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Important travel note: Those traveling from Boston and some other U.S. cities will depart on SEPTEMBER 28 on an overnight flight arriving to in the Azores on September 29.
WOW. Looking for a yoga getaway that's exciting and rejuvenating, otherworldly but easy to reach? We have the perfect spot to share! Quinta Minuvida Orchard Lodge is a beautiful retreat center on São Miguel Island, the largest of the stunning volcanic Azores islands located in the North Atlantic, 900 miles west of Portugal and about 3,000 miles due east of Richmond, VA. The Azores are a hidden gem where the beauty of nature and warmth of the people embrace you at every turn.
Caroline and Checka brought their first group of yogis to Quinta Minuvida in early 2017, and all were smitten with our amazing and knowledgeable hosts Rimi and João, the thoughtful touches that make the Quinta a home away from home, the scrumptious fresh local food, and of course the uniquely stunning beauty of the island. Quinta Minuvida has quickly become one of the most sought-after destinations in the yoga and travel world, and we are thrilled to be returning for this prime week in late Azorean summer!
And one of the best parts about this trip? The affordable direct flights from Boston - you'll be in paradise in under six hours!
This will be a magical journey. Rimi and João describe the Azores as "unexpected...sometimes you think you are sitting on the lush volcanic cliffs of Hawaii. Sometimes it seems you just descended on the Irish countryside. Our white-washed towns could be at home in Tuscany. It's Europe meets the tropics."
Yogis traveling from Boston will leave on Friday night (SEPTEMBER 28) and arrive at Minuvida for a nap followed by lunch on Saturday. Our six-night, seven-day retreat will be chock full of yoga classes with Caroline and Checka (two practices on most days). Also included in your retreat price are two excursions to some of the most beautiful corners of the island, one of which will be curated and guided by Rimi and João themselves - SUCH an amazing experience, we guarantee! Hiking and hot spring soaking will be featured. You will also have several free afternoons for additional excursions if you choose - canyoning, waterfall hiking, and surfing to name a few options. And of course there will be time to just chill. Take a swim in the Quinta's pool, relax in the hammock or rest in your Orchard Lodge suite - each one gorgeous and unique. Enjoy views of mountains, ocean and orchards from Minuvida's observatory tower, and eat bananas and guavas right from the tree. Take a walk or bike ride to the sea and soak in the waves, where the ocean temps will will be at their warmest of the whole year!
All meals (three per day) are included in your retreat price aside from two lunches, in order to give you a chance to explore the many local options where you can choose something delicious for about 10 euros. The food in the Azores is amazing, from the incredible cooking at Quinta Minuvida, to our beautiful excursion day lunches from Maria Picnic, to three dinners out at select restaurants nearby.
Transportation is INCLUDED for: *airport transfers, two full-group excursions, and three dinners out.
(*Airport transfers are included for those traveling on the Azores Airlines flight between Boston and Ponta Delgada - or those with similar arrival and departure times. If you have a different schedule, we can help you to arrange taxi service to and from the airport for about 30 euros each way).
Space is limited to 16 yogis and pricing is as follows:
--Shared Suite with Private Bath (3-4 people in separate beds or *2 people in double bed) - $1675 EARLY BIRD (by June 30) ; $1825 after
--Private Suite (Private Room and Bath) - $2175 EARLY BIRD (by June 30) ; $2325 after
*Space is limited; please inquire.
Additional costs are limited to: air travel, optional excursions (~60 euros per excursion), taxis to optional excursions, trips into town.
We would love to hear any of your questions if you are interested in joining us - we are SO excited about this! After you register, we will be in touch to advise you on when to purchase your flight via Azores Airlines -https://www.azoresairlines.pt/en/home.
Please visit the retreat center's web site, http://www.minuvida.com/, for a wealth of info about all that awaits you in this special place. This is an experience that will enrich you with beautiful memories and friendships to cherish long beyond the flight home. Adventure, here we come!