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8 Days Tai Chi and Yoga Retreat in Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal

  • Inatel Santa Maria da Feira Hotel, R. Castelo 4520-306, Santa Maria da Feira, Aveiro, Porto, Norte, Portugal

Meditation and Yoga Retreat Portugal

Participating in a healthy holiday program allows you not only to harmonize your health, eliminate tiredness and learn specific techniques for this purpose, but also enjoy the tourist goals of the area you are visiting.The well-being in the vacation that we propose has to do with the balance between fun, relaxation and energy recover. Combining and adapting psychosomatic techniques of Yoga, Qigong and Taichi, our goal is to balance and increase your energy. The concept encompasses three principles: achieving proper posture, proper breathing, and digging into soothing and regenerating relaxation. All this can bring you better internal control and harmony between the physical body, mind and emotions.

Highlights

  • Correct the posture
  • Experienced guidance
  • Control the body balance
  • Simple and easy to perform
  • Learn natural psychosomatic methods
  • Tonify and strengthen the body
  • Increase resistance to stress
  • Harmonize your emotions
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Improve mental activity
  • Daily healthy meals
  • 8 days with instruction
  • English
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With 80 fully equipped rooms, minibar, sitting area with sofas, writing desk and cable TV, Inatel Santa Maria da Feira Hotel also has spaces for socializing and leisure that extend from the interior to the exterior. You can take a cocktail or a hot drink at the social bar in the late afternoon.

The hotel restaurant is spacious and airy, with a view torn from the medieval castle. The menu is an ode to the traditional northern gastronomy with options of dishes that tell the history of the region in an unforgettable trip of flavors.

During this yoga teacher training, you will be staying in a double room with a private bathroom. Outside, the swimming pool is surrounded by a quiet landscape, painted in shades of green. The hotel also has a tennis court, games room, meeting room, social room, free Wi-Fi, and private parking.

During this retreat, you will enjoy daily yoga classes along with Qigong and Taichi sessions. This healthy holiday program aims to improve your well-being during a vacation with equal amounts of fun and relaxation to help you balance and increase your energy.

The concept of this practice will encompass three major principles. Achieving proper posture, proper breathing, and digging into soothing and regenerating relaxation are the three elements that can bring you a better internal control and harmony between the physical body, mind, and emotions.

Also, do not be afraid of waking up early on vacation. It is scientifically proven that the best time to wake up in good health is no later than 7 a.m.

Sample daily schedule

  • 07:50 Prasada (consecrated fruits and tea)
  • 08:00 Yoga class consisting of asanas and pranayama
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Taichi and Qigong class
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 16:00 Taichi and Qigong class
  • 17:00 Yoga class consisting asanas and pranayama
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Esoterical aspects about practice, questions, and answers
  • 21:00 Meditation practice
  • 22:00 Sleep time

The timetable is subject to change

* Do not be afraid of waking up early on vacation. It is scientifically proven that the best time to wake up in good health is no later than 7 in the morning.

In addition to the retreat program, there are also some optional excursions for the ones who want to enjoy the beauty of Santa Maria da Feira. In the surroundings of the city and within it, you can explore some of the region’s points of interest, such as the Caldas de São Jorge thermal baths, the Convento dos Loios (monastery), the Santa Maria da Feira Castle, and the Municipal Ornithological Park in Lourosa, the only country zoo exclusively devoted to birds. If you are traveling with your family, be sure to visit Visionarium, an interactive science museum in Santa Maria da Feira, which invites youngsters to embark on an adventure of unforgettable knowledge. The offer is varied and includes activities such as beach safaris, laboratory workshops, and summer workshops.

  • Carmen

    Carmen has been teaching Integral yoga for more than 25 years. She studied acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine at the Chinese Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing and phytotherapy at the Hippocrates Institute, Lisbon. She is also a Psychology graduate in Madeira University and a Law graduate in Classical University, Lisbon. She has been living in Madeira since 2002, where she founded the Sundari Personal Development Center, that includes also the Sundari Integral Yoga School, accredited by the International Association Yoga Alliance.

  • Eugen

    Eugen is passionately interested in Taoism, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, meditation, and mindfulness and studied with various Masters in China, US, Portugal, and Romania. He graduated in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing and obtained a PhD from the University of Greenwich, Department of Social Sciences. He teaches Qi Gong and Tai Chi at Sundari Personal Development Center, in Funchal.

  • Teresa

    Teresa has been practicing Integral yoga and meditation for over seven years. She has oriented yoga classes since 2014 and in the present teaches Integral yoga in Quinta do Poço, Madeira. She completed a yoga teacher training at the Sundari Center in 2016. She participated on seminars and workshops organized by Sundari Center and Kamala Yoga Meditation School in Bucharest, including the study of the Maha Vidyas, Hridaya Meditation, Do In, Feng Shui, and nutrition. She has also been practicing Tai Chi since 2016.

  • Andrei

    Being a yoga practitioner since he was seven years old and a teacher since 2009, Andrei maintained a strong bond with this spiritual practice and looked to complement his holistic knowledge with the study of traditional Chinese medicine, including Qi Gong and Tai Chi, at the University of Nanjing, China. Now he is following his long-time dream of becoming a culinary chef, using the lessons he learned on his path to cook healthy, spiritual food.

  • Raquel

    A yoga practitioner since 2010, Raquel embraced a new life project in 2016 when she attended the Yoga Total Kids and the Integral yoga TTC, both accredited by Yoga Alliance. A graduate in Biology and Geology and Master in Volcanology and Geological Risks, her experience is associated with the geological heritage of the Madeira Archipelago. She teaches yoga to children and Integral yoga in CETE Índigo and Inova Saúde.

  • Sofia

    Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yoga)

    Sofia has been deepening her yoga practice since 2012. She is a yoga teacher with a RYT-200 international certificate at Yoga Alliance since 2016. She currently practices yoga at Sundari Center and teaches yoga in Funchal. She discovered in yoga a beautiful philosophy of life, which works the being in a holistic way leading to full happiness.

Inatel Santa Maria da Feira Hotel is situated halfway between Porto and Aveiro. The hotel is surrounded by a beautiful natural park and two steps away from the medieval castle. Here, the contact with nature and the sight of the green hills offers an unforgettable experience, full of tranquility and comfort.

During this retreat, you will be served daily delicious ovo-lacto-vegetarian meals, though this is not an exclusive condition. Sundari Integral Yoga School offer, if there is interest, programs and tips on healthy nutrition. At the hotel's restaurant, the menu is an ode to the traditional northern gastronomy with options of dishes that tell the history of the region in an unforgettable trip of flavors. If you are interested in improving your eating habits and diets, the retreat also offers programs and tips on healthy nutrition.

In addition to the retreat program, there are also some optional excursions for the ones who want to enjoy the beauty of Santa Maria da Feira. In the surroundings of the city and within it, you can explore some of the region’s points of interest, such as the Caldas de São Jorge thermal baths, the Convento dos Loios (monastery), the Santa Maria da Feira Castle, and the Municipal Ornithological Park in Lourosa, the only country zoo exclusively devoted to birds. If you are traveling with your family, be sure to visit Visionarium, an interactive science museum in Santa Maria da Feira, which invites youngsters to embark on an adventure of unforgettable knowledge. The offer is varied and includes activities such as beach safaris, laboratory workshops, and summer workshops.

After eight days you will definitely notice the difference and will want to continue to maintain the lightness achieved, so you can incorporate in your daily life the methods learned, in order to increase your energy, maintain the health and quality of your life.

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Comprehensive and experienced retreat guidance
  • Conferences
  • Continued email support from Sundari Center and its community
  • Daily healthy meals
  • Practical Yoga and Tai chi sessions
  • Relaxation and meditation sessions
  • Additional activities
  • Additional food
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Yoga mat

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Porto Airport (OPO).

Arrival by taxi

Transfer to the venue is easier by taxi. The transfer cost is around 45 EUR to 55 EUR.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 75% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 35 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.