7 days and 6 nights in pure bliss, need we say more? We are beyond ecstatic to travel across the Atlantic to unplug and explore a stunning stretch of the unspoilt coast of Portugal, on 275 acres of coastal land 2 hours south of Lisbon specifically designed for Yoga Retreats. Picture this… indoor and outdoor yoga shalas for daily practice, a private freshwater lake and inviting dock to bask in the sun, oversized hammocks for taking those afternoon siestas, and a circus of goats, sheep, and peacocks to walk amongst during your evening strolls. Located near the charming village of Zambujiera do Mar 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, much of the Southwest coast of Portugal is protected by a natural reserve, therefore development has stayed constrained, with traditional architecture + small farms dotting the land. The Vicentine Coast Natural Park runs about 100 km down the coast. The preserved nature has a strong + wild character here, creating landscapes of breathtaking majesty. The coast is ideal for swimming, surfing, and world-class hiking along the gorgeous sandstone bluffs. Conde Nast Traveller recently wrote about this up & coming area, a place where people like Carli Bruni & Christian Louboutin come to escape.
Erin and Meg will offer 1-2 vinyasa yoga classes daily, accessible to all-levels. Props/mats included. Special workshops/classes will be offered (and optional) during the week: Design Mapping: Goals with Soul with Erin, Yoga for a Happy Back with Meg, Prana Vinyasa Master class with Erin, as well as Inferno Hot Pilates with Meg. Days will be open to play and run wild, though organized excursions will be planned include hiking, local wine tasting & surf lessons (optional/not included in the price).
We will be savoring 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. Most excitingly, one special fish dinner on the beach! PLUS… LOCAL WINE WITH DINNER!
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.
A handful of bicycles will be available to us to explore the local area. We can help collect eggs from the farm’s crazy chickens, skinny dip in the pristine freshwater lake, or simply daydream in the oversized hammocks... We’ll be just 10 minutes drive from the beach. Praia de Malhao - a fabulous untouched beach, perfect for surfing, swimming, or sunbathing. There's also world-class hiking nearby, on the famed Costa Vicentina trail. Or venture into one of the charming towns and mingle with the locals.
Comfortable, clean and elegant rooms open onto an outdoor courtyard. 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?
$1275 – Triple room with en-suite bathroom
$1425 – Double room with en-suite bathroom
$1900 – Single room with en-suite bathroom (2 spots available)
*Non-refundable deposit of $300 to reserve your spot via venmo or paypal to Meg or Erin.
*Balance will be due by April 30th, 2019
Erin Harrington is a foodie turned health foodie, mother of three, extensive globetrotter throughout 6 continents, 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 6 years. She has been practicing physical therapy for 16 years, integrating the eastern practices of yoga with a western medicine understanding of the body. One of her biggest passions is exploring new places, 14 countries and counting (many solo), and immersing herself in the local culture - finding the best hikes, best eats, best shops, and drinking all the wine. Life’s motto: You can’t see tomorrow with yesterday’s eyes.
-6 nights/7 days accommodations in a secluded Portuguese haven
-1-2 vinyasa all-levels yoga classes per day
-4 special yoga classes/workshops over the week
-Desire mapping: Setting Goals with Soul with Erin
-Fire pit welcome party
-Guided sunset hike on the famed Costa Vicentina trail
-3 farm to table meals per day, including a special dinner on the beach night
-Local wine with dinners
-Soft sheets and strong coffee
-A handful of bikes to explore the area
-A circus of goats, sheep, + 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 (though we have one pick up/drop off organized from LIsbon at extra fee). 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.
-Surf Lessons + Spa appointments
-Alcohol (byob), though we will provide wine with dinner
-Off-site meals, snacks & libations
*To reserve your spot, please email Meg at firstname.lastname@example.org for venmo/paypal info to submit your $300 deposit. We also accept check or cash.
WHEN DO WE LEAVE?!?
No one books a retreat with the intention of canceling it, but unexpected events do occur, so please consider purchasing travel insurance. Exceptions cannot be made for any reason, including weather, injury/illness, or personal emergencies. No refunds or credits will be granted for failure to attend, or for arriving late or leaving early.