Pilates Rejoice Retreat – Portugal April 2018


March 31st – April 5th 2018


6 days / 5 nights


Carrapateira, Portugal


Mareile Paley & Evelyn Dann


from €600



A retreat for friends – old and new

Got plans for Easter with the family? Together with Evelyn Dann, we are inviting you to join us in a beautiful retreat center in Portugal to celebrate a week of friendship, movement and being together. Other than our regular retreats, the emphasis here is on family – offering kids Yoga classes besides Pilates & Yoga classes for the adults. There is also lots of free time to explore the beaches around Carrapateira, go surfing, swim & enjoy life together. We would love for you to join us – alone, with a friend or bring the whole family! Great big Easter Egg Hunt included!


Included in the price:

  • 5 nights at Montevelho Eco Retreat
  • all meals (daily healthy, delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • one-on-one private class with Mareile or Evelyn
  • daily morning and evening Pilates & Yoga classes for all levels
  • kid’s Yoga classes (if you bring your kids)
  • free time to spend by the beach, take a surf lesson, holistic horse-experience or a guided nature walk (see optional programme)
  • big Easter Egg Hunt for everybody
  • wonderful memories & new friends


Optional activities:
  • additional private classes with Mareile or Evelyn
  • surfing, hiking, holistic experience with horses
  • massages, spa treatments



Not included:

  • international flights & airport transfers
  • travel insurance

A natural playground surrounded by pinetrees


Our home for this retreat week will be Monte Velho, a breath-taking yoga retreat venue with a stunning round yoga hall, sitting on top of the hills of the Algarve’s west coast. The spaciousness of the retreat and its surroundings invite to get lost and fully immersed in nature. Adjacent to a holistic riding center and just a 10-minute drive to the closest surf beach it is really a family-perfect space.


The holistic center is designed to offer all the comfort and space we will need for our practise and own time. The main temple Casa das Pinhas with its heated floor will be our practise and movement space. Between activities you can relax or study in a variety of calm and peaceful spaces with amazing views of the surroundings. The nearby natural lake is part of the property and perfect for a swim or a SUP excursion. A large common living room invites to make new friends and as we will have the whole place to ourselves, you can let the children ‘go wild’ without worry.


The closest airport is  Faro airport, from where it is a 1.5 hr drive to the retreat center. From Lisbon the drive by car is about 3 hrs. The most convenient it probably to rent a car, but if you would like us to help with your transportation let us know.


Please make sure you enquire about a necessary visa and passport validity according to your nationality.


Adult  €1200*

Rooms will be given away on a first-come-first-serve basis. There are a range of different rooms located in 4 separate traditional stone houses. As we know the hotel really well, we will try our best and find a good match for you and your family. Most rooms can conveniently accommodate a family of 4 with 2 bedrooms, 1 loft space and a shared bathroom.


Child  €600* 

To make the retreat more family friendly, children between 5-15 pay half price! Children under 5 stay for free.



* all prices are per person, and quoted in Euros.
We will try our best to help you avoid bank and transfer charges, but if they do occur, all bank/PayPal charges must be carried by the participant.


Cancellation Policy

Travel Insurance
We highly encourage you to purchase travel insurance in case you’re are not able to make your trip. We have found during our travels that it is well worth having the coverage, as it covers many unforeseen circumstances that may arise while on vacation.
Cancellation up to 90 days before retreat start:
If we are able to fill your cancelled spot by three months before the retreat start, we will return all money paid to us, except your deposit. If we are unable to fill your spot, we will only return 50% of all money paid to us after deduction of the deposit.
Cancellation after three months before retreat start:
Sorry, but no refund possible after this date.
If you are not able to attend the retreat but have a friend or family member that would like to attend, we are happy to transfer 100% of the money that you have paid toward your friend or family member. Both parties must notify us in writing in order to transfer names.
If we cancel the retreat: 
All money paid to us by you will be returned. Unfortunately we cannot compensate you for any plane tickets/transportation arrangements you have already made.
Payment general:
€500 non-refundable deposit required in order to secure your spot. We accept Credit Card (PayPal) and/ or direct bank transfer. Please note that we won’t pay for any bank or transfer charges, including PayPal fees.

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