Yoga & Creativity in Portugal May 2018

  • Oleiros, Portugal
  • May 19 - 26, 2018 (8 days)
  • EUR 650

About us

A journey through the creative process guided by yoga, meditation and explorative workshops.

We were all born out of creativity. We are all creators and artists. The way we live our lives is the most ambitious creative project we will ever take on. The years we’re on this earth are the canvas, how we live is the art. Sometimes we forget that creativity can be found and nurtured in our everyday lives: how we structure our day, how we take care of ourselves, how we approach our work, how we have fun, how we communicate with each other, how we love. So many of us whimper and shrink back when asked if we’re creative, adamantly denying this core part of ourselves that has been long abandoned since childhood. We let self-judgment, other people’s opinions and our job titles define the spectrum of our creativity, often ignoring the ideas in us that desperately want to be manifested. 

During this one week yoga retreat set in a charming retreat centre surrounded by the lush forests and hills of Portugal, we will reopen this part of ourselves – the essence of our being – by journeying through the six stages of the creative process: Fear (Day 1), Exploration (Day 2), Intuition (Day 3), Channeling (Day 4), Perseverance (Day 5) and Releasing (Day 6). Each day we will land upon a different stage and every day has been beautifully crafted and designed with themed yoga, meditation, pranayama, mantras and workshops that will let you fully immerse in that phase of the journey.

We’ll be working through the stages on a conceptual, physical, emotional and spiritual level. You can come with a specific project in mind and dedicate the retreat to that or come with a blank canvas to explore and have fun with your own creative process. 

"From our first encounter I knew: I’d love to tap some more into her lively wisdom. A fine balance of down to

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Schedule

A warm cup of herbal tea overlooking the stunning valley
8:00 - 8:30 Guided Meditation
8:30 - 10:00 Morning Yoga Practice
10:00 -11:00 Breakfast
14:00 Lunch
15:30 Creative Workshop OR Yin Yoga
18:30 Dinner

Sweet dreams surrounded by nature

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

Accommodations

The Houses
The Retreat Centre is a traditional, rustic and charming nineteenth century Portuguese estate and has a large stone built house with beautiful Portuguese and English antique wooden features and furniture. Previously the estate was the home of the local padre (priest) with another rustic stone built cottage renovated completely, what was once home to the estate workers. There are also numerous stone buildings, restored using natural building materials where possible. All rooms are heated.

The newly renovated stone cottage is called Hari's house, named after the cat. Hari decided to make this his home when the owners Peter and Sue moved here in 2008. The cottage has been renovated using natural materials and it was ensured all of the materials are ethical and sourced locally. The beds are three quarter traditional Portuguese antique with firm fitted new mattresses. The views overlook the pine forest and garden with a lovely sitting area outside. What makes this such a special stone cottage is that the neighbour João's father lived here and now João has renovated the whole building with his two sons, just as his father did.

The Rooms
The accommodation options are: Double Rooms, Twin Rooms, Single Rooms and a Private Cottage. The retreat centre provides guests with simple, comfortable and cozy rooms. All bedrooms have 100% cotton bedding, feather duvets and pillows (there is an hypoallergenic option too if anyone has allergies), bed throws, mosquito net, bedside table, chest of drawers, hanging space, bedside and overhead lights. There are shared bathrooms in each house, except for the private stone cottage where you have your own bathroom and kitchen with tea making facilities.

The retreat package price varies according to the rooms:

(EB= Early Bird Price until December 31st 2017, NP=Normal Price)
* Double Room: EUR 600,- (EB)/ EUR 650,- (NP) per person,
* Twin Room: EUR 650,- (EB)/ EUR 700,- (NP) per person
* Single Room: EUR 750,- (EB)/ EUR 800,- (NP)per perspn
* Private Cottage (for 2 people) : EUR 750,- (EB)/ EUR 800,- (NP) per person (option for additional bed)
* Private Cottage (for 1 person) : EUR 1250,- per person

We understand everyone's needs and wishes are different when it comes to accommodation. Please let us know what you are looking for when you contact us. Rooms will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis.

Directions

If you want to come by car, please let us know and we will provide detailed information. If you come by plane please find the two options below.

Flying into Lisbon: Take the bus from the Sete Rios bus station in Lisbon (departing 18.00) to Oleiros (arriving 21.30). You will be picked up at Oleiros, a small village near the retreat centre and we will have some late supper waiting for you before a good night sleep. Tickets can be purchased at the bus station and will cost around €14.

Flying into Porto: Take the bus from Batalha bus station in Porto (departing 16:30) to Oleiros (arriving 21:30). You will be picked up at Oleiros, a small village near the retreat centre and we will have some late supper waiting for you before a good night sleep. Tickets can be purchased at the bus station and will cost around €14.

Tags: creativity meditation pranayama restorative vinyasa yin yoga

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

After participating in more yoga classes and events this year than in my entire life, I am yearning for the opportunity to attend a professional retreat. The opportunity to grow my practice, learn from talented students and teachers, and immerse myself in this gorgeous Red Feather Lakes sanctuary is the dream of a lifetime! Sara
 

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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