Portugal 2018

FIND YOUR FLOW IN PORTUGAL!
Areias do Seixo
Santa Cruz, Portugal
May 20-27, 2018
With Melanie Caines & Easkey Britton

www.areiasdoseixo.com

Join Certified Yoga Teacher, Melanie Caines, and Professional Surfer, Artist, and Scientist, Easkey Britton, for a incredible week of flow, connection, and gratitude in beautiful Portugal.  Immerse yourself in this gorgeous coastal setting and get ready to embrace a week of beaches, meditation in nature, yoga, optional surf, and locally prepared sustainable food.

 

THE HOTEL

A magical place in a magical setting, Areias do Seixo is a natural haven less than one hour from Lisbon. This is a special  place where pine trees, dunes and sea murmur their secrets. Experience originality, sublime comfort and an unerringly sense of style that seamlessly blends in with the natural surroundings of the land, the sea and the shore. Each room tells its own intriguing story. Our restaurant transports you to a place where aroma, taste and colour come together, using raw materials sourced from a bountiful Mother Nature. Concealed behind the enigmatic wooden doors that lead into our SPA, a world of unique sensations awaits you. Leave the daily grind and the stresses of life behind you. Let yourself be transported back to an almost forgotten time when “to feel” was activity enough.

Areias do Seixo is the product of a dream, a strong desire to create a large house overlooking the sea that could  welcome people from all over the world. A hotel that stirs emotions and touches people’s hearts …
The hotel was developed with great environmental awareness, in an attempt to achieve harmonious integration. The key concern was, and always will be, to cause the lowest environmental impact while the hotel will play an awareness-raising role among those who visit it.

The hotel adheres to principles of sustainable tourism, based on energy efficiency, renewable energies and use of natural resources.

CLICK HERE to read about Easkey Britton’s experience in this part of the world.

 

THE FOOD

The kitchen gives priority to suppliers from the region, sharing fish from the market, pasture meat and vegetables, herbs and flowers that grow free in the garden.

Every day in the hotel garden, we pick fruit, vegetables and herbs that are clean and chemical-free, lending a unique and healthy flavour to dishes created in the restaurant. Guests are invited to take part in a range of activities, from land to plate!

More than an experience, it is a combination of flavours and personality, where each dish tells a different story.

Gastronomy that uses seasonal and mostly Portuguese produce, much of it local. Cuisine that uses the flowers, bulbs, vegetables and herbs found in the hotel garden. Cuisine that sets off to discover the region’s fishermen and hunters. Improbable and inspiring cuisine.

Share a “lovingly created” gastronomic experience at our table.  Click HERE for more information.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS & FEES
TOWNHOUSE GREEN

1 DOUBLE BED
Single Occupancy €1725
Double Occupancy
€1425 per person
(4 ROOMS LEFT!)

2 SINGLE BEDS
Double Occupancy
€1475 per person
(SOLD OUT!)

The Townhouses have a splash outdoor pool and barbecue area. They also have a spacious living room with a fireplace, fully equipped kitchen and three bedrooms each with private bathrooms.

BOOK A ROOM IN A TOWNHOUSE GREEN!

 

 

 

VILLA GREEN

1 DOUBLE BED
Single Occupancy €1775
Double Occupancy €1475 per person
(2 ROOMS LEFT!)

2 SINGLE BEDS
Double Occupancy €1525 per person
(1 ROOM LEFT!)

The Villas Green include an outdoor pool and barbecue area. They also have spacious living rooms with fireplace, fully equipped kitchens and three bedrooms each with private bathrooms.

BOOK A ROOM IN A VILLA GREEN!

 

 

 


SUPERIOR VILLA GREEN

1 DOUBLE BED
Single Occupancy €1825
Double Occupancy
€1525 per person
(SOLD OUT!)

2 SINGLE BEDS
Double Occupancy €1575 per person
(1 ROOM LEFT!)

Stunning views over the sea and dunes immerse you in a quiet heaven, which can be equally enjoyed inside or out. The Superior Villas “Green” include an outdoor pool and barbecue area. They also have spacious living rooms with fireplace, fully equipped kitchens and three bedrooms with private bathrooms

BOOK A ROOM IN A SUPERIOR VILLA GREEN!

 

These double rooms have step-out balconies and beautiful ocean views. The rooms are tastefully furnished and provide the perfect space for two people. Each room has a king-sized bed or two twins, with a private bathroom with solar hot water and air conditioning. – See more at: http://www.bluespiritcostarica.com/blue-spirit-accommodations#sthash.O7MlFsFe.dpuf
These double rooms have step-out balconies and beautiful ocean views. The rooms are tastefully furnished and provide the perfect space for two people. Each room has a king-sized bed or two twins, with a private bathroom with solar hot water and air conditioning. – See more at: http://www.bluespiritcostarica.com/blue-spirit-accommodations#sthash.O7MlFsFe.dpuf

*Interested in a hotel room at Areias do Seixo instead of the Townhouses and Villas?  Please email novayogaretreats@gmail.com for availability and fees.

 

 BOOK NOW

Click links above to pay the non-refundable €400 deposit (PER PERSON) required to hold your spot.

Please specify single or double occupancy (and roommate if applicable).

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED:
-7 nights accommodations
-3 freshly prepared meals daily (1 offsite dinner NOT included)
-Internet
-Yoga twice daily with Melanie:

  • Pranayama
  • Vinyasa/Flow
  • Yoga Nidra

-Daily Meditation with Easkey: short, daily practices with nature in mind (and body), designed to cultivate:

  • Art of Noticing
  • Body awareness
  • Trust the process
  • Flow like water
  • Embrace the blue!

NOT INCLUDED:
-Airfare
-Airport-Hotel transfer
-Alcohol

OPTIONAL EXTRAS:
-Spa Treatments
Concealed behind the enigmatic wooden doors that lead into our SPA, a world of unique sensations awaits you. Let yourself go, rediscover balance, awaken your inner wisdom and relax with us.  Our SPA boasts a dry sauna, Turkish bath, treatment rooms, a relaxation room and outdoor pool.  Click HERE for more information.

-Be Like Water Surf Lessons with Easkey2 hours (includes tuition and equipment hire).
Be Like Water’ is a specially tailored program designed and led by professional surfer, Dr. Easkey Britton, using surfing as an immersive experience to connect body-breath-nature, find flow and bring profound shifts in the way you think, listen, and feel in your life.

One-one: €150
Small group (2 ppl): €80 pp.
Small group (3 ppl): €75 pp.
Group (max 8 ppl): €60 pp.

 

 

SAMPLE DAILY ITINERARY

-Morning Yoga + Meditation
-Breakfast
-Free Time/Relaxation/Optional Excursions
-Lunch
-Free Time/Relaxation/Optional Excursions
-Late Afternoon Yoga
-Dinner

 

 ABOUT THE RETREAT LEADERS:

EASKEY BRITTON

Dr. Easkey Britton is an internationally renowned professional surfer, artist, scientist and explorer from Ireland. Her parents taught her to surf when she was four years old and her life has revolved around the ocean ever since. She pioneered women’s big-wave surfing in Ireland, where her performances have earned her international recognition including a prestigious Global XXL Big Wave nomination and is a five-time Irish national surf champion.  But there’s more to Easkey than surfing. It is her intellect and her quest to learn and create change in an often unfair world that really defines her. A scientist, academic and social activist, with a PhD in Environment and Society, Easkey is always one to look in places others aren’t for the answers to difficult questions. Her curiosity and passion for fairness and gender equality are the qualities that attract others to her.

Her real work lies in promoting a healthy relationship between people and the sea. She is co-founder of the non-profit Waves of Freedom which uses the power of surfing as a creative medium for social change. A recent graduate from THNK’s Creative School of Leadership, Easkey is an inspirational public speaker – her work and unique connection to the ocean led her to being asked to talk at TEDx Dublin and she’s passionate about the art of convening and community building, facilitating creative workshops and experiences for social good and personal transformation around the world.

Easkey is a one off, wild hearted and free spirit. She’s ridden some of the biggest waves in Ireland; no audience, no blue skies, no golden sands, just her and a crew she trusts. Doing something she loves; chasing cold water mountains. Currently research fellow at University of Galway, Easkey co-leads the interdisciplinary NEAR-Health project on nature-based solutions: a framework to use coastal blue space to restore health and wellbeing. 

 

MELANIE CAINES

Melanie Caines is a Certified Yoga Teacher and the owner/operator of Nova Yoga. She has a strong passion for movement and teaches multi-level Vinyasa (Flow) Yoga classes infused with spirit, laughter, sweat, and creativity.  She completed her 200Hr Yoga Teacher Training in Vinyasa (Flow) Yoga at Sonic Yoga in New York City in 2008 and has studied Prana Flow with Vinyasa/Flow goddess Shiva Rea; Melanie’s love of learning, exploration, and travel leads her to various places in search of workshops, training, adventures, and inspiration.

Melanie is the host of three seasons of The Nova Yoga Show on Rogers TV. She has also released a yoga DVD called Nova Yoga Flow, filmed in beautiful Newfoundland and Labrador.  Her online yoga series, called The Go Flow Sessions, is available on Vimeo. Her latest project, Move with Melanie, is a online subscription based video series to get you movin’ and groovin’ wherever you are!  Melanie loves to travel and leads delicious and exciting international yoga retreats in Costa Rica, Mexico, Hawaii, France, Greece, and Italy.

Melanie has been nominated for the 2017 YWCA Women of Influence Awards.  She was named a finalist for the 2016 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards and a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2015 Awards. Melanie won the 2012 Start Up Business of the Year Award from NLOWE (Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs) and Nova Yoga was voted Best Yoga Studio two years in a row by The Scope readers.

 

TRAVEL

Flights:
Once you have your spot reserved you can search for your flight!  The closest airport is Lisbon Airport (approximately 45-60min drive from retreat area).

Ground Transportation:
We can arrange ground transportation from Lisbon to Areias do Seixo on arrival and departure days for an additional cost (8 seat van = €15 per person).

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS

-A €400 non-refundable deposit (PER PERSON) is required to reserve your spot (ie, a double room requires 2 deposits).

-50% of balance is due December 20, 2017
-Remaining balance is due February 20, 2018

-All payments after deposit must be made in euros (€) via cheque or cash.  If you with to pay with credit card via PayPal there will be a 3% surcharge applied.

-Travel insurance is recommended for this trip.

-Deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE: no exceptions.

-Payments made after the deposit will be refunded if trip is cancelled before January 20, 2018.

-Participants must have a regular yoga practice and should be comfortable with a level 2 class.  Participants should be confident modifying when they need to and be open to exploring and adventuring on the mat.

QUESTIONS?

Email novayogaretreats@gmail.com or call 709-743-8303.

FAQ

1. Do I need a passport?

Yes you are required to have a passport.  Please make sure that your passport is valid for 6 months after your expected departure date.


2. I don’t have anyone to go with and I don’t want to pay for single occupancy – can you find me a roommate?

Yes I can try to match you up with another solo traveller.  You can pay your deposit and if a match cannot be made your deposit will be refunded.


3. I have dietary restrictions – is this retreat able to accommodate me?

Yes certainly; once you have reserved your spot please pass on any allergies, restrictions, or requests.


4. Do I need to be an advanced yogi to join this retreat?

Participants should have a regular yoga practice and be comfortable with a level 2 class; participants should be confident modifying when they need to and be open to exploring and adventuring on the mat.


5. Can I bring my kids?

This retreat will be an adult-only vacation.