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 .
Hi, I'm Carole
Founder of Free Spirited Wanderer; Yoga & Wellness Retreats
+ Lifestyle Coaching.
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 hiking, 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!
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.
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
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)
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
(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
DAY TRIP TO ONE OF THE OUTLYING ISLANDS
VIRTUAL MEET & GREET PRIOR TO RETREAT + PRE-RETREAT SUPPORT
FSW RETREAT WORKBOOK + SWAG BAG
FREE TIME TO RELAX & REJUVENATE OR ADVENTURE & EXPLORE
Additional meals, drinks, and excursions
TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST RETREATS
What People Say
Lindsey Nemeth, Canada
Carole is an incredible skilled and wise teacher, and enlightened us with so much during her workshops. I really enjoyed the variety of yoga and left retreat feeling refreshed. I hope to join another retreat the future and have already recommended them to friends back home!
Leslie Villegas, Georgia
Carole made me feel very relax and comfortable while abroad in Costa Rica and I feel that is important when deciding to commit to an international retreat. When you're ready to finally make and take the time for your own personal enrichment, you love yoga, and you want to have someone guide you through your journey, go with the Free Spirited Wander, Carole Frey! You won’t regret it!
Cindy Boes, North Carolina
Carole definitely over-delivered and lead this retreat from a place of experience and compassion. She is wise beyond her years and I always feel fully supported in her presence. Carole’s extensive training, knowledge and life experiences shine through in everything she teaches. Carole is a beautiful soul both inside and out and I don’t believe this retreat would have been as meaningful for me if it weren’t for her. I plan on implementing many of the practices she taught us and am excited to see where the next chapter of my life takes me.
The Booking Process
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.
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.
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:
ALL CURRENT PRICING IS LISTED AS EARLY BIRD PRICING.
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.
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
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.
*ALL CURRENT PRICING IS LISTED AS EARLY BIRD PRICING.
*To be eligible, pay in full by March 15, 2024.
*Prices increase $200 March 16, 2024.
Sleeps 2 in a shared luxury suite, total price for 2 people.
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Do I Need a Passport?
How Do I get to the Villa?
Transportation will be organized for you based off of your arrival times into
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.
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?
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.
Do most people sign up with a friend or come solo?
It is always a combination of both! If you are nervous to come solo, know that there will be others and it's a great opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and make new friends!
What Do I Need to Pack?
You have a packing list within your welcome packet.