Iyengar Yoga & Mindfulness retreat

  • Abris, Aljezur, Portugal
  • Jul 15 - 21, 2018 (7 days)
  • 835€-1345€

About us


During this retreat we will combine the amazing disciplines of Iyengar Yoga and Mindfulness practice. The purpose of this retreat is to learn to use the skills of Yoga & mindfulness to restore your sense of balance and equanimity. Cultivate a sense of spaciousness, awareness & being present. It is designed to support,  to slow down and to connect. It is offered in a beautiful location, in a fun and supportive way, whilst in the company of other like-minded people.  The retreat will be held at the new retreat destination for 2018. It takes place in a stunning eco farm house. There will be twice daily Iyengar yoga classes focused on alignment & infused with yogic philosophy. Also daily mindfulness meditation and two mindful deepening sessions will be offered. Besides that you will be treated with delicious vegan/vegetarian food and mindful silent moments throughout the week.

“Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh


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 – the ability to face the physical, mental and emotional challenges of contemporary life with strength, vitality, mobility, thoughtfulness and equanimity. Students learn to rest in a profound way, completely releasing the body while drawing the mind towards the peace within. As the student progresses, Pranayama (the control of the breath) is introduced.

“Yoga allows you to find an inner peace that is not ruffled and riled by the endless stresses and struggles of life.” ― B.K.S. Iyengar


Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to, and seeing clearly whatever is happening in our lives.  It will not eliminate life's pressures and difficulties, but it can help us respond to them in a calmer way that benefits our heart, head, and body. It helps us recognise and step away from habitual, often unconscious emotional and physiological reactions to everyday events. It provides us with a scientifically researched approach to cultivating clarity, insight, and understanding. Practicing mindfulness allows us to be fully present in our life and work, and improve our quality of life.

"Mindfulness is knowing what you are experiencing while you are experiencing it. ... “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”  - Jon Kabat-Zinn


15-21 July 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 filtered water & herbal tea

  • 10 Morning & Evening Iyengar yoga classes

  • 5 evening Mindfulness meditations

  • 2 mindfulness sessions

  • all yoga mats etc

  • salt water swimming pool


7.30 wake up to the sound of nature

8.00 Morning Yoga Class

10.00 Silent Breakfast

11.30 Mindfulness session

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


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. 

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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