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.
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:
Students are responsible to book and pay for their own flights. 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.
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.
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.
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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.
We recommend you consult with your doctor prior to your trip to get any questions answered.
April/May is the beginning of peak season in Portugal. Weather ranges from lows of 50 degrees fahrenheit to highs of 80 degrees fahrenheit. 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
- Bathing Suit
- Personal medications and simple first aid kit
- Bug repellant
- International power converter
- 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.
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We will have your manuals for you upon your arrival.
Please purchase and bring The Yoga Sutras by Dennis Hill & Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff.
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!
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.
This 200 hour course is approved by Yoga Alliance. Upon completion of the required hours, you will receive a 200-hour graduation certificate. As a graduate of this program you will qualify to register as a 200-hour teacher with Yoga Alliance.
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