Ebb & Flow -

Health & Well Being Retreat.

new dates *

13-18th sept 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

join us & re-set your wellbeing

Stay in this beautiful 12 bedroomed stylish family townhouse located in a quaint fishing village on the South Coast of Portugal (only 15 mins from Faro airport). Experience relaxation in style with it’s spacious terraces ideal for pondering, reading and shutting out the wider world.  

There’s plenty of hiding spaces in this home-from-home, snuggle up in the Library with your favourite book, lay back in the glorious sunshine decks or take a dip in the roof top pool as the sun goes down.

Reconnect with your heart and soul as you nourish your body with delicious food created by our own private chef, enjoy atmospheric evening dinners on the roof top terrace that looks over the beautiful skyline.  

 

Get your glow back on this 6 day retreat,  all guests have the opportunity to start your morning with meditation, followed by a dynamic yoga class planned for the students ability in advance, so don’t worry if you’re a beginner.  The day will end with a candlelit restorative class and the opportunity to indulge with holistic workshops offered throughout the stay. 

Expect to leave this retreat feeling re-vitalised, as you re-awaken your body and soul. All those stresses and tensions will be long behind you.

What’s included ?

  • Welcome pre dinner refreshments on the first night 
  • 5 Suppers – all freshly prepared on site by our Nutritional Private Chef
  • 5 nights stunning luxury accommodation (same sex twin or double rooms available) with beautiful ensuite facilities.
  • Healthy nutritious abundant brunch each morning, including fresh juices and energy boosting creations  
  • Morning Roof Top Meditation & Pranayama sessions (Optional)
  • 2 daily Yoga classes (Sunrise & Sunset Candlelit Yoga) 
  • 1 Guided Meditation Workshop (Beginners welcome)
  • 1 Specialist Yoga Workshop
  • 1 Secret Afternoon Excursion 
  • All herbal teas, coffees and freshly filtered water during your stay 

your Yoga TeacherS

Your experienced and specialist Yoga instructors come to the retreat to offer their expertise for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced practitioners.  We have decided to take two instructors, so we can divide up the groups so everyone has a chance to go at their speed.

Lou Hedderly  – Beginner to Advanced level

Lou began practicing Yoga to reduce the symptoms of stress that were beginning to show in her busy career and lifestyle.  She was surprised how quickly the positive changes appeared within her overall well-being and the incredible benefits Yoga provided.  In 2015, Lou made the decision to leave her career in Marketing and Advertising to start a new chapter of her life.  She travelled to Costa Rica and completed her Immersive teacher training in Hatha, Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga.

 

Lou is part of our management team and teaches our Power Flow, Mindful Flow, Restorative and Beginner + classes at Ebb&Flow.  A creative by heart, caring and kind individual who has found her vocation in life.  She will encourage you to be present and love yourself whilst finding strength, fluidity and inner stillness, both on and off the mat.

 

Julee – Beginner to Advanced level

Julees classes are playful, dynamic and flowing, sequenced to take you into a deep pose each time.  She has been on the mat for around 20 years, she often says “It sounds like a long time but everything still feels fresh every day”.   Julee has been led & mentored by some of the Yoga world’s greats.  She loves how her teacher friends are all enthusiastically sharing their knowledge, evolving & honing the practice as a whole and therefore she feels it’s not hers to keep but to share which is an honour & a privilege all together.

 

Julee is a regular and very popular Power Flow teacher at Ebb&Flow Studios.  Natural and  caring but above all her classes are cheerful and full of energy.  A seasoned retreat teacher, we love the fact that she joins us at these special venues, she brings that approachable and fun element to the 6 days.  Expect variation of flows, peaking at poses you will be assisted and encouraged to give it a go.  Julee teaches meditation, Yoga Nidra and Restorative classes to provide variety and support the overall feeling of the group.

Is it for me?

The majority of people come on their own and make great friendships, the yoga instructors and their helpers are extremely welcoming, there is always the perfect balance of having people to talk to but having solo time too!

Beginners to Yoga are welcome, we have a specialist Beginners Instructor coming with us, we want to encourage all levels of students to share their experiences and learn from each other.  All equipment is provided – just bring yourself!

What if I’m Intermediate/advanced level?  We look at the level of student attending and then add a second instructor to suit.  When we talked to our Yoga members to find out what a good retreat looks like, they overwhelmingly said they preferred to have separate groups so that the beginners can have time to learn and develop at their pace and the intermediates/advanced Yogis can progress their practice. 

Your home for 6 days:

A unique bolt-hole hidden in the heart of this quaint unspoilt marina village.  12 spacious luxury rooms, all ensuite, offering those extra little touches that make your stay.  Hamman stylish towels for the beach, luxury White Company towels for your room.  Air conditioning if you need it, plenty of room to find your own quiet corner.  Two luxury treatment rooms for those little indulgent massages or facials.  Roof top sun drenched swimming pool and sun bathing decks.  Open house teas, coffees and water on tap.  A library with squidgy sofa  seating and a mediation room to use for your own private practice.

 

Where is it?

A short hop east of Faro, Olhão (pronounced ol-yow) is one of the Algarve’s marina villages, with a wonderful waterfront and pretty, bustling lanes in its old quarters. Moorish-influenced neighbourhoods and North African feel make it a special place to wander.

The best way to get to know Olhao is to walk out of the front door and wander down to the waterfront. Getting lost in the twisted network of cobbled streets along the way is part of the fun.  When you get to the sea front, there are fabulous food and shopping markets at the water’s edge and a host of restaurants, cafes and bars to relax in along the way.

 

We love it for it’s down to earth laid back charm, warm and hospitable people, creative community, cobbled streets and faded grandeur. 

The Olhao Islands:

The islands are easy to get to from our home (10 min walk to the waterfront):  River taxi’s will take you on trips to the islands.  It takes 10ish minutes depending on the island you go to. With Armona, Culatra, Farol and Deserted islands all very close there is so much choice. each with a slightly different vibe.  You may be lucky and get to see the dolphins too!

 

Whats not included ?

  • Flights – Faro is the nearest airport
  • Transfers – it’s a 15 mins transfer from Faro, I will put you in touch with other yogis to share transfers (taxi’s are around £15-20 per journey)
  • River taxi or ferry to the islands and beaches (roughly £5 pp)
  • Spa Treatments in house – menu provided on booking
  • Cycle tours, cycle hire and walking tours can be arranged from the waterfront tour guides
  • Our abundant breakfasts and light snacks we leave to munch on are generally sufficient to get you through your day.  We don’t provide lunch but that’s because it’s often not needed and the snacks we leave for everyone often suffices.

Testimonial from Louise S,  guest in May 2018 on our Portugal Yoga Retreat

“I was delighted to be on the first Ebb and Flow retreat.  It was so wonderful to have a few days in such an amazing setting away from the day to day daily reality of life.  The attention to detail made everything about the retreat incredible, from the beautiful Portuguese town house to the delicisou food and of course most importantly the amazing yoga.  Julee and Katy made sure that all levels were catered for and included Vinyasa flows, Yin, Restorative, Yoga Nidra and Meditation. I came home feeling totally rested and restored.  Thank you all so much.”

Another happy Portugal retreat goer wrote to us..

“Firstly, please can I say ‘thank you again’ for such a wonderful few days last week. I can’t believe I managed 3+ hours of yoga a day, and thoroughly enjoyed it! The whole retreat was so well organised, food amazing, wonderful company, and such a supportive encouraging group of wise people. Katy’s meditation on Saturday morning was really profound – and very perceptive! I’ve bought the book Emma & Tenile recommended – The Self Care Revolution – and have even started reading it!! I’ve returned home inspired……starting with some small steps.  I’m hopeful of making some positive changes. So, thank you!”