BALANCED PRACTICE YOGA RETREATS

Portugal 9th - 16th June 2023

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 of land consisting of 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 a bus to collect our group from Porto Airport on June 9th and bring you to the retreat and return you to Porto or Porto Airport on June 16th.

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 June 9 – 16th, 2023

Style Balanced Practice Yoga –   transformative breath -focussed vinyasa.

Programme Twice daily practices of 1 ½ hours

Suitability All levels.

Excursions and  Hiking in the national park,  Waterfall trip, Guimaraes, Fado performance by the vines with local wines.

Extras Douro River Cruise and Porto city, beach visit.

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 Bus pick up from Porto June 9th 10am. Depart bus to Porto or Porto Airport June 16th at 11am.

Pricing

Inclusions
-7 night accomodation from Friday 9th to Friday 16th June 2023.
-Transport to and from Porto International Airport on the 9th and 16th June
-Dinner on our evening of arrival, 3 meals/day, breakfast on day on departure. Regional wines with a special celebration lunch on Thursday 15th.
-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 Room with ensuite in the Main House or River Cabin

1950   (includes 350 non-refundable deposit)
Balance must be paid by 16th March 2023.

Twin Share in Main House or River Cabin
1450  (includes 350 non-refundable deposit)
Balance must be paid by 16th March 2023.

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