Our passion, our story.
Yoga, surf & hiking in the beautiful wild nature of SW Portugal.
The four of us share the same passion for this beautiful place and so, one day we dreamed of designing a retreat that would combine all of these activities that we love in this very special place, the wild south west Portugal. We combined our different skills in activities that complement each other along with a healthy diet within a luxurious and yet simple ocean view 4* design hotel. Pure flow motions was born! It has been pure joy, teaching and sharing this passion with all our guests in this wonderful place in the Algarve.
Marta Mealha was born and raised in Portugal. Originally from the center of the Algarve, she as been coming to surf to this area since a very young age. 11 years ago she decided to move definitively to the Natural Park of Vicentina Coast (Southwest Algarve Portugal) and set up a surf school so she could live within the ocean surroundings, live among unspoiled nature and, of course, to SURF! So she has been a surf teacher for the last 10 years as well as a local surf guide. With a wide experience and knowledge of the local surf breaks she will be the best person to get you in touch with the ocean and help you enjoy the purest form of surfing - with your body or with a surfboard. Together with yoga and nature walks, surfing is a great aspect in order to create a blanced mind and body during the retreats in Portugal.
Read more about Marta's surfschool : www.frsurf.com
Michaël Bijker is from the Netherlands and has been traveling around the world encountering more knowledge for his passion for body and mind work, especially Mediation, Yoga, Qi Gong, Tai-chi, Surfing and other techniques.
After his traveling and self development he found this piece of paradise in Europe to be the ideal place to set up this kind of retreats with surfing yoga meditation and other activities. Focusing on the importance of connecting the mind and the body throughout the awareness that you can get from mind and body exercises helping each person to get to know it's real nature and essence, helping each person with a wonderful technique to free your mind .
Michaël is a certified 800hr YogaAlliance teacher with a yoga therapy certification from Paramanand institute of yoga sciences & research,Indore. The yoga taught during the yoga course in this week will be in the styles of Iyengar, Hatha, Vinyasa and mindfulness to really be able to deepen your practice whether you are practising for years allready or complete beginner. .
See more about Michaëls´ work on : Yogalap.com
Nicolau da Costa is half Portuguese, half English. Having traveled around the world, Nicolau's passion drew him back to this part of the world in Europe where he was brought up in order to dedicate himself to activities that are more directly linked to nature. He has experienced a wide range of activities connected with the ocean and the land, as sailing, diving, professional fishing, surfing, natural bee keeping and organic agriculture, landscape architecture and Nature Guiding. His best skill is his deep connection with Nature and his local knowledge of this territory of Portugal. Because of his intimate relationship with nature he is the right person to be guided by through this landscape . Nicolau chose to return to his roots here in the Algarve making it his home again. His greatest pleasure as a nature Guide is to share the beauty and secrets of this magnificent landscape with other people, in a sustainable, responsible and generous way.
Read more about Nicolau da Costa and his Nature trips: www.atalaia-walking.com
Anina is our Swiss cook and she will be providing us with all the nutrients we need to make the body healthy and strong. She has been a cuisine artist for a great number of years and has a great passion for cooking and will make wonderful vegetarian taste experiences. Over the years she has developed a deliscious, nutritious and healthy menu for our yoga retreat here in the Algarve. The food during this week will be vegetarian and mostly lactose and gluten-free.
If there are any special food requests we can most probably also provide you with that.
More then just a yoga holiday in the Algarve, this is a week to deeply relax, connect and learn. We hope you can join us!