This retreat is designed to be a journey of self-discovery to rebalance the mind-body connection and offers tools for self-mastery to meet todays life challenges. It is a week of hands-on practices focusing on identifying your imbalances and proposing the root cause solutions through the wisdom of Ayurveda, yoga, meditation, breathwork, workshops, and one-on-one emotional therapies.

Led by Experts

Learn life-changing skills from your retreat leaders—a yoga teacher/emotional therapist, an Ayurvedic doctor, and a healing therapist

Private Healing Sessions

Benefit from one-on-one consultations, therapeutic massages, and Ayurvedic treatment

Profound Learning

Intergrate modern and ancient philosophies into your everyday life through workshops, talks and hands-on classes

Luxury Accommodation

At Hotel Casa Palmela, ​​in the heart of the Arrábida Natural Park, Setúbal, Portugal

Exclusive Retreat in Portugal

31 October – 7 November 2022

Level: All Levels  

Come and join our experts for a purposeful retreat designed to let you unplug and discover a new realm of possibilities within.

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  • 7 nights of luxury accommodation at Hotel Casa Palmela, in Setúbal, Portugal
  • Orientation and Agnihotra
  • 7 healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners (possibility of a detox program)
  • 4 one-on-one consultation sessions with the retreat leaders
  • Daily morning Yoga – Meditation – Pranayama (breathwork)
  • Yoga and Ayurveda lectures and discussions
  • Hands-on cooking class and nutritional workshop
  • 2 therapeutic integrated massages
  • 1 Ayurvedic treatment
  • Market tour to Setúbal’s famous food market
  • A treasure hunt
  • Contemplation in group settings
  • Surprise events
  • Oneworld Ayurveda’s 125 healing recipes digital cookbook
*Transfers to/from Casa Palmela Setúbal are not included.
  • 7 nights of luxury accommodation at Hotel Casa Palmela, in Setúbal, Portugal
  • Orientation and Agnihotra
  • 7 healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners (possibility of a detox program)
  • 4 one-on-one consultation sessions with the retreat leaders
  • Daily morning Yoga – Meditation – Pranayama (breathwork)
  • Yoga and Ayurveda lectures and discussions
  • Hands-on cooking class and nutritional workshop
  • 2 therapeutic integrated massages
  • 1 Ayurvedic treatment
  • Market tour to Setúbal’s famous food market
  • A treasure hunt
  • Contemplation in group settings
  • Surprise events
  • Oneworld Ayurveda’s 125 healing recipes digital cookbook
*Transfers to/from Casa Palmela Setúbal are not included.
Retreat Leader, Yoga Teacher, Emotional Therapist
Therese Skovgaard Poulsen

Therese is a Sanskrit Scholar from Columbia University in New York, where she also completed her medical training to become a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM). Her love for yoga took her to India 27 years ago where she trained to become a Senior Ashtanga Yoga Instructor…

Ayurvedic Physician
Dr. Ninnu Sudarshan, B.A.M.S.

Prior to becoming Oneworld Ayurveda’s Head Physician in 2016, Dr. Ninnu have worked in a number of clinics and built up his own Panchakarma centre in Kollam, as well as a pharmacy producing genuine Ayurvedic medicines, which many hospitals around Kerala use today.

healing therapist
Xavier Carre

After a serious back injury followed by a year of forced immobilisation, Xavier studied and become a recognized therapist. He practiced in several European countries and was awarded “Best Therapist of the Year”. In 2016 Xavier graduated in Ayurvedic Yoga Massage…

RETREAT PRICE

Come join us in Portugal

Price per person

Single

3,780 €

Twin share

3,410 €

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Retreat Itinerary

Day 1 – Monday, 31 October (Arrival Day)

17:00 Retreat Orientation 
Introduction of the team and participants

17:30 Agnihotra – A ritual of purification
Led by Therese and Dr. Ninnu, the fire and mantra ritual will energetically clean the physical space and initiate you to go deeper into your intentions. The sacred practice of Agnihotra is faithfully practiced in temples, ashrams, and private homes in India and other parts of the world.

18:30 Dinner

Day 2 – Tuesday, 1 November

Today you will be offered two distinctive consultation sessions, one with Therese and one with Dr. Ninnu. Both intend to offer you guidelines to live a healthy and balanced life.

Morning and Afternoon

Energetic Consultation Session – Therese Paulsen
During the initial session, your guide and teacher Therese will perceive any energetic barriers in your body and mind. From this starting point, the explorative session will lead you to experience new internal realizations resulting in positive changes and growth. The ultimate intention is to find clarity and peace of mind.

“Seeing is the first step, as from there, all can be changed on a mental, physical and emotional level.”

Ayurvedic Consultation Session – Dr. Ninnu
Following a pulse-taking examination and an evaluation of your lifestyle, Dr. Ninnu will determine your main doshas imbalances, commonly called bio-energy. The science of Ayurveda is based on each individual’s tridoshas. You will be surprised to find out why you might have digestion, sleep, hormonal or other disorders. The intention is to guide you towards a more balanced and enjoyable life, both physically and mentally, free of illness.

Today you will be offered two distinctive consultation sessions, one with Therese and one with Dr Ninnu. Both have for intention to offer you guidelines to live a healthy and balanced life. *The group will be split so everyone gets the opportunity to get a one-on-one consultation.

08:00 Breakfast

09:00 – 10:00 A Treasure Hunt – Breaking the Ice – Group I
The treasure hunt experience will take you places around the natural environment of the property. You will receive a map indicating the hidden locations of each treasure, these treasures will open the door leading you to introspections, questioning, pondering, and discovering. A fun way to light up the spirit living deep inside.

09:00 – 12:00 Consultations

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 18:00 Consultations

14:00 – 16:00 A Treasure Hunt – Breaking the Ice – Group II

18:00 Dinner

Day 3 – Wednesday, 2 November

06:00 – 08:00 Walking Meditation – Pranayama – Meditation
Meditation is about emptying our minds to create space for clarity
Walking Meditation is a powerful tool for spiritual growth. Learn the essential process to take you beyond the limitations of your body and mind. In the beginning, your mind may be busy with ordinary mental activity, but as your practice solidifies you will experience prolonged, deeper concentration that leads to a space of attention and clarity.

08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast or Juice fast

09:30 – 12:00 Yoga class – Yoga Philosophy
Today’s focus is “Living a meaningful and purposeful life.”

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:30 – 14:30 The Science of Ayurveda Explained
This session is to give you an understanding of the ancient science of Ayurveda. You will learn the history and the fundamentals of Ayurveda including the tridoshas – 3 bio energies. How we determine the body types and their importance, and how to design our diet and lifestyle according to our Dosha dominant, Dr. Ninnu will also touch on the importance of the detoxing Panchakarma programs.

14:30 – 15:30 Treatments

15:30 – 16:00 Juice / Tea – Ayurvedic snacks

16:00 – 18:00 Treatments

18:15 Dinner

19:30 Treatments

Day 4 – Thursday, 3 November

06:00 – 07:00 Walking Meditation – Pranayama – Meditation
The science of the breath, also known as pranayama is a key to healing.
The process by which oxygen is regulated can literally heal us. Just like a goldsmith removes the impurities of gold by heating it in a hot furnace, by strongly blowing the blow-pipe, so also we can remove the impurities of the body by blowing our lungs with oxygen.
It is not a secret that breathing is the first thing we do as we enter this world and the last thing we do as we leave this world. Therefore, it should not be a mystery to control and be aware of our breath during our life.

07:15 – 08:30 The Famous Market (Mercado) of Setubal
Following the morning walk, we are taking you on a market tour in the city of Setubal located a short distance away from Casa Palmela, the impressive market has a lot to offer, yet we are going there for the purpose of shopping for the afternoon ayurvedic cooking class.

Breakfast upon return

10:00 – 12:00 Yoga Asana – Yoga Philosophy
Chapter 3 Gita on Karma Yoga
Serving without having any expectations in return

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:30 – 15:30 Treatments

15:30 – 16:00 Juice / Tea – Ayurvedic snacks

16:00 – 18:00 The Joy and Benefits of Eating Ayurvedically
The teaching of Ayurveda considers nutrition as healing medicine. During this hands-on cooking class, Dr. Ninnu will teach you the basics of cooking with the purpose of keeping your doshas in balance. Spices, grains, lentils, vegetables, and fruits have specific benefits and are used to restore the body inside out. Get the recipes to heal gut disorders, and skin ailments, enhance the immunity system, and what to eat/drink to detox the body on a regular basis.
During this class, we will prepare our own dinner.

18:15 Dinner

19:30 Treatments (Xavier)

Day 5 – Friday, 4 November

06:00 – 08:00 Walking Meditation – Pranayama – Meditation

08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast or Juice fast

09:30 – 12:00 Yoga class – Yoga philosophy
The eight limbs of Yoga

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:30 – 14:30 My Body – My Skin The wisdom of Ayurveda offers an amalgam of beauty’s secrets. During this simple yet informative session, you will learn how to make your own natural body scrub, a recipe to remove dead cells and improve blood and lymph circulation. Dr, Ninnu will also teach you how to keep your hair thick and shiny.

14:30 – 15:30 Treatments

15:30 – 16:00 Juice / Tea – Ayurvedic snacks

16:00 – 18:00 Treatments

18:15 Dinner

19:30 Treatments (Xavier)

Day 6 – Saturday, 5 November

06:00 – 08:00 Short Consultations
A short one-on-one recap with the leaders

08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast or Juice fast

09:30 – 12:00 Yoga class – Yoga philosophy
Devotion – A lesson from Chapter 12 of the Gita
Learn why devotion is so important in today’s lifestyle

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:30 – 14:30 Self Abhyanga Massage
Abhyanga means massage in Hindi, it is part of Ayurveda’s daily regimens to maintain good health and vitality. During this class, you will learn the technique of how to give yourself a massage, what oil to use, and the overall virtues of Abhyanga.

14:45 – 15:45 Treatments

16:00 – 18:00 Going Back in Time – Convent of Our Lady of Arrábida
Near Casa Palmela, facing the sea, we will find Convento da Arrabida, a beautiful hidden jewel built in the 16th century in the grove of the southern slope of Serra da Arrabida. Today, we will take you on a cultural journey to the past to discover the magnificent architecture and history of the spiritual convent.

18:15 Dinner

19:30 Treatments (Xavier)

Day 7 – Sunday, 6 November

06:00 – 08:00 Walking Meditation – Pranayama – Meditation

08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast or Juice fast

09:30 – 12:00 \Yoga class – Yoga Philosophy
Reflection on Body and Mind Spirit
Question and Answer

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:30 – 14:30 You Didn’t Know… Now You Know!
This informative session is a discussion between the participants and Dr. Ninnu. Any questions unanswered about Ayurveda will be discussed in order for you to leave with even more knowledge of Ayurveda.

14:30 – 15:30 Treatments

15:30 – 16:00 Juice / Tea – Ayurvedic snacks

16:00 – 18:00 Treatments

18:15 Farewell Dinner followed by fire ritual

Day 8 – Monday, 7 November

06:00 – 08:00 Walking Meditation – Pranayama – Meditation

08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast or Juice fast

09:30 – 12:00 Yoga class – Yoga philosophy

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

Departure to your next destination

The Place


HOTEL CASA PALMELA, SETÚBAL, PORTUGAL 
Situated 30 minutes south of Lisboa, in the heart of the Arrábida Natural Park, Casa Palmela is a charming restored manor with a history dating back to the seventeenth century. The place is surrounded by fragrant vineyards and scenic trails to escape from nature. The quaint property is most peaceful and definitely the perfect place for a luxury retreat in Portugal, we already know that you will love it.

The comfortable and well-equipped rooms, as well as the public areas, are tastefully decorated while the retreat healthy meals are served in a perfectly set dining room that has a wood-burning fireplace and a large terrace with a view towards the west, where one can witness amazing sunsets.

The tranquil beaches and secret coves of Arrabida are easily reached by bike. Hotel Casa Palmela offers a slice of timeless Portugal to be savored. Hotel Casa Palmela is a Small Luxury Hotels of the World property.

Retreat Highlights

  • Highly accomplished team with many years of profound knowledge and experience.
  • Personalised to each individual guest, not one size fits all format.
  • Deep integration of expertise in a wide range of modalities including yoga, meditation, breathwork, and science of Ayurveda, as well as Deep healing Therapeutic Treatments/Ayuvedic Massage, creating another level of synergy.
  • Luxury property located in a natural environment to support the journey.
  • Extra support sessions are available during the retreat and remotely afterward (ask us for more information).

Yoga

Whether you are an absolute beginner or an experienced practitioner of a specific style, we provide exceptional guidance to deepen your practice. Our retreats draw on the wisdom of Ashtanga: eight limbs of yoga Karma yoga: The yoga of action. Bhakti yoga: The yoga of devotion. Jnana yoga: The yoga of knowledge.

The yoga we offer is Hatha and it combines the precision of Lyengar with the dynamism of Ashtanga. Participants are introduced to Pranayama, Asanas, relaxation techniques and rituals. During the contemplative meditation sessions, you watch your thoughts, without any intention to either control or repress them. Just simply watch and be aware of each movement of the thought and see them move without you being moved by them.

RETREAT PRICE

Come join us in Portugal

Price per person

Single

3,780 €

Twin share

3,410 €

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