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Thank you for a fantastic week! I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I liked the routine you had worked out with the meal times and yoga sessions, with free time in the afternoon.


The villa was lovely, and the grounds added to it being very relaxing. It is a lovely unspoilt area. I'm missing the walks to and from the studio already!


And thank you to Giles for looking after us all so well, too.

Sarah, UK

 

This was my second yoga retreat with Justine, and it was just as amazing as the first a few years ago. The week is deeply relaxing and comfortable in a fantastic mountain setting. Justine goes to great lengths to tailor the yoga sessions in a personal way, and is passionate about looking at how yoga can improve body and soul. The time around the yoga is wonderful, with amazing food, great company and a beautiful setting to relax in. You are pampered and looked after during the whole week, and get to enjoy special activities like the refreshing river swim and the delicious picnic that followed.

Lara Cameron


I chose Sweetyoga Retreats at a time when I needed relaxation, sunshine, new acquaintances, and time to focus on myself and my yoga. I got all of this, and much much more! From first contact with Justine via email to the final airport drop-off, everything was perfectly organised, always leaving us the freedom to do as we pleased. The delicious meals and warmest of welcomes at Casa das Videiras, the wonderful yoga classes, the forest walks, the laughter with new friends...all of this made it a week to remember. See you again, Justine!

Agathe Hackett


This was my first experience of a yoga retreat and I loved every single minute.  Justine is a calm, reassuring and inspiring teacher, we had one to one attention without feeling under any pressure.  I felt completely comfortable as a beginner to try all the poses and to go back to a relaxed pose if anything became a little difficult.  We practiced two hours in the morning and one hour early evening which was perfect. The house is really lovely and the food was nutritious and tasty.  We were taken around the local area to visit beaches and villages, I had not expected that level of personal service, it was 5 star treatment at all times. The six of us all got on really well and we spent our free time in the gardens chatting or lying in the hammocks and then sharing a glass of wine in the evenings. It was really good fun. I would recommend this retreat, it was a brilliant experience. 

Caroline


This was a relaxing, nurturing and nourishing retreat.  The yoga was personalised to everyone’s needs (including pregnancy) and it really helped to deepen my practice and knowledge.  The accommodation was very comfortable and peaceful and included delicious home-made vegetarian meals.  We were well looked after at every stage; from the pre-booking enquiry to unforeseen emergencies and then the onward transfer.  I would highly recommend Sweetyoga retreats to anyone.

Tasneem Clarke


As a ‘virgin’ yoga retreat-er I was slightly worried that I would be eating raw veg and a bed of nails was part of the deal.  What was part of the deal was a delightful mix of learning the depths and breadths of yoga whilst improving my personal yoga practice in an atmosphere of attention to detail which included being picked up and returned to the airport.  Good food in stunning surroundings and great company ... there was even access to an amazing masseuse to add to the total relaxation.  I’ll be back!

Marlene


Justine's retreat provided a beautiful, relaxing environment in which to recover and recharge. Each day had a lovely, gentle pace and was full of special moments.  As a yoga experience Justine gave something that was completely unique. She is a really talented teacher who is passionate about how yoga can play a part in your life, but more importantly has such a wise and sensitive perspective, and brings warmth, compassion and humour to all of her sessions. She had a real, genuine interest in connecting with people, and was very giving of time and attention to all of us. She showed us the positive impact that yoga can have on you physically, but at the heart of her teaching was how yoga can enrich your mind and sense of well-being. What impressed me the most was how well she listened and responded to each of us, and how she was able to lead every session to give all of us what we needed. I think she views the retreat not as a complete experience, but as a starting point into exploring yoga and a healthier life. She sent us off on this journey fresh, energised and inspired to learn more.

Lara Cameron


Thank you for such a wonderful and personalised experience in a great location. I am hoping to go to yoga class tomorrow (and in the future) to apply what I have learnt. I really appreciated your focus on the spiritual side of practice too. Plus, there was so much fun and laughter with you and my fellow yogis throughout the week - good for the soul and just what I needed!

Amy-Jo Lynch

Every aspect of the retreat week had been thought about carefully; from airport transfers, to lovely accommodation, to outstanding food including produce from Justine’s garden.  If you’re considering a yoga break that is suitable for all levels of experience and gives you time to yourself in some lovely sunny surroundings, then don’t hesitate.  Don’t be worried if you’re thinking of going along on your own because you are in safe hands. Justine’s style of teaching is reassuring with a good blend of humour thrown in!  I have experienced many different yoga teachers the past 13 years and Justine is one of the most knowledgeable I have had the privilege of meeting.  Hoping to return in the future. 

Charlotte Barrow


I really enjoyed the yoga holiday.  I liked the relaxed atmosphere, I was so low on energy it was exactly what I needed.  The picnic day out was great too, in fact it was a fantastic week! 

Karine Kroon


We were really happy with our Sweetyoga holiday experience.  The yoga classes were well planned and delivered and this gave a real shape and purpose to the holiday. 

Becky Stubbings


The Sweetyoga Retreat was everything I had hoped for and more.  The yoga was second to none, the food was delicious and nutritious and the accommodation comfortable.  What made the retreat so special was the thought that had been put into every aspect and the personal touches.  I would love to return. 

Catherine Mills


The most relaxing week I think I’ve ever spent!  Beautiful countryside, great yoga classes for all abilities, lovely home cooked food and hospitality.  Highly recommended, would definitely go again. 

Tracey Hall

I chose Sweetyoga as I was looking for a yoga retreat that wasn’t too expensive and did not charge you extra for a single occupancy room, this retreat had the added bonus of getting you to the location as well which took a lot of worry and stress away. I liked the amount of yoga that was planned and the fact the emphasis was on mind, body and soul. This retreat is perfect for increasing your yoga practice/understanding with time for relaxing, switching off from life stresses to totally take care of yourself. From the moment we were picked up from the airport we did not need to worry about anything. It really was super and Justine was fantastic, such a wealth of knowledge. The structure for the whole week was perfect. I have been on a few retreats before and this is by far the best. I most certainly plan to go again.  

Laura Banks


Having the stress/responsibility of the transfer taken out of my hands was exactly what I wanted. I enjoyed the veggie menu, it was nice to try a different diet for a week and the picnic was superb, round of applause to you for that and the snacks you left us (I ate a fair few of those..!) I hadn’t experienced restorative yoga before but I deffo felt the benefits, you instruct your vinyasa classes well and I felt I was given attention as an individual to a high degree even in a group session. I will deffo sow the seeds for another visit to you next year.

Sean Harwood

Fantastic retreat, Justine is very welcoming and knowledgeable and makes the yoga accessible to all comers regardless of experience and body type.  Would recommend it to anyone who is after a proper 'get away from it all' week.

Sam Dunn


From the moment I arrived the stress and the tension started to leave me as I was warmly welcomed into this beautiful haven of tranquility and warmth. Things got even better when we met Justine and started yoga'ing.  As a part time 50+ yogi I was a bit concerned about 'keeping up' and being able to manage the postures but I needn't have worried. Justine skillfully taught a mixed ability/age group and gave us lots of helpful tips and insights to enable all of us to get the most of every session. Some sessions were a bit more challenging than others but it was a nice challenge and I always felt my limits were fully respected. Justine's excellent communication skills helped me understand each posture and the practice of yoga a little more, which coupled with the sunshine, healthy food and plenty of R&R time, benefitted me on many levels.  All in all a wonderful week filled with sunshine, relaxation, laughter and learning, the memories of which will last for a while yet - hopefully until I'm back next year! Thank you so much Justine.

Emma Osbourne

What a lovely week of benefitting from amazing yoga, beautiful scenery and delicious food. There are definitely insights and yoga sequences I will incorporate into my daily life. Justine had really thought of everything in making us feel welcome and think about self-care which is so important with the frenetic lifestyles we lead. I would highly recommend a yoga retreat in this part of Portugal which has some stunning scenery. 

Sejal Vara


I would recommend a Sweetyoga retreat to anyone.  Justine found a way of teaching that suited the whole group although we had varying levels of experience of yoga, she kept us all happy and interested. I also came away with a relaxing sequence that I can use at home. I appreciated that Justine taught real yoga rather than a legs bums tums stretch that seems popular in some classes!  Big shout out to Nick and Sally who made us very welcome at Casa das Videiras and fed us with delicious food and kept the honesty bar flowing.  Justine made the whole experience enjoyable and I hope to visit Sweetyoga again sometime.

Sarah Hidden


I can't begin to thank you enough for my week on your retreat.  I enjoyed every minute of it and despite coming back into the usual frenetic pace of life I still feel relaxed and rejuvenated.  I've also fitted in a morning and evening practice every day since Sunday as well as booking myself onto a taster session of a Hatha Flow class.  I've also talked to my mum about us possibly coming together next year but if not I think I'd certainly like to come again (and I never go back to the same place twice usually).

Jacqueline Mitrovic

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A wonderful, educational and well structured retreat. Quality yoga, good company and delicious food. A retreat to rejuvenate and deepen your practice in a loving and supportive atmosphere. Many thanks to Justine and the sweetyoga crew. Looking forward to the next one! 

Bec Friesner


Thank you Justine for your warm, gentle and attentive approach to yoga. I had a lovely holiday with you. I wanted to spend some time with myself and this was the perfect holiday to do plus I made some new friends. In my mind I keep going back to Portugal. I see the mountains and feel the sun and a calm and safe feeling fills me up. So thank you for the retreat Justine!

Mari, Finland


Sweetyoga is the best yoga retreat I've been on. It is fabulous value for money with two yoga sessions per day in a well rounded, well organised and individually tailored course which focuses on applying practice to everyday life. Justine's generosity and attention are second to none. The chaperoned transfers meant we could switch off and enjoy being looked after. A true indulgence!  

Jane Bousfield

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This was my 2nd time with Justine and Giles, which I think speaks volumes for how good a retreat it is. You are looked after right from your arrival at the airport which I like as it takes any stress away from getting to the retreat.  The facility is great and you are up in the peaceful mountains with beautiful scenery and lovely river beaches. You have your own room which is a necessity on retreat. The yoga was fantastic, very thorough with many helpful tips on how to introduce yoga into your everyday busy lives. There's no judgement here on the mats, no crazy shapes just a deep understanding of the body and how yoga can help you physically, mentally and emotionally. The food was fantastic very delicious and nutritious, you didn't want for anything you were very well taken care of. 


It was super fun, educational, relaxing and chilled and I highly recommend this retreat to everyone.


I'll be back. 

Laura Banks, UK


Beautiful setting and peaceful retreat with a lovely group of women.  I found the yoga challenging as I’m not very flexible but Justine showed me variations and the use of aids to which meant I was still able to get into the poses.  After day 3 the hip pain that has been a constant feature due to the amount of sitting at a computer- disappeared!  I have since introduced a yoga practice into my daily life using the things I learnt on retreat.  My hips remain pain free.  It works! Aside from the yoga – Giles and Justine were wonderful hosts and created the most wonderful food each day. No hesitation in recommending this retreat

Rehana Begum

Manchester