Portugal Pilates Retreat
Thursday 12th- Tuesday 17th September 2019
I ran and hosted my first retreat in 2017 which was an absolute joy but I couldn’t have done it without my Mum, Jacqui Murphy, and am very excited to be running another alongside her in September 2019. Between us we will create a wonderful experience of wellness and balance for our guests. This retreat is all about having fun, starting and ending each day with feel good Pilates, enjoying incredible fresh food from the local area, exploring, switching off, heading to the beach, the market and finding balance.
LOCATION – Olhão in Portugal
Olhão is an ancient fishing village, hidden away from the popular tourist towns in the Algarve, Portugal. A place to reconnect with a slower seasonal way of life and nourish the body and mind. Some of the most beautiful and quietest beaches are just a short boat trip away. Trips to the beach islands are wonderful and very easy. From our retreat home it is just a 10min walk to the waterfront where you can catch a ferry or river taxi to the islands – trip takes 10ish minutes depending on the island you go to. With Armona, Culatra, Farol and Deserta islands all very close there is so much choice each with a slightly different vibe. You may be lucky and get to see the dolphins too!
OUR VILLA- Casa Fuzetta
Casa Fuzetta is truly beautiful and it will feel like such a treat simply staying here. Each bedroom is unique and stunning with beautiful decor and ensuite bathrooms. The rooftop is where we will take our classes and offers gorgeous sea views, a swimming pool for you to chill out around and soak up the sunshine.
Pilates is one of my favourite things ever and I am so passionate about sharing the incredible benefits of it with you throughout this week. I love being able to teach the same group every day on retreat and you’ll be amazed at how your understanding of the practice grows throughout the experience. Each morning we will start with a dynamic Pilates class including lots of core work, functional movements, classical work; this will be a strong balanced class to get you set up for the day ahead. In the early evening we will get together on our mats again for a class with a twist. Each day will be different, for example Pilates with the small equipment like the bands and balls, Pilates flow, Barre Pilates, Classical Pilates and one evening you will also be taught yoga by a local teacher for a nice change. The classes will cater for all abilities whether you are new to Pilates or already a Pilates enthusiast.
You will have free time during the day to explore the town, visit the beaches, book a treatment or simply laze by the pool with your book. We will also have optional group activities such as visiting the market, a beach day, taking a hike in the surrounding area, a movie night and tile painting (to be confirmed).
To help you truly unwind during your stay, treatments such as massage, reflexology and facials will be available to book. More details to follow.
We love food! Meals are always a wonderful part of retreat life and a great chance to practice mindful eating. We will be providing you delicious meals using local fresh produce, full of variety to nourish and invigorate you during your stay. Principally vegertarian with some fish options and we can of course cater for special dietary requirements. One evening we will be enjoying a meal out together at a local restaurant.
8 Pilates classes
1 Yoga class
1 x Restaurant Evening Out
All teas/coffee and a morning refreshment
Transfers to and from Faro airport
Ferry journey to the island
Activities such as hiking, movie night and more to be confirmed.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
There’s frequent flights to the nearest airport Faro which is a 15 minute drive from our retreat villa.
TESTIMONIALS from previous Retreat guests
“Attending the retreat was hands down the BEST thing I have EVER done for myself. I took such a great deal away with me and made memories that will last forever. It was amazing to be around such an inspiring group of women and take time out to do something for ME.”
“I truly recommend this to anyone thinking about going on a retreat. My one word to everyone that has asked me how it was is ‘amazing’! I plan to do one every year now if I can whether that’s in the UK or abroad. It such a perfect balance for a holiday as you are active everyday yet feel so feel relaxed and a million miles away from everything.”
HOW TO BOOK
You can email all enquires to Jacqui Murphy on:
Luxury private room with large double bed & ensuite bathroom: £1,650 for one person (early bird £1500)
Luxury twin room with ensuite bathroom: £1,350 per person (early bird £1200)
Please note that a non-refundable deposit of 25% will be payable upon booking. The balance will then need to be paid 8 weeks before the retreat starts.
*Early Bird Rate Ends 31st December 2018