Portugal August 15th - 21st 2024

Join senior yoga teacher Amelia Disspain and yoga therapist and physiotherapist Liz Bennett on a 7 day retreat in Northern Portugal.

Be guided skilfully through yogic practices including steady, balanced asana – energy gathering pranayama, mindful meditation and deep relaxation and learn about Ayurvedic lifestyle practices with two senior teachers.

Liz and Amelia design their retreats to ignite a spark within participants that charges their very way of being into one that is more open, joyful and more connected to themselves, others and our beautiful world.

D’Alijo Retreat Center is set in a traditional quinta estate surrounded by five hectares of farm land and rolling hills. Resting in the village of Cabeceiras de Basto in the province of Minho, D’Alijio is an hour’s drive from the beautiful city of Porto and the Atlantic coastline.

The area is well known for its Vinho Verde vineyards, olive fields and beautiful national park hiking trails. The studio and accommodation are cohesively blended with nature, and are designed for you to enjoy luxurious comfort while still connecting with the magic of the surroundings. D’Alijo sprawls across garden terraces, olive fields and hills with stunning rock formations. There are two swimming pools, water features, and a peaceful meditation cave, designed for you to quietly contemplate the beauty of existence.

Wild flowers and sunshine give us the perfect reason to venture off and hike through the bordering national park to take in its enchanting waterfalls and towering trees.

During our day trips, we will explore the beautiful Douro Valley and some of the nearby UNESCO heritage  cities such as the old capital, Guimarães.

Porto offers an international airport just one hour away from the retreat centre. We organise buses to collect our group from Porto Airport at 2pm on August 15th to bring you to the retreat. on August 21st, our buses will depart from d’Alijo at 11am for Porto Airport .

Our morning yoga class each day gradually establishes you in a flowing sequence which works the body holistically and can be practised quite gently or more intensely with easier or stronger variations always offered.

Energising the body and bringing a quality of lightness to are amongst the goals of our sequences, as well as helping you get more in touch with how you feel, to lead you towards a natural state of meditation.

Our evening practices are therapeutic and focused on developing breath awareness and energetic balance to enhance the benefits of your stronger morning yoga practices.

Retreat Details

Dates August 15th – 21st , 2024

Style Balanced Practice Yoga –   transformative breath -focussed vinyasa.

Programme Twice daily practices of 1 ½ hours

Suitability All levels.

Excursions  Hiking in the national park, waterfall trip, day trip to historic Guimaraes and Penha mountain, Fado performance by the vines with local wines and Douro River Cruise.

Extras  Massages and treatments can be booked and paid for at D’Alijo.

Food 3 meals a day. Breakfast buffet. Local, regional and many ingredients from our vegetarian chef’s own garden. Buffet lunch al fresco, with optional local wines. Soups and salad contribute to lighter dinners.

Itinerary Transport from Porto Airport August 15th 2pm. Depart bus to  Porto Airport on August 21st at 11am.


-7 night accomodation from August 15th to 21st 2024.
-Transport to and from Porto International Airport on the 15th and 21st August.
-Dinner on our evening of arrival, 3 meals/day, breakfast on day on departure. Regional wines with a special celebration meal on the last day.
-2 bus trips to local historical towns and Douro Valley
-walks in the National Park
-2 1.5 hour yoga classes a day ( for all levels of experience) and 2 additional Ayurveda/ Yoga Lifestyle and Meditation Workshops


Single Deluxe Occupancy 

2435   (includes 350 non-refundable deposit)

Single Occupancy 

2195   (includes 350 non-refundable deposit)

Twin Share

1775  (includes 350 non-refundable deposit)

We welcome you to contact us for more information about any of our yoga classes, retreats or teacher training.