Yoga & Meditation retreat at Eco Retreat Centre Vida Pura, Southern Portugal
In the heart of Costa Vicentina, Portugal
Eco- Centre for inspiration and well being in deep nature
A week dedicated to you , to reconnect to your true essence.
Leave feeling fresher , lighter, inspired and in the flow of being in love with your life.
Cultivate freedom and strength of movement.
Letting drop unnecessary burdens and rekindling inner ease and joy.
A week of yoga, meditation, deep nature, incredible food .
A day off with options bike , surf , horse ride and explore the bountiful unspoilt beauty of this hidden treasure of southern Portugal.
The yoga & meditation
The yoga and meditation offered will create the space for a deep listening of the body, an awakening of the spine through playful exploration of our body through the asanas, through breathe, meditation and simply arriving into a sense of wholeness.
With deep rest meditation and guided group walking meditation once a day.
A yoga and meditation practice suitable for all , with or without previous experience of yoga.
All in the community of the group. An opportunity to sit with vitality of heart and the song of your inner knowing in deep nature.
Vida Pura Eco Retreat and Inspiration Land
Pura Vida Eco Resort is located in Costa Vicentina National Park in the South of Portugal , Algarve, A retreat space for wellness and inspiration surrounded by incredible pristine nature.
During the day and especially at night it is so quiet you can hear a pin drop, the nocturnal animals sing their songs and the stream that divides the Algarve and the Alentejo trickles endlessly over the land. You can take great hikes by the river stream and up or down the valley.
Odeceixe Beach is a 1st prize winning beach in the huge Natural Park that surrounds it. The beach is great for surfing, body boarding and sunbathing. At the river side the ocean’s waves are cancelled out and harnesses great opportunity for swimming.
If you want some more movement but not too much you can take a bike, walk or drive to Odeceixe, a little sleepy town but vibrant in summer. Around the area traditionalism is very tangible, agriculture and fishery are one of the main activities. It’s an area where you can still find donkeys ploughing the fields and the fish is served straight from the boat onto your plate.
Living hand in hand with nature is the aim at Vida Pura inspiration land. A project dedicated to self sustainability , electricity is solar and wind generated, they have their own on site farm based on bio dynamic principles and use water harvesting.
Their intention is also to support humanitarian projects around the world both financially and with hands on help . ‘In this way we can do our bit to helping others who devote their lives to selflessly offering aid to others: humans or animals in need’ .
Pura Vida offers the opportunity to us with the care of our beloved animals who all play their role in this rewarding lifestyle. Things like feeding the ducks, chickens & donkeys, finding the eggs, putting the donkeys out, for the extra brave personality you can always join in on the manicuring sessions of the donkeys and there is more. Please inform at the reception what kind of care is going on and we will facilitate the activities.
If you wish to explore some more before or after retreat around Pura Vida are numerous beaches for sunbathing or surfing as well as small towns and villages to explore. From the medieval town of Aljezur, to
Carrapeteira, a cute small town close to beach, Lagos, a mid-size old harbour town great for shopping and Sagres, with impressive cliffs of the Cabo S. Vicente and the most southwestern point of the European mainland
Or you may choose to go inland to Monchique, famous for wild boar dishes and medronho, Silves old Morish town with old castle and a nice place to have lunch in Café Ingles next to the castle with live music on Sundays And Santa Clara, a massive man made lake in the middle of the alentejo
Vida Pura also offers their own biodynamic vegi garden and small farm of animals.
What will we do
Beginning on the arrival day Saturday evening with an opening circle and gentle yoga session. There will be two daily sessions of yoga, in the morning and the evening both of 2 hours on the yoga platform with incredible views of the valleys and National Park surrounding. We will end with a closing circle and yoga session on the last evening on the Friday.
All supported by a deepening into daily meditation practice and/or guided silent walking meditations and contemplative walks in nature.
Vida Pura offers rivers and a natural pool for swimming and lots of walking in deep nature at hand. There will be lots of free time for you to rest , take a dip in the natural swimming pool , or river , get comfortable in a hammock with a book or go exploring on one of the many walking trails in the national park surrounding. Or hop on a bike and explore !
On the Wednesday there will be one morning yoga session. With the day free for you to choose options to explore the incredible surroundings. Go visit the 1st prize winning beach just 6 km away for sun and surf and the beautiful village of Odeceixe, or go donkey trekking or horse riding along the coast, or enjoy SUP along the tranquil coastal rivers and discover hidden coves and beaches.
Incredible high quality , delicious vegan food prepared by Hayley North, holistic chef, food educator, yoga teacher and course leader. She has spent the last 12 years specialising in retreats all over the world and providing chef training programmes.
Her food is creative , educational and inspiring. Ideas and influences come from travel, tradition, culture and connection. The emphasis is on plant based ingredients , showcasing the versatility , vitality and abundance that can be found within vegetarian and vegan cooking.
This is food that not only tastes great , but leaves you feeling great too. The level of attention that Hayley places on everything , from the sourcing of product , to preparation of ingredients , cooking methods and how it has been lovingly and mindfully put together , makes her food so much more than a tasty meal.
The daily menu will include :
Pre yoga breaky of of lemon water, teas and fruit.
Breakfast : Super healthy yogi breakfast
Lunch: A mindfully prepared lunch with lots of organic ingredients
Afternoon: Fruit, smoothy or home made energy balls/bars
Dinner: A mindfully prepared dinner with lots of organic ingredients
There are three options at Vida Pura.
You can take one of the two spacious private apartments that accommodate up to 4 people , a Tipi to be that closer to nature during your week , or one of the three beautiful rooms for two in the Guest House, each with their own outside terrace area and with access to a shared lounge and kitchen.
For more information on accommodation at Vida Pura check out their website:
The Guest House
Perfectly situated on a hill in a picturesque nature reserve, this large, ecologically-built house grants its occupants sensational views across the valley below — through which flows the famous Seixe river. The guest house villa is specially designed and built with eco bricks, eco paint, and rammed-earth or taipa — an ancient, sustainable building technique. Together with the lake next to it, the great outside area and the National forest immediately accessible for walks or hikes, it ensures the right ingredients for your retreat.
The Guest House rooms offer their own outdoor wooden terrace, facing a big pond where you can see the sun rising and enjoy a nice breakfast whilst listening to the symphony of frogs. It also has another outdoor terrace with a view over the valley and you can enjoy the sunset over the hills. . It’s a great space to enjoy a nice meal, relax in the hammock, read a book or do yoga.
You’ll be surrounded by one of natures most natural building materials.
The inspiration for this one-of-a-kind apartment came from the original Portuguese name of the land, ’Moinho das Canas’, which, freely translated, means Cane Mill. As the name suggests, a lot of cane grows here, and we used this material to decorate this apartment.
The use of other natural building materials, such as cork, wood and stone, gives the apartment a truly harmonious feel.
The living area contains a comfy, bespoke sofa, situated near a cosy wood-burner. A tiny oven built into the stove means that, on a cold day, you could even make a fire and cook a cake, should the mood take you.
The windows to the front of the apartment grant an amazing view of the valley and access to a beautiful wooden decking area (more than 30m²), complete with outside shower and plenty of space for lounging, sitting, or doing yoga.
On the other side, we have a tiled outside area – for extra sun exposure in the morning and on windy days. Through this site, you can also access your vehicle’s parking area, located just 30 meters away from the apartment, at the end of a wide, slate-paved path.
Made for max 2 or 3 people (third-person supplement). It has one room with a double bed plus an option for an extra bed in either the sleeping loft or the living room.
As the name suggests, the Recycle Art Apartment has been decorated and furnished with recycled and re-used materials, that have been designed into the apartment in artful way. The design of this wonderfully unique living space brings together a wealth of surprising materials. The bedroom design incorporates a chestnut wooden bed mixed with 18th century carved posts from India. The bathroom has a sink made from an old wine press and the floor is made of slices of pine wood mixed with re-used wine bottle tops. The living tops it off with the sofa made from recycled jeans and in the kitchen a surfboard acts one of the kitchen shelves. There’s much more but best is to come and see it for yourself.
The living area contains a comfy, bespoke sofa made of re-used jeans situated near a cosy wood-burner. A tiny oven built into the stove means that, on a cold day, you could even make a fire and cook a cake, should the mood take you. The windows to the front of the apartment grant an amazing view of the valley and access to a beautiful wooden decking area (more than 30m²), complete with outside shower and plenty of space for lounging, sitting, or doing yoga.
On the other side we have a tiled outside area – for extra sun exposure in the morning and on windy days. Through this side you can also access your vehicle’s parking area, located just 30 meters away from the apartment, at the end of a wide, slate-paved path.
Extra Optional Activities
Taking in the stunning portuguese coastal and country side scenery on horse back (horse riding ) or donkey trekking.
Or you could try out surfing at the incredible surf beach and SUP paddle board on the tranquil river of Odeceixe – a perfect place for a peaceful paddle.
These are an additional cost – not included in the price per person *
Prices include all food, accommodation and yoga & meditation teachings.
All prices are per person , based on 2 people sharing the room.
Private rooms are available for a single person supplement.
Early bird price is before 29th February 2020
Option 1 Tipi
For two people sharing , price given per person
Early Bird €750 after Feb 28th €835
Option 2 Guest House Rooms
The Guest House Rooms are for two people sharing.
Contemplation or Inspiration Room.
Early Bird €810 After 29th February €900
Early Bird €850 after 29th February €940
Option 3 Apartments – Bamboo or *Recycle
Early bird €990 after 29th February 2020 €1,100
*Recycle also available for 3 or 4 people sharing