Testimonials and Press Reviews

Testimonials & Press Reviews

Read or watch on this page testimonials, feedback and articles about Orange Tree Yoga retreats and about Rachel’s teaching.


“I had seen a number of physios and experts from around the world, but none had really been able to help. After a few sessions with Rachel, my back pain started to decrease and I eventually gave up taking pain killers and was able to walk without pain. I do not believe it would have been possible for anyone to help me the way Rachel did. I would strongly recommend Rachel to anyone who is suffering any kind of pain or who just wants to be more flexible. Rachel is very knowledgeable and an expert in her field.” Duncan Bannatyne OBE

Below are some more of the comments made by previous guests and students from holidays and workshops over the past few years including video interviews conducted by Rachel’s assistant, Charlotte:

 I love the way you teach. You give even the stiffest person (me) hope!


A fabulous introduction to yoga. Thank you.  Excellent teacher, superb location.


Rachel is an outstanding yoga teacher who is able to differentiate her classes so that the most inexperienced are able to enjoy and improve whilst the most experience are stretched and challenged. The environment is conducive to rest and relaxation and the food is exquisite – prepared with care and love.

Andrew and Gillian

My yoga practice will be so much better after this week of Rachel’s tuition – excellent! The beautiful weather, good food and lovely company made it a relaxing, restorative week.


Loved it! Great atmosphere, great yoga, great people, great weather, great food: GREAT!


If you love yoga, it doesn’t get better than this.


I think the thing is that you are such an excellent teacher, it makes other yoga classes seem bit rubbish! You really do have an amazing gift for teaching. What was most striking was how you managed to teach such a range of ability and make it look easy. Your thoughtful planning, sensitivity to peoples needs, experience and expertise all make for the best yoga and teaching anyone could ever have.


It exceeded my expectations- it was my first time and I did not know quite what to expect. Rachel is a very good and dedicated teacher- able to respond to all levels of ability and I think everyone experienced the benefits during the week. The walks, the treatments and the food were all a bonus and altogether I had a wonderful week. I will certainly return and have already recommended it to friends.


Thank you to all at Quinta Mimosa for a truly lovely week.  A wonderful mix of stretching and eating and swimming! Rachel, your words of encouragement and guidance will stay with me for a long, long time. 


I would like to say a big thank you for the retreat, It was perfect for what I needed, helping me to destress and rejuvenate. What a fantastic venue Monte na Luz is 🙏I made the right choice.


Thanks so much for a wonderful week!!  I enjoyed every minute of it, and everyone was fantastic.


Thank you for an incredible week, I loved the yoga, the place, the people, the food …. and you are a fantastic teacher.  Will look forward to next year.


I do wish I was back there with all of you!  The holiday was perfection for me and it is hard to think of a better holiday!!  Thank you all for my yoga retreat and thank you Rachel for passing on such a lovely class of postures throughout the week.  You have inspired me!


Thank you Rachel for a fabulous week. Your enthusiasm is contagious!


What a wonderful oasis of calm.  Everything was so lovely, lovely people, fabulous food, sunshine and great yoga.  I’m hooked! Have to come back again! And I forgot…amazing massage! Thank you so much, it was just what I needed.


What an amazing week, wonderful weather, beautiful surroundings and a lovely group but most important of all the teacher was amazing. Clear instructions, concise demos and lots of individual attention. I really felt that I got to grips not just with the asanas but also gained more understanding of the philosophy behind yoga. Having a proper studio made a big difference, except for having to explain the rope burn afterwards!! I loved the balance of the sessions, tougher in the morning and then more relaxed in the afternoon, especially welcome after a hard day at the beach! My big fear before I went was that I would be sick of yoga after a few days, but the opposite was true, I actually wanted more. Keep up the great work and I`m looking forward to the next time.


The best yoga retreat we have ever been on - A fabulous and understanding teacher in Rachel Lovegrove who is able to differentiate her sessions for experienced and not so experienced participants with sensitivity and humour. A peaceful environment and wonderful food. Very good value for money. Highly recommended. Andrew

Thank you so much for a fantastic week of yoga. It was challenging and exhilarating. It was all that I needed in such a great atmosphere as usual. I feel that I have learned so much and hopefully have improved my practice so that I am moving forward.


Thank you for a very special five days 🧘🏻‍♀️🙂! I feel truly energised and ready for the year ahead!
All aspects of the yoga retreat were fantastic; the teaching; the location; the wonderful food and of course, the other yoga ‘students’, who were all very welcoming and inspiring in equal measure.
I’m looking forward to my next retreat with you already.


I’ve been to 50 physios around the world to fix my back pain, nothing worked. Within 3 sessions of yoga with Rachel, the pain went away. Yoga has had a profound effect on my life.

This week has been a restoration of health and wellbeing for me.  I came expecting to do only some of the classes because of health issues.  However, Rachel’s firm but sensitive guidance has enabled me to complete the week’s classes and end with a feeling of achievement and wellbeing.  The food is outstanding and Quinta Mimosa the perfect backdrop.  Thanks to all involved in this process, including my classmates who have been great fun to hang out with.  Extra special thanks to Rachel.  Love & blessings.



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