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The Essence Of Yin

 Qigong & Yin Yoga Retreat

Before Winter ends, join Susana and Melissa and learn ways to connect and nourish the restful, subtle Yin side of you. Conceptually Yin energy is slow-moving, fragile, soft, intuitive and contemplative.


Through energetic practices such as qigong, yoga and meditation, as well as self exploration activities, and nature walks, Yin will build naturally and positively in you. Take advantage of the last moments of winter to unite with this powerful energy which resides within.  By taking a step back in and fully preparing yourself, you will emerge from your cocoon balanced, stable and ready to fly through the warmer, Yang months ahead.

March 9 - 11th , 2018

Susana was born and raised in the magical mountain of Sintra in Portugal where she started feeling the subtleties of the energetic world. Later in her life she learned more about energy through healing practices such as Reiki, Pranic Healing and Quantum Touch. The natural call to help the individual to get more tuned to his/her essence led her to become a Life Coach. In her world journeys she ended up living for a while in a Daoist Temple in Wudang - China- where she learned Martial Arts, Qigong, Taiji and the daoist healing arts. In Thailand she continued exploring the healing therapies and movement and there she became a Thai Massage Teacher.
It's in the energetic world, supporting others in their self discovery and also through dance expression where she finds fulfilment in this life.

Canadian born Melissa spent her formative years in London, England later working for the music pioneer, HMV.  In her twenties, she moved to Hong Kong to further her corporate career, however, she soon realised that she was seeking a more meaningful purpose in life. With this intention in mind, she focused on Yoga as a means of physical, mental and spiritual evolution and as Melissa’s connection deepened, so did her desire to share the gift of yoga with others. Melissa studied in India, Hong Kong and Thailand. She is an experienced yoga teacher, E-RYT 500 and has taught in China, Thailand, Greece and Portugal over the last 13 years. Melissa has developed a teaching style that has been described as passionate, sincere and inspirational.  

Now, nearly 20 years after her Yoga adventure began, Melissa has the pleasure to welcome you to her own Yoga Retreat in the heart of the Portuguese countryside, where she lives with her family.  Melissa teaches yoga and meditation classes at Antara, as well as personal programs, retreats, massage therapy, Reiki treatments and attunments.

With Whom:

Who is the retreat for: 

This retreat is open to EVERYBODY, no matter your fitness level or ability, religious or sexual preferences. Although the retreat will be conducted in English, Portuguese translation will be provided.

Where will the retreat be:

Antara Yoga and Wellness Retreat,  Alentejo, Grandola (one hour from Lisbon)

What the retreat program will be like:


Arrival from 3pm, settling in, dinner, evening tea ritual, discussion and guided meditation 



Sunrise Qigong, breakfast & Yin practices

Lunch, connecting with your Yin nature

Afternoon tea & Yin Yoga Class

Dinner and Evening practice (meditation or yoga nidra)


Sunrise Qigong, breakfast & Yin practices

Lunch, connecting with your Yin Nature

Afternoon tea & Yin Yoga Class and farewell sharing (around 6pm)

*The schedule is full, however, you have the option to attend as much as you like.

The Program may vary slightly from above.

What’s included:  

2 Nights accommodation, daily qigong and yoga classes, group activities, meals and snacks .  Yoga mats, props and writing materials are provided.

What will the food be like: 

6 daily, delicious, nutritious, vegetarian buffet meals, healthy drinks and light afternoon tea.

How much will the retreat cost:

180-250 euro all inclusive 



180 euro per person for 2 nights, shared occupancy (4 people max, 1 bathroom)


190 euro per person for 2 nights, shared occupancy (2 people max, I bathroom)


250 euro for 2 nights, private room and bathroom


** The retreat is open to a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 16 people. The house is a traditional Monto Alentejano and each room is different (you can see them at

To secure your desired room, a 50 euro non-refundable deposit is requested and the balance should be paid before arrival.

Payments can be made by Paypal or bank transfer and proof of payment  sent to confirm the reservation.


Please make your reservation at :  

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