About Monte Velho:
From the top of the “Monte”, we become consciousness of the vast natural space around us, the strength of the elements in the region and the overwhelming beauty of one of the most, or perhaps last, secret places in the world. The ocean, the trees and hills, the animals and humans, one vision that puts us in the very center of the continuous beautiful and mighty universal cycles. Once a rural tourism center, Monte Velho has grown into its true essence and purpose as an Eco Retreat Center. A space to appreciate and bring to life the natural beauty of the environment and a chance to have a real and empowering experience, our connection to our roots and a way to discover our true nature.For a sneak peak of life at Monte Velho, check out this short video: https://vimeo.com/153089765.
About your instructors:
Lila believes that when we feel good in our bodies we are inspired to do good in the world. Her goal is to help people move better, breathe better, and feel better in order to live a life they truly love. She infuses the principles of yoga, and mindfulness throughout her Pilates classes. Lila is trained in a variety of modalities, including Pilates ( Polestar, Integrated Teacher Training, Master Level), Parayoga, and Silvestre Dance Technique. She is also a certified NASM Personal Trainer, Ice Chamber-trained Kettlebell instructor, and R @ I Z-Health specialist.
Fascinated by the interaction of body and mind, anatomy and energy, strength and stability, Lea embraces Pilates, dance, and yoga. Lea’s commitment is to inspire others to realize their own gifts and potential. She loves teaching and sharing her studies and teaches strong and dynamic classes, so that space for expansion can be created. At the same time she puts great emphasis on proper alignment and traditional practices such as pranayama and meditation. Lea is certified in Anusara Elements Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Pilates Matwork. She is also trained in Anatomy Trains in Motion and Slings and has several certifications in dance.
A note on pricing:
Guests will be entitled to a full refund less 10% of the total cost, with notice at least 60 days prior to the scheduled arrival date. With notice of cancellation 59 days or less from the scheduled arrival date, there will be a cancellation penalty of 25% for the total stay. There will be no refunds with notice of cancellation less than two weeks prior to arrival. Guests are responsible for all nights reserved at the rates reserved. There are no refunds or prorating for arriving late or leaving earlier than the reserved dates.
The closest airport is Faro (1.5 hours to Monte Velho), followed by Lisbon (3.5 hours to Monte Velho); transport from either airport to the retreat center can be arranged. A third option is arrival into Lagos by bus through RedeExpressos or EVABUS. Pickup can be arranged upon request from there. Note that travel from the U.S. to Portugal does not require a visa.