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This is the retreat so many guests asked for! Monte Velho Retreat Centre’s kitchen opens its doors and share with you their delicious vegetarian, vegan, and raw-food recipes, accompanied with nutrition talks and workshops. The goal is to give you the tools to discover your way into food and make a conscious choice about what you are eating. Enjoy a week of learning combined with yoga in a privileged location.
The retreat takes place in Monte Velho Retreat Centre, a beautiful venue facing the ocean and surrounded by pine trees, beaches, flowers, and animals. At the retreat center, dormitory, triple, double, or private room accommodation options are available. All rooms have a private bathroom, terrace, and a hammock.
The holistic center is designed to offer all the comfort and space you need for your practices. The main temple “Casa das Pinhas”, made with round wood architecture and heated floor, is inspired in a friend’s center at the Brazilian rainforest, in this temple is where the main activities evolve, comfortably inside and surrounded by nature.
Between activities, one can relax or study in a variety of calm and peaceful spaces that were placed for the purpose of joy and contemplation, all with amazing views to the surroundings. The rooms are cozy with simple decoration, all that is needed for letting go and surrendering to the space of being taken care of, as you walk out the door, maybe the sunlight or the magical sky stars salute.
The day starts with morning yoga and a breathing exercise session, followed by a healthy breakfast. Afterwards, there will be a nutrition interactive talk about vegetarian, vegan, raw food diet, and other similar topics. Everyday, there is a culinary workshop before lunch or before dinner to learn hands-on on how to prepare delicious dishes for your everyday meals.
Lunch is served at 1:30 p.m. and afterwards, you will have free time to enjoy the surroundings. Go for a walk through the sea cliff or following the trails of the Natural Park, try a surf lesson in the Atlantic Ocean, experience a holistic horse riding experience, or spoil yourself with a massage.
There is an evening talk or workshop to complete what you have learned in the morning, before sitting down and enjoying a warm dinner. Enjoy a relaxing meditation or film before bedtime. On March 29, 2017, you will also have a half free day to enjoy the surroundings.
Enjoy an excursion through the natural park trail until the stunning Amado Beach in Carrapateira.
Ariadna is a certified nutritionist and dietitian who worked around the world with other nutritionists, herbalists, naturopaths, and healers. She believes in the power of traditional diets to restore health and sees food as medicine, approaching health and wellness from a holistic perspective.
Antonia is the head chef of Monte Velho Retreat Centre's kitchen. With love and patience, she does not only prepare vegetarian dishes and healthy vegan, but also giving them a special touch with a lot of herbs and spices to make them delicious
Monte Velho Retreat Centre is located at West Algarve, Portugal. It was once a rural tourism center. Now, Monte Velho has grown into its true essence and purpose as a retreat center. It is a space to appreciate and bring to life the natural beauty of the environment and a chance to have a real and empowering experience, feeling your connection to your roots, and a way to discover your true nature.
It is a region enriched by the strength of its nature, where the high cliffs overlook the ocean, filling the air with a fresh breeze, spreading myths and tales of fishermen, sailors and pirates, sunken ships, and great fisheries. The dense energy that originates from the storms in the ocean concentrates in the beautiful waves that break on the sweeping sandy coast.
Additionally, there is a vast and unexplored area where several species can be seen. The location is a bearer of magical aromas, different plants, many of which are therapeutic. Algarve is Portugal’s southernmost region, which is known for its sunny Mediterranean climate, its beach, and golf resorts.
The whitewashed fishing villages on low cliffs overlooking sandy coves were transformed in the 1960's tourism boom, and nowadays its central coast between Lagos and Faro is lined with villas, hotels, bars, and restaurants.
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During this retreat, three daily delicious vegetarian, vegan, or raw vegan local fresh meals will be served. You will also have a hands-on learning experience on how to prepare nutritive and delicious combinations for your daily life.
Apart of the yoga classes and other daily activities, you will have free time to enjoy nature, go to the beach, or receive a treatment at the spa. You can also do bird watching, diving, fishing, horse riding, kite surfing, trekking in the nature, attending photography workshops, or taking surf classes around the area.
Included in the total cost of this retreat is a sauna and steam room session. Other spa treatments are available at an extra cost. Monte Velho Retreat Centre has a range of therapists that offer Swiss massage, Ayurvedic massage, deep tissue massage, cranosacral, physioteraphy, and more.
Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO). Transfer from and to the airport is available upon request. Monte Velho Retreat Center can assist you to book a taxi. You can also travel by public transport from Faro Airport. First, take an airport bus to Faro train station, then board in a train to Lagos (Comboios de Portugal), and from Lagos, take a taxi to the retreat center.
Alternatively, you can also book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS) or Seville Airport (SVQ). It will take you about three to four hours journey to the retreat center from those airports.
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