Retreat to the Azores with Sallie & Megan

      Azores, Portugal

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      Sep 17 - 22, 2023
      Group size: 10 - 30
      Retreat to the Azores with Sallie & Megan
      Azores, Portugal

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      Sep 17 - 22, 2023
      Group size: 10 - 30

      About this trip

      Join Sallie Rivers and Megan Hochheimer for 5 nights / 6 days of yoga, wellness, and an immersion into the natural beauty of the Azores, Portugal.


      An adventure lover’s paradise, the volcanic lands of the Azores boast a temperate climate and unmatched raw beauty. Just under five hours direct flight from Boston and NYC, find yourself in the “Hawaii of the mid-Atlantic,” where outdoor activities abound.


      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 two included excursions will feature all-level hikes to the island’s most stunning vistas, soaks in natural hot springs, and exploration of neighboring towns and beaches.


      Our two free days will offer plenty of time for relaxation and optional spa services on the stunning grounds of our 4-star, beachfront resort, as well as the opportunity to book other excursions such as horseback riding, cooking classes, winery tours and more!


      (Re)Treat yourself with daily yoga classes and workshops led by Sallie and Megan. These two passionate yoga teachers offer a variety of styles, from Hot 26/2 to Yin Yoga infused with Reiki energy healing. Each practice will differ slightly in topic while building towards the overall theme of self-study. For yoga teachers who would like to earn continuing education from the Yoga Alliance, this retreat will feature 10 contact hours.


      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.


      ALL PRICES LISTED ARE PER PERSON and a €500 per person non-refundable deposit is due to reserve your spot on the trip. Trip balances are due 120 days prior to departure, on May 15th. If you'd like to inquire about payment plan options, please email info@solseedretreats.com prior to registering.


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

      What’s included

      *5 Nights / 6 Days lodging at Santa Barbara Eco-Beach Resort

      *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 free days)

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

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

      *Daily Yoga classes & workshops with Sallie and Megan

      *Roundtrip airport transfers from Ponta Delgada Airport (PDL) to SBER and back (about a 15 minute ride each way). We will release FLIGHT PARAMETERS once trip minimums are met.

      Flight Parameters

      For non-stop flight options, we recommend booking flights directly through Azores Air out of New York (JFK) or Boston (BOS). I would recommend securing these flights sooner than later as prices tend to go up in the months leading up to the retreat.


      You will be flying into Ponta Delgada Airport (PDL). This airport is also easily accessed from Lisbon and London, if you prefer to fly over to Europe ahead of the retreat for a few days.


      BOS & JFK direct flight departure date: Saturday, September 16th

      Yes, this is correct - the direct flights are red-eye flights, so you leave Saturday night and arrive in the Azores early on the morning of Sunday, September 17th, 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 direct options from JFK and BOS, you should arrive at Ponta Delgada by 11:30am on Sunday, September 17th in order to make this meal.


      Retreat return date: Friday, September 22nd

      Check out at the resort is noon. The last programmed events are Friday 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 on the 22nd.


      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.


      NOTE: If you are connecting through BOS or JFK airports from another US City, please allow a minimum of 3 hours in between your flights to make sure you have plenty of time to make your connecting international flight to Ponta Delgada (PDL).


      Once you have secured your flights, please forward your flight confirmation email itinerary to ian@solseedretreats.com.

      Not included

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

      *Lunch on your two free days

      *Alcoholic beverages

      *Additional excursions or cab rides 

      *Massages & Spa Services (can be booked directly at the resort front desk)

      *Required Travel Insurance

      Passport & COVID-19 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.


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


      See more detailed info here: https://www.azoresairlines.pt/en/mandatory-procedures-for-entry-to-destinations#raa


      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 www.insuremytrip.com 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. 

      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.

      Selecting Your Room Type - PLEASE READ

      Below you'll find all of our available accommodation packages. If you're wondering which is the best type for you, and possibly your travel buddy or group of friends, please follow this link to our handy ROOM SELECTION FLOW CHART


      All Villas are equipped with: LCD TV | Independent air conditioning | Wi-Fi | Hair dryer | Bathrobes | Electronic safe | Kitchenette equipped with microwave, fridge and utensils | Coffee machine with capsules

      Available Packages

      2 BR Villa - Double Occupancy Bedroom

      This beautiful villa features two bedrooms and two bathrooms, one with a stand up shower and one with a tub. 


      By selecting a Double Occupancy Bedroom, you and your selected roommate with share a bedroom and a full bathroom with stand up shower. 


      Your bedroom will contain two twin beds OR one double bed (please indicate your preference upon registration).


      You will then share a common living area with kitchenette, which separates the two bedrooms, as well as a beautiful outdoor seating area, with one other person who will occupy the second bedroom and bathroom of your villa. 


      YOU MUST HAVE A ROOMMATE TO REGISTER FOR THIS PACKAGE. ALL PRICES ARE PER PERSON. 

      If you do not have a roommate, and still want to register for this package, please email info@solseedretreats.com PRIOR to registering, and we will do our best to help you find a roommate. 


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      **Please indicate your roommate's name upon registration. If you would like your own private bedroom and bathroom within a Two Bedroom Villa, please register for the Single Occupancy Bedroom option. If you and your bedroom-mate would like more privacy, please register for the 1 BR Villa - Double Occupancy Villa option.**

      €2,199
      2 BR Villa - Single Occupancy Bedroom

      This beautiful villa features two bedrooms and two bathrooms. By selecting this Single Occupancy Bedroom option within the two bedroom villa, you will have a private bedroom with one double bed, sink, toilet and European style soaking tub with handheld shower-head.


      There is also a common living area with kitchenette, which separates the two bedrooms, as well as a beautiful outdoor seating area.  Common areas are shared with 1-2 other people, who will occupy the second bedroom of your villa.  


      NOTE: If you would like to share a 2 Bedroom Villa with a friend, and each have your own private bedroom and bathroom, please indicate your friend's name upon registration so we can pair you up in the same villa. You and your friend must each register for one of these retreat packages.


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      If you would like more privacy, please register for the 1 BR Villa - Single Occupancy Bedroom option.

      €2,799
      One BR Villa - Double Occupancy Bedroom

      This beautiful one bedroom villa is ideal for two friends or a couple seeking a bit more privacy and space. 


      It can be configured with one double bed OR 2 twin beds, and has a private bath with stand up shower. The Villa also comes with a living room, small kitchenette and private outdoor seating area.


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      YOU MUST HAVE A ROOMMATE TO REGISTER FOR THIS PACKAGE. ALL PRICES ARE PER PERSON. Please indicate your roommates' name upon sign-up and whether you'd like 1 double bed or 2 twin beds. 

      €2,399
      One BR Villa - Single Occupancy Bedroom

      This beautiful one bedroom villa is ideal for the solo traveler seeking the most privacy.

      It comes with one double bed and a private bath with stand up shower, as well as a living room, small kitchenette and private outdoor seating area. 


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      €2,999
      Luxury Studio - Double Occupancy

      These private studios are ideal for a couple and feature an open style floor plan with one double bed, private bath, kitchenette, and living area. The studios also have access to a plunge pool, which is private to only the Studio Guests.


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      **YOU MUST HAVE A PARTNER TO SIGN UP FOR THIS ROOMING OPTION. ALL PRICES LISTED ARE PER PERSON. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO REGISTER FOR TWO OF THESE PACKAGES, ONE FOR YOURSELF AND ONE FOR YOUR PARTNER.

      €2,499
      Luxury Studio - Single Occupancy

      These private luxury studios feature an open style floor plan with one double bed, private bath, kitchenette, and living area. The studios also have access to a plunge pool, which is private to only the Studio Guests. 


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      If you'd like to share this room (1 Double Bed) with a partner, please book two of the Luxury Studio - Double Occupancy packages.

      €3,199


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