Revive and Run Yoga Retreat Portugal
Monte Velho Eco Retreat, Portugal
30th April – 6th May 2018
From £620 per person
Revive body and mind, with yoga and the outdoors, in the warmth and tranquility of the south-west Algarve this Spring!
Strengthen and energise on this week of inspiring individualised yoga – surrounded by nature and forest trails, ideal for running and walking. The perfect week for runners and yogis!
6 nights in the beautiful, natural surroundings at Monte Velho Retreat Centre, Carrapateira, with yoga twice a day and three super healthy vege/ vegan meals each day. With 30km of surrounding trails to run or walk, take advantage of the two Yoga Flow Running workshops, whatever your ability, to improve your running technique with key yoga principles.
We have off-road trail access down to the beach, where you could take surf lessons, or why not try some holistic horse riding at the retreat! With a swimming lake and a huge natural area, you may like to just chill out in the peace and quiet.
An example day on this revive yoga retreat
- 7.30-8am your personalised morning yoga routine
- 8-9.30am a led dynamic Vinyasa Yoga practice with Helen
- 9.30am breakfast
- Relax, wander, go to the beach, swim in the lake, surf, horse ride, sauna, massage…
- 1.30pm lunch. Healthy and plentiful fruit and snacks will also be available throughout the day
- Spend the afternoon as you please…
- 3-4pm (on two days) optional Yoga Flow Running workshop
- 5-7pm yoga practice workshop and a led Yin yoga class with Helen
- 7pm dinner
- Sunset walks, meditation and time to relax before bed
Your yoga practice at Monte Velho
I’ll be your exclusive teacher during this week-long retreat, teaching dynamic Vinyasa Flow morning classes and Yin classes in the evening, plus introducing simple, yet effective techniques for you to incorporate into your own regular practice at home. The small group size will allow me to give each of you the individual attention required to modify your unique practice!
Each evening will commence with a short workshop style class, followed by deeply relaxing Yin Yoga to release physical and emotional tension – recovering from the day’s activity and preparing for a rejuvenating sleep, in this already amazingly peaceful location.
The short workshops will introduce you to a range of yoga techniques, that you can then incorporate into the start of your morning practice. This gives you the opportunity to create new habits to take home and the focussed time to work on your personal target areas!
Your morning practice begins at 7.30 am, with time to practice what you have learned in the afternoon workshops, before the led element begins at 8 am. For the next 90 minutes I’ll lead you through a dynamic and energising, strengthening yet opening Vinyasa Flow class.
Yoga Flow Running
I’ve found that taking key principles from my yoga practice into running have enabled me to run efficiently and injury free for years. I’d love to share some of these ideas and help you take yoga into your running, to help you run more efficiently and safely, reducing risk of injury, increasing ease and fun, and ultimately going further and faster! These will be two optional afternoon workshops, for anyone who runs, or wants to learn to run properly. They will be drill based, not running great distances – if you wish, you can then make the most of the vast trails around the retreat to practise your new technique.
Yoga Retreat Food
Excellent food is always an integral element of my retreats, and this will be no exception! I’m so passionate about teaching the benefits of a plant-based diet, in combination with yoga, for everyone to feel their absolute best. You’ll be fully catered for by the chefs at Monte Velho, with vegan and vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. The food will take on the flavours of this beautiful region of Portugal, and are guaranteed to be delicious and energising!
The local area and things to do
From up on the ‘monte’ take in the forest, sea and beach views. Immerse yourself in nature when walking through the many acres and kilometres of trails. Go horse riding, book a surf lesson or relax in the on-site spa, with sauna, steam room and massage.
The retreat accommodation and prices
Monte Velho is an eco retreat, working in balance and harmony with the natural surroundings, with the intention of sharing this sustainable living experience to all their guests. The main house and grounds are full of calm and peaceful spaces to relax and absorb the luscious surroundings. Each of the bedrooms are beautifully decorated and have a terrace and hammock and private bathrooms. You have a choice of rooms ranging from the 6 bed dorm, which has it’s own outdoor bathroom, feels part of the forest and is close to the shala; triple and double or twin rooms with private bathroom and terrace; the Forest Cabin which has two bedrooms and a small kitchen and has the most amazing sunset view, or a room on your own.
Female 6 bed Dorm room £620 – This perfectly simple Dorm is nestled amongst the trees and overlooks the ocean. It is the closest of the rooms to the yoga shala. Sleeping 6, with a shared bathroom with 3 showers, it’s ideal for the solo female traveller or sharing with friends.
Triple room (3 friends booking together) £790 – 1 room remaining
Twin/ Double room £920 – 1 female twin share place available and 1 double/ twin room remaining
Single room £1180 – FULL
Forest cabin (2- 4 people coming together), 2 people £1250 pp., 3 people £960 pp, 4 people £820 pp. (singles or doubles) – This gorgeous cabin has 2 bedrooms, 1 living room, with kitchenette and a small porch. Located a few meters from the main building, next to the treetops overlooking the sea, with the most amazing sunset and ocean view! Ideal for those who like privacy, whilst having access to all the activities surrounding the centre.
All prices are per person.
Included in your Yoga Retreat
- 6 nights stay
- 6 evening workshops and restorative Yin yoga classes
- 6 morning energising yoga classes
- 2 optional Yoga Flow Running workshops
- Use of the natural swimming lake and loungers, access to the retreat grounds and trails
- Dinner on Monday evening, breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesday to Saturday, and breakfast Sunday morning
- Travel to Monte Velho Retreat Centre, Portugal
- Surf lessons
- Holistic Horse Riding
- Massage, sauna, steam room spa sessions
Travel and Tips while in Portugal
While it’s possible to be completely happy staying and exploring everything the retreat Monte Velho has to offer, if you know you’d like to explore more of what the local region has to offer, then hiring a car for your stay is highly recommended.
For those of you not hiring a car, we’ll liaise closer to the time about organising group airport transfers via taxi to minimise expense. Please let us know in plenty of time if you’re interested in this option.
Suggested Flights: Fly with British Airways and/ or Monarch from Gatwick to Faro, from only £96 return. Flights are also available from Newquay, Bristol and many other UK airports to Faro.
Transport times to the retreat from Faro is approximately 1 hr 30 mins. I can arrange airport transfers, with others where possible.
Please arrive at Monte Velho from 4pm on Monday 30th April. We will aim to have our first class around 5pm that evening.
Rooms must be vacated by 10am on Sunday 6th May.
A £250 deposit and Booking Form is required from each guest to secure your place on this fantastic retreat. You will be sent an invoice to pay the remainder within 7 days.
Terms and Conditions
Payment Terms & Conditions: A non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place, the remainder is due no later than 6 weeks before the start of the retreat, for which you will receive an invoice. If your payment is not received 6 weeks prior, your place will be offered to another. In the event of cancellation: 60 days or more prior to the retreat: Your entire payment will be refunded, less £250 which is your deposit. 59-30 days prior to the retreat: Payments are not refundable, but are transferable (less £250 deposit) to a future retreat. 29 days or less prior to the retreat: Payments are not refundable.