AFTER OUR FIVE-YEAR GLORIOUS JOURNEY came to a screeching halt in 2020, we figured it was time to turn inside.
We've helped scores Discover and Feel the Azores, a driving vision for the MINUVIDA AZORES operation of lodging, outdoors experiences and retreats since 2015. But all along we wondered if that was all we were doing or could do. We started noticing that what people really need, now more than ever, is to turn inside, awaken their consciousness. Elevate.
So, after many in-confinement stream of consciousness sessions, we ultimately settled on a new vision (the why) and tweaked ourmission (the what and how). We evolved our look and are set on changing travel. (We kind of had plenty of time to do all this...)
A BRIEF HISTORY OF EVOLUTION (ABRIDGED)
Welcome to our new symbol and logo. It not only signifies the volcanic peaks of São Miguel island at sunrise, along with their lakes, but it also shows that much more lies below the surface, inviting the journey inside. The shapes can either signify A for Azores, M for MINUVIDA or even MVA for MINUVIDA AZORES. Our website is also now more focused with a clear message, plus more interactive features. (Just navigate this site to learn what we're talking about.)
Travel can be much more than getting away from it all. It can also be about opening our minds to new worlds and new ways, taking the time to listen to our true selves, to turn inside.
We are therefore pleased to announce that our vision is now ELEVATE CONSCIOUSNESS.
To Elevate Consciousness through Travel, through Mindfulness, through the Journey Inside. We feel strongly that travel can be much more than getting away from it all. It can also be about opening our minds to new worlds and new ways, taking the time to listen to our true selves, to turn inside.
With that, we are still helping you Discover and Feel the Azores, but that is now part of the how, or our mission. The why is to Elevate Consciousness. You'll see that we are developing new, immersive themed experiences to connect you to all your senses through food, mindfulness and the wondrous nature of the Azores, probably the main reason bringing you here in the first place.
Itching to travel again? As retreat organizers and experts in the wellness travel biz, Kristin and Ian of SolSeed Retreats give us some great insight about what travel looks like and the kinds of meaningful, transformative trips people are going to be interested in taking.
If you have or are planning to have any kind of event you’re not going to want to miss their “must have sales and marketing tips” based on their knowledge of working with retreat leaders around the world.
Ian shares with us some tangible tools on things you can do TODAY to make sure that when we can travel again, you’ve got a head start on the process.
Find out more about SolSeed by following them on Instagram and Facebook and we look forward to hosting our retreats again with them soon!
“Coming off of a year of introspection is going to lead to some profound travel experiences across the board.”
What a pleasure it was interviewing Cyndi Bulka and hearing her many gems of wisdom for us all.
As a yoga teacher, retreat leader and certified coach Cyndi talks about how the pandemic gave her a chance to consider her “legacy” as she reinvented herself (yet again!) at 60. “I knew I had to sit with all the difficult emotions first... I didn’t deny myself that, and I knew that if I gave myself the time to process all that, I’d actually have the energy to decide what I wanted to do next, to have the clarity of the heart and mind to move forward. And that proved to be a good decision," she says.
Cyndi shares with us a powerful exercise in shifting emotion and getting out of anger and fear. Cyndi is launching her Wise Woman Wellness, an on-line holistic weight management program starting Feb.1. You can find out more about Cyndi and about her offerings at: www.zaktihealth.com/ and join her Wise Women Facebook group.
We look forward to receiving Cyndi here to the Azores!
“When you’re aligned with purpose and passion, the Universe just sort of unfolds it for you...I feel like that’s where I am.”
MINUVIDA welcomes several guest teachers and their students each year. We’ve hosted 35 international retreats and had a sold-out 2020 retreat season before the pandemic.
We missed group hikes, conversations and songs by the firepit, our amazing meals together and the knowledge exchange between participants and teachers from all over the world.
As 2020 blurred by we sorely missed our groups, whose retreats were postponed. We missed group hikes, conversations and songs by the firepit, our amazing meals together and the knowledge exchange between participants and teachers from all over the world. We thought, how can we help support this incredible community? So the Highlighting Guest Teacher Community series was born!
We hope you enjoy meeting the leaders who will be hosting upcoming retreats at MINUVIDA and find inspiration for your own practice, journey and maybe future trip here.
Poem by Leon Kuhn Inspired during our October retreat
My feet are the red soil of this earth. Toes the roots that seeks nourishment between its layers. My legs the trunks that hold me upright, and arms the branches that sway with the seasons. Fingers, leaves that reach for the sun. My hips are filled with the ocean, that moves and rips with the tides. Belly the volcanic warmth, that rise falls and settles with the ages. My lungs blue lakes reflecting white clouds, the banks green foliage that nurture all creatures besides. My head a pool of water on a mountain path, with deep shadows and dancing lights. My throat the waterfall that flows and falls inward, permeating all my cells. My breath the mist that veils this landscape. And heart the consciousness that knows the rhythms of all time.
Leon Kuhn is a yoga and mindfulness teacher from Stockholm, Sweden, who has been to the Azores and minuvida twice.
Being on retreat gives us the unique opportunity to slow down, and reconnect within and with nature. The creativity, inspiration and energy that we feel during and after the retreat reminds us how important is to keep coming back to nature, to keep coming back home to ourselves.
Our new focus will be on the daily goings on at quinta minuvida orchard lodge.
We have chronicled the evolution of minuvida over the past three years in our Wordpress blog This is where the minuvida blog will now live. Our new focus will be on the daily goings on at quinta minuvida orchard lodge, starting with updates on our exciting construction project, which will transform our already beautiful villa into a fully fledged experience travel lodge. Over the last few months we've be busy testing our offerings during a trial season. We've had over 100 guests, led hikes, hosted yoga retreats, hosted dinners and learned the ins-and-outs of running a lodging facility and leading experiences. You can follow our progress in our Wordpress blog You will receive notices of our new blog posts regularly. If you haven't registered yet to receive our newsletter, you can do so here Thank you and we'll see you in the Azores soon!