Wellness and Beaches in Algarve

Coast of Algarve | 8 Day Tour

September 24 – October 1, 2023

In-person on the Coast of Algarve, Portugal.


$3,149 per person based on double occupancy

$4,049 per person based on single occupancy


Save $200 per person if deposit is made by February 15, 2023!

Deposit amount of $500 per person is due no later than March 24, 2023.

Final payment is due no later than June 24, 2023

Welcome to the region of Algarve, Portugal. The name comes from the Arabic ‘El Gharb’ which means the West. The region is protected by mountains to the North and bordered by the sea to the South offering 125 miles of coastline carved with cliffs, long sandy beaches, and spectacular views. With a mild climate, and tranquil atmosphere, the cuisine offers another persuasive reason to visit this region which is home to 6 Michelin Star restaurants. Partake in daily wellness activities while enjoying the many hiking trails outside the resort that overlook 300-foot-high cliffs above the Mediterranean Sea. This single hotel stay is perfect for cultural immersion and relaxation!

What’s included

Meals (drinks included in all meals):
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 5 Lunches
  • 2 Dinners
  • Paddle boarding in Lagos
  • Loule Market Visit
  • Petiscos Tasting Tour
  • Visit Monchique Mountain
  • Sail in the Bay of Lagos
  • Fishermen’s Trail Guided Hike
Other Services:
  • One round-trip group airport transfer privately in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Transportation privately in an air-conditioned vehicle during the tours mentioned on the program
  • Tours and activities with an English-speaking guide and driver
  • Road tolls, Taxes, VAT

    Need to knows

    Not Included:

    • Meals not mentioned in the program
    • Entrance fees in monuments
    • Tips for guide and driver- the value of the tip is up to the client
    • All other services not mentioned as included
    • Personal expenses
    • Travel Insurance
    • International airfare


    • International flights should arrive into and depart out of Faro International Airport


    Day 1

    Faro / Transfer to Lagos

    Meals: Dinner

    Accommodation: Cascade Wellness Resort

    Welcome to Algarve, Portugal! After arrival at Faro Airport, you’ll meet your guide and be transferred to the hotel. After checking in, enjoy some time to explore the property before having a welcome dinner with the rest of the group.

    Day 2

    Fishermen’s Trail Hike

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Cascade Wellness Resort

    Start your day with a Morning Movement and Meditation Practice and a leisurely breakfast. This morning, we will head out on a hike of the famous Fishermen’s Trail. This route starts in the village of Figueira towards the beach. Then, we follow the Vicentine Route to Casa das Furnas, passing through deserted beaches and hidden corners. With only one slightly steep climb just after Figueira beach, this half day route perfect a perfect blend of exploration and leisure.

    Following your hike, enjoy lunch served at a local restaurant before returning to the hotel. Enjoy the pool and amenities on property before ending the day with an after hike restoration practice.

    Day 3

    Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Cascade Wellness Resort

    Let yourself be amazed by the magic of the waters of the Algarve “walking” on them! Early this morning, we will depart for our stand-up paddle adventure, meeting at Praia Dona Ana. We will experience the caves from a unique and mesmerizing perspective.

    Later, enjoy a local lunch in Lagos with some free time to shop before returning to the hotel for an evening at leisure. The hotel offers a full-service spa, adults only pool and hot tub, fitness center, hiking trails and beautiful coastal views of Southern Portugal.

    Day 4

    Monchique Mountain

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Cascade Wellness Resort

    Start your day with an energizing Movement and Meditation Practice overlooking the Mediterranean followed with a leisurely breakfast. Early this morning, we’ll head to the green heartland and highest point in the Algarve, Fóia’s peak, Monchique Mountain. Take in the views of the west and south coast.

    En route, we will make a stop at the Caldas de Monchique, an amazing thermal spa area used since the Roman times which they considered to be “sacred” and cured rheumatism and respiratory problems. You will have some time to explore and relax here this afternoon.

    We’ll make a quick stop in the village. Perhaps you’ll try a shot of “Medronho”, a firewater made with the fruit of the arbutus tree or take some time to peruse the local craft and pottery shops before gathering for lunch.

    Return to the hotel for an evening at leisure.

    Day 5

    Sail in the Bay of Lagos

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Cascade Wellness Resort

    After a morning practice session at the hotel followed by breakfast, head to the Bay of Lagos for a scenic sailing experience.

    On this shared cruise, sail in the Bay of Lagos and explore some of the most impressive caves and rock formations in Southern Portugal. After experiencing this beauty of nature from afar, we will anchor in a sheltered bay where the crew will prepare and serve lunch. Don’t forget to bring your swimsuit to jump into the water for a swim.

    After lunch, we will continue our journey and show you the famous caves of “Ponta da Piedade” on a smaller boat. Eventually we will raise the sails again and make our way back up the coast. Feel the magic of sailing, while you relax, sip a cocktail, and enjoy the sun, sea, and breathtaking view.

    Day 6

    Day at Leisure

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Cascade Wellness Resort

    After your morning movement practice and breakfast, you have a full day at leisure to explore and enjoy your surroundings. The hotel offers shuttle services into Lagos, or book a supplemental spa service through the hotel concierge.

    Later this evening, we’ll head to the historic center of Lagos as a group to learn about the history and discover the charm of this ancient city before gathering for dinner at a local restaurant.

    Day 7

    Loulé Market Visit

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Cascade Wellness Resort

    Following a morning practice session and breakfast at the hotel, you will head to one of the liveliest towns in the area where you will have free time to walk around and visit the castle and Loulé Market*. The picturesque market full of fruits and vegetables also offers a variety of crafts. Nowadays, we still find artisans who produce leather articles, delicate works, and beautiful pottery.

    Later, over lunch, discover the culture of the Portuguese “petiscos”, small plates made to taste, appreciate, and share.

    *Loulé Market visit must take place on a Saturday and the retreat itinerary time log may be rearranged to accommodate this.

    Day 8


    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Today, we’ll have our last wellness practice before departing Lagos. Have breakfast at the hotel and some time to relax before your transfer to Faro International Airport.

    Caroline practicing Yoga

    Meet Heather

    I look forward to meeting you. Thank you for being here and reading this far. Here you will learn a little bit more about me and my approach to Retreats. 

    I am the founder of Instinctive Embodiment which is a three pillared approach to embodiment. We will be weaving this into each practice session during our retreat together. I believe in sovereignty and individuality within the group setting. We practice giving ourselves and each other permission to be who we are within all we explore together. We will learn from each other just as much as we will learn from the teachings where the body of knowledge I share originates from. 

    My approach to Retreats is this: ceremonial, intimate, beautiful, delicious and nutritious. 

    I crave depth so you will have opportunities to go deep if you so choose. I desire intimacy so moments of communion with self, the environment and the other participants will be invited. Being surrounded by natural beauty and delicious pleasurable experiences and foods is a must! We laugh a ton, let the emotions flow if they come and support one another to BE exactly who we are, as we are. 

    A bit about me: I am currently living on the road with my partner and two pups. We will be driving up to the PNW from Mexico and are delighted to spend time with our island community who we miss dearly and I look forward to welcoming those of you new to SJI to my former island home. You can find out more through my virtual studio home and website: altarmovementstudio.com and on youtube @altarmovement