Simplicity and Space

Yoga and Hiking Retreat

in São Miguel, Azores, Portugal

moved to 14-19 May 2023

your getaway in the stunning nature when the daily retreat schedule respects time for yourself

I am happy to invite you to a unique combination of a fully organised retreat and plenty of me-time you need.

I will take care of your weekend activities and all daily morning/evening entertainment. The rest of the days are left at your discretion: working remotely, chilling out in the spacious accommodation, or allowing me to take care of your activities, as you choose.

I will show you the most incredible places in the dazzling nature of the hidden gem of the Atlantic, São Miguel island of the Portuguese Azores.

Yoga
Enjoy and deepen your yoga and meditation practice

Nature
Explore the island in the middle of the Atlantic unknown to the tourists
Space
Experience the peaceful environment and reconnecting with yourself
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YOGA AND MEDITATION PRACTICE

We will practise yoga and meditation twice a day: energising yoga flow in the morning and restorative yoga flow in the evening.  Classes are adjusted right on the spot to your body needs and movement experience.

Sustainable accommodation

Our home for 6 days/5 nights is the spacious historical lodge Quinta do Bom Despacho surrounded by one hectare of gardens including organic vegetable growing and orchard area.  A unique natural swimming pool provides us with a crystal clear body of water for swimming pleasure with no use of chemicals whatsoever.

The lodge can accommodate up to 12 guests in a single or double/twin setting.  It is perfectly located at a walking distance from Ponta Delgada, the capital of São Miguel island, and offers excellent views of its south coast.

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Your jaw-dropping hikes in the unique nature

Two organised weekend hikes are included in your retreat experiences.  I will bring you to the most epic locations of the São Miguel island!  Dramatic volcanic landscape, lush forests, greenest fields, spectacular waterfalls, stunning rainbows – this is what you experience when hiking in the Azores. Walk along the fairytale-like paths, marvelling at the fascinating vegetation, stopping in awe at the amazing views, soaking in the beauty and wisdom of nature.

Delicious organic nourishments

You will be served with 2 daily delicious and nutritious vegetarian meals: breakfast and dinner.  Guests can also pick fruits, herbs and other vegetables from the organic garden for their meals.  Dinners are prepared by our private talented and experienced chef.  They will craft each dish from regional and seasonal products for you to indulge.  Your dietary requirements will be thoughtfully taken care of throughout the retreat.

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Additional activities

I have organised and planned your retreat to make sure you have fun and plenty of time for yourself.  All of your days are organised to take care of your mornings and evenings with daily yoga and meditation.  Additionally, your weekend activities include organised afternoon hikes.  Besides, I will surprise you with some unexpected details that will add on to the spectrum of your emotions. 

During your free time on other days, I will be happy to assist you with selecting the best of the adventures that São Miguel island offers: whale and dolphin watching, visiting hot springs, sound healing, massages, hikes in the unique nature along the stunning variety of landscapes.

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Typical schedule

Every day starts with setting an intention followed by an energetic Vinyasa-style yoga class.  After that, a healthy breakfast awaits you to nourish your body.  During the weekend, we then continue with an organised hike.  During other days, you can choose whether to embark on a unique adventure, or another hike, or chill out in our spacious historical lodge with a dazzling natural swimming pool.  We will finish the day with restorative yoga practice before a beautiful and healthy 3-course dinner.

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Your host

My name is Irina Oshchepkova, I am a certified yoga teacher with 800+ hours of teaching experience.  I offer the most in-depth and nurturing luxury retreats in unique locations around the world.    

I love the Azores.  I came here for 2 weeks and ended up staying for 6 months.  I cannot wait to show you the most gorgeous places and experiences of these magic islands!

It is a highlight of my career to take a group of like-minded people to breath-taking destinations to go deeper into their practice, really nourish themselves and reconnect to nature.

What is included

ACCOMMODATION

  • 5 nights, 6 days accommodation a spacious lodge surrounded by one hectare of gardens
  • natural outdoor infinity swimming pool 
  • bed linen, towels, pool towels, hygiene products

Food

  • 2 daily meals
  • fruit from the gardens available throughout the day

Activities

  • 2 daily yoga and meditation sessions tailored for your body needs
  • 2 organised weekend hikes in the most fabulous locations of the island with the diverse landscapes
  • assistance with organising additional activities: whale and dolphin watching, other hikes, hot springs, sound bath and healing 

Transport

  • group transportation from and to the airport
  • group transportation to and from the organised hikes

What is not included

  • your flights
  • the costs of additional activities

Your Investment

The payment is non-refundable but can be fully transferred to another person.  Should travel be blocked due to COVID restrictions or other force majeure events, your payment will be credited to a postponed retreat.  The necessary and appropriate travel insurance is needed.

All the payments are made by credit card or by direct bank transfer.  Please contact me for details on bank transfer and invoicing.

Early bird price – book by 2 January 2023

A unique opportunity to reconnect to nature, yourself and like-minded people

This is your unique chance to enjoy a beautiful thought-through high-end retreat in an exotic setting. The Azores destination is like nothing you have ever experienced, it will take your breath away!

Time for nourishment and healing, time to be nurtured by nature, time to explore and revitalise your energy.

Give yourself a gift of valuable time for your body, mind and soul.

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The weather in the Azores is spring-like most of the time: with days of sun interlaced with low clouds, a shower, a rainbow – and then sun again. They say the Azores can have the four seasons in just one day!  It is a cool to warm subtropical climate, heavily influenced by the ocean and perfect for the outdoors.

Book a flight to Ponta Delgada, the Azores.  There are direct flights from Porto and Lisbon.  Send me your flight details and I will arrange group transportation from the airport to our accommodation at the most common time for all.

If the common time does not suit you, take a taxi from Ponta Delgada to Quinta do Bom Despacho: Rua do Lagedo 62, 9500-213 Ponta Delgada, Portugal.  It will take about 20 minutes.

Our opening session is at 16:00 on 14 May 2023.

All levels are welcome, from zero to advanced!  Each class is adapted to the needs of participants.

Make sure to bring comfortable clothes for yoga, hiking and swimming.  Hiking shoes are highly recommended.  I will send you a detailed list when you book your experience.

It is highly recommended to stay over the weekend on the island as there are plenty of places to see and things to do.  Contact me for details.

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