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Yoga | Wellness | Culture | Adventure

March 22 – 27, 2020

Hosted by |  Kristina Castañeda of Embody Renegade Wellness & Meg Rima of Ignite Power Yoga Studio

Sometimes, a retreat is exactly what you need.

“All journeys have secret destinations of which

the traveller is not aware”

– Mark Buber


Casa Paco D’Ilhas is located high atop the elusive hill of the seaside village of Ericeria in Portugal, overlooking world renowned surf breaks to one side, and lush countryside to the other. 

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This is a yoga retreat, a growth opportunity,

a vacation adventure, and a cultural immersion

all in one.


Through yoga, wellness workshops, cultural adventures, healthy eats, and relationships forged,

we RENEW ourselves.

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 The oldest and westernmost country in Europe, Portugal is bordered only by Spain to the north and east, and to the south and west its coastlines are bathed by the Atlantic Ocean. Portugal’s mild, sunny climate and sublime, dramatic beaches have given rise to communities built around vibrant marine ecosystems, ocean pursuit, and conservation. Portugal is a world leader in renewable energy, with over 70% of its energy coming from wind, hydro, solar, and of course, ocean wave power!


What else? Food. People. Culture. Music. Wine. Topography. Architecture. History.

Portuguese food is Mediterranean cuisine at its best, and like the people, the food is warm, vibrant, fresh, spicy, and a little mysterious. The Portuguese have traditionally prized a simple and unostentatious life, favoring the rural over the urban, delighting in relaxed, communal gatherings in orchards and gardens, which in turn naturally lend to the country’s high-ranking values of peacefulness, moral freedom, and democracy.  The arts and music are so highly valued that UNESCO stamped the soulful and lyrical ‘Fado’ music (meaning ‘Fate’) as its national music, and Afro-house will find you if you check out the thriving Portuguese nightlife!


Wine connoisseurs consider Portugal’s wines to match the grandeur of its many vineyards, donning rich reds, bright whites, and most famously – port, from the city of Porto, from which Portugal’s name is derived. In addition to beaches and vineyards, Portugal boasts great physical diversity of geography, from low lying coasts and plains, to mountains which rise to 6500 feet. And since Portugal is Europe’s oldest country, its architecture - royal palaces, castles, estates, villas and their gardens – exhibit deep heritage imprinted by cultures

from around the world.

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We are staying at Casa Paco D’Ilhas, set in the middle of a world-class

surf zone with an exceptional variety of surf spots ranging from powerful reef breaks to mellow ones, catering to different levels and tastes of surfing (grab a wet suit and rent a board or take a surf lesson...they even offer kitesurfing!).

Casa Paco D’Ilhas merges traditional heritage style with all our desired modern amenities, so we can escape the hustle and bustle of modern day life and relax into a holistic leisure experience.






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WEATHER | We’ll be there in late spring when the countryside is lush and the days are sunny and in the 60s, with an ocean breeze, and the nights are cool. Perfect weather for feeling the sun on your face

while we explore, sweater in hand. 

You’re Invited!


To create space in which leaning into growth and expansion is supported. To immerse in new culture and adventure for fresh perspective and energy, from which to renew oneself.

From this renewed space, you go on to live life fully alive.

We’ve made it SUPER EASY for you...
We’re delivering an inclusive package that takes care of the research and planning, so all you have to do is 


  • 6 days / 5 night accommodations at Casa Paco D’Ilhas (shared rooms)

  • Roundtrip transportation by shuttle to and from Lisbon Int’l Airport (LIS) when you land on March 22 and depart on March 27th. 

  • Wholesome, fresh, locally sourced and seasonal breakfast, lunch, dinner.

    • All meals included (exceptions on excursion days)

  • Daily yoga practice led by Ignite’s  Meg Rima

  • Daily wellness workshop led by Embody’s Kristina Castañeda

  • Two amazing excursions to get up close and personal with Portugal’s beauty and wonder

    • Guided tour of Capital city Lisbon by tuktuk + sunset sail on Tagus River --- “Set against the ever-present backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, this dainty sun-kissed city lives in a Latin fairytale of timeworn manners and traditions. Check out the century-old wooden trams and iron funiculars that still lurch and rumble their way through the city. Or witness the best of this bygone heritage by wandering through the Baixa district, where age-old herbalists, haberdashers and tailors rub shoulders in the baroque streets of the ornate city centre.” - Guyan Mitra, Telegraph Travel's Lisbon Expert

    • Sintra old town tour including Moros Castle and Pena Palace, Azenhas do Mar cliffside village, Belem Monastery, coastline vistas along Sintra National Park

  • Walkable access to beaches via lush hillside paths located just steps away from Casa to the sea below

  • Private access to explore the magic of the entire Casa Paco D’Ilhas grounds:

    • two swimming pools

    • firepit

    • full garden spaces with plenty of hidden corners for solace

    • two yoga terraces/sun decks – one in the garden, one with a sea view

    • yoga shala/meditation hall

    • sunlit veranda

    • communal areas including kitchen, breakfast nook, dining room with cozy fireplace, lounge, honesty bar

    • unstructured free time 

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Want More? 

Additional Available Services: 

  • Surf Lessons

  • SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding)

  • Kitesurfing

  • Mountain Biking

  • Hiking

  • Massage

  • Day trips: winery, beaches, art...


  • Your flight to and from Lisbon International Airport (LIS)  

  • Gratuity (shuttle drivers, housekeeping, and hospitality staff)

  • 3 meals during excursion days


You can choose to:

pay $1650 in full

- OR - 

make a $650 deposit (nonrefundable) and subsequent payment(s) until paid in full 8 weeks prior to retreat. 

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SAVE | Receive $30 off your total when you pay your deposit and final payments by cash or check to Ignite Power Yoga Studio –  4480 Dodge Street Dubuque, IA USA 52003

REGISTRATION | Upon your reservation, you will receive our key forms: Terms and Conditions, Waiver of Liability, and Retreat Enrollment.

ROOMMATES | Upon registration confirmation, in the event that you do not have a traveling / retreat partner with whom you wish to share a room, you will be paired with another person of the same gender for shared room occupancy. The Casa guesthouses room two to five people each. Housing will be assigned on a first come (first registered) first served basis.

CONTACT US! We're happy to answer your questions:

Meg Rima at 


Kristina Castañeda at  



Our retreats create space for healthy habits, learning, openness and connections that are life-changing game-changers.

The renewal will have residual effects for your lifetime. 

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