LiquidRoots JOga Retreat by BodyRoots℠
This summer I am thrilled to return to my island roots to host my 4th Annual SUP JOga Retreat in Terceira Island, Azores!
Prepare to find yourself in the magical lost world of Atlantis. The Azores island archipelago is drop center of the Atlantic ocean off of Portugal and a raw, natural, volcanic Atlantis where the ocean meets the sky.
Your adventure will be lead by our Azorean born native New Yorker and the BodyRoots NYC and BodyRoots Azores founder, JOana Meneses. Combining the best of her european upbringing and 18 year international movement professional skills, JO will have you connecting your Mind & Body to the flow of the ocean and the undeniable energy of the island’s volcanic rock from head to toe to soul.
You decide how your days go down. From daily classes, hikes to the clouds, fresh traditional Azorean cuisine, to plenty of downtime in and around our 4-Star infinity pool/beach front accommodations located in the center of one of UNESCO’s world classified sites, Angra do Heroismo.
2019 LiquidRoots Retreat
August 7-13 (SOLD OUT)
SUP JOga- a combo of Yoga, Pilates and Body weight exercises on and off Stand Up Paddle Boards with the BodyRoots Floating Fitness System®
Terceira Island, Azores Portugal
BodyRoots NYC and our Azorean Tribe
August 7-13, 2019 - Adventure Retreat (SOLD OUT)
10 off-the-beaten-path type of tribe
$2,500 / Private Room
$2,150 / Shared Room
Lages Airport, Terceira Island, Azores (TER)
Direct 4.5 hour flight from Boston
Direct 6.5 hour flight from Toronto
Most will be brief layover options in Lisbon or Saint Michael’s Island (Sao Miguel) - Ponta Deladga Airport
Azores Local team will be there with name card to pick you up at Terçeira Airport.
*Airfare not included
For more information on our Summer 2020 retreats,
Want to learn about the LiquidRoots SUP JOga Adventure Retreat right from Founder/Creator JOana Meneses? Visit the Grace&Grit Podcast page here to listen to JOana share her story about how her Azorean roots and this one-of-a-kind experience was born!
"What an amazing experience BodyRoots Azores was. I am relatively new at yoga so I thought this would be a wonderful challenge to try SUP Yoga for the first time. Well everything about this trip was a first. It was a wonderfully organized trip. It was part yoga retreat, met the most magnificent island in the Atlantic and then sprinkled in a little culture and culinary exploration. It was the perfect trip for all ages. I am 50+ and never felt that I was on the wrong trip even though everybody was a bit younger and more experienced than me. BodyRoots was able to adjust for each persons level, which is rare. Everybody was challenged and everybody came home in great shape and full of appreciation for an island nobody has ever heard of." – C.R.
“I came across Joana and the Liquid Roots JOga Retreat online when I was looking for my next vacation and yoga retreats around the world. I have always wanted to visit the Azores and thought how awesome would it be to join a yoga retreat out there! When I contacted Jo, I found out the Liquid Roots experience is unique in so many ways:
Terceira - I heard about Sao Miguel, but Terceira is the real gem in Azores in my opinion. It is only recently welcoming more travelers, so it is not overridden with tourists and still has a genuine charm. Terceira is such a wonderful balance of nature, beach, food and culture.
Jo! Jo is from Terceira, so everyday felt like a friend was taking me (and my new friends) around her home. She included so many thoughtful touches because it was important that we get to fully experience her home. Our opening dinner was at one of her favorite restaurants with live music from a group in her town. We went to a bull run in a small village and enjoyed food and festivities with locals. We met her old friends who brought us hiking and showed us around his studio. She was also wonderful host - welcoming, relaxed and attentive to everyone in the group. It was so easy to come solo and feel comfortable from the beginning.
JOga - Two types of yoga! Every morning, we had SUP yoga on a custom designed SUP system in a beautiful, local beach. Every evening, we had JOga (Jo's unique style of yoga that incorporates different yoga styles and pilates) in an epic outdoor location, including near a lighthouse and at a beach in her town. I consider myself a beginner in yoga and only did SUP yoga once before the retreat, but Jo caters to all levels and I was easily able to participate in everything.
We also had a professional photographer taking photos of our SUP and Joga sessions, great meals at the island's best restaurants and the good company of a small group of travelers. I could not have had a better experience. I have traveled around the world and appreciate different destinations and experiences, but I am so grateful one of my most unique travel experiences was in Terceira!” - R.T.
“Where to begin! I will start with what does not even touch the surface of the incredibleness that is Terceira Island and the BodyRoots Retreat. There is the islands vibrant colors from its natural beauty, the quaint villages that take you back in time, the delicious Azorean cuisine, and it’s warm-hearted people. Terceira Island holds all the best qualities that an off the beaten path type of traveler would want to experience. This is just the Island I’m talking about, and the BodyRoots Retreat on the Island makes it ten fold!
Imagine waking up to an ocean view every morning before starting your day of poetic movement on and off the water, that Joana Meneses takes you through. You’re drinking an espresso, looking out over an infinity pool that runs into a deep blue horizon and a spectacular view of Mt. Brazil. During the day you get to be playful on the water, and every evening you get to restore with movement at a new beach, not expecting the next one to be more breathtaking than the last. With accommodations right in the center of it all, you can easily walk to a restaurant or cafe and eat some of the best Portuguese food you may ever have, and can’t find on the mainland. Celebrate with the local villages during the running of the bulls, drink, dance, and eat a giant donut! You quickly come to find that this is not your typical mind/body type of retreat. If you want a cultural experience on top of getting in touch with your true movement abilities then this is absolutely a thing for you. I could go on about the retreat and the island, but it would probably turn into a book. I will end my testimonial with this...
It’s not so much a retreat, but more of a time to disconnect from our on-the-go type of lifestyle and into a day in the life of an Azorean from the Island of Terceira. JOana having native roots on the island delivers above and beyond what you would expect from a “retreat.” By the time the week is over, you feel like a true Terceiran, you have been welcomed with open arms by its people, if I may say, “your roots have been planted.” As a world traveler and having gone on multiple retreats, I feel confident in saying this is by far the most memorable and meaningful experience I’ve had. My roots have definitely been planted on the Island and I can’t wait to return to this magical place.” - K.R.
"This trip was a great opportunity to discover and explore not just a new country but also myself. It held many beautiful firsts for me. My first time in the Azores, Portugal, my first yoga retreat and the first time I traveled for myself. The week gave me many different aspects in connecting to both mind/body and nature. The twice-daily workouts with SUP yoga on the ocean and sunset mat yoga surrounded by postcard perfect views, helped me deepen my practice in the arm's of this island paradise. Other than the high regard that JOana had shared with me over the years and her adoration for her island roots, I did not know anything about the Azores. I found it to be a hidden diamond in the rough. It was a really interesting place built on tradition, sincere hospitality and beautiful volcanic landscapes!” - C.F.
“Some experiences in life are hard to put into words. You feel them. You experience them. They become a part of you. This was the 2016 Azores SUP JOga Retreat for me. I had no idea what to expect from a retreat like this as it was my first of its kind. I was also coming off ankle surgery and wasn’t sure how much I would be able to do. My fears were unfounded, as JOana worked with me to make sure that I modified anything the group was doing to suit my bodies needs and not slow down the group. She is a master at this!
Everything from the pickup at the airport to the incredible team she assembled in Terceira was first class. Our hotel was fantastic and the location was paradise. I’ve traveled quite a bit and have to say the culture and people of Terceira were some the most friendly and welcoming.
Starting each day with poolside meditation introduced me to the benefits of meditation outside of my yoga practice, and having a consistent week of this helped me bring it back to NYC. Morning SUP JOga on the boards at a different beach (or hotel pool) was spectacular! We got to see more of this stunning island, challenge our SUP practice on the water and learn with hands-on personal attention from JO. There truly is nothing like doing yoga on the Atlantic Ocean and connecting to the pulse of nature! I had no idea how much I would love SUP yoga but JO’s teachings and philosophy on the board was perfect.
JO made sure we all had choice in what we wanted to do with our free time so that each day was at our pace. After SUP JOga we would venture to beach, each new one seemingly more gorgeous then the last! Rest, sun and fun was the perfect compliment to morning JOga and to get ready for sunset yoga at another incredible locale. Sunset yoga was very special. I will never forget those practices and how they connected me to body and mind.
Every night we dined at a different local restaurant after sunset yoga. It was a new adventure each night with delicious meals and lots of laughs. I could write a book on the food alone! This “retreat” is so much more than what you expect and an incredible deep dive into culture, history and the joy of truly disconnecting.
I reluctantly came home but completely refreshed, renewed and ready to go back! I’ve already booked my spot for JO’s 2018 retreat and I truly cannot wait. Thank you JO!” – K.H.
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