Whole & Happy Glow Retreat is all about helping you get your glow back; physically, mentally, emotionally. We practice yoga twice daily with a beautiful view to get the energy flowing efficiently in your physical body, into all the little parts of yourself that go unnoticed and neglected for weeks at a time when you're feeling stressed and living in your head. You build strength, flexibility, and confidence in your body's ability to protect you and carry you. Mentally, this is a week of stepping outside of your normal square of thinking, exploring different thought pathways, bringing attention to repetitive thought patterns and simply by noticing any negativity, you take away its power, leaving you lighter and with a greater sense of mental clarity around what is important.
Emotionally, this retreat holds the space for you to let go of what is no longer serving you. Through the practice of yoga, the time spent in nature, the time in community meeting like-minded people and stepping outside of your comfort zone in different ways, you're able to release pockets of emotional tension carried in the physical body. There is no greater gift you can give yourself than the gift of presence in the present moment, a week for yourself to check in and reassess the path you're on. You return to your day to day life with a renewed sense of clarity and direction, more kindness and awareness of your body, and positive intentions to take good care of all spheres of your health by carving out time for YOU.
"I've already been told three times in three days that I'm "lighter" and "more alive". Isn't that what we all want?" - ALEX
With an exceptional panoramic view, Quinta do Marvao is located within a national park and ecological reserve, on the gateway to the medieval village of Marvão.
Wake up to the tinkling of the sheep walking the Roman road, enjoy your wholesome meals in the garden under the granite arches, and practice yoga with a view.
From the farm, there is a Roman road that gives direct access to the medieval village of Marvão, with marked paths. In the village of Marvão, you can walk through the medieval streets and visit the castle; outside the village walls, you can explore old paths by Roman trails on foot or on horseback, and watch the birds in their natural habitat.
Despite being surrounded by nature, Quinta do Marvão is very accessible from major urban centers: a 3-minute drive to Marvão and just 10 km from Castelo de Vide.
Quinta do Marvao offers a range of beautiful accommodations, from the Eco-Villa to the Studio of Arcades. All rooms have beautiful views, relaxing atmosphere and offer a true place to "retreat" to throughout the week. We will house you in whichever room we feel suits you the best, depending on whether you book alone or with a friend/partner.
Food is an integral part of a Whole & Happy Retreat, and mealtimes are a time for us all to come together and get to know each other a little better over wholesome vegetarian food from local chefs and suppliers and wine and olive oil from local vineyards. We believe in food for the soul, food that feels good and brings people together, and at the same time is considerate and kind to the environment and local artisans. On retreat we have a hearty post-yoga brunch buffet with fresh coffee, herbal teas, eggs from happy hens, cereals, seasonal fruits, wholemeal breads and pastries, yoghurt and a hot dish. Throughout the day, tea, coffee and fruit are available. Dinner is served family style around the table, made with love by our local vegetarian chef, something different and equally delicious every day. On our last night of retreat we will go olive oil tasting and enjoy a traditional Portuguese meal in the mill house. We can accommodate dietary requirements with advance notice. You won't go hungry!
We practice twice daily on retreat, incorporating yoga, meditation and pranayama (breathing exercises). The morning practices last for approximately 90 minutes and are a more dynamic, active practice, focussing on vinyasa and hatha styles. The evening practices are more restorative, gentle sessions incorporating longer holds, pranayama and meditation. We make sure each class is accessible to beginners. We aim to teach to the middle line and offer adjustments/modifications for people new to yoga or people who have been practicing for some time and would like a challenge or an opportunity to grow. It doesn’t matter if you think you aren’t flexible or strong enough – this yoga is for everybody, and every body. On Whole & Happy Retreats, we see our yoga practice as the foundation for a happy, healthy, whole life. We take what we learn on the mat and transfer it into our daily lives - integrity, kindness, acceptance, non-judgement, non-comparison, non-violence, awareness, strength, confidence... we could go on forever!
All about that balance, baby. This week is devoted to you and your precious self, to reshuffle your priorities, putting yourself at the top of your list. Each day on retreat we offer a theme and a journal prompt in alignment with that theme to dig a little deeper into your yoga practice, on and off the mat. (We provide you with a beautiful journal on arrival). The daily theme aligns with that days activity, and provides a structure for your transformation and growth throughout the retreat. Our intention with this retreat is to help you get your GLOW back, and discover your happy place, however that may look or feel for you.
A revitalising, restorative 7 day yoga retreat at Quinta do Marvao, Portugal
Transfer from local bus station to retreat
Twin or double shared accommodation in ensuite room
Daily morning yoga sessions: an energising fusion of Vinyasa Flow and Hatha Yoga styles
Evening restorative yoga/ yoga nidra/ meditation/pranayama for relaxing and restoring vitality
Daily journal prompts to dig deeper into your yoga practice
Welcome W&H Goodie Bag
Olive Oil Tasting
Final three course dinner in local traditional olive oil mill kitchen, with wine
Twice daily meals of brunch and dinner
Smoothie & snacks during day
Free water, tea, coffee and seasonal fruit all day
Local hikes, visit to local village and castle
Beginners and experienced yoga practitioners welcome
Flights & Travel Costs
Horse Trekking (Optional)
Thai Massage Therapy
Personal purchases on excursions
EU899 Single Booking in shared twin/double room with ensuite bathroom (share with another person)
Deposit: EU200 Non-refundable deposit per person is required to confirm your space on retreat, due when booking.
10% Early Bird Special when you use the code 'CHIRP' before March 31st, 2018!
A Day on Whole & Happy Retreat
RISE & SHINE MORNING VINYASA
HORSE TREKKING/ HIKING
OLIVE OIL & WINE TASTING
SUNSET YIN YOGA & MEDITATION
FAMILY DINNER & WINE PAIRING
EVENING DANCE PARTY
"I felt as though I literally had my soul slapped back to life! These beautiful humans exude life, love & fun. They led me back to playfulness."