Lauren Rudick Yoga in Portugal, European Yoga Tour
Portugal, what a place! For some reason visiting Portugal never made it to my travel wish list. Maybe because it’s not the most popular stop on the classic western Europe pub/bar crawl many Canadians take in their 20’s. Or maybe because when I is take my very first backpacking trip in Europe I wasn’t surfing back then. In any case, it is now a location that I cannot wait to return to!

Nature, history, architecture, culture and incredible food are just the shortlist of why Portugal is awesome. In one day you can surf in the morning then visit castles and palaces with pause for espresso and custard pastries. Afterward, stroll through perfectly kept gardens and have a wine and cheese aperitif. You can cap off the night by listening to traditional melancholic music, called Fado, live, while sipping cherry liquor out of chocolate cups in a spot that is just off of a cobblestone street and most likely the converted estate of a nobleman.

I was blown away.

Lauren Rudick Portugal Pasteis Belem PastriesI arrived in Lisbon to a warm welcome from my hosts, Marina and Reyes, founders of Yoga Fool. Super jetlagged and totally out of it, I decided to stroll through the neighborhood of Belem. Marina told me I had to try the famous Portugese pastries called Pasteis de Nata and that the spot to get them was called Pasteis de Belem. The spot was packed. I was a little overwhelmed.

In front of me a girl walked in and asked a table. Hearing her speak English, I asked if I could join her. As karma would have it, she was a bright down-to-earth yoga teacher from Ireland. We sipped our coffees and shared stories into the evening. By nightfall we visited the Monastery a few meters away. I liked Portugal already.

The weekend started and it was a busy one of yoga workshops. The location that Marina and Reyes chose was an historic building and climbing to the studio area we passed tiled walls with the history of the structure painted right on them. The yoga community who attended were warm, welcoming and full of life. Of course, after the workshops we had some wine and dinner at a local restaurant. It looked like an old wine cellar from the baroque era and adorning the walls were eclectic portraits of random men. It was such a gem!

The workshop weekend ended and as per usual I had no plan. I google image searched “Portugal” and a photo of some kind of medieval round structure came up. That was inspiration enough and I decided to follow the photo. It led me to the town of Sintra and the Quinta da Regaleira. The photo I had seen was of the intrinsic well designed to represent an assent to heaven. I explored the well and the whole of Quinta da Regaleira.  The place was absolutely magical. Underground tunnels to get lost in, green lakes, frescos, grottos, gardens, palaces and structures the likes of which I had never seen.

Sintra is a historic town with a microclimate that makes it a touch more humid than the rest of the country and a whole lot more magical. Moss and vines grow everywhere. When the sunlight hits a building or tree, golden sparkles glisten in it’s moisture. In Sintra I had the pleasure of staying at Quinta das Murtas. Originally a wedding present to a young couple of nobility, it was acquired from the great great grandchildren of that same couple and converted into a family run bed & breakfast years later. The family members who tend the home are kind and passionate about the place. It is clear that they care deeply for the town of Sintra and the bed & breakfast they up keep.  Speaking of breakfast, the Portuguese love their sweets, so Quinta das Murtas did not disappoint. Along with fruit, cereal and cheeses, there was fresh baked cakes every day starting from 8am.

Sintra was all my little girl fairy tale dreams come true. I visited the Quinta de Peña, my first castle visit ever! I watched the sunset from the turrets and fall to the ocean in the distance. My favorite place of all though was the Monserrate palace. For almost an entire day I had all of the grounds to myself. Gardens featuring flora from all over the world, an old chapel in ruins reminiscent of a gothic Angor Wat, and an inspiring palace with a view. I expected tiny pixie peoples to buzz around me at any moment. The energy of Monserrate was really special. There was a joyful energy in the air. It was so obvious that the whole estate was built simply for enjoyment and to encourage relaxation, happiness and inspiration. For me, it did just that.

What’s more to love about Portugal? It was so safe. As a woman who has traveled to over 40 countries alone, I don’t often feel as easy and free as I did in Portugal. It was freeing to walk alone at night through lamp lit alleyways and not have any weird scenarios running through my head that might make a good episode of Law & Order. The people are friendly, kind, polite, welcoming and harmless in the best ways possible. The food was fabulous, the climate was comfortable. I am so grateful to have gotten the opportunity to explore such an enchanted land. I will definitely be heading back before too long!

Yoga workshops hosted by: Yoga Fool
Stay in Sintra provided by: Quinta das Murtas

November 5-6, 2016
Yoga Fool Portugal

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JOIN LAUREN & THE DON JON’S FAMILY FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE TRIP!

PRICE STARTS AT $475USD

HOSTED AT THE SUPER FUN DON JON’S LODGE IN SANTA TERESA, COSTA RICA, THIS RETREAT IS A RUSTIC, FUN-FILLED EXPERIENCE!

YOUR RETREAT INCLUDES:

  • YOGA EVERY DAY IN THE TREEHOUSE
  • 5 NIGHTS AT DON JON’S LODGE
  • BREAKFAST DAILY
  • MONTEZUMA WATERFALL HIKE
  • 1 GROUP SURF LESSON

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS INCLUDE BICYCLE RENTALS, HORSEBACK RIDING, MASSAGE AND OTHER SPA TREATMENTS, FISHING EXCURSIONS, ZIP LINING, HIKING TRIPS ALL TO BE ARRANGED AT DON JON’S LODGE.

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ABOUT SANTA TERESA
Located on the Nicoya Peninsula, Santa Theresa is a surfer’s and beach seeker’s paradise. Endless miles of coastline for walking and some world-class surfing to catch the waves. With the jungle bordering the beach, hiking is certainly an option for the more intrepid yogi.


GETTING TO SANTA TERESA

There are several ways to get to Santa Teresa. Flying in to San Jose is easiest. From San Jose, getting to Santa Teresa is simple: either take the local bus ($15 from 7-10 bus station, leaving at 6am and 2pm daily) which includes a stunning ferry ride to the Nicola Peninsula. It is also very easy to arrange shuttle buses via zumatours.net, montezumaexpeditions.com or costaricashuttle.com. Shuttles cost $50 each way and will pick you up from your preferred destination and drop you off right at don Jon’s. Alternatively, fly Natureair or Sansa Airlines to Tambor (30-minute flight $50-$150) and take a taxi to Don Jon’s.  Please note that if your flight arrives in or leaves out of San Jose after 2pm before or after the retreat, you will need to stay overnight in San Jose.

  • NOT INCLUDED:
    • FLIGHT
    • TRAVEL INSURANCE (RECOMMENDED)
    • TRANSFERS TO SANTA TERESA & DON JON’S
    • ALCOHOL AND ITEMS OF A PERSONAL
      NATURE/SOUVENIRS
    • GRATUITIES
    • POSSIBLE OVERNIGHT IN SAN JOSE BEFORE OR AFTER THE RETREAT

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–March 27 – April 2, 2017–  Join Lauren on a cultural and yogic immersion in Bali, Indonesia!

Discover the tastes, dances, sights and enchantment of this stunning Island. Let Lauren take you on a breathtaking adventure through Bali!
“One of the most incredible weeks of my entire life and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made when I booked the trip. I loved the sights, the sounds, the smells, the flavours and the people. Lifelong friendships were almost instantly made in just one fun-filled, yoga-filled, laughter-filled week. THANK YOU LAUREN RUDICK!”  -Lauren Rubin, Marrakech Retreat 2014
Bali Yoga Retreat $1750USD per person for a shared experience  • $2260USD per person for a solo yogi

 

Lauren Rudick Bali yoga retreatYour Bali Yoga Retreat includes:

  • Daily Yoga class with Lauren Rudick plus 1 intensive workshop
  • Your stay at Floating Leaf yoga center in Bali, Indonesia
  • All meals
  • Balinese dance class
  • Tours of Balinese highlands, botanical gardens, coffee plantation, markets and temples
  • Balinese cooking class
  • Traditional flower offering crafting course and ceremony
  • Purification ceremony
  • All transfers (arranged by floating leaf)

Lauren Rudick Bali Yoga retreatNot included:

  • Flight
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Alcohol and items of a personal nature/souvenirs
  • Gratuities for staff
  • Spa services and other extras (massages, facials..etc.)
  • Additional tours

 

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Bali. You will be picked up at the Denspar airport and brought to your home for the week. Upon your arrival at Floating Leaf, you’ll have a chance to relax and unwind. Once the entire group is assembled, we’ll enjoy a gentle yoga stretch followed by dinner at our hotel.

Day 2

Start your day with Lauren’s energizing yoga class in our stunning yoga veranda. After Savasana, enjoy breakfast in the sun. During breakfast, we will be greeted by a Welcome to Bali presentation. Lauren Rudick Bali Yoga retreatProf. Michael Doliveck and his wife Putu will provide an overview of what we’ll
experience in Bali, offering some helpful tips on culture, religion,
manners and customs, currency, as well as some basic Indonesian
phrases.  Spend the day chilling out, strolling to the nearby temples and beaches, or rent a scooter and zip around. We will enjoy Lunch on site and once digested a Balinese Dance Class.  Spend the afternoon lazing in the pool or exploring further. We’ll commune together for dinner at Floating leaf.

 

Day 3

We’ll start the day with an early breakfast and head out to the Balinese highlands! There we will visit waterfalls, temples, traditional markets and a coffee plantation. We will wind down with a picnic lunch in the botanical gardens and a light yoga practice and meditation. We’ll make our way back to Floating Leaf in time for dinner.

 

Day 4

Another uplifting and powerful yoga class will start the day, followed by breakfast at the floating leaf. Here’s a day to customize your trip- enjoy other activities on your Bali bucket lists, get a massage or spa treatment, or maybe just hang out in our Balinese home. We’ll have lunch onsite followed by a 2.5 -hour yoga workshop then dinner.

 

 

Day 5

Our mornings continue with wake-up and flow yoga followed by breakfast. We’ll enjoy a Balinese cooking class as we make our own lunch! Yum! After we digest, we’ll head to the markets. Practice your Indonesian as you bargain for stunning souvenirs. Lauren Rudick Bali Yoga retreatThe afternoon will provide free time to explore local towns followed by dinner together as a group. After dinner we will head back to Floating Leaf for a flower offering making class.

 

 

Day 6

We’ll start the day with a healthy breakfast and then cleanse body, mind and soul in the sacred water temples of Bali. Our group will be lead through a purification ceremony as we make offerings of our flower creations. After the ceremony we’ll have lunch in Ubud. After more exploring we’ll head back to Floating lead for a final restorative yoga class and dinner.

 

Day 7

Before heading on your way, enjoy some yoga with Lauren and one last breakfast in style. After big hugs and teary goodbyes, transportation will be waiting to send you on the next leg of your journey.

 

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$1750USD per person shared   •   $2260 per person private

 

 

 

 

 

A non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your space in yoga classes. a 50% balance of payment is due 60-days prior to the start date of the retreat. The remaining balance is due 30-days prior to the start date of the yoga retreat. A full refund, minus the deposit fee will be offered for cancellations made more than 60-days prior to the start date of the retreat. Cancellations of less than 45-days advanced notice will be refunded 50% of the retreat price. Refunds will not be offered on cancellations made less than 30-days in advance.

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–December 11-17, 2016–

YOGA. RELAXATION. ENDLESS BEACHES. SURFING.

Join Lauren for intensive yoga,  pure relaxation and luxury on your Costa Rica yoga retreat.

Price starts at $1450USD for this yoga retreat

“This was my paradise on earth for a week. Thanks Lauren Rudick for putting this yoga retreat and additional activities together. Not only did I get to be taught yoga from you personally, but we got to go horse back riding through the jungle and on the beach, drove ATV’s to go Zip Lining, then jumped off a waterfall and also got to surf all in one short week. This was an incredible experience that none of us will soon forget.”
-Hylana Almeida, Costa Rica Yoga retreat 2014


Hosted at the stunning Pranamar Yoga Retreat Center in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, this retreat is complete tranquility.

Your retreat includes:

  • Yoga every day with Lauren Rudick (including asana practice, guided meditation, philosophy and dharma talks)
  • Your stay at Pranamar Yoga retreat center
  • 3 meals per day
  • Rainforest Canopy Adventure (on ATVs!)
  • 1 group surf lesson
  • 2 days of bicycle rentals to go exploring

Optional add-ons include bicycle rentals, horseback riding, massage and other spa treatments, fishing excursions, hiking trips.

  • pranamar bedsNot included:
    • Flight
    • Travel insurance (recommended)
    • Transfers to Pranamar and Santa Teresa (although we can help you arrange this)
    • Alcohol and items of a personal nature/souvenirs
    • Gratuities
    • possible overnight in San Jose before or after the retreat

About Santa Teresa:
Located on the Nicoya Peninsula, Santa Theresa is a surfer’s and beach seeker’s paradise. Endless miles of coastline for walking and some world-class surfing to catch the waves. With the jungle bordering the beach, hiking is certainly an option for the more intrepid yogi.

This place is a paradise located on an almost completely private beach.  Santa Teresa is a relaxed and quaint town. Safe, easy to get around and traveler friendly.

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There are several ways to get to Santa Teresa. Flying in to San Jose is easiest. From San Jose, getting to Santa Teresa is simple: either take the local bus ($15 from San Carlo Bus station, leaving at 6am and 2pm daily) which includes a stunning ferry ride to the Nicoya Peninsula, or fly Natureair or Sansa Airlines to Tambor (30-minute flight $50-$150) and we’ll have a taxi waiting to transfer you to Pranamar.  Lauren will assist you to ensure that your journey to Pranamar is as easy as possible and hassle free. We can also help arrange your transportation from Liberia if necessary. Please note that if your flight arrives in or leaves out of San Jose after 2pm before or after the retreat, you will need to stay overnight in San Jose.

About Pranamar Yoga Retreat Center:

Pranamar Ocean Front Yoga Retreat Center is an intimate, consciously designed oceanfront hotel recently on a spectacular and quiet beach. Pranamar offers guests tropical beauty and nature in an exotic and friendly ambiance. Immerse yourself in the beauty and ease into nature’s rhythm as you take a journey into your body, mind and soul on Lauren Rudick’s Costa Rica yoga retreat.

how yogis ziplinePranamar’s luxurious two-story villas are built around a free-form saltwater pool. They each have private lounging areas, are surrounded by tropical gardens and boast spectacular views.  The ecologically-constructed bungalows offer tropical simplicity with sea breezes, spacious decks and glimpses of the ocean.

 

Pranamar’s beautifully designed open-air restaurant and tea lounge specializes in healthy, delicious cuisine using organic fruits and vegetables, local fresh fish, seafood and organic meats. All dietary needs can be accommodated including vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and any food allergies.

 

Where you might sleep:
IMG_0026Kula House $1450USD -Kula means community in Sanskrit and the Kula house instantly creates a sense of home coming. The upstairs features a large bedroom with 4 beds and private bathroom. Attached is a large terrace with an ocean view perfect for late-night hangouts. The lower level of the Kula house has a queen sized bed, a private bathroom, a small kitchen and living room as well as it’s own separate entrance and large deck. Ideal for a couple.

 

Garden Bungalow $1685USD – The garden bungalows feature one bedroom and one bathroom. Enormous ocean-facing decks great for watching sunset and relaxing with the ocean breeze, while a small living space with built-in sofas offer a private lounging area. Garden bungalows can either be shared with two twin beds or have one king sized bed for couples or private sleeps.

pranamar pool peekPoolside Villa $1865USD – Each two story villa has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room and plenty of decks and terraces. All poolside villas have personal pool entrance and a garden bathroom with granite stone tub. Poolside villas will have 1 room with a king sized bed and 1 room with two twin beds. Each bedroom has a private bathroom.

 

Please note that couples can use the shared option in all cases and will have a private stay and bathroom with a king sized bed, provided by Pranamar Yoga Retreat Center.

Want to know what others have said about their experience on Lauren’s Costa Rica Yoga retreat? Click here!

A non-refundable deposit of $350 is required to reserve your space in yoga classes. a 50% balance of payment is due 60-days prior to the start date of the retreat. The remaining balance is due 21-days prior to the start date of the retreat. A full refund, minus the deposit fee will be offered for cancellations made more than 60-days prior to the start date of the retreat. Cancellations of less than 60-days advanced notice will be refunded 50% of the retreat price. Refunds will not be offered on cancellations made less than 21-days in advance. Refunds will not be offered on discounted rates.

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