Portugal Retreats

Portugal Yoga Holidays with Rachel Lovegrove

Due to the current COVID situation, all summer retreats are postponed until further notice. However, the October dates in Portugal and the December retreat in Spain are available to book.

Rachel has been providing Portugal Iyengar Yoga Holidays and workshops for enthusiasts of all levels since 2003. As an internationally renowned Iyengar teacher with 20 years teaching experience, Rachel’s Iyengar yoga holidays provide a fantastic opportunity for a great learning experience in a supportive and relaxing environment, whatever your level of ability. In 2020, Rachel offers both residential and non-residential courses. The residential weeks in May, July and October are for all levels of experience and the non-residential in February is for those with at least 12 months regular practice of Iyengar yoga or a similar yoga discipline.

REMAINING 2020 Dates:
      • July 10th to 17th – CANCELLED due to the Corona Virus Pandemic
      • October 9th to 16th – FULL
      • October 16th to 23rd – Please enquire
Pricing Info Portugal 2020

Residential Retreats (All levels welcome) in May, July and October:

      • Dormitory Option – €695 Studio Room (off the dormitory) – €925 (single occupancy)
      • Twin Ensuite Per Person – €850/ Non-Yoga Partner €700
      • Single Occupancy – €1100

Prices include a 7 night stay, brunch daily and 6x 3-course evening meals, all yoga, towels, linens and yoga equipment. Travel, transfers, extra meals, excursions and massage treatments are extra. €250 deposit payable to secure your booking. Balance payable 4 weeks before start date or in cash on arrival.

All are welcome on the “All Levels” holidays and with Rachel’s firm but careful guidance, guests can explore their boundaries according to their individual aspirations and capabilities.

Going on a yoga holiday or retreat can be life enhancing, even life changing. It gives you time and space away from day to day life to immerse yourself in a subject that can take you beyond your limitations and expectations. This is another lovely quote from a recent client who had a very positive experience of his very first yoga holiday:

“What a wonderful oasis of calm.  Everything was so lovely, lovely people, fabulous food, sunshine and great yoga.  I’m hooked!”

Accommodation for May, July and October Residential Retreats

Quinta Mimosa is a long running retreat and holiday centre, situated just 20 minutes from Faro Airport, only 5 minutes from the historic town of Loule and 15 minutes from the beautiful Algarve coast. The staff there have been hosting yoga retreats for over 20 years and is well-known for their warmth & hospitality. Rachel has been coming to Quinta Mimosa since 1993 and it was here that she ran her first Portugal Iyengar Yoga Retreat in 2003. Accommodation is arranged in pretty individual cottages, all with twin rooms with private bathrooms and each of the three areas onsite has a swimming pool. There are gardens, fruit orchards and a beautiful yoga studio, fully equipped and with glass doors opening out onto the terrace.  Meals are taken outside under the wisteria and the centre has a rich history of visiting yoga groups who have been coming here since the late 1980’s.  Quinta Mimosa is 6km from the amazing beaches of the Algarve and transport with the friendly and English speaking taxi drivers is very easy to arrange.Click here to visit the Portugal Retreats Photo Gallery.


Saturday to Thursday lunch is provided along with 6 evening meals beginning with our welcome meal on Friday evening.  Special diets can be catered for to the best of Quinta Mimosa’s abilities. The menu is vegetarian but meat eaters needn’t be disappointed as the food is delicious and one evening is free for everyone to appreciate local cuisine. The cottages also have catering facilities so you can prepare your own snacks in-house if you need extra sustenance. Alcohol is not prohibited and wine lovers will be delighted at the range of local wines at very reasonable prices that are available. Tea and coffee is provided.


From Saturday to Thursday, there will be one extended yoga session from 8.00am to 12.00pm (8.00am to 10.00am yoga asana followed by a 20 minute break before a restorative and pranayama session) The afternoons are free to fit in self-practice or optional excursions – a trip to Loule or any of the nearby historic towns or magnificent beaches. The yoga will be taught in the fully equipped studio at Quinta Mimosa. In addition, there will be one or two optional silent guided practice sessions during the week. All equipment, including mats is provided. The classes are designed to be progressive so we start off gradually and build up our practice during the week. Rachel does recommend that beginners attend yoga classes beforehand for at least 6 weeks to really get the most out of their holiday.


Quinta Mimosa offer a range of excellent massage treatments already road tested by Rachel and many of her returning guests! They range from standard Swedish massage to Sound Bath healing sessions and all the therapists are highly trained and professional, used by Quinta Mimosa for many years.


Fly to Faro direct from many UK and international airports or for long haul flights you can connect in Lisbon and then either hire a car or take a train down to Loule. Transfers for those arriving at Loule train station or Faro airport can be arranged. You can also travel to Seville and then catch the bus from Seville to either Faro or Loule. More information will be supplied on booking.

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