June 17-23 Yoga & Surf Retreat
July 22-28 Family Retreat
July 20-August 4 Family Surf Retreat NEW
September 9-15 Yoga & Surf Retreat
September 23-29 Healing Retreat
October 7-13 Classic Retreat
October 14-20 Healing Retreat
November 4-13 Classic Retreat Old Students/yoga teachers
Our retreats in Algarve, Portugal take place in VALE DA LAMA
We have chosen to work in a natural organic environment.
Vale da Lama is an Eco retreat center where nature and her needs have taken main stage, all integrated in a tasteful beautiful environment where all the food served is organic vegetarian.
Our lovely cooks provide the vegetarian meals with fresh vegetables and herbs from the garden. Most food is produced on the farm, organic and seasonal. Other products are mainly from local producers.
In Vale da Lama you can take a plunge in the salt water pool, relax in a hammock with a book and also partake in various activities at the farm getting to know permaculture farming and harvesting. The Sweet Spot Cafe & Farm Shop are perfect spots to buy organic products from the farm or taste a glass of organic wine.
The resort consists of 9 spacious rooms, all with en suite bathroom. Vale da Lama is a solar passive house, where temperature is controlled without any use of electricity, only by sunlight and firewood.
Vale da Lama is a 20 minute walk to the coast or a 40 minute walk to Meia Praia beach.
Today we start the last retreat of this season, which is the first old student retreat we host, a beautiful ending to a really fantastic year, where once again we continue to be blessed with your trust and presence. We didn't really anticipate, when we started this venture, how much we would receive and learn by being in constant presence with awakening people from all walks of life, professions, ages, nationalities. Every Jewel of Yoga retreat is like a mini-university of life and we the lucky students. So thank you, very much indeed.
During the retreat season, we develop some sort of tunnel vision, and all of our attention goes to our visitors and to heal our bodies between sessions, so we are mostly absent from the internet universe, but we are very much here, daily working with you and learning how to become more and more useful for the years to come. News, writing, posting and all the rest of screen tools of communication will come in the winter but until then we just wanted to say hello and inform you that the dates for next year's retreats and workshops is already out in our website, with some surprises...
As usual we have our 'Classic' and 'Healing' Retreats, the first one for those who want a deeper view of yoga, the second one for those who need to rest and meet themselves anew after a stressful time or those who want to have time to think things true in a yoga environment. We offer again our 'Family Retreat' so you don't have to be to far from the practice during those lovely but tiring parenting years and 'Surf&Yoga Retreats' directed for people who want to combine the practice with one of the best outdoors sports, surfing, for which we collaborate with the Future Surf School, that provides expert coaching in the breath taking Algarvean beaches.
We include this year a few novelties in our schedule too:
The 'Old Student Retreat' for those who have already practiced with us or those who have at least several years of experience in both yoga and meditation and have already been in a shorter retreat before, offers a longer journey and a deer look at the different elements of the practice.
'Family Surf Retreat' for families with kids over 10 who want to share a wonderful experience together. You can join your kids in the waves or if you choose, stick only to yoga and enjoy their happy surfing tales. And the kids can also join the yoga classes if they want or sleep in and just have a fun surfing holiday to remember.
A 'Healing Retreat for Yoga Teachers' is a new addition that is both very needed and also makes us very happy to offer. A healing retreat tailored specifically for yoga workers to have a change to let go for a few days and be taken care of, eat well, rest well and reconnect with the practice from a student's perspective, which always gives your craft as a teacher a breath of fresh air.
Finally, we are welcome with so much love in Amsterdam every year, that this year we have decided to have two weekend workshops, one 'Yin/Healing', a treat of yoga nidra, restorative, yin and meditation for you to treat your self and find a new wind, and one 'Classic', a weekend overview of all things yoga, with a more 'workshopy' approach, that will take you through the basics of breath, movement, alignment, meditation, and help you either start or deepen your practice.
We'll get back to you soon, once we start our winter retreat time, with more inspiration and we hope to see you whenever you feel you need to give your jewel of yoga a little polish or maybe unearth it altogether. Until then, be well, our friend.
Jenny and Igor.
Quinta do Vale da Lama
EN 534 Vale da Lama