All you have to do is simply put your hands on the doorknob and open that door to make a beginning. Join Janice in the Algarve Coast, Portugal to enjoy a week of daily gentle yoga, relaxation, and adventure. Enjoy the sun on your face and the gentle ocean breeze. Give yourself the gift of a new experience! Let the magic begin! 

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.

  • 6 nights accommodations 
  • 3 meals per day 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
  • Unlimited internet access
  • 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 is served daily along with local fare including fresh-baked bread, eggs, and wine. 

Janice Samelson

Ever since she was a young child, Janice has loved movement and full expression, whether in dance or theater. When she moved to Austin in 1979 she discovered the practice of Yoga and fell in love with it!

This began her journey to the heart and a path of healing that continues to grow daily. Practicing for over thirty years, Janice shares her love and the gift of Yoga on and off the mat. In the spirit of love, she combines the energy of healing with playfulness to guide her students.

Janice received her 200 hour Hatha teacher training for the Yoga Institute of Houston and 100-hour from Dharma Yoga Austin. Janice also teaches Kundalini Yoga with her 300-hour teacher training as taught by Yogi Bhajan. She has studied Gong therapy with Mehtab Benton and Siri Bahadur Singh. Janice has also studied Sat Nam Rasayan with Guru Dev Singh. She has studied under Sheila Singh for Yoga Nidra.  She also leads workshops that include Kundalini and Healing Addictions, Kundalini and Pranayama, and Kundalini and the Yoga of Sound. She leads Energy Bath workshops where Hatha, Kundalini and the effects of Sound therapy are woven together to create deep relaxation. Additionally, through her love of music and sound, her students enjoy the healing benefits of Tibetan bowls and Gong therapy.

Her background with children started when her son was four years old. Becoming certified in the Radiant Child Program levels I & II, she has been teaching children in and out of the Yoga studio for the last 17 years. Her love for children is evident in every child she meets.

Janice lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and their two pets. Janice’s 21-year-old son lives in Austin as well. Janice’s passions besides Yoga include gardening and the beach and she finds inspiration from these two places.

For more information about Janice please go to EssenceYoga.info

Testimonials

“Janice is a leader and guide that created a peak experience for me in Troncones, Mexico: From island hopping in a local fisherman’s boat, to sea turtle rescue; from cocoa ceremonies to hot mud baths, this trip had it all. Janice comes with knowledge about the area, and a friendliness that allows her to fit in with the locals. This enabled her to scope out even more fun experiences during the week such as local art and music festivals, massage, and farmer’s markets. Janice provides a sense of peace through her yoga instruction, and her qualities of leadership, patience, and flexibility created the perfect blend of fulfillment and adventure. I would eagerly embark on another journey led by Janice.”
–Beverly Bagelman Austin, TX

“One of the endearing qualities of Janice is her big heart. She was always making sure we were taken care of and having a great time. Enjoyed her Kundalini, and Yoga Nidra classes that we took in the evenings. She showed a great ability to hold space and make us feel safe while healing. I appreciate Janice and look forward to the next opportunity to go on another retreat.”
–Daniel Siva Austin, TX

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

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.

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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. To purchase insurance with the True Nature discount, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do you have any 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!

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Paying your initial deposit of $350 will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip. A non-refundable $35 Payment Processing Fee will be added to the tuition rate upon registration. For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.

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