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The Mindful-Nature Retreat - Algarve, Portugal

Personal/small group retreats from May-October

Public retreat 6th-12th May 2024

Or book your own personalised retreat for yourself or a small group when it suits you

to help you develop mindful awareness, connectedness to yourself and nature, and a more balanced, compassionate and joyful way of living

These retreats are a unique collaboration between mindfulness and nature practices. They are primarily a personal journey of exploration that will guide you into a closer relationship with yourself, your immediate community, and the environment.

When these three spheres are in harmony, we find ourselves in a place where we more easily manage the balancing act of taking care of ourselves, others, and the environment. We can then shift the attention to a new way of living that prioritises health, connection and nature towards finding greater well-being and peace.

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"This course absolutely changed my relationship with the natural world. No longer is nature something 'out there', beautiful but somehow out of reach. Now I feel more as though I am part of nature and nature is a part of me. It's a subtle but very deep shift that I can feel growing stronger every time I practice."

– James

Beautiful medicine for our time

Mindful nature connection is one of the most gentle yet powerful healing and personal development practices there is, combining the two fundamental realms of mind and nature into one holistic practice.

Surrounded by the relaxing countryside and coastal beauty of the Algarve, in Portugal, the mindful-nature retreat is a unique integrated life coaching experience within a retreat environment, combining mindfulness and mental well-being techniques, nature connection practices, shamanic ceremonies, spiritual reconnection work and body revitalisation.

Give yourself the gift of going straight to the source of health and well-being - nature itself.

The surrounding areas

The retreat space is in western Algarve, in a peaceful hillside area, overlooking the Monchique mountains, near beautiful beaches and caves, where the vegetation is lush and the trees are abundant.

It is 5 minutes from the prestigious Penina golf course, 10 minutes from Alvor beach and 15 minutes from the towns of Portimao, Silves, and Lagos. For the more adventurous, it is 10 minutes from skydiving and coasteering  opportunities with watersports and walking routes nearby

Here's what's inside the programme of the public retreat : 6th-12th May 2024

You can also compose a personalised retreat for your own small group with other dates

Day 1

Connecting to Nature –  awakening the senses

  • Walking the attitudinal foundations
  • Connecting to nature's elements 
  • Mindful tea tasting from nature
  • Sensory nature meditations beneath the stars

Day 2

Nature Connectedness – Grounding, flow and Breathing, 

  • 'Earthing' and finding your sit spot
  • Breathing with the trees
  • Mindful movement – yoga and qi-gong
  • Walking the labyrinth

Day 3 

Challenging connections -  Mind storms, connecting to the space

  • Working with mind storms¬†and welcoming difficulty
  • sitting in the space - the principle of emptiness¬†
  • Still water meditations

Day 4 

Day out in Alvor-exploring the quiet mind within the busyness

  • ¬†Deep time walk - connecting with the ocean cliffs, and breathing with the ocean
  • Mindfulness in daily life¬†-¬†exploring the boardwalks, fishing harbour and cafes
  • Being with the sea - allowing the rhythm of life and finding the caves
  • Drumming meditation¬†and¬†sound bath¬†

  

 

Day 5 

Silent day - Connection and Disconnection and nourishing ourselves

  • Being with silence and integrating practice
  • Cloud watching -¬†¬†allowing¬†and letting be
  • Forest bathing¬†and¬†working with trees
  • ¬†Creating rituals - an Andean¬†nature offering ceremony

Day 6 -

Listening to your true nature 

  • your soul path that reconnects you
  • Being¬†impermanent and imperfect¬†
  • Finding your true nature meditation
  • Fire ceremony and gathering - celebrating community¬†
 

 

 

Day 7 

Following the heart path

  • Sharing pathways and planting the garden
  • Reflections and gratitude
  • Blowing dandelion seeds
  • Closing the circle

 

Activities and Facilities

  • Daily Yoga, Qi Gong or mindful movement
  • Daily mindfulness and nature meditations
  • Walks and immersion in surrounding nature areas
  • Nature-based or holistic activities and ceremonies
  • Additional options for 1:1 holistic healing treatments and mindfulness coaching
  • ¬†Vegetarian meals¬†
  • Peaceful¬† and beautiful nature-based retreat with trees and paths to walk

 

The retreat venue

An intimate retreat space for small groups to explore and immerse in nature

  • A home with multiple spaces for group work, yoga and meditation,
  • inside entertainment areas with gym, sauna, pool table
  • outside entertainment areas by the pool with barbecue sites, chill areas, labyrinth and private nature areas to relax
  • Ensuite bedrooms for two persons each
  • 2 luxury tents for two persons each

 

 

You can get started today

There's live group online and self-study versions of this course which you could jump onto right now and get started on developing your relationship with the natural world and your natural self.

Enroll on the Mindful-Nature Connection Programme now

This programme includes

Coaching and facilitation

Included with this experience is a flexible and personal plan of action based on Hazel's experience with body work, spiritual teaching, various healing techniques and therapies in a Mindful Nature Community space,  the benefit of knowledge of the philosophy, psychology, and neurobiology of nature-based mindfulness approaches and holistic therapies such as Cranio-sacral therapy, sound healing, NLP, Reiki, emotional release work and Inkan shamanic practices

Practices

practical exercises and meditations to retrain your attention and create new awareness, align your body and mind, and connect you to the natural world.

Support

Join me and a community of likeminded souls on this beautiful interactive journey, connecting during daily practices, discussions, and silent community spirit

It's time to learn deep listening

To better align ourselves with the Earth, as we must now, it's not enough to add on another piece of information, learn a new technique or change our life situation. We need to learn to listen, to be with nature and each other, to connect in a deeper and more authentic way to our own true nature and heart path. There is no better teacher in this than nature itself.

"This course is what is needed in our world at a time like this. When we connect with nature we realise how interconnected and interdependent we are. It encourages us to continue to save and protect our natural world in any way possible."

– Christine

Book the 7-day retreat Algarve, 6th-12th May 2024

£1144

Special early bird offer:

£997 if booked and deposit paid before 11th March 2024

£880 if you have been on one of the mindful-nature connection 8-week courses

  • 5-days immersion in the beautiful Algarve countryside
  • The condensed mindful-nature connection course
  • 16 mindfulness or nature-based meditations and downloadable audios
  • 60-page pdf manual
  • trips and walks to local nature spots
  • All meals and accommodation (per person sharing)
  • Access to the swimming pool
  • A single room supplement in nearby accommodation is available if wished
For local residents, there is a price without accommodation if preferred, please enquire separately.
First come, first served on choice of room/tented accommodation
  • For personalised retreats or small groups please contact me for options and bookings
Book here

What are the main gifts this retreat will bring you?

Book the 7-day retreat Algarve, 6th-12th May 2024

£1144

  • Special early bird offer: ¬£997 if¬†booked and deposit paid before 11th March¬†2024

  • ¬£880 if you have been on one of the mindful-nature connection 8-week courses
  • 5-days immersion in the beautiful Algarve countryside
  • The condensed mindful-nature connection course
  • 16 mindfulness or nature-based meditations and downloadable audios
  • 60-page pdf manual
  • trips and walks to local nature spots
  • All meals and accommodation (per person sharing)
  • Access to the swimming pool
  • A single room supplement in nearby accommodation is available if wished

     

    For local residents, there is a price without accommodation if preferred, please enquire separately.
    First come, first served on choice of room/tented accommodation
  • For personalised retreats or small groups please contact me for options and bookings
Book here

My friends and I are looking forward to meeting you in this special place 

 

With nature's blessings, 

Hazel

 

** Please feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions about this or any of my courses.

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