Join Us In The Algarve of Southern Portugal


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 mean 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.

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.

January 4 – January 10, 2025

15-20 students.

7 day immersion.

3 high vibrational vegetarian meals per day / Vegan meals available.

All Levels.

Worldwide recognized Yoga Alliance certificate.

Orada Retreat Center, Odemira, Portugal

When “teaching” Yoga, we are not just guiding poses.

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.

YACEP Yoga Alliance


  • What is Trauma?
  • The Nervous System & Polyvagal Theory
  • Tools for Self-Regulation and Co-Regulation
  • The Story of Yoga Through a Trauma-Informed Lens
  • Yamas & Niyamas through a Trauma-Informed Lens
  • Considerations for Teaching trauma affected populations
  • Teaching Trauma-Informed Meditation and Pranayama
  • Teaching a Trauma-Informed Titration Style Practice
  • Authenticity, Attachment, & Attunement
  • Understanding the nervous system
  • Considerations for working with & teaching yoga to trauma survivors
  • Understanding symptomology ~ Yoga for Anxiety & Depression
  • Depathologizing & destigmatizing mental illness
  • Inclusive language
  • Resourcing
  • Pranayama for trauma
  • Understanding triggers
  • Leadership tools
  • Self-care within community care
  • Ceremonies & rituals


Schedule is on Pacific Standard Time.

  • 7:00-8:30 – Somatic Study
  • 8:30-10:00 – Breakfast
  • 10:00-1:00p – Lecture/Special Topic
  • 1:00-3:00p – Lunch
  • 3:00-6:00p – Practical Application/Consideration for TIY
  • 6:00-7:00p – Dinner
  • 7:00-9:00p – Ceremony/Movement Medicine


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.


Includes tuition, manual, room, 3 meals/day, and use of facility equipment. (flight not included) ~ $ 1650 – 5 Person Shared Loft ~ $ 1750 – 4 Person Shared Room (bottom bunks with shared indoor bathroom) ~ $ 1750 – 4 Person Shared Bungalow (twin bed in wooden bungalow with shared outdoor bathroom) ~ $ 1900 – Double Bungalow (twin bed in wooden bungalow with shared outdoor bathroom) ~ $ 2000 – Double Suite (twin bed with shared indoor bathroom) ~ $ 2200 – Private Suite with Ensuite Bathroom Note: Prices above do not include travel, additional reading materials, or extra nights.

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January 4 – January 10, 2025
7 Day Immersion at Monte De Orada with Jeanine & Brooke


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 is located 1.5 hours from Faro Airport and 2.5 hours from Lisbon.

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