Join us in the heart of rural Portugal, at a retreat centre committed to living in harmony with the local environment. The nearby beaches are lined with rugged cliffs, where the golden sands meet the Alentejo lands rich in vineyards, olive groves, cork trees, lakes and rivers. Centuries-old villages bask in the sun as the villagers tend to the surrounding lands. This beautiful Southern pearl is the ideal place to unwind, de-stress, and immerse yourself in nature with all its restoring and healing qualities.
** 100 Euros discount if you book before 15 January 2019 **
Nurturing, educational and relaxing. Unwind and get back in balance with yoga, learn simple and effective stress relief methods to take home with you, and nourish yourselves with delicious wholesome food prepared with organic locally-sourced ingredients. To assist you with your relaxation, our remedial massage therapist is on-hand to work on shifting toxins and deep-seated stress from your body.
Each day starts with a morning yoga, pranayama (breath work) and meditation session to wake up the body and balance the mind. You do not need to be experienced in yoga. This retreat is open to all, beginners and seasoned practitioners alike. You are encouraged to work at your own pace and take time to listen to your body. After your practice, you will enjoy a delicious organic vegetarian or vegan breakfast, and have time to relax before attending your daily talk on stress relief.
After a nourishing lunch, the afternoon is yours. Unwind with a massage and swim, take a nature walk along the many trails in the area, or take advantage of the activities on offer at the centre, such as horse-riding, kayaking or a trip to the beach. We come together for dinner, followed by an optional yoga nidra or restorative yoga session, preparing you for a restful night’s sleep.
The retreat takes place at Naturarte, located in the beautiful Alentejo countryside, giving you the opportunity to reconnect with nature. Spring is a magical time here as the landscape is covered in a sea of colour with the beautiful spring flowers. You will wake to the freshness of the mornings and sounds of birds, and make your way “home” each evening under a blanket of stars, falling asleep to the symphony of cicadas and crickets.
Accommodation is offered on a shared basis of two people per room, twin or double. Each room comes with its own terrace and private bathroom.
Meals are prepared with love, and are full of local flavour and fresh ingredients.
Note: this is a sample timetable - times and activities may vary slightly.
- 07.45-09.15 yoga with meditation & pranayama
- 09.30-11.30 breakfast and morning break
- 11.30-12.45 stress relief talk
- 13.00-14.00 lunch
- 14.00-19.00 afternoon break (time for deep-tissue massage, swim, kayak, walk, go to the beach, horse-ride etc.)
- 19.00-20.00 dinner
- 20.00-21.00 optional yoga nidra or restorative yoga
This retreat provides you with the opportunity to attend 2 daily yoga, pranayama and meditation practices with yoga instructor, Claire.
Morning pranayama and meditation will help to restore and revitalise you deeply by accessing stillness and calming the mind, which in turn contributes to softening and calming the body. The slow revitalising yoga flow will promote body awareness so that you start to cultivate space within the muscles and between the bones for shifting stuck energy. Stress has a tendency to sink deep into the tissues and into any space it can find, turning into tightness, pain and overall discomfort. You are encouraged to respect your body’s boundaries and practise wisely and safely.
The optional evening yoga practice consists of Yoga Nidra (where your consciousness sits between waking and sleeping) or Restorative Yoga, and will involve little or no movement, giving you the opportunity to unwind and relax completely in total comfort, and release any residual physical, mental or emotional stress.
Stress Relief Talks
This retreat includes a series of four talks on Stress Relief with Stress Management Therapist, Brenda. She will help you understand where your stress comes from, how it directly impacts your quality of life on a day-to-day basis, and what you can do to relieve many stress symptoms. Our modern-day lifestyle, which is often in overdrive, can create a permanent state of stress. This has become normal for many of us. Yet we don't realise how stress negatively impacts our body, thoughts, feelings and behaviour:
Physically: from headaches, dizziness, exhaustion, digestive upsets, heart palpitations and sleep problems to heart conditions, bowel disorders and cancers.
Emotionally: from irritability and mood swings to anxiety or depression.
Behaviourally: from increased smoking, alcohol and aggression to obsessive behaviour.
You will come away with simple and manageable techniques that are easily incorporated into every-day life, for sustainable change to create peace of mind, a stable mood, digestive calm and whole body health.
Note: attending all talks is the equivalent to 4 hours of CPD - if you are interested in receiving a certificate for attendance, please let us know when you book.
Deep-Tissue Remedial Massage
To add to your retreat experience you have the option to enjoy the benefits of a massage with Massage Therapist, Emma. Remedial massage is effective in treating and reducing physical, mental and emotional stress.
Massage will also complement the effects of your yoga practices by stimulating the lymphatic system to shift toxins, and release deep-seated stress from your body.
NB. Although there are many benefits to massage therapy, please understand that it may not be appropriate if you have any of the following:
Bleeding disorders or take blood-thinning medication · Burns or healing wounds · Deep vein thrombosis · Fractures · Severe osteoporosis
Please discuss the pros and cons of massage with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant, have cancer or any unexplained pain.
Accommodation & Retreat Price - EUR 795 per person
** 100 Euros discount if you book before 15 January 2019 **
Your retreat includes:
5 nights' accommodation
Access to the outdoor pool, yoga pavilion and gardens
3 nourishing and delicious meals a day
Snacks throughout the day
Tea and coffee-making facilities
Our complete yoga and stress relief programme
Note: Airport transfers, massages and extra activities can be booked through us.
Your retreat does not include:
Transfer from the airport (this can be arranged through us - approx. 2hrs' drive from Lisbon or Faro airport)
Travel insurance (a mandatory requirement)
Massages (offered at discount price)
Extra activities such as horse-riding, kayaking etc.
Double or twin room with private bathroom
- Twin beds or double bed
- Full bathroom suite including bathtub with shower, hair dryer
- Wi-Fi broadband internet access
- LCD TV
- Heating, ceiling fan and air conditioning (HVAC) system
- In-room safe
- Private terrace
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How to Book
If you have any questions, do get in touch.
Please note that spaces are limited! We recommend that you book early.
A non-refundable deposit of EUR 200 secures your space.
Please email email@example.com to register your interest, and we will send you full payment details and information on how to join.
Travel to the Retreat
Arrival is on Saturday 4th May 2019 any time after 4pm. There will be a welcome chat in the evening, followed by a gentle yoga session to help you to unwind and loosen up after your travels, and then dinner. Departure is on Thursday 9th by midday.
It is about a 2-hour drive to and from either Faro airport or Lisbon airport. If you would like to take advantage of a minivan, please let us know when you book your retreat space. Costs TBD. We will also provide you with a list of alternative transport options in your welcome pack if you wish to make your own way there.
There is a lot to see and do in the Alentejo. If you wish to extend your stay at Naturarte before or after the retreat, please contact them directly to book.
Claire Ng-Martin: Yoga Instructor
Claire started her yoga journey over 10 years ago in an attempt to deal with her own stress resulting from a demanding fast-paced corporate job, and more recently IVF challenges. Her personal healing experience with yoga and meditation inspired her to share it and help others.
She qualified in Hatha Flow, Restorative, Fertility and Pregnancy yoga, and now specialises in Holistic Stress Relief for mind and body through the practice of yoga. She encourages body awareness to help all who practise with her to embrace their unique body structure and safely access the healing benefits of yoga.
Claire is a certified instructor, registered with Yoga Alliance Professionals.
Read more about Claire HERE.
Brenda Martin: Holistic Stress Management Therapist, Nutritionist and Educator
Brenda's interest in health and wellbeing started in her early twenties and became a life-long passion. She founded the Come Alive School of Natural Health & Wellbeing in 2005, to provide people with skills and knowledge to adopt a preventive rather than reactive approach to their wellbeing.
Since then, Brenda has helped hundreds of people globally to understand their stress, where it comes from, and what it does to the mind, body and emotions. She helps people to rationalise and relieve stress by changing their perspective, and adopting effective self-help techniques for peace of mind, a stable mood, digestive calm and whole body health.
Brenda is the author of 7 Steps to Whole Health: Your Guide to Ultimate Wellbeing (2016), and over 35 distance-learning courses in Nutrition, Holistic Stress Management and Holistic Health.
She is registered with the Register of Independent & General Holistic Therapists, and the Federation of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners.
Read more about Brenda and her work HERE.
Emma Martin: Remedial & Soft Tissue Massage Therapist
After working in the Financial Services industry for 12 years, Emma changed career in her early thirties to do something she considered to be more meaningful: working on whole-body health. To cope with work-related stress, she used exercise and coaching as a way to improve her physical, emotional and mental wellbeing to overcome her stress. She moved into the Health & Wellbeing industry to continue her health and fitness journey, and also help others to understand and overcome the stresses and impact that every-day life has on their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
In addition to working in Massage Therapy, Emma is a Personal Trainer and Life Coach.
She is registered with the Register for Exercise Professionals (REPs).
Find out more about Emma HERE.