2020 Yoga Retreats

 WE NOW HAVE 1 RETREAT IN PORTUGAL SCHEDULED for 2020 – 25 spaces, only 3 left!

May 2018

SEPTEMBER 18th – 22nd, Come & join Val Johnston & Gillian Watt, both highly qualified and dedicated teachers,  with years of experience behind them.

Please feel free to email, if you would like to be added to our 2020 group!

You will feel amazing after this retreat, it’s our mission.

Our sunny mountain retreat in the Algarve. Purposely built for artists in the 60’s, this very special place, was built in this particular spot as they believed there to be a peaceful healing energy.  Drawn to the peacefulness of the people and the space, the yogis arrived in the 70’s and have been coming ever since.  You cant help but fall in love with the rustic, silence and beauty of the place.

Outside dining, soaking up the fresh mountain air, and feeling the evening sun against your face.

Single (private room for 1) £550 SOLD OUT
Sharing in main house, £520 SOLD OUT – Cabins in the valley, beside the main house £550 single or Sharing £520 ONLY 3 left!!!

Deposit only £100, (this secures your place and is non-refundable).Once we sell out, we start a waiting list and as soon as a space becomes available, we’ll let you know. We have 25 Spaces on each Portugal retreat.

After searching venues throughout Europe a few years ago, we could not have been happier to have fallen upon this beautiful, idyllic mountain hideaway, this will be our 5/6th retreat here.

It is the perfect location within the Algarve. Unspoilt and peaceful and September is the perfect time to visit.  

During your stay, we offer every day, power walks through the mountains at Sunrise, morning mobility & movement classes, before breakfast, a variety of yoga classes throughout the day, from Yin Yoga, Flow/Vinyasa more Dynamic, Aerial Yoga, Workshops, (this year we offered an Aerial Inversion Playshop, a balancing workshop, working your way from your feet to your hands, mastering head stands, last year we also offered arm balancing and for the more adventurous, finding the tools for a controlled hand stand), Restorative Yoga, Pranayama. Meditation and Yoga Nidra.

There really is something for everyone and all classes are thoughtfully considered for all levels. Depending on how you are feeling each day, there will be options for you to practice therapeutically or dynamically.

Included as part of the price of the retreat, we take everyone to the beach for a ‘beach yoga excursion’.  This includes, yoga barefoot on the beach, here we also practice pranayama and meditation, there is nothing more beautiful than meditating to the sound of the ocean.  A delicious vegan lunch or dinner to watch the sunset,(depending on this year itinerary) with energy balls is packed lovingly for us, to picnic and enjoy in the sand dunes.

Every year we offer an optional Paddle Boarding excursion, for all levels, including the complete beginner.  This will include Paddle Boarding to a close by Island, the opportunity to try some SupYoga (not as easy as it looks, expect a lot of laughs and photo opportunities) and Paddle Boarding back to the beach. This is an additional cost, which we pay locally, however usually we pay 20 euros each, plus taxi fares, which we split.  It’s very inexpensive and the company are fabulous that take us.  If you’re lucky, they may even bring the paddle boarding pup!! – There is also the option to try Kayaking for 2, if you prefer!

We also organise for groups to visit the beautiful town of Tavira, gorgeous little shops and plenty of sightseeing.

There are plenty of hammocks dotted about the valley and main house, as well as each cabin having its own, for you to sunbathe or relax in the shade and catch up on a good book.

Included in your stay we offer 3 healthy freshly cooked Vegan/Vegetarian meals with tea’s and water. We have our own chef, who will look after you and ensure all your dietary requirements are met. You will not go hungry, his food is delicious. He pours love into his food and you can taste it. Most of the yogis from previous years are not Vegan, but have really enjoyed week, trying new and interesting recipes. Every year on retreat, we are asked, how does he do it, the variety, the taste.  The chefs answer is knowing where the food is grown, starting with when it was planted, how it is picked, how it is treated in delivery and through the love it is given, in the kitchen…Our Chef owns one of Portugal’s top Vegan Restaurants, which he runs with his wife and family.

The focus on the retreat is for you to come back feeling healthy, happy, both mentally and physically, therefor, no alcohol is permitted on the retreat.

The accommodation is very basic, but with everything we need. Included is the use of the small pool, towels are provided. While there are some yoga mats, we recommend you bring your own.  Jet2 in previous years have allowed us to bring our Yoga mats into the cabin as hand luggage.  Most people do fold them though and pop them in the hold.  We fly into FARO.

On the premises is a treatment/massage room with a range of holistic therapies.

A full body massage with Estrella (she is amazing), is normally 45/60 euros and paid locally.

We will take bookings once we arrive.

We will place you in the house on a first come first serve basis, unless you specifically ask for a cabin. Once the main house is full, we will allocate you a cabin.

Please email with preferences

Our World Yoga and Aerial Yoga Edinburgh have joined together to offer you these  4 night ‘Yoga Retreat Experiences’, we will really enjoy sharing with you the energy of this amazing place and the beautifully kind people of M Mariposa.

Flights and Travel Insurance not included.

Transport to & from Airport, (as long as we are arriving on the morning flight and leaving on the morning flight together), is included in your retreat price.  If you choose to fly in and leave at a different time, then the travel costs incurred must be taken on, by yourself.

Beach Excursion is all included in your price.

Portugal May 2018