8 Days Yoga and Tai Chi Holiday in Porto Santo Island, Portugal

Regenerating Yoga Retreat in Portugal

Participating in this 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 of the vacation has to do with the balance between fun, relaxation, and energy recovery. Combining and adapting psychosomatic techniques of yoga, Qigong, and Tai Chi, the goal is to balance and increase your energy.

Meet the instructors

Carmen & Eugen
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation practices
  • Daily Tai Chi and Qigong classes
  • Comprehensive experienced guidance
  • Daily ovo-lacto-vegetarian meals
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Portuguese, English
The maximum participants in the group is 20
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
00:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

For this retreat, you will be provided with seven nights accommodation in Inatel Porto Santo. The rooms are spacious, very modern, clean, and comfortable with a lovely big shower. Bar, restaurant, swimming pool, Wi-Fi, game room meeting room and private parking are also provided. There are also spaces for socializing and leisure that extend from the interior to the exterior. Outside, the swimming pool is surrounded by a quiet landscape.

Program

During this retreat, you will enjoy daily yoga classes along with Qigong and Tai Chi 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 Tai Chi and Qigong class

13:00 Lunch

16:00 Free time

19:00 Dinner

20:00 Esoterical aspects of practice, questions, and answers

21:00 Meditation practice

22:00 Sleep time

%The timetable is subject to change. Sundari Integral Yoga School offers a workshop about the relation between dreams and health: "The dreams interpretation and your health - from Jung to the Traditional Chinese Medicine"

Instructors

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 from Madeira University and a law graduate from Classical University, Lisbon. She has been living in Madeira since 2002 where she founded the Sundari Personal Development Center that also includes 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, USA, Portugal, and Romania. He graduated in acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine from the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing, and has a Ph.D. from the University of Greenwich, Department of Social Sciences. He teaches Qi Gong and tai chi at Sundari Personal Development Center in Funchal.

Location

Nine hundred kilometers from Lisbon and only forty-five from the island of Madeira, the beautiful island of Porto Santo rises up from clear warm waters in the middle of the immense Atlantic Ocean. Porto Santo is one long beach with a bit of an island attached. Along its nine kilometres of soft white sands, you’ll find just a handful of hotels and restaurants, making Porto Santo one of the last ‘undiscovered’ resorts in Europe.

The hotel Inatel Porto Santo is 200 meters from the beach, just a few kilometers from the local airport (six kilometers) and the little port where the ferry from Madeira arrives.

Food

During this retreat, you will be served daily delicious ovo-lacto-vegetarian meals, though this is not an exclusive condition.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Besides the long walks on the beautiful golden beach, you may also visit

  • The Colombo Museum, were Christopher Colombo lived when he was married with the daughter of the Porto Santo Island governor
  • Praia Dorada
  • Zimbralinho
  • Terra Cha
  • Pico do Castelo and Pico Branco

In addition to the retreat program, there are also some optional excursions for the ones who want to enjoy the beauty of the Golden Island and its magnificent nine kilometers beach. 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.

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Comprehensive and experienced retreat guidance
  • Workshop "The dreams interpretation for your health - from Jung to the Traditional Chinese Medicine"
  • Conferences
  • Continued email support from Sundari Center and its community
  • Daily healthy meals
  • Practical Yoga and Tai chi sessions
  • Relaxation and meditation sessions

What's not included

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Additional meals
  • Drinks
  • Yoga mat
  • Beach towel

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Porto Santo Airport (PXO). Alternatively, you can have a flight to Madeira Airport (FNC) and take the ferry (Porto Santo Line). From the airport or port to hotel, take a taxi. The transfer cost per taxi is around 15 EUR.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% 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.

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Availability

Arrival: Saturday April 6, 2019
Departure: Saturday April 13, 2019

Early bird discount

The prices below include an early bird discount of 56 EUR per person. To benefit, book or reserve before December 1, 2018.

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