-THE PINK PALACE - PORTUGAL-
Yoga & Sound Healing Retreat with Charlotte Critoph
THE PINK PALACE - Estoi Portugal
4th-7th May 2020- 3 nights & 4 days
£755 pp single accommodation & £525 pp shared accommodation
REBALANCE & RECONNECT RETREAT
REBALACE & RECONNECT RETREAT
4th-7th May 2020
Are you craving some time out from the daily grind?
Do you want to slow down and reconnect with yourself, remembering what it’s like to be fully present and ‘in the moment’?
By intentionally carving out time for spaciousness, we can step away from the daily grind of jostling for positions of recognition or material success, which distracts us from our true sense of peace and joy.
Even if we have been restless our whole life, we can take back control at any point and learn how to wake up from sleepwalking through life and become fully present.
My Rebalance & Reconnect Retreat will set you on the right path.
Through the practice of mindfulness in yoga and meditation, we can learn to cherish the simple things in life, and form deeper and more authentic connections, not only with ourselves but with our friends and families.
You will come away from the retreat feeling liberated, lighter and inspired to live a little differently.
"There is beauty calling to us everyday, every hour, but we are rarely in a position to listen. To be alive and walk on the Earth is a miracle, and yet most of us are running as if there were some better place to get to.” Thich Nhat Hanh
Estoi Village, Faro Town
gentle vinyasa, hatha yoga
mind, body and soul
A TYPICAL DAY
Daily outdoor Yoga Class on our private deck with a gorgeous mountain view!
Breakfast: a Portuguese buffet of everything you could ever wish for (very filling- you probably won’t need lunch)
· 10.30AM onwards
Free time to spend however you please!
Explore the sleepy village of Estoi, or local Roman ruins. Perhaps take a trip into nearby Faro town or the beach. Or maybe nothing more than relaxation by the pool and complimentary use of the sauna, steam room and spa.
Optional extra - take a Private/Couples yoga class, Reiki, Sound or Energetic healing with me.
Daily afternoon Yoga Class outside or in the historic hotel Chapel.
Dinner together (optional). We will explore the local restaurants in Estoi, and Faro Town, Nourishing our bodies with a variety of nutritious Mediterranean inspired foods, and good company. All diets catered for.
One evening, a special Yoga Nidra and Sound Healing Workshop, in the beautiful Chapel.
4 morning, 4 evening yoga classes
A bonus Yoga Nidra and Sound Healing Workshop
Guidance and advise on how to develop your own personal practice, through careful in-class adjustments
3 nights Luxury Accommodation at the beautiful Palacio de Estoi (with the comfiest beds ever!)
Access to Hotel Pools (indoor and outdoor), Steam Room and Sauna
Access to Hotel Spa treatments (book and pay with Spa reception)
Daily breakfast. A Portuguese buffet of everything you could ever wish for; fresh fruits, pastries, yoghurt, bread, cheeses, jam etc. as well as numerous cooked breakfast options.
Welcome Drinks and Canapes
Retreat goody bag
Please contact me ahead of the retreat to book any additional sessions with me, that might enhance your retreat experience.
Private/ Couples Yoga Classes
Private Healing Treatments
Reiki, Energetic or Sound Healing
Please book your own return flights to Faro, to arrive at Palace de Estoi by 3/4pm on 4th May, and depart any time from 12 noon onwards on 7th May. Palace de Estoi is a 15 minute taxi ride from Faro airport.
Vinyasa yoga, is a style of yoga which links movement with breath. It is excellent for students who want to flow between postures (almost in a meditative way) and experience deep relaxation after class.
Have you heard the expression yin and yang? Our morning practices will be ‘yang’; active and dynamic, while our evening practices will be ’yin’; passive and slow, to rebalance ourselves physically and energetically.
As humans, our personality will naturally be drawn to one type of practice or way of life, so this retreat will give you that moment of pause to explore another way of being - both on and off the mat.
Morning practice will be a dynamic vinyasa flow, focusing on asana alignment and technique … can you think of a better way to start the day than bringing movement into the body? Depending on how the class flows, we may take the time to break down one or two postures more deeply in a workshop style class, or just continue exploring and building our strength and flexibility.
Evening practice will be deeply nourishing, and peaceful… a slower and more mindful practice. We’ll take the time to surrender into postures, so you can be truly present with yourself.
During shavasana (relaxation) and the special one hour yoga nidra and sound healing workshop, you will be bathed with the healing sounds of Tibetan singing bowls, and gongs, which is an amazing experience! On the most basic level, sound healing brings about a deep state of relaxation, allowing your unconscious to process and heal. You will be sure to sleep soundly afterwards!
“So much wisdom exists within the body. We often come to class with the ambition of accomplishing something physical and forget that if we let go of any ambition we can create space for a more significant unfolding. The intention is to work through self-limiting habitual patterns and shift to place of more tolerance and acceptance."
200HR Ashtanga Vinyasa Teacher
Over 500HR Teaching Experience
Sound Healing Practitioner
Movement has always been an important part of my life. Growing up I danced almost every night of the week (everything from ballet to cheerleading). In my twenties I fell in love with weight training, and high impact cardio. Now in my thirties, I feel strongly in balance and better in tune with listening to my body and how it wants to move. Some days that is working myself hard, and pushing to my limits, and other days it is honouring my body when it is asking to rest by incorporating a slower practice or simply meditation/ breathwork.
Throughout my journey, yoga has been my backbone. Moving from what was a purely physical practice to a journey of deep spiritual awakening and growth.
It is my life purpose now, to inspire and teach new ways of being truly present and expressive.
-YOUR YOGA TEACHER-
'' I went on Charlotte's 'Rebalance and Reconnect Retreat' in October 2019 at the beautiful Pink Palace in Estoi, Portugal. Charlotte had picked an incredible location, and planned the perfect itinerary!
Charlotte is a very skilled and patient yoga instructor. Each day started with an energising sunrise yoga session outside, with an incredible view over Estoi. We then had the day to relax in the hotel or explore the local area, and ended the day with a nourishing and peaceful yoga session before dinner and bed. She had also arranged for a special Yoga Nidra and Sound Healing session one evening. Charlotte is very talented at Yoga Nidra and Sound Healing, and by the end of the session I felt relaxed, refreshed and that my soul had been lifted.
We were all made to feel so welcome over the four days. It was wonderful to spend time with Charlotte and the other people on the retreat, getting to know each other over breakfast and dinner - but also having the freedom to do our own thing during the day. Charlotte had carefully thought through every aspect of the retreat, from the yoga session locations to the little goody bags she gave us when we arrived.
I would definitely recommend one of Charlotte's yoga retreats, and I will definitely be going on another one in the future! You don't need to be an expert at yoga, and she's great at making a class work for different skill levels. By the end of the retreat I felt that my yoga had improved, but I also felt so re-energised, relaxed and nourished. If you're wondering whether to go on one of Charlotte's retreats, I say go for it! It's a wonderful experience for both the body and the soul.''
'' I really loved starting each day with a yoga practice and meditation (something I always tell myself I'll do at home, but never seem to manage to) and it was so lovely to be able to practice outside, as the sun was coming up over the mountains! Char is really good at adapting for different levels so I felt I was able to challenge myself when I wanted, and take it slower if I was tired, like in the evenings.
Char's sound bath and yoga nidra session was absolutely amazing!! I had the deepest sleep of my life and felt so refreshed the next day.
I left feeling totally calm, relaxed and really grateful for deciding to spend my holiday time this way. The hotel is unbelievable... so beautiful... you will pinch yourself. I especially loved the outside pool area, where I happily sat and read a book in the sunshine most days.
Thanks Char for an unforgettable experience! ''
'' I attended Charlotte's yoga retreat in September and had the best time. The yoga sessions were fab, the hotel was amazing and my fellow yogis were fantastic company. As well as having lots of yoga practice, the venue meant I could fit in some sightseeing in and around Faro too.
Huge thanks to Char for organising such a memorable retreat! ''
'' I joined the first Do Yoga with Char retreat in May in Portugal and couldn't have had a more wonderful experience. The classes were a great mix of strong flow as well as more restorative yoga based on the mood of the students. I loved setting my intentions and goals for the ways in which I wanted to nourish my body over the course of the retreat as well as more active goals which I wanted to incorporate into my life upon my return. Char created thoughtful yoga classes which both challenged me based on my intentions and enabled me to fully relax. This retreat is for those who already have an understanding of their practice and wish to utilise the relaxing environment to reconnect with themselves.
The Pink Palace was stunning and the healthy food complimented the yoga and meditation schedule. I cannot recommend the breakfast enough - especially the tiny tarts! The hotel had everything I needed including spa treatments (quite pricey but worth it), two swimming pools, a gym and a sauna. I left feeling completely recharged with a plan of how to incorporate some mindfulness into my daily routine when returning home! Thank you!! ''
-THE PINK PALACE-
-the history of the Pink Palace in Estoi, Algarve-
Beautiful things take time to build, and this is perhaps especially true for the Pink Palace, located in the small village of Estoi. In 1840, a local Algarve aristocrat, of the Carvalhal family, started building the Pousada Palacio de Estoi. However, by the time of the aristocrat’s death – several decades later – the palace was still nothing but a beautiful ruin, a half-made dream.
In 1893, the unfinished palace was bought by a wealthy landowner from Beja. He spent a fortune finishing the grand estate, and in 1909 the Pink Palace could finally celebrate its completion. The opening of the Pink Palace in Estoi was celebrated with a massive party that took place in May the same year. The celebration was apparently so wild that people spoke about it for years after. Unfortunately, a few decades later, the privately owned palace closed its doors and the wealthy family moved away for good. The Pink Palace was once again a beautiful ruin.
In 2009 that Pousada Palacio de Estoi once again opened its doors – this time as a luxury hotel and your retreat home.
With it's grand and decadent interiors…the perfect place to think big!
It’s impossible not to feel inspired, when you’re surrounded by beautiful and tranquil grounds.