Portugal has become one of the most popular yoga hotspots in recent years with a huge variety of yoga, wellness and meditation retreats on offer all over this beautiful country. One of the best places to head for a retreat holiday are the sun soaked beaches of the Algarve in Southern Portugal.
The sunshine filled days, beautiful beaches and stunning natural scenery are enticing reasons to visit Southern Portugal, The benefits of joining a yoga and meditation retreat in the Algarve and taking a break from our busy lives to reconnect with yourself and nature go much deeper than simply relaxing and enjoying the gorgeous weather and landscapes.
Yoga helps improve physical and mental flexibility, relieves stress and pain, improves breathing, boosts the immune system, circulation and awareness in your body. Meditation and silence help to calm the mind and bring inner peace and radiance. Joining a yoga and meditation retreat, or even better a silent retreat, can be a life changing experience that can make you feel more energetic, alive, calm and focused.
Yoga and Meditation Retreats in the Algarve
There’s quite a variety of yoga and meditation retreats in the Algarve, some also include surfing which complements the practices. But while there are many Algarve yoga retreats, silent retreats are not so common, but are arguably much more powerful and transformative.
Ocean and Yoga Retreats have been running popular Algarve yoga retreats near Aljezur for 10 years and the founder, Jana and her team, have created a brand new, unique, cutting-edge concept for a new way of silent retreats in Portugal located in the beautiful mountains of Monchique.
A New, Unique, Silent Yoga, Meditation and Somatic Movement Retreat in Monchique, Algarve
A somatic meditation retreat is a silence and meditation retreat curated especially to combat the stress of busy modern lives. A silent retreat helps reconnect us back to nature, to our bodies and our natural joy for life.
Jana combines the art of silence and meditation with somatic movement arts, music and yoga. The retreat includes 4 days of silence to refrain from exterior input and constant flow of information which helps us focus on our true essence.
With this new silent somatic meditation retreat you don’t have to sit in meditation for hours, suffer from a hurting back and deal with your active mind and recurring thoughts for days and days until it finally calms down (which is how people who have tried Vipassana meditation retreats often describe their experience).
Instead, you will be guided into joyful morning meditations, followed by a somatic movement and yoga practice with live, relaxing music. This is a really easy way to relax into a space of surrender, getting straight away into your body, moving your joints and muscles to Jana’s soothing guidance and feel your body relax into the sounds created live by some of Portugal’s most up and coming musicians and medicine music artists. Best of all this practice is appropriate for all levels.
With these yoga classes, the healing sounds make you forget about your thoughts, worries and plans and brings all your presence into the here and now leaving your smiling, laughing and releasing physical and emotional tension.
On this unique Algarve silent retreat you’ll start your days with a morning meditation session and breakfast followed by a 2 hour session of yoga, somatics and sound. After lunch, which is enjoyed together in silence, you will have the afternoon free to be with yourself, contemplate, journal, go for beautiful walks and hikes in the mountains of Monchique.
The silent part of the retreat lasts for 4 days, during which you will also receive individual support in the form of one personal somatic body work session with Jana directly, or a family constellation therapy session with an experienced psychologist to support you in working with and transforming topics coming up during the silent retreat.
After 4 days of silence, you will regain the power of your words with a traditional sweat lodge ritual to purify, share your insights and pray for your good intentions or maybe even new life decisions that you have found.
The next part of this unique yoga and meditation retreat in the Algarve is called ‘Breaking free into high vibrations!’ This consists of a full day together enjoying life on top of the mountains as the retreat with an ecstatic dance session, voice opening workshop, special celebration dinner and a kirtan concert under the stars to experience the fullness of life.
As what you eat is just as important as the practices, the retreat includes eating plant based-food created by Olga Sadowski that will help you to feel lighter and full of power in your body and activate your energy and life flow.
This yoga, meditation and silent retreat in Monchique is one of the most unique and transformational Algarve yoga retreats that aims to prepare you to thrive in a busy, modern life and to be able to speak and act with integrity and love and create harmonious relationships.
About Jana Toepfer
The retreat has been loving created by Jana, who has been teaching yoga retreats in the Algarve for 10 years and is one of the senior yoga teachers in Portugal. Her background in Anusara Yoga brings in healthy alignment principles into the practice and allows you to safely practice without injuries.
You will find her yoga classes to be more fluid and explorative than your regular yoga class. You will breathe, shake, dance, laugh and understand the yoga practice on a deeper level and be able to surrender and drop into deep states of relaxation.
Jana also implements her studies in Body Mind Centering, Contemporary Dance and Feldenkrais into her sessions to create a good relationship with your body and mind. Jana is also a Transformative Bodywork practitioner and offers these personal sessions during her retreats.
Ocean and Yoga Retreats in Aljezur, Algarve
Portugal is one of the best places in Europe for a yoga and surf retreat and Jana and team also run Ocean & Yoga retreats close to the stunning beaches of the Algarve.
Ocean and Yoga retreats include daily yoga and meditation sessions combined with ocean adventures like surfing, floating and diving and are rated as some of the best Algarve yoga retreats.
Another highlight of these retreats is the opportunity to reconnect with nature on a beautiful organic farm in Alfambras, close to Aljezur, where you will learn about permaculture, plant-based food and how to make conscious choices about your nutrition.
The retreats also include sound journeys under the stars on the beautiful yoga deck, sunset beach picnics, and personal guidance. You can also book additional surfing lessons and massages to enhance your retreat.
When you join a retreat, Jana will support you in feeling more alive and getting your energy back to enable you to move your dreams and projects forward and feel more connected to the world around you. This journey includes personal transformation work as much as aligning our intentions into practical action and is all done with a lot of joy.
Whether you choose the new silent retreat in Monchique or an Ocean and Yoga retreat in Aljezur, taking a yoga and meditation retreat in the Algarve can be a transformative experience that is so much more than just a holiday!
This post was written in collaboration with Ocean and Yoga Retreats. For more information about their yoga retreats in the Algarve, dates, prices and bookings check out their website at www.oceanandyoga.com