Adventure to the Azores with Susan Hlibchuk and Mike Murdoch

      Azores, Portugal

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      Sep 14 - 19, 2024
      Group size: 10 - 30
      Adventure to the Azores with Susan Hlibchuk and Mike Murdoch
      Azores, Portugal

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      311 reviews

      Sep 14 - 19, 2024
      Group size: 10 - 30

      About this trip

      Join Susan Hlibchuk and Mike Murdoch for 5 nights / 6 days of yoga, adventure, community and connection in the Azores, Portugal!

      The Azores are a volcanic land, full of natural, raw beauty, a temperate climate and outdoor activities. Truly an adventure lovers paradise, and just a 6 hour direct flight from Toronto, these islands are known as the "Hawaii of the mid-atlantic" and are not to be missed!

      This beautiful location in the Azores will provide us a stunning back drop to be in nature, practice yoga in community, and to have fun! Whether you’re coming to unwind, revitalize, or to see more of the world, you will have a wonderful time with like minded people.

      We will be staying on the "Green Island" of Sao Miguel, home to vibrant blue volcanic lakes, black sand beaches, lush natural preserves, and panoramic cliffs. Our home for the week will be the 5-star Senhora da Rosa resort, which offers a swimming pool, a pineapple greenhouse hot tub, a full day spa, and multiple bars, lounges and a top rated restaurant, all for your use. 

      Susan and Mike will offer daily yoga programming, and our two excursion days will include hikes for all levels to some of the most stunning vistas on the island, soaks in natural hot springs, and exploration of neighboring towns and beaches. There will also be plenty of time on our two free days for relaxation at our resort, or further exploration of the island. Check out our Azores Free Day Activities Guide to see all of the options! 

      All meals (with the exception of 2 lunches) are included, and will be nourishing, fresh, and delicious, so that you can get a true taste of Azorean fare.

      A €500 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot on this retreat. All prices listed are PER PERSON. Your retreat balance is due 120 days prior to departure, on May 10th. Payment plans can be set up at no extra charge. Simply email to inquire.

      Please read on for important info on: What is Included, What is Not Included, Passport, Immunization & Covid-19 Entry Requirements, Our Cancellation & Refund Policy, and Required Travel Insurance.

      What’s included

      *5 Nights / 6 Days lodging at Senhora da Rosa

      *Breakfast & Dinner Daily (Arrival day no breakfast, departure day no lunch or dinner)

      *Lunch on Arrival Day, and Picnic Lunch on Excursion Days (no lunch on your two free days)

      *Early Check-in on the morning of your arrival to the resort

      *Two group hiking, hot springs, and town visit excursions, including a picnic lunch all guides and transportation

      *Daily yoga programming with Susan and Mike

      *Use of on-site spa, pool and hot tub

      *Roundtrip airport transfers from Ponta Delgada Airport (PDL), about a 15 minute ride each way.

      *Base gratuities for the resort staff, taxi drivers and tour guides

      Not included

      *Airfare to Ponta Delgada (PDL). We fly SATA (Azores) Air direct from Toronto

      *Lunch on your two free days

      *Alcoholic beverages

      *Additional excursions or cab rides - check out our Azores Free Day Activities Guide

      *Massages (can be booked directly at the resort)

      *Required Travel Insurance

      *ETIAS travel authorization fees

      Flight Parameters

      You will be flying into Ponta Delgada Airport (PDL).

      For non-stop flight options, we recommend booking flights directly through Azores Air out of Toronto (YYZ).

      Feeling adventurous, and have some extra PTO? Look into "stop over" packages which would allow you to continue on to Lisbon or Porto for very little extra money on Azores Air.

      Retreat departure date: Friday, September 13th

      Yes, this is correct - the direct flights are red-eye flights, so you leave the night before the retreat starts, and arrive in the Azores early in the morning on the start date of your retreat. Everyone's rooms are held for an early check-in, so you will have an opportunity to get settled and take a nice nap. The first event of the retreat is a lunch at the resort at roughly 1PM. If you are arriving on a flight other than the overnight option(s), you should arrive at Ponta Delgada airport by 11:30am in order to attend this meal.

      Retreat return date: Thursday, September 19th

      Check out at the resort is noon. The last programmed events are in the morning leading up to and including breakfast. We will offer multiple shuttles to Ponta Delgada airport, and/or hotels in Ponta Delgada, during the day according to people's travel itineraries. The resort will safely store luggage, and you are welcome to enjoy the restaurant and grounds if you schedule an evening flight.

      If you book flights outside of these dates, you may be responsible for paying for your own taxi (budget about 20 Euro for this each way), but we can still help to coordinate a taxi for you.

      Once you have secured your flights, please forward your flight confirmation email itinerary to

      Passport, Visa & Entry Requirements

      You must have a valid passport to travel to the Azores. Please check your passport expiration date and make sure it is valid for at least 3 months after the end date of your retreat.

      We are waiting for the new ETIAS Visa System to come online in 2024 or 2025. This is a new visa system which will apply to visitors from the US and Canada to Portugal, and possibly the Azores, which are an autonomous region of Portugal. The process sounds straightforward, relatively low cost, and easy to complete. We will be sure to communicate these changes and requirements to everyone once they are live, and we will update our FAQs document with that new information as well.

      Currently, there are no COVID testing or vaccination requirements to enter the Azores or mainland Portugal.

      We will keep you posted if this changes prior to your retreat. However, registrants are personally responsible for complying to local laws, at their own expense. Such expenses may include, but are not limited to:

      1. Proving adequate vaccination status
      2. Providing a negative PCR test(s)
      3. Showing proof of travel insurance

      Required Travel Insurance

      The purchase of travel insurance is required for this trip.

      Most policies protect you against potential trip delays or cancellations due to airline issues, family emergencies, illness, injury, etc. The travel insurance will also demonstrate to the host country that you are able to pay for any emergency services which may be necessary during your stay.

      SolSeed is not authorized to sell travel insurance. Any offer to purchase travel insurance that you encounter during the checkout process are third party offers. You are free to select your own policy provider. 

      If you would like to review options in a convenient online marketplace, we like what has put together. We have also had great experience with Trawick International and their customer service, and heard very good things from AAA and AMEX Members who have purchased their travel insurance through those respective agencies.

      We strongly encourage you to speak with a travel insurance agent to discuss your specific coverage needs, and to clear up any questions you may have relative to travel insurance coverage, including questions about COVID-19.

      Please make sure you purchase a plan that includes coverage for COVID-19 related trip cancellations and trip interruptions as not all do. 

      To learn more about Travel Insurance and review some FAQs, please visit this helpful blog post that we put together on the topic:

      Cancellation & Refund Policy

      All retreats include a €500 non-refundable / non-transferable deposit, which is required to hold your spot on the trip. Any balance payments made are also non-refundable / non-transferable. SolSeed Retreats can only make an exception to these terms if:

      1. The host government forbids us to visit as tourists.
      2. The host government forbids our vendors from hosting us as tourists.
      3. The US government forbids us to travel to the host country as tourists.

      If SolSeed must further postpone or cancel the trip for any of the above reasons, all registrants will receive a refund of all deposits paid less €200.

      If you refuse to comply with the entry laws of the host country, region, town, etc; SolSeed will not consider this a valid reason for receiving any refund. SolSeed will ensure to the best of their abilities that all registrants comply with all then current laws and regulations.

      Available Packages

      Double Occupancy Bedroom
      only 2 left

      This lovely double occupancy room is ideal for two friends, a couple, or the solo traveler desiring to be paired up with a like-minded roommate**. It can be configured with one king bed OR two twin beds, and has a private bath.

      All rooms are equipped with wi-fi, minibar, air conditioning, heating system, and USB connections.

      All prices listed are PER PERSON. If you are registering for yourself and a roommate, please register for quantity 2 packages.

      *Please indicate your roommates' name upon sign-up and whether you'd like one king bed or two twin beds. 

      **If you are registering for this room solo, we will do our best to pair you up with a like-minded roommate. In the event that we can not, there is a 550 Euro surcharge to stay in this room as a single, which will be applied to your retreat balance payment. By registering for this room solo, you are agreeing to these terms. 

      Deposit: €500
      Single Occupancy Bedroom
      only 1 left

      This lovely single occupancy room is ideal for the solo traveler seeking the most privacy. It is configured with one queen bed and has a private bathroom.

      All rooms are equipped with wi-fi, minibar, air conditioning, heating system, and USB connections. 

      Deposit: €500


      Sample Itinerary
      Susan and Mike's Azores Retreat

      Day 1: Arrival + Settle In 

      Early morning arrival post red-eye and check into room 

      1pm Lunch and SolSeed orientation 

      5pm Opening Class

      7:30 Dinner at resort

      Day 2: Excursion Day 

      8am Morning Class

      9:30am Breakfast buffet 

      10:30am Excursion including group hike, picnic lunch & hot springs visit

      7:30pm Dinner at resort

      Day 3: Free Day

      8am Morning Class

      9:30am Breakfast buffet

      Free time

      5pm Evening Class

      7pm Depart for dinner out 

      Day 4: Excursion Day 

      8am Morning Class

      9:30am Breakfast buffet 

      10:30am Excursion including group hike, picnic lunch & hot springs visit

      7:30pm Dinner at resort

      Day 5: Free Day

      8am Morning Class

      9:30am Breakfast buffet

      Free time

      5pm Evening Class

      7pm Depart for dinner out 

      Day 6: Free Day + Departure 

      8am Morning Class

      9:30am Breakfast buffet 

      12pm Check out Shuttle to airport

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      Such an amazing trip. So much attention to detail! Didn’t have to think about a thing and the food was amazing.
      By Kimberly J for RE|TREAT: Adventure to the Azores with Mooch on Jun 11, 2024
      I had an incredible experience in the Azores! The accommodations were fantastic, the group was incredibly supportive and welcoming, and the excursions were thoroughly enjoyable. I can't praise Mooch enough—the attention to detail was simply unbelievable. From the thoughtful goodies to pairing us up with the perfect roommates, everything felt carefully planned and intentional. I would highly recommend Mooch to anyone seeking a retreat that promotes wellness, rejuvenation, and mindfulness. 11/10!
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