Journey To Bliss
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Portugal Retreat

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Lagoa, Portugal
Family Vineyard
Matt Giordano
Journey Back to your inner state of Bliss 

May 8-13 

Sold out Wait list only! 

Take a deep dive into the ocean of bliss on a beautiful family own vineyard estate with Matt Giordano and a group of supportive yogis. Lagoa is located in the south of Portugal. You will get to enjoy the peace and serenity of this quiet, and incredibly beautiful landscape, while having the opportunity to head to the gorgeous town, or relax on the magnificent beach just minutes away. 

Journey to Bliss is a full spectrum yoga journey focusing on both the physical practice as well as the meditation and breath work practices to clear away stress, and get back to the core of your being: Bliss. Morning all levels yoga practices will help develop your body awareness, while the afternoons will feature delightful yoga, breathwork and group meditation. Clear the mind, free the body, and unwind into the ocean of bliss. 

“Attending Matt’s retreat was hands down one of the very best gifts I have ever given myself.”

Kristin Pilgreen

You deserve to feel good!

The Experience

Picture 6 days set on a beautiful sprawling vinyard with magnificent sunsets, incredible mindfully homemade meals, while nourishing your body and mind through the practice of yoga, meditation and pranayama. Journey to Bliss is based on the ancient science of yoga, using the Koshas as our guide through the 5 layers of our being: Physical, Energetic, Mind (thoughts/emotions), Awareness/Wisdom, and Bliss. Beyond the practices, we will connect to each other on a deeper level, supporting one another authenticity, and getting connected through the joy of being alive. Together we will share time, laugh, practice, explore and enjoy life. 

Day 1

Arrival Friday
  • Flight from Faro International Airport
  • Arrival time TBA
  • Evening Optional Practice to unwind from travel 
  • 7pm Dinner
  • Meet and greet
  • Settle in and sleep.

Day 2

Saturday
  • Wake Up, Sunrise, Optional coffee/fruit.
  • 7:30-9a Practice: Exploring the Anamaya Kosha – Physical Body
  • 9am Breakfast
  • Free Time/lunch
  • 4:30-6:00p Pranamaya Kosha: Asana, Guided Meditation, Pranayama. 
  • 7pm Dinner

Day 3

Sunday

  • Wake Up Optional coffee/fruit
  • 7:30-9a Practice Anamaya Kosha – Hips and Low Back
  • 9am Breakfast
  • Free Time/lunch
  • 4:30-6:00p Manomaya Kosha: Yoga, Meditation
  • 7pm Dinner
  • 830p Satsang – Group Discussion

Day 4

Tuesday
  • Wake Up. Optional coffee/fruit
  • 7:45-9am  From Body to Bliss
  • 9am Breakfast
  • Free Time/lunch
  • 4-5:30p Anandamaya Kosha – Bliss 
  • 7pm Dinner

Day 5

Wednesday
  • Sunrise Wake Up. Optional coffee/fruit
  • 7:30-9amn Practice Shoulders: Boundless Freedom
  • 9am Breakfast
  • Free Time/lunch
  • 4-5:30p Meditation Practice
  • 7pm Dinner

Day 6

Thursday
  • Sunrise Wake Up. Optional coffee/fruit 
  • Departures throughout the day
  • 8-9am optional Practice 
  • 9am Breakfast and departures

Journey To Bliss

The Perks

  • Accommodation at a gorgeous 200 year old independent vineyard estate

  • Yoga mats and blocks

  • Bedding, toiletries, pool and shower towels

  • Welcome glass of the estate wine

  • Yoga practice at the old cereal drying brick platform

  • Mindful walks around the vines

  • Use of all property amenities, lounges, and chilling areas.

  • Bikes available to cycle around the estate

  • Art to appreciate
  • Gorgeous interior

 

What is inluded

 

  • 5 Yoga practices
  • 4 Yoga/Meditation/Pranayama journeys
  • 1 Evening Satsang (guided group discussion)
  • Locally sourced Breakfast
  • Lunch looking out over the vineyard
  • Dinner and Delightful conversation
  • Ground Transportation from Airport
  • Swimming pool
  • Lounging and plenty of books to read
  • Art to appreciate
  • Daily Walks around the Vineyard
  • Tour of Wine Production 

Optional Add On’s

  • Surfing!

  • Stand Up Pattle Boarding

  • KiteSurfing

  • Boat tour around Benagil Caves

  • Trip to thermal baths in Monchique

  • Picnic by the beach

  • In Town adventures and shopping
  • Beach Relaxation
  • Wine Tasting

 

Accomidations

Community, Double, Single. 

Choose your experience

Community (waitlist only)

Community rooms are shared rooms with up to 4 yogis. For individuals looking to have the most cost effective opportunity whilst being amongst good people this is the best option. FEMALE ONLY.

Price Per Person Starts at

$204/month

Doubles (SOLD OUT)

This option is ideal if you are sharing a room with a friend or significant other? You will have a private bathroom for the two of you.  Enjoy the comfort of personal space. 

Price Per Person Starts at

$244/month

Single (SOLD OUT)

Enjoy your own space and bathroom throughout the experience. If you are coming by yourself and want to have your own quiet space this is the perfect option for you. There are only 2 rooms available. 

    Price Per Person Starts at

    $417/month

    I cannot speak highly enough of the experience I had with Matt. He not only taught almost everything I know and love about yoga in a wonderfully unique way, but with the most genuine sense of passion and dedication.   I was blown away by Matt’s knowledge and broad range of retreat activities from the yoga to a handstand workshop, meditations and a satsang.  My favorite aspect of this experience was how personal it all was. Matt interacted with all of the yogis from start to finish – meal times, downtime in between yoga classes and after dinner. It was so fun and down to earth and the connection is felt instantly.  I

    Tiffany

    Information

    Amenities

    Free WiFi

    Wifi is free and it is accessible throughout most of the retreat center.

    Access to Vinyard

    Hike, Jog or explore the endless acres of property.

    Pool

    The amazing pool set and lounge chairs is the perfect way to unwind and replenish.

    Gardens

    Lovely gardens created and maintained by the family and staff. 

    Homemade Wine

    Optional wine tastings of the family’s deliscious wine grown, fermented and processed on the premises. 

    Coffee All Day

    Coffee is available from 4am-8pm in the main pavillion

    Checkin & Checkout

    Checkin Friday May 8th. Check out on Wednesday May 13th. 

    Free Airport Transfer

    Pick up from Faro International Airport. You will notified as to when to arrive. 

    Cancellation Policy

    Your first payment is non-refundable. All other payments will be refunded with a 90 day or more notice of cancellation. Should you need to cancel with 60- 90 days your first 3 payments are non refundable with the exception that someone fills your spot, in which case you will be refunded all payments with exception of first payment. Should you not be able to attend, and at anytime find someone to take your spot for the retreat, a full refund may be granted. 

    Plan Your trip

    Transportation Information

    Information

    International Airport 

    fly into Faro International Airport and meet up with the group, and enjoy a hassle free journey to the retreat center. Should you desire to arrive on your own you may schedule your own transportation or rent a car separate from the cost of the retreat. 

    Passport

    Common protocol is make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your departure date, and have a return flight booked prior to entering the European Union. 

    International Flight

    plan your international flight to Faro, and arrive either the day before the retreat and stay close to to the airport for to meet the morning of the retreat in order to catch the shuttle. Some websites you might try are www.cheapoair.com and www.orbitz.com – also the app called Hopper is helpful to track when its best to purchase your flight. 

    Nearby Hotels

    Should you decide to arrive a day early or leave a day late than I suggest www.Orbitz.com for hotel options or I always recommend checking www.airbnb.com 

    Cash?

    Greece currency is the Euro, which you can exchange at your local bank prior to arrival, or at the airport upon arriving. Credit card is typically accepted but be prepared to pay cash when in town.

    SIGN UP – 1 SPOT LEFT

    Community Room

    Community rooms are shared rooms with up to 4 yogis. For individuals looking to have the most cost effective opportunity whilst being amongst good people this is the best option. FEMALE ONLY. 

    SOLD OUT!

    SIGN UP - Payment Plan
    Economy Rate: I want to sign up as an individual, in a shared Room (you will be assigned Roomates)
    Cost: After February 1, 2020

    $234/Month – 6 Total Payments

    Early Bird Rates: Cost before February 1, 2020

    $204/Month – 6 Total Payments

    SIGN UP - Pay in Full
    Economy Rate: I want to sign up as an individual, in a shared Room (you will be assigned Roomates)
    Cost: After February 1, 2020

    $1404

    Early Bird Rates: Cost before February 1, 2020

    $1224

    Shared Double Room

    This option is ideal if you are sharing a room with a friend or significant other? You will have a private bathroom for the two of you.  Enjoy the comfort of personal space. If you are paying together choose option 2, if paying separate choose option 1 and be sure to notify my via email after sign up who your Roomate is.

    SOLD OUT!

    SIGN UP FOR 1 - Payment Options
    Economy Rate: I want to sign up as an individual, in a shared Room (your friend will pay separately)
    Cost: After Early Bird

    Payment Plan: $278/Month – 6 Total Payments
    Pay in full: $1668

    Early Bird Rates: Cost before February 1, 2020

    Payment Plan: $244.66/Month – 6 Total Payments
    Pay in Full: $1468

    FOR TWO - Payment Options
    For Two: I want to sign myself and a friend up to share a room with each other
    Cost: After Dates TBA

    $556/Month – 6 Total Payments

    Early Bird Rates: Before TBA

    $489.33/Month – 6 Total Payments

    Single Private Room

    Enjoy your own space and bathroom throughout the experience. If you are coming by yourself and want to have your own quiet space this is the perfect option for you.

    SOLD OUT!

    SINGLE PRIVATE ROOM - Payment Plan
    Economy Rate: I want to sign up as an individual in a private room
    Cost:

    $450/Month – 6 Total Payments

    Early Bird Rates: Cost before February 1, 2020

    $416.67/Month

    SINGLE PRIVATE ROOM - Pay In Full
    Economy Rate: I want to sign up as an individual in a private room
    Cost:

    $2700

    Early Bird Rates: Cost before February 1, 2020

    $2500

    Reviews

    Testimonials

    This retreat was my very first both w/Matt Giordano and in Costa Rica @ The iguana lodge on the OSA Peninsula.
    Everything about this adventure was stupendous! to list a few highlights; bonfire and dinner on the beach ; a picturesque sunrise over the water every morning; yoga and meditation led by a warm and welcoming yogi teacher who manages to guide me to places I haven’t been before; perfect weather for any activity ; a naturalist every morning who knows exactly where to find the abundant wildlife right on the property, delectable meals , gracious hosts and I could go on and on. I am truly grateful to have shared this experience with Matt and a group of beautiful like minded yogis. Cannot wait to return!!!

    Sue Owrutsky

    Chromatic Yoga Insructor & Photographer

    AN EXPERIENCE BEYOND WORDS

    I am not sure I can even put into words how AMAZING this Costa Rica Retreat was. If you have been on the fence about doing a retreat as I have been for the past few years, this retreat is a MUST. It was a life changing experience. Matt was an incredibly caring, inspirational, and giving host. Doing this was completely out of my comfort zone, but I left with so much growth and my heart is so full. I met new like-minded people, deepened existing friendships, truly advanced my yoga practice through Matt’s creative workshops, and grew personally through self reflection and facing fears. Adding to the Immersion Retreat was being present in the serenity of the Jungle in Costa Rica. The Iguana Lodge was an incredible setting in every aspect and my favorite part was being able to enjoy dinners with your Retreat group at the community dining table, eating outstanding local foods, getting to know each other better, and reflecting on our retreat experience. This was a once in a lifetime adventure…

    Kim Jablonski

    Marathon Runner

    “Thanks Matt for sharing your unique gift of teaching yoga. I always learn something new with you. I also had a wonderful experience in Costa Rica — from the beautiful scenery to the friendly people in Iguana Lodge and the yoga community.”

    Zulia Santana

    This retreat was absolutely perfect from start to finish. Matt has a way of immediately making you feel welcomed and seen and comfortable; on an international retreat with many people you may not know, I think that is important. The yoga was great as always; a theme is incorporated throughout the week so there is purpose to each and every session. Matt’s instruction is clear and concise and his knowledge base is something that I find inspiring as a fellow teacher.
    The iguana lodge as a retreat center is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen. The yoga deck(s) are stunning, the pool, the plants and flowers, monkeys all over the place. The staff was incredibly welcoming and happy and helpful, they spoke good English so it was easy to communicate. The food was amazing; I felt spoiled from start to finish. Can’t say enough good things about the whole experience; I’d go back year after year.

    Anthony Tomasi

    Senior Chromatic Yoga Instructor

    Attending Matt’s retreat in Costa Rica was hands down one of the very best gifts I have ever given myself. Aside from spending a week in a most stunning and relaxing environment that is the Iguana Lodge, enjoying new friendships and delighting on the delicious cuisines offered daily, I left the retreat with the complete reset and revitalization I felt my mind, body and spirit were needing.

    Matt’s vast knowledge and passion for anatomy and understanding the body’s ability and potentiality to flex, bend, strengthen and align under its optimal efficiency is really felt in his classes. He brings and holds a beautiful and spiritual space and presence for his students and his passion and reverence for being a teacher is greatly felt. His care and dedication to teaching from a very pure and anatomically inclined space encourages his students to tune inward and become more conscious, aware and curious with their own anatomy and approach to various asanas. Through being encouraged to examine what I was feeling and what did I want to feel, I gently felt old physical patterns that weren’t serving me anymore unwind and melt away. Leaving me with so much more freedom in my mind and body space. His classes will challenge, inspire and grow you and his fun and humble spirit at the helm, will provide for an all encompassing yogic adventure. I give this retreat a 10! It’s one not to be forgotten and it might just become a yearly tradition in your life like I hope for it to be in mine.

    Kristin Pilgreen

    Jet Blue Flight Attendant

    REady for a nourishing adventure?

    Looking forward to seeing you in Lagoa Portugal!

    Thanks for treating yourself to the practice of yoga.

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