Resiliency & Empowerment Trauma Informed Yoga Training, Portugal

  • Organizer: Portugal Yoga Retreats
  • Type: Yoga TTC
  • Starting From: 03-April-2020
  • Duration: 3 Days
  • Area: Algarve, Portugal
  • Food: Vegetarian, Vegan
  • Surrounding area: Near to Beach,Sea,Mountain,Close To Nature


Join Kirsten with Legacy Motion at the beautiful Bend It Like Buddha Yoga Retreat and School to learn how to incorporate restorative practices, invitational language, tools for self-regulation, trauma symptom intervention methods, trauma-informed postures, anatomy as related to trauma, creating a safe space, self-agency tools, and how to facilitate resiliency, empowerment, community, and peacebuilding through movement-based practices.

The course is also beneficial for massage therapists, body workers, yoga practitioners, energy healers, and people interested in alternative healing methods for clients, friends, and family.


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    Lisa Anne Furtado

    Core Subject: RYT 500 Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher

    L. Farrah Furtado is Canadian-Portuguese and is a Yoga Alliance E RYT 500 Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher, author of three spiritual best-selling award winning books, and director of Kaohsiung Yoga School and Bend it like Buddha Yoga in Portugal. She has lived in Asia for over 14 years, studying the healing arts in Buddhist monasteries in Taiwan, Balinese healing with energy healing masters in Ubud, and has trained in the traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa system and pranayama with BNS Iyengar, the lineage of Pattabhi Jois and Krishnamacharya in India. Farrah is a third degree Usui Reiki master.

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    Kirsten Wilkinson

    Core Subject: Hot Yoga

    She is a certified Hot Yoga and 200YTT yoga instructor with thousands of hours teaching moving bodies. Kirsten’s training comes from a broad background including Alexander Technique, LabanNotation, Dance Therapy, TCTSY, and Mind/Body Therapy. She is also the Director of International Programs at BodyWise Foundation.


The workshop will take place on Praia Da Rocha, a top beach in Portugal, next to three world-class beaches. Trip Advisor and Huffington Post mention Praia da Rocha as the best beach in Portugal.

  • Beach hubs, cafes, and shopping - 5 to 10 minutes
  • Monchique mountain trails - 30 minutes
  • Faro Airport (FAO) - 40 minutes

The modules for the 6-hour Ayurveda Massage training cover about 45 massage techniques with the client lying usually in a supine or lying-on-their-back position.

You will practice with instructors who specialize in alignment and are physiology experts, giving you lessons on yoga anatomy and how to safely teach yoga for beginners, elderly, and those who are in pain, with injuries, and many health conditions that are commonly seen in today's world.

You will also learn Myofascial release, which is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.

Applied yoga therapy is taught in a practical manner. Another highlight of this training program is an opportunity to learn Reiki and Ayurvedic Indian massage which is an ancient healing art involving intensive work on the body’s meridians utilizing assisted stretching, deep compression, channeling of breath, and rhythmic movements. It is traditionally performed on a fully dressed recipient lying on a thin floor mat with or without oils. Please inquire if interested and note that Reiki and Ayurveda Massage are optional.

The comprehensive yoga anatomy modules will set the foundation for a practice as a trauma yoga therapist. By keeping class sizes small, it is ensured that every student will work or gets worked on by the instructor, making the learning accurate and experiential. The Ayurveda, massage, and yoga anatomy modules are conducted from Friday-Sunday about 60 minutes per day (6 hours total).

The schedule is subject to small changes. Please do not hesitate to inquire if you have any questions about the schedule or subjects covered.

  • Friday 16:00 - 19:00
  • Saturday 09:00 - 18:00
  • Sunday 09:00 - 15:00

There is time in the schedule to enjoy the Praia da Rocha beach just 100 meters away from the Bend it like Buddha Yoga studio.

They offer 4-star hotel comfortable accommodations, all rooms have a kitchen, living room, bathroom, patio, free Wi-Fi, daily housekeeping. They have a swimming pool, spa with hot/wet sauna, nearby restaurants offering great food, and a yoga shala for your daily practice.

Nearby, there are restaurants with delicious organic vegetarian meals. There will be vegan options and the recommended chef can cater to all diets.

This yoga training is offered by highly experienced, talented, and compassionate instructors. All of their teachings are only on their specialty and expertise in their chosen disciplines. Together, all of the teachers have over 50 years of combined teaching experience.

Through this retreat, you will learn the ancient art and science of teaching yoga for people who have gone through trauma such as PTSD. You will also learn the incredible skill of adjustments and modifications for using props, by the lead instructor, yogic lifestyle off the mat, etc.This yoga training is suitable for all levels.

*Everyone is welcome but a year of yoga practice is recommended.

  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily multi-style yoga classes
  • Daily and pranayama sessions
  • Comprehensive, practical, and applied modules
  • The program welcomes all levels
  • 2 nights accommodation

Flor da Rocha


You will be staying at Flor da Rocha, located in the center of beautiful Praia Da Rocha beach, with soft golden sand framed by ochre cliffs. The tranquil beach has an amazing ability to make you relax almost instantly.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 15 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 15 days before arrival.