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7 Days Detox and Yoga Retreat in Carrapateira, Portugal

Yoga and Alkalizing Diet Detox Retreat in Portugal

Life can sometimes get very busy, fast, and stressful. Hence, you may feel the need for rest, recharging, and re-energizing. The goal of this yoga detox retreat is to provide a sacred space for physical, mental and spiritual renewal and detoxification. The combination of detox, yoga, meditation, and holistic therapies in a natural and supportive environment helps nourish and support the body, mind, and spirit whilst providing a healthy, relaxing, and fun holiday experience - one that could possibly change your life.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Meditation sessions daily
  • Soft detox diet for cleansing
  • Venue overlooking the Atlantic oceans
  • Use of site sauna and steam room
  • Healthy meals served everyday
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 17
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Accommodation

The Yoga Detox Retreats are held at Monte Velho - a beautiful retreat center located in the rolling hills of St. Vincent Natural Park (Carrapateria). It sits on the western edge of Portugal and overlooks the great Atlantic ocean. The retreat center is within walking distance to the ocean. There is an onsite sauna and steam room which is switched on daily between 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The holistic center is designed to offer all the comfort and space you need for your practices. The main temple, Casa das Pinhas, is made with round wood architecture and heated floor. The design was inspired by another center at the Brazilian rainforest. It is in this temple where the main activities evolve, comfortably inside and surrounded by nature.

Between activities, one can relax or study in a variety of calm and peaceful spaces that were placed for the purpose of joy and contemplation - all with amazing views to the surroundings. The rooms are cozy with simple decoration - all that is needed for letting go and surrendering to the space of being taken care of. As you walk out the door, enjoy the sun light or the magical sky stars.

Main house

  • Common living room
  • Interior dining room with capacity between 25 and 35 seats
  • Exterior breakfast veranda with capacity for 32 seats
  • Spa with sauna, steam bath and therapy room

Program

'Soft' detox

This detox program in Portugal is called a 'soft' detox because you get to eat! The detox is based on an alkalizing diet. Hence, you will learn a lot about acidic forming foods, alkalizing foods, and the benefits of getting rid of acidity from the body and mind. You will leave with an idea of how to eat a healthy, balanced diet and bring home some good recipe ideas.

Alkalizing diet detox and yoga

Sometimes called a 'soft' detox, an alkalizing diet detox is a gentle detox of healthy, fresh, and alkalizing foods. To help the detoxifying process of your body, foods and natural supplements are used to help eliminate the accumulated toxins. Yoga has a very detoxifying effect on the organs, and the yoga classes focus on poses beneficial to the detox process. Diseases are borne in the body, and their root is over toxicity (body pollution caused by heavy metals, pesticides, preservatives, and other foreign toxins). More and more diseases are caused by our modern lifestyle. Therefore, cleansing is an essential physical process that brings health and happiness.

Daily schedule:

  • sunrise meditation
  • 07:15 Yoga class - asanas, pranayama, and relaxation (90 minutes)
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Talk on nutrition / lifestyle
  • 11:00 Spare time to relax or for other activities
  • 14:00 Snack, light lunch
  • 17:00 Yoga class (90 minutes)
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Meditation

Location

The Algarve is an idyllic setting for yoga and yoga inspired holidays. From the dramatic coast line, the blue Atlantic ocean stretches as far as the eyes can see. From the top of the Monte, guests become consciousness of the vast natural space around them, the strength of the elements in the region and the overwhelming beauty of one of the most, or perhaps last, secret places in the world.

Once a rural tourism center, Monte Velho has grown into its true essence and purpose as an Eco Retreat Center. It now serves as a space to appreciate and bring to life the natural beauty of the environment and a chance to have a real and empowering experience a well as to establish a connection to mankinds roots and a way to discover ones true nature.

Food

Sample daily menu

After waking up

  • Warm lemon honey water

Breakfast

  • Fresh juice
  • Quinoa porridge with seeds
  • Natural bifidus yoghurt
  • Green tea

Lunch

  • Fresh salad with nuts or cheese

Dinner

  • Vegetable soup
  • Rice
  • Vegetables
  • Pulses or soy products

Things to do (optional)

  • Biking
  • Bird watching
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Get a massage or other spa treatment
  • Go surfing or kitesurfing for free
  • Horseback riding
  • Relax in a hammock
  • Swim in the ocean nearby
  • Take a walk and enjoy the scenery
  • Take pictures of the beautiful surroundings

Spa treatments

Guests may avail of spa services such as massage, foot reflexology, shiatsu, and tarot for 40 EUR.

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily detox diet meals
  • Meditation sessions
  • Easy access to the ocean
  • Free use of venue facilities

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Transfers from Faro airport

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO) since it is the closest airport. Arrival at Monte Velho is on Sunday, between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Departure is on Saturday morning after breakfast at 10 a.m.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 21 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.
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