Laura Jane

Journey of the Heart: A Yoga Retreat to Reclaim the Joy
Algarve Coast, Portugal Retreat with Laura Jane Mellencamp

An Unforgettable Yoga Experience with Laura Jane Mellencamp

Using the practice of meditation, Laura Jane has designed this week to support you in exploring the tools of stilling the mind and embracing your authentic self. The yoga classes will blend the disciplines of vinyasa flow with a strong emphasis on pranayama and meditation to still the roaming mind, calm the system, and live in a state of balance. They will cover the fundamental principles underlying the therapeutic application of yoga and how to incorporate these principles into your practice. Work to dissolve old blockages, unravel samskaras, and create new pathways to vibrant health and happiness. The end result will be one of the most incredible, unforgettable yoga experiences you will ever have.

This yoga retreat is for all ages and all life experiences. Private yoga sessions will also be available.

It is perfect for all levels of practitioners, yoga teachers, and bodywork therapists.

Sample Daily Schedule*

(Optional to meet each student’s needs)

  • Early morning hike and meditation
  • Breakfast
  • In-depth yoga practice with Laura Jane 
  • Lunch
  • Free time to explore this beautiful and healing environment
  • Late practice includes asana, chanting, sutra study, and meditation
  • Dinner
  • Evening shared sanga


*Schedule is subject to change.

  • 6 nights accommodations 
  • 3 meals per day (excluding 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)


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.

Laura Jane Mellencamp, C-IYAT, E-RYT 500, MA is the founder and director of Yoga Among Friends, one of the Midwest’s premier yoga studios. Certified in 1989, Laura Jane has made the practice and teaching of yoga her life’s work. In 2016, Laura Jane was accredited as a certified yoga therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists after a 5-year training program. As a clinical psychologist, she enjoys blending her MA in Clinical and Counseling Psychology with her yoga therapy to provide clients with a holistic approach to psychological and emotional imbalances that affect the immune system. Her work has led Laura Jane to participate as a premier provider with Chicago’s Integrated Health Network.


“Everything was so natural, like windows meant to overlook the snow-covered mountains, but cozy and warm both in our cabins and lodge. Ideally located for a retreat and meals were created by a delightful chef.  Laura Jane led us with just the amount of yoga and activity to keep it still a relaxing retreat.”— Marla

“The Icelandic Yoga Retreat was magical. The lodgings were cozy and clean, the yoga room was beautiful (especially at night!), amenities were perfect (sauna, hot tub under the stars, expert masseuse), and we were treated to three expertly and lovingly prepared meals a day by our dedicated chef. The twice-daily yoga practice was accessible to all levels and Laura Jane made a point of teaching the whole of yoga, not just the physical practice. We had a wonderful group of human beings and it was a pleasure spending time with each one.” —Julie D.

A trip to Greece had been on my “bucket list” for many years. The experience with Laura Jane in Amorgos was beautiful, peaceful, and exceeded my expectations about visiting Greece! We practiced well-thought-out yoga classes twice a day, and still had plenty of time for outings on the island, or time to relax by the pool. The group was a true sangha, a community, of friendly open people. Old friends reconnected, and new friends were made by each yogi. I feel confident about traveling with Laura Jane and through True Nature again!” —Kay G.

“My experience on Laura Jane’s retreats are always unique.  Travel changes people no matter what the destination.  Yoga changes people too.  When combined you have a transformation that changes the heart.  Everything you see, taste, and experience is better and I return home with my “cup full”.  The friendships I made on retreat will last a lifetime, we shared and were there for one another.  I loved every minute and will never forget the beautiful yoga room by the Aegean Sea.  An amazing trip made even more special by one of the best mentors and teachers in the Chicago area.  Ευχαριστούμε, Thank You!” —Cathy C.

“I am so excited to attend my third retreat with Laura Jane and this amazing community of yogis. There is a reason so many of us keep coming back year after year. Beyond the incredible resort we are staying at (and “incredible” doesn’t do it justice), Laura Jane creates such a warm and welcoming atmosphere in which to explore your yoga practice regardless of where you are at in your life. The twice-daily practices and daily sutra study, combined with the beauty of the Baja peninsula and the phenomenal food, make this a retreat everyone should experience!” —Bobby P.

“I try to never miss Laura Jane’s wonderful yoga retreats! They are the one time of the year that is just about me. I don’t have to take care of anyone or anything other than myself. The combination of yoga, healthy food, journaling, quiet time, a wonderful guide, and amazing friends is just what I need to regenerate for the year ahead. Not to mention that Prana Del Mar is a real gem!” —Kandice H.

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.


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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. 

Booking your Flight for the Best Price Possible!

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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. 

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 and let us know how we can help!

Shared Accommodations – $2895 USD

Single Accommodations – $3095 USD

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.

Sign Up with No Risk

In response to COVID-19, True Nature is offering a temporary exception to our cancellation policy. When you sign up for any 2022 or 2023 retreat, your deposit is fully transferable. There is no cancellation fee if you transfer to another trip or put your deposit ($350) on hold for a future trip until the final payment date.*

We want to make sure everyone feels safe to travel and we are here to help and support you throughout this journey.

*The deadline to cancel and receive a credit for your deposit is 108 days before the retreat date. This offer is not valid to new registrations after this date.

True Nature Travels is closely monitoring the situation regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus and its impact on global travel. For more information click here.


  • 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.
  • Full tuition is refunded* if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment.

*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

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