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New Year’s Yoga Retreat + Secret Ceremony

This New Year we are inviting a special group of people to come together in the spirit of self-development and healing, for themselves and for the planet. We will provide the alchemy for us to see in the New Year with a sense of purpose that nourishes the heart and soul.

This retreat is will be a unique ‘In Session’ with Shaura; she will hold the space for yoga, walking and meditation, and her partner Neil will prepare delicious vegetarian food; together they will guide you through the secret ceremony and on this journey.

Why retreat for the New Year?

As the final dusks of 2018 reach across the sky we may be preparing for the coming of a New Year’s dawn with excitement and a certain amount of trepidation.

What does 2019 have in store for us as individuals and as a collective on this planet?

We are certainly experiencing interesting times. The last year seems to have given rise to confusing shifts in world events that appear to be leading us further towards a mind-frame that promotes separation.

Yet those of us that study the human experience understand that loneliness has a negative impact upon the human psyche and our biological systems.

We know that community and collaboration has many positive effects in the mind and body networks. We also know that particles behave in the way that we expect them to.

The next obvious question is: Can we use our intuition and intention to shape the New Year in the way that we want it?

We certainly think so, and invite you to join us on this journey.

Dates + Location

This retreat will take place between the 29th December 2018 and the 2nd January 2019.


It is our pleasure to welcome retreaters to the gorgeous eastern Algarve. Our guests will need to arrange return flights to Faro Airport (FAO).

The accommodation is situated in the hills of the Algarve, surrounded by natural beauty. It is a spacious, private and peaceful home, set amongst the rolling hills, with an outdoor swimming pool and terraces where you can relax and take in the fresh air and countryside views.

From the restorative fresh ocean breeze, to the scent of orange and fig trees, we think you will see why we believe the Algarvian hills have magic in them.

This time of year in the Algarve offers nearly 2 hours more sunlight than in the UK and temperatures can reach 16°C which may mean that some us may need to carry sun cream. The daytimes are certainly much warmer than in the UK but the nighttime temperature can drop to a little as 8°C. Therefore, you will need warm clothing and thick socks for New Year in the Algarve.

Please note, transfers from the airport are not included in the investment, but we are happy to help you make those arrangements – just get in touch.


Your investment to join this retreat is £575.

This includes, four-night accommodation, all vegetarian food, yoga and ceremonial activities, and transport to the beach and back.

You can book onto the retreat by either payment in full, or with a non-refundable deposit of £290. 

When booking with a deposit, the remaining balance must be paid 4 weeks before the start of the event. Please see our policy details for more information, including cancellations.

Please note we need a minimum of 10 participants to run the event at this venue, otherwise the venue is subject to change but will be located within the same region.


Daily schedule:

29th of December

Arrival and welcome

12:30pm Lunch

Afternoon walk

4pm free time

5:30pm Mind + Body practice

7pm Dinner

9pm Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation practice)

10pm Bed

30th of December

7am Morning yoga practice

8:30am Group prepares breakfast together

10:30am Mind + Body practice

12:30pm Lunch

Free time

5:30pm Mind + body practice

7pm Dinner

9pm Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation practice)

10pm Bed

31st of December

7am Morning yoga practice

8:30am Group prepares breakfast together

9:30am Prepare food to take out

10am Beach walk

7pm Dinner

9:30pm Sacred Fire

10:30pm Secret Ceremony

1:30am Close


1st of January

7:30 am Sunrise morning yoga practice

9am Group prepares breakfast together

10:30am Meditation + vision building

12:30pm Lunch

Free time to walk around the countryside

4pm Mind and Body Practice + vision building

7pm Celebratory Dinner – welcoming the New Year and honouring the work that we have done.

2nd of January

8am Morning yoga practice

9am group prepares breakfast together

10:30am closing ceremony


What is the Secret Ceremony?

Oh Yes. Let us explain a little more.

Shaura and Neil have been attending Lakota Native American Ceremony in Oregon since 2004 and between them they have played various roles in the community.

Shaura loves building contemplative experiences that connect the seeker to their heart and soul.

Neil has been taught how to build and pray with ceremonial fire.

Their Adaptive Shamanism work draws from their experiences with the Native American Indians, and from teachings that have been passed through from their adoptive mother, to offer a respectful ceremony that connects the seeker to the hidden realms of consciousness.

Shaura and Neil do not claim to be Shamans of any description but they are well equipped to hold a ceremonial space.

In the Vedic (Indus Valley) ceremonial world a substance was used for prayer and connection that was referred to as the Soma or Amrita. The Soma ceremony was always paired with sacred fire – the Lord Agni – intercessor between humans and the Gods.

Shaura has been making a relationship with a particular spice that appears to reach out to the four directions (significant in Shamanic cultures) and thus tunes into the environment. Our ability to feel safe in the world often depends upon our capacity to adapt to the environment; which is constantly in flux.

The secret ceremony uses an ancient spice that has a very mild psychoactive effect if taken in the right dose. We make a tea out of the spice, which is not psychoactive; and offer participants the opportunity to take the spice sublingually – which may produce a very mild effect.

Either way we connect to the spirit of the spice and ask it to show us what we are ready to learn.

In addition, we invite one of our animal guides into the circle and ask it to be present with us through the ceremony. We request that it shows us what we are ready to see.

We will sing a mixture of Lakota and Yogic songs – in this way we bring the West and the East together in our prayer. We also invite you to share any songs that you carry in your heart.

There are two drums that assist us in the ceremony – they tell us how to beat them as we connect to our heartbeat and to the rhythm of the Earth.

We connect to each other, to the elements, to the beings in the world and the Earth herself. We work to promote environmental flexibility and vigor in preparation for a fabulous 2018.

Yoga + Vision Building?

Vision building is a practice that was taught to Shaura by William Bloom and includes: creating a vision, drawing it out, connecting to allies and archetypes, mediation and positive intention. It’s a wonderful thing to do on a New Year’s Eve.

Shaura has been trained in differing yogic, meditative and mindfulness practices. As a yoga therapist her approach is gentle and promotes a nourishing environment for all. All mind and body practices are created specifically for the group in response to how the energy feels at the time. Thus, you may practice: hatha yoga, yin yoga, kundalini yoga, yoga nidra, mindfulness or loving kindness practices in those sessions.

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