15th – 22nd September 2017
Set among 70 hectares of nearly untouched land and wildlife and only 15 minutes away from some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, the retreat located in Alentejo, South West Portugal is the perfect getaway for nature lovers and those who seek tranquillity, connection and transformation.
Unlimited silence within an evergreen forest reservation, amazing canopy vistas, endless creek trails and a unique night sky with hardly any light pollution allow guests to completely switch off from their daily life. A permaculture inspired retreat centre with the aim of promoting health and transformation, all food is vegetarian and comes straight from the site. Various accommodation options are offered, including a tepee!
Take time to explore the peaceful surrounding grounds going on hikes including the path of the wild deer (there are wild deer roaming on the grounds), go wild blackberry picking (in season in September), enjoy a swim in the bio pool or wild swimming in the creek nearby. You also explore the surrounding beaches. Alongside our daily practice, we will be focusing on yoga nidra, pranayama and meditation, and will have a room available for your use at any time to explore your own meditation.
8am 1.5 hour morning yoga class
During the day, we can help you arrange several different activities onsite, such as Ayurveda massage, hikes, wild blackberry picking along with trips to the beach. Please contact us here if you would like any further information.
11am On two days we will hold a workshop, covering mediation and elements of the physical practice
6pm 1.5 hour evening yin yoga class (including 20 minutes of Yoga Nidra)
During some evenings, we will also have an outdoor cinema night!
Fotini takes a holistic approach, teaching a dynamic style of yoga, incorporating all elements, focusing on the body/mind/breath connection. She discovered yoga in her early 20’s mainly Astanga. Finding that Astanga was heavily focussed on physicality, she began to explore other yoga techniques such as breathing practices (pranayama), deep relaxation (Yoga Nidra) and meditation of the Triratna order.
In recent years, Fotini continues to explore the body/mind/breath connection through other movement modalities such as Tango, Contemporary Dance, Fighting Monkey and Flying Low.
Fotini’s viewpoint is traditional yet non-dogmatic with a depth of knowledge that is steeped in years of practice and study in the Astanga tradition and dance. Her determined yet mindful approach allows students to learn in a calm and safe environment without compromising progress.
Devoted to bringing the practice of yoga and meditation to all ages and communities, she also teaches at inner city London schools (www.yogowl.com) and offers community classes in inner city London.
Fotini is a certified adult yoga teacher (RYT200hrs) also specialising in children’s yoga (RCYT) and Yoga Nidra. She has completed Level 2 Award Course in counselling skills for working with Children (Access) accredited by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB). She is currently undertaking a Master’s Degree in Education Psychology at The University of Cambridge to complement her teaching work with children and adults.
from £750 per person
(payment plans available)
Early bird from £700*
Included in this price:
7 nights’ accommodation at Monte Orada
Vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner
Daily yoga classes + optional workshops
Flights (approximately £100)
Transfers: the nearest airports are Faro and Lisbon
Further daytime activities, which can be organised at an extra cost
Optional Add ons:
*When paid in full by 15 April 2017
How to get here
You can fly into Lisbon or Faro airport with several different options available depending on budget and how adventurous you feel. We can arrange for a taxi to come and pick you up from Faro or Lisbon airport, sharing will considerably lower the costs. Other options include car rental or train/taxi combination. When booking your spot on the retreat let us know your intended option.
To enquire, book, or to pay using our payment plan, contact me here.