The 'Transform to Bliss'
The Algarve, Portugal
The Transform to Bliss
17nd - 22nd September
JOIN US IN BEAUTIFUL PORTUGAL!
We are so excited to present our latest offering,
The Transform to Bliss Portuguese Open Retreats 2021
As the world opens up, we are blessed to be offering retreats in the expansive space of the Algarve.
Our own Transform to Bliss Wellness/Yoga Space is surrounded by lush nature gardens, a few minutes walk from the ocean & in a green list country giving freedom to travel!
Journey with the Transform to Bliss Team & enjoy
Transformational Yoga, Meditation, Releasing Dance/Ceremony/Fire, Yoga Nidra, Kirtan, Ayurveda, Sauna, Reiki, Massage & lots of free time to explore this beautiful area!
Join Joanne Merlini ~ Grand Master Transformational Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Reiki Practioner & Spiritual Coach
& her amazing partner Marco Merlini ~ Ayurvedic Practioner & Vegetarian Ayurvedic Chef
Who will hold the space for you, supported by others that may include Masseurs, Cacao facilitators & energy workers.
In a wonderful location surrounded by beautiful gardens, views of the ocean & within walking distance of villages, our open Retreats will facilitate a deepening of the connection to the authentic you & encourage a state of joy, calm & bliss.
We are offering the opportunity of Open Retreats between July & October.
Your retreat can be 3, 5 or 7 days & have the flexibility to feel personal to you.
(Prices vary each month, length of retreat & whether you take a solo retreat or share ~ see more below)
The beautiful grounds of our retreat
The location of our retreat space means you have the opportunity to be as anonymous as you feel, attend as many offerings as you feel & really connect to the nature surrounding you.
The openness of the retreat, in location, in dates, in length, encourages you to co-create a retreat that is perfect for you.
Let go & immerse yourself in a Transform to Bliss Retreat, enjoy yummy food & return home recharged, energised & relaxed for months to come.
Transformed to Bliss!
Your Transform to Bliss Team ~ in the mountains
On our retreats we'll go deeper into Transformational Yoga, to the connection to you, releasing in a fun supportive way & explore ways to connect with our dormant energy.
To allow us to be our best selves, to feel calm & present, to stop the chattering mind, release blockages in our
bodies, emotions, minds & hearts, connect with our hearts & inner guidance & to hopefully
touch that place of bliss.
Encouraged by a beautiful setting, fueled by yummy varied vegetarian food & supported every step of the way, this is going to be the most beautiful Transformational Retreat..
~ We have seen real magic happen on retreats since we started our offerings in 2018.
Big releases, realisations, life changes (incl a lady in her 70's moving to France to renovate a farmhouse, job changes to step into self employment & shifts in priorities) everything is possible when you take some time to go inwards!
The location of our Portuguese retreat has views of the cliffs & down to the accessible blue ocean.
We have our own inside large & light 'Transform to Bliss' Studio set in beautiful gardens for some practices, the option of a Yoga Shala with sea views & various places to experience our teachings, including perched on the cliffs, over the ocean or on the beach!
We have the option of a treatment room & even a Sauna!
We are within walking distance of the fisherman villages of Luz & Burgau in the beautiful Algarve area & within 1 hr of Faro airport.
There are stunning walking trails from villages to villages, the choice of some amazing secluded beaches, sandy beaches & so much nature & beauty it will take your breath away!
In the time you are with us, we offer..
~ A private cottage/apartment within lovely gardens which enjoy air-con/en suite/ kettle/ terrace or balcony (solo, twin or double available)
~ Daily Yoga/ Meditations/ Pranayama in a dedicated studio space
~ Yummy food ~ Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (other than when eaten out)
~ Access to 3 swimming pools
~ Optional Sauna time
~ Minutes from the ocean, which gives access to beautiful clifftop walks, sandy beaches & blue ocean swims. Walks to small villages along the cliffs where you can get coffee/drinks/etc, a short 10 min drive from Lagos.
~ Options of Releasing dancing, Meditations, Guided Ceremonies (think Feminine Embodiment/Moon/Releasing), Early morning sea view deck sun salutations, walking, options of Ayurvedic consultations to give guided advice on lifestyle & nutrition, Reiki healing & Massage.
~ Easy journey from the airport (Faro suggested)
~ Flexibility both of your retreat & your dates.
You may be joining others, it may be you're retreating solo.
This is the perfect option for those that love retreating but would prefer a more anonymous experience (this retreat is not in a shared villa & others will be within the same grounds). Be as social as you wish.
~ Our suggested schedule ~
8-8:30am Sun Salutations on the Yoga Deck (2 per week)
8:30-9:45am Yoga in the studio, on the beach or Meditation on the cliffs
11-1pm A walk, a talk, Nature Meditation or Free Time
2-7pm Beach time, Nature walk, Ayurvedic Consultation or treatment, Early Eve Yoga
9-9:30pm Evening Meditation, Releasing Dance, Yoga Nidra, Kirtan, Moon Connection, Guided Ceremony
We can adapt to what you would like to receive from your retreat & all timings are flexible.
We will explore various other elements of Transformational Yoga
Walking meditations, trataka, Early energising Suriya Class, Ayurveda awareness, Breath work, Chakra Balancing & Awareness.
There will be the opportunity for Yoga or Ayurvedic talks & deeper connections if you feel called.
We may also throw in the occasional vipassana (inward observation), releasing dance, Conscious Journaling, Universal card readings, essential oil pranayama, beach yoga ~ in the words of my Swami & creator of Transformational Yoga ~ "Everything is possible!"
All Classes are optional.
Do as little or as much as feels right.
The food is healthy, delicious & home cooked by Marco.
Being half Italian, good food is in his genes. Marco has also spent time on Ayurvedic Retreats in Sri Lanka & brings this knowledge to his cooking & has spent 2020-2021 training to become an Ayurvedic Practioner.
He will be bringing the offering of Ayurvedic consultations to our retreat this year.
His food is a high light for many on our retreats!
Read this review -
''Great food! So tasty, can Marco send a retreat recipe book?'
This is Marco, my husband, fellow Yogi, Ayurvedic practioner, great cook & all round cheerleader of our retreat!
When possible Marco will use fresh, local produce & meals will be healthy & varied.
We offer a balanced vegetarian retreat (although you are free to eat as you wish outside of our retreat). All diets & any allergies can be catered for, please ask.
Expect Italian evenings and Indian nights, healthy lunches & nourishing breakfasts.
Self-service breakfast, a served lunch & a yummy well earned evening dinner will be served to fit around our classes & fruit/tea will be available in your room
We are located between Luz & Burgau in the Algarve.
It is an hours drive from Lisbon Airport. Airport transfer is available, please just ask.
Style of Yoga -
On our retreat we will be exploring & going deeper with Transformational Yoga.
A 3 level technique (stemming from Integral Yoga) that encourages a release of stuck energy within the body, mind & emotions, invites us to access our dormant energy & then allows us to connect with our best selves, hopefully touching that feeling of bliss!
It integrates the mind, body & spirit with the use of Classical Asana's & Hatha Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation & Mantra.
Joanne first connected with this style in Athens after exploring Hatha Yoga & Kundalini Yoga . Having made a connection with both, but feeling like they needn't be separate disciplines, Joanne found this beautiful style that melts Hatha, Kundalini, Raja & Prana Yoga together & recognised this was what was missing from her practice.
Going on to further training in Tamil Nadu, India, Joanne met her teacher Swami Vidyanand who guided her in first Master training & then Grand Master to bring this beautiful practice back to Europe & onto her 'Transform To Bliss' Retreats.
Joanne has since trained under the foot hill of Arunacahala & connected deeply to Sri Ramana Maharshi & his teachings whilst staying around his ashram. Ramana's teachings touch most elements of Joanne's teachings.
The Room Options, The Investment & How Do I Book? -
There are various date options on our wonderful open retreats
(This includes accommodation, all yoga & meditations, breakfast, lunch & dinner - except when eaten out, fruit
& unlimited tea)
July 7th - 10th // 3 Nights
July 7th - 12th // 5 Nights
July 7th - 14th // 7 Nights
(Over the New Moon ~ so the opportunity of a Moon ceremony & all the magic that can bring)
Booked for a Private Retreat
12th Aug - 15th Aug // 3 Nights
12th Aug - 17th Aug// 5 Nights
We're booked to hold a retreat in Andalucia
25th Sept - 28th Sept // 3 Nights
25th Sept - 30th Sept // 5 Nights
Early - Mid Oct
Additional & Options..
£50 Airport Transfer (Each way from Faro airport)
£35 1-2-1 Ayurvedic Consultation
£35 Reiki Treatment
Massages possible, please enquire.
40% deposit secures your space.
COVID_19 ~ Should we feel the need or be forced to cancel the retreat, your payment will either be transferred to another date, to 2022 or be completely refunded.
Please also note, a visa to travel to Portugal may be required, as may tests. These will be your responsibility, although of course we will help in any way we can.
Portugal does not require quarantine, so you are free to journey with us stress free!
Please read our terms & conditions prior to booking.
Payment by bacs transfer or Paypal
Deposit by Bank Transfer to -
Sort Code - 40 40 22
Account Number - 11417290
Payment can be made in 3 installments
Please talk to us is this is difficult - we are very open & flexible
Please also know we have your best interests at heart & will be monitoring the situation closely going forward.
This is an open retreat, so others may join your class or you may enjoy a private class.
We aim to hold space for you, but there may be occasions where your class/catering is held by another of our team (you will always be notified & we will only work with the teachers/facilitators we personally know & are very happy to cover us)
Need more convincing to treat yourself?
Read some of what the 2018 & 2019 Retreaters said at the end of their beautiful Retreats -
'So much more than a Yoga Retreat. Everything was so carefully thought out from
adventure to meditation - A joy!'
'100+ - A beautiful retreat, very relaxing. Leaving feeling refreshed.
Great new friends made & enjoyed many new experiences.
Thank you - life changing in fact'
To see more of previous years retreats, pop over to the 'Past Retreats' page.
Would you love to join us for some 'You time'?
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We look forward to welcoming you in paradise!
Much love & Namaste