Wild & Whole yoga retreat

Yoga and Ayurvedic retreat

28 May – 3 June 2017, 13 – 19 August 2017, 27 August – 2 September 2017

On this retreat week, using the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, we will come to see ourselves through a different lens and learn the art of self-renewal using the elements in nature.

With Ayurveda as our guide, we will begin to strip away the tension that binds our body and mind and ignite our inner fire to feel more vibrant, grounded and energised.

Through a daily, vinyasa based, yoga practice we will work with the three doshas, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, to bring you back into harmony with your original elemental blueprint.

Morning classes will be deep and dynamic, with emphasis on awakening the senses and developing the awareness needed to move with confidence, safely. We will work with alignment principles as well as breath, bandha and dristi, in order to build strength and establish comfort and stability.

Afternoon sessions will be a series of restorative classes intended to target tight spots and soothe tired, aching limbs while we descend into stillness.

A mid-week, afternoon workshop, will introduce you to the fundamentals of Ayurveda and provide you with some easy-to-understand (and apply) ideas on how to make small modifications to your diet and lifestyle at home, for your type, that will improve your digestion and help you to look after yourself more efficiently.

This is a nurturing, nourishing retreat, deep in the heart of the Portuguese wilderness, that gives you the time and space to rest and re-establish connection away from the stressors and stimulation of everyday life.

Free time can be spent exploring the surrounding forest, enjoying the company of new found friends, relaxing in the sun, taking a dip in the natural pools or treating yourself to massage or acupuncture by expert therapists.

What you’ll get

  • 5 morning classes + 1 optional self-practice
  • 3 afternoon classes
  • Guided silent morning walks in the forest
  • 1 workshop on the principles of Ayurveda, nutrition and lifestyle
  • Accommodation at Vale de Moses
  • 3 nourishing, vegetarian meals daily
  • Half hour private health consultation
  • One hour Body Harmonising massage – Thai, Tui Na, Indonesian, Ayurvedic and/or Acupuncture
  • A mid week trip to the Rio Zêzere for a mud bath and swim (weather permitting).
  • Transport to and from Oleiros

 The venue

Vale de Moses is a small old valley farm nestled in the remote and picturesque foothills of the Serra de Estrela mountain range, Central Portugal.

Spend a week on the edge of wilderness, in the beautifully restored home of the Winter family, beneath the village of Amieira, Oleiros.

Here you can practice yoga daily, explore the surrounding forest, swim and mud bathe in the natural pools and rivers, breath mountain air and eat beautifully prepared vegetarian cuisine.

A massage and/or acupuncture treatment is included in every retreat.

The accommodation

You can choose to stay in one of two shared (single sex) stone cottages,  two private bedrooms in the farmhouse, three Soulpads and one large tipi. Wherever you stay you will have nearby access to our bathrooms and three outdoor showers.

Beds are either quality mattresses or superb Portuguese made futons, all with memory foam toppers, cotton sheets, blankets, mosquito nets, good pillows and duvets.

There are plenty of natural outdoor spaces to be enjoyed, as well as the main courtyard, communal kitchen and lounge.

Yoga will be held in the floating Shala surrounded by views of the valley outside.

The food

At Vale De Moses you will find an abundance of nourishing, homely meals rich in pulses, grains and fresh vegetables, low in salt and sugar and high in fresh herbs that are intended to be gentle on the digestion.

Facilities and additional services

  • Free wifi
  • 1-2-1 private yoga session with Kat
  • Three different types of massage or acupuncture 
  • Extra treatments available from our therapists for 75€ per 90 minutes

How to get there

Vale De Moses can be reached from Lisbon or Porto. Fly into either of these stunning cities and take a bus operated by Rede Xpressos to Olerios where you will be collected and delivered to the retreat free of charge.

We recommend you enjoy an overnight stay in Lisbon or Porto in order to take the Sunday bus at 1.30pm stress free.

Dates and prices 

28.5.2017 – 3.6.2017

13.8.2017  – 19.8.2017

27.8.2017 – 2.9.2017

Prices from €800 for a shared room / €900 for a private room.

Returning guests receive a 10% discount.

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