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Balanced practice yoga retreat with Amelia Disspain & Liz Bennett
March 23 - March 30
Join senior yoga teacher Amelia Disspain and yoga therapist and physiotherapist Liz Bennett on a 7 day retreat in the mountainous, charming, serenity of Northern Portugal.
Be guided skillfully through yogic practices including steady, balanced asana – energy gathering pranayama, mindful meditation and deep relaxation. Your yogic journey is supported by Ayurveda and yogic lifestyle workshops and techniques. Liz and Amelia design their retreats to ignite a spark within participants that charges their very way of being into one that is more open, joyful and more connected to themselves, others and this beautiful planet we live with.
D’Alijo Retreat Center in North Portugal, is an exclusive retreat center, set in a traditional quinta estate surrounded by five hectares of farm land and rolling hills. Set in the village of Cabeceiras de Basto in the province of Minho, D’Alijo is an hour’s drive from the beautiful city of Porto and the Atlantic coastline.The area is well known for its Vinho Verde vineyards, olive fields and beautiful national park hiking trails. The studio and accommodation are cohesively blended with nature, and are designed for you to enjoy luxurious comfort while still connecting with the magic of the surroundings. D’Alijo sprawls across of land consisting of terraces, olive fields and hills with stunning rock formations. There are two swimming pools, water features, and a peaceful meditation cave, designed for you to quietly contemplate the beauty of existence.
Spring in Portugal begins early. Nature wakes up in late February. In March the Riviera and the islands begin to blossom with wild flowers and sunshine giving us the perfect opportunity to venture off and hike through the bordering national park to take in its enchanting waterfalls and towering trees.
We will explore some of the nearby UNESCO heritage villages and cities such as Porto, Guimarães & Braga and beautiful Douro Valley. We will have the opportunity to take a boat on the Rio Douro, and bask on the golden sands of the Costa Verde, with its historical chapels and forts, and black basalt rock outcrops over the Atlantic waves.
The kitchen & restaurant are the health heaven of D’Alijo.
Our vegetarian – vegan chefs will prepare you flavourful, inspiring nutritious vegetarian – vegan food. The kitchen uses fresh, local ingredients and source a lot of it from their very own garden, and the chefs have a magic touch when it comes to sugar free delicious sweet treats.
Porto offers an international airport just one hour away from the retreat centre. We organize a bus to collect our group from Porto on March and bring you to the retreat and return you to Porto or Porto Airport.
Style: Balanced Practice Yoga- Therapeutic, Hatha, Vinyasa
Programe: Twice daily practices of 1 ½ hours
Suitability: All levels.
Excursions and extras: Douro River Cruise, hiking in the national park, Guimarães, Porto city, Fado performance by the vines, beach visits.
Food: 3 meals a day. Breakfast buffet. Local, regional and many ingredients from our vegetarian/vegan chef’s own garden. Buffet lunch al fresco, with optional local wines. Soups and salad contribute to lighter dinners.
Itinerary: Bus pick up from Porto Monday March 23rd, 10am. Depart bus to Porto or Porto Airport March 30th.