2022 Yoga Retreats

‘Those that travel have stories to tell’ – Old Gaelic Proverb


May 2018

August 26th – 30th , Come & join Val Johnston with Guest Teacher. Val is a highly qualified and dedicated teacher,  with years of experience in teaching, training yoga teachers of the future and leading Retreats.

You will feel amazing after this retreat, it’s my mission” – Val

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.

Main House – Single (private room for 1) £550 SOLD OUT
Main House – sharing, £520 SOLD OUT Cabins in the valley, beside the main house £550 single or Sharing £520 SOLD OUT

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, several years ago, we could not have been happier to have fallen upon this beautiful, idyllic mountain hideaway, this will be our 6th, maybe 7th retreat here.

It is the perfect location for a Yoga Retreat, within the Algarve. Unspoiled, peaceful and full of rustic Portuguese charm.

During your stay, we offer every day:

Power walks through the mountains at Sunrise

Morning mobility & movement classes, before breakfast (This year Qi Gong on the roof at Sunrise)

A variety of yoga classes throughout the day – Yin Yoga under the stars, Flow/Vinyasa Dynamic, with lots of options. Strong & Playful.

Aerial Yoga – Yes the hammocks come with us!

Pilates – Fire up your Core!!

Pranayama. Meditation and Yoga Nidra.

Plus there’s more, read on…

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.  We will be adding a Qi Gong lesson to this years itinerary, moving meditation at the beach, heavenly! A delicious vegan lunch or dinner to watch the sunset,(depending on this year itinerary) is packed lovingly for us, to picnic and enjoy in the sand dunes.

Every year we offer an optional Paddle Boarding/Kayaking excursion, for all levels, including the complete beginner.  This will include Paddle Boarding/Kayaking 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/Kayaking back to the beach. This is an additional cost, which we pay locally, however usually we pay 20/30 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, called curry!! – There is also the option to try Kayaking for 2, if you prefer to be paired up!

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.

Also Included in your stay:

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 a 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. Please do bring your own yoga mat.  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. 

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

This is an incredible  4 night ‘Yoga Retreat Experience’, we will really enjoy sharing with you the energy of this amazing place and the beautifully kind people of M Mariposa.

Flight, Transfers and Travel Insurance not included.

Once your booking is confirmed, we will send you our flight details, so you can try and tie up your travel times to align with us. We have a bus organised (pay locally, again inexpensive and we all chip in)to take us up to the mountains once we arrive. If you come in at a different time, we will ask you to make your own way to retreat. We can arrange this, however it is again at your own cost.

“This is luxury in a different style, luxury in nature. Offering you the opportunity to re-awaken/ inspire creativity, to make lasting friendships and find balance within you. It’s raw, its real and its truly beautiful! I can’t wait to share this with you – Val x”

2023 – (If restrictions disappear) We are scheduled to take our yoga adventures next year to Bali. If you want to be added to the interested list, let me know.

I am also researching a more ‘Lux’ style Retreat, blending wildlife with yoga in Kenya, again message me if you think you would be interested. Yoga, good people, healthy food, sunshine and adventure, it doesn’t get much better than that, forever grateful.

Portugal May 2018