My deepest desire is that the effects of the retreat are felt deep within you
and are conveyed with momentum into your life - Lauren
Welcome to Yoga Detox Retreats
Small, intimate and bespoke Yoga and Detox retreats with Lauren Manning in Alentejo, Portugal.
It's hard to believe that this is my 24th year of teaching Yoga and my 18th year of leading retreats! The most amazing part of this is that I never get bored of it and I keep being shown that one can always go deeper - into Yoga, detox, health, retreats... and into what to include and share with you my guest. It's an organic and evolving process, and one which I love.
Holding a safe and sacred space on my retreats is most certainly my top priority - a space which facilitates an experience of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual rest, renewal and detoxification. In addition, it's my hope that these retreats offer inspiration for life - inspiration to be healthy, to laugh, to sing, to dance and to feel amazing.
I would love to welcome you on one of my retreats.
Retreats in 2021
During these unprecedented times, it's difficult to plan retreats ahead of time, book venues, pay deposits etc. as it's not clear when travel will be allowed and under what conditions. So, for this year, we're opening up our home here in Portugal to host small / personal and bespoke yoga retreats. We have 3 en-suite guest rooms, a yoga shala, an amazing olive grove and a temazcal (sweat lodge) to share with you.
If the scheduled dates don't suit you, please do get in touch as we can be flexible with dates. The retreats will typically be for 1 to 4 people.
what people are saying about yoga detox retreats
‘Thank you so very much for the week of guidance and inspiration. I really liked your way of approaching the chakras and the messages to take into the day and into our lives. It made a deep impression on me. ( Portugal, 2018)
What I like is that you SEE people and that you are open for real (deeper) contact with us, the students. That are a few of the wonderful qualities that I appreciate in you, next to the amazing story telling connecting the days, making it ONE.
I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you what meeting you has done with my life.
Being surrounded by your energy and your wisdom was a great privilige to me. I think about it still sometimes. I still can hear us chanting “the river is flowing…..” Sometimes I chant it myself when walking and feeling happy, or sad, or confused, of drawn away from myself.
But one of the greatest things you taught me is about connecting with my feelings. And that it tells you everything once you know how to connect with it. Back pain was not just something physical, it was so much more!
I suddenly feel tears coming up while writing this and thinking about what more I can say to express how blessed I feel, and I think that just says everything.
I will always treasure my retreat time in our own little bubble. The warmth within our group was a joy to part of. Thank you Lauren for being there for us with our ups and downs. You are truly one of the most inspirational people that I have ever met. When I left you at the station, I felt that I was leaving people that I have known for much longer than less than a week. (Italy 2019)
'Lauren spills peace and quiet. She keeps the yoga lessons simple, sets the focus perfectly, so that at the end of each session, a deep inner calm pervades. Each day was devoted to a theme that accompanied us through the yoga session, the juices and the other program. The feeling after the detox week was great!' (Portugal 2017)
'Living the example, Lauren... Thank you so much for your wonderful personality and enlightening yoga classes. Namaste.' (Portugal 2016)
'Each time I do one of Lauren's retreats my vibe just gets higher and higher'
'Just wanted to let you know how much I'm still loving my yoga. At the start of the retreat you said that you loved doing these retreats because you wanted to show people how special yoga was and help enrich their lives... So wanted to give you feedback and let you know how much it's changed my world. I'm so much more in balance and loving my new outlook. So from the bottom of my heart I thank you. All in all the retreat was one of the best things I've done and you were a massive part of that. Thanks!' (Portugal 2015)
'I just wanted to say a big thank your for a great week. It really was special. You are truly inspirational, Lauren' (Italy 2015)
Cost: 500 Euros, for 6 nights
The nearest airport is Lisbon. To reach us from Lisbon, you have various options:
Here is a short video of our sacred olive grove - these ancient living beings are said to be 2000 years old.
Our home in Estremoz, Portugal:
We have 7 hectares of land - some of which is woodland housing ancient olive trees and ginormous holm oaks - and there is a field for organic vegetables and we've planted many fruit trees.... and continue to plant more each year. It's our vision to create a food forest which will provide us with all the food we need. We're also hoping to convert an old swimming pool into a natural swimming pond, but this will tale some time and finances before completion. It's an ongoing project and all our guests contribute to our long term vision of having a community of like minded souls sharing this sacred space.