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Yoga, Food and Wine in Castro Marim, Portugal

 

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We know how difficult it is to bring serenity to a hectic lifestyle. Meetings, busy schedules and endless responsibilities can really bring you down. Well, not this spring, as we will bring you to our second Portuguese retreat with Kremena & Márcia. A well-balanced combination of yoga practice, good food and great wine (or grape juice) will be at the heart of the retreat. And the location we selected this time around is beyond amazing!

The purpose of the retreat is to help you think calmly about what’s truly important, far from the daily routines and never-ending to-do lists. Relax in the exquisite nature surroundings, learn new techniques of yoga and meditation, get inspired by a new cuisine, tend to your body with herbs macerated in olive oil, share your knowledge and ideas with like-minded people.

THE LOCATION

Companhia das Culturas is a refurbished guesthouse that has a lush garden, an outdoor saltwater swimming pool, hammam and corkbox for yoga practices. It is situated in the southeastern corner of the Algarve: 1,5km away from Praia Verde beach, 4km from the Historical village of Castro Marim and 6 km from the Nature Reserve of Ria Formosa. Rooms at Companhia das Culturas are decorated with a mix of natural and modern elements. The private bathroom has natural stone walls and comes with a shower and a tub. With neither television, nor background music (but equipped with Wi-Fi), Companhia das Culturas is ideal for relaxation and enjoying nature walks.

CORKBOX

Fully lined with cork, the lounge was designed specifically for practicing yoga. But here you can also surrender to the silence, listen to music or watch a movie.

HAMMAM

Hammam or turkish bath is a deep cleansing and relaxation method. Its use contributes to the reduction of salts, fat and body toxins. Without any physical effort, it promotes muscular relief by reducing stress and accumulated pain.

THE PROGRAMME

The morning begins with an energising Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga class for a fresh start of the day followed by a nutritious breakfast. Afterwards, take some time for yourself and relax – go for a walk, a swim in the pool or unwind in the hammam. We’ll get together for a delicious warm lunch, after which you will again have some free time until the afternoon yoga / mindfulness workshop or planned group activity. We will end the day with a delightful dinner and glass (or two) of wine, and a guided meditation session for a good night sleep.

THE YOGA

You will have a well-balanced choice of Ashtanga and Strala inspired classes during the retreat.

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is an intense practice that gives you the chance to challenge your body in a conscious way. Connecting breath with movement, this practice is ideal for the mornings as it is a sequence of postures linked by breath, which activates all systems in a very natural way.

Strala is suitable for all experience levels and aims at relieving the stress of everyday life through fun, uplifting, yet easygoing natural movements.

THE RETREAT INCLUDES

– 4 Ashtanga classes

– 4 Strala inspired yoga classes

– 3 guided meditation sessions

– Special yoga workshops and/or group activity

– 4 nights in the luxurious, hotel (bedding and towels are available)

– Lovingly prepared soulful, healthy meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), accompanied by delicious wine. All the meals are organic and prepared from locally sourced produce.

– Energy replenishing healthy snacks with coffee or tea

– Free use of the swimming pool and hammam

– Massages can be booked for an additional fee

NOT INCLUDED

– Transport to the location (but we could definitely help, if needed – just let us know)

– Travel and Cancellation insurance

The above prices are per person. Single rooms are not possible.

Please note: There is limited number of spots available, so book yours before they are all gone!

Reservations are made in the order of which they are received.

See you on the mat!

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Yoga, Food and Wine Winter Weekend with Kremena & Hizell

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Our yearly winter Yoga weekend is now ready for you. Join us in new location in 2017.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Give the best possible start to the new year by treating yourself to an exhilarating weekend of Yoga, Food and Wine with Kremena and Sergio. The purpose of the retreat is to bring the focus on yourself, your feelings and inner desires. Setting goals and gaining clarity on how to achieve them will be at the heart of the weekend. You will be immersed in the beautiful and luxurious setting of Yogabee and its surroundings. And while Kremena takes you on a spiritual journey with various Strala inspired yoga workshops and guided meditation sessions, Sergio will look after your body and soul with his delicious healthy food, expertly paired with great wine.
THE LOCATION
We will staying at the beautifully renovated, modern and luxurious farmhouse Yogabee, just outside of Domburg in Zeeland. The house has eight spacious two-person bedrooms with comfortable (separate) beds, an inside heated swimming pool, sauna, yoga studio, big kitchen and a cozy living room. The meals will take place at the long table in the kitchen with views of the garden. The spacious yoga studio has French windows with panoramic view overlooking the meadows. With a little luck, you might see a deer come by during the yoga. Yogabee is situated just a short walk away from the beach, and just 15 minutes walk from the village.THE PROGRAMME

The morning begins with an energising yoga class for a fresh start of the day followed by a nutritious breakfast. Afterwards, take some time for yourself and relax – go for a beach walk, a swim in the pool or unwind in the sauna. We’ll get together for a delicious warm lunch, after which you will again have some free time until the afternoon yoga / mindfulness workshop or planned group activity. We will end the day with a delightful dinner and glass (or two) of wine, and a guided meditation session for a good night sleep.

THE YOGA

The Strala inspired classes during the retreat are suitable for all experience levels and aim at relieving the stress of everyday life through uplifting, yet easygoing natural movements. Following the principles of Strala Yoga – connecting feelings with the ease of movement – the classes and workshops will provide you with the tools needed to reconnect with your inner energy and peace of mind through natural movement, and then to transfer the feeling of empowerment into every aspect of life. You will learn how to drop the stress and struggle from your body and mind, and use the concept of natural movement to make every goal achievable: accomplish far more, with far less effort and handle challenges in an easygoing way.

THE RETREAT INCLUDES

– 2 / 3 Strala inspired yoga classes

– 3 guided meditation sessions

– special yoga workshops and/or group activity

– 2 nights in the luxurious, Yogabee farmhouse (bedding and towels are available)

– lovingly prepared soulful, healthy meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), accompanied by delicious wine

– energy replenishing healthy snacks with coffee or tea

– free use of the swimming pool and sauna

– massages can be booked for an additional fee

NOT INCLUDED

– Transport to the location (but we could definitely help, if needed – just let us know)

– Travel and Cancellation insurance

2 x Twin room with shared bathroom € 350, –
3 x Twin room with private bathroom € 395, –
1 x Twin room with private bathroom and freestanding bath € 450

The above prices are per person. Single rooms are not possible.

The above prices are per person. Single rooms are not possible.

Please note: There is limited number of spots available, so book yours before they are all gone!

When booking, please specify which room you would like. Reservations are made in the order of which they are received.

See you on the mat!

 

Yoga, Food and Wine goes Bulgarian style

I visited Bulgaria for the first time back in 2011, invited by a very good Bulgarian friend I met during my first month in Amsterdam. She took me to her house in Sofia and her sister drove us all the way to the Black Sea, were we enjoyed some relaxing days at the beach in a couple of small towns across the coast. To be honest Bulgaria was not in my top 10 destinations, but I was pleasantly surprised by its nice people, good weather, tasty food and of course the breathtaking mountain scenery of the Balkans.YoryogaSo when Kremena told me she was organizing a yoga retreat there, I knew right away that I wanted to join.This time the location would be Apriltsi, an enchanting little town in the province of Lovech, Northwest of Sofia.   It was a full week retreat but me and three other friends could only make it for weekend from Thursday to Sunday. We were picked up at the airport in Sofia by a gentle man with a tempting sign: “Yoga, Food and Wine”. I assure you we got some jealousy looks from the people at the airport. This is when you realize that you have nothing to complain, on the contrary, what a life to be grateful for.     Yoga, Food and wine

During the car trip to Apriltsi, my friends were mostly resting, after having to wake up very early that day to catch the flight to Sofia. So I enjoyed the silence and indulged in the contemplation of the beautiful landscape to both sides of the road. I love mountains. Maybe just because my home country is flat. Not flat as a pancake like the Netherlands, but we don’t have any big mountains around. Being there cruising across the highest region of the Balkans just made my day. After a couple of hours we arrived in Apriltsi and in the Trinity Retreat House. We sat in the relaxing garden for a snack and I had a chance to eat again those amazing Bulgarian tomatoes, so tasty you can’t imagine. They are earth-grown, by the neighbor next door. You know… the real thing.YFW 1 dMost of the group was out visiting a nearby monastery, and when they returned we had our first yoga workshop for that day. The yoga room was big and comfortable, nicely decorated and with window walls on both long sides. It was very special to do a warrior pose and see your arm stretching into the mountain forest ahead.Yoga food and wine

Later that night we had a surprise guest: a sommelier that introduced us to Bulgarian wine tasting. A way of getting into the mood for the next day’s activity: a visit to a real winery. Maryan winery is branding their wines with the names of kings and queens, mixing real history with legends. Their Rose wine (that won a Silver medal at the Balkans International Wine Competition) is called Sense of Tears, as a tribute to the sad tears shed by princess Kera Tamara. Her brother the king Ivan Shishman gave her in marriage to Sultan Murad to keep to the peace in Bulgaria, and legend has it that the first vines in this region arose from her tears. I thought this was such a touching story. Maybe because my wine tasting is more like wine drinking, or maybe it was all those heart-opening yoga postures… who knows.YFW2ff

Our last day was quite memorable. Early breakfast, yoga workshop, closing ceremony and a fun fight with colors in the back yard. At night after dinner we sweated it out learning some Bulgarian traditional dances. Later some of us sweated it again with party dancing. We didn’t stop until it was time to pack our stuff and say goodbye. A moment a bit sad, when you feel like a child pulled out of your friend’s house by your mother.But once again, like whenever I travel with a group, I’m always left most impressed by the people. It’s not a surprise that holidays and travelling -and of course specially a yoga holiday- seem to bring out the best in people. I’m happy I made some new friends, and connected with some office colleagues after this chance to really get to know them. And taking the time to talk to somebody you thought maybe you didn’t fancy so much, and be gladly surprised when they show you kindness. Another lesson learned, is what yoga and travelling are all about: a lifetime of learning.

By Romina Alves Pons Romina

Romina is an expat in Amsterdam that moved to Europe seven years ago with an itching desire to travel and see the world. She likes to stay fit and do sports specially yoga. Her favorite quote is from Anais Nin: “Throw your dreams into space like a kite and you do not know what it will bring back: a new life, a new friend, a new love or a new country”.