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Wed, Aug 23


Cara Creek Eco Lodge

Therapeutic Practice in Nature

A Retreat to Reconnect & Heal. Led by Monica Arellano and Leni Scherer

Therapeutic Practice in Nature
Therapeutic Practice in Nature

Time & Location

Aug 23, 2023, 2:00 PM – Aug 30, 2023, 2:00 PM

Cara Creek Eco Lodge, Estrada Ponte da Atalhada Fiais da Beira, 3405-077 Coimbra, Portugal


Immersed in nature, dive deeply into yoga practice and the philosophies supporting it, stay in a sustainably built and run retreat center, connect with community, engage your curiosity, carve out time to pause and reflect.

During this week-long retreat, we will apply the techniques Ashtanga Yoga with a therapeutic lens, so that it supports everything that’s uniquely present for you. We won’t force the practice to look any one particular way. Rather, we will work together to clear the path towards a practice that heals and reflects the process of knowing yourself more fully.

An opportunity to discover a practice and way of being that allows you to fully experience and accept all that life unfolds within you and the world around you.

Not only will there will be dedicated time in the mysore room and workshops to explore the practice and how we  can move through it with a compassionate and intelligent touch. But we’ll also take time in nature, by immersing ourselves in her beauty and allowing our experiences to inspire and energize us.

Together we will  allow the practice and nature to show us how to connect to solid ground so that the process of opening our eyes, minds and hearts can unfold organically.

 It would be an honor for you to join us in Central Portugal this summer August 23-30, 2023 

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Daily Itinerary



8:00 - 10:00am 

Open Mysore Style Practice. 

You will have the sapce to practice freely, following the conventional Ashtanga sequence or not. All with the support of Monica and Leni holding a safe space 

10:00 - 11:00am 

Coffee, tea, light breakfast 

11:00am - 5:00pm 

Lunch, free time 

5:00 - 7:00pm 

Workshop / Lecture

Topics covered will be asana, technique, pranayama, meditation and philosophy. 

7:00 - 8:00pm 


Private Session with Leni and Monica 

Each student will have the opportunity to schedule a private session with both Leni and Monica. We will assess your practice and work with you based on your unique needs and intentions in the practice. In case you have any injuries, we will show you alternative practice forms and additional therapeutic sequencing addressing the issue. This way, you can develop a clear path for deepening your practice in a holistic way.

Monica and Leni have crossed paths on their journeys several times, each time sharing ideas, perspectives and curiosities in the practice. Always finding common ground in their approach. They are thrilled to come together and share their passion for this practice.

 Activities for your free time 

  • Natural swimming pool
  • Communal spaces
  • Mondego River
  • Stand up paddle board
  • Hike to nearby waterfall
  • Private beach
  • Book a holistic therapy session
  • Swim in the creek
  • Hot tub + sauna
  • Gather around fire-pit
  • Visit a neolithic dolmen

 What’s Included in Pricing 

  • 6 nights of accommodations where conscious living meets comfort
  • 6 days of practice and afternoon workshops
  • 1 private session with Leni and Monica
  • Garden fresh meals prepared by retreat chef. All ingredients are locally sourced.
  • Train or bus station pick up and drop off included from Carrrgal do Sal, Oliveira do Hospital, or Tabua
  • Assistance with booking a shuttle transfer from Coimbra, Porto or Lisbon

A €500 deposit is required to reserve your spot,

Early Bird pricing ends June 1, 2023

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