Mind, body and soul
We run our retreats holistically. We are working with all three elements of your existence, your mind, your body and your soul. Therefore we start each day very actively. We gather at 7:30 in the morning and devote our first hour and a half to Flow programme.
Flow is a unique and integrative programme, which works on your mental, physical, emotional and soul level. Flow merges together the elements of physical training, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Mindfulness, Meditation and awakening of your life energy.
The exercises are put together with the intention to help us gain flexibility, strength, and control over our bodies. We focus heavily on our breathing and we practice living in the present moment with each single movement we make. We finish our morning session with a pleasant meditation session or deep healing session.
9:15 am is our breakfast time and soon after, at 10 am we start with our educational programme. We teach you how to change your life utilising two very effective life-changing tools, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Mindfulness.
We finish our educational program at 13:00. Straight after we have lunch in a very pleasant family run restaurant just beneath the hill where we are staying. The food is really delicious and if you have any special desires or requirements, the cooks make all possible effort to satisfy your needs.
From 14:00 until 19:00 you can take time for yourself & enjoy the peace and the silence of the area, hang out with friends, sunbathe in the front yard, swim in the swimming pool, read books or explore the area around. Nave Redonda offers magnificent walking paths as well as cycling tracks. There are plenty of bikes ready to be used at the cottage.
During the week we also organise different excursions which give you the opportunity to explore the area around our retreat centre and learn a little bit about Portuguese history and their beautiful culture.
You will be given the opportunity to come with us and see Monchique – a market town up in the Serra de Monchique, which is a thickly wooded mountain range separating the Algarve from Alentejo. The journey to Monchique offers spectacular views and is totally different from the Algarve coast. You will be able to see typical Algarve-an houses there with white walls and bands of colour around the windows and doors and you will also have the chance to climb the highest peak in Algarve Mountains called Foia.
Later on we will visit the Castle of Silves, situated in the civil parish and municipality of Silves. Built between the 8th and 13th century, the castle is one of the best preserved Moorish fortifications in Portugal, resulting in its classification as a National Monument in 1910.
On another occasion, we will take you for a walk or sunbathing to one of the Algarve’s most celebrated holiday meccas, Praia da Rocha. Famous for its spectacular beach with nestles under lime-stone cliffs, Praia da Rocha is a mix of grandiose buildings and modern hotels. It is a perfect place for practising Mindfulness. Imagine sinking your feet into warm sand, feeling a warm breeze on your skin and listening to the sound of the ocean with us …
You will also have the opportunity to visit Fiesa, which is famous for its International Sand Sculptures Festival. The largest sand festival in the world is dedicated to a different theme each year, and occupies an area of 15,000 square metres, showcasing the work of the skilful hands of artists of various nationalities that shape over 35,000 tonnes of sand during a one-month period.
Optionally, if you love horses and would like to ride them along the ocean with breathtaking scenery, we have a surprise for you. We will take you to Baia do Tonel to meet our friend Filipe, who will take care of you and make your stay with him and his calm horses as pleasant as possible.
At 19:00 we have dinner and afterwards you are free to do whatever you like. We will endeavour to make your stay with us as pleasant as possible and therefore we host special events each evening. Svein and the owner of the cottage, Humberto, are both enthusiastic guitar players; therefore you can be sure you will be able to sing your hearts out. Polona loves dancing, therefore you will be able to move with her and learn a few basic and simple choreographies. One night will be devoted to a live hypnosis demonstration during which our last participants were rolling in the aisles. We should not forget to mention movie night which will take you even deeper into the meaning of life. Oh and of course Fado night. Fado is nowadays referred to as a musical symbol of Portugal; it has been described as a “true expression of the Portuguese soul.”
|07.30 – 08.30
|09.00 – 10.00
|10.00 – 13.00
||Education, Mindfulness & NLP
|13.00 – 14.00
|14.00 – 19.00
||Excursion / Personal time
|19.00 – 20.00
You will also have the opportunity to ask for individual coaching session as both Svein and Polona work as coaches and will be there for you whenever you feel ready to break through your existing armour and show the world your true magnificence and potential.
So far so good, don’t you think?