Portugal 2024

Portugal Yoga Retreat 2024

June 27th - July 2nd 2024

Join us on a 5 night, 6 day yoga retreat 30 minutes outside of Porto in a beautiful villa for a week of yoga, adventure, wine, food, and relaxation from Thursday, June 27th until Tuesday, July 2nd 2024.

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What To Expect

What's Included

  • 8 yoga classes including a sound bath
  • Transportation to and from airport
  • Sailing river cruise on a catamaran
  • Port wine cave tasting and lunch in Gaia
  • Full day Douro Valley tour with wine tastings and lunch 
  • Hiking and waterfall swim in a national park
  • Daily breakfast
  • Vegetarian dinners prepared by private chef
  • Access to pool and grounds
  • Practice space at a beautiful villa with mats and blocks provided
  • Local Portuguese wine for happy hours and dinner
  • Atlas Yoga T-shirt

What's NOT Included

  • Flights to and from the retreat
  • Lunch each day (unless specified it’s included)
  • Optional gratuities for chef and excursion tour guides
  • Travel insurance (proof required after booking)

What's the Vibe

You will have time for relaxation at our stunning villa, with daily morning yoga classes that will challenge you paired with nightly classes that will calm you down and relax the senses. Exploring the local culture will be at the forefront of the experience – we will offer some guided experiences but will also allow for free time so you can have your own adventure. 

 

The Porto region of Portugal is famous for their wine, specifically their Port and Vinho Verde, so in honor of this, wine will also be a focal point. Along with the Douro Valley wine tour, you will have nightly happy hours at the villa with local Portuguese wine. 

 

Balance is the key for a happy life, and we will do our best to provide a comfortable balance of adventure, tranquility, personal growth, community, and good old fashioned fun.

Your Instructor: Erin Lyons

Erin received her 200 hour yoga teacher certification in Rishikesh, India from Rishikesh YTTC in early 2020 but has been practicing yoga for over a decade. She graduated from Roger Williams University where she studied Dance & Performance Studies and Global Communications and currently teaches yoga classes full time all around New York City. She loves building connections, diving deeper into yoga, and most importantly making clients feel good. 

 

Erin created Atlas Yoga to fuse two of her favorite things – travel and yoga. Having traveled to 30 countries and hiked in 50 national parks around the US, it’s safe to say she knows a thing of two about what makes a travel experience memorable. Building upon these two passions, Atlas Yoga curates retreats that are the perfect combination of travel and yoga.

Your Private Chef: Maria Tavares

Chef Maria is a vegetarian Portuguese chef of functional gastronomy, which combines the best flavors and beauty with a healthy gastronomy without allergens, with the freshest products that the season gives us always based on sustainability in the kitchen. Plant based, low carb, detox and raw feed.

Accommodation

Villa Amenities

Our villa has a private, gated drive that leads into a lush property complete with an inground pool and a separate studio specifically for yoga. Enjoy the serenity of the grounds and soak up the sun in-between yoga classes and excursions.

What's the Location

You will be staying at a villa 30 minutes outside of Porto in the town of Vila Nova de Famalicão. This location offers the best of both worlds, with the calm natural oasis of the villa grounds paired with easy access to Porto and other neighboring towns.

What's the Size of the Villa

The villa has 9 bedrooms, each with their own private bathroom. There are a variety of room types including queen beds (double occupancy), full beds (single occupancy) and twin beds shared room (double occupancy, bring a friend or make a new one).

 

There is a large kitchen with a dining room that can accommodate up to 16 guests. Excluding your hosts, Erin and Brandon, the maximum number of participants for the retreat is capped at 12 people.

Itinerary

Thursday, June 27th 2024

  • Guests will arrive at the villa via airport transfer (included)
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Free time can be enjoyed at the villa to explore the grounds, enjoy the pool and get settled in their rooms
  • Sandwich lunch will be provided
  • Enjoy a welcome circle with Erin to set intentions and get grounded
  • Happy hour with local wine included
  • Dinner at the villa with Chef Maria
Day 1 Highlight Photos:

Friday, June 28th 2024

  • Continental breakfast
  • Morning Vinyasa Yoga class with Erin
  • 2 Hour catamaran sail on the Douro River in Porto
  • Lunch at Mercado Beira-Rio (not included)
  • Port wine cave tasting at Ferreira Cellars
  • Pre-dinner sound bath with guest teacher Joana Alves
  • Happy hour with local wine included
  • Dinner at the villa with Chef Maria
Day 2 Highlight Photos:
Catamaran River Cruise Details:

You will embark on a private catamaran sailboat for a 2 hour journey passing by some of the most famous landmarks in Porto including Alfandega Porto Congress Centre, Ponte de Dom Luis I, Ribeira Square, and Ponte da Arrabida. 

 

The catamaran is spacious with seating in the front and on the fly bridge deck for optimal relaxation. A glass of port wine is included, and a bar service with wine and beer is available at an extra charge.

Saturday, June 29th 2024

  • Continental breakfast
  • Morning Vinyasa Yoga class with Erin
  • Douro Valley vineyard wine tasting tour with lunch included
  • Happy hour with local wine included
  • Dinner at the villa with Chef Maria
Day 3 Highlight Photos:
Douro Valley Vineyard Tour Details:

You will take an hour and a half drive east with a licensed tour guide to the Douro Valley wine region which is one of the most spectacular places in Portugal. As soon as you get the valley you will be surrounded by breathtaking views with stunning terraces built into the hills to support all the vineyards. This world famous wine region has been considered a UNESCO world heritage site since 2001.

 

You will visit two family owned wineries to learn more about wine production, and in the process will taste many Portuguese wines. Port wines are famously made in the Douro Valley, and in the old days they used to sail them in boats called Rabelo Boats down the river to Gaia to be stored in the wine caves (that we will be touring the day before!)

Sunday, June 30th 2024

  • Continental breakfast
  • Morning Vinyasa Yoga class with Erin
  • Free day in Porto, transportation will be included
  • Happy hour at Base Porto
  • Dinner at Especie Restaurante in Porto, included in price of retreat
Day 4 Highlight Photos:
Porto Free Day Details:

Porto is a magical city with so much to offer. After arriving to the city midday you will have time on your own to explore, eat, shop, or whatever you fancy. The group is encouraged to meet back up at Base Porto, an outdoor park in the center city for a happy hour drink on the lawn before we venture to our restaurant for dinner.

 

Especie Resturante is a vegetarian restaurant with great service, cozy atmosphere, and amazing food.  Two glasses of wine and more food than you could possibly eat are included in the price of booking.

Monday, July 1st 2024

  • Continental breakfast
  • Morning Vinyasa Yoga class with Erin
  • Hiking to a waterfall in Peneda-Gerês National Park
  • Lunch at local restaurant (not included)
  • Pre-dinner slow flow and restore class led by Erin
  • Happy hour with local wine included
  • Dinner at the villa with Chef Maria
Day 5 Highlight Photos:
National Park Hike and Waterfall Swim Details:

Peneda-Gerês National Park is the only national park in Portugal and it’s well known for it’s natural beauty. You will go on a 2.6 mile round-trip hike that leads to a waterfall, pictured above. The waterfall isn’t very tall, but the best part is that you’re allowed to swim in the natural pool at the base of the falls. Can’t think of anything better on a hot summer day at the end of a hike…

Tuesday, July 2nd 2024

  • Continental breakfast
  • Morning Vinyasa Yoga class with Erin
  • Free time until check out
  • Transfer to Porto airport included

*It’s possible certain activities will move dates, or that the excursions may change minorly, but you can rest assured in that event they will be replaced with something of equal value and equally awesome*

Pricing & Booking

We have 3 different room types to cater to the different types of travelers we will be hosting. The Twin Bed rooms are shared by 2 people, but only allow for solo traveler booking. The Full Bed rooms are based on single occupancy and booked for a solo traveler. The Queen Bed rooms are shared by 2 people and can only be booked based on double occupancy.

 

If you have any questions about this breakdown, please reach out to us.

FAQ

You can fly directly into Porto (OPO) – there are some nonstop flights from NYC. You can also fly directly to Lisbon (LIS) and catch a train that gets you into Porto in around three hours.

 

Often from NYC, the best way to travel to Europe is by redeye so plan to leave NYC the night of Wednesday June 26th to arrive to Porto Thursday, June 27th. Brandon and Erin will already be at the villa ready to check you in. If you have any questions about best flight tracking/airlines/credit card points, feel free to reach out as Brandon is a font of knowledge in terms of travel hacking.

 

***Make sure that your passport is valid at minimum 6 months beyond the last day of the retreat***

We will be booking taxis for you using a reliable company called WelcomePickups. We will group you with other guests arriving around the same time. You have the option of being picked up/dropped off at the airport or in Porto city center. This is included in the cost of your booking.

Of course! Please let us know if you have any health restrictions and we will plan accordingly with our chef. All meals will be vegetarian friendly.

We offer early bird pricing until February 15th which is $100 off the price of retreat. A $500 deposit per person is charged at booking to hold your reservation, final payment of remaining balance will be processed automatically on April 1st, 2024. After this date, full payment will be required at booking.

Travel insurance is required to protect you! If for any reason you have to cancel, and you are not eligible for a refund as stated in our policy found here, then travel insurance can ensure that you get your money back. We know this from experience – we have had guests cancel at the last minute due to sickness, but thankfully their travel insurance covered the full cost of the retreat.

 

Our recommendation for attaining travel insurance is to use SquareMouth – it’s a website that allows you to compare insurance quotes from a bunch of different reputable companies to find the best coverage for you. Make sure to read the fine print, and determine for yourself how much coverage is necessary, including potentially upgrading to the option for “Cancel For Any Reason”. At the minimum, it should cover the cost of the retreat and your flights for an emergency situation (sickness, family emergency, etc.)

 

If you have any questions regarding this, please feel free to reach out at erin@atlasyogaretreats.com

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Questions?

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at erin@atlasyogaretreats.com