Azores Yoga Vacation

Azores Yoga Retreat Vacation

Ruth Anne Lundeberg, E-RYT500 and Rebecca Dennis E-RYT500
July 23-30, 2022

 

Join us for Nature, Culture, Food and Yoga—in the AZORES!

The Azores…

If you haven’t heard of these islands in the Atlantic, one quick Google will have you registering for this retreat! A part of Portugal, these special volcanic islands are still relatively unknown to tourism.  An autonomous region of Portugal, where lush tropical vegetation overlaps with trim pastures, we will soak up the natural beauty, take great hikes, and enjoy yoga in our hotel’s 31-acre  botanical garden! Our retreat will be centered in Furnas, on São  Miguel island, which will allow us to walk into town and to local sights, and be within 1-1.5 hours driving of all major sights on São Miguel. 

Our Home Base: Terra Nostra Garden Hotel and Spa

Botanical Garden, Thermal Pools, Hotel and Spa: 

Terra Nostra Garden Hotel is located right in The Terra Nostra Botanical Garden, in the center of the charming town of Furnas. As a guest you’ll have 24/7 unlimited access to their 31 acres of botanical gardens and multiple geothermal pools. Our location will  allow us to walk to many of the other gardens, hot springs and calderas within Furnas. 

In the 1930s, Furnas was becoming famous for its hot springs and thermal baths. The Terra Nostra Association was formed at this time, with the objective of promoting São Miguel as a foreign tourist destination.

The Azores were little known to the rest of the world, and the only visitors to Furnas were curious or very well-informed travellers. The rediscovery of the enchantment of the Azores and its luxuriant landscapes began in the 1970s.

Today, the Terra Nostra Garden Hotel in Furnas, São Miguel, is nestled in one of the World’s best “Green Retreats,” as deemed by Condé Nast Traveler – the 18th century Terra Nostra Garden exudes a breathtaking atmosphere of exoticism and mysticism in perfect harmony with nature.

The hotel’s interior design concept stems from the Art Deco style, and introduces contemporary elements and materials, creating comfort and exclusivity perfectly integrated with the lush Terra Nostra Garden. 

terra nostra Botanical Garden with Hydrangeasshowing the hotel where we will stay.

 

Your Yoga Instructors:

 

Rebecca Dennis, E-Ryt500
Ruth Anne Lundeberg, E-ryt500

Rebecca and Ruth Anne met in 1983 and have been close friends ever since.  Each of them has decades of experience as yoga teachers, studio owners, teacher trainers and retreat leaders. On retreat, they teach together to assist each student personally while creating a seamless group experience. Expect their classes to be both mindful and creative; profound and fun; challenging and nurturing. Often mistaken for sisters, these two old friends will finish each other’s sentences, crack jokes, gently debate details of alignment, laugh at themselves and prove that serious yoga doesn’t have to take itself so seriously.

Twice-daily yoga classes are scheduled around daily excursions.

Participation in yoga is optional. 

Daily outings will feature volcanoes, waterfalls, thermal pools, coast and beaches and local culture

What Else Will We Do?

Our hosts have many local experiences to offer, including a coastal day trip, guided walks to waterfalls, calderas, and local architecture. In addition, the central location of our hotel makes possible self-guided walks to many more local sights. And you’ll welcome some time to relax and enjoy your luxury accomodation with its gardens and thermal pools. 

Portas da Cidade in Ponta Delgada at dusk (Azores)

Your Retreat Organizers: Brad and Jessie Wigh, Belize Yoga

 

 

 

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What’s Included

7 nights lodging at Terra Nostra Garden Hotel, the top-rated hotel in the Azores

  • Most meals (1 dinner and 3 lunches on your own)
  • Unlimited 24/7 access to the hotel’s famous gardens and geothermal pools
  • Yoga in the botanical gardens of our hotel (all levels welcome–and entirely optional to attend).
  • Day trip with hiking to Sete Cidades
  • Coastal day trip
  • Cultural experience
  • Massage

Sample Itinerary for Azores Yoga Retreat Vacation

 Day 1: Arrival,  afternoon yoga, dinner, geothermal pool relaxation.

Day 2: Morning yoga, breakfast, cultural tour, free time, afternoon yoga, dinner.

Day 3: Morning yoga, breakfast, hiking and driving tour with lunch, afternoon yoga on location, dinner on your own.

Day 4: Morning yoga, breakfast, calderas tour, free time (lunch on your own), afternoon yoga, dinner.

Day 5: Morning yoga, breakfast, coastal and waterfall tour with lunch, dinner.

Day 6: Morning yoga, breakfast, spa day, free time (lunch on your own), afternoon yoga, dinner.

Day 7: Morning yoga, breakfast, free day (lunch on your own), afternoon yoga, dinner.

Day 8: Departure. Check-out is 11am, you may depart on your own timing.