The Azores, Secret Islands of Adventure

  • Minuvida Azores Minuvida Azores
  • Minuvida Orchard Lodge Rua de São João, 48, 9600-095 Rabo de Peixe, Portugal
  • Oct 2 - 8, 2019 (7 days)

Event Highlights

  • Locally sourced and inspired Azorean meals daily at Quinta Minuvida.* Picnic lunches will be provided for the hiking excursions.
  • Mindfulness and Movement Workshop: Two morning sessions, led by Kate Mitcheom MSN, CNM, RYT, Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Instructor. Kate is a master teacher who integrates 20+ years of meditation and movement into her open-hearted style of teaching.
  • Possible excursions:
  • WE HEAD TO FURNAS and visit the most active volcanic region on the island. Experience a nature walk along Furnas lake including guided mindfulness. Have lunch by the lake and a post-hike soak in our favorite hot springs.
  • ENJOY A COASTAL HIKE along cliffs and geological formations, followed by guided meditation near the Buraco de S. Pedro, an impressive cliff formation on the north shore of the island. Light yoga also possible, depending on weather conditions. Generally half-day.
  • Start the day with a majestic view over the SETE CIDADES RANGE and lakes (twin lakes), followed by scenic walk (about 2 km) with mindfulness and picnic lunch. Continue with a scenic drive on the lake ridge and north shore of the island, with possibilities for stops at ocean hot springs.


Daily schedule:
7:30-8:30am Meditation
8:30-10:00 Breakfast
10:00-12:00 Movement
12:30-1:30pm Lunch
1:30-5:00pm Excursions – Hiking with the group or exploring on your own
5:30-6:00pm Meditation
7:30-8:00pm Dinner, rest & revelry

Details on excursions:
Hiking excursion to Furnas/Hiking & Nature
Excursion to Sete Cidades/Hiking & Nature
Excursion to Calderia Velha/Learn + Soak

Optional experiences:
Horseback riding
Shopping in Ponta Delgada

About This Event

Looking for a retreat that’s as exciting as it is rejuvenating…and easily within reach? Join Kate in the Azores in October 2019. São Miguel, a far-flung archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic, is a pristine paradise for adventurers seeking to incorporate the stunning beauty with outdoor experiences and a nurturing atmosphere for the depth of inner exploration. The Azores are a hidden gem where the beauty of nature and warmth of the people embrace you at every turn. The Lonely Planet has called the Azores the crucible of life, and we agree, the ideal place for transformation and renewal. Pack your hiking shoes and walking sticks and join us.

A really wonderful week of spiritual enrichment & growth. A time to breathe, work out the knots and find the joy!

What's Included

  • 6 nights/7 days lodging at Quinta Minuvida
  • Locally sourced and inspired Azorean meals daily at Quinta Minuvida.* Picnic lunches will be provided for the hiking excursions.
  • 2 Group hiking excursions – some of the island’s best hikes including guides and transportation.
  • Mindfulness and Movement Workshop: Two-morning sessions, led by Kate Mitcheom MSN, CNM, RYT, Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Instructor. Kate is a master teacher who integrates 20+ years of meditation and movement into her open-hearted style of teaching.
  • Roundtrip airport transfers from Ponta Delgada Airport (PDL) to Quinta Minuvida and back (about a 15 minute ride each way).

What's Not Included

Airfare and optional experiences: whale-watching, horseback riding, transportation to and from the beaches & shopping in Ponta Delgada

Venue Highlights

Quinta Minuvida Orchard lodge is centrally located, only 15 minutes from the airport and about 30 minutes from most attractions. The lodge features five thoughtfully appointed suites, large outdoor pool, yoga studio, guest kitchen, fireplaced living area, outdoor grills, firepit, observatory tower, organic vegetable garden, and one acre of orchards. We are close to beaches, walking trails, hot springs and bike paths, not to mention the largest fishing port in the Azores.


Minuvida orchard lodge suites feature comfortable memory foam mattresses, custom or vintage furniture, modern or vintage baths, wireless Internet, heating panels and cooling fans and daily cleaning. We are a non-smoking establishment.


  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio
  • House Keeping


Taste the world of flavors in the Azores! We marry the traditional with the innovative and creative. We only serve local and in season. Many of the ingredients come directly from our orchard. The minuvida experience stay includes a five-course tasting menu paired with wines – a sensory journey through Azorean flavors.

MINUVIDA BREAKFAST. Our complimentary Azorean breakfast includes mainly fresh local products. We serve breads, yogurts and cheeses from the best local producers. Our low-sugar fruit jams are house-made. Organic fruit from our orchard or from selected local producers greets you every morning. Try our herbal teas, granola, and other house-made specialties.

MINUVIDA DINNER. Enjoy a five-course sensory food journey inspired by local cuisine using traditional ingredients with a creative twist. Includes local wine pairings and liqueur. The dinner provides an opportunity to mingle with fellow travelers and savor new flavors. Held only on Fridays, so book accordingly.

ORCHARD EXPERIENCE. It's one thing to savor the bounty coming from our volcanic soil; it's another to be in it. Take a tour of our orchards, learn about what grows here, harvest and see our organic veggies and fruits included in our breakfasts and minuvida dinner experiences.


It’s a 4-hour direct flight from Boston to the Azores!

A little more about the Azores and getting there:
Azorean airline SATA flies direct from a dozen destinations in Europe and four in North America. Budget carriers are Ryanair and easyJet.
If you want to come early or stay late you could consider Portugal, Spain or travel between the islands:
SATA runs daily flights between the islands. Alternatively, you can explore them all in leisurely fashion by ship with Atlanticoline or hop between São Jorge, Pico and Faial by ferry with Transmacor.

La Quinta Minuvida is located on São Miguel island, one of the nine islands that make up the Azores. The Azores are an autonomous region of Portugal and part of the European Union. The Azores are in the Azores Standard Time Zone, GMT-1, four hours ahead of Boston.

The quinta is in Rabo de Peixe, Ribeira Grande, on the north side of the island. We are 10 minutes by car to the capital city of Ponta Delgada and 15 minutes to the airport. Our location is a great central spot to see all that the island has to offer. A shuttle is provided to and from the airport.

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 60+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 30-59 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-29 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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