Women's wisdom Yoga & Surf retreat

Event Highlights

  • Iyengar Yoga
  • Women's surfing
  • Herbal medicine workshop
  • Menstrual cycle awareness workshop
  • Meditation

Schedule

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 swimming pool, go to the beach or just relax.
18.00 restorative yoga class
19.30 delicious dinner
20.30 Mindfulness meditation

About This Event

Become the physical embodiment of your soul so that you discover the woman you were always meant to be. During the retreat we offer two different packages:

Womens Yoga & Surf

Womens Wisdom & Yoga

Both options will be a week full of yoga specifically for women, mindfulness meditations, menstrual cycle & fertility awareness sessions, herbal medicine workshops all for women's health topped up with surf if wanted. 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.

PACKAGES

Women's wisdom Yoga & Surf ~ 10 Iyengar yoga classes, 3 days surf, 1 herbal workshop, 1 cycle awareness workshop & 5 evening mindfulness meditations.

Womens wisdom & Yoga ~ 10 Iyengar yoga classes, 2 herbal workshops, 2 cycle awareness workshops

& 5 evening mindfulness meditations.

About Iyengar Yoga

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.

“Yoga: a gem for women - Geeta Iyengar

During the retreat we will specifically use Iyengar yoga for women's health, focusing on what to practice during which phase of your menstrual cycle and overall practices for women's wellbeing.

“The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.”

- Geeta Iyengar

About surfing

"Riding a wave is for many a highly spiritual experience which presents itself as an outward expression of their Yoga & Meditation practice."

The experience of surfing brings us a feeling of a deep unity with mother nature. A deep sense of belonging. One that you can already feel even when surfing the smallest of waves. The power of the ocean & the humbleness that it creates. Everything ceases to exist when for a moment you get pulled a long with the energy of the wave. This is the side of surfing that's connects us innately as women to the ocean & to surfing in itself. The softer side, the connection with the ocean & the connection to yourself.

About menstrual cycle awareness

"Attune to your menstrual cycle & attune to the forces of nature" - Alexandra Pope & Sjanie Hugo

What if loving your menstrual cycle was the key to accessing your full authority and power as woman?

Did you know as a woman you are coded for power, and the journey to realizing the fullness and beauty of that power – your Wild Power – lies in the rhythm and change of your menstrual cycle.

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.

Menstruality is the female life process of menarche, the menstrual cycle, menopause and the mature years. It is the woman’s ground, her initiatory process and ‘the mother cycle’, out of which rises the initiatory path to motherhood that is conception, pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding.

Menstruality describes the precise and multi–layered biological, psychological and spiritual process of maturation within the female body. Menstruality is the actual lived experience of this process, the knowledge that a woman accumulates or grows down into, and the field consciousness that this embodied knowledge generates.

Menstruality is a language, a way of articulating a woman’s experience that is rooted in natural lore and the process of evolution. It is how women pass on our knowledge of our feminine life process from one to another. It is a shared way of being.

“The menstrual cycle is a living body of knowledge." - Alexandra Pope & Sjanie Hugo

About herbal medicine workshops

"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished" - Lao Tzu

Every woman is intimately tied to nature. The menstrual cycle follows the cycle of the moon, ebbing and flowing every 28 days, in most cases. A woman’s body can grow and change, like the earth, to hold the life that grows within. And like the soil below us, a woman’s body can assimilate the nutrients needed to grow the perfect food for her children. Perhaps this connection with the cycles of nature has something to do with the powerful relationship that plants can have in supporting the health of women. 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

About mindfulness meditation

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. We choose our behavior based on response and conscious choice instead of habits and automatic patterns. When we are aware, we can take care of our feelings of anger, frustration, anxiety, stress, fear and insecurity. When we are aware we notice all the little things around us that makes life beautiful and that lift our mood. When we are aware we feel more calm, joyful and alive.

"There is a voice that does not use words: Listen" - Rumi

"Menstrual cycle awareness is the woman's mindfulness practice" - Alexandra Pope & Sjanie Hugo

The Yogaion Retreat is heaven! Lisa, France

What's Included

  • 6 nights stay at costa Vicentina retreat 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
  • all yoga mats etc
  • swimming pool
  • SPECIFICAlly for the Womens Yoga & Surf
  • 3 days surf
  • 1 menstrual cycle awareness sessions
  • 1 herbal medicine for women's health workshops
  • (if wanted then it is also possible to do 2 days surf, 2 menstrual cycle awareness & 1 herbal medicine)
  • SPECIFICAlly for the Womens Wisdom & Yoga
  • 2 menstrual cycle awareness sessions
  • 1 herbal medicine for women's health workshops
  • 1 massage treatment

What's Not Included

flights
airport transfer
travel insurance
massage

Venue Highlights

All the retreats will be held in an amazing house amidst nature on the south west of Portugal right in the middle of the Costa Vicentina natural park. Only a few kilometres away from two amazing wild beaches and the rota vicentina hiking track passes right in front of the house.

The house is recently, lovingly renovated with 5 ensuite bedrooms either with stunning views of the gardens or the natural park. All the rooms have big door windows so that nature can be enjoyed to its fullest. The house is refurbished with a barefoot luxury & in line with Yogaion's sustainable ethics, the house get's all its warm water by solar power and heating comes from an amazing masonry stove heating up the whole place if needed.

There is a swimming pool overlooking a beautiful valley of trees & bushes and in the valley there is an organic garden. All the rooms have a mezzanine with an extra bed and two beds in the bottom, they also have their own private, ensuite bathroom with shower and toilet.

All the food during the Yoga retreats is local & organic coming either straight from the organic farms down the road or from the farmers market. This means that most of the waste is biodegradable and for any other waste there will be a full on recycling program. There is also a towel & sheet program, so that their will be no waist with the washing machine.

Accommodations

There are 5 spacious bedrooms in the house, all with ensuite bathroom and mezzanine with extra bed

Amenities

  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio

Menu/Cuisine

At yogaion the vegan/vegetarian meals are prepared with simple, fresh, local, mostly organic ingredients & most important Love! Without any added processed sugars or other processed ingredients.

Our chef will be cooking all the delicious meals during the week, lovingly preparing all the food, creating mouthwatering delicious meals from breakfast to dinner & dessert.

If there are any other dietary allergies or intolerances please let us know before you book, as we will try to accommodate for them as good as we can.

Directions

Which is the nearest airport?
Faro is about 70km from the eco farm house. Lisbon is about 300 km and it takes around 4 hours to come here by bus or train. Seville is about 300km away and takes about 5 hours by bus.

How do I get there?
Yogaion can arrange airport transfer to the retreat in Aljezur.

1. Airport transfer from Faro airport
2.Rent a car from Faro airport
3. Bus/ train to Lagos, from there taxi
4.Lisbon airport, train/ bus to Lagos , from there taxi
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