When we move cities we move physically and also emotionally. It is a given we expect to feel slightly different but this move from London to Portugal has been nothing short of remarkable stirring the biggest shift mentally inside. An awakening! This renewed outlook on life is the true reason for the birth, growth and existence of this yoga retreat project in Portugal; Chia Retreats. There has been a sense of calling and desire to share this feeling with YOU. It is our story and the seed that planted the idea for Chia Retreats…
You see time is somehow slower here, it feels almost at a standstill in comparison to my old life! In cafes the seemingly endless waiting at a table for a waitress to come over, take your order and serve your coffee which you then pay for by bill at the end or a bank transition which involves a face to face meeting and ends with a handshake. This is the Portuguese way of life! There is a heart, strong and you can hear and feel the drum of its beat.
Initially this level of human service, connection and overall slower pace was met with much frustration. My distinct annoyance at all of this made me realise how my patience had hit rock bottom which was effecting my stress levels. It began to unravel that my previous desire for speed was really unnecessary! It was time to breathe more slowly and slow down!
My mindset shifted and actually with time began to enjoy these quirky ways, they felt more human and made me live more in the moment. This service not fast, sleek, efficient service as we know in London but personal, human and real service. Somehow these everyday acts of kindness contribute to a greater feeling of wellbeing and renewed sense of identity, no longer a number but a person, a feeling of re-birth was happening inside of me!! It sounds strange but living here, this sense of community and feeling cared for all contributed to feeling more alive, spending time to savour moments and living life more fully. Starting to wake up and notice the sound and feeling of this heartbeat, embrace and be a part of it, like family.
COME AND BECOME MORE
- Feel more
- Live more in the moment
- Enjoy more human acts of kindness
- Feel a greater sense of identity
- Feel more cared for
- Be part of a rich community
- Savour the moments more
- Live a more fuller life
Now not suggesting you upsticks and move too, that would not be an option for everyone, however, the belief in this feeling is too good not to share with you in some way.
And that is it, feeling cared for, nourished and part of a big family, that is our belief, aim and desire for you. Combining these feelings of wellbeing with uplifting yoga wellness practice, nourishing food all set in gorgeous green nature, well Chia Retreats was born, we bring you the best yoga retreats in Portugal. Love well, live well and let go. Come, be part of something deeper and feel richer for it.
Chia Retreats. It is about feelings.0