A week in Portugal – Ponte de Lima
From Sunday 18th until Friday 23rd June 2023
The retreat will take place in a beautiful area in the north of Portugal, where we will gather to breathe, move, reconnect and dive inside together. The house is situated in Gemieira, Ponte de Lima, on a hill just above the Lima river. The interest of the site, apart from its magnificent view and the multitudes of activities to do in the region, is related to its ethic based on permaculture, with the wish to take care of the Earth and living beings.
During this week, 2 classes/workshops will be taught each day by Clélia and Daniela, including Vinyasa yoga, Rocket yoga, Pilates, meditation, Pranayama, Partner Yoga and Thai massage. You will also have plenty of free time to enjoy the surroundings, with a natural swimming pool, time to relax in the garden, hikes, massages and various activities that can be organized with the center. The ocean, and some lovely old cities such as Braga and Guimarães are accessible in about 20min by car. The delicious food will be all local and vegan and prepared with love by a local vegan cheffe, Patrizia Alecrim.
The retreat will be taught in English&french
Program of a typical day (subject to change):
From 7.30am: Tea and snacks
8.30-10.30am : meditation and yoga practise
17.30 – 19.00: class/ workshop
19.30 : dinner
(after dinner we will sometimes have optional evening activities offered)
The retreat will start on Sunday 18th at 3pm where we will have an opening circle and a class and will finish on Friday 23rd at 12am after the brunch.
Activities: Various activities that can be organized (not included in the price of the retreat)
- Permaculture workshops
- Hikes with a specialist to learn about the use of plants
- Hikes in beautiful nature or/and in the large natural park of Penada-Geres
- Paddle on the river (duration about 1h30)
- Kayak on the river (duration about 2-3h)
- Class to learn how to create your own eco-friendly homemade cleaning products.
- Going to the ocean (20min by car)
- Discover old cities such as Braga (20min by car), or Guimarães (30min by car)
3 double rooms with separate beds, private bathroom and a balcony or private terrace.
2 triple rooms with separate beds, private bathroom and a balcony or private terrace.
Double room+food+yoga : 1025 CHF/pers
Triple room+food+yoga : 950 CHF/pers.
The price includes all the yoga classes from Sunday until Friday, accomodation and food. Arranged transport and extra activities are not included in the price.
The retreat is limited to 12 participants
How to get there :
The closest airport is Porto (50minutes away from Ponte da Lima) and there are direct flights from Geneva with Easyjet or Swiss. From Porto, we can organize a transfer by minibus for those who wish. Price: about 70 euros for one person. From 3 people about 20 euros per person. We can try to coordinate the flight so that some of you will be arriving at the same time in Porto. A car is not essential on the spot, but it offers a little more freedom if you wish to rent one (again, that could be discussed with the other participants so you can share a car).
Registration and payment:
To book, please send an email to email@example.com with your room preference. We will then send you a registration form to fill in for us to have all the information we need to meet your every need during the retreat. In order to secure your spot we ask for a 300 CHF deposit to be paid by bank transfer to:
D. Laverde Saavedra
UBS branch no.243
IBAN : CH 46 0024 3243 4291 6340W
Address: Route Petite Corniche 11, 1095 Lutry
A deposit of 300CHF is required to reserve your spot. In case of early cancellation (before December19th 2022) this deposit is reimbursable. The rest of the payment must be transferred at the latest by March 18th, 2023. For any late cancellation after December19th any payment made will be non-refundable (special circumstances for cancellation can of course be discussed privately with organizers). If you find someone to replace your spot in case of cancellation, we will reimburse fully. Cancellation in case of sanitary measures or cancellation by either host or teachers, we will also reimburse you fully.
About the teachers:
Clélia is yoga teacher and massage therapist based in Switzerland. With a background as a dancer, she guides her students through fluid and dynamic practices, always offering modifications so that everyone can find their place. Passionate about movement and the intelligence of the body, she continues to train alongside the classes she teaches, so that she can continually share her new knowledge with passion.
Passionate about mindful movement and wellbeing Daniela has been guiding classes and events for over 9 years. Her teaching is inspired by creating flows using a combination of different movement methods; Pilates, yoga and barre, while honoring all levels and abilities encouraging a personalized approach to every class by doing what feels best for you!
With a similar vision about wellbeing and yoga, Clélia and Daniela have been collaborating during several workshops and retreats already.