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3 Day Resiliency and Empowerment Trauma Informed Yoga Training in Portimão, Portugal
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(No availability) 3 Day Resiliency and Empowerment Trauma Informed Yoga Training in Portimão, Portugal

Bend It Like Buddha Yoga, Praia Da Rocha, Avenida Tomás Cabreira, Verandas do Sol 3, Loja 1, Portimão, Portugal

Portugal Yoga Training for All Levels

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.

Meet the instructors

L. Farrah & Kirsten
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  • 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

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


3 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 18 participants
Airport transfer available:
Faro Airport (US$48 per person)
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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.

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.


Legacy Motion is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization committed to promoting resiliency, empowerment, trauma resolution, psychosocial coexistence, community, and peacebuilding through restorative, movement-based practices. Through interrelated projects Legacy Motion dedicates itself to evaluating, creating, and implementing high quality, sustainable programs based on experience and collaborations in the field.

Skill level

Beginners are welcome to join the training, however, six months to one year of experience is highly recommended

Training program

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. 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.

This training is popular to social workers, civil servants, healthcare professionals, teachers, yoga instructors, and anyone surviving trauma or working with survivors of trauma. 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 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. 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.


This yoga training is suitable for all levels. Everyone is welcome but a year of yoga practice is recommended.


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.


L. Farrah Furtado

Kirsten Wilkinson


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

Nearby places

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


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

The following meals are included:

  • Snacks

The following drinks are included:

  • Tea

What's included

  • Daily multi-style yoga classes
  • Daily meditation and pranayama sessions
  • 2 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Extra exursions/actvities
  • All meals and drinks

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO). Transfers from this airport are not yet included in the package but are available at an additional cost of 39 EUR. You may also arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). For more information on how to get to the venue from this airport, please send Bend It Like Buddha Yoga an inquiry.

Airport: Faro Airport Airport transfer available: Faro Airport (US$48 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

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