We are thrilled to be offering this course at Monte De Orada Retreat Center in the hillsides of the Algarves in Portugal! This secluded and beautiful space is the perfect environment to dive deep into the sensitivities of Yoga for Trauma. The retreat center is remote but only a 10-minute drive from the cliffy seaside landscapes that the Algarve region is known for.
The lands at Orada serve as a healing sanctuary to disconnect in order to reconnect. We will feel the earth beneath our feet and take in the trees that surround the property as a buoy throughout our time engaging in the sensitive subject matter that is trauma-informed education. Through the process of reclaiming our own body as a safe place to dwell, we remember that we can move toward what is sometimes uncomfortable and process it in a healthy way in order to serve others from a more authentic place.
This program is open to RYT 200+ or mental health professionals looking to integrate Yoga Asana, meditation, and breathwork into their clinical settings.
This program qualifies for 50 Hours of Continuing Education Units with Yoga Alliance.
When “teaching” Yoga, we are not just guiding poses.
We are guiding people.
We are guiding nervous systems.
We are guiding complex and unique physiologies.
Each of us has a different orientation of how we perceive our own safety or lack thereof. Through a psycho-somatic understanding of Trauma and the ways it lives in the body, we can embrace the practice of Yoga in a way that permits each individual to have their own experience. Psycho-education around dissociation and disembodiment can give us the tools to not only understand our own physiology but the ways in which the inner worlds and trauma responses of the folks that we work with may differ from our own.
Schedules may vary
Please purchase The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk. Reading is not required prior to the training unless trainee feels so inclined. We will be using Van Der Kolk’s book as a reference throughout the course.
A space that honors the nuance of the human experience facilitates an environment where each practitioner can take agency over their own bodily autonomy, nervous system regulation, and power of choice. A truly trauma-informed environment embraces and welcomes all emotional realities while highlighting the undeniable truth that embodiment and empowerment means discerning for oneself what feels right and what feels safe in each moment.
Our integration of this knowledge then informs the way that we show up to hold space for others. With compassion, curiosity, and kindness we can broaden our willingness to meet the fluctuations of being human both within ourselves and within each other. Embodiment practices, such as Yoga asana, are proven to be the most effective modality in trauma recovery. With this in mind, we learn that we can excavate art from our painful experiences and use it all as a source of freedom and authentic self-expression.
Through the lens of Trauma-Informed education, Yoga is not only an art and a science but a necessity for the future of our world at large.
Portugal ~ January 4 - January 10, 2024
Includes tuition, manual, room, 3 meals/day, and use of facility equipment. (flight not included)
~ $ 1650 - Quad Room
~ $ 1750 - Double Bungalow
~ $ 1900 - Double Suite
~ $ 2000 - Private Room
~ $ 2200 - Private with Ensuite Bathroom
All prices are in USD.
Note: Prices above do not include travel, additional reading materials, or extra nights.
We want you to be able to live your dreams! We offer scholarships for every training as well as 1 local scholarship. We also offer Payment Plan options. Learn more about scholarships here.
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Orada Retreat Center is a family-run, eco-sustainable, community-based soul retreat center created with the aim of expanding health and proposing purposeful transformational experiences.
Orada is a transitional educational community promoting and bridging spiritual, ecological, and transformative embodied experience and retreats towards a transition into new attitudes and paradigm community living. It is found in the heart of a nature sanctuary in the woods of Odemira, Alentejo, South West Portugal, bordering Algarve.
Orada focuses on organic farming and conscious nutrition, meditation, and nature contemplation spaces. Orada is a space holding community and a force for innovative possibilities & new mindsets.
Orada was founded on the vision that nature, health, sustainability, and community are fundamental insights to transition out of the toxicity of modern times. It is a place to get inspired and redesign life on earth and manifest collective awakening.
Orada is located 1.5 hours from Faro Airport and 2.5 hours from Lisbon & is equipped with a bio-pool, yoga, and meditation temple, panoramic solarium, rooftop terrace, bird-watching habitat, and a natural fire amphitheater, peace, and nourishment is easily accessible throughout the property.
Permaculture is a primary focus at Orada and delicious and nutritious vegetarian food straight from the garden will be provided during the program.
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, or 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!
Orada 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 (adobe) giving this beautiful property not only an authentic Portuguese feel but also providing a healthy and comfortable environment in all weather.
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