Join us on a thrilling retreat in the stunning Algarve region of Portugal. This five-night retreat takes place at Casa Fuzetta, an exceptional private residence in the heart of the authentic fishing town of Olhão, in the unspoilt eastern Algarve.
This will be our backdrop for a week of invigorating yoga, incredible plant-based dining, exploration, and rejuvenation.
✨Please see the "Itinerary" section below for more details.✨
Each morning will begin with a dynamic vinyasa flow - a well-rounded, mindful practice that will invigorate your entire body. Throughout the week, you'll deepen your physical practice of hip openers, backbends, standing poses, arm balances, and inversions, while also incorporating meditation and pranayama.
The yoga we'll do is for all levels, and options will be given to "level-up" or "level-down". Matthew's classes are often vigorous and sweaty, and you're always welcome to slow down, rest, and take modifications. That said, in order to take full advantage, we recommend having some experience in vinyasa yoga before you arrive.
Our morning yoga practice will be followed by a relaxed and hearty family-style brunch.
Afternoons are yours, whether you wish to visit the markets, relax by the pool, or follow your heart to the ocean or the wonderful local islands; abundant culture and nature saturate the vicinity.
In the late afternoon/early evening, you'll be welcomed back for a two-part yoga practice, the first part being more challenging, focusing on arm balances and inversions, and the second part being a slow flow: quiet and restorative, concluding with Yoga Nidra. You are welcome to attend either or both of these sessions. This will be followed by a delicious plant-based dinner.
Getting to Casa Fuzetta couldn’t be easier. It is within a 15/20 minute drive from Faro International Airport (FAO), which itself is less than 3 hours flight from London Gatwick, and only just over 3 hours from many other European destinations. We are happy to recommend reliable transfer companies to get you to and from the airport. Once at the house, you will be in the heart of the old town where family-run local restaurants, the spectacular waterfront market and boats out to the islands are all within easy walking distance.
Other travel options from Philadelphia / NYC::
• a direct flight from Philadelphia (PHL) to Lisbon (LIS) and a train (3 - 4 hours) or taxi (2 - 3 hours) to Faro.
Matthew is a certified yoga teacher (E-RYT 500), a former opera singer, a dog dad, an ambitious learner, and a recovering perfectionist with a B.S. in Psychology and both a B.M. and an M.M in Music. He helps busy, high achieving people improve their strength, flexibility and overall fitness through mindful movement (and probably a little sweat). Flowing with him will give you the mental escape you've been waiting for all day. To learn more about Matthew, CLICK HERE.
German food blogger & cookbook author Diana Scholl will be your culinary host for the week – providing you with delicious, plant-based meals highlighting the abundant Portuguese produce. Diana’s cooking is full of flavour, nourishing and fulfilling, she loves spices, herbs, carbs & grains, nuts, dips & dressings and will indulge you with freshly prepared delicious family-style meals throughout the retreat.
Andrew is your program coordinator. During the retreat he will be around to assist and answer any questions you may have. Originally from Ohio, Andrew moved as quickly as he could to the New York City, where he earned his bachelor's degree in music, then Philadelphia where he earned his Masters. For the past six years Andrew has been working as a singer, photographer, and dog dad, based in Stuttgart, Germany.
In the unfortunate event that you need to cancel your trip, you will be refunded the following amount:
· up to 90 days before the retreat start date, a cancellation fee equal to the previously stated down payment (20%) applies;
· from 60 to 90 days before the retreat start date, 50% of the total price of the trip is non-refundable;
· from 60 to 30 days before the retreat start date, 70% of the total price of the trip is non-refundable
· from 30 days or less before the retreat start date, 90% of the total price of the trip is non-refundable.
Travel insurance is highly recommended. A travel insurance policy should include trip cancellation and interruption, baggage, accident, emergency assistance, and medical assistance.
The house has over 1000sqm of internal space and 560sqm of external space including:
Not to visit at least one of the Islands (Armona, Culatra, Farol or Deserta) would be criminal! They each have a distinct feel but each one has beautiful unspoilt beaches, and wonderful low key restaurants/beach bars where you will happily while away the day. The islands are easy to get to: you can either take a small ferry which runs multiple times per day or a river taxi. They all go from the same place, just 150m east along the waterfront from the market. If you rent a car, a host of wonderful places can be reached within a 30 minute drive and if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, Seville is only two hours away.
CHECK-IN TIME IS 4pm, so feel free to arrive any time after that - we'll be ready to welcome you and show you to your amazing room!
6pm • Welcome Practice
We'll do a short slow-flow practice to help you shake off the travel (think: juicy hip openers, shoulder stretches, and grounding breathwork).
7:30pm • Dinner
We'll pour the bubbly, toast to the start of an incredible week, and then sit down (most likely al fresco!) to enjoy our first dinner together.