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8 Days Happy Gut Detox, Surf, and Yoga Retreat in Algarve, Portugal


Detox and Yoga Retreat in Portugal

Experience a holiday which will be an onset for new habits, a change of lifestyle, a better knowledge, and fresh insights. A very dynamic program is provided up to your personal needs. What you are going to do this week, will be discussed individually with you, anything is possible. This week there are no obligations, only opportunities to become more aware of body and mind to eventually return home with more energy and vitality.


  • Twice daily yoga and meditation
  • 3 days of surfing lessons with equipment
  • Cooking workshops about food fermentations
  • Consultations with a metabolic nutritional therapist
  • A healing massage treatment
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily detox meals
  • Airport pick up

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 10.

  • 7 days with instruction
  • Dutch, English
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During this retreat, you will be accommodated at either Jacaranda, Estrelitzia, and Hibiscus villa. Each villa has its own attractive area of garden with a individual barbecue, slightly elevated from the large shared swimming pool and its surrounding sun terrace. There are a limited space of maximum of three people for the single rooms. You won't share each vila with more than four persons and if you book two private rooms, you'll have a whole villa all to yourself!

These villas are almost identical in design to each other. Each charming villa has a clean, bright open lounge and diner style layout with an adjacent kitchen and doors opening onto a patio. The villas are spread over two floors, upstairs is reached by a staircase, with a twin room that has a balcony with views across the local countryside and the double bedroom enjoys a south facing balcony which looks out across the swimming pool area to the sea.

Each villa sleeps two to three people with an open plan lounge and dining areas. All villas have a TV and kitchen; one twin and one double bedroom. The villas all have one bathroom and one shower room or two shower rooms and an outside area.

During this retreat, you can stay in private or shared room. Follow the path to one of the modern villa's, where your spacious, sea view bedroom with balcony or country side view bedroom with balcony is waiting for you. Patio and beautiful garden enhance your outdoor enjoyment and, of course, the magnificent ocean is close by. You do have the possibility to rent one of the villa's just for you as a couple, as family, or just as friends.

During these eight days you will be able to experience purifying treatments, explore the beauty of the area, enjoy and relax in a beautiful villa, and learn about the Portuguese culture and heritage. This form of detoxification is mainly based on the recovery of the intestinal flora, "all disease begins in the gut", Hippocrates once said.

The latest scientific research has proven even more that your intestinal flora is so important to your mental and physical well-being. Of course, you can only begin the recovery of the intestinal flora if your body is not hampered by stressful living conditions and too many toxins in your body, hence the combination of detox, yoga, and meditation.

During this week, you will learn to cook with prebiotic and probiotics and learn to ferment during the workshops. Retreatyourselfnow will personally look at which diet benefits your intestinal flora during individual counseling. It is similar to a soft form of detox, but with food that is completely focused on the recovery of the intestinal wall and flora. You’ll learn what is really healthy for your body and you will appeal to your self-healing capacities!


Surfing seems a lot of challenge, but it gives you so much more. Youu get more feelings with nature, you learn to get back into your natural inner strength, and let go of the fear of your self-esteem. An experienced surf teacher will guide you all the way. You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf!


There will be daily guided yoga sessions on the program. Yoga does not change the way you see things, it transforms the person who sees. Your life is a sacred journey. It is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way.

You are on the path, exactly where you are meant to be right now. And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love. Inhale the future, exhale the past.

Daily schedule


  • 17:00 Arrival
  • 18:30 Welcoming yoga and meditation session
  • 20:00 Evening welcome dinner

Sunday to Friday

  • 08:30 Early morning yoga
  • 10:00 Detox breakfast
  • 10:30 Meditation or rest
  • 13:00 Detox lunch or take away lunch
  • 14:00 Food workshops, surf, free time, or excursion
  • 17:30 Yoga or meditation
  • 19:00 Detox meal
  • 20:30 Sunset workshops, excursion, meditation, rest or free time


  • 08:30 Goodbye yoga and mediation
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Departure

You will experience three days of surfing at the most beautiful beaches of the Algarve.

  • Nastassja Panesi

    Nastassja Panesi works as a nutrition consultant in Antwerp and gained most of her knowledge during her study at The Life School, academy for holistic healthcare. Previously, she had experience as a psychiatric nurse and creative therapist. She soon searched for how to heal yourself with as little medication as possible and became so immensely aware of the working and healing power of food. Nutrition has a great physical and mental impact on human well-being. Therefore, food is Nastassja's passion, making other people healthy and happy and thus contributing to a better living environment.

  • Christoffel Hendrickx

    Atmapriya is the spiritual name of Belgian yoga scientist, Christoffel Hendrickx. As a teacher, Atmapriya is mostly concerned with the general health and overall well-being of his students. A lifestyle analysis with a clear picture of the students needs and problems leads to a specific approach with asana (postures), pranayama (breathing), yoga nidra (deep relaxation), and several forms of meditation.

You will be spending eight wonderful days in Luz, one kilometer from Luz Beach, five kilometers from Lagos, and feature sea views. Luz Beach surf spot is 700 meters away. Praia da Luz (or sometimes referred to as 'Luz') is a small quiet seaside village where you can relax and enjoy your time away. There is a fantastic beach here and spectacular views to enjoy with the opportunity to discover beautiful landscapes.

The villa's are in walking distance of many amenities, but just far enough from the centre of Luz to enjoy a little extra peace and quiet whilst away on holiday.

Nearby places

  • Lagos, 5 kilometers
  • Luz Beach, 1 kilometer
  • Cooking classes
  • Massage
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Balcony
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Meditation garden
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Patio
  • Free Wi-Fi

Three daily meals are included in this retreat which are breakfast, lunch (or take-away lunch), and dinner. The innovative and refreshing cuisine respects food and food producers. It is made with seasonal fruit and vegetables according to what nature provides, giving preference to organic products.

The ingredients of the three daily meals are chosen for offering a larger variety of flavors, colors, nutrients, antioxidants, and nutrients to mineralize the body. Sometimes they have raw juices or special healing thee or kefir on the menu, it depends on what the chef is making that day. Cookery demonstrations are offered to those guests who are interested.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Organic
(If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
  • 1 30-minute massage
  • 1 evening use of spa and sauna facilities
  • 1 week of health supplements to support colonic health
  • 2 daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • 3 consults with Nastassja Panesi, a metabolic nutritional therapist
  • 3 daily detox meals
  • 3 days of surfing with teacher and equipment
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport pick up
  • Workshops
  • Additional activities
  • Additional spa treatments
  • Airfare
  • Drinks not mentioned in the program
  • Insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO). Transfer from the airport at 4 p.m. is included in the price. Retreatyourselfnow will pick you up from the airport.

Arrival by bus

You may take a bus from Faro to Lagos for approximately 7 to 10 EUR for a single trip.

Arrival by train

You can also take a train from Faro to Lagos for approximately 10 EUR.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 15 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 15 days before arrival.

Antwerp, Belgium

Retreatyourselfnow offers detoxing yoga retreats led by Nastassja Panesi, a nutrition consultant working in Antwerp.

Speaks English

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