Leave city life behind and get back to nature, in beautiful surroundings with delicious, healthy food
and twice daily yoga with your favourite Yogarise teachers.
PORTUGAL YOGA RETREAT MAY 2019
WITH LOLO LAM
4-11 MAY, ALGARVE, PORTUGAL
UNPLUG, RELAX. REJUVENATE.
Feel the freedom of fresh air and stillness, take in the views, soak up the sunshine, nurture your body and soul with wholesome, tasty food and yoga from Lolo Lam. We literally cannot wait for this retreat! We know that a week of yoga with Lolo would be pretty wonderful anywhere in the world, BUT we have discovered a true gem in the protected mountain wilderness of the beautiful Algarve. If you are looking to really get away from it all, to unwind, unplug, and enjoy the moment, read on…
This very special location is renowned for its pristine air quality and breath-taking uninterrupted views without another soul in sight. Blissful, right? Each day will begin with an uplifting, dynamic yoga practice and end with a grounding yin or restorative session. There will be plenty of time to explore the stunning surroundings, take in the sunsets, relax by the infinity pool, and feast on some delicious, healthy food from nutritional chef Jo Harding.
Wild View Retreat has arisen from the ruins of an abandoned mountain village in the foothills of the Algarve in Portugal. Originally built by a Portuguese Army General in 1898, the Manor House and surrounding ruins have undergone a 1.5 year restoration and redevelopment project, transforming the iconic setting into a bespoke wellness retreat.
The retreat setting is defined by its spectacular 360° views of the Serra do Caldeirão mountains, a Zona De Intervenção Florestal protected for its natural beauty and famous Portuguese cortiça (cork) trees. Environmentally conscious, the retreat is sustainability powered by 15kw 32panel solar system and has a private water source filtered from a natural underground aquifer.
The bedrooms are completely new with private ensuite bathrooms, brand new interiors and fittings. They have been beautifully designed by Set Designer Erika Rodriguez with very comfy spacious beds, air conditioning and underfloor electric heating for the cooler months. All the rooms have large sliding French doors that walk out on to a traditional Portuguese calçalda veranda.
Wild View Retreat are very proud of their beautiful interiors and finishings – a rustic blend of natural and earthy organic materials all sourced from within Portugal to ensure the rooms conform to their stunning natural surroundings.
Outside each room there is a pergola complete with hammocks for swinging in the breeze and deep relaxation.
Classes will take place on the beautiful yoga deck or inside the yoga shala, with stunning views across the mountains. New eco mats from Yogi Bare and all props are provided.
Lolo caters to all levels from beginners to more experienced yogis and yoginis, and will tailor the yoga programme to include a mix of Dynamic Vinyasa, Yin-Yang, Yin and Yoga Nidra meditation.
In a previous life, Lolo worked as a nurse, specialising in the areas of neurosurgery and intensive care. After many years of observing the pitfalls of inactivity and poor lifestyle, she started studying the holistic system of Ayurveda and yoga. Having studied with some incredible teachers, Lolo was amazed at how yoga and Ayurveda helped her deal with her own physical and mental demons and hopes that she can facilitate an empowered and embodied practice that will do that for others.
Lolo’s classes combine a powerful yet nurturing energy with a mischievous sparkle. Students are encouraged to explore the practice, learning about their individual anatomy, the power of their breath and the nature of their mind.
Lolo enjoys teaching a diverse range of students from complete beginners to more seasoned practitioners. She currently teaches Rocket yoga, yin/yang, vinyasa, beginners and yoga nidra in studios across London. Lolo is also a guest teacher on a number of teacher trainings, including the 250hour course at Yogarise Peckham.
We will take one day’s break from the group yoga for a beach excursion to Ihla Deserta, but there is always access to the yoga shala, yoga deck and to the small silent snug room with a library of healthy lifestyle books to relax and meditate in for those who wish to practise on that day.
OUR FOOD + CHEF
Every day our in-house chef, Jo, will create some fresh, delicious vegetarian or vegan dishes to leave you feeling energised, nourished and super healthy. Breakfast might include banana nut bread, homemade granola, chia breakfast pots, greek yoghurt, fruit, a fresh juice or smoothie, coffee and herbal teas.
There’ll be a range of reviving salads for lunch, and a hot meal such as sweet potato and cauliflower curry or butternut squash lasagne for dinner, and maybe a little tasty (but-good-for-you) treat for dessert. Nom nom nom.
There are unlimited loose-leaf herbal teas and fresh fruit to help yourself to, and an energy ball or similar healthy snack for whenever you fancy that little pick-me-up.
Jo is very happy to cater to all dietary needs – just let us know your requirements.
Food is one of life’s most powerful medicines. Thanks to a radical change in diet Jo defied the doctors to put her autoimmune condition in remission through the healing power of food. Jo’s food philosophy is all about awakening a carefree, healthier you and reducing inflammation and toxins in the body. She likes wholesome, natural food. Lots of plant based and vegan ingredients with nourishing vegetables and no sugar. Jo’s recipes are focused on keeping things simple but using vegetables in a fun, creative way so you never feel bored or deprived. She believes the secret to radiant health starts and ends with a healthy gut so all her recipes are gluten, dairy and refined sugar free. Jo shares her passion for wellbeing and nutrition on her popular blog Modern Food Stories and now works as a nutritional chef, recipe developer, food photographer and stylist
specialising in healthy, nutritionally balanced, real food recipes.
A TYPICAL DAY
8am Morning Yoga Practice
Rest / Massages / Explore / Read / Swim
Rest / Massages / Explore / Read / Swim
6pm Evening Yoga Practice
Mid-week we will have a break from our retreat setting and visit one of the Algarve’s best kept secret beaches on the uninhabited island of Ihla Deserta in the Ria Formosa Natural Park. We will travel there by minibus and then take a boat through the Ria formosa salt marsh (EU Protected SAC and SPA). The area is renowned for its biological diversity, calm lagoon waters and white sands. Perfect for a spot of chilling, reading, exploring or maybe even some beach meditation.
ACCOMMODATION + RATES
Twin/Double Room : £ 1250pp
Twin/Double Single Occupancy : £ 1550pp
Triple Room (great for singles or mates) : £1150pp [SOLD OUT]
All rooms are ensuite with AC and underfloor heating.
The yurt has a large private deck, a new rustic outdoor shower, a composting toilet and a fan (no AC).
All guests will be given towels for showering and swimming.
To secure your space please pay the deposit of £250 or full amount. The deposit is non-refundable. The remaining can be paid over the coming months. The full amount must be paid by 15 April 2019. Please enquire if you wish to pay in monthly instalments.
7 nights accommodation
Three light nutritious meals a day, plus unlimited herbal teas, fruit and an afternoon snack
Morning and evening yoga classes (90 mins)
Beach excursion (Wednesday) to the Ihla Deserta (including transfers, boat trip and lunch)
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
Flights to Faro airport (approx. £200 from London) – will can send you some options
Return transfers : £40-£50 each (available 5-10.30pm / returning 6am-10.30am)
Massages can be booked at the retreat : 50 Euros 1 Hour, 70 Euros 1½ Hours, 85 Euros 2 Hours. Payable by bank transfer or cash only
Additional private 1-2-1 yoga sessions (60min) with Lolo are £50 pp.
We are very happy to arrange payment plans for you, spreading the remaining balance (post deposit) over the next 3 months. Please enquire for details.
We will be sending guests recommended travel options (approx. £200 from London)
Taxi transfers – 45 minutes from Faro airport (see note above)
We advise you to book travel insurance the same time you book your spot, ensuring that it covers you for such unlikely events as flight disruptions or necessary cancellation of your retreat place.
Our chef can cater to any special dietary requirements. Please let us know of any intolerances, allergies or needs one month before the retreat.
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