Name of company
Yoga, Surf and Nourish
What type of activity is it?
Yoga-based retreats in the western Algarve.
Residential retreats with the emphasis on yoga, education, wellness, relaxation and healthy eating.
The three types of courses are:
Yoga & Surf - 10 yoga classes plus 4 days of surfing
Yoga, Surf & Nourish - 10 yoga classes, 3 days of surfing and 1 healthy cooking workshop
Yoga & Nourish - 10 yoga classes, 2 healthy cooking workshops, mindfulness/awareness session and one treatment
The courses are for seven days (six nights) and run throughout the warmer months, from late April until early November. Check the website for further details and exact dates.
What makes it special?
Run by the delightful Shaini Verdon, an Irish-Dutch yoga (and surf) teacher based in Aljezur. Passionate, inspirational and good fun, she gets the balance just right between working you hard and realising that it’s also your holiday. There’s plenty of down-time between the yoga classes and workshop sessions, and you come away revitalised, with a sense of achievement, and with some new friends.
The atmosphere is very laid-back - this is not a boot camp! The yoga classes are aimed at a variety of levels, from beginners upwards, and Shaini will always tailor the workouts to suit you and your body.
If you want to get out and explore the Algarve, there’s time to do so, but you’ll get the best out of the experience if you switch off totally and spend the week largely within the retreat. You can always organise a few days sightseeing before or afterwards.
To cleanse, restore, renew and listen to your own body, learning (or re-learning) about food and the lifestyle choices you make.
An ocean-view restored quinta close to Aljezur in the heart of the Costa Vincentina natural park. All rooms have their own bathroom and terrace.
The emphasis is on ample, fresh, tasty, healthy vegetarian cuisine - you will not be starved!
Sharing rooms (even with somebody you’ve never met before) is encouraged, both as a way of keeping down the cost, and of fostering the sense of ‘bonding.’
If you live in the western Agarve, Shaini also offers weekly yoga classes and private tuition.
Limit of numbers
The ideal number for most courses is between 8-10 people, depending on accommodation configurations.
Prices per week are Shared €795, Double €895, Single €1275
Included in the price: All classes, 6 nights’ accommodation, all food, water and teas, recipe book.
Not included: travel, insurance, extra treatments.