Women's Retreat

  • Abris, Aljezur, Portugal
  • Sep 1 - 7, 2018 (7 days)
  • 835€-1345€

About us


We are very excited  to be hosting the Women's cycle sense retreat! A week full of yoga specifically for women, mindfulness meditations, menstrual cycle & fertility awareness sessions & herbal medicine workshops all for women's health. Rediscover your strength and living according to the natural cycles of life. This retreat is hosted by women for women. Each of the hosts will bring input on women's health & cycle (sense) awareness through our own field of expertise & via our own struggles & joys as a woman.It will be a week of connecting, embodiment & laughter. Connection to our inner & outer nature.

What is unique about Iyengar Yoga is that it is characterised in the practice of asana and pranayama with the innovative approach emphasising precision and alignment, planned sequencing, timing and the use of props. This approach has allowed people of varying ages, levels of health and fitness to enjoy the benefits which a sustained practice can bring.

What if loving your menstrual cycle was the key to accessing your full authority and power as woman? Menstruality is the exciting new revolution happening in women’s health and wellbeing, healing and therapeutic disciplines, coaching, education and leadership, and feminine spiritual practice.

For thousands of years, herbs have been consumed as part of rituals of menstruation and as part of supporting a woman through her transitions into puberty, motherhood and menopause. And today, botanical medicines provide potent medicine for modern women.

"What is planted in each person's soul, will sprout" - Rumi

If we learn to focus our attention on our breath, thoughts, feelings and physical sensations, we establish a strong foundation. A foundation from which we can expand our awareness to our actions and interactions with ourselves, other people and the world.


1-7 September 2018 at the eco farm house on the South west coast of Portugal.


  • 6nights stay at the stunning eco farm house

  • 3 healthy, abundant vegetarian meals a day [cooked and prepared freshly by loving hands every single day! Most of the food we will eat will be organic & or local.]

  • all water & herbal tea

  • 10 Morning & Evening Iyengar women's health yoga classes

  • 5 evening Mindfulness meditations

  • 2 menstrual cycle awareness sessions

  • 2 herbal medicine for women's health workshops

  • all yoga mats etc

  • salt water swimming pool


7.30 wake up to the sound of nature

8.00 Morning Yoga Class

10.00 Yummy Breakfast

11.30 Menstrual cycle awareness or Herbal medicine workshop

14.00 lunch

15.00-18.00 free time to chill by the salt water swimming pool, go to the beach or just relax.

18.00 restorative yoga class

19.30 delicious dinner

20.30 Mindfulness meditation

There is a lovely range of different massage therapies all given by amazing, qualified therapists.  All the treatments will be at extra cost and paid directly to the therapist.

Faro is the nearest airport (130km) and from here airport transfer airport transfer can be arranged. There also a train and bus going from Faro center to Lagos. The other option is Lisbon which is around 3,5hours by bus or train to Lagos. From Lagos transport can be arranged or a bus can be taken towards Aljezur.  For info on bus times see www.eva-bus.com and for trains www.cp.pt


Maria do Carmo Gallet

Menstrual cycle host

Maria is a menstrual cycle & fertility awareness facilitator and a doula. Her journey towards knowing her own body has led her to the path of women’s empowerment and she loves working intensively with women, and their cycles of life. Maria has inspired many women (and their partners!) to choose for healthy and body friendly options for menstrual management, natural birth control and fertility management. As a doula, she has successfully guided women and their partners on the most intimate journey of pregnancy & birth and is praised for her intuition and ability to know exactly what new mothers need.

Shaini Verdon

Yoga, organiser & facilitator

Shaini is a certified  introductory level Iyengar Yoga teacher and is currently studying for her Junior 1.  She is forever a student  following  many classes & workshops with renowned Iyengar teachers Billy Konrad,  Patxi Lizardi,  & others. Her teaching is based on creating strength, flexibility & spaciousness within the body & soul through proper alignment, verbal and precise hands-on adjustments and bringing  awareness into the practice. She  creates a warm, safe & loving space, but also likes to work with playfulness.Currently she gives weekly yoga classes and with a lot of love organises  Yogaion Retreats. 

Poppy Burr

Medical herbalist

Poppy holds a first-class Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Herbal Medicine from Middlesex University , and is a member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy (MCPP). She’s been practising as a medical herbalist for three years. Through completing her BSc, Poppy learned how to integrate conventional knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pharmacolo-gy and pathology with holistic medicine theory and practice. As a traditional medical herbalist, she specialises in treating long-standing (chronic) conditions in almost all body systems, and employs nutritional and psychosocial healing approaches as well as herbal medicines in her practice.

Elisabeth Tiesinga

Mindfulness meditation & assisting

Elisabeth  (Liz) is a qualified mindfulness teacher since 2012. She is currently in an advanced teacher training for certification, with See True Mindfulness Institute in the Netherland. Under the name Dyota (.com) she hosts the 8 week MBSR training, workshops and other mindfulness activities in Portugal. She has been hosting mindfulness workshops for Yogaion since 2013. Besides being passionate about sharing mindfulness, she enjoys practicing yoga, surf and meditation and living a basic lifestyle in nature with her partner, 2,5 year old daughter and dog.

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