Yoga in Portugal

Convento courtyard

New dates October 1 – 8, 2022, with Monica Voss
in association with Merit Travel

Portugal is a very attractive European destination – it’s a friendly, honest society with a love of beauty, and a wide range of geography, historical sites, art, music and cultural festivities. The weather in October is warm and sunny and the food is simple and fresh.

Our retreat will take place in Olhao (pronounced Olneow), a lively fishing town in the eastern Algarve. With its white, white walls against the pure blue sky, Convento is a little bit of Casablanca. It’s magical, a Moorish – style house with airy bedrooms fitted out in local marble set around a courtyard. There are shady indoor terraces, a library, a small pool and two miradouros (lookouts) on the roof.

Ferries and water taxis are available to take us to the glorious long empty island beaches of Culatra and Armona. We’ll swim in the Atlantic, stroll the seafront, poke around the little streets and thriving markets and visit the historic towns of Faro to the west and Tavira to the east.

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* The retreat begins on Friday, October 1 at 5:00pm.


MONICA VOSS has been a student and teacher of yoga for over 40 years. In addition to co-owning and teaching at Esther Myers Yoga Studio in Toronto, Canada, Monica conducts workshops, retreats and teacher training internationally.


Your payment is separated into two parts: yoga fees and accommodation/meal package. The fee for twice daily yoga instruction of $700 (October 1–8 ) and/or $700 (October 8–15) is made directly to Esther Myers Yoga Studio. EMYS accepts cash, e-transfers to, cheques, debit, MasterCard, and Visa. For more information, please contact Monica Voss,

Please register with the Studio, then contact Joseph Machado at Merit Travel (, 416 345-9726 x5319, 111 Peter Street, Suite 201, Toronto, ON, M5V 2H1, TICO-registered #T781396) to make your accommodation and meal payment.

Accommodation and meals

Convento offers possibly the most beautiful breakfast in Portugal! Three suppers are included and will be arranged in neighbouring restaurants.

The following prices are per room, not per person, and include 7 nights accommodation, 7 breakfasts, and 3 suppers. There are 12 rooms at Convento. Every room can be single or double.

  • Medium rooms (5)…$1550
  • Large room or Rooftop rooms (4)…$1750
  • Suites (3)…$1950
    All prices listed are in Canadian Dollars and include taxes and agent’s fees.
    *Please note: rooms are ground floor, 1st floor and 2nd floor. The upper floors can only be reached via a narrow staircase. Ground floor rooms include 1 medium, 1 large and 1 Suite. Do you require a ground floor room (recommended if you have ambulatory restriction)? Please let Monica know your 1st and 2nd choice of room.

Not included

Transportation, some meals, snacks, drinks, excursions.

Flights and Transportation

Flights to Faro can be booked with Joseph Machado at Merit Travel, through your own travel agent or on the web. Olhao is a 15 minute cab ride from Faro International Airport, or Faro bus station.


Contact us for our Covid-appropriate cancellation policy.

Please contact Merit Travel regarding their cancellation policies and to purchase travel and medical insurance. Esther Myers Yoga Studio is not responsible for any refunds for transportation, accommodation or meals.

NB – Neither Merit Travel nor Esther Myers Yoga Studio guarantee roommates for those without. If you request shared accommodation, you must be prepared to upgrade to single at the higher rate.

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