Running on autopilot, productivity ambitions that disregard basic needs like regular meals, sleep or human connection? Sums up my past few months (queue the violins).
From going back and forth between Salzburg and Aarhus for 3 of my friends’ weddings and one confirmation to volunteering at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit while writing my final semester project and working at grünBAG, it is safe to say that my cup of stress has “runneth over!
Add another trip to the agenda of an anxious traveler, and here we are.
I got on a plane to Lisbon 2 weeks ago to join a few of the Ethical Writers & Creatives members (Holly, Francesca, Annie, Alden), as well as talented photographer Monique Pantel for the Nourish in Nature a Yoga Retreat in Portugal.
To me, Yoga is out of my comfort zone. Scrap that, I hated yoga. So obviously I went. Girl likes a challenge.
Quinta Canaval, the villa the retreat was held in was built to be completely self-sufficient and off-the-grid, using solar-generated electricity and hot water.
It is surrounded by a lush vegetable and herb garden and was kindly provided for the retreat by Mabel Vandersteen.
The Yoga Practice
Our first morning began early with herbal tea, before yoga.
At 7:30 we started our first yoga session of the week with Fiona, a yoga teacher with 10 years of experience behind her, who joined us for the week.
She opened the practice with an introduction circle, followed by a rejuvenating yoga practice that borrowed elements from Asana, Vinyasa, as well as Yoga Nidra.
Additionally, we had a seemingly never-ending supply of tea and fresh herbs, handpicked by Sara, the medical herbalist you are going to hear more about in part 2.
*For this post, I partnered up with Nourish in Nature to write about my experience at the yoga retreat in exchange for a discounted stay. Our ethical and sustainable yoga gear in this post was provided by the ethical and eco-friendly online retailer FAIRE. All opinions in this post are my own. You can also read my fellow EWC gals’ review of the retreat here: Alden of Ecocult’s review, Holly of Leotie Lovely’s review, Annie of Terumah’s review, and Francesca of Ethical Unicorn’s review.