what do we offer

Connecting to ourselfs is the first step to cultivate our unique strength. It is through our own personal work and growth that we can share and empower others to find a sense of wellbeing and relaxation, connection and meaning in our lives.

Based on an innovative fusion of ancient yoga sciences with contemporary technologies we offer immersions as classes, events, workshops, retreats and more. We collaborate with a bunch of highly skilled facilitators from Portugal and all over the world to provide a broad variety of exclusive and inspiring, yet sometimes life-changing experiences.

INSPIRE Y.OUR JOURNEY.
Your journey is Our journey. Together We inspire.


KEY WORDS

GAYA
1. Planet Earth, Mother Nature, the Divine Mother – the one who provides us with everything we need to achieve our goals in our spiritual development.
2. “Holy City” in India, “Conscious Life” in Hebrew. 

IMMERSION
1. To become completely involved in some activity or interest.
2. A perception of being physically present in a non-physical world. The perception is created by surrounding the receptor in images, sound or other stimuli that provide an engrossing total environment.

TRIANGLE
1. Considered the most stable of forms, symbol of synthesis or the perfect union between body, mind and soul.
2. The trinity of life, where matter and consciousness connects with the higher realms.


The story

Sara, why did you create GAYA? 


”GAYA is part of who I am and a reflection of myself. 

I’m a Yoga Student and was a solo travel for many years. Yoga and all its siblings become my lifestyle, which is a continuous transformation. First in an individual manner, understanding myself and accepting changes and duality. Then in the connectivity to the collective. My questions today become: How can I serve best? How can I contribute with my knowledge and experience to the society I live in? 

I believe when people feel calm and dive inwards to understand who they truly are, they become healthier and happier. A happy and peaceful person tend to make better choices – for themselves and for the community as a whole.

Supporting people who feel the call to transform themselves in a profound yet practical way became my purpose. There’s different tools between ancient and contemporary sciences that support this path, so i will always be a student on this matter and together with my team we’re constantly adapting our offers in order to serve you best – from the heart and with brainpower.”


who we are

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SARA MONTES
Founder

Sara is an entrepreneur and a bridge to empower projects and people. She's a student of Yoga, Meditation and other Ancient Practices for more than 15 years. Has several courses and diplomas on the field and is a 500h RYT. She supported several social projects to empower local communities between Portugal, Brasil, East Timor and Indonesia had her first book publication to build an orphanage in East Timor by 2014.
After 8 years abroad, Sara is now living, teaching and manifesting her vision in Portugal.

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INES BORDALO
GAYA Hotels 

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KARIN GLEICHNER
Creative Director

Karin is a movement enthusiast and practices all kinds of sports and dances. As a Yoga instructor she developed her own personal style that she’s practicing and teaching now: a slow and strong Hatha Yoga highly influenced by the precision of Iyengar Yoga.

Karin is the founder of Urban Nature Yoga as well as a Graphic Designer and entrepreneur. She left her homecountry Switzerland in January 2015 and is now based between Bali and Portugal.

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VERA SIMÕES
Retreat Leader

Vera is the founder of Ashtanga Yoga Cascais and nowadays is the most advanced portuguese student of Ashtanga Yoga in Portugal. She’s the main teacher for our yoga retreat in Bali 2019.

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ISA GUITANA
Retreat Leader

Isa is the a Portuguese KPJAYI Level 1 Ashtanga Yoga teacher. She co-opened the first Ashtanga Yoga Center in Portugal, Lisbon: Casa Vinyasa. Isa guides Yoga Nidra, Sacred Chants Events and Retreats.

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HEIKE BIELEK
Sacred Geometry

Born in Germany, Heike studied Biotechnology and received her phD in Biology in 2012. She is a scientist, dancer, artist, and founder of In 2 Infinity. Currently she spend her time between Nepal and Goa.

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LUCIA ANDRADE
Retreat Leader

Lucia is one of handful people in the world Certified by Sharath Jois at Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute (KPJAYI). Lucia has taught in many countries, currently she’s living in Ibiza.

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MARTA METRASS
Retreat Leader

Marta is a registered Vinyasa Yoga teacher (500h) and the leader for the Open Heart Retreats in Ubud, Bali. Currently teaching in Bali, she’s one of the Wanderlust Ambassadors for Adidas in Portugal.