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Summer Solstice
Yoga Retreat

Olhão, Portugal
June 19-24, 2024
Ignite Your Inner Fire

Summer Solstice Yoga Retreat will breathe new life into your being as you ignite your inner fire through yoga practices, ayurvedic workshops, community, and local exploration that will provide a memorable experience of celebration and renewal .

A NOTE
FROM CAROLE

Founder of Free Spirited Wanderer; Yoga & Wellness Retreats
+ Lifestyle Coaching. 

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My goal on all of my yoga retreats is to create an atmosphere where everyone feels safe to show up as their truest, most authentic selves.

FSW retreats value KULA; intentional community, the feeling that life is best when shared. I aim to bring people together where they can connect, share in transformational practices and build lifelong friendships. These are super sacred spaces with an opportunity for everyone to come together to support, uplift and empower each other. 

My prayer for you is that these retreats help prepare you for your lifetime; providing you with a space to become the fullest expression of yourself so you can live your life so big, so beautiful and so bold. 

About This Retreat:

We will be staying at Casa Fuzetta located in Olhao, a town in the Algarve region of Southern Portugal, known for its picturesque streets, local markets, and easy access to the Outlying Islands.

 

This 5 night / 6 day yoga & wellness retreat is all about aligning ourselves with the energy of the Summer Solstice for a week of celebration and renewal.

We will offer daily outdoor rooftop yoga classes with meditation, pranayama, and journaling, Ayurvedic workshops on routine, rituals, food as medicine, and how to live a balanced, healthy and happy life, and delicious plant-based meals made with local ingredients. 

 

In addition, we'll connect with nature by walking, swimming, exploring the Outlying Islands, and spending time outside to simply appreciate the beauty of our world. 

 

Carole will guide you through this retreat from her own life-experience, deep studies & personal practice of Yoga Philosophy, Asana, Pranamaya, Meditation, Ayurveda, and Lifestyle Coaching.

 

Come  and celebrate with us the summer solstice, a time of abundance, joy and renewal, and create unforgettable memories. Book your spot now and let us help you partake in an unforgettable retreat in Olhao, Portugal!

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Welcome
to Portugal's Authentic Gem

We love Olhao for it's down to earth salty charm, warm and hospitable people, creative community, cobbled streets and faded grandeur. 

The best way to get to know Olhao is to walk out the front door and wander down to the waterfront. Getting lost in the twisted network of cobbled streets along the way is part of the fun. There is usually a surprise or two to enjoy along the way. When you get to the sea front, there are the fabulous markets at the water's edge (fish to the right, fresh fruit/veg & meats to the left) and a host of restaurants, cafes and bars to relax in along the way.

PLUS, not to visit at least one of the Islands (Armona, Culatra, Farol or Deserta) would be criminal! They each have a distinct feel but each one has beautiful unspoilt beaches, and wonderful low key restaurants/beach bars where you will happily away the day. The islands are easy to get to: you can either take a small ferry which runs multiple times per day during the summer or a river taxi.  They all go from the same place, just 150m east along the waterfront from the market. 

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Casa Fuzetta Details

The house has over 1000sqm of  internal space and 560sqm of external space including:

  • Each bedroom has a large ensuite bathroom and are 23sqm average in size

  • Rooftop pool and pool bar

  • Rooftop yoga decks

  • Indoor yoga space 

  • Meditation room 

  • Two dedicated massage/treatment rooms

  • multiple terraces and outdoor sitting areas for communal entertaining or sneaking away to read a book!

  • Games room with pool table

  • Large winter living room with open fireplace

  • Library opening onto a central courtyard

  • Large contemporary domestic kitchen, opening onto a large terrace with tables and seating for 24 in comfort [the terrace also has a charcoal BBQ and separate open fireplace to extend the dining out season]

  • Industrial prep kitchen on the ground floor - for larger events and/or winter dining downstairs

  • Large entrance hall – for flexible use (including yoga space, winter dining room, lecture hall)

  • Laundry

About The Food

AYURVEDIC. PLANT BASED. GLUTEN FREE.

"I create food that is colorful, delicious, balancing, and supports wellbeing on all levels. I aim to nourish body, mind, and soul.

My approach to cooking comes from a modern view of Ayurveda, combined with my curiosity for reinterpreting traditional dishes.

 

The majority of ingredients I use are locally sourced and I try to support small farmers whenever I can. Therefore I adapt my menus to what is in season and available in the region I live / work.

 

I follow basic Ayurveda principles without being too dogmatic. Meals are adapted to the season and time of the day, the dishes are nourishing, and rather Sattvic in order to set the right tone for a relaxing and recharging experience. 

 

My dishes are mostly vegan and gluten free. I offer gluten free breads as well as regular whole grain bread Most food intolerances and allergies can be catered for."

 

-Chef Alena Ringelmann 

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WHAT'S INCLUDED:

(Everything you see here is included in the prices listed under accommodations.)

5 NIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS 

ROUNDTRIP  TRANSPORTATION FROM / TO FARO AIRPORT

DAILY BRUNCH AND DINNER

VARIETY OF DAILY YOGA CLASSES OR WORKSHOPS

HALF DAY TRIP TO AN OUTLYING ISLANDS

VIRTUAL MEET & GREET PRIOR TO RETREAT + PRE-RETREAT SUPPORT

FSW RETREAT WORKBOOK + SWAG BAG

FREE TIME TO RELAX & REJUVENATE OR ADVENTURE & EXPLORE

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Flights

  • Passport fees

  • Travel Insurance 

  • All lunches 

  • Additional meals, drinks, and excursions

Meet the FSW Summer Solstice Team

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SAMPLE SCHEDULE

8:30am Morning yoga
10:00am Brunch

11:00am: Coffee Chat Q&A
12:00pm Free time for relaxing, exploring town, excursions, etc
5:30pm: Evening yoga class or workshop
7:00pm: Dinner 
8:30pm: Wind down; connect with others, relax, read, etc

10pm: Suggested bedtime

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TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST RETREATS

What People Say

Lauren M., New Jersey

This was my first retreat and I was so happy I got to try my first one with Carole! She’s so inspirational and kind. I truly believe this retreat helped me change my mindset about myself & my life in such a positive way. The memories and connections I made on this retreat I will cherish forever. I cannot to wait to go on another one in the future

John H., North Carolina

My daughter and I have been on two of Carole Frey’s yoga retreats and they were wonderful experiences.  Carole is an incredible instructor and teacher, and the retreats really helped both of us expand our yoga practices, physically as well as mentally.  The retreats were both in unique and beautiful locations, with plenty of outdoor space for practicing and exploring.  Carole was very well organized and her teaching included diverse yoga practices, breathing techniques, and classes on yoga philosophy and history.  We made a lot of new friends and it really built a sense of community among the attendees and within our yoga studio.  I highly recommend Carole Frey’s yoga retreats to anyone, whether they are a beginner looking to learn more about yoga or an experienced yogi who wants to further their practice.

Danielle J., North Carolina

My best advice is to go to a yoga retreat. I had a beautiful time.  Carole worked tirelessly to bring together a truly exceptional and affirming experience. You get to go to an awesome place, do some yoga, have some free time to do any activities your heart desires, eat amazing home cooked meals, and meet amazing lifelong friends.

The Booking Process

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CHOOSE YOUR ACCOMMODATION

Explore all accommodation options below, choose which one you desire, and select "book now" to be directed to check out.

All prices under accommodations reflect 'What's Included' from above.

**If you have any questions on which room will best suit you, please use the chat feature below.

 

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CHECK OUT

Upon selecting your accommodation, you will be directed to the check out page. Fill in your contact details and please do not forget to complete the Online Registration. You will see the total price for your accommodation; however, you will only be prompted to pay your $825 non-refundable deposit at this time.

**Please double check that your email is correct in order to receive all onboarding items with ease.

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ONBOARDING

After completing your deposit and registration, you will receive an email with your Welcome Packet as confirmation for your booking. Within 24 hours your invoice for the final balance with its due date will be sent to your registration email. Lastly, you will receive a separate email with an invite to join Notion, our virtual retreat hub which holds all current need-to-know items. 

A Few Things To Note:

  • Early Bird Pricing (saves $200, prices increase March 16): Pay in full by March 15, 2024 to be eligible for early bird pricing.​

  • Regular Pricing: Pay your $825 non-refundable deposit March 15, 2024 or after and the balance by April 15, 2024.

  • Any sign ups after April 15, 2024 will be required to pay in full upon registration.

  • All pricing is per person.

  • The following prices reflect "What's Included" from above.

  • Payment plans available upon request, please inquire HERE.

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Choose Your Accommodation

BEDROOMS TO DREAM IN...

Casa Fuzetta has 12 bedrooms each with en-suite bathrooms and attention to detail, ensuring total comfort during your stay.

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Extra Touches

When we travel, we find it can be the little things that count the most; so we’ve included the following elements to add an extra touch of comfort to your stay:

  • White Company 100% cotton bed linen

  • White company 100% cotton luxury light terry bath towels

  • LaEva gold standard organic units of well-being (wash, lotion, shampoo & conditioner)

  • Stylish hammam towels and umbrellas for the beach

  • Handmade local wicker baskets for trips to the beach or the market

  • Hairdryer

  • Top of the range ceiling fans

  • AC, but only where it is needed [We dislike AC – it dries you out and is terrible for the environment. In some places around the house it makes things more comfortable and has been included but for the most part the old house design included clever use of natural ventilation, which we have taken advantage of and boosted with the ceiling fans; keeping AC to a minimum]

  • Underfloor heating throughout the bedrooms, bathrooms and common areas

All pricing is per person with the exception of the

'Shared Luxury Suite' which must be booked for 2 people.

Pay your $825 non-refundable deposit for your desired accommodation below to secure your spot.

**If your desired room is fully booked please email me HERE and I will do my best

to accommodate you.

  • Sleeps 2 in a shared luxury suite, total price for 2 people.

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    7,995 US dollars

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    3,895 US dollars

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    3,595 US dollars

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    3,695 US dollars

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    3,395 US dollars

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    3,495 US dollars

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F.A.Q

Do I Need a Passport?

Yes!

How Do I get to the Villa?

Transportation will be organized for you based off of your arrival times into 

Faro Airport

I am new to yoga, can I still join this retreat?

Absolutely! My classes are all levels. I provide a variety of options from modifications to advanced variations.

What If I have Another Question?

Where Do I Fly Into?

Faro, Portugal (FAO)

Will my food allergies & restrictions be accommodated?

Absolutely! Prior to leaving you will receive a registration from and can list any allergies you have.

Is There Free Wifi?

Yes!

Will there be yoga equipment I can use there?

Yes, there will be mats, blocks, and straps for you to use free of charge

What time is check in on the 19th?

4pm. We will have a welcome orientation + dinner on the first night.

What are the covid-19 restrictions and policies?

Currently, there are none. You do not need proof of a vaccine or negative covid-19 test upon arrival or return to the U.S

Will My USD Be Accepted?

 I recommend getting euros from your bank prior to departure.

What time is check out on the 24th?

11am. We will just have breakfast  and goodbyes the final morning.