Sintra, Portugal, August 7-14, 2016

Star Pine Lodge Estrada do Rodizio 147
Alto do Rodizio
2705-001 Colares

 

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Praia Pequena 6 min walk, Praia Grande 7 min walk

Rates based on double occupancy include yoga twice a day.  Large breakfast and a lunch pack for your optional sport activities (sport activities rates available, surfing, mountain biking, please see me.)

Rooms have ocean views and so does our yoga room which has 24hr access.  Includes breakfast and picnic lunch.  Also on site:  pool, gardens, common kitchen, outdoor bbq area.      See you in the sun and surf!

 

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À mon tour de vous adresser un grand merci pour ces 5 magnifiques journées en votre compagnie.
La fantastique énergie et l’accueil chaleureux de ce super groupe ainsi que la pratique de haute voltige enseignée par notre chère Michelle m’ont fait énormément de bien. Alors je me suis mise chaque jour à répéter quelques postures depuis mon retour.

Ca y est, je ne peux plus me passer du yoga !  Maud

 

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Pour moi-aussi, ce fut une semaine très enrichissante…et une première expérience inoubliable ! Je me sens en pleine forme et reboostée, aussi bien physiquement que mentalement 😊
Merci à Michelle pour ses cours si inspirants, pour ce chemin parcouru ensemble, les beaux messages partagés… tout cela me donne très envie de poursuivre et d’essayer d’aller au-delà de mes limites ! Yes, we can !!

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Merci à tous pour la compagnie, la bonne humeur, les échanges, la musique… Que de bons moments et de chouettes souvenirs !

Chers tous,
C’était une superbe semaine tous ensemble . Je ferme les yeux et j’y suis encore .  Olga

Bonjour à toutes les yogis et notre yogi musicien/auteur/compositeur 🙂
Merci, merci, merci !
Même si je n’ai passé que 2 jours et demi sur le tapis, je me sens transformée également.
Merci Michelle, pour cette ouverture d’esprit et d’âme et à très vite sur le tapis.
J’aimerais que nous continuions cette belle expérience en se tenant au courant d’activités de yoga de manière régulière.
Cours de cuisine végétarienne, vegan, stages tutti quanti !
A bientôt,
Caroline 

Merci pour l’énergie de cette super semaine, les moments partagés sur les tapis, et pas seulement, nos échanges sympathiques, les chansons, les fous rires … Je suis rentrée ressourcée, transformée, et j’en avais grandement besoin.   Merci Michelle d’ avoir rendue possible cette retreat, merci pour toute l’organisation et ton enseignement attentif pour nous faire grandir sur le chemin du yoga.   Andreea

How does it feel to be back home??
The sun still shines here, but nice energy of your group is missing.  Petra

Retreat 2015


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Yoga on Holiday
Retreat in Portugal
The Beaches of Sintra

The Lodge

Found: Another beautiful destination to practice yoga on retreat
(past retreat) May 17-24, 2015

From the airport in Lisbon, the staff at The Lodge will pick you up and in 30 minutes you are in Praia Grande, the big beach, on golden sands, looking up at dazzling cliffs and watching the sun dance on the waves of the Sintra coastline.

The Lodge is situated up on the cliffs and about a 10-minute walk down to the beach.
In the grounds of The Lodge we find a landscaped oasis inside freshly painted terra cotta walls, outside a rugged natural paradise. Palms and flowering plants, large green spaces that just ask you to practice yoga under the sun and shade. A pool, sauna, and jacuzzi for relaxing or relieving aching muscles after a myriad of sports activities available by the staff, or which can be arranged for you by the staff: surfing, climbing, mountain biking.  More.

The rates below include a fabulous breakfast each morning with many home-made specialities.

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The Lodge encourages participants who are taking advantage of the sports activities also to make a sandwich/lunch from the breakfast table so you can have a meal on the road in your activity. Dinner is on our own.
There will be a 90 minute class each am before breakfast and an evening time to be determined on the request of the group vis-a-vis any sport activities you are choosing. The rate is fixed for the week.

We found very reasonable flights on Vueling: http://www.vueling.com/es

If you are unfamiliar with the Sintra area, it’s indeed worth a Google search to see all there is to offer there. It’s a wild natural place with it’s own ecosystem and many cultural UNESCO heritage sites, as well. It is not far from Cabo de Roca.

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Yoga Retreat to the island of Milos 

Aug 30- Sept 5, 2015

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Reservations are now being taken for Milos, Aug 30-Sept 5, 2015.

Yoga for the week 300 euros, 2 classes a day in enchanting outdoor settings.

Accommodation rates vary on sharing from 30€ to 60€ a night.  The Residence will not be available to us until Aug 30.  Checkout can be Sept 6, for a full day of yoga, Sept 5.

Meals and flight are not included.

Picnic breakfast together after am yoga.

For more details you can read the text from past retreats, below and contact me for any questions.

Namaste, Michelle

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Past Retreats

Aug 31-Sept 7, 2014

This year’s retreat begins and ends on two local festivals!

Kyriavgoustos, The big bonfire of August is celebrated on Aug 31.  The bonfire takes place around the whole of the island with young and old jumping over the flames.  The festival dates back to the ages when the Turks used to come to the island to collect taxes,  When the sentinels on the island saw the Turks coming, they lit fires on the peaks to warn the inhabitants to hide their crops and animals to avoid loot.  Once the danger was over, fires were lit in the town squares and people jumped and sang.

Today, the fire symbolizes the concentration of heat and power to help the Milians deal with flues and the cold the coming winter will bring.

On out last day in Provotas Beach there is the annual festival outside the local church with more music, dancing and singing and our final opportunity to partake in the homemade cuisine and hospitality of our hosts on this amazing little island.

Welcome to the site to reserve for the next yoga on holiday to the beautiful island of Milos in the Greek Cyclades.  The details are below:

Yoga on Holiday retreat on Milos with Michelle Jacobi.  Aug 31-Sept 7, 2014.

Owner and Director of the Centre de Yoga du Marais in Paris, Michelle actively leads workshops around the world.  From the fiords of Denmark to the lavender fields of the Luberon in France, from the urban excitement of New York City to the pristine stillness found on the beautiful island of Milos, you can take some time during a holiday or simply a pause in your busy life to connect with your deepest self in the beauty of nature.

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Two 90 min classes a day are guided for all interested in deepening their practice.  Michelle’s Hatha Yoga classes accentuate fluidity in movement and breath so that breath and body awareness deepens both on and away from your yoga mat.  Michelle loves the purity and stillness that imbues the island of Milos and feels it truly is one of the most beautiful places in the world to connect with your source.

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Special features:

*Picturesque cottages complete with kitchenettes.

*Cliffside view of the Aegean.

*The beach is a 10min walk straight down a stairway.

*The islands top-rated restaurant is on the way down to the beach.

*Airport/ferry pick up and drop off.  The airport is a 10 min drive to the Residence and car rental is available.

*Option of having breakfast together after morning sunrise practice.  Our yoga space is  on-site, and outdoors.

*The evening practice can be moved to beautiful island locations for moonlit meditations.

*The dynamic classes are infused with fun, humor and relaxation.

Rates for 2014 based on double occupancy begin at 440 at the Residence of Milos in Provotas: 

Includes 8 nights occupancy plus yoga.  The retreat begins the 31st in the am. Checkout 7 Sept.

The price does not include transport to and from Milos.   Rates vary for single occupancy, please contact me for special bookings regarding this.

A deposit for the workshop  300€ is requested no later than 1 June.   This confirms your reservation.  Places are limited to 15.

Balance is due August 1.   You can also pay by post-dated check and I will not be cashing the final balance until August 1.

Refund of deposit:

In full if you cancel before June 1.   Cancellations after June 1, 150€ will be held.

For more information please do contact me.

I am looking forward to being your yoga guide on beautiful Milos.

Namaste,

Michelle

 

Michelle works with Athena Soulis on site at Milos.

Athena can be contacted for other accommodation arrangements and car rental:

Milos & Kimolos Athena Travel and Rent a Car athena@athenatravel.gr


July  9-16   2011

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July 10-17  2010

Shooting Stars and Flying Fish

Around our daily yoga practice of greeting the sun at 6:30am, just before the sunrises, we see the gold of the sun illumine the craggy rocks of the hill in front of us. As the gold deepens the little goat on the hill bleats us a good morning. The roosters crow in the distance and the soft breeze of the morning caresses our skin and cools us as we warm up our muscles. As our senses open up in our practice we hear the gentle movement of the waves on the beach below. This is how a typical morning begins on the yoga retreat on the island of Milos. By the time we move out of savansa the sun is higher and we are ready for breakfast on the shady patio. After that the day is ours to swim, to relax, to read or to join a field trip we schedule to explore the island.

A must is a boat trip around the island with scheduled stops to jump off and swim and snorkel through caves and rest on isolated beaches reachable only by boat. The boat tour lasts all day with a scheduled stop on the island of Kimolos for lunch and more exploration to the island’s little churches, a climb up the volcanos and a look at the wild horses. Back on the boat speeding to the next cove we see flying fish and Lionel in our group even spots a sea turtle! Afterward you are so invigorated, an evening practice is thoroughly wished for. In the evening we practice facing the sea. The sun sets to our left. We are shaded and cool and after savasana ready for evening rest and dinner at one of islands’ most reputable restaurants, a 3 minute walk away with a sweeping view of the sea and the moon and stars.

Late night you lie on your back as you did when you were a child and see the Milky Way so bright and so close to you it feels a few kilometers away. These are nights in Milos, full of light from the sky. Shooting stars are not a rare sight. A new moon gave us a full night of possiblities to see them.

Alternatives to a typical day is yoga on the beach on a raised platform where you practice gazing out to the horizon where sea meets sky. One of the field trips includes a trip to an evening practice at Sarakiniko. Sarakiniko is a geological marvel. The locals call it the moon scape as the area was formed by lava that cooled to a brilliant white and formed craters and coves. An evening trip and practice allows you to appreciate the brilliance without the glare to the eyes during mid-day. Here you can also swim, jump off cliffs into the cobalt blue Aegean. I jumped!

Our practices allowed us to stretch the limits we had of ourselves, to face the walls we put up when we think we can’t do more and stay in our usual habits. A yoga retreat helps remind us these limitations are put up by us, that weput our minds in this place. With our breath we move these walls a little further away to be carried away on the soft breeze that surrounds us.