September 29 – October 5, 2024

Autumn Yoga Retreat in Nature
North Portugal.

This week is for you if you are looking for a retreat that offers daily yoga, nature and deeper inner work, following a program that also involves some contemplation, walks and time for yourself.

We propose a total immersion in nature, where we can absorb the benefits of breathing and exercising our body consciously.

Sam and Paloma will lead you through diverse yoga practices, including hatha yoga, yin yoga, meditation, sound and yoga nidra.

During your stay there will be space for stillness, time to write down insights, to connect with like-minded people, to do trekking in one of the most beautiful forests of Portugal and simply to be and enjoy the beautiful private farm and its views and the delicious freshly prepared vegetarian foods.

At the begging of October the weather is still mild, so we will be able to benefit from being outdoors, observing the sunsets and the stars and feel closer the healing power of nature.

You will return home with tools for starting the autumn with more strength and peace of mind.

THE TEACHERS

Samantha Wilson and Paloma Dorado

Samantha Wilson (Sam)

Certified Hatha Yoga teacher and Yin Yoga teacher, with further qualifications in Indian Champissage, Ayurvedic foot massage, Reiki and Sound Gong Therapy (CMA Registered). Member of Yoga Teachers Together (YTT)

Sam is from the UK – For Sam, Yoga is about discovering self awareness through self study, ultimately bringing balance into her life and those she teaches, on and off the Yoga mat.

Sam has been teaching Yoga since 2010 and continues to develop her own knowledge. She is keen to study many aspects of health and well-being including the healing benefits of sound, which includes her working with her gongs, bells and bowls during classes, workshops and retreats in the UK and Europe. 

‘My teaching is an integrated approach of body, mind, emotions and spirit and is always an inclusive space for everybody to be on their mat supporting whatever comes up for them. There are reminders of working at our own pace, without pushing beyond limits or trying to be competitive with themselves or each other.  I always communicate in a way that allows students to work in a way that feels right and nurturing for themselves’.

Paloma Dorado

Paloma started practising meditation 20 years ago, guided by a desire to understand human nature. Passionate about the relationship between science and spirituality, she studies Physical Sciences, and later, she works for the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN), located in Geneva.

At the same time, she trained as a therapist in various energy techniques and therapies, and collaborates with the meditation instructor Javier de Salas as an assistant, in retreats and workshops in Spain, the United Kingdom, Japan, Hong Kong and Bali, including the Asia Yoga Conference and the Om Yoga Show, in London .

She immerses herself in the practice of yoga and trainned as a Sama Yoga teacher, a soft and deep style, which combines classic Hatha yoga asanas with Chi Kung postures and mantras, and as a yin yoga teacher.

Guided by her love for yoga and meditation, she founded Shama Retreats, as a conscious life project, where she shares spaces for practice, rest and connection. Nowadays, Shama Retreats, is a small company which organizes around 16 yoga and meditation retreats per year in nature, in Spain and Portugal, in collaboration with international teachers.

Share these beautiful days with us in Northern Portugal

THE PLACE

Located in the village of Cabeceiras de Basto, in the province of Minho, is D’Alijo retreat center. Five hectares on an old Quinta in the midst of nature surrounded by river & waterfall, bordering a huge national park with many walking trails, will be our home for 7 days.

The area is well known for its Vinho Verde vineyards, olive fields and beautiful scenery. A space for retreats blended with nature, with an inspiring studio space, along with stylish accommodations and a gorgeous terrace surrounded restaurant set amongst vibrant lush gardens.

The retreat center consists of a main house, in the heart of the centre, that holds the restaurant, kitchen and it’s surrounded by panoramic terraces. Spread over the grounds, are wooden Mountain Lodges, Suites & River Cabins. 

Our accommodation will be in the Mountain Lodges, with the rooms located in 3 diferent mountain chalet- style houses. Each room has a terrace with mountain views, and a common living room is shared between 3 bedrooms.

We will practice in one of the 2 yoga shalas the retreat center has: White Tara Shala, a 91 m2 semi-enclosed shala with floor to ceiling windows, perched atop a small hill providing gorgeous views of mountains and valleys. It is equipped with high quality yoga mats, cushions, blankets, straps and props.

We will enjoy healthy, flavorful and nutritious vegetarian – vegan food, preapred with wholesome fresh, local ingredients, when possible from their own vegetable garden.

How to get there?

The closest airport is Oporto Airport – Francisco Sá Carneiro (OPO), located 1h 15 min from the retreat centre.

If you want to have a taxi from the airport to the retreat venue, we can group you with other participants in a group taxi, so you can have an easier and cheaper trip.

Groups taxis will be available from the airport to the venue, round trip, on the arrival and departure days.

If you want to join the group taxi, please take into account this schedule before planning your trip.

  • September 29: Group taxis will leave Oporto airport at 14.15
  • October 5: Group taxis will leave the venue to Oporto airport at 12.00

Let us know in your registration form (or later by email, until 2 weeks before the retreat), if you are interested in having a place in the group taxi. The prices will vary depending on the number of people who book it, and it’s paid directly to the driver.

We will confirm you the service and the price, one week before the retreat.

 

THE PROGRAM

Sunday, September 29

14.15 Transport leaves from the airport to the retreat veune.
 
16.00 – Arrival at the retreat venue. Check- in

17.00 – Welcome. Introduction to the retreat. Yoga class

19.00 – Dinner
 
 

From Monday September 30 to Friday October 4

07.00 – 07.30 Guided silent meditation

07.30 – 09.00 Hatha yoga/ Flow yoga 

09.15 Breakfast.

11.00 – 13.00 Connecting with nature. Walks in the forest, including pranayama outdoors. 

13.30 Lunch.

14.30 – 17.00 Resting and journaling. Enjoying the venue. Time for massages.

17.00 – 18.30 Yin yoga/ Nada yoga (yoga of the sound)

19.00 Dinner.

20.30 Yoga Nidra/Guided Relaxation and Energy healing
 
 

Saturday, October 5

7. 30 Yoga practice

9.00 Breakfast

10.30 Closing ceremony.

12.00 Check- out. Taxis departures the airport
 

(*) The daily schedule can change depending on the weather conditions and the duration of the trips.

7 days of conection, nature and yoga practice

Package Includes

Package includes:

  • Accommodation in single or double rooms (couples) with shared bathroom.
  • Healthy vegetarian food, using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients prepared by an experienced chef specialized in healthy nutrition. 3 meals per day: breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • All yoga classes, meditation and sessions included in the program, in a beautiful indoor, well equipped yoga shala.
  • Trips to some of the most pure, tranquil and beautiful natural places and trekkings.
 

Not included:

 

  • Flights tickets and travel insurance.
  • Transport from/to Oporto airport.(Please check the timetable of the group transport in the program section before booking your flight tickets)
  • Transport on the excursions.

PRICES

Total Price per person. All inclusive

OPTION 1

One place in a DOUBLE ROOM (COUPLES), with double bed and shared bathroom.

Total price per person
(all inclusive)

Double room with double bed, and a terrace with mountain views, inside a chalet with 3 bedrooms in total  and a common living room. The bathroom will be shared with the other 2 rooms in the chalet – house.

This option can only be booked by 2 people sharing the room and the bed.

1190€

OPTION 2

One place in a SINGLE ROOM, with shared bathroom.

Total price per person
(all inclusive)

Single room with a terrace with mountain views, inside a chalet with 3 bedrooms in total  and a common living room. The bathroom will be shared with the other 2 rooms in the chalet – house. 

1350€

OPTION 3

One place in a DOUBLE SHARED ROOM (twin beds), with private bathroom and balcony.

Total price per person
(all inclusive)

 Double shared room with twin beds, a private bathroom and a balcony. You will share the bedroom and the bathroom with another person of the group, of the same gender.

1350€

OPTION 4

One place in a SINGLE ROOM, with private bathroom and balcony.

Total price per person
(all inclusive)

 Double room, used as single (the same room as the option 3, with twin beds) with private bathroom and balcony.

You’ll be alone in the room.

1550€

OPTION 5

GARDEN SUITE

The Garden Suite is the largest Suite, with a double bed, private bathroom and balcony. It can be used as a single or double room. In double occupancy, it’s for couples or people that want to share the double bed. 

5. A Double occupancy (couples)

1490€

5. B Single occupancy

1690€

Total price per person
(all inclusive)

Booking and payment policy:

  • To book and secure your place, we request a 500€ deposit.
  • You can click on the blue button “Book your place” below, fill in your data and pay the deposit online.
  • Remember to use the code SHAMAEARLYBIRD, in order to get a 100€ discount, before July 15 (only for the first 5 bookings). If you’re among the first 5 bookings, but don’t use the discount code and it runs out, no more discount codes will be applied.
  • Once the payment  is made, your place will be reserved (you will recieve a confirmation email)
  • The balance should be paid before August 20, 2024.  If we don’t receive the payment of the balnace before that date, we reserve the right to cancel your booking and offer your place to another person.
  • If you book your place after August 20, the full payment of the retreat will be requested.

Cancelation policy:

  • If you cancel at any moment before July 15, we will refund you the total amount you have paid, except the deposit. You could use the deposit in any of our retreats during the next 2 years. 
  • If your cancellation takes place between July 15 and August 20, 2024, we will refund the total amount you have paid except the deposit. The deposit won’t be refunded and couldn’t be used for future retreats.
  • If your cancellation takes place after August 20, 2024, your payment won’t be refunded under any circumstances.
  • At any moment, you could hand your booking over to some other person (friend, relative, colleague…etc), who would like to join the retreat and stay in the same type of bedroom.
  • In the unlikely event that the retreat has to be cancelled, we will refund the full amount paid in less than 7 working days.
  • Your personal expenses, such as flight tickets or any other costs that aren’t paid directly to us, won’t be refunded.

Most travelling insurances cover all your expenses (flight tickets, the payment of the retreat, accomodations costs if you stay before or after the retreat in the area, etc), if you have to cancel your trip. They are unexpensive and they could be a good option to insure your trip.

Any questions? Write us: info@shamaretreats.com

Call us at +34627419996 or write to info@shamaretreats.com and tell us what you are looking for. 

Communicating and asking all the questions you need, is the best way to check if what we offer fits with what you want or feel like at this moment.

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