OF YOUR SHELL
Mathilde is the founder and facilitator of Yoganest Portugal. Quiet and contemplative by nature, when she started practicing yoga 8 years ago, Mathilde found not only a fulfilling lifestyle but also her genuine mean of self-expression. Soon after, she completed her 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training and put her career as a lawyer on hold to move with her partner to the South-west coast of Portugal to live a life more in accordance with her personality: slow, gentle, and inspired by caring - towards oneself, others and the planet. On the mat, Mathilde is a generous and dedicated teacher who teaches strong Vinyasa and Power yoga, as well as gentle and nurturing practices such as slow Hata and Yin yoga. She is also a certified kids and family yoga teacher.
After some time surrounded by nature, connected with the rhythm of the tide, the phases of the moon and her own pace, Mathilde found herself so nurtured and fulfilled that she figured she should share the experience:
drawing people back to wildness and quietness for them to restore balance and experience wellbeing.
We love our region that's why we aim at creating a fair project that empowers the local community and participates to the local development. In this way, the staff and ownership of the venue are all locals, while the food we serve is locally sourced, if not grown on-site in our our bio-dynamic vegetable garden.
We developed our project in a way that future travelers are also able to enjoy the beauty of the region. Thus, our venue is self-sustainable in regards to energy production (solar and wind) and it was built following ecological principles so that it has an A+ energy certificate. We harvest our own water for both domestic and gardening purposes and we treat our wastewater on site. Finally, we recycle the biggest part of our waste.
We believe that knowledge and awareness are fundamental to sustainability. That's why we try to share our understanding of what is a responsible and nature-friendly way of living, whether it is taking you for a botanical hike on the cliffs, setting up a beach cleaning or a cooking class, offering you to feed our beloved animals or explaining the principle of our bio-dynamic vegetable garden.