Yoga + Hiking Retreat in the Azores, Samhain 2019

São Miguel, Portugal

1 review
Oct 26 - Nov 1, 2019
Group size: 7 - 14
Yoga + Hiking Retreat in the Azores, Samhain 2019
São Miguel, Portugal

1 review

Oct 26 - Nov 1, 2019
Group size: 7 - 14

About this trip

Theme of our retreat

Slow down, lean in and allow the wisdom of nature to enlighten you during our annual yoga + hiking retreat.

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.

This retreat takes place during Halloween, which 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 nature. It is a time of reflection, release and intention - to remember what has passed and to be aware of how we are moving forth.

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.

Map it

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).

Cancellation Policy

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 for more info. 

What’s included

  • 6 nights accomodation
    at quinta minuvida
  • All meals*
    *with the exception of two lunches on free days
  • Airport transfers
    To / from our accommodations (with group)
  • Hiking excursions
    Two mindful hiking excursions to the islands' must see destinations including hotsprings visit
  • Daily yoga + meditation
    A mix of workshops, classes and meditations on-site and out in nature throughout the week
  • Reiki with Rimi
    Rimi will weave in Reiki principles into her teaching, meditation and reiki sessions will be available during the week

What’s not included

  • Roundtrip Airfare
    Airport code "PDL", check on Azores Airlines (to/from the US), Ryan Air, Easy Jet and TAP
  • Alcoholic beverages
    Some are included but others can be purchased
  • Additional excursions
    Two free afternoons during the retreat to use how you like

Available Packages

Double Occupancy (shared bed)

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. 

Deposit: €500
Single Occupancy Room

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.  

Deposit: €500
Shared Suite

You'll have your own bed but share a bath. 

Deposit: €500
Supporter Rate - shared 4-bed

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.

Deposit: €400


Typical day
Excursion Day: mindful hiking + hotspring experience

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.

Your Organizer

1 review
MINUVIDA AZORES offers curated, small-group outdoors experiences in São Miguel, Azores islands, with emphasis on hiking, food and yoga.


My second visit. I had an amazing time the first time, and an even better experience this trip. Yoga, meditation, and reiki in this environment was energizing. Thank everyone at Minuvida for your hospitality.
By Bernard H for Yoga + Hiking Retreat in the Azores, Samhain 2019 on Nov 03, 2019