Visit the spectacular Sintra region, near Lisbon, Portugal
Spend 5 days doing yoga on an beautiful eco-farm for only 390€
Do you need a retreat, a holiday, an exploration into yoga or a deepening of your practice? This extended weekend can be some, or all, of the above. It is located 45 minutes from Lisbon on the beautiful Quinta Ecosofia eco-farm between the foothills of the Sintra Mountains and the nearby Atlantic coastline with beautiful beaches and rugged cliffs.
There are two retreats coming up, one in May, the other in September. Spring and Autumn are the best seasons in Portugal – warm but not too hot, outside of the busy summer months while tranquil day-to-day village life continues.
Staying at Quinta Ecosofia will give you a taste of living in harmony with nature and ecological principles, while restoring your energy with twice daily yoga classes and delicious vegetarian meals.
Designed to give you a nourishing, energising, peaceful and relaxing break from your busy life, your days can be filled with a combination of yoga, rest opportunities, dips in the natural garden pool, delicious meals and, if you like, some time to explore the local region or trips to the beach.
For regular Iyengar yoga students the retreat will give you a concentrated dose of all the benefits you already know Iyengar yoga brings you, while also helping you with your personal practice and understanding. People new to yoga are also welcome if you’re prepared to enjoy learning fast amongst already converted yoga practitioners!
Sintra was once a sanctuary for the Portuguese royalty and aristocracy. The mountain stands, out prominently between Lisbon and the Atlantic ocean and is sprinkled with historical villas and palaces. Visable from the capital city, the mountain is crowned with Pena National Palace, well know for its sweeping views and 19th century Romanticism style of architecture.
In the foothills of these mountains, on the side closest to the sea, sits Quinta Ecosophia. Nestled in the valley between the village of Colares and the region’s coastal beaches, both of which are about a 20-minute walk or short drive away.
The retreat is an opportunity to live comfortably and minimally, in a location that has been developed with as little impact as possible on the natural environment. The owners, Jon and Denise Luxton, have transformed an abandoned farm into an attractive homestead with a variety of accommodation on offer to visitors. Focusing on sustainability and nature, the well-planned gardens, eco-buildings and natural pool are built with as little impact as possible on the the surrounding environment and the result is an oasis for all who step foot on the property.
There is a variety of simple, comfortable and clean accommodation options, all providing an opportunity to stay in a dwelling built with sustainable principles.
The meals, prepared by accomplished cook Jon, are full of local flavour and fresh ingredients. All vegetarian meals have a vegan option. Fresh eggs will be provided by the hens and some vegetables grown on the farm. Besides the hens, Quinta Ecosophia is home to 2 horses, 2 dogs, a cat and a wide variety of wild birds.
Mongolian Yurt – shared
The original Mongolian Yurt offers a cosy, picturesque glamping experience situated next to the natural pool and sandy area. The beautifully painted Yurt has three doubles and one single bed. It has electrical lighting and sockets, and use of a shared outdoor solar shower and compost toilet.
Straw-Bale Cabin – shared
The Straw-Bale Cabin with a cork-lined roof has its own covered wooden deck and is situated at the top of the land from where you can hear the sea in the distance.
Accommodating up to 4 or 5 people, the cabin has a mezzanine floor with a double bed, a kitchen and indoor bathroom with a solar shower (and back-up electricity).
Perfect for a couple, or a single,the Earthship, sometimes called the “Hobbit House”, is a low energy example of solar construction. It is built from thick earth walls and a green roof with a wooden deck overlooking the garden natural pool. It has a double (pull-out) bed and an ensuite bathroom.
Grandex – shared or single occupancy
This newly built additions to the main house has a separate double bedroom, kitchenette, living room, full bathroom and an outside courtyard with views of the Sintra Palace and Moorish Castle.
Yoga Sessions with Georgia
Until I tried Iyengar yoga, I had not been that impressed by yoga. I had a damaged lower back, tight hamstrings and a stiff body. Yoga wasn’t for me! Or so I thought. But my first Iyengar yoga class, in 1992, left me with a very different opinion and I haven’t looked back. It has transformed my life!
I’ve now been teaching for nearly 20 years and I feel fulfilled and grateful to have learnt a yoga system that is so thorough and effective. I gain great pleasure from passing on the benefits of yoga to people and watching the change it brings to their body and state of mind.
I provide all the equipment used in Iyengar yoga, so you don’t need to bring anything to class, unless you prefer to use your own mat.
7.00 – 7.45 Optional Pranayama class
7.45 – 8.30 Break – in silence
8.30 – 10.45 Asana class
11.00 – 12.00 Brunch
12.00 – 17.00 Free time
(afternoon tea available at 15h30)
17.00 – 19.00 Asana class
19.00 – 20.30 Dinner
- Natural Oil Therapy
- Cranio-sacral therapy
- History Tours
- Visits to local tourist sites
- Surfing / Body boarding lessons
- Rock Climbing
Retreat price options
(incl yoga classes, meals and accommodation)
Prices are per person and in Euros
Mongolian Yurt: 390€
Strawbale Cabin: 440€
The Earthship: 480€
Grandex: 580€ as a couple or 680€ single
Above price includes:
Accommodation (4 nights), Meals (Brunch, Snacks, Dinner), and Yoga Classes (8 asana classes and 4 optional pranayama classes).
What is not included:
Airfares need to be arranged independently. Airport transfers and optional extras can be booked through Yoga Bahia at an additional cost to the basic retreat cost.