Join April for this incredible opportunity to explore and celebrate in Portugal, spending (2) nights in Lisbon and (6) nights in the Algarve. Think daily yoga and meditation, delicious meals and excursions to beautiful beaches and charming white-washed fishing villages on the Atlantic Ocean. Those who love to surf, or would like to learn, will have the opportunity to do so! This retreat is organized with optional practices, creative exercises, and meditations to slow us down and connect with our true nature, manifesting our intuitive and creative energies.
April is thrilled to be working with Angus and Tania at Chirriposa Retreats, who have great experience guiding and organizing retreat groups in Costa Rica and in Europe. The retreat center known as Vicentina at Monte Velho is eco friendly, intending to live in balance and harmony with the Earth, so we can all benefit from the reconnection to nature. In the middle of nowhere, where south-western Europe sinks in the Atlantic, this center is engulfed in a region enriched by the strength of 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 ocean storms, concentrates in the beautiful waves that break on the sweeping sandy coast. Bearer of magical aromas, various therapeutic flora and fauna, guide you through the multiple paths; some ending between dunes of fine sand, others on cliffs at sunset...
*Breakfast meals are included in Lisbon, but not lunch and dinner.
**Not Included are entrance and guide fees, nor are additional optional activities and services.
***Not included are flights, airport transfers to and from Lisbon hotel, nor travel insurance.
7:45 - 8:30 | Morning yoga and meditation
9:30 - 10:00 | Breakfast
10:30 - 12:30 | Group immersion event
1:00 - 2:00 | Lunch
2:00 - 4:00 | Cultural art activity
5:00 - 6:30 | Evening yoga
6:30 | Dinner and Music
Double Room (Private bath) : $2495
Single Room (Private bath): $3245
A non-refundable deposit $500 alongside the registration form reserved space. No refunds will be given unless trip is cancelled. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.
That's right! We are going back to Cuba for the 4th year in a row! What can April say? We found such a special place and she knows there are those of you who want to go again or who want to experience it for the first time...
Every year and every group is a little different. Every time, it is amazing. "Each visit, Mhai Yoga exceeds any expectations I have, and they have become part of my yoga family for sure." Join us! Enjoy fresh organic meals, yoga twice a day, meaningful interactions with Cuban artists, entrepreneurs and yogis, and of course Havana...
What’s New? April is thrilled to tell you that this year we will be adding a side trip to TRINIDAD! Trinidad is a town in the province of Sancti Spíritus, central Cuba which is a very popular destination. Travel and accommodations to Trinidad are included with the retreat. We are so excited!
7:45A - 8:30A | Morning yoga and meditation
9:30A - 10:00A | Breakfast
10:30A - 11:30A | Group cultural immersion event
11:30A - 12:30P | Yoga workshop
1:00P - 2:00P | Lunch
2:00) - 4:00P | Cultural art activity
5:00) - 6:30) | Evening yoga
6:30P | Dinner and music
Daily Yoga and Meditation
AM Practice includes asana pranayama and meditation
PM Practice includes candlelight restorative and yin
1 - 2 classes daily with April
3 - 5 classes throughout the week with Eduardo
Special workshops throughout the week
(3) organic meals per day, vegetarian option available
A day in Havana including transportation, guide and a meal
Special workshops connecting us with the community, artists and entrepreneurs in Cuba
A new guided trip added this year to Trinidad - a town in the province of Sancti Spíritus, central Cuba which is a very popular destination
Unlimited filtered water, coffee, and herbal tea
Accommodations in beachside villa for (8) days + (7) nights
Spacious rooms that include air conditioning, daily housekeeping service, and en suite-bathroom.
Group excursions connecting with locals and exploring the Cuban culture
Beach and swimming pool access
Time for relaxing, personal reflection, reading, journaling, enjoying the sun, and swimming
Towels, linens, and toiletries provided and changed
Support of highly recommended and professional and licensed company to guide us through the latest changes in travel to Cuba. They will also...
Administer the retreat, thereby taking responsibility for ensuring legal compliant travel to Cuba
Review and approve a legally compliant framework and schedule of activities for the retreat through interpreting current and future US Treasury regulations
Retain records for five years on behalf of each traveler
Provide a travel certification for each traveler in advance of travel
Respond to any questions about legality
Keep our schedules an info on file under the licensed agency
Double Room (Can match roommates): $2650 ($2250 + $400 for trip to Trinidad) | $2850 ($2450 + $400 for trip to Trinidad) after October 1, 2018.
A non-refundable deposit $500 alongside the registration form reserved space. Full payment due January 15, 2019. No refunds will be given unless trip is cancelled. Travel insurance is strongly recommended. Not Included is travel insurance, Spanish language class (available at add'l cost), and drinks and food purchased at local restaurants, airfare, U.S. airport and airline taxes, Cuban visa fee, and ground transportation to and from airport (though arrangement support is available)
Join April for an extremely special and luxurious stay at the historical Chateau Bardouly. The Chateau is located in France’s best kept secret: the Dordogne Pourpre region, which is renowned for it’s gastronomy and wine. The week will include mouth-watering food prepared for us by a private chef, inspiring and cultural excursions, yoga and wine. Our yoga practices will also be complemented with special workshops and exercises designed to help you to tap into your creative and intuitive potential.
Creativity and intuition are not a choice. Both live within each of us. Yoga is all about harnessing that creative energy and trusting the inner wisdom that already exists in you. Each time we step on the mat we practice recognizing our patterns, getting out of our comfort zone, and connecting with the creative force (Shakti) within us. We have the opportunity to make space to clearly hear our own voice and to listen to our inner teacher.
When we live a creative life and tune into our intuition we allow for a more artful and curious life and move away from fear and patterns that keep us stuck on the mat as well as off the mat. Through the addition of creative, journaling and writing exercises you will have the opportunity to dive deeper into your creative and intuitive selves. You will have tools to take with you long after the retreat ends.
We are all creative beings. You do not need to be a "writer" or an "artist" to come on this retreat. Yoga will consist of Vinyasa classes, meditation, restorative and yin. All levels welcome. All yoga classes and creative/intuitive exercises are optional.
Chateau Bardouly is a beautifully restored 17th-century chateau. Every detail, from the local French soaps to the Egyptian cotton linens, is designed for comfort, luxury and relaxation. Nestled beneath the rolling hills of the scenic Dordogne Valley, the property spans 100 acres of protected forest including a rare bird sanctuary. This is truly a nature lover’s paradise! Enjoy biodynamically grown food from our top-rated chef's farm to your table. Taste wines from the world-renowned Bordeaux vineyards. Indulge in freshly-baked breads, cheeses and fresh berries at the local open air markets.
Each day will include yoga/meditation/creative exercises. Time and length will change according to schedule. Please note that itineraries can change, but below provides you with an idea of our stay together.
Day 1 | Arrival at the Chateau, Intros and Orientation
Day 2 | Trip to Issigeac Market
Day 3 | Day trip to Marquessac Gardens, Domme, Beynac. and Château des Milandes, home of Josephine Baker
Day 4 | Wine tasting at the house with professional sommelier, Massage treatments available, Optional canoe trip (depending on number of participants)
Day 5 | Trip to the beautiful and dramatic village, Rocamadour, which climbs up a cliff side. Also, visit site of Chapelle Notre-Dame and the divine feminine site of the Black Madonna.
Day 6 | Optional trip to Caves of Lascaux and Sarlat
Day 7 | FREE DAY: Massage treatments, explore on your own
Day 8 | Departure is at 10:00A
Double Room with private bath (Can match roommates) : $2495 before January 1, 2019 | $2695 after January 1
Single Room with private bath : $3295 before January 1, 2019 | $3495 after January 1
A non-refundable deposit $500 reserves your space. Second of $1500 payment due March 1, 2019. Final payment due June 1, 2019. No refunds will be given unless trip is cancelled. Travel insurance is strongly recommended. Not included are airfare, airport transfers (group costs will be available), trip insurance, meals out, alcohol, optional outings, massage, and some entrance fees.