Algarve yoga and surf eco retreat, Portugal
Description of Algarve yoga and surf eco retreat, Portugal
5 Reviews of Algarve yoga and surf eco retreat, Portugal
4.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 02 Apr 2019 by Blake LudwigWe really loved the peaceful vibe of the place, as well as the donkeys, the new natural swimming pond, and the really great breakfast. We also recommend the yoga class. The rooms were well equipped and beautifully finished. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 May 2018 by Karina KempersThe most memorable moment was surfing (but be prepare for cold if you are coming in April) Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Mar 2017 by Susan HallThere are many memorable parts to this holiday but a couple stand out for both my husband and myself. First was the night sky, sitting on the deck after sunset, listening to the crickets and frogs , while viewing the most beautiful night sky, full of stars...incredible... Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Sep 2016 by Fflur ReesIt was really special place that we'll never forget and it exceeded all our expectations and we'd love to go back. Definitely rate it 10/10! Thank you. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Aug 2016 by Rachel CavanaghSome of our lasting memories will be having our delicious breakfast looking down on the valley while our children fed the donkeys, ducks and dogs. We could not have asked for anything more. Read full review
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetThe apartments are part of the eco retreat and inspiration land. As well as staying in accommodation full of natural materials, you will get to enjoy a 100% ecological holiday experience. Not only does the retreat harness its energy from sun and wind, but we also source our own water, treat our own drainage and produce a lot of our own food.
The retreat features a bio-dynamic farm which creates great natural produce for you to enjoy, if you so wish, and we have lots of delicious, home-made products available to you. The farm contains various animals; we have chickens, ducks, cats, dogs and donkeys, that all play their part in helping us sustain this rewarding lifestyle both as committed co-workers and as domestic companions.
We recycle our glass, plastic, paper, metal and food and, because we produce our own renewable energy, we operate with a very low carbon output and minimal waste. Consequently, you can relax, safe in the knowledge that your holiday is putting no additional strain on the planet. Of course, we ask our workers, visitors and guests to help us adhere to this low-impact ethos.
Since we acquire most of our energy from the sun, our supply is limited to what nature gives us. As such, we must ask everyone to be kind to our system; heavy electricity usage and the use of high-consumption appliances such as irons, hair dryers, etc. will quickly drain our power supply. If you require the use of such items, we have special, low energy appliances we can provide on request. Of course, this doesnt mean to say youll be sat in the dark if the sun isnt out; we will always provide energy, but its part of the experience to be conscious of your usage. The same goes for water.
Since you are staying at a retreat we provide more than just the apartment; you can come and see, first-hand, what eco living means. We give tours, host workshops and organise excursions, all related to ecology, relaxation, creativity, and connecting with nature.
Both professionally and personally, we live ecologically and ethically as pure as possible. This is how we live our life.
PeopleIn creating this project we have hired only local people and companies to support the local community. We try to buy as much possible from local suppliers and all products from the season and avoid larger chain supermarkets.
The building materials are selected on basis of their embedded energy. We have used many renewable materials such as cork and straw which are evident when wondering through the buildings. Further have built a lot with lime, hemp, clay, clay paints, and so on that are 100% sourced locally.
Recently, we have realized that self-sustainability is not necessarily about doing everything yourself. For us it means to focus your energy at what you're good at and trade with the local community with goods or services that they are good at. For example, we are very successful with tomatoes, strawberries and salads and have found many locals that are happy to trade goods such as their honey, potatoes, etc in return. We hope to continue these transactions in the future.
We further receive help from volunteers that, whilst staying with us, are being exposed to ecological values. Involving this community provides education on sustainability while helping us maintain this project. So although not all volunteers are local, our volunteers will transmit this ecological message all over the planet as well as helping to support local businesses as they explore the area.
Last but not least, this project is humanitarian in nature, and profits are put toward , humanitarian projects. We aim to support local and global projects both financially and with hands-on help. In this way we can do our bit to help those who devote their lives to aiding others: humans or animals in need.