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[5 days] Not So Serious Yoga Retreat Alentejo Coast, Southwest Portugal

  • Trip Type: Small-Group (Guided)
  • Group Size: Min 4, Max 12
  • Departure Date: Multiple Fixed Dates
  • Trip Start: 17 Jun, 2022
  • Trip End: 21 Jun, 2022
  • Duration: Excursion (4-6 days)
  • Physical Rating: Average

A different kind of yoga retreat… This experience is a sustaianble yoga retreat for people that don’t take it too seriously and want to have a good time while immersing themselves in nature and ancient culture, exploring the beautiful region of Alentejo, and enjoying great local food and wine.

When was the last time you felt at one with your inner self and spent several days nurturing your body and mind?

Wait. Is that too zen for you? Let’s try again. When was the last time you had some good glasses of wine or mimosas with a group of cool people while doing the tree pose? Sound better?
How about this. Tired of being isolated?  We’ve got the thing for you…

Highlights:
These laid-back 5 days will fly by at this magical eco-haven in the Alentejo region of Portugal!
🧘🏽‍♀️ Find your sense of calm with daily yoga sessions in the open-air Shala in the woods (yoga is led by a certified instructor who will tailor the classes to each person’s ability)
🥗 Healthy meals and snacks using exclusively local, organic, and seasonal products
🍷 Visit a local winery (and taste their wine), and visit a local artisan, too
… and in your plentiful free time, enjoy the pool, serene garden, wild beaches, and nearby trails for hiking or biking. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, try a surf class or horseback riding.

This sustainable yoga retreat takes place in Cercal do Alentejo, a historical rural village off the beaten path, located only a 15-minute drive away from the beach. You will stay at a beautiful property surrounded by nature where the hosts will welcome you like old friends. They will tell you about the history and local culture while taking you through the historical and coastal hiking trails nearby.

Get out of the city, explore a new setting, and unwind with yoga, wine, and friends. This “kinda” retreat is for people who practice and love yoga, or they’re just curious about it and all the amazing benefits it brings to your (cliché alert) body and mind. But it’s true. And also fun. So come! Stay amongst the pine and oak trees, enjoy the delicious food and wine (again, they’re a big part of this trip!), and meet like-minded people.

Seasonal Notes:
This retreat has multiple set dates in the spring and fall (see all dates under “COVID Precautions”). If you want to bring your own group, we recommend avoiding the crowded high season and coming in spring (April to June) or fall (September to November). The beaches are deserted, and the days are mostly sunny and warm (you’ll need a cardigan for the evenings though).

📋 Itinerary

This itinerary is customizable. Contact Yugen Earthside for more information about extending the duration of the trip and adding additional optional activities.

Day 1: Arrive in Lisbon [Portugal], transfer to the retreat center, dinner

Day 2: Yoga, brunch, visit the beach of Malhao, hike along the coast's Fisherman Trail of the Vicentine Route, free time, dinner

Day 3: Yoga, brunch, free time, visit a local artisan, dinner with a private chef at a secret location

Day 4: Yoga, brunch, hike along the Historical Way of the Vicentine Route, free time, visit a winery

Day 5: Yoga, brunch, check out

🌱 Sustainability

Our View on Sustainability
Sustainability is a way of life here. Our family has a deep respect and love for the region of Alentejo and we are passionately committed to protecting and preserving her to the best of our ability. Gratefully, we are able to plant our roots here and carry a strong sense of social responsibility to our community.

Our experiences are all based on the amazing nature of this place and in our incredible community and we put a lot of effort to protect both. We love to share it with our guests and try to involve them as much as possible. This includes making them aware of our challenges and how can they further help. This is a truly authentic experience composed by small local and sustainable entrepreneurs only.

On-Site Environmental Initiatives

  • Solar panels for hot water and electricity
  • Responsible use of water and electricity
  • LED lamps
  • Ecological soaps and detergents
  • Reduce (waste), Re-use, Recycle
  • Composting
  • Avoid single-use plastic
  • Organic farming
  • Vegetarian meals (and vegan on request)
  • Regenerative forestry
  • Minimize footprint
  • Protect wildlife

We make a big effort to maintain and increase the amazing biodiversity among us through the diverse activities explained during the trip. We use local, organic soaps and ecological detersives. The whole trip happens in a short circuit of 20kms. we are lucky to have nature, beach, and historic towns all nearby to reduce the footprint. We don't sell single-use plastic items. We work a lot to reduce waste, re-use as much as we can, and recycle the rest. You will see our animals wandering free and happy along our property and the surrounding area.

Accommodation
Being the trip organizers, and the host of the accommodations ourselves, sustainability is part of our lives and business. Guests are welcome to explore every corner of the property and question any concerns they may have. As a small family business, we work very hard to improve every day and create a more positive impact on our environment and in our community.

Sustainable Economic Initiatives
We are a small start-up that works very closely with the local community that depends mostly on tourism and agriculture. The timing of the program (out of high season) helps the community to guarantee their income all year round. By working directly with local farmers and small food/wine producers, we help them to maintain their projects of family-owned, completely organic productions.

Sustainable Social Initiatives

  • Community farming
  • Support local artisans
  • Preference and prioritization of local, small, and sustainable suppliers
  • Celebrate local cultural heritage
  • Inclusion and nondiscrimination
  • Volunteering program
  • Donations to local organizations

Being part of the local community ourselves, it's in our own interest to protect it and ensure it develops in a sustainable way. One of the high points of the travel is the visit to the sustainable farm where the grapes are grown before the winery and wine tasting. The tour is guided by the owner himself, a true expert that carries the work of 5 generations. The whole experience is very much community-oriented and we are very much actively involved in projects that protect it.

Responsible Animal Welfare

  • Pet friendly!
  • Prefer cruelty-free products
  • Meat and fish sourced locally from trusted suppliers
  • Support local pro-animal projects

Tourism Dispersal
This trip is in rural Portugal, taking travelers off the beaten path and avoiding tourist "hot spots".

Behavioral Awareness Education
We specifically discuss with travelers how to act responsibly in this destination, and why that's important.

  • Clear sustainable travel policy
  • Social / Environmental Impact
  • Tourism Dispersal
  • Behavioral Awareness Education
  • Small Group Travel
  • Listen to Community Feedback
  • Adhere to Strict Environmental Standards
  • Use Environmentally Friendly Products
  • No Animal-Harming Tourism
  • Use Renewable Energy
  • Focused on Minimizing Waste
  • Responsible Waste Management
  • Use 100% Renewable Energy
  • Local/Organic Food Served
  • Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
  • Recycle >80% Waste
  • Energy-Saving Lights
  • Solar Thermal Panels
  • Provide Local Employment
  • Fair Wages / Fair Trade
  • Ensures Good Working Conditions
  • Supports Local Businesses
  • Tours Benefit Local Community
  • Connect Travelers to Local Products
  • Engage with Local Communities
  • Act Mindfully of Local Health
  • Inclusive & Non-discriminatory Hiring
  • Provide Authentic Experiences

📌 Location

Use the Google map to orient yourself about where in the world this trip is. The location indicates the starting point for this trip.

🏷️ Pricing

Price Inclusions:

  • All inclusions are mentioned in the downloadable detailed itinerary.

Price Exclusions:

  • Flights to/from Lisbon.
  • Round-trip transportation from Lisbon to the retreat center (but we can coordinate this for you).

Optional Add-ons:

  • Extra wine and cocktails.
  • Outdoor massage with our Goddess Masseuse, Jana (70 EUR).
  • Surf lessons with the best badass team in the area (~40 EUR pp, excluding rental material & transportation).
  • Stand Up Paddle (SUP) tours (~35 EUR pp, excluding rental material & transportation).
  • Kayak tours along the Mira River or the Atlantic (~25 EUR for 1 person / ~35 EUR for 2 people).
  • Horseback ridding (~60 EUR for 1 person / ~100 EUR for 2 people; 1h30 guided ride).
  • Photo session (~50 EUR pp or per couple).
  • Deposit per person

    50% of the trip price

  • Price per person

    Double room occupancy

    $ 680
  • Price per person

    Single room occupancy

    $ 990

ℹ️ Other Info

If you're ready to book this trip or have any questions, contact us!

Book with confidence: To reserve your spot on a tour, a 50% deposit will be required. However, you can book with complete peace of mind as this deposit is 100% refundable until 10 days prior to the trip start date.

Balance of payment is due 1 week prior to check-in.

This trip takes place on the following dates. Book for when you feel comfortable and safe to travel. You may also privatize this trip (only travel with those whom you book the trip with) and choose your own departure date.

  • June 17-21, 2022
  • October 1-5, 2022

Be sure you have traveler's insurance.

With a capacity of 12 guests only, plus its remote location, this retreat is a safe way to enjoy Portugal. We follow special cleaning protocols adhering to European regulations.

Please be fully vaccinated and boosted before traveling. You will need to present a vaccination certificate (or negative test) to join. Socially distance yourself when possible, and have both a mask and hand sanitizer with you at all times.

Q: What does the Physical Rating of "Average" mean?
Just come with an open mind and willing to challenge yourself. Our certified yoga instructors gladly accommodate all levels.

Q: What are the accommodations like?
The retreat center has guest houses, an open-air Shala in the woods, a pool, a garden, a gym, and nearby walking trails. The retreat center initiates myriad sustainable projects, from their solar panels, organic farming, local artisan support, support of local pro-animal projects, and more.

Q: Is this trip recommended for solo travelers, women, LGBTQ+, and POC travelers?
Yes. We do not tolerate any kind of discriminatory behavior and we ensure a safe, friendly environment for all travelers.

Q: Can the retreat be done on dates other than the listed?
Yes, it can be privatized for small groups on request.

Q: How much wine is included in the program?
A welcome toast, one glass per dinner, and the full wine tasting experience at the winery.

Q: What kind of yoga is practiced?
A mix of styles with a base of Hatha. There are always pranayamas, dynamic flows and the teacher always tries to challenge the students with poses that demand a bit more physical work.

Q: What kind of food is served?
Homemade, healthy, and delicious, all with seasonal and local organic products. Mostly vegetarian and international.