Revive and Run Retreat Portugal

Monte Velho Eco Retreat, Portugal
21st – 27th April 2019

Revive and Run Yoga Retreat Portugal

Monte Velho Eco Retreat, Portugal

21st – 27th April 2019 Save up to 25% on the last spaces!

REVIVE means to strengthen and bring new energy to! Let’s bring a new strength and energy into life on this week in the warmth of the south-west Algarve, deepening and evolving your yoga practice, with plenty of individual attention from me. 

Energise and nourish your body with the best, fresh, local plant-based food. Revive body and mind, with yoga and the outdoors, in the warmth and tranquility of south-west Portugal in Spring 2019!

On this week-long retreat, you’ll get two classes a day of inspiring individualised yoga in the studio at Monte Velho – surrounded by nature and forest trails, ideal for running and walking! The perfect week for runners and yogis!

Stay 6 nights in the beautiful, natural surroundings at Monte Velho Retreat Centre, Carrapateira, with yoga twice a day and three super healthy plant-based meals each day. With 30km of surrounding trails to run or walk, take advantage of the two optional Run Better with Yoga workshops, whatever your ability, to improve your running technique with key yoga principles. 

With off-road trail access down to the beach, you could take surf lessons, or try a holistic horse experience at the retreat! Or, with a swimming lake and a huge natural area, you may like to just chill out in the peace and quiet of the centre.

Take me to the booking form! You’ll receive an invoice when your form is received.

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…  optional Run Better with Yoga workshop (on two days)
  • 1.30pm lunch. Healthy and plentiful fruit and snacks will also be available throughout the day
  • Spend the afternoon as you please…
  • 4-5pm optional yoga workshop on a specific topic (on two days)
  • 5-7pm yoga practice workshop and a led Yin yoga class with Helen
  • 7pm dinner
  • Sunset walks, meditation and time to relax before bed
“I can’t imagine a more restorative experience than Helen Clare’s yoga retreat at Monte Velho.  For me, the retreat at Monte Velho, was a week of adopting a healthier lifestyle of frequent yoga practice, nourishing foods, and allowing myself the time to appreciate my surroundings whilst getting to know some truly great people.  As a person who likes to be busy most of the time, committing to living this way for a whole week seemed strangely daunting at first, but it has been a really beneficial experience for me, and now that I have returned I am making a conscious effort adapt my lifestyle to have more of these qualities. Helen is an inspiring teacher who has helped me to improve my yoga practice and running technique.  I left the retreat feeling leaner and stronger than ever and I can put this down to the winning combination of challenging yoga, wholesome food and taking some time out of daily life pay attention to my body to better understand what it needs.  During the retreat Helen has helped all of us to establish our own morning yoga routine- this has been particularly useful!  The retreat has been a great way of getting into the discipline of dedicating time to practice yoga every day and to see the benefits that this brings.  Now that I have returned from the retreat I am continuing to practice some yoga each day and this feels easy to do now because it has become habitual to me.” Lynne, Glasgow

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!

Evening yoga

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!

Morning yoga

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.

Run Better with Yoga

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. Have a holistic horse experience, book a surf lesson or relax in the on-site spa, with sauna, steam room and massage.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my first yoga retreat and feel stronger and calmer both physically and mentally still, 5 days post return to normal life. I think your knowledge and detailed tuition are excellent, my fellow yogi students were all great people and the environment was fabulous. I feel very lucky to have enjoyed the experience.” Mel, Cornwall

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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. 

Forest Cabin
Forest Cabin view

“I had such a great time I have booked again for next year! It is so rare that I truly feel relaxed – even my friends and colleagues have noticed the difference. I am hoping to feel like this for as long as possible and have continued my morning sequence even with the dog trying to sit on me!” Liz, Cardiff


Twin share, with a shared bathroom £840/ €940 – Large twin rooms, sharing an ensuite bathroom with the adjoining twin room. FULL!

Single room, with shared bathroom £960/ €1100 – Your own large room, sharing the ensuite bathroom with the adjoining single room. FULL!

Private Kingsize room: with luxury Kingsize, and single bed, private ensuite and balcony. 

£1125 for one person (was £1500, save 25%!),

£1650 for two sharing (was £1920, save £270!) 

All prices are per person and can be paid in GBP or EURO. Select your currency on the Booking Form. 

Take me to the booking form! You’ll receive an invoice when your form is received.

Included in your Yoga Retreat

  • 6 nights stay
  • 6 evening workshops and restorative Yin yoga classes
  • 6 morning energising yoga classes
  • 2 optional Run Better with Yoga workshops
  • Use of the natural swimming lake and loungers, access to the retreat grounds and trails
  • Dinner on Sunday evening, breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday to Friday, and breakfast Saturday morning

Not included:

  • Travel to Monte Velho Retreat Centre, Portugal
  • Surf lessons
  • Holistic Horse Experience 
  • 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.

Transport times to the retreat from Faro Airport is approximately 1 hr 20 mins and €100. We can arrange airport transfers, with others where possible but we do recommend hiring a vehicle. 

Arrive at the retreat from 3pm. We will aim to have our first class around 5pm that evening.

Rooms must be vacated by 10am on the last day.

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Take me to the booking form! You’ll receive an invoice when your form is received.

£/€250 deposit to secure your place, with the remainder due by 22nd February 2019. (Past this date, full payments are required)

Terms and Conditions

Payment Terms & Conditions: A non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place, the remainder is due no later than 8 weeks before the start of the retreat, for which you will receive an invoice. If your payment is not received 8 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.



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