Orada is a family run, eco-sustainable, community based soul retreat center, nestled on 71 hectares of nature and privacy, created with the aim of expanding health and fostering purposeful transformational experiences.


Orada is an educational community promoting and facilitating spiritual ecological, and transformative experiences. It is located in the heart of a nature sanctuary in the woods of Odemira, Alentejo, South West Portugal, bordering Algarve.


The center focuses on organic farming and conscious nutrition, meditation, and nature contemplation spaces. Orada is a space holding community and a force for innovative possibilities and new mindsets.


Orada was founded on the vision that nature, health, sustainability, and community are fundamental for transitioning out of the toxicity of modern times. It is a place to get inspired, reimagine life on earth, and manifest collective awakening.


To maintain the essence and peaceful nature of the property, WiFi is offered with limited access only in the restaurant area. Please plan accordingly.


The center offers different accommodation types from private suites and bungalows to tepees and cozy dorm rooms. The buildings and retreat facilities were reconstructed using traditional and organic materials, giving this beautiful property not only an authentic Portuguese feel, but also providing a healthy and comfortable environment in all weather.


There is very limited service on location but WIFI is great!


** Please put your flight information on the logistics sheet.


Students are responsible to book and pay for their own flights and return transportation from Orada. School Yoga Institute is available to offer travel advice and support. Orada is located 1.5 hours from Faro Airport and 2.5 hours from Lisbon.


For convenience and to reduce our footprint, we will have a meeting time and location in Lisbon at noon on the first day of the training (more details will be emailed on this meeting spot one month prior to the training). From Lisbon we will travel together as a group to the center. It is appx 2.5 hours.


We do not provide transportation at the end of training. Please book a taxi or shuttle with Orada directly. There is also a train option or you can rent a car.


Train Details: https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/pt

Train Stop: Santa Clara-Saboia


Permaculture is a primary focus at Orada. You will be served delicious and nutritious vegetarian food, sourced almost entirely from the garden. Enjoy Portugal’s famous daily homemade breads, themed menu nights, and evening dining with music by the fire. Three mostly vegan/mostly gluten free meals per day are included in your room and board price. Fully gluten free meals prepared with care and originality can be served upon request for an additional fee.


When traveling outside of your home country it is a good idea to take the extra steps to protect your immune system. If you have never traveled outside of your country, this may make you more susceptible to getting tummy sickness because your body will be exposed to unfamiliar bacteria! Even though our retreat centers have filtered water, we recommend bringing a water filter or water purification tablets. Here are the products we recommend:


LifeStraw Personal Water Filter or LifeStraw Water Bottle

Sport Berkey Water Bottle

SteriPen Ultra Water Purifier

Water Purification Tabs



The currency in Portugal is Euros. The closest ATM is in São Teotónio.


You will receive a series of welcome letters from our team, outlining details of the schedule. The first day of the training there will be an optional yoga class from 4 to 5:30 pm. We will have dinner that evening followed by our opening ceremony. On the last day of the training we will finish at 10am. Students are expected to arrive in time for the opening ceremony and stay through the final, closing ceremony.


Here are the 2 required texts you can purchase at your local bookstore or online. Please note that the Manual is INCLUDED in the tuition, and will be there when you arrive.

  • Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff

Purchase one of the following Yoga Sutras books. The choice is yours!

  • Yoga Sutras by Dennis Hill OR The Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi

If your course is not a 200hr YTT we’ll send you the recommended books in your logistics email!


The Manual is included in the price of tuition and we will have it for you at the start of the course.


Optionally, a neti pot and a tongue scraper are suggested to be used throughout the course, you can purchase these on your own at any health food store. Please also bring any creative tools that enable you to express your gifts such as musical instruments, painting/drawing materials, etc.


- Rumi


Depending on the time of the year, weather can change. Please pack accordingly for experiencing a wide range of temperature! :)

  • Sturdy hiking shoes
  • Wool socks (light and heavyweight)
  • Warm layers: thermals, long sleeve yoga layers, down jacket, a light rain jacket
  • Sun Protection: wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, sunglasses
  • Any necessary medication for allergies / Anti nausea / Ibuprofen
  • Bathing Suit
  • Journal
  • Personal medications and simple first aid kit
  • Bug repellant
  • International power converter
  • Earplugs
  • Special dietary items: Emergen-C, Protein powder, Green powder, Superfoods, trail mix, bars, chocolate, any favorite treats from home
  • Reusable water and tea bottle (optional)
  • Headlight and extra batteries
  • Small sacred items (like crystals, white sage, pictures of guru, etc…)
  • Creative tools that enable you to express your gifts such as musical instruments, painting/drawing materials, etc.
  • Personal books, playing cards, travel games, hobbies, etc.

Click here and check out our alumni’s online shop. Use the code SYIFAM20 for 20% off!


There will be a day off every 5th day during the training.

Orada is located in one of the most diverse regions of Portugal, close to some of the most precious beaches this country has to offer as well as an incredibly beautiful countryside. The Costa Alentejana has unique characteristics, which very few destinations in the world combine: Easy access from any European airport, breathtaking scenery and an itinerary of excellent sporting, cultural and leisure activities.

Explore the Rota Vicentina hiking trails, take a surf lesson, explore the area in a kayak, take your friend on a horse riding adventure or on a Jeep Safari through the countryside.Orada is more than happy to help you organize a trip & there will be opportunities to explore as much as you’d like on the day off!


Laundry can be done on site! Please bring cash!


It is very important that you meet the hours required by Yoga Alliance. We understand that there are health matters beyond your control that may come up during the training. We will make arrangements to make up for missed hours during the program. If you miss more than 3 hours, we may need to schedule makeup hours at an additional cost.


We recommend you consult with your doctor prior to your trip to get any questions answered.


U.S. citizens may enter Portugal for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Your passport should be valid for at least six months after travel. For other nationalities please check with your consulates as a Visa may be required. Make two copies of your passport (and visa if required), bring one with you and leave one at home with a close contact.



At the end of the course, you will receive your 200hr Yoga Teacher Certification. This course is approved by Yoga Alliance. As a graduate of this program you will qualify to register as a teacher with the Yoga Alliance organization if you choose to.


If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us by phone or email. We are looking forward to having you here to embark on this life-changing journey to shed away layers and become your truest self.


We encourage you to begin the practice now, by reflecting on your intentions for yourself and what brought you on this journey. Together we will create a safe and sacred space within our group that will help to reveal the wisdom within and the nature of the Self. This path will ask for self -reflection, growth, and discipline.


Your journey will be greatly guided by what you chose to bring to the experience. Open yourself to what is there, leave all expectations behind and enter the clear, crisp perspective and sacred landscape of Portugal with an open heart.


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