Brejo Fundeiro Retreat
Brejo Fundeiro is a retreat centre for hire. We invite tutors to book the centre, which can accommodate up to twelve students, for one week to run a retreat in rural central Portugal. Additional accommodation for 4 more people is available just 5 minutes drive away on the lake. We are offering you a warm welcome, caring hospitality and delicious healthy meals in relaxed and beautiful natural surroundings. Throughout this site you can find information about the hiring of the centre and the services we offer. Some arrangements are flexible and can be customised to suit your requirements to ensure a fantastic experience.
About Brejo Fundeiro
Set in a tranquil location in the forested hills of Central Portugal, far away from the crowds, just 3 km from the beautiful ‘Castelo de Bode’ lake and 8 km from the small town of Cernache de Bonjardim.
The centre sits within a small valley surrounded by eucalyptus, pine and cork oak trees and consists of a three storey, one hundred year old manor house, yoga studio, swimming pool, barbecue area, courtyard, small fruit orchard and vegetable garden.
We provide comfortable living accommodation and bedrooms with modern facilities in authentic surroundings – for a unique experience book your stay with us soon! Please contact us for a Tutor Information pack.See more events in this venue
"One goes to the forest, to the foot of a tree, or an empty room, sits down cross-legged in Lotus position, holds one’s body straight, and establishes mindfulness in front of oneself. Breathing in, one is aware of breathing in, breathing out, one is aware of breathing out.” The Buddha (from the Sati-patthana Sutra)
All Back to Nature Yoga retreat spaces are selected for their outstanding natural beauty and environmental and community credentials
Brejo Fundeiro Retreat Centre, Portugal
Brejo Fundeiro Retreat Centre is set in a tranquil location in the forested hills of Central Portugal, far away from the crowds, 3 km from the beautiful ‘Castelo de Bode’ lake and 8 km from the small town of Cernache de Bonjardim.
The centre sits within a small valley surrounded by eucalyptus, pine and cork oak trees and consists of a 3 storey, 100 year old manor house, swimming pool, barbecue area, courtyard and a small fruit orchard (orange, clementine, pear, cherry, plum, peach, fig, kiwi, hazelnut and apple trees). An old barn with exposed beams, filled with natural light and stunning views of the valley and eucalyptus forest makes the perfect setting for the Yoga studio.
Whether you're relaxing beneath the dappled shade of the lime trees in the courtyard, taking a swim against a backdrop of spectacular scenery, making your own soap or lip balm in an olive oil workshop or taking part in some of the amazing activities included or available to you (mountain biking, a guided walk, a boat cruise, kayaking), your Back to Nature Yoga retreat will give you chance to deepen your practice, restore your body and mind and leave you feeling rejuvenated and in harmony with yourself and nature.
Your 6 day retreat will consist of morning and late afternoon Yoga sessions, a cuisine of organically home grown or locally sourced healthy vegetarian food and plenty of time to explore the breathtaking natural surroundings.
Cost of £585 per person sharing a room, includes: all Yoga sessions, 5 nights accommodation and all meals, a spa treatment, a guided walk, use of mountain bikes and a day trip to Dornes including a packed lunch, a boat cruise and optional swim in the lake!
A 20% non refundable deposit will be required to secure your place with full payment by the end of April 2016. Cancellations made less than 6 weeks prior to the retreat will not be refunded. A 50% fee will be applied to any refund due on cancellations made before that time.
Your 5 day retreat will consist of morning and late afternoon Yoga sessions, a cuisine of organically home grown or locally sourced healthy vegetarian food
I first sat on a Yoga mat about 20 years ago and since then, it's been in and out of my life but in the last 12 years, most definitely in. The teaching and practice of Yoga has really shaped who I am today in so many ways.
Two things that I hear often are "I can't do Yoga, I'm not flexible" and "What style of Yoga do you teach?"
So here's the thing, You don't have to be flexible to do Yoga! Yoga is about so much more than that. Of course, you will increase your flexibility but you'll reap all sorts of other rewards too. All you need to know right now is that if you can breathe, you can practice.
As for "style", that really depends on who is in the class and the ability of each person. You might be practising a posture and the person next to you may be taking a modified version or a more advanced version dependent on body type, strength, flexibility etc. I prefer to teach each client as an individual which is why I like to work with small groups so each person gets the attention they need to progress their practice. It's important to understand the foundations of a posture and once that is achieved postures can flow into other postures and the practice becomes more fluid.
As you develop your practice, you may find you enjoy a more dynamic practice such as Ashtanga or a Vinyasa Flow type class. You may prefer a hot class like Bikram or you may enjoy a gentle Yin or Hatha class. You may enjoy a certain style for a while and then you may totally go off that and enjoy a different style. Your Yoga will evolve as you evolve.
Personally, I love a strong flowing practice although have enjoyed some Yin practice of late. I love to experiment and push my boundaries with arm balances, head stands and handstands but at the same time, I'm happy to sit for a long time and feel the benefits of a long, deep stretch in more traditional postures. It really depends on what day and how I feel.
It's important to remember that Yoga is much more than striking a few postures though and some of the more subtle nuances of the practice materialise through the physical practice. Don't worry if you're starting out and it's all a bit new. As a 4000 year old science, it's fairly new for all of us modern day practitioners and that's the fun part, you just keep on learning and growing.
I enjoy leading small groups so I can make sure you've got everything in the right place and that way you'll get the most out of your practice. If you've got any specific areas you wish to work on, you can let me know before the class and I can often weave this into the session. Even if you don't tell me, I'll probably spot it fairly quickly and address it without you noticing anyway! I don't tend to use Sanskrit terms and I'm also not going to fill the room with incense and dolphin sounds as much as I love dolphins, they belong in the ocean and not in the yoga space :)
Have a read of some of the many reviews I've received over the years to get more of an idea and of course, you can always contact me to discuss anything you're not sure of. Remember, you can always have a private session if a class environment isn't for you.
Registered with The Royal Yoga Alliance with teacher training carried out with Maria Taylor at the Africa Yoga Centre, I have also practiced at the Sri K Phatabhi Jois Institute of Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore, India with Saraswati Jois. I've been leading classes for 6 years and hope to continue doing so for many more to come. See more photos and other events by this presenter