Theme of our retreat
Slow down, lean in and allow the wisdom of the darkness to enlighten you during this sacred Samhain / Halloween retreat.
Halloween has roots in Samhain, a sacred fire festival, that marks the beginning of the winter season. To 'hallow' is to make holy, to hold sacred. In this age of speed, over information and extremes it is easy to lose connection with the sacredness of daily life. The seasonal shift of Samhain is a potent time to remind us of this sacredness and to lean into listening and the wisdom of the dark. It is a time of reflection, release and intention - to remember what has passed and to be aware of how we are moving forth.
This retreat is led by Yoga Azores co-founders Mandy Brinkley and Rimi Chakraborty, and draws upon a broad range of practices including daily asana, pranayama, mudra, mantra, meditation and reflection. You will enjoy plenty of nourishing time outdoors with practices to help you authentically and deeply connect with the support of nature all around.
This retreat includes all the planning, detail, meals and excursions except for two lunches on free days so you can focus on being present and allow yourself to be guided and reflect within.
Intentional Sustainable Lodging
Our home away from home will be quinta minuvida, which offers intentional, sustainable accommodation. Step beyond the indulgences of traditional lodging and experience the Azores as a treasure to cherish and protect. The lodge features five thoughtful suites, outdoor pool, yoga studio, guest kitchen, living room with fireplace, outdoor grill, firepit, observatory, organic vegetable garden, and one acre of orchards. We are centrally located, only 15 minutes from the airport and about 30 minutes from most attractions. We are close to beaches, walking trails, hotsprings and bike paths, not to mention the largest fishing port in the Azores. An added bonus is spending time with very special and friendly residents - the animals of the quinta including Eskimo, Biscoito and Moo!
Discovering the Island
Our week will include opportunities for deep connection with the senses in nature. Discover some of the most pristine corners of the island during our hikes and excursions. Breathe and feel the breeze on your skin, smell the mineral-rich soil, step on the black sand beaches and verdant green hillsides and taste the ocean air. You'll also have free time for your own exploration or to simply relax.
Early bird is open!
Early bird pricing (shown) through January 31, 2019. This is ABSOLUTELY PERFECT for a holiday gift to yourself or someone you love. Prices increase by 216€ starting February 1, 2019.
The Portuguese Azores Islands are a magical, volcanic land, full of natural, raw beauty, a temperate climate and endless outdoor activities. They are located in the Atlantic Ocean, about 1,000 miles off the coast of Portugal. Truly an adventure lovers paradise, that is under 5 hours from Boston, less than 4 hours from the UK and under 2 hours from Lisbon. Airlines fly direct from Boston (Azores Airlines) and from London (Ryan Air and Easy Jet), as well as flights via Lisbon around the world (TAP, other airlines).
All deposits and payments are non-refundable. The purchase of travel insurance is highly recommended for this trip, which may protect you against potential trip delays or cancellations due to airline issues, family emergencies, illness, injury, etc. We recommend checking out www.insuremytrip.com for more info.
These rooms feature two single beds and a private en-suite bathroom to be shared with your roommate.
One suite with a double bed, and en-suite private bath. Perfect for a couple or two people sharing a bed. Price is per person.
Beautiful private suite with a double bed and en-suite bathroom. Ideal for the solo traveler or someone who wants their own space during a retreat.
Two room suite with three or four single beds (one or two beds per room), and an en-suite bath you'll share with your roommates.
Our supporter rate is for anyone who needs a little financial break. Your booking status will be kept completely confidential. You'll be in a two-room suite in a room with two single beds. The bathroom is shared with up to three other people.
Morning meditation and yoga followed by a scrumptious breakfast at our center.
Two of the days we're led on a hiking excursion entering the mouth of a volcano, learning about endemic plants and even foraging for some along the way;-)
Post hike afternoon yoga in secret spots in nature followed by a soak in a geothermal hotspring.
Evening down-time at the center dinner and games.