December 29, 2021 – January 2, 2022

New Year Yoga Retreat next to the ocean
Carrapateira, South Portugal

The start of a new year is a special moment.

A moment to take a break and close a cycle. To let go of old emotional baggage, align with your heart wishes  and step up into a new beginning, feeling lighter and trustfull.

In this retreat, we offer a space to welcome 2022 near the sea, enjoying the calm of the nature and the ocean and new connections with like-minded people. Without hustle and bustle, parties or social commitments.

We will share the practice we love, a gentle yoga practice that brings you back to yourself, to relax and to manage what you are living with equanimity. All levels are welcome! We will tailor to each individual, so that everyone is sure to get the most out of their practice!

We will dive deep into meditation practice and guided relaxation, without effort, understanding that the mind is a powerful instrument that can be at our service, when we direct our attention to the present moment with care and respect.

You will learn to connect to your center when you need it. You will return home with tools to start a new year with more strength and tranquility.

We will have time for ourselves, for resting, walking along the beach, observing the sea, the sunsets and the stars and absorbing the magic of this wonderful place.

Also time to celebrate! To connect with others, chant, laugh and enjoy!

And a SPECIAL EVENT: New Year Chanting Circle with Kevin James, January 1, 2022.

Start the year, experiencing the transforming power of mantras and heartsongs, in a private chanting circle guided by the well-known Australian singer and songwriter Kevin James. Chanting in group with Kevin will allow you to ease-fully, joyfully, and effectively, feel more open and connected to your heart.

– Currently, you need a negative antigen test, 48 hours before your arrival (independently if you are vaccinated or not) for entering in Portugal by plane or road.
We offer a special Covid-19 cancellation policy for this retreat. You can read it at the bottom of this page –


Laura Méndez – Lakshmi & Paloma Dorado.

Laura Méndez–Lakshmi

Laura is a yoga teacher, traveler and continuous yoga student.

She has been teaching yoga in classes, workshops and retreats since 2011 and has been practicing it for more than 18 years.

Before becoming a full time travelling yoga teacher, she worked as an interpreter in Brussels for the European Commission. Yoga helped her balance a stressful job and slowly took more and more space in her life.

Her first training in Hatha yoga, led her to continue deepening and training in Yin yoga, myofascial liberation, Ayurvedic yoga and more, spending long periods of time in India practicing with her teachers.

Her personal practice has evolved from a demanding Ashtanga practice to a gentler Hatha yoga practice.

In her classes you will enjoy a mixture of different styles, with special attention to conscious breathing.
Accessible classes, with modifications for all levels, from the practice of ahimsa (do not harm) and the complete acceptance of each student.

As a certified coach and NLP teacher, she also guides people on their own journey towards self-awareness and personal growth.

Her main motivation, helping busy and stressed people find a way to deeply relax through the effective and powerful techniques of yoga, has led her to conduct retreats in different places in Asia and Europe, offering her students a way to connect with its center and with nature.

Paloma Dorado.

Paloma started to pratice meditation 20 years ago, guided by a deep wish of understanding human nature.
Passionate about the relationship between science and spirituality, she studied Physical Sciences, and later, worked for the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN), located in Geneva.

At the same time, she trained as a therapist in several energy therapies and energy healing, such as Metamorphic Technique, Reiki, and Mystic Therapy.
After her first meditation retreats, at the age of 22, she found her Spiritual Master, whose guidance and teaching continues to be very present in her day to day life.

She collaborates with the meditation instructor Javier de Salas, as an assistant in retreats and workshops in Spain, United Kingdom, Japan, Hong Kong and Bali, including the Asia Yoga Conference and the Om Yoga Show festival, in London.

In search of a conscious approach to yoga, she immersed in Nayana Yoga School’s training, enjoying of extending the time in each pose, gently and meditatively.
She deepened her yoga education with a yin yoga teacher training. She approached the study of Vedanta, in the Sama Yoga School, training as a yoga teacher in this authentic, soft and deep style, which combines classic Hatha yoga asanas with postures of Chi Kung and mantras.

She currently directs Shama Retreats, a company dedicated to organizing yoga and meditation retreats in nature, together with national and international teachers.

Start the year in the best way


Kevin James Carroll & Susana Rodriguez

Kevin James is an Australian singer-songwriter and an experienced Chant leader, who brings Devotional music to the World in a way that is free from religious dogma.

He travels continuously sharing his presence and heartfelt voice with people from many different cultures and religions throughout the world.

His particular music style is characterized by fusing English lyrics with potent Mantras from around the world. He has created what he calls ¨Heartsongs¨: songs in English that transmit the depths of Eastern philosophy, delivered in a way that is joyful and accessible to all.

Practicing Bhakti Yoga (The yoga of devotion) since his first visit to India in 1990, Kevin James now leads chanting circles, a powerful group experience of reconnection to Oneself, and workshops in yoga festivals and studios all over the world.

Nowadays, he continues the same path with his wife Susana (playing harmonium) holding Events and Retreats, in their vision of Connection to the Heart as a way towards living a more harmonious life.

You can find more and listen Kevin’s music in:


We will stay in Monte Velho, a spacious and secluded retreat center in Carrapateira, in the region of Aljezur, South Portugal.

A family run, self-sustaining retreat and holistic centre with a strong passion for reconnecting its visitors with nature.

Located where south-western Europe sinks into the Atlantic, the region is enriched by the strength of its’ nature, with multiple paths some ending between dunes of fine sand by the ocean, while others on the cliffs by sunset.

The center sits in a stunning elevated, nestled between mountain and sea with a panoramic vista over the ocean.

The center have a fully equipped beautifully designed 170 m2 yoga shala, with underfloor heating and a spa, with sauna, turkish bath and several massage options,

All rooms have confortable beds, private bathrooms and cozy heating.

The food is first class, delicious, ecological, local and seasonal, cooked by specialized chefs in vegetarian and vegan cuisine.

Two of the most amazing and long beaches of the region, Praia Amado and Praia Borderia, are are in less than 8 minutes by car from the retreat center.

A unique space to practice, reflect, connect, nourish and rest.


How to get there?

You can reach this magic place in just one hour and 15 minutes from Faro airport, which has direct and affordable flight options from most European main cities.
There are also public transport options from Faro and Lagos.
If you want to book a taxi from the airport, we can group to with other participants, so you can have an easier and cheaper trip.
Private taxis will be available from the airport to the venue, round trip, on the arrival and departure days:
  • December 29: Taxis will be leaving Faro airport at 14.00
  • January 2: Taxis will be leaving the venue to Faro airport at 12.15

Prices varies from 18 € to 34 € per person/per way, depending on the number of people per taxi.

If you are in Spain, you can join one of the cars of the participants that will leave from Madrid and Seville. There are still some places left.

You can book your taxi from the airport with us until one week before the retreat.

Let us know in your registration form if you are interested in having a taxi and we will confirm you the service and the price, 6 days before the retreat.


Each day includes:

• Yoga for everyone: asana practice to revitalize, strengthen and empower your body. A more dynamic morning practice will be combined with yin type classes, where we will learn to feel and meditate on the postures.

• Conscious breathing or pranayama to bring clarity to your mind. Some practices will take place outdoors.

•  Guided and silent meditation.

•  Guided relaxation and energy healing.

• Connection with nature: excursions to natural spaces, practising to observe the beauty of simplicity, to enjoy and to charge ourselves with the energy of the elements.

If it’s neccesary, classes will be lead in both languages, English and Spanish (with translation)

Wednesday, December 29. 

16.00 – Arrival to the retreat venue. Check-in.

17.30 – Welcome and introduction.

18.00 – Yoga class

19.30 – Dinner

Thrusday, December 30.

08.00 – 09.30 Energizing morning yoga class

09.30 Breakfast

10.30 – 13.30 Discovering South Portugal: excursions/ nature/ beach/ trekking

13.30 – Lunch

14.30 – Resting. Enjoying the venue

17.00 – 18.30 Yin or Sama yoga / pranayama / myofascial release

19.00 – 20.00 Dinner

20.30 – 21.30 Relaxing Evening: Meditation / Yoga Nidra/ Guided Relaxation

Friday, December 31.

08.00 – 09.30 Energizing morning yoga class

09.30 Breakfast

10.30 – 13.30 Discovering South Portugal: excursions/ nature/ beach/ trekking

13.30 – Lunch

14.30 – Resting. Enjoying the venue

17.00 – 18.30 Yin or Sama yoga / pranayama / myofascial release

19.30  Special New Year Eve Dinner

21.30  Meditation and Ritual – Saying goodbye to the year from the Heart

Saturday, January 1

08.30 – 10.00 Starting 2022 in a healthy way: New Year Yoga class

10.00 Breakfast

11.00 – 13.00 Setting our new year intentions by the ocean.

13.30 Lunch

14.30 Resting. Enjoying the venue

17.00 – 19.00 SPECIAL EVENT: New Year chanting circle with Kevin James

19.30  Dinner

20.30  Time for sharing

Sunday, January 2

08.00 – 09.30 Energizing morning yoga class

09.30 Breakfast

10.45 Farewell session

12.00 Departure

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

Welcome 2022 enjoying the sea, the tranquility of nature and yoga.

Package Includes

  • Accommodation in single, double or triple rooms with ensuite bathroom. All double and triple rooms, have two separated sleeping bedrooms, with a double bed or 2 single beds in each one.
  • Healthy vegetarian food, using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients prepared by an experienced chef specialized in healthy nutrition.  3 meals per day
  • All yoga classes, meditation and guided relaxation sessions included in the program, in a beautiful indoor, well equipped yoga shala.
  • Special Event: New Year chanting circle with Kevin James.
  • Trips to some of the most pure, tranquil and beautiful natural beaches and trekkings.
  • Transport on the excursions.

On request (at additional cost, on request at arrival):

  • Several types of massages and energy healing
  • Sauna
  • Turkish bath

Not included:

  • Flights tickets and travel insurance.
  • Private transport from Faro airport to the retreat center, round trip. (Please check the timetable of the private transport in the program section before booking your flight tickets)

Total Price per person. All inclusive

Option 1

Triple shared room, with one ensuite bathroom.

Total price per person: 830 €

The triple room has two separated bedrooms, each one with two beds. The total capacity is four people but you will stay three in total, all with the same gender. Two people will stay in one bedroom and one person in the other bedroom.


Double shared room, with one ensuite bathroom.

Total price per person: 930€

The double room has two separated bedrooms, each one with a double bed. You will share the room  with one person of the same gender. Each of you will stay in a different bedroom.


Single room: large double bedroom used as single

Total price per person: 1090€

Single room: large double bedroom used as single, with a double bed and private ensuite bathroom.  The room will be only for you.

What our participants say?


Booking and payment policy:

Call us at +34627419996 or write to 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.

Booking and payment policy:

– To book and secure your place, we request a 150 € deposit.

– You can press the blue button below “Book your place”, fill in your data and pay the deposit online.

– Once the payment  is made, your place will be reserved (you will recieve a confirmation email)

– The balance should be paid before December 10. If you book after that date, we request to do the full payment of the retreat.

– If you come alone and want to stay in a triple or double room, you will share with a person of the same gender.
IMPORTANT: We cannot guarantee that you will have a roommate (sometimes we are odd or there aren’t people of the same gender who request a shared room).

In the unlikely event that there isn’t any other person of the same gender whom you can share the room with, you can have the room for your own but you will be requested to pay the price of a single room.

Special covid19 cancelation policy:

– If you cancel at any moment, until one week before the retreat, for any of these two covid – related reasons:  it is requested to quarentine at your arrival back to your country or you are positive in covid (and you send us a copy of the positive test), we will refund you the full amount paid, except the deposit, which could be used as a credit for another retreat during the next 2 years.

– If your cancellation takes place before December 10, (due to different reasons to the ones indicated above), we will refund the total amount you has paid, less the deposit. The deposit won’t be refunded.

– If your cancellation takes place after December 10 (due to different reasons to the ones indicated above), once you have already paid the full amount, your payment won’t be refunded. But you can keep the 50% of your payment in a voucher for a future retreat. The voucher will be valid for 2 years in any of our retreats.

– 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.

– If due to the COVID19 health crisis, new measures were decreed that would prevent the retreat from being carried out, we will refund you the full amount you has paid.

– In the unlikely event that the retreat has to be canceled for another reason, we will also be refund the full amount paid.

– Your personal expenses, such as flight tickets or any other cost that isn’t paid directly to us, won’t be refund.
Most travelling insurances covers all your expenses (flight tickets, the payment of the retreat, accomodations cost if you stay before or after the retreat in Portugal, etc), if you have to cancel your trip because you or a close relative get positive in covid19 before the trip. They are unexpensive and they could be a good option to insure your trip.

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