5-Night Stress Relief Yoga Retreat 

São Luis, Alentejo, Portugal - 4 to 9 May 2019

Give yourself the gift of 5 days of peace, and leave feeling rejuvenated, well-rested and nurtured.

Learn how to make small changes to reduce anxiety, increase positivity, and regain a sense of well-being.

Nourish yourself with food prepared with organic locally-sourced ingredients, and enjoy the beauty and nature of the Alentejo countryside.

Includes daily revitalising Slow Flow and Restorative yoga to help you unwind and get back in balance.

Remedial massage therapy available, to help shift toxins and re-energise your body.

** REFER A FRIEND AND EACH GET €50 OFF **


Your Retreat

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.

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    The Location

    The retreat takes place at Naturarte, 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 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 with its own terrace and private bathroom.

    Meals are prepared with love, and full of local flavour and fresh ingredients.

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    Daily Programme

    Note: this is a sample timetable - times and activities may vary slightly.

    Sample schedule:

    • 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

    Yoga

    Two daily gentle 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. 

    Stress has a tendency to sink deep into the tissues and into any space it can find, turning into tightness, pain and overall discomfort. 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. 

    You are encouraged to respect your body’s boundaries and practise wisely and safely.

    The optional evening yoga practice consists of Restorative Yoga or Yoga Nidra (where your consciousness sits between waking and sleeping), 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.

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    Stress Relief Talks

    A series of four talks with Stress Management Therapist, Brenda

    Learn simple and manageable techniques that are easily incorporated into every-day life.  Gain peace of mind, soothe your anxiety, and promote digestive calm and whole body health.

    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. 

    Brenda 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:

    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.

    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.

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    Deep-Tissue Remedial Massage

    Enjoy the benefits of a massage with Massage Therapist, Emma

    Remedial massage is effective in treating and reducing physical, mental and emotional stress.

    To add to your retreat experience, massage will 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.

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    Accommodation & Retreat Price - EUR 795 per person 
    ** Refer a friend and each get €50 off **

    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:
    Flights
    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
    • Wardrobes
    • 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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    Click here to find out more about Naturarte, their location, accommodation, facilities, activities, food and mission.


    How to Book

    If you have any questions, do get in touch.

    Please note that spaces are limited! We recommend that you book early.

    Please email retreats@come-alive.co.uk 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.


    The Team

    Claire Ng-Martin. Yoga Instructor. May 2019 Stress Relief Yoga Retreat PortugalClaire 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. Stress Management Therapist & Nutritionist. May 2019 Stress Relief Yoga Retreat PortugalBrenda 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 Massage Therapist. May 2019 Stress Relief Yoga Retreat PortugalEmma 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.

       

       

       

      Come Alive School of Natural Health. UKRLP MemberBrenda Martin. Register of Independent & General Holistic TherapistsBrenda Martin. Federation of Nutritional Therapy PractitionersBrenda Martin. Feng Shui Society Accredited ConsultantBrenda Martin. International Feng Shui Guild

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