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Yoga & Surf retreat

11-17July 2020

5-11 September 2020

 

 

About the Retreat

Become the physical embodiment of your soul so that you discover the woman you were always meant to be. During the retreat we offer two different packages:

Womens Yoga & Surf 

Womens Wisdom & Yoga

 

Both options will be a  week full of yoga specifically for women, mindfulness meditations, menstrual cycle & fertility awareness sessions, herbal medicine workshops all for women's health topped up with surf if wanted. Rediscover your strength and living according to the natural cycles of life. This retreat is hosted by women for women. Each of the hosts will bring input on women's health & cycle (sense) awareness through our own field of expertise & via our own struggles & joys as a woman.

It will be a week of connecting, embodiment & laughter. Connection to our inner & outer nature.

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"A retreat that keeps its promises"

Yogaion is as amazing as you can feel it is when you go through the website. All the persons involved are adorable, the location is incredible, as well as the food. You get all the attention you need and the values transmitted are positive and respectful. I'll definitely go back!

~Nina G, Swiss

be softer with you.

you are a breathing thing.

a memory to someone.

a home to a life.

-
Nayyirah Waheed

PACKAGES

 

Women's wisdom Yoga & Surf ~ 10 Iyengar yoga classes,  3 days surf, 1 herbal workshop, 1 cycle awareness workshop & 5 evening mindfulness meditations.

 

Womens wisdom & Yoga  ~ 10 Iyengar yoga classes, 2 herbal workshops, 2 cycle awareness workshops 

& 5 evening mindfulness meditations.

About IYEngar Yoga

What is unique about Iyengar Yoga is that it is characterised in the practice of asana and pranayama with the innovative approach emphasising precision and alignment, planned sequencing, timing and the use of props. This approach has allowed people of varying ages, levels of health and fitness to enjoy the benefits which a sustained practice can bring – the ability to face the physical, mental and emotional challenges of contemporary life with strength, vitality, mobility, thoughtfulness and equanimity.

 

“Yoga: a gem for women - Geeta Iyengar

 

During the retreat we will specifically use Iyengar yoga for women's health, focusing on what to practice during which phase of your menstrual cycle and overall practices for women's wellbeing.

 

The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.
- Geeta Iyengar

About surfing

"Riding a wave is for many a highly spiritual experience which presents itself as an outward expression of their Yoga & Meditation practice."

The experience of surfing brings us a feeling of a deep unity with mother nature.  A deep sense of belonging. One that you can already feel even when surfing the smallest of waves. The power of the ocean & the humbleness that it creates.  Everything ceases to exist when for a moment you get pulled a long with the energy of the wave. This is the side of surfing that's connects us innately as women to the ocean & to surfing in itself. The softer side, the connection with the ocean & the connection to yourself. 

About menstrual cycle awareness

 

"Attune to your menstrual cycle & attune to the forces of nature" - Alexandra Pope & Sjanie Hugo

 

What if loving your menstrual cycle was the key to accessing your full authority and power as woman?

Did you know as a woman you are coded for power, and the journey to realizing the fullness and beauty of that power – your Wild Power – lies in the rhythm and change of your menstrual cycle.

Menstruality is the exciting new revolution happening in women’s health and wellbeing, healing and therapeutic disciplines, coaching, education and leadership, and feminine spiritual practice.

Menstruality is the female life process of menarche, the menstrual cycle, menopause and the mature years. It is the woman’s ground, her initiatory process and ‘the mother cycle’, out of which rises the initiatory path to motherhood that is conception, pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding.

Menstruality describes the precise and multi–layered biological, psychological and spiritual process of maturation within the female body. Menstruality is the actual lived experience of this process, the knowledge that a woman accumulates or grows down into, and the field consciousness that this embodied knowledge generates.

Menstruality is a language, a way of articulating a woman’s experience that is rooted in natural lore and the process of evolution. It is how women pass on our knowledge of our feminine life process from one to another. It is a shared way of being.

 

“The menstrual cycle is a living body of knowledge." - Alexandra Pope & Sjanie Hugo

About herbal medicine workshops

 

"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished" - Lao Tzu


Every woman is intimately tied to nature. The menstrual cycle follows the cycle of the moon, ebbing and flowing every 28 days, in most cases. A woman’s body can grow and change, like the earth, to hold the life that grows within. And like the soil below us, a woman’s body can assimilate the nutrients needed to grow the perfect food for her children. Perhaps this connection with the cycles of nature has something to do with the powerful relationship that plants can have in supporting the health of women. For thousands of years, herbs have been consumed as part of rituals of menstruation and as part of supporting a woman through her transitions into puberty, motherhood and menopause. And today, botanical medicines provide potent medicine for modern women.

 

 

"What is planted in each person's soul, will sprout" - Rumi

About mindfulness meditation

 

If we learn to focus our attention on our breath, thoughts, feelings and physical sensations, we establish a strong foundation. A foundation from which we can expand our awareness to our actions and interactions with ourselves, other people and the world. We choose our behavior based on response and conscious choice instead of habits and automatic patterns. When we are aware, we can take care of our feelings of anger, frustration, anxiety, stress, fear and insecurity. When we are aware we notice all the little things around us that makes life beautiful and that lift our mood. When we are aware we feel more calm, joyful and alive.

 

"There is a voice that does not use words: Listen" - Rumi

"Menstrual cycle awareness is the woman's mindfulness practice" - Alexandra Pope & Sjanie Hugo

Prices per package

Shared 835 euros

Double 955 euros

Single 1345 euros

Included in this retreat

 

  • 6 nights stay at costa Vicentina retreat house

  • 3 healthy, abundant vegetarian meals a day [cooked and prepared freshly by loving hands every single day! Most of the food we will eat will be organic & or local.]

  • all water & herbal tea

  • 10 Morning & Evening Iyengar women's health yoga classes

  • 5 evening Mindfulness meditations

  • all yoga mats etc

  • swimming pool

SPECIFICAlly for the Womens Yoga & Surf

  • 3 days surf

  • 1 menstrual cycle awareness sessions

  • 1 herbal medicine for women's health workshops

  • (if wanted then it is also possible to do 2 days surf, 2 menstrual cycle awareness & 1 herbal medicine)

SPECIFICAlly for the Womens Wisdom & Yoga

  • 2 menstrual cycle awareness sessions

  • 1 herbal medicine for women's health workshops

  • 1 massage treatment

 

Extras

Massage treatments (1 hour 45€ / 1.5 hour  60€)

Human design session  (overview 55€ / full session 85€) 

Private mindfulness session (45€ per session)

Example day women's retreat

 

7.30 wake up to the sound of nature

8.00 Morning Yoga Class

10.00 Yummy Breakfast

11.30 Menstrual cycle awareness or Herbal medicine workshop

14.00 lunch

15.00-18.00 free time to chill by the  swimming pool, go to the beach or just relax.

18.00 restorative yoga class

19.30 delicious dinner

20.30 Mindfulness meditation

WHEN & WHERE

11-17July & 5-11 September 2020 at the costa vicentina retreat house on the south west coast of Portugal.

Check here for availability or use the  contact form here

Your hosts

Maria do Carmo Gallet

Menstrual cycle host

Maria is a menstrual cycle & fertility awareness facilitator and a doula. Her journey towards knowing her own body has led her to the path of women’s empowerment and she loves working intensively with women, and their cycles of life. Maria has inspired many women (and their partners!) to choose for healthy and body friendly options for menstrual management, natural birth control and fertility management. As a doula, she has successfully guided women and their partners on the most intimate journey of pregnancy & birth and is praised for her intuition and ability to know exactly what new mothers need.

Poppy Burr

Medical herbalist

Poppy holds a first-class Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Herbal Medicine from Middlesex 

University , and is a member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy (MCPP). She’s been practising as a medical herbalist for three years. Through completing her BSc, Poppy learned how to integrate conventional knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pharmacolo-gy and pathology with holistic medicine theory and practice. As a traditional medical herbalist, she specialises in treating long-standing (chronic) conditions in almost all body systems, and employs nutritional and psychosocial healing approaches as well as herbal medicines in her practice.

Elisabeth Tiesinga

Mindfulness meditation

& assisting

Elisabeth (Liz) is a certified mindfulness teacher since 2012. She is currently following an advanced teacher training program with See True Mindfulness Institute in the Netherland. Under the name Dyota (.com) she hosts the 8 week MBSR training, workshops and other mindfulness activities in Portugal. She has been hosting mindfulness workshops for Yogaion since 2013. Besides being passionate about sharing mindfulness, she enjoys practicing yoga, surf and meditation and living a basic lifestyle in nature with her partner, 3 year old daughter and dog.

Shaini Verdon

Yoga, organiser & facilitator

 

Shaini is a certified  introductory 

level Iyengar Yoga teacher and is currently studying for her Junior 1.  She is forever a student  following  many classes & workshops with renowned Iyengar teachers Billy Konrad,  Patxi Lizardi,  & others. Her teaching is based on creating strength, flexibility & spaciousness within the body & soul through proper alignment, verbal and precise hands-on adjustments and bringing  awareness into the practice. She  creates a warm, safe & loving space, but also likes to work with playfulness.

Currently she gives weekly yoga classes and with a lot of love organises  Yogaion Retreats. 

 

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shaini@yogaion.com /

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