The Spacious Self
BODY POETRY IMMERSION
create space within, renew & rest
IN ALVADOS, PORTUGAL
Casa da Nogueira in Alvados, Portugal
5 nights / 6 days
Vinyasa Yoga, Embodied & Intuitive Movement, Meditation, Breathwork
Create space within & renew yourself
Plant-based & Vegan
This 6-day immersion invites you into a deep self-exploration, from the physical body to the emotions and energies. Many of us feel detached from listening to our intuition, which make us feel lost in many ways and areas of our life. This journey in the beautiful countryside of Portugal - near Lisbon, in the region of Leiria - allows you to find space (within and out), to care for the self, to understand the functions of the subtle body and to explore a new way of practicing Yoga. I am inviting you to try an experience that gives you the tools to (re)-create your own practice, to go into deeper layers of both the physical and mental disciplines, in order for you to find an authentic sadhana.
THE INNER JOURNEY
The Spacious Self Retreat is a return to nature and to the self. We embark on a journey through the 5 elements - earth, water, fire, air, space - through different practices such as intuitive movement, breathwork, traditional chinese medecine + yogic philosophies, all kinds of expression (from chanting to dancing). I will safely welcome you to explore your being in order for you to reconnect to your sacredness.
THE LOCATION & ACCOMODATION
Alvados is a pretty little village located in the Natural Park. The house is located at the base of a hill in a quiet area and all rooms have a different view of nature thanks to its bay windows. Ideal place to discover a new way of living and experience a change of scenery with magnificent and wild landscapes. In addition, this region is developing and modern and nice places. One of the most beautiful caves in Portugal is located there.
It is an architect house close to activities in the heart of the Serra de Aire and Candeeiros natural park. Absolute calm, 15 min walk from the village center. 1 hour 20 minutes from Lisbon airport, 1 hour from the beaches of the Atlantic coast and 17 km from the Sanctuary of Fatima. At 1 hour around a very rich and varied cultural heritage awaits you. 1300 m2 of garden, salt water swimming pool with overflow, view on nature, beautiful light, refined decoration, beautiful materials, stone, wood...
It is an old sheepfold from 1920, renovated in a contemporary spirit with natural materials. The house was made to relax in a refined place in order to rest deeply. Large windows give different points of view on the nature surrounding the house. A garden not overlooked where you can share peace and well-being. No television but a projector and its giant screen to watch movies like in the cinema.
Nearby activities: horse riding, Karting, pottery course, walks, paragliding, visit to 3 caves, visit to the monasteries of Batalha and Alcobaça. The Atlantic beaches for their authenticity are only an hour's drive away from Nazaré and its striped beach huts are worth a visit.
The walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs will seduce young and old for history.
THE DAILY SCHEDULE
sadhana. deep morning practice: pranayama, meditation, intentions, vinyasa yoga
nourish. enjoy a healthy plant-based brunch
reset. free time for walking in nature, visit the region and/or cultural sites, playing, swimming, reading in the hammac or by the pool, massage (tbc)
renew. drinks & snacks (optional if you are out of the house)
workshop. philosophy (example: the 5 elements in the chinese medecine and other beliefs, the non-dual tantric approach) / dance / pottery / journaling
each day offers a different workshop
sadhana. soft self-care practice: intuitive & embodied movement, somatic practices
nourish. enjoy a healthy plant-based dinner
healing circle. we gather, share, chant and connect
Based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and originally French, I teach Vinyasa Yoga as well as Embodied Yin Yoga, and I facilitate women's circles around the lunar cycle. My way of practicing is very intuitive, I let myself be guided by the emotions and the breath, which quickly becomes a sensory dance.
This is exactly what I like to share in my teachings: this deep connection between the intelligence of the body and
the wisdom of the spirit, a rediscovery of authenticity. I like to embody what is coming: the emotion, the element, the present.
The way I hold space is about allowing you to create space within the body, to find freedom.
My background as a dancer allows me to share the grace and ease of movement, while my life's course has taught me to offer
the joy and the tools to let go. It's ultimately a matter of balance . . . a return to the self.
each day, we dive into a different space within the body, we expand physically and emotionally.
friday. earthing - check in anytime after 5pm
saturday. become fluid.
sunday. ignite your spark.
monday. air it out, heart wide open.
tuesday. self-becoming, transforming.
wednesday. freedom - check out before/by 10am
NOURISHED BY MAMA EARTH
Expect a menu filled with colours & flavours in which no product comes from animals, but rather organic superfoods and a no-waste politic is applied. From bowls to terra, tarts & delicious desserts you will fuel your Prana (life force energy) as well as nourish your vessel with love and care.
Anna & Lucie, the food fairies co-created LunnaPlants, a conscious vegan&gluten-free kitchen providing soulfood, sustainability & healthy living. They believe that plantbased food is energy and medicine for body, mind, soul, and they will definitely bring a new perspective to your eating & cooking lifestyle.
PRICING & ROOMS
Earlybird: 100€ off before August 31st.
Deposit (to secure your spot): 250€
Double Bedroom (double bed):
1 person- shared: 630€ EARLYBIRD (from August 31st: 730€)
2 persons sharing - friends, couple: 1260€ EARLYBIRD
(from August 31st: 1360€)
1 person - private: 1360€ EARLYBIRD (from August 31st: 1460€)
Twin Bedroom (single bed):
1 person: 690€ EARLYBIRD (from August 31st: 790€)
Important: To secure your spot, the first step is to fill out the application form via the "book" button below. In order to confirm your space, I need to receive your application as well as the deposit, which you can send via bank transfer or Paypal.
The retreat deposit is non-refundable.The remainder amount must be paid in full before August 19th 2021. If you cannot attend for whatever reason, your deposit will be transferrable to a future retreat or program with me within 1 year.
COVID-19: It is predicted that there will be no travel restrictions to or within Portugal at that time, but of course, it is hard to control anything these days. So if borders close because of covid, your deposit be will either transferrable to a future retreat with me, or the whole retreat will be postponed.
Suggestions: ensure you have a travel insurance when booking the flights and that you get updated regarding the countries' rules and entry inquiries. If already vaccinated, traveling should be easier now.
The “Digital Green Certificate” will facilitate safe and free movement during the COVID-19 pandemic within the EU. A Digital Green Certificate will be a proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, has received a negative test result or has recovered from COVID-19 that can be used across all EU Member States.
These times are difficult for many of us. If the rest of the full amount is a lot for you right now, please do let me know. I am always happy to help in any way that I can.
- 5-night stay in an authentic architect house with full use of the accommodation
- Practices, Workshops & Mentorship (total of 14 classes)
- Brunches, Snacks & Dinners
- Flights to Lisbon & Transport from Lisbon to the house
- Travel Insurance or PCR/Antigen test
- Any free time activities (massage, walk, transport...)
HOW TO GET THERE.
From Lisbon, you can either rent a car (1h30 drive to Alvados) or use transports to Alvados (train, bus, taxi: keep in mind that it can take up to 3h).
For more details, please email me.
FULL - NO SPOTS LEFT
but stay tuned for future retreats.
Please send me an email at email@example.com once you have secured your spot to let me know what type of bed/room you'd like to have.