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Azores Bliss, São Miguel Island
Mon 26 - Sat 31 May 2025

Discover Bliss in the Azores: From dawn to dusk, embrace the rhythm of the ocean, fostering deep inner peace and tranquillity. Immerse yourself in untouched natural beauty and savour freshly prepared, nourishing meals crafted with love. Engage in meaningful, thought-provoking conversations and experience the awe-inspiring majesty of nature’s wild beauty in the heart of the Atlantic Ocean.

Far away from your daily distractions, in a land that feels radically removed, each day will deepen our relationship to the elements of existence. Starting from the ground up, activate each part of your body:

Connect your roots to the earth and create steady foundations through your feet, legs and hips,
Open up the waters of your belly experiencing space for your processing and opening the channel from above and below,
Activate the fire of your core strengthening your connection to your energy and power,
Expand the capacity of your heart space, spread your wings and increase your house of love,
Experience the power of vibration, release your voice and allow the frequency of healing sounds tuning your body, heart and mind,
Allow pure light to penetrate your into your third eye and awaken the seat of your dreams and intuition.

A Typical Day on the Retreat:

  • 07:00Rise & Shine Routine in Silence
  • 07:30Morning Meditation
  • 08:00Smoothie & Tea
  • 08:30Morning Yoga Session
  • 10:30Brunch
  • 12:00Group Excursion or Free Time
  • 14:30 Snacks
  • 17:00Evening Yoga Session or Free Time
  • 18:30Dinner
  • 19:30Sharing Circle & Meditation
  • 21:00Bedtime & Noble Silence

Please note timings may vary depending on the location of the excursion and the weather. The schedule alternates evening practice and excursions.

Throughout the retreat, you’ll experience:

  • 5 Morning Practices x 2 hours
  • 5 Morning Meditations x 30 mins
  • 2 Evening Practices x 1,5 hours
  • 2 Excursions, including hikes to waterfalls & lakes
  • Visit to Hot Springs
  • Whale Watching
  • Sound Healing
  • Fire Ceremony
  • All brunches, snacks and dinners included
  • 1 hour guided tour of the monastery steeped with ancient and rich information about the intentions behind the project
  • Transportation provided for all activities and transfers to and from Ponta Delgada Airport (within offered arrival and departure times – taxis may be arranged at extra cost outside offered transfers).

*All activities are optional

Save 10% with early bird prices until August 1. Early bird pricing starts  at 1.250€ per person (based on shared accommodation). This includes accommodation, meals, transport, yoga practices, meditations, excursions, hot springs and whale watching.

Book flights to Ponta Delgada Airport, São Miguel

A hidden paradise in the middle of the Atlantic

Discover the Azores: An archipelago of 9 breathtaking islands, where nature’s beauty thrives amidst stunning landscapes and vibrant volcanic wonders, where azure blue waters, lush greenery, and friendly locals create an unforgettable experience of tranquility and exploration.

Discover the Azores, a place that feels like stepping back in time amidst the vastness of the ocean. Often referred to as the Hawaii of Europe, these unspoiled islands offer a sub-tropical climate with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 21°C. During the month of May all the flowers come into bloom, with sunnier days and increased chances of spotting dolphins and whales, making it an ideal time to experience the pleasant weather and enjoy the natural wonders of the islands.

The Azores’ underdeveloped and unspoiled nature, located in the middle of the ocean, sets it apart, ensuring exceptional air, water and land quality. As you immerse yourself in this vibrant environment, prepare to have your senses awakened and invigorated. The living land will embrace you, allowing your entire system to unwind and find solace in nature’s embrace.

Experience retreat life in a stunning 17th century monastery facing the ocean

The monastery has been lovingly restored and furnished with biblical and pagan art inspiring us to delve into a space out of time. Ancient architecture offers seclusion and silence, the design inspired by sacred geometry and constellations supports a deep inward journey, the song of the cloister fountain reawakens the inner stirrings of our own nature. With plenty of terraces, lounges, gardens and even pineapple plantations, you’ll find your own favourite corners to read, write or simply be in awe and contemplation. There is also a large swimming pool for you to enjoy and a fire pit for ceremony.

Just a short stroll from the monastery is the centre of one of the most beautiful villages of the island. You can also enjoy a short walk to a nearby beach or the cliffs.

By staying at the monastery, you will be supporting a local non-profit, reinvesting in the local community, helping support and honour the wisdom and mystical energy held in these ancient walls.

Deliciously Nourished by Devii Alderman

Australian born and raised on an organic farm, Devii was brought up around local and seasonal produce.  This knowledge and experience shaped her career as she went on to open a restaurant in Morocco, work in the super yacht industry for over 15 years and staged at various restaurants around the world including Bar Tartine, San Francisco and Blue Hill Stone Barns, NY.  The latter headed by Chef Dan Barber who is at the forefront of the farm to table, sustainable, and no waste movement.

It is Devii’s passion to nourish people with delicious, locally sourced, organic and sustainable food and she looks forward to sharing her passion and feeding you.

Hosted and lead by Saskia Griffiths

Saskia is committed to deepening her studies of our bodies, movement, consciousness and health. Having curated and lead over 30 retreats world-wide, Saskia brings together her experience from her early years in real estate, to scout exceptional locations and create unforgettable and deeply transformational retreats. Her passion for retreats comes from the powerful transformations she witnesses in her students. This special time away from daily routines, where we dive deep into healing and liberating practices, offers results that show not just in the sparkle of your eyes and the shine of your skin, but also in your increased agility, energy and strength. Saskia witnesses students return home feeling not only lighter and brighter, but also with greater clarity and peace. Each retreat is sacred and unique, a true gift of time to dedicate to our highest.

Pricing & Booking

PRICES:

**Early Bird Pricing For Bookings Confirmed by August 1st**
**After Aug 1st Prices Increase 10%**

  • Twin Bed in Shared Room – Annex: 1.250€
    Outside the main building – view onto the entrance courtyard
  • Twin Bed in Shared Room – Ground Floor: 1.375€
    Within the monastery building – view onto the gardens
  • Twin Bed in Shared Room – 1st Floor: 1.475€
    Within the monastery – natural light, views over the gardens and beyond

*All bedrooms have a private bathroom
*Book a private room for an additional 600€

To secure your spot, a 700€ deposit is required
Balance is due by end of April 2025
Follow this link to secure your spot

*Possibility to book extra nights in the convent after the retreat ends, not possible prior to the retreat
*Ask for our list of recommended places to stay in Ponta Delgada before or after the retreat

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE:

  • Arrival: Ponta Delgada Airport Monday, May 26th between 12 noon and 16:00 hrs
  • Departure: Ponta Delgada Airport Saturday, May 31st after 12 noon
    *transfers will be provided within the above times, you may arrive or depart outside these transfer times by taxi (approx 30€)

INCLUDED:

  • 5 nights accommodation in the monastery
  • Transportation to and from Ponta Delgada Airport within provided times
  • Daily brunch, snacks and light dinners
  • 13 hrs Yoga Sessions, 5 x 30 mins Meditations, Hikes, Hot springs, Sound Bath, and Whale Watching

EXCLUDED:

  • Flights (We recommend checking Edreams and Momondo for the best deals)
  • Private Sessions Offered at discounted rate 65€

ALL LEVELS WELCOME:

This retreat is open to participants of all levels, including beginners. Whether you are new to these practices or have previous experience, you are invited to join us and embark on this transformative journey.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions:

saskiagriffiths@gmail.com or (+34) 634 352 983

We’ve really enjoyed your Yoga session. The mixture of classical yoga exercises, partner exercises and meditation was a brilliant combination that all participants – regardless of the level of fitness and Yoga familiarity – have really enjoyed. One of the participants said to me that he had never before felt so relaxed and he would feel like he was walking on clouds! Thanks so much for this amazing Yoga session Saskia!

AdidasGlobal Team Building Event

We were so excited but I don't think any of us expected just how perfectly blissful it was going to be.You managed to negotiate the logistics of such a diverse bunch of people coming from all over to this retreat all for very different reasons without missing a beat. The yoga on the pool deck was wonderful, the food fresh and delicious. We loved our free time to explore the island and in fact the only change I would make in future is to come a day earlier and stay a day later to truly experience its magic. I love that you are fantastically human and life's pleasures are not only allowed but to be enjoyed! We are all constantly trying so hard to find a balance in life and I think you teach that best of all.

Toni SavageMallorca

As a class instructor, Saskia manages to create an environment that is welcoming and inclusive, blending focused instruction with laughter and sillyness. She is consistent while still allowing for flexibility to adapt to any specific needs that arise in a given class, and she has a clear depth of knowledge of the practice. She always seems to know when to cue additional reminders, and how to maintain a positive energy throughout the class. Her authenticity, love of the practice, and desire to help others along on their own personal improvement journey are obvious to all who are lucky enough to experience one of her classes.

Cori McDermottColorado USA

Saskia is a fantastic teacher of the incredible Bowspring method. I was recently able to benefit from a whole week's retreat with Saskia during which we practiced Bowspring and meditation. This retreat really provided me with the chance to nourish body, mind and soul and brought me a great amount of physical healing and a vast amount of peace to me. I could practically feel my body rearranging itself in response to Saskia's teachings and manipulations of my body! The benefits were immediate and so far are lasting, which is a spectacular success! I came to the retreat with a bad hip (I didn't and do not expect this to be healed!) and a stiff lower back, a head full of worries and a lot of fear of not being able to practice Bowspring to its fullest - Saskia showed me ways of doing this and I got everything out of the retreat that I had hoped for or could have wished for.

Saskia has a huge amount of wisdom, knowledge and insight and teaches and shares this with profound compassion, sensitivity, love, care and enormous passion. I was and still am a beginner but I can already feel how this method and Saskia's teaching are transformational. I have a lot more mobility in my hip and less pain, my back feels less seized-up and all my other little aches and pains (shoulders, neck, the usual) were gone. I also noticed this when practicing my other sports, mainly road-cycling and swimming upon my return home. Prior to this wonderful, refreshing and mind-opening retreat I had the privilege to have Saskia teach me the basics online via Skype for 10 sessions. I could already then not believe how insightful Saskia is and how observant and analytical of posture and movement, even remotely! This encouraged me to do the retreat and my mind was then fully blown! I treated myself to an individual session with Saskia addressing my specific difficulties and pains and she also gave me a massage and moulding/manipulation, which was amazing too.

Throughout the event Saskia teaches a wonderful and liberating philosophy with thoughts that help free the mind and heart and teaches participants to assume responsibility for their lives, thoughts, bodies and minds. Her teaching, both physical and mental, is empowering, liberating, compassionate and her words are beautiful and come from the (radiant) heart. She lives what she preaches and that is evident in every moment, as she practically glows with beauty, inspiration, wisdom, passion and strength. It was a privilege to be there with her for the week and if I can repeat this wonderful experience, I will do my very best to do so!

The organisation of the event was faultless. The setup is fabulous, the location splendid, beautiful and peaceful, the food wonderful - nourishing, plentiful, wholesome and cleansing (thanks Devii!). The talks (formal and informal) were enlightening and Saskia's patience has no equal! The passion, joy, belief and love Saskia brings to her teaching, the Bowspring method and the associated therapeutic belief system are inspiring. I had an amazing time at the retreat, I learnt lots and came back full of motivation and inspiration, new-found flexibility and in general the aspiration to be a better person for myself and everyone around me.

Thank-you, Saskia, keep on shining the light for us all!

Martine KeyteUK

My first yoga class ever was with you and my first series of classes afterwards. After every class I felt stronger, calmer, had more balance in life and not simply physical ability. Even as an athlete, I found a new appreciation for movement and have continued my practice ever since.

Stefan GrecuCanada

The most amazing experience of my life. Bar my son. Saskia you are truly awesome! I cannot put into words how I feel as a result of my 5 days with you. All I can say... - is that I love you! Especially for enlightening me in a way I didn't believe possible, yet I achieved it. Your retreat is second to none. You have given me peace, I felt I was there already but I was wrong until today. Your god given gift is your vocation.

Barbara HodgeMallorca

I feel very lucky that I got the chance to work with Saskia and I have made improvements in my flexibility that I didn't think were possible. I believe that one of the reasons I can train so hard and remain injury free is down to the regular yoga practice I have been doing with Saskia.

Rob MartinOwner/Head Coach CrossFit Mallorca, 2012 Spanish CrossFit Champion