Residential Course in the UK & Abroad

The Portugese Retreat

Based at Holmes Place Luxurious Health Clubs in Portugal, these week-long retreats provide perhaps the most intensive swimming experience we offer. Led by Steven Shaw and supported by elite Shaw Method teachers.

Each week comprises:

* 5 days intensive coaching in groups
* Daily individual 1-1 coaching
* Daily dedicated group classes
* Individual swimming video analysis
* Daily holistic exercise classes such as yoga and Pilates
* Access to Holmes Place gym and spa facilities

Suitable for anyone who is confident in the water. 
The Shaw Method is a hands-on teaching technique and is a proven way of transforming your swimming whatever your ability or age. Have a look at our past and upcoming retreats.

Weekend Breaks @ Champneys

Two nights, three-day swimming breaks comprises:

* Welcome and Introduction to the break
* 1 Individual Shaw Method lesson
* 1 Individual Alexander Technique™ lesson
* 5 Group pool sessions
* 3 Group dry land sessions
* Individualised stroke analysis
* Closing session
* 2 nights’ accommodation/meals 

All schedules are guidelines and subject to change 

“As always, the perfect mix of fundamental principles and more advanced skills, delivered in an efficient, yet unhurried style”

“Everything was perfect. The location, the teaching, and the other members of the group, made it a very special and worthwhile time. Super value all round.”

“At last I have a clear idea of where I need to get and am seeing improvements daily. I don’t think I have ever enjoyed so many lightbulb moments in one day ever before, thank you so much.”

“At 62 years of age and having spent years trying to improve my front crawl, I knew at first hand just how difficult it is to dislodge old patterns from my mind to replace them with new. So it was with some trepidation that I booked myself in on the course, Steven’s approach, patience, and understanding were brilliant!”

“It was clear that all the teachers really cared about what they were doing. The whole day was a superb experience and reinvigorated my desire to swim. I will certainly be booking more Art of Swimming courses in the future. “

“I’m in awe of the quality of Stephen’s teaching. So clear, accessible, and fail-safety built in so that everyone is an achiever.”

“People’s special needs and phobias were attended to in a delicate way which did not draw attention to anyone. Everyone was special and “normal”

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PORTUGAL retreats - June & Oct 2024

Champneys Spa - Short Break