A month ago already, 14 of us yogis took off for a yoga holiday in Southern Portugal. I taught 2-hours long sessions mornings and evenings over 5 days, varying the philosophical focus of each session as well as its pace.
After each class, we sat at a long table on the front yard of our venue, Monte na Luz, and had breakfast and dinner together. And in case you are wondering, yes, there was coffee available in the morning as well as wine in the evening!
The group was truly amazing and fun which I had no doubt about once the bookings started to come in as I knew most of the practitioners. They had attended some of my classes and/or previous yoga retreats. The new faces were friends of existing students and added beautifully to the existing mix!
We talked and laughed a lot, explored the nearby town of Loulé as well as some of the stunning beaches that the Algarve has to offer. And when one needed to spend time on their own, the property offered plenty of areas for some quiet reading and meditating.
As a teacher, I have been blessed with such lovely groups ever since I built up enough confidence to organise retreats. Quickly a sense of camaraderie prevails and some friendships have blossomed within this favourable context.
So a huge thanks to you all for coming with an open mind, a sense of humour and a bucketful of smiles, and making yet another yoga retreat feel like a wonderful holiday!
With love and gratitude,