BLUSH LOVE RETREAT 2017 INFORMATION GUIDE

Dear heart

We are so looking forward to welcoming you to the Blush Love Retreat. In order to make our time as magical as possible, we have outlined a few things you might need in advance of travelling to Portugal to join us in slowing down, connecting in and savouring the Blush Love experience.

TIMINGS

Please arrive at the retreat space after 14:00 on Saturday 7 October. This will provide plenty to be booked into your accommodation for the week, and be ready for when dinner is served at 18:00. We will be on site to help you with anything you may need.

We will be finishing by 12noon on Saturday 14 October, check out of the accommodation is 11:00, so you will need to have your bags ready to go as the retreat space are highly likely to have bookings directly after ours.


CONTACTS

We will both be in Portugal from Tuesday 3 October, arriving on site early Saturday morning, so you can get hold of us by iMessage or WhatsApp:

Kate 07939 566633

Gail 07907 007097

Please bear with us for getting back to you.

Alternatively, if you have any problems finding the location please call the retreat space on +351 283959970 or +351 918825744.


SCHEDULE FOR BLUSH LOVE RETREAT

SATURDAY 7 OCTOBER

Arrival from 14:00 onwards

18:00 – 19:30: Dinner

19:30 - 21:00:  Opening circle & ceremony

 

Sunday – Friday

08.00 – 08:30: Optional meditation & breathing 

08:30 – 10.00:  Breakfast

09:00 – 10.00:  Optional Qoya Initiation teacher training

10:00 – 11:00:  Journal prompt to set intention for class 

11.30 – 13:00:  Qoya class (beach on Monday)

13:00 – 14:30:  Lovely lunch

14:30 – 17:00:  Optional afternoon workshop / free time & relaxation

17:00 – 18:00:  Kundalini yoga class 

18:00 – 19:00:  Delicious dinner

19:00 – 21:00:  Evening ritual / free time & relaxation (**19:30 fire ceremony on Friday**)


Saturday 7 October 

08:00 – 09.00:  Bountiful breakfast

09:00 – 11:30:  Closing circle

12 noon:  Farewells & blessings for your journey

 

Please note that this will be subject to change based on the flow of the week, and what activities we’re doing (and the weather of course!), but this is a guide. 

We will provide you with this outline printed out for when you arrive too.

We also want to share that this is your time; so don’t feel you have to do everything every single day. If you want to take a morning to sleep in, or an afternoon to nap, you do that!


WHAT TO BRING

  • Pack clothes for late summer / mild autumn weather - around 20°C / 66°F during the day and 15°C / 59°F at night - think cosy layers, warms jumpers and socks, especially for any evening rituals.
  • Yoga type clothes: comfortable to move in tops, yoga pants and/or shorts.
  • Anything special you might like to wear during evening rituals.
  • Swimming things - there is an outdoor bio pool, but be aware that it’s not heated!
  • Sweater, shawl, blanket or jacket to keep warm at night.
  • Some outdoor / walking shoes should you wish to explore the land around the retreat space.
  • Umbrella and/or rain coat items (just in case).
  • EUROPEAN ADAPTER: plugs for your electronics will not work without one of these. You will need the two-prong adapter for Europe.
  • Bring an iPod or iPhone with at least 3 songs on it that are downloaded ahead of time.
  • Sacred objects. Bring anything you would like to be honoured on the altar like photos, statues, crystals, candles, things from nature, intentions and anything else that calls to you.
  • Journal & pens.
  • Camera/batteries/charger.
  • Alarm clock.
  • Water bottle.
  • Organic soaps and beauty products, including suntan lotions (the retreat centre is bio-sustainable, all grey water goes to irrigate the land).
  • Any medications - prescriptions or cold/allergy medicine that you use regularly.
  • The retreat space has yoga mats, and blankets, however should you wish to bring your own, then please do.

We will be sharing our time together in a protected environment, so we must be mindful of our impact. Please only use natural & organic products and bring a reusable water bottle. 


GETTING TO MONTE DA ORADA (the Blush Love Retreat space)

If you are getting a shared shuttle taxi transfer from Lisbon or Faro airport, please let us know in advance so we can arrange this for you. The cost is 200€ from Lisbon and 120€ from Faro per shuttle, which will be split between groups arriving near the same time. We are happy to book these in advance if you let us know your arrival times / arrival airport.

 

ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORT OPTIONS:

How to get to Monte da Orada, São Teotónio, Alentejo:

 

1. From Lisbon:

Bus to São Teotónio

Daily buses from Lisbon take 4 hours to get here São Teotónio (10 minutes from Monte da Orada), departing 07:30 or 17:30 (www.redeexpressos.pt) you can book the bus ticket online on this site); from the airport take the metro to Sete Rios bus stop.

 

Once at São Teotónio, you can take a taxi to Monte da Orada and show this note to the driver:

“Monte da Orada Velha, ao km 112,5 da N120, entrar na estrada da Derrouca,

no corredor de pinheiros, após 200 metros seguir pela direita e descer até ao

canal/ribeira, qualquer dúvida 918825744”

 

Train from Lisbon Oriente station to Santa Clara-Sabóia

The train departs Lisbon Oriente station at 10:30 or 14:30 or 17:30 (www.cp.pt you can also book your trip online) it takes 2 hours to Santa Clara-Sabóia station, it requires a taxi or private bus pick up to the farm, it takes 30 minutes (approximately 30€). 

To get to Lisbon Oriente train station from the airport, you can take the metro (red line) to ‘Oriente’, this should take around 10-15 minutes.

Once at Santa Clara-Sabóia station, you can call a taxi, or we can pre-book it for you (if we know your schedule), to Monte da Orada and show this note to the driver:

“Monte da Orada Velha, ao km 112,5 da N120, seguir rumo a São Teotónio e virar à esquerda 500 metros após a placa “BambooParque”, aí entrar na estrada da Derrouca, terra batida,no corredor de pinheiros, sinalizada por um poste da Rodóviária do Alentejo e um caixote do Lixo, passados 200 metros seguir pela direita e descer até ao canal/ribeira, qualquer dúvida 918825744”

 

Car rental: Lisbon to Monte da Orada

We’ve found the best deals for car hire are on www.travelsupermarket.com.

GPS co-ordinates (these will work if you plug these into the sat nav, or Google Maps)

Lat 37.5286851606091 (37°31'43.2666")

Long 8.683640956878662 (008°41'01.1074")

 

The retreat space ‘Monte da Orada’ is on N120 @ Km112,5 East side.

Head south towards Algarve via A2, after Grandola take exit 10 and take exit IC1 Algarve (not IP8 to Beja!). On IC1 exit to Odemira N263. Once down at Odemira cross the red bridge, which is already the N120, drive for 15 minutes straight on until km 112,5 and turn left onto a dirt road fenced with a pine tree corridor. This is 500 meters left after you see a sign “Bamboo Park”, where you can see a big garbage bin and a red bus stop pole on the right hand side.

Drive 200 meters into the pine corridor and keep right for 5 minutes as you drive slowly down the valley, cross the canal bridge, and drive (keeping to the left) until you see a cluster of houses.

**If you have any problems at all finding the retreat space please call

+351 283959970 or +351 918825744**

 

2. From Faro:

Train from Faro station to Santa Clara-Sabóia station

Check www.cp.pt you can also book your trip online, it takes under 1 hour to Santa Clara-Sabóia station. Once at Clara-Sabóia station you will need a taxi or private bus pick up to the retreat space, which takes 30 minutes (approximately 30€).

From Faro airport get a taxi to Faro train station. This should take around 10 minutes.

When you arrive at Santa Clara-Sabóia station, you can call a taxi, or we can pre-book it for you (if we know your schedule), to Monte da Orada and show this note to the driver:

“Monte da Orada Velha, ao km 112,5 da N120, seguir rumo a São Teotónio e virar à esquerda 500 metros após a placa “BambooParque”, aí entrar na estrada da Derrouca, terra batida,no corredor de pinheiros, sinalizada por um poste da Rodóviária do Alentejo e um caixote do Lixo, passados 200 metros seguir pela direita e descer até ao canal/ribeira, qualquer dúvida 918825744”

 

Car rental: Faro to Monte da Orada

GPS co-ordinates (these will work if you plug these into the sat nav, or Google Maps)

Lat 37.5286851606091 (37°31'43.2666")

Long 8.683640956878662 (008°41'01.1074")

 

The retreat space ‘Monte da Orada’ is on N120 @ Km112,5 East side.

Head towards Lagos via A22, take exit Aljezur onto the N120, drive along Aljezur,

Odeceixe and keep driving north until São Teotónio. At the first roundabout count

exactly 4 kms and head to Cercal / Odemira. After those 4 kms you will be on km 112,5 and turn right onto a dirt road fenced with a pine tree corridor. There you can see a big garbage bin and a red bus stop pole on the right hand side.

Drive 200 metres into the pine corridor and keep right for 5 minutes as you drive slowly down the valley, cross the canal bridge, and drive (keeping to the left) until you see a cluster of houses.

**If you have any problems at all finding the retreat space please call

+351 283959970 or +351 918825744**


FOOD & DRINK

You will be served with three delicious vegetarian or vegan meals per day. Should you wish to get snacks or drinks there’s a supermarket 15 minutes drive away. Please let us know in advance if you have any food allergies / intolerances, so that we can let the retreat space know.

Should you wish to have a glass of wine with dinner we will be supplying this for you. Please allow a 5€ per day kitty for this.


HOUSE RULES (From the retreat space owners)

  • No smoking indoors or outdoors, except designated areas.
  • No food or drinks at the Temple.
  • No suntan lotion in the bio pool, swim within designated areas.
  • Only organic soaps and shampoo (we have for sale in case you forget yours)

 

MASSAGE

We are delighted to have Jade Jasmin joining us for the week. Jade will be offering massages and facials throughout the week. You will be able to book these once you arrive at the space, and throughout the week. She will be offering:

 

Blissful Holistic Massage: £50 1hr / £65 90mins

Deep Tissue Massage: £50 1hr / £65 90 mins

Jade Jasmin Facial: £50 1 hr

Rose Quartz Hot & Cold Stone Massage: £50 1hr 

You will be able to arrange payment to Jade via PayPal or bank transfer at the retreat space.


ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES (ON-SITE):

Telescope moon gazing

Outdoor sleeping on roof deck

Floating in the water canal

Nature trails around the retreat site

15 minute drive to the nearest beach (the retreat space have some great recommendations)

 

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES (OFF-SITE):

Kayaking

Horse riding

Surf lessons

Jeep safari

Should you wish to book any of these off-site activities, we can arrange through the retreat space owners. Please bring some additional euros if you would like to book any activities.

If you have any other questions that we haven’t covered here, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us.

 

With Blush Love blessings for a smooth journey,

Kate & Gail x