Ashtanga Yoga & Wellness Retreat at Douro Valley - Porto


Event Highlights

  • Two Yoga practices every morning and afternoon workshops
  • Mindfulness movement session
  • Meet like-minded people and make new friends
  • Use of yoga mat and props from the Retreat Center
  • 6 meals, coffees, and teas included
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Use of the pool and Jacuzzi

Schedule

You will have daily morning practice, afternoon workshops, and also free time to enjoy the outside pool, garden and beautiful surroundings of Douro Valley.
As a support to the practice, Biancayoga invited Olga Rodrigues to be responsible for your food intake. She will be preparing special macrobiotic vegan meals.
-Sample daily schedule
-Day 1 - Thursday
*17:00 Arrival
*18:30 Ashtanga practice
*Dinner
-Day 2 - Friday
*07:00 Coffee/tea
*08:00 Morning mindfulness movement
*09:00 Mysore practice
*12:00 Lunch
*17:00 Workshop (TBA)
*Dinner
-Day 3 - Saturday
*07:00 Coffee/tea
*08:00 Morning mindfulness movement
*09:00 Mysore practice
*12:00 Lunch
*17:00 Workshop (TBA)
*Dinner
-Day 4 - Sunday
*07:00 Coffee/tea
*08:00 Morning mindfulness movement
*09:00 Mysore practice
*12:00 Lunch

About This Event

Join an extended weekend of Ashtanga and wellness yoga retreat in the beautiful area of Douro Valley, only one hour away from Porto. You will have daily morning practice, afternoon workshops, and also free time to enjoy the outside pool, garden, jacuzzi, and beautiful surroundings of Douro Valley.

As a support to the practice, you will have a macrobiotic specialist to be responsible for your food intake. She will be preparing special macrobiotic vegan meals. You will enjoy yoga and meditation classes suitable for all practitioner levels. The program is designed to support a holistic experience and promote a deeper connection with your body, mind, and spirit.


What's Included

  • 3 nights accommodation in double or single room.
  • 6 meals ( Lunch and dinner )
  • Use of Yoga mats and props
  • 8 Yoga sessions
  • Use of pool and jacuzzi

What's Not Included

Flights to Porto and transportation to the retreat center.

Venue Highlights

The Douro resembles a palette that changes color depending on the season of the year, painted by the leaves and flowers of various crops. In the spring, when the almond trees bloom, white and violet blend with the green of the leaves. In the autumn, the hills and valleys are covered by a blanket of brown and copper.
The green of the vegetation contrasts with the brightness of the waters of several rivers and streams that meander through the region. The river Sabor traverses wild areas without human intervention; the river Côa encloses millennial treasures and the rivers Corgo, Távora, and Varus embrace the heart of wine region. These are just a few of the dozens of tributaries of the Douro that coexist in close harmony.
In Mesão Frio, the feeling that you are in a historical and medieval setting is permanent. The rich architectural heritage is evident, highlighted by its majestic buildings in a land of pristine cobbled streets and squares that appear frozen in time. Besides the manor houses you can find in all parishes, churches tower over slender sculptures, sacred furnishings and vestments, as well as over chapels, niches, fountains and other works of art.
The deep depressions and valleys facing the Douro, with their almost uniforms terraces, are the definitive trait of its grandeur and serve as the perfect setting for lovers of nature in its purest form. All this is topped off by the genuine hospitality of its locals.

Accommodations

The house has five double ensuite bedrooms, a triple bedroom that shares a bathroom with another double bedroom, as well as two other double bedrooms that share a private bathroom. For flexibility, in addition to the fixed beds, there are several removable beds to accommodate further guests, including cots for infants or younger children.

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Hot Tub
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Fitness Center
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping
  • Ceremony Space

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Menu/Cuisine

Meals will be organic macrobiotic and vegan prepared by the specialist Olga Rodrigues.
Each meal will have Soup of the day, main plate and dessert.
Olga Rodrigues is formed by the Macrobiotic Institute of Portugal (3 years of the Macrobiotics Curricular Course and specialization in diagnosis and consultation). In addition to giving consultations for food reeducation, he collaborates in retreats in the area of ​​"alchemy of food" (cuisine), having participated in the festival Zimp, TerraMãe, Casa Bo and among others and even in several retreats, always having as base the philosophy Macrobiotic.
Macrobiotics is not only a diet, but a philosophy and lifestyle that has as its sole objective to help us develop our human potential at various levels: either biologically, following the laws of nature, through food, at the ecological level, making daily choices that contribute to a better environmental quality, as well as social and spiritual, treating others with love and compassion and assuming our responsibility as a small link in a vast chain of beings and phenomena!

Directions

Arrival by airplane
Please book your flight to arrive at Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO).
Private taxi provided upon request.

Tags: ashtanga hiking macrobiotic nature vegan vegetarian vinyasa wellness yoga

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