Yoga Retreat in Porto & Douro Valley

(+ Aveiro, our little Venice)

29 October – 2nd November 2024

Investment from £635pp

The minimum number of attendees for this retreat to go ahead is 9.

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Do Things That Feed Your Soul – Go Beyond The Ordinary

Porto is for the romantic, for the dreamer and for the poet. It is for the traveller and the explorer – of both heart and land. Porto charms like its aged tawny port stored in its cellars hidden within the banks of Gaia. In Porto, you savour the moment – you sit glass in hand basked in the sun upon the riverbank of the Douro. You meander through its timeless back alleyways decked in azulejos (hand-painted tiles) until you reach the miradouros (lookouts), where you are captivated by the magnificence of the Douro Valley.

This is yoga in foodie and wine heaven. It is an interlude for the soul. Days begun in peace with morning yoga classes of pranayama, asanas and meditation, in the grounds of an old, luxury farmhouse. Evenings drawn to a close with the excitement of a traditional Fado show and a melancholic evening stroll under the star-adorned night sky, sealed with a sip of vintage wine.

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  • Four nights accommodation in a luxury villa with a swimming pool
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners (apart from 1 lunch in Aveiro and 1 dinner in Gaia)
  • All meals prepared by a famous chef specialising in macrobiotic, vegan and vegetarian gastronomy.
  • Transfers to and from Oporto Airport to the Villa
  • Welcome drinks, snacks and sardinhada upon arrival
  • All on site and organised activities in Sandim, Gaia, Espinho, Aveiro and Porto
  • Glass of wine with dinner
  • Wine tasting at one of the oldest lodges in the heart of Porto
  • Morning yoga classes on the stunning nature-adorned grounds of the Villa
  • Signature evening candlelight meditation
  • Beautiful Aveiro (our little Venice), day tour
  • Ovos Moles workshop in Aveiro and cruise on the so famous barco moliceiro.
Yoga retreat in Portugal for intermediate

Option 1: £895 (single occupancy) if two people are sharing the double bed, please note that the price per person is £425

Option 2: £735 per person – Room sharing (2 single beds) with ensuite 

Option 3: £635 per person   – Dormitory shared with 3 single beds – ensuite and a small lounge adjacent to it 

Yoga retreat in Portugal for beginners
Yoga by Candlelight
Yoga by Candlelight Retreat

Join me for uplifting morning yoga sessions, tastefully balanced with afternoon recreational activities intended to inspire your reserves and invite tender curiosity as to what serves you best. Through therapeutic flow, mindful meditation, breathing awareness, and tension-releasing techniques, you will discover how to deploy your experience on the mat in the wider and all-encompassing context of your life. Enriching your presence in the practice, and not falling into habitual patterns, will guide you to a newly energised you


In 2024 we are adding Aveiro, our little Venice.  We will catch the train from Gaia to Aveiro. Aveiro is distinguished by its canals navigated by colourful boats (barcos moliceiros), traditionally used to harvest seaweed. Not far from its core, known for art nouveau buildings, is the Cathedral of Aveiro, with its prominent bell tower.  It is a city filled with art, architecture, and history and has beautiful beaches nearby

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Port Wine Tasting

Nestled in Vila Nova de Gaia, metres away from the Douro River, Graham's Lodge affords spectacular views of Porto historic city centre and the iconic two-tier bridge. The Lodge offers three centuries of craftsmanship and heritage. As it still a working cellar you will get the complete immerseive experience, including many tasting samples! The Lodge houses over 2,000 oak casks and 40 tonels and balseiros of ageing Port wine. So get ready to taste the best of Portugal!

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Guided Tour & Boat Cruise

With its historic bridges and monuments, azuleijo embellished cafe terraces and picturesque corners on medieval alleyways overlooking the Ribeira, Porto is a mystical city that cannot be missed. From the views afforded by Clergios Tower, the exquisite architecture of Casa da Musica and the famous Lello bookshop that inspired JK Rowling's Harry Potter, you will be immersed in history and beauty. As an extra treat, we will sail the traditional rabelo boat on the Douro, granting us one of the most beautiful views of the city that straddles both

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Rabanadas at Café Majestic and Fado

Porto's famous Café Majestic symbolises the splendour of the 'Belle Époque'. With its varnished wooden flooring, winding mirrors and marble details, Café Majestic has been the haunt of famous intellectuals, bohemians and high society. Here we will treat ourselves to the traditional rabanadas (Portuguese French Toast) - a creamy custard centre constrasted deliciously with a cinnamon sugar crust! In the evening you'll find us at a traditional and passionate Fado show. It is melancholic by nature, with instruments such as the guitar and the mandolin, the Fadista sings poetically of love, pain and saudade.


Fly to OPORTO. There are several airlines that fly to this airport:
TAP Air Portugal

Please ensure that you arrive in Porto by 12noon latest on Tuesday, 29 October 2024. The private coach will depart from Porto airport at around 2.30pm

Please ensure that your flight leaves anytime after 6pm on Saturday, 2 November 2024, as the coach departs from the villa at 2pm.

If your flight is later, you can always stay in Porto sightseeing.

  • A deposit of £250 is required to confirm your space or you can choose to pay the full amount if you wish.
  • The deposit is non refundable, but you may nominate someone else instead.
  • The balance is due 6 weeks before the retreat and is payable by bank transfer. Details will be provided on booking.
  • Please note: Yoga by Candlelight reserves the right to change and add more activities as it sees fit.

Our retreats will only go ahead if the UK Government guidelines allow for retreats in the UK and safe travel overseas.

Please ensure you follow the COVID-19 rules for the country you are travelling to.

Please read our full Covid terms here.

Yoga by Candlelight Porto & Douro Valley Retreat

Single occupancy




Deposit is non-refundable.
Please refer to Refund Policy for full details.
Pay remainder (£545) 6 weeks before retreat

Single occupancy (2 people sharing double bed)




Deposit is non-refundable.
Please refer to Refund Policy for full details.
Pay remainder (£600) 6 weeks before retreat

Room with 2 single beds




Deposit is non-refundable.
Please refer to Refund Policy for full details.
Pay remainder (£485) 6 weeks before retreat

Dormitory shared with 3 single beds




Deposit is non-refundable.
Please refer to Refund Policy for full details.
Pay remainder (£385) 6 weeks before retreat



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