Yoga in Portugal…NEW!

Monica VossOctober 1 – 8 and/or October 8 – 15, 2018, with Monica Voss
*Sorry, both weeks are full, add your name to the waiting list.
From $2145 (not including transportation)

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 retreats begin on Monday, October 1 at 5:00pm and Monday, October 8 at 5:00pm.

MONICA VOSS has been a student and teacher of yoga for 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. The fee for twice daily yoga instruction of $650 is made directly to Esther Myers Yoga Studio. EMYS accepts cash, cheques, debit, Mastercard, and Visa. For room assignments and more information, please contact Monica Voss,

Convento offers possibly the most beautiful breakfast in Portugal! We’ll have lunches out and 4 dinners will be arranged in neighbouring restaurants. The following prices are per room, not per person and include 7 nights accommodation, 7 breakfasts, and 4 dinners. There are 8 rooms at Convento. Every room can be single or shared.

  • Medium room (2 rooms only)…$1495
  • Large room or Rooftop room (3 rooms altogether)…$1695
  • Suite (3 rooms only)…$1895
    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 spiral 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.

Transportation, some meals, snacks, drinks, excursions.

PLEASE CONTACT THE STUDIO FIRST for information on the retreat, and Merit Travel afterwards. Following registration and room assignment with the Studio, contact Kevin Choong at Merit Travel (, 416 345-9726 x5317, TICO-registered #50017684) to pay for your accommodation and meal package at Convento.

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

If you must cancel your trip, the yoga portion will be refunded by EMYS upon receipt of written notice, according to the following timelines: 
– More than 120 days prior to departure date, 50% refund
– Less than 120 days prior to departure date, no refund.

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 can guarantee roommates for those without. If you request shared accommodation, you must be prepared to upgrade to single at the higher rate.