Holywood's Cheryl Parsons runs yoga retreats

Holywood’s Cheryl Parsons runs yoga retreats

FEELING stressed out or overworked? This summer you can escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life on a soul-reviving yoga retreat to Portugal’s unspoiled Western Algarve.

Dive into a week of transformational yoga, meditation and much more from June 29 – July 5, 2014, on a summer yoga experience set in the stunning Monte Velho Eco Resort, nestled in the hills above the Atlantic coastline.

The retreat is organised by The Peace Lily, a partnership between two dynamic yoga instructors, Cheryl Parsons, a former Holywood, Co. Down resident, who now teaches yoga in Dubai, and Lisa Murphy, from the USA.

During the retreat participants can enjoy the peace and tranquility of the stunning Monte Velho Eco Resort, while indulging in two daily yoga and meditation sessions and three freshly prepared healthy meals per day, with many of the ingredients sourced from Monte Velho’s very own organic gardens.

The retreat also allows for plenty of free time to explore the various experiences the resort and surrounding area has to offer, including trekking, cycling, surfing or simply relaxing in a hammock. Monte Velho Eco Resort also features a holistic horse-riding centre for a truly unique experience.

Cheryl Parsons from The Peace Lily said yoga-themed retreats have become increasingly popular in recent years:

“As a busy mum, I know that life can get really hectic, and how difficult it can be to take any time for yourself, whether you’re a multi-tasking parent or an overworked employee.

“The retreat will give people the chance to press pause on their busy schedules and to enjoy the healing practice of yoga and meditation.

“Monte Velho is a truly amazing setting and we have no doubt this retreat will leave you feeling totally refreshed.”

Prices for the summer yoga retreat start from £740 per person sharing and include six nights accommodation, two daily yoga and meditation sessions, three delicious meals per day and optional sunset meditations. Family rates are also available.

A relaxing yoga retreat at Amado Retreat

A relaxing yoga retreat at Amado Retreat

Jet2, Flybe, Easyjet and Aer Lingus all offer direct flights from Belfast to Faro airport, a short drive from the unique yoga resort. Transfers can be pre-arranged.

The Monte Velho Eco Resort is enclosed in 34 hectares of pristine pine forest in the midst of the beautiful natural park of Costa Vincentina. The nearby beach of Amado is a top surfing hotspot and was voted one of Conde Nast Traveller Magazine’s top 20 beaches in the world last year.

The Peace Lily was founded in 2011 by friends Cheryl Parsons and Lisa Murphy. Cheryl from Holywood, Co. Down currently teaches at one of Dubai’s most popular yoga studios, Zen Yoga, and is a 500 hour + Yoga Alliance accredited instructor.

Lisa, also Yoga Alliance registered, has been teaching yoga around the globe for over a decade and is now based in Kansas City, USA. As a team, Cheryl and Lisa have more than 30 years of yoga experience having studied and taught all around the world, from USA to Bali and the Middle East to India.

For more information on the summer yoga retreat or to book, visit or email

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