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Restore & Explore: Portugal – Yoga, Relaxation, and Adventure on the Algarve Coast with Ann and Dan Blackburn


Crystal clear turquoise waters, white sand beaches, spectacular hikes, delicious food, rich history, and passionate culture make the Algarve Coast in Portugal the perfect location for a Yoga and Adventure retreat.

Join Ann & Dan Blackburn for a week of yoga, relaxation, and adventure. Immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of Portugal to unplug and reconnect with yourself. Enjoy both active morning yoga classes to get your energy moving and restorative classes prior to dinner to unwind from the day. Group adventures are available to immerse yourself in the rich culture, history, and beauty of the south coast of Portugal. 

Participate in the activities or take advantage of free time to luxuriate at the pool, explore the beaches & lagos, and make new connections. Ann & Dan are both certified yoga therapists who design every yoga class and experience with each participant in mind. The daily yoga classes include SomaYoga Therapy which is a powerful mind-body practice blending Somatics, therapeutics, breath practices, classic yoga practices, and meditation. These practices result in increased freedom, strength, and an overall sense of vitality, peace, and joy. Integrate new learnings into your week to deepen your practice and understanding. No yoga experience is necessary.

  • 6 nights accommodations 
  • 3 meals per day (excluding alcoholic beverages and one dinner) starting with dinner on the first night and ending with breakfast on the last day
  • Group Ground Transportation to/from Faro Airport to Retreat Center
  • Daily yoga practices
  • Personal retreat time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)

Accommodations

Located in Lagos on the Algarve coast, this unique family-run boutique hotel has breath-taking panoramic ocean views and is the oldest operating property in the area. Allow yourself to unwind in our comfortable hotel that combines traditional charm and modern luxury, nestled amongst idyllic surroundings.

Sink into one of our beautifully decorated rooms, each named after one of the gorgeous local beaches. This is a place that soothes the soul and rejuvenates the spirit, making you feel at home instantly. From our lovingly-tended Italian garden to the outdoor yoga shala overlooking rolling hills, each space offers the opportunity to appreciate the tranquility of Southern Portugal. It is a calm oasis in a busy world. Buffet brunch and afternoon tea with cake are served daily along with local fare including fresh baked bread, eggs, and wine. 

 

Ann Blackburn and Dan Blackburn have co-owned Tula Yoga & Wellness Center in St. Paul for over 12 years, are Certified Yoga Therapists, and love leading retreats. They have 3 children and have been supporting people’s goals of wellbeing for over 25 years.

Ann Blackburn

I have been a student of yoga for 35 years, have had the honor of teaching for 13 years, and have been a Certified Yoga Therapist for 7 years. I weave yoga, somatics, breath science, Ayurveda, and energy work through all my classes, private sessions, and retreats to support people in calming their nervous system and connecting with their inner strength. Students learn practices to find balance in every area of their lives. One of my passions is leading retreats and creating life-changing experiences where people gain more than they could imagine. I am blessed to combine my love of travel, people, and yoga.

Dan Blackburn

As a lifelong learner of health and wellness, I became a massage therapist over 30 years ago with a focus on chronic and acute pain. After a career in Executive Leadership, I’ve returned to my roots becoming a certified yoga therapist, yoga teacher, and coach. I’m blessed to share my love of leadership, coaching, and the mind-body connection in all areas of life. Private sessions, group classes, writing, travel, coaching, and facilitating relationship-building projects with organizations bring me great joy. I love supporting people’s growth through an amazing retreat experience that brings out the best in each of us.

Testimonials:

“I would highly recommend practicing yoga with Ann and Dan. And if you’re ever lucky to have an option to experience a retreat, I highly recommend you choose one led by Ann and Dan. Thank you both for this experience and for bringing together a very special group – that includes the staff at the venue and staff leading guided experiences. My heart is so full and I am so thankful I got the chance to really appreciate a new culture and country, a new experience, and a new yoga practice. All I can say, is thank you to those that made this possible for me.” – Stephanie

“One of Ann & Dan’s many great strengths as a teaching couple is that they are very authentic. They care and are so genuine and consistent. I am very grateful that I joined them on a retreat and I would not hesitate to go to future retreats. I have never been on a retreat in which the retreat leaders, the retreat participants, and the hotel staff were so caring and aware to make our experiences the best possible. The retreat leaders Ann & Dan are very personable and hands-on when making sure our group was enjoying themselves, flexible with activities, and very caring at all times.” – Susan

“I left for the retreat feeling in pieces and came home feeling whole and warm.”  – Meggan

“When I went on Ann & Dan’s “Live Your Vibrant & Authentic Life” retreat, I never imagined how transformative it would be. I’ve gone on other retreats and have taken plenty of self-development courses online and in person, but none that had a spark like your retreat. The effect that it has had on myself and my family continues. We’ve taken trips, seen old friends, spent more time unplugged and connecting with others, and been more intentional overall.” – Autumn

The Algarve is the southernmost region of Portugal, famous for being blessed with nearly 3,000 hours of sunshine each year. With cool Atlantic waters and an eastern mountain border blocking out hot, dry winds from the north, growing conditions for fresh, flavorful fruits, vegetables, and herbs are excellent. Lagos is known for its wide and endless beaches, Mediterranean climate, safety, and fresh seafood cuisine.

While on your retreat you will also have the opportunity to take part in adventure activities and wonderful excursions. Some of the possible options include:

  • Explore the pristine beaches peppered along the coast
  • Bike along the cobbled streets of Lagos or down to a local beach
  • Surfing
  • Scuba diving
  • Golfing
  • Fishing
  • Horseback riding
  • And more!

*Price of some Activities are not included in tuition unless free or listed under inclusions.

Please be sure to review Our Policies.

Registration

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Paying an initial non-refundable deposit of $350 and $35 Payment Processing Fee (added to the tuition rate upon registration) will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip.

For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.

Getting There 

You will be booking your flights for the Faro International Airport (FAO). Before booking tickets, please be sure you have received your official confirmation note that the retreat has met its minimums. There will be one group airport shuttle each way based on our flight window guidelines. Be sure your flights align with the provided flight windows if you wish to use the group shuttle. The drive time to the center is approximately 1 hour. 

Travel Insurance

We cannot emphasize more the importance of travel insurance. As we all know, especially as travelers, “life happens.” Whether it’s family, work, mother nature, or a change of heart, it is important to be prepared in case you need to unexpectedly change your travel plans. Often for less than $150, you can purchase a travel insurance policy and be protected in the event that you need to make a change or need to be covered financially prior to or during your trip. 

We have partnered with two insurance companies: Trawick International and CSA Travel Insurance (available for U.S. Residents only). 

Read more about our insurance partners and their policies here. We encourage you to research the insurance company and policy that best meets your needs.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do you have questions about traveling abroad? After you register, we will provide you with a Participant’s Package with helpful information. Also, be sure to check out our Participant FAQs. If you have other questions, feel free to write to us at info@truenaturetravels.com and let us know how we can help!

Save $300 on full-price (shared only) of $3595 USD ENDS March 15! 

Shared Accommodations – $3295 (Full Price $3595)

Paying an initial non-refundable deposit of $350 and $35 Payment Processing Fee (added to the tuition rate upon registration) will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip.

For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.

Cancellation

  • Initial deposits and the $35 registration fee are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • 50% of payments are refundable up to 90 days before a retreat excluding the initial deposit and the $35 registration fee.
  • 89 days prior to a retreat, tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Full tuition is refunded* if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment. The $35 registration fee is not refundable.
  • True Nature Travels is not responsible for any loss incurred due to currency conversion rates.

*Refundable amounts do not include applied credits.

If you wish to cancel your spot on a trip you must submit your cancellation by email to info@truenaturetravels.com.

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