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Yoga and Horse Riding Retreat in Peneda Geres National Park 8 Days

CASTRO LABOREIRO joão alvo, Portugal
  • Activities

    Yoga

    Horse Riding

    Hiking & trekking

  • Minimum no. of participants

    1

  • Suitable for

    All levels

  • Accommodation

    Retreat resort / centre, Eco-resort / property

  • Length of retreat

    7 nights

  • Meals included

    Dinner, Breakfast, Snacks / Fruit, Lunch

  • Capacity

    up to 6 persons

  • Main instructor language

    English

    Instructors also speak

    Portuguese

About retreat

Indulge in an exhilarating retreat that promises to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul! Immerse yourself in the mystical connection between rider and horse, as you embark on a thrilling journey of self-discovery. Our Yoga for Riders program is designed to help you enhance your riding technique, control your body better, and achieve a perfect state of harmony with your horse.

But that’s not all! You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the breathtaking beauty of Peneda Gereês National Park on horseback, with exciting riding trails that will leave you spellbound. And when you’re not on horseback, you can immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance of the park, taking refreshing walks amidst the serene natural surroundings.

Unleash your inner zen and unlock the secrets of horseback riding with our Yoga Retreat for Riders! This unique program offers the perfect blend of yoga and horseback riding adventures, allowing you to enhance your abilities as a rider and unwind after a day on the trails.

Find pure and authentic tranquillity as you immerse yourself in a yoga practice that promotes body awareness, alignment, and coordination. This practice will help you become a more attentive, effective, and sensitive rider, strengthening your ability to communicate and relate to your horse. The yoga clinic with horses is designed to build trust and develop focus, balance, and flexibility.

With morning and afternoon yoga classes, horseback rides or hikes, and optional breathing exercises and meditation, your day is packed with activities that replenish your body and mind. The morning yoga classes focus on specific postures and movements for riders, improving physical and mental balance, and allowing for better equestrian performance. Afternoon yoga classes offer Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga for riders, helping to relax and recover and prepare the body for new rides.

This retreat is not just about riding; it’s about deepening the connection between your inner self, horse, and yoga practice in nature. Strengthen your partner with your horse, improve flexibility and balance, and tone, strengthen, and stretch your body to prepare for horseback riding. With horseback rides and hikes in the breathtaking scenery of Peneda Gerês National Park, organic and gourmet meals, and time to relax and rest in the garden or swim in the nearby river, this retreat is a true escape from the everyday.

Join us on this unforgettable adventure and discover the joy of being in sync with nature, your horse, and yourself.

Retreat activity

Yoga

The morning yoga classes focus on specific postures and movements for riders, improving physical and mental balance, and allowing for better equestrian performance. Afternoon yoga classes offer Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga for riders, helping to relax and recover and prepare the body for new rides.


- Vinyasa Yoga
- Hatha Yoga
- Restorative Yoga
- Yin Yoga

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Suitable for activity
Yoga

The morning yoga classes focus on specific postures and movements for riders, improving physical and mental balance, and allowing for better equestrian performance. Afternoon yoga classes offer Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga for riders, helping to relax and recover and prepare the body for new rides.


- Vinyasa Yoga
- Hatha Yoga
- Restorative Yoga
- Yin Yoga

Horse Riding

Mindful equine exercises with horses Yoga with Horses Rides along the magnificent scenery of the national park

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Horse Riding

Mindful equine exercises with horses
Yoga with Horses
Rides along the magnificent scenery of the national park

Hiking & trekking

A careful selection of walks, developed and perfected by ours experienced group leaders. For more than 20 years they travelled these mountains almost daily. With them you will discover these treasures of the mountain environment that make the difference in this unforgettable trip.

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Suitable for activity
Hiking & trekking

A careful selection of walks, developed and perfected by ours experienced group leaders. For more than 20 years they travelled these mountains almost daily. With them you will discover these treasures of the mountain environment that make the difference in this unforgettable trip.

Program

Our retreat is geared towards intermediate and advanced riders, but the yoga experience is not necessary. The postures will be modified and adapted to the various levels of the participants. Plus, with small groups, you’ll receive the attention you need while making new friends.

You will experience:

  • Deepen the connection between your inner self, your horse, and your yoga practice in nature.
  • Develop body awareness and coordination between body and mind while learning to use your body to communicate with the horse.
  • Improve your abilities as a rider and achieve harmony with your Equinor partner.
  • Strengthen your partnership with your horse.
  • Improve flexibility and balance. 
  • Tone, strengthen, and stretch your body in preparation for horseback riding.
  • Develop stillness, reduce tension, and learn to relax to make the ride more enjoyable.
  • Yoga and breathing exercises with horses who are loved and cared for
  • Evening yoga to stretch, unwind, and restore the body 
  • Horseback rides that are both enjoyable and relaxing in the breathtaking scenery of Peneda Gerês National Park
  • Hikes along ancient paths surrounded by oaks, birches, and a rainbow of wildflower colors
  • Nature meditation
  • Organic and gourmet foods for healthy meals
  • At the eco resort, you can relax and rest in the garden or dive into the crystal-clear waters of the nearby river.
  • Small groups allow you to get the attention you require and make new friends more easily.

Daily Schedule:

Get ready for an action-packed week of yoga and horseback riding adventures! Here’s what you can expect from our itinerary:

Day 1 (Saturday)
We’ll pick you up from the airport and take you to the charming village of Castro Laboreiro. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner in the serene Ecotura Nature Resort.

Day 2 (Sunday)
Start your day with optional Pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation, followed by a yoga session to awaken the body and improve your riding. After breakfast, join our Yoga with Horses Clinic, where you’ll learn breathing exercises, exercises to build trust and achieve union with the horses, and horseback yoga. Enjoy a visit to the reception center of the National Park to learn more about the region’s biodiversity. End your day with a yoga session to stretch and restore, and free time before dinner.

Days 3 and 4 (Monday and Tuesday)
Begin your day with optional Pranayama and meditation, followed by a yoga session to awaken the body and improve your riding. After breakfast, join our Yoga with Horses Clinic to strengthen the bond between horse and rider. Enjoy lunch, then take an afternoon ride. End your day with a yoga session to stretch and restore, free time, and dinner at Ecotura Nature Resort.

Day 5 (Wednesday)
Enjoy a yoga session in the morning, followed by a nature walk and meditation. Enjoy a picnic near the river and a free afternoon to relax. End your day with dinner at Ecotura Nature Resort.

Day 6 (Thursday)
Start your day with optional Pranayama and meditation, followed by a yoga session to awaken the body and improve your riding. After breakfast, join our Yoga with Horses Clinic to strengthen the bond between horse and rider. Enjoy lunch as Pic-Nic, then take an afternoon ride to the track and follow a wild Garrano horse herd. End your day with a yoga session to stretch and restore, free time, and dinner at Ecotura Nature Resort.

Day 7 (Friday)
Enjoy a yoga session in the morning, followed by breakfast. Take a ride towards the fabulous Valley of the Wolves, one of the most beautiful valleys of the mountain, rich in rare sightings of wild animals. Enjoy lunch in the mountains, then end your day with a Restorative Yoga session, free time, and dinner at Ecotura Nature Resort.

Day 8 (Saturday)
We’ll take you to the airport for your departure.

Get ready for a week of yoga, horseback riding, and unforgettable experiences in the breathtaking beauty of Peneda Gereês National Park.

Itinerary
Instructors and Staff

Anabela

Instructor

Anabela is a yoga teacher and a journalist with a passion for Yoga, well-being, nutrition, environment, nature conservation, botany, and horses. About 20 years ago she fell in love with Peneda Gerês and decided to create Ecotura which provides nature holidays and retreats with yoga, hiking, running, and horseback riding in the Peneda Gerês National Park.
Anabela is also a certified yoga teacher with advanced certifications in Vinyasa, Yoga for Athletes, and Meditation & Mindfulness and nutrition. Additionally, Anabela is a certified Stretching Coach, Women's Circle Facilitator, and Perimenopause Yoga Facilitator. Her training as a yoga teacher perfectly complements her work as a Hiking and riding guide. Anabela is enthusiastic about nature and nature sports. Throughout her adult life, she has practiced horseback riding, trail mountain, biking, and canoeing. Hiking, horseback riding, and running in the mountains are part of her routine.
Anabela is also an excellent cook and a skilled craftswoman. She built a lot of the furniture in the beautiful, very personally designed guest house herself.

Experiences

Yoga

Anabela is also a certified yoga teacher with advanced certifications in Vinyasa, Yoga for Athletes, and Meditation & Mindfulness and nutrition. Additionally, Anabela is a certified Stretching Couch, Women's Circle Facilitator and Perimenopause Yoga Facilitator

Horse riding

Anabela is an experienced horseback riding group leader with over 20 years' experience

Hiking & trekking

Anabela is an experienced trekking group leader. For more than 20 years, she has travelled these mountains almost daily, discovering and adapting new trails to her programmes. With her you'll discover these treasures of the mountain environment that make the difference on this unforgettable trip.

Location

Peneda Gerês National Park in Portugal is a beautiful region in the top north of the country at the border with Galicia in Spain. World's leading destination in 2017, Portugal offers an outstanding country to travel to, offering tourism of excellence.

The national park is the “jewel of the crown” when you speak about nature or wild or stunning landscapes. Due to its unique characteristics and the value that nature conservation contains, this region has won from UNESCO the highest award that a green area can receive biosphere reserve.

In this mountain territory, you can travel from the old oak forests in the valleys, full of creeks and old Roman bridges, to the high pics where the mountain landscape reveals the wild horse herds grazing peacefully in the natural pastures. In this tour, you will connect these two areas of the mountain, from the valley to the summit, traveling by ancient paths used for centuries by smugglers and shepherds, when they move the cattle between the winter and the summer pastures.

CASTRO LABOREIRO joão alvo, Portugal

How to get there

Arrival by airplane
Please book your flight to arrive at Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO). The organizer will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price. The pick-up is always on Saturdays at 15:00.

Airport

Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (OPORTO) - 150 km

Accomodation
Ecotura Nature Resort

Retreat resort / centre, Eco-resort / property

In the valley of the Laboreiro river, the hamlet of João Alvo will be our base during the retreat. The small cluster of traditional stone houses is surrounded by oak forests and has views of the sunrise in the mountains. It has been refurbished to a comfortable atmosphere and furnished with unique artisan and art pieces.

In the tranquil and intimate atmosphere, you can cultivate a connection with nature and your inner self. The yoga studio, at the village edge, is near the forest and has a panoramic view overlooking the mountains. Doing Yoga during the Spring and Summer witnessing the sunrise or listening during the Winter to the sound of the waterfall is a unique experience.

Ecotura Nature Resort is situated in a traditional mountain hamlet, built at the beginning of the 20th century and recently restored. Whilst retaining the essence of its original features, Ecotura Nature Resort is equipped with all the modern comforts that allow visitors to enjoy pleasant moments of leisure.

 

Amenities and services
  • Yoga studio
  • Garden
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Free wifi
  • Tours and daytrips
  • Retreat planning services
  • Bike rental
  • Airport transfer
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Outdoor exercise possibilities
  • Linen & towels provided
  • Cooking
  • Meditation room
  • Outdoor yoga deck
Food

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
Anabela believes that “we are what we eat” so the meals are an important part of our programs. Delicious and healthy vegetarian-friendly meals are confectioned according to the Mediterranean diet. All the meals are made with fresh and organic ingredients and seasonal vegetables. Most of the vegetables are produced in your biological vegetable garden. Please let us know in advance if you have any special dietary requirements or allergies that we should be aware of and should cater to.

Included meals
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Snacks / Fruit
  • Lunch
Included drinks
  • Coffee
  • Water
  • Juice
  • Tea
  • Wine
Special dietary requirements
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Glutan free
  • Vegan
  • Dairy free
  • Standard / Local
What is included in the price
  • a meditation by the river
  • 6 morning yoga for riders classes
  • 4 Yoga clinics with horses
  • 5 evening yoga classes to stretch and restore
  • 4 horse rides trails
  • 1 nature walk
  • 1 visit to the reception center of the National Park for better knowledge about the region and the biodiversity of this natural area
  • Certified, experienced local guides/instructors
  • 7 nights at Ecotura Nature Resort
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner every day (gluten-free, dairy-free, or other dietary requirements available upon request)
  • Coffee, tea and fruits are always available in the kitchen
  • Wine included with meals
  • Transfers to/from all activities
  • Transfers to/from Porto airport
What is not included in the price
  • Drinks or snacks outside meals
  • Items of a private nature
  • Airplane tickets
Cancelation policy

Free cancelation 30 days before check in


Guests will incur a fee 50% if they cancel their booking 15 days before check-in


Guests will incur a fee 100% if they cancel their booking 7 days before check-in


Organiser

Member since 2024

Portugal

Speaks

English

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