You are invited to spend 6 days soaking in natural beauty in the Azores. Filling your cup. Filling your well. Hiking the green hills. Soaking in the hot springs. Taking care of YOURSELF first and foremost.
Where are the Azores, you may ask?
The Azores are an archipelago of nine volcanic islands in the North Atlantic ocean and are an autonomous region of Portugal. The largest island is Sao Miguel with its capital city of Ponta Delgada. Geologically, these islands have been compared with Iceland, Ireland and Hawaii, with their volcanic heritage, lush green hills, striking cliffs, and deep blue water.
Beginning in the 15th century, the Azores were settled by people from Portugal, France, Spain, and Belgium, and enslaved people from Africa. Catholicism is strong here, with many religious festivals and celebrations throughout the year.
The moon will be NEW during this week - a perfect opportunity not only to bask in the expansive night sky full of stars, but also the perfect opportunity to take time out from your busy life and reflect on what you want to let go and envision what you want to bring in to your life at this time.
The trip begins on Sunday with a late afternoon circle, where we will "arrive" into our small group and begin to weave the web of the week. We will start to get to know each other, and you will have time and space to reflect on your intentions for your retreat.
Then we will partake in a welcome dinner at the hotel, where traditional dishes of the island are given a contemporary touch by the chefs. Fresh seafood, local dairy products, vegetables and tropical fruits are mainstays in the Azorean cuisine.
You will have the option of starting every day with qigong led by me on the hotel terrace. Qigong is an ancient Chinese health-enhancing practice for body, mind and spirit, and beautiful natural settings enhance its efficacy. I will teach you easy movements that will help your nervous system relax, help you feel more grounded in your body, and help you feel more connected with the Earth. Qigong can also benefit your joints, help detoxify your internal organs and strengthen their functioning.
Since sleep is a critical part of wellness, I encourage you to maximize your time spent in rest this week. A relaxed schedule is woven throughout the week, with Thursday the only day that we will leave the hotel around 9 am.
YOUR DAILY SCHEDULE
MONDAY: Morning Relaxation and Afternoon Tour
Monday morning is at your leisure. In the afternoon we will take a half day tour to the pineapple plantation and Sete Cidades, an extinct volcanic crater housing spectacular twin lakes that is officially listed as one of the “7 Wonders of Portugal.”
Starting at 10 AM, we will take a half-day walking food tour through the downtown of Ponta Delgada. We will visit a farmers' market, eateries, and shops, and our guide will orient us to the town and introduce us to Azorean history, lifestyle and culture while we sample numerous local dishes.
After a leisurely afternoon, you will have the option of joining in a sharing circle to talk about the trip thus far and check in with your intention(s).
WEDNESDAY: Full Day Tour
Today we will start around 9 AM for our daylong adventure visiting the Furnas Valley, center of geothermal activity on Sao Miguel and the 200-year-old Parque Terra Nostra, which contains flora native to the Azores as well as flora brought by settlers and visitors from other countries. Bring a non-white bathing suit and towel for the thermal baths!
THURSDAY and FRIDAY: Your Choice!
You will have two full days to do whatever you want. Two full days! You may choose to rest, hike, get a massage, wander around town, go horseback riding or kayaking, play golf or tennis, visit Materia 47 paint and pottery studio to make a craft in the local style, get a massage, lie around all day, or...?
Friday late afternoon we will meet for a closing circle, to share our gems, challenges and experiences from the week, how we have been changed by this unique place, and what we are taking home with us.
After our circle is our farewell dinner at the hotel.
SATURDAY: Final Day and Departure
We will enjoy brunch at the rooftop bar and spend our final moments on Sao Miguel, returning home full of island experiences and inner peace and rejuvenation.
The beautiful and locally-owned Senhora da Rosa hotel in Ponta Delgada is a 4-star property with an onsite spa and a special soaking pool inside a hothouse nursery for pineapples.
Moving through the world with an eye towards sustainability and regeneration is one of my core values as a traveler and a person. I am excited that the Azorean government has a division that coordinates sustainability efforts and initiatives in the tourism sector. The Azores are the first archipelago to be certified by EarthCheck as a Sustainable Tourism Destination.
Our hotel is owned by a local family and is a refurbished 18th century farm where oranges were grown.
Here is the rooftop terrace, with mountains in the distance.
You love traveling and want a relaxed experience in a different culture
You need a break from your busy life and want to "change the water in your aquarium"
You are curious about other cultures, landscapes, and cuisines
You want to nurture your body, mind and spirit in a beautiful place
You are interested in traveling to destinations that support and encourage sustainability and preservation of Nature and culture
You want to connect with other curious, adventurous, whole-hearted women
Three dinners (without drinks)
Half-day walking food tour
One half day and one full day of touring around the island
All admission fees during these planned excursions
All tips for included meals, activities and excursions
$2297 single room
$1997 twin or double room
Transportation and admission fees on days and half days not included in itinerary
Travel insurance - REQUIRED!
If you want to use the company I use, here is the link: https://www.allianztravelinsurance.com - you can put in my "Travel Agent ACCAM" #F211243.
Contact me at email@example.com with your interest. You can then Venmo @Jenny-Wood-50 or send a check for your $500 nonrefundable deposit to
Jenny Wood Wellness
8 Nonantum Lane
Chatham MA 02633
In the event that we don't meet the minimum number of women for the trip, your deposit will be returned or can be transferred to another trip with me.