Algarve Retreat Venue for Yoga and Coaching

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Bodhi Bhavan



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Overview - Algarve Retreat Center "Bodhi Bhavan"

Retreat Center for Yogateachers and Coaches in the Algarve

​The seminar house Bodhi Bhavan is located on the mountain Picota and offers you and your group a magnificent view over the Monchique Mountains between Algarve and Alentejo in Portugal.

The property is set on 6 acres of land in the middle of nature and offers enough space for your participants.

The highlight is the fresh spring water, which rises from the mountain at various places on the property and can be drunk directly from the spring.


The main house which is centrally located on the property has 8 charming bedrooms with bathroom ensuite and a large living room kitchen and a huge terrace.


​The heated studio is located above the main house and offers breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains and is ideal for yoga, pilates, tai chi, workshops, training and other group activities.

This well-equipped retreat center is always exclusive to you. So you can design the retreat program according to your wishes and you are undisturbed.

Accomodation - Algarve Retreat Center "Bodhi Bhavan"


8 sleeping rooms with bathroom

Your Retreat location has  8 heated charming sleeping rooms that meet the latest standards.

Each bedroom has 2 single beds and can be used as a single oder double room. The memory foam mattresses provide a relaxing and restful sleep.

Due to the location of the rooms there is enough privacy for your participants. Four of the rooms have a private entrance, while the other four rooms are accessible from the living room.

This retreat center has 8 heated and comfortable sleeping rooms with bathrooms ensuite and space for up to 16 people.

communal areas

The Algarve Retreat Center on the Picota in the Monchique Mountains offers enough space for group activities and workshops. In addition to the protected seminar room there is a large outdoor terrace, which invites to yoga classes, Pilates lessons or trainings in the midst of nature. The main house has a spacious living room with outdoor terrace. The seminar house is suitable for your retreat or training all year round, due to the central heating and the fireplace which provide warmth and coziness even in cold weather.

living room

The charming living room with its large dining table offers your group enough space to eat together. At the sitting area with fireplace you can relax and let the evening fade away in a cozy atmo.


In the large kitchen with Portuguese style, modernity and tradition has been skillfully combined and invites the guest to stay.

In addition to a rustic cast-iron wood stove that provides pleasant warmth in winter, there is a modern gas oven and kitchen appliances. Through a large door there is direct access to the outdoor terrace.

seminar room

The heated yoga shala features yoga mats, pads, upholstery, straps and meditation cushions as well as projector, screen and sound system.

Next to the 50m² seminar room there is a 100m² terrace for outdoor activities and yoga under the open sky.

The retreat center features a large yoga shala with an outdoor deck, a living room with kitchen and 8 double bedrooms with bathrooms ensuite. Through the heated rooms, the retreat venue is available all year round.


6 hectares of natural land with old stone terraces

On the large property there are enough places to meditate, rest or to enjoy the beauty of nature.

In addition to fruit trees such as lemon, orange, fig, apricot and apple, there are also cork oaks, palm trees and the typical Portuguese strawberry tree (Medronho).

The entire garden is managed according to permaculture principles. In the lower part you will find the vegetable garden and a food forest. In the upper garden area is the 15 meter long pool with terrace and sun loungers (under construction).

Enjoy wonderful days with your clients in our retreat center in the Monchique Mountains in Portugal and be inspired by the permaculture garden and the fantastic view.

Surroundings - Algarve Retreat Center "Bodhi Bhavan"

Hiking trails


The surrounding area is great for long hikes through nature. There are several hiking trails starting right at the retreat center, and the summit of the Picota is just a short walk away, rewarding you with a great view of the Algarve’s southern coast.


The nearest town, Monchique, is located between Algarve and Alentejo on Foia, the highest mountain in the Algarve. The small market town with cobbled streets and typical Portuguese houses offers some sights and a good selection of restaurants and cafes.


Both the south coast with the impressive rock formations and beaches along the cliffs as well as the rougher west coast with its extensive and almost deserted beaches and good surfing conditions are easily accessible and worth a visit.

In the immediate surrounding of the Retreat center you will find unique nature with hiking trails, fresh springs and small mountain villages. Spend relaxing days with your participants in beautiful nature, but still easy to reach.

Our services

A retreat is much more than a venue. Sun & soul organizes your retreat as a 100% tailor made package from A-Z out of one hand.

Whatever you need, we will organize it for you. Whether you want a full catering à la carte every day or if you prefer self catering or any other food service. Everything is possible.

Do you want to offer sightseeing trips, sport activities or visits to museums during your retreat. No problem, we will organize it for you. Massages or shuttle services? Everything is possible.

You concentrate on your coaching and the participants, we keep your head free by taking care of everything around.

Organizing and hosting a tailor made retreat has never been so easy, comfortable, time- and cost efficient!

Examples of services, that we offer to our retreat groups

Below you find a small extract of services that we can offer. Feel free to contact us, if you have any wish. There is nothing that we cannot organize. We will gladly assist you and organize it for you. You will not have to care about anything. Tell us what you need. We will add it to your retreat package.

Fado night
Fado is one of the world famous cultural heritages of Portugal. In Fado the portuguese express their feeling of "saudade", which noone else than a portuguese can feel or describe.
Cave visits
Visit the beatiful caves of the Algarvian coast. Choose which kind of excursion you prefer. Direct visits to the caves with old traditinal fishermen's boats, daytrips along the coast with a big sailing boats.

The possibilities are endless. The choice is yours!

Massages & Wellness treatments
Offer your guests a wellness massage or other beauty treatments.

Choose whether you want to have this service directly in the Venue or if you prefer it on the beach or elsewhere.
Soulfood and other catering options
Every retreat is different. And so are the catering options on your retreat.

With sun & soul everything is possible. From simple self catering up to three meals per day à la carte.

Special dietary? No problem. Tell us your needs and requirements. You will get exactly what you are looking for.
City trips
Faro, Lagos, Silves, Ferragudo or Loulé...
You will not be able to visit all the beatiful cities in the Algarve.
But nevertheless, we can suggest some beautiful places, that fit to your needs and we can organize all kind of guided tours for you and your retreat group.

The modular retreat system

There is nothing, that we can not organize for you. Just think of any service, that you want us to organize and contact us. We will make sure, that you get exactly what you want and we will simply add it to your tailormade retreat. You do not have to care about anything. We are your contact for every service and we offer everything to you out of one hand.


  • We provide the material needed for your retreat.
  • It does not matter if you need a projector, flipchart, yoga mats, etc. Neither you nor your participants need to bring. The luggage and the costs for the arrival and departure will thus be drastically reduced.

And even more

  • Is there anything that is not yet covered by our blocks? We'll organize it for you!
  • Flight bookings for your participants, shuttle services, lectures, marketing. Let your imagination run wild.

Settlement & Security

  • sun & soul has the legally required insurance you need for your retreat.
  • We handle the entire booking process.

Other retreat venues and accomodations in the Algarve

This is only one of a countless number of retreat venues that are available for our service. We organize your retreat in private holiday villas or small boutique hotels / B&B’s  in the Algarve in southern Portugal.

The primary concern is always to offer a venue, that fits exactly and completely to your needs and that you have completely for yourself and your group. Organizing retreats in private retreat villas makes sure, that on your retreat everyone will feel highly comfortable and a real group-feeling comes up. A feeling that is crucial for a highly recreational and target oriented retreat or coaching holiday.

Vivenda Vale Verde

Private retreat villa in the Algarve for up to 13 people.

Sea-view, close to the sea and all amenities, big natural garden.

Many beautiful cities around and a lot of cutlural and sport activities available in the surroundings.

Casa das Assumadas

Private retreat villa, near to Albufeira, Algarve for up to 15 people.

Old farmhouse consisting of three independent units. Comfortably renovated and keeping its old charme.

Big garden, swimming-pool, Jacuzzi.

Your private retreat villa

Let us know, what you are looking for. 
We will find the perfect retreat venue in the Algarve, that fits exactly to your needs and requirements.
We offer all additional services for your retreat as 100% tailormade all in one feel good package.
Concentrate on your coaching / training and your participants. We will take care of all the rest.

sun & soul

Our Team

I am familiar with the Algarve and know what services the participants of your retreat wish. It gives me tremendous pleasure to organize exactly these services for you and your coaching group and to organize your retreat for you.
Because I want your retreat to stand out from the crowd.

Since my first visit to the Algarve more than 25 years ago, I have succumbed to the beauty of Portugal’s south, the climate, the still existing unspoilt nature and the sea. In many stays of several years living, working and studying, I got to know not only the language, but also the country and people, as well as the culture of Portugal. These experiences help me to organize Retreats in the Algarve with special charm, excursions to the most beautiful places and services of all kinds.

Mindfulness for me means more than yoga, meditation and personal training or coaching. Sustainability and regionality, but also comfort, togetherness and travel are part of it for me. At sun & soul I make sure for you that mindfulness in all its facets is guaranteed on your retreat. Together with you we create a special retreat.

Two hearts beat in me: organization, planning and travel on the one hand and mindfullness, yoga and healthy eating on the other hand. With sun & soul I combine my organizational talent with the aspects of a mindful and sustainable way of life and support you to organize the perfect retreat for your participants!

Lead a retreat! Why choose sun & soul?

A successful retreat is based on two pillars: good coaching and a great atmosphere and setting. We organize your mindfulness retreat from A-Z according to your wishes and take care of the smooth running. So on your group trip both conditions for an outstanding experience of your participants are fulfilled:

  • You focus on your guests.
  • We provide the perfect setting.

This creates real added value and is the basis for an all-round successful retreat and satisfied guests.

Save time and stress. Let sun & soul organize your retreat in the Algarve.

Our Service

Whether yoga vacation, seminar week, retreats, work or small group and coaching trip. Before and during the event, you want to fully concentrate on planning and executing your coaching. Your customers are the focus and you want to give them an unforgettable, beautiful and enriching experience. That’s why we take over the organization of your mindfulness retreat and keep your back free!

We are your team: All you have to do is bring your own group and coach. We take care of everything else!

Why sun & soul?

Everything you would otherwise have to put together individually and book piece by piece, we will do for you. In addition, you benefit from our network, experience, tour operator price advantages, reduced accounting complexity, insurance coverage and the fact that we know exactly what’s important when organising your retreat.

Because mindfulness is not a phrase for us. We live it every day.

What are the advantages for you?

We organize and coordinate each part of the retreat for you and put it together in one package. So you can concentrate on your coaching / training and focus on your participants. This is an invaluable advantage. Because if you spend your days coordinating and organizing each item during the retreat, your participants will not receive the attention and service they expect and deserve. We are your solution to this problem. Concentrate on your core competencies, we’ll do the rest for you.

We know the Algarve, the people, the beauty of nature and the local language. We have a network and are your guarantee for a perfectly planned and completed retreat. Benefit from us! Your customers will appreciate it.

As a registered tour operator, we handle the entire booking process and the payment process. We will ensure that all the legal requirements for your retreat are met and also free you from the issues of complicated travel tax rules that apply to coaching and retreat travel.

We are the only company that organizes Retreats in private holiday homes. There will be noone else than you and your group present. This ensures that you find the perfect conditions to create exactly the atmosphere and the group feeling that is important to reach the goals of the retreat.

We make sure that your retreat becomes an unforgettable and beautiful experience for you and your party.

What does our service cost?

Every retreat is unique, just like our packages. We create a retreat that fits your needs, requirements and budget. As a tour operator we have access to better prices for accommodation and services of all kinds. Simply contact us and we will make you a good offer.

You will not see an invoice from us. After the retreat you will give us an invoice for your profit. You have nothing to do with the cost of the services of your retreat. We will pay them.


6 Hektar großes Naturgrundstück mit alten Steinterrassen

Auf dem großen Grundstück gibt es genügend Plätze zum Meditieren, ausruhen oder um die Schönheit der Natur zu genießen.

Neben Obstbäumen wie Zitrone, Orange, Feige, Aprikose und Apfel gibt es auch Korkeichen, Palmen und den typisch portugiesischen Erdbeerbaum (Medronho).

Der gesamte Garten wird nach Permakultur Prinzipien bewirtschaftet. Im unteren Teil findet ihr den Gemüsegarten sowie einen Food Forest. Im oberen Gartenbereich befindet sich der 15 Meter lange Pool mit Terrasse und Sonnenliegen (im Bau).