Picture ditching all daily routines as you get transported to a breathtaking ancestral European site - Portugal
For seven days you will indulge in deep relaxation and rejuvenation at a world class spa hotel as you kick up a notch your yoga practice.
This transformative travel experience will be lead by Yoga teacher and sound healer, Scott Bailey from HOT AND SOUL YOGA Studios Middletown /ColtsNeck New Jersey and YMCA, Red Bank, NJ with coordination by Patricia Bessa, Portuguese native and integrative wellness coach.
Scott and Patricia will guide you during this experience to a place that will expand your mind into new horizons and make you deeply connect with other yogis and your inner self .Whatever your reasons: spiritual connection, self-awareness, relaxation, time away from home and to deepen your yogic path, this promises to be a well deserved investment in your serenity, health and well-being cherish for years to come!
Each day's practice will focus on one chakra, cleansing the body, going deeper into the subtle body. You'll welcome the start of each day with morning meditation and grounding asana practices. At the end of the day you can choose to melt into the mat with an evening gong bath, dissolve stress in heated infinity pools, saunas and book spa treatments. Enjoy regional farm-to-table chef crafted nutritional vegetarian meals, sunset dining at the panoramic restaurant bar. Get transported back in time by touring villages dating back to Roman times and taste Portuguese green wine in “Tuscany style“ wine estates. Spend a day strolling and shopping in the cosmopolitan city of Porto. Hike pristine forest paths and dive into river beaches that will naturally make you open your body and soul to regeneration.
Maximum group of 10-12 people
– Accommodations for 6 nights, 7 days at the breathtaking Douro 41 Spa Hotel with 24 hr free use of all its luxury amenities, river kayaks and 3 miles of hotel walkway trails
– Three daily nutritional balanced and mostly vegetarian meals inspired by Portuguese style cooking
- A la carte add-ons options available
– Three guided cultural wellness tours with full transportation to and from the hotel
– Morning breathwork and Vinyasa Chakra Flow - two chakras per day focused classes
– Evening Restorative Chakra Sound Bath
– 15% off on any spa treatments
(required two weeks in advance reservations)
All Inclusive room options
*Early bird runs 11/15/2019-1/15/2020
Check in 2:30 pm on 6/21. Check out on 6/27 1:00 pm
You can stay as long as you would like on your last day as the hotel has luggagestorage facilities .
Inhale. Hold. Exhale.
Let it go.
We bring you to the Douro Valley so you can ground your practice in pristine ancestral landscapes and let go to the calming Douro river waters.
A Journey through serenity and history awaits you 45 minutes away from the cosmopolitan city of Porto.
the Douro Valley is the oldest demarcated wine region in the world ( 1756) and the grape harvest and wine production goes back 2,000 years, leading to the vineyards’ area the recognition as
SEVEN Chakras SEVEN days Vinyasa Yoga with Sound Meditation
Start with setting your daily meditation intentions with river views.
Then follow a chakra focused daily asanas to activate and balance your BODY - MIND -SOUL . Transcend in the evening with sound bath and a restorative flow.
Scott Bailey practices Yoga Vinyasa alignment based and was trained under yoga teacher Rodney Yee of Yoga Shanti New York City and in Sound Healing with Gong Master and Yogi Bijan protege , Don Conreaux.
All levels. Modifications available from beginners to advanced .
*some classes may include a pool sound meditation
Post dinner 8 pm
The www.douro41.com is a contemporary hotel in harmony with the amazing natural surroundings.
Inspired by the Douro Wine Region, it recreates the terraces that characterize and mold the slopes of the region for centuries and uses traditional schistand glass transparencies over the unique landscape. With rooms all with plenty of natural light and magnificent views,
The hotel has an original design in a minimalist and tasteful style.
The close connection to the Douro river with a dock with capacity for 20 boats, the restaurant with 360 river views , regional worldclass gastronomy, a spa with hydrotherapy circuit, panoramic outdoor and indoor heated swimming pool, a gymnasium, together with panoramic balcony bar, make the Douro 41 Hotel & Spa a top destination place to stay and enjoy the best of this region.
YOGA SHALA SPACE
Yoga classes and sound meditation sessions take place in a indoor Shala Hall with large windows or in a large outdoor balcony depending on weather conditions and time of the day . TBA by teacher program . Both spaces have river views and are privately reserved for the retreat.
A MAGICAL FOREST BAITHING
Paiva Walkways are located on the left bank of the Paiva River.
They are 8 km that provide a walk in an authentic natural sanctuary along the brave waters of the river.
Breathtaking landscapes, natural, biological, geological and archaeological riches are arguments that invite visitors to get lost on the wooden trail that winds along the banks of the Paiva River.
The route extends between the river beaches of Areinho and Espiunca. A journey that will certainly be in the heart and in the mind of any lover of Nature.
THE GARGANTA DO PAIVA AND A LITTLE FURTHER ON, THE AGUIEIRAS FALLS ARE TWO POINTS OF INTEREST THAT SHOULD NOT BE IGNORED GIVEN ITS NATURAL BEAUTY
1. Departure from the hotel after lunch - 45 minutes to destination
2. Hiking with option of river beach swimming
3. Return to hotel
A 17Th CENTURY GREEN WINE ESTATE
Located on the border between the granitic zone of the Green Wines Region and the shale region of the Port Wines, is the Quinta de Covela.
Get to know the panoramic views of the river and wander in the 45 hectares of the property, 18 of which are planted with vineyards. In the end, don’t go away without sampling the wines produced here.
DATING BACK TO THE 16TH CENTURY, THE OLD CASA DE COVELA, FORMED BY THE RUINS OF THE RENAISSANCE BUILDING, THE WINERIES AND THE CHAPEL, TESTIFIES TO THE MULTISECULAR PRESENCE OF WINE PRODUCTION AND THE HISTORICAL IMPORTANCE
1. Departure the Hotel after lunch - 1 hour to destination
2. Guided tour of the vineyard and cellars wine tasting with regional cheese and grapes board swimming pool available
Take the opportunity to the Monastery of Santo André de Ancende, the bridge of Esmoriz or the Church of São Tiago
3. Return to the hotel
GET LOST IN OPORTO’S OLD NEIGHBORHOODS
GAIA PROMENADE WITH WORLD FAMOUS PORT WINE CELLARS
Porto is Portugal’s second-largest city, a modern metropolis home to 210,000 people, but the city’s heart still lies in its medieval old city – the Ribeira. This historic district begins along the banks of the River Douro and spreads into the hills behind. As one of Porto’s oldest neighbourhoods, walking its streets is like taking a step back in time. It might be the city’s most visited district, but you can still lose yourself – and everyone else – in Porto’s old town .https://www.ontheluce.com/getting-lost-in-portos-old-town/
1. Departure the hotel after breakfast -45 minutes to destination
2. Hit the streets for sightseeing major tourist sites . At some point we will cross the St Luis Bridge on foot to Vila Nova de Gaia or stay extra time in Oporto to explore on your own pace
Once across the bridge, option to buy a visit to the world famous Calem port wine cellars https://tour.calem.pt/index.php?lang
Paiva Walkways 8.5 K