Mindfulness and Movement Retreat, October 2nd-8th, 2019
Looking for a retreat that’s as exciting as it is rejuvenating…and easily within reach? Join Kate in the Azores in October 2019. São Miguel, a far-flung archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic, is a pristine paradise for adventurers seeking to incorporate the stunning beauty with outdoor experiences and a nurturing atmosphere for the depth of inner exploration. The Azores are a hidden gem where the beauty of nature and warmth of the people embrace you at every turn. The Lonely Planet has called the Azores the crucible of life, and we agree, an the ideal place for transformation and renewal. Pack your hiking shoes and walking sticks and join us.
Been on your bucket list for a while? Now is the time to check it off!
Where we stay – About the retreat center:
We will be staying at Quinta Minuvida, an orchard lodge snuggled into a gallery of private gardens, fruit orchards, a saltwater pool and plenty of private areas for relaxation. All accommodations feature lovingly renovated suites, each unique and gorgeous, with its own private bathroom. Discover Minuvida’s rooms, grounds and food.
- 6 nights/7 days lodging at Quinta Minuvida
- Locally sourced and inspired Azorean meals daily at Quinta Minuvida.* Picnic lunches will be provided for the hiking excursions.
- 2 Group hiking excursions – some of the island’s best hikes including guides and transportation. Additional excursions optional.
- Mindfulness and Movement Workshop: Two morning sessions, led by Kate Mitcheom MSN, CNM, RYT, Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Instructor. Kate is a master teacher who integrates 20+ years of meditation and movement into her open-hearted style of teaching.
- Roundtrip airport transfers from Ponta Delgada Airport (PDL) to Quinta Minuvida and back (about a 15 minute ride each way).
Meals at Minuvida:
*All meals (three per day) are included in your retreat price aside from two lunches, in order to give you a chance to explore the many local options where you can choose something delicious for about 10 euros. The food in the Azores is amazing, from the incredible cooking at Quinta Minuvida, to our beautiful excursion day lunches from Maria Picnic, to three dinners out at select restaurants nearby.
Minuvida has a a covered outdoor guest kitchen for anyone who wants to store food/make small meals.
Space is limited to 16 yogis. Reserve your spot today.
Accommodations are priced on double occupancy – $1995
Nonrefundable deposit due upon registration.
Sample – Daily Schedule
- 7:30-8:30am Meditation
- 8:30-10:00 Breakfast
- 10:00-12:00 Movement
- 12:30-1:30pm Lunch
- 1:30-5:00pm Excursions – Hiking with the group or exploring on your own
- 5:30-6:00pm Meditation
- 7:30-8:00pm Dinner, rest & revelry
We will have a free afternoon or two for additional excursions if you choose – canyoning, waterfall hiking, and surfing to name a few options. Explore the different options.
And of course there will be time to just chill. Take a swim in the Quinta’s pool, relax in the hammock or rest in your Orchard Lodge suite – each one gorgeous and unique. Enjoy views of mountains, ocean and orchards from Minuvida’s observatory tower, and eat bananas and guavas right from the tree.
It’s a 4 hour direct flight from Boston to the Azores!
A little more about the Azores and getting there:
Azorean airline SATA flies direct from a dozen destinations in Europe and four in North America. Budget carriers are Ryanair and easyJet.
If you want to come early or stay late you could consider Portugal, Spain or travel between the islands:
SATA runs daily flights between the islands. Alternatively, you can explore them all in leisurely fashion by ship with Atlanticoline or hop between São Jorge, Pico and Faial by ferry with Transmacor.
The Azores were named as the world’s top destination for sustainable tourism by Quality Coast, a European Commission-supported certification programme. In fact, it is the only place in the world to receive a Platinum Award, the organization’s highest accolade. It is incredibly clean, safe, first-world and zika free.
Be sure to bring your layers, your rain gear and your hiking boots. The weather in the Azores is sub-tropical and often unpredictable, but what is for sure is that we will have an amazing time!
The average temperature for the Azores in October is 71/62 degrees.