Portugal’s Wild Coast
a Yoga and Adventure RetreaT May 24-May 30, 2020
We are thrilled to once again travel across the Atlantic to unplug and explore a stunning stretch of coastal Portugal. Join us on a magical 275 acre farm just 2 hours south of Lisbon designed specifically for Yoga Retreats. Indoor and outdoor yoga shalas host daily practice, a private freshwater lake and inviting dock to bask in the sun, oversized hammocks for afternoon siestas, a circus of goats, sheep, puppies and free range peacocks to greet you each day. Located near the charming villages of Zambujiera do Mar and Vila Nova Milfontes in the Alentejo region, known for its long stretches of untouched coastline and white-washed villages. The ocean, with bluffs, trails and sandy coves, is a 10-minute drive or a scenic bike ride away.
In the Alentejo region, also known as The Costa Vicentina is protected by a natural reserve and development has been restricted to preserve traditional architecture and small farms. The Vicentina Coast Natural Park runs about 100 km down the coast and is known for its strong and wild character and landscapes of breathtaking majesty. The coast is ideal for swimming, surfing, and world-class hiking along the gorgeous miles of trails.
Erin and Meg will offer 2 vinyasa yoga classes daily, accessible to all-levels of experience. Props and mats included. Classes will range from dynamic vinyasa flow to slow flow and workshop style classes, breaking down asana and transitions to gain deeper insights into your practice. Special workshop classes will be offered optionally during the week. Goals with Soul, HIIT Yoga Fusion, Yoga for a Happy Back and Inferno Hot Pilates depending on the flow of the day. In between time will be open to play or relax on the beautiful grounds or explore nearby beaches and villages.
Erin, with more than 500 hours of yoga training with Shiva Rea and Schuyler Grant, combines playful sequences, alignment, poetry, curated music, meditation and breath work for very experiential classes. Meg, with 16 years as a physical therapist and 500 hours of yoga training with Janet Stone, Darren Main and Mark Morford, integrates the eastern practices of yoga with western medicine to align the body. You can count on a fun flow with groovy tunes to serenade you. Together Erin and Meg embody the yogic principles of steadiness and ease or alignment and heart.
You’ll enjoy three delicious farm-to-table meals each day. The food is local, with most of the produce coming from either the on-site garden or a nearby farm. This food is prepared with love and exudes the local deliciousness inherent to this region.
A typical breakfast includes eggs, local fruit, Greek yogurt, homemade granola, local honey, homemade jam, slow-baked bread and a daily tonic. Lunch is often a bowl: a base of ancient grains like farro topped with avocado, roasted veggies, nori or mixed greens. For dinner, expect Indian or Japanese inspired curries, Mediterranean stews, legumes, rice, salad and dessert. There is even an outdoor, wood-fired Pizza oven.
Accommodations for dietary restrictions such as gluten free and vegan can be made.
Your experience includes three exciting excursions off-site.
You’ll stand in awe experiencing the famed Fisherman’s Trail. Guide led, this hike meanders through stunning coastal terrain with blooming camomile, herbs, succulents of every color and unrivaled Atlantic vistas.
Next up a day trip to the Algarve, where you’ll be guided by boat through the picturesque Begali Caves. This is the most popular rock formation of Portugal.
To be in this region is incomplete without a Frupor Farm wine tour. You’ll be sipping award winning Vicentino wines with the wine makers while exploring the local terroir of the vineyards.
These excursions are included but you’re free to opt out and enjoy the solitude of a restful day at the ranch. A handful of bicycles are available, skinny dip in the pristine freshwater lake, or simply daydream in an oversized hammock. Praia de Malhao - a fabulous untouched beach, perfect for surfing, SUP, swimming, or sunbathing is a 10 minute drive.
Super comfortable, clean and elegant rooms open onto an outdoor courtyard. Several rooms open to raised vegetable beds where peacocks roam freely each afternoon.
Each room has either two single beds, that can be situated apart as a twin or close together as a double, or three single beds. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms. There is plenty of indoor and outdoor space to chill, read a book or sit and chat. Oh, and did we mention soft sheets?
Erin Harrington is a foodie turned health foodie, mother of three, extensive globetrotter, certified E-RYT 500 yoga teacher with 20 years of experience. She’s also a certified Functional Medicine Health Coach and Integrative Nutritionist. She believes in the power of travel to broaden our perspective, live in the moment and value experience over things. Travel brings us back to ourselves and what really matters.
Meg Gray, founder of Urban Yoga, is E-RYT 200/ RYT-500 and has been teaching yoga 7 years. She is a practicing physical therapy for 16 years and loves to geek out on anatomy in yoga. An avid concert goer and traveler, she is passionate about discovering new music and new places while immersing herself in the local scene - finding the best hikes, best tunes, best eats, best shops, and best wine.
-6 nights & 7 days accommodations
-2 vinyasa all-levels yoga classes per day
-3 farm to table meals per day, including an extra special farewell dinner
-Transportation & guided hike on the famed Costa Vicentina Fisherman’s Trail
-Transportation & guided tour of the breathtaking Bengali Caves in the Algarve
-Frupor Farm tour and Vicentino wine tasting with local winemaker
-Local curated wine available for purchase with dinners
-Fire pit ceremony
-On-site freshwater lake with lounge chairs to get your daily dose of Vitamin D and relaxation
-Soft sheets and strong coffee
-A handful of bikes to explore the area
-A circus of goats, sheep, puppies and peacocks
WHAT’s NOT INCLUDED
-Airfare to/from Lisbon or Faro. (We recommend booking a flight from JFK round trip into Lisbon. Then booking a separate round trip to/from JFK. We’re tracking flights and have seen them ranging around $500-600.)
-Transport to/from the retreat center. We will group people together wherever possible to share transfers. The costs for a taxi are 170 Euros from Lisbon and 130 Euros from Faro. This is shared between up to 4 people. Hiring a car is a good option as this is a great area to explore, we can put you in touch with others who may like to share a car.
-Massage appointments (available at an additional price with on-site massage therapists)
-Alcohol (available for purchase on-site from the retreat center)
-Off-site meals and snacks
$1500 – Triple room with en-suite shared bathroom (limited availability)
$1800 – Double room with en-suite private bathroom
$2200 – Single room with en-suite private bathroom (limited availability)
*EARLY BIRD PRICING: SAVE $150 IF DEPOSIT SUBMITTED BY OCTOBER 31, 2019
*Non-refundable deposit of $300 to reserve your spot.
*Balance will be due no later than March 15, 2020.