Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal Yoga Retreat 2023 (SOLD OUT!)

July 27th - August 1st 2023

Join Erin 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, July 27th – Tuesday, August 1st 2023.

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What To Expect

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What's Included

  • 10 yoga classes
  • Transportation to and from airport
  • Daily excursions including river cruise, vineyard tour and wine tasting, and hiking in a national park
  • Daily breakfast
  • Vegetarian dinners prepared by private chef
  • Access to pool, sauna and grounds
  • Practice space at a beautiful villa with mats and blocks provided
  • Local wine for happy hours and dinner

What's NOT Included

  • Flights to and from the retreat
  • Lunch
  • Souvenirs
  • Optional gratuities for chef and excursion tour guides

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 in the towns that we visit 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 vineyard 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.

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 king bed (double occupancy), queen bed (single occupancy), full bed (single occupancy) and twin bed 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, July 27th 2023

  • Guests will arrive at the villa via airport transfer (included)
  • As guests arrive, free time can be enjoyed at the villa to explore the grounds, check out the pool and get settled in their rooms
  • Enjoy a welcome Vinyasa Yoga class with Erin
  • Happy hour with local wine included
  • Dinner at the villa with Chef Maria (vegetarian)
Highlight: Our Vegetarian Chef Maria

Chef Maria is a 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.

Friday, July 28th 2023

  • Continental breakfast
  • Morning Vinyasa Yoga class with Erin
  • River Cruise on the Douro River in Porto
  • Free Time in Porto, Portugal
  • Pre-dinner sound bath with guest teacher
  • Happy hour with local wine included
  • Dinner at the villa with Chef Maria (vegetarian)
Highlight: River Cruise on the Douro River in Porto

You will embark on a private 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. A glass of port wine included.

Saturday, July 29th 2023

  • Continental breakfast
  • Morning Vinyasa Yoga class with Erin
  • Excursion to the town of Ponte de Lima
  • Vineyard tour and tasting at Quinta do Ameal
  • Pre-dinner slow flow with Erin
  • Happy hour with local wine included
  • Dinner at the villa with Chef Maria (vegetarian)
Highlight: Excursions to Ponte de Lima and Vineyard Tour at Quinta do Ameal
Ponte de Lima
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Ponte de Lima is one of the oldest towns in Portugal, named after the medieval roman bridge that crosses over the Lima river. This picturesque town is home to 2,800 residents and is the center for Vinho Verde or “green wine” production. Which brings me to my next point…

Quinta do Ameal Vineyard

Quinta do Ameal Vineyard is based on a beautiful, historic property dating back to 1710. As mentioned above, it is in the Vinho Verde wine region, and as such it has 14 hectares of vineyards dedicated to the Loureiro grape variety which is used to make Vinho Verde.

Sunday, July 30th 2023

  • Continental breakfast
  • Morning Vinyasa Yoga class with Erin
  • Hiking to a waterfall in Peneda-Gerês National Park
  • Free time in Braga, Portugal
  • Pre-dinner Restorative or Yin Yoga class by guest teacher
  • Happy hour with local wine included
  • Dinner at the villa with Chef Maria (vegetarian)
Highlight: Hiking to a Waterfall in Peneda-Gerês National Park

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 July day at the end of a hike…

Monday, July 31st 2023

  • Continental breakfast
  • Morning Vinyasa Yoga class with Erin
  • Free day – option to visit Porto again, head to the beach or just relax at the villa. Transportation will not be included.
  • Last night Chakra dance party
  • Our last dinner at a restaurant close by, included in price of retreat.
Highlight: Morning Vinyasa Yoga class with Erin

Erin’s vinyasa classes are dancey flows set to great music that will challenge you while offering modifications the whole time, making you leave class feeling good no matter what. Erin specializes in arm balances and inversions so the week retreat will be a great opportunity to dive deeper into the fundamentals of those funky arm balances as well as getting upside down. This retreat will allow you to have moments to safely attempt poses that otherwise may be intimidating during every day practice.

Tuesday, August 1st 2023

  • 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 4 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 and Queen bed rooms are based on single occupancy and booked for a solo traveler. The King 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.

 

This retreat has already occurred – no rooms available.

FAQ

You can fly directly into Porto (there are some nonstop flights from NYC) or if you can fly into Lisbon for a layover there is a bullet 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 July 26th to arrive to Porto Thursday, July 27th and Brandon and Erin will already be at the villa 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***

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 April 1st which is $100 off the price of retreat. A $500 deposit is charged at booking to hold your reservation, final payment of remaining balance is due by May 1st, 2023. After this date, full payment will be required at booking.