Nature & Wellness in the Azores

A Yoga & Mindfulness Retreat

‘God created the world and on the seventh day rested… then, inspired… made Azores’

– Miguel Damião 

The Retreat

Of the islands that make up the Azores archipelago, São Miguel is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful. Its heavenly beaches and lush vegetation have earned it the nickname “the Hawaii of Europe.” Home to volcanoes, whales and thermal baths, the island teems with vivid waterfalls, birds and a labyrinth of lakes and canyons. Immerse yourself in Nature and feel its healing powers during a week of outdoor excursions, yoga classes, spa treatments and more.

Sete Cidades

Yoga

Yoga practice will be offered on all mornings before breakfast. Classes outdoors when weather permits. On some evenings, a gentle stretch and meditation class will will be offered. Appropriate for beginning and intermediate level students, classes emphasize the wisdom in honoring your strengths and limitations and to be grateful for all that your body can do. All classes are taught by Lisa Hampton.

Lagoa de Fogo

Sete Cidades and Lagoa de Fogo

Lagoa Sete Cidades (Lake of the Seven Cities) is a captivating landscape consisting of two environmentally different lakes connected by a narrow straight, with one lake being green and the other blue. There is a sweet legend about the forbidden love of a green-eyed princess and the blue-eyed shepherd boy whose tears formed the twin lakes. 

Lagoa de Fogo is in the crater of a dormant volcano with green volcanic walls filled with lush vegetation contrasting with the clear blue water of the lake, making it one of the most beautiful places in the Azores.

Furnas Valley

The entire Furnas Valley is a giant volcanic crater which last erupted in 1630. The volcano is now dormant but you can still feel it everywhere in the form of thermal pools, steam holes and hot springs. Today Furnas is a lush, charming and serene spot on the eastern side of the island.

Terra Nostra Garden and Thermal Park

With its exotic botanical gardens, geothermal heated pools and an award winning hotel nestled within, Terra Nostra Garden is the crown jewel of Furnas. This romantic-style garden was built in the 18th and 19th centuries with magnificent views and a variety of exotic vegetation. The hot springs are naturally at a steady temperature of 95-104°F. Visitors can wander the many footpaths, lawns, pools and fountains of the 12.5 hectares of gardens and forest.

Vila Franco Islet (the 'Princess Ring')

Whale and Dolphin Watching

Discover and admire the magnificent south coast of São Miguel watching whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. The Azores is one of the largest whale sanctuaries in the world. Our private boat tour will be a highlight with a mixture of fun and adventure and in the company of a professional team of skippers and biologists. Enjoy lunch in Vila Franca do Campo and then a visit to the beautiful Nossa Senhora da Paz with views of the ‘Princess Ring.’

Ponta Delgada, Azores

Ponta Delgada

As the capitol city of the Azores archipelago, Ponta Delgada may be small, but it’s very charming and feels like a mini version of Lisbon. Cobbled narrow streets lined with colorful houses, traditional-style churches, and unique tile patterns on the pavements and city squares are quintessentionally Portuguese.

Portuguese Ceramics

São Miguel, Azores

Immerse yourself in Nature

Two Retreats Offered

Date

June 14 – 21, 2025 (2 spots left!)

Time
4:00pm
10:00am
Saturday afternoon
Saturday morning
HOTELS

Senhora da Rosa, A Tradition and Nature Hotel
Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island, Azores
Website

Terra Nostra Garden Hotel
Furnas, São Miguel Island, Azores
Website

Cost
(per person)
$4,150 shared deluxe/superior room
+ $800 single room
 

 Senhora da Rosa Nature Hotel

Terra Nostra Garden Hotel

 

All rooms have en-suite baths. Beds can be configured into twin beds or a queen/king.

Senhora da Rosa Nature Hotel
All deluxe rooms are on the 1st floor (not ground), have balconies & some have views.

Terra Nostra Garden Hotel
All superior garden view rooms have a balcony with views over the garden.

Deposit$900 non-refundable deposit to secure your spot (zelle, check, cash)
Balance$900 due on January 14, 2025 and the balance is due March 14, 2025. If registering after March 14, full payment is due at that time.
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CanceLlation
Policy

No refunds will be issued for the deposit. No refunds for the balance will be issued after January 14, 2025 unless your spot can be filled with someone from the waiting list.

Includes
  • 4 nights accommodations at Senhora da Rosa, an elegantly converted farmhouse surrounded by lush gardens with more than 200 years of history near Ponta Delgada
    amenities 
    outdoor swimming pool, paddle courts, spa with sauna and Turkish bath, restaurant/bar, rooftop bar, heated plunge pool in a pineapple greenhouse and use of the estate grounds
  • 3 nights accommodations at Terra Nostra Garden Hotel, the most awarded hotel in the Azores. Opened in 1935, this Art Deco styled hotel is nestled in the famous Terra Nostra Garden known for its volcanic thermal waters
    amenities 
    access to the Terra Nostra Gardens and thermal baths, indoor heated swimming pool, spa with sauna and Turkish bath, restaurant/bar
  • daily yoga and meditation classes
    yoga mats provided
  • daily breakfasts and dinners and most lunches
  • tea, coffee, water
  • local wine/beer at dinner
  • welcome cocktail reception
  • a full-body massage at either hotel
  • day tour on our private boat viewing whales and dolphins in their natural habitat with a visit to Vila Franco Islet (the ‘princess ring’), lunch at a local restaurant (included) in Vila Franca do Campo and a visit to Nossa Senhora da Paz
  • day tour to Sete Cidades with stops at several viewpoints, visit to pineapple plantation and parish (picnic lunch included)
  • day tour to Lagoa do Fogo with visits to ceramics factory, Caldeira Velha (hot springs), several viewpoints, guided walk of Ribeira Grande (picnic lunch included)
  • day tour to Nordeste including a walk in Ribeira dos Caldeirões, several viewpoints, visit to the tea factory (picnic lunch included)
  • visit to Ponta Degada with dinner
  • all transportation to/from excursions and transfer between hotels
  • transfers from/to airport
  • a free day to choose your own activities
  • laundry service available at extra cost
  • taxes
Optional
Excursions
  • hiking
  • e-bike tours
  • surfing lessons
  • golf and tennis
  • fishing
  • horseback riding
  • swimming with dolphins
  • shopping, museums, ceramics factory
  • the island offers an abundance of activities for you to enjoy
Does Not
Include
  • airfare
  • travel to and from the Azores
  • travel insurance
  • extra spa treatments
  • gratuities
  • other travel related expenses
 
 


Heated pool inside pineapple greenhouse

 TravelSaturdays are travel days and there is no programming
 Airports: Ponta Delgada is the closest airport
Travel
Insurance
For your own protection, you must have adequate travel insurance. You are solely responsible for ensuring that you are adequately insured for the full duration of the retreat with respect to possible illness, injury, death, loss of baggage and personal items, cancellation and curtailment, or any other potential loss. You may consider plans from allianz, travelinsured.com, insuremytrip.com, or any other option provided by your credit card, airline or travel company. Also note that your health insurance may not provide coverage internationally. Check with your provider and consider additional coverage if necessary.
More InformationRegistrants will receive more detailed information including itinerary, travel tips and much more.
  
 “And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it’s a heightened sense of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.”  ― Pico Iyer, Why We Travel

The Hotels

Senhora da Rosa Tradition and Nature Hotel is a converted farmhouse that bears the fruits of its peaceful, private São Miguel location. There are eco-friendly Azores-made products in the bathrooms, a heated plunge pool in the pineapple greenhouse, rooms decked out with local crafts, and a restaurant characterised by warming, home-cooked dishes. You’re a short walk from the beach, a short drive from the mountains, and just a few steps to the forest. 

Terra Nostra Garden Hotel is nestled in one of the World’s best “Green Retreats,” as deemed by Condé Nast Traveler – the 18th century Terra Nostra Garden. The most awarded hotel in the Azores, it opened in 1935 and has the same charming aura after a complete makeover inspired in Art Deco style sprinkled with contemporary elements. Relax in the peaceful oasis of their new wellness area with an indoor swimming pool and spa. The biggest perk is that you are on the sight of arguably the most beautiful Garden in the Azores and the most famous spa on the island.

Restaurant Magma at Senhora da Rosa
Terra Nostra Restaurant
Spa at Senhora da Rosa
Terra Nostra Garden Hotel Wellness Area

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