great new friends. The retreat gave me the time and space needed to stop and think about my life, what I want from the future and how grateful I am for the present. When do we ever get a chance to do this in the hustle and bustle of London?! I'm a retreat convert and would recommend it to everyone. Take some time and be good to yourself, you'll wonder why you've never done it before." Jane Dodson - Retreat Guest