8 Days Mind, Movement, and Fuel Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Corgas Bravas, Portugal

Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Portugal

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If you are looking for a healthy winter break to restore your energy before the festive season, then this is the retreat for you. Wild View Retreat and Step-Inside have come together with Modern Food Stories to offer you the ultimate escape to bring balance to your life and your well-being through mind, movement, and fuel. This retreat will enable you to step out of the busyness of life and into a space of natural calm where you can balance, refocus, and regain your strength of mind and body.

Meet the instructors

Charlotte & Jo
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Highlights

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 2 daily wellness activities
  • 2 daily mindfulness classes
  • Nutrition talks and demos with nutritional therapists
  • 3 delicious vegetarian meals a day
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily juices and snacks
  • Guided walks

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Portuguese, English
The maximum participants in the group is 22
Airport transfer available:
Faro Airport (US$65 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
17:30
Check-out Time:
10:30

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga studio

The accommodation will be at Wild View Retreat which was lovingly restored from the ruins of an abandoned mountain village house, in the foothills of the Algarve, in Portugal. The venue is completely isolated and submerged in nature, accommodating up to 22 guests in twin, double, or triple en-suite rooms, with a first class infinity pool and yoga studio facilities that will simply take your breath away.

Originally built by a Portuguese army general in 1898, the manor house and surrounding ruins have undergone a one year and a half restoration and redevelopment project, transforming the iconic setting into a bespoke wellness retreat.

Wild View Retreat is environmentally conscious, its sustainability being powered by a 15 kilowatts 32-panel solar system. There is also a private water source filtered from a natural underground aquifer.

Program

You will enjoy two yoga and mindfulness classes every day. Led by Charlotte Wiseman, the classes will be alignment based, ideal for all levels of experience. Whether you are an absolute beginner or a seasoned yogi, Charlotte will lead you through a heart felt practice to support and challenge you.

Fueled by nutritious vegetarian and vegan meals, juices and snacks, and supported by nutritional therapists and well-being experts, you will have the chance to enjoy spectacular walks, as well as talks to bring you practical tools to reduce stress, improve sleep, enhance physical health, and bring more equilibrium into your everyday life. And, of course, there is plenty of time for rest and relaxation by the pool.

This three-dimensional approach will ensure that you walk away with the energy, motivation, and knowledge to make powerful, positive improvements to your lifestyle for long term benefits.

Typical day

  • 07:30 Rise and shine yoga and meditation
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:45 Talks on sleep, nutrition for life, and mindfulness by the team
  • 11:45 Pre-lunch walk
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:00 Rest time
  • 15:00 Making space: an offering of workshop style learning combined with yoga, movement, breathing practices, and mindfulness
  • 16:30 Juice / snack
  • 18:30 Light dinner
  • 19:45 Evening mindfulness / yoga Nidra

There will also be inspiring film screenings on some evenings. You are strongly encouraged to leave your digital media at home, but if you can’t do without, these will be limited to non-communal spaces.

Note: All activities are included in the retreat price and are 100% optional so you can build the perfect retreat for you.

Instructors

Charlotte Wiseman
Charlotte’s personal journey overcoming chronic stress and anxiety first led her to explore yoga and mindfulness. The positive changes she experienced were so inspiring that she left her career in the fashion industry to share her passion for well-being. She adopts a multi-disciplinary approach, combining positive psychology, mindfulness, Anusara Elements®, and embodied flow yoga.
Jo Harding
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.

Location

The retreat will take place at Wild View Retreat, in Corgas Bravas, São Brás de Alportel, Serra da Calderão, Portugal. Wild View Retreat is defined by its spectacular uninterrupted 360° view of the Serra do Caldeirão Mountains, in the Zona De Intervenção Florestal area, protected for its natural beauty and famous Portuguese cortiça (cork) trees. There are no cars, no roads, no buildings, no neighbors. Nothing but wilderness and nature. Nothing to hear, but the birds and the wind. Nothing to do, but restore and relax the body, mind, and soul.

Features

Activities

  • Massage
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Environmentally friendly
  • In-room safe
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga studio

Food

Modern Food Stories will be providing healthy, plant based and vegan meals to nourish and balance your body. They believe radiant health starts with a healthy gut, so they like to use lots of nutritious, nourishing real food ingredients, all gluten free and sugar free, with a focus on keeping things simple, but using vegetables in a fun, creative way, so you never feel bored or deprived.

Sample menu

​Breakfast

  • Homemade spiced apple Bircher muesli, blueberry and coconut overnight oats, hazelnut and cacao granola or banana, and almond butter porridge
  • Fresh smoothie or juice and fresh fruit salad
  • Nut butters, jams, and local breads
  • Infused water, herbal teas, and coffee

Lunch

  • Pesto chickpeas with spinach, pomegranate, and nut cheese
  • Nuts about nutrients broccoli rice tabbouleh
  • Roasted squash, red onion, and quinoa salad with lemon tahini

Dinner

  • Coconut and tomato chickpea curry with Mediterranean vegetables,
  • Kale and crispy tofu

Snacks

  • Apple and hazelnut homemade granola bars
  • Gluten free and sugar free carrot cake muffins

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During your stay, you will have the possibility to have massages, which are available at the additional cost of 50 EUR (bank transfer or cash only).

What's included

  • 2 yoga and mindfulness classes a day
  • 2 daily activities to learn about improving your well-being
  • Nutrition talks and demos with nutritional therapists
  • Plenty of rest and relaxation time
  • Inspiring film screenings
  • Guided walks
  • 3 delicious vegetarian meals a day
  • Daily juices and snacks
  • 7 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Flights to Faro Airport (FAO)
  • Massages (50 EUR by bank transfer or cash only)
  • Return transfers (available for 50 GBP per person)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO) situated 30 minutes away from Wild View Retreat. Airport transfers are available at the additional cost of 50 GBP per person. Please check the transfer times with Wild View Retreat before booking your flight.

Airport: Faro Airport Airport transfer available: Faro Airport (US$65 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 42 days before arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Saturday November 24, 2018
Departure: Saturday December 1, 2018

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