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7 Days Cooking for Life & Yoga Retreat in Portugal

  • Monte Martinheiras, Vale Tomezinho, CX 1005, Luzianes Gare, Alentejo 7665-891, Portugal


Healthy Cooking and Yoga Retreat Portugal

All of the Martinheiras retreats and packages are tailor made and designed especially for their guests. There are a maximum of six to eight guests per package, therefore making the experience more individual. There is also an option to create personalized package for you and your partner, or the group you visit with. Martinheiras is a small boutique and is able to give you the care and attention you need during your holiday. This makes Martinheiras' retreats unique and different from others. The main focus of all their packages is to empower you towards a healthier life.


  • 1 daily yoga class
  • 2 daily pranayama sessions
  • 2 healthy cooking classes per week
  • 1 healthy smoothie and 1 detox juice per day
  • Recipes and yoga guide to take away with you
  • 1 daily guided meditation practice
  • 3 daily tasty vegetarian meals
  • 6 nights accommodation

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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Martinheiras strives for peace and quiet. This is why it is boutique and small. They pride themselves on personalization and making every guest feel completely at home, with all the luxuries of a true holiday.

Three types of accommodation are available. You can choose to stay at Casa Do Jardim, Quarto Do Patio, or Quarto De Sobreira. All linens, towels, and kitchen equipment are provided. Wi-Fi is available. However, it is limited due to the nature of where retreat is set.

To suit the needs of those wishing to stay in a room but still have the ability to self-cater, they have a beautiful, fully equipped communal kitchen. The kitchen has a gas oven, four gas burners, a fridge, indoor seating, and outdoor seating area. It has plenty of storage and plenty of space. All the cutlery and pots and pans are provided.

Casa do Jardim

Casa do Jardim is a small house all of its own which can accommodate between two to three people. It has one double bed, one double sofa bed, one single loft bed, its own bathroom, kitchen, living room, and private indoor, as well as an outdoor dining terrace. It has a beach umbrella, small cool box, and a capsule coffee machine. It is perfect for couples or families.

Quarto do Patio

Quarto de Patio is a room with an ensuite bathroom. It is quaint and quiet, and situated in the courtyard of the property. Although there is no kitchen, it has an outdoor kitchen to support guests needs. A beach umbrella is provided for the beach. If you are more adventurous or a couple this room will be suitable for you. An extra bed is also possible at an extra cost.

Quarto Da Sobreira

Quarto da Sobreira is a room with an ensuite bathroom. It is quaint and situated at the top of the property with spectacular views. There is a fireplace inside which is ideal for winter or autumn. Although there is no kitchen, Martinheiras has a beautiful communal kitchen to support guests' needs. If you are more adventurous or a couple this room will be suitable for you. A beach umbrella is provided. An extra bed is also possible at an extra cost. If you love to star gaze at night, this is the room for you.

Typical daily schedule

  • 08:30 - 09:00 Morning tea or herbal tea
  • 09:30 - 11:00 Meditation, pranayama, and asana
  • 11:00 - 12:15 Healthy smoothie and brunch
  • 12:30 - 14:30 Free time
  • 14:30 - 16:30 Light snack and detox juice. Other optional activities
  • 16:30 17:30 Pranayama, meditation, or Restorative yoga
  • 18:30 - 20:00 Dinner
  • 21:00 Rest

Timings can vary slightly due to the season.

The Martinheiras offers optional guided nature walks once or twice a week. This activity lasts approximately one hour.


Tiana was born and raised in Hong Kong but originally she is an Indian. Tiana started practicing yoga from a young age following the spiritual teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda with whom her family has been affiliated with since the 1950s. A significant part of her development into adulthood has been influenced by his teachings. Prior to teaching yoga, Tiana worked in the corporate world for 11 years. She has worked with global companies such as the LVMH group and The Financial Times.

She began her Ashtanga Vinyasa practice (as taught by Sri K Patthabi Jois) under the inspiration and guidance of her primary teacher, Paul Dallaghan. She believes that this was a pivotal point in her life where yoga really embraced her and she humbly thanks Paul for this. She has also spent time in Mysore practicing at the source with the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Rangaswamy. She continues to go back to Mysore under Sharath's teaching and guidance. She is extremely grateful to Sharath for his teachings, patience, inspiration, and friendship.

In 2005, she received her teacher training from Centered Yoga and it was during this time that she was introduced by Paul to Sri O. P. Tiwari, a pranayama master in the tradition of Swami Kuvalayananda, the honored teacher, and founder of the Kaivalyadhama Institute in Lonavla, India. She has also taken advanced training with Tiwariji in pranayama and study of the ancient texts of Hatha yoga. She believes that by committing and surrendering to her teachers she has found solid grounding and growth develop in her own practice and teaching. Over the past few years, she has dedicated her studies to developing and understanding the deeper dimensions of yoga through sacred texts and exploring pranayama. She has taught all over many places such as Hong Kong, Thailand, London, India, Portugal, and China.

She continues to travel and teach but remains based in Portugal where she runs her retreat and wellness centre together with her husband Shivam at Martinheiras. It is also here in Portugal where she remains at the feet of her beloved master Mooji and where she devotes most of her time in service to him at the ashram. Tiana teaches mysore, Ashtanga Vinyasa led classes, pre-natal classes, yoga for kids, Restorative yoga, and classical Hatha. She also teaches pranayama as taught by Sri O.P Tiwari-ji. She is authorized to teach by The Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute (KPJAYI). She is also an experienced registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance International.

The retreat will happen in a special and magical place in Portugal. The property sits high up on 11 hectares of land near Luzianes Gare in Alentejo with spectacular views. It is one of the most quiet and peaceful places in the area with beautiful gardens and is completely surrounded by nature. The retreat location is 100% solar powered with tracking and has its own water system, making it not only luxurious but eco-friendly as well. The closest coastline is one of the most beautiful in the world with much to explore and to see.

Nearby places

  • Atlantic coast line - 45 minutes
  • Odemira town, 5 kilometers - 25 minutes
  • Santa Clara lake - 15 minutes
  • Hiking
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Reiki
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming nearby
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lake nearby
  • Yoga studio
  • Car rental nearby
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Local market
  • Parking lot

All food is included in your retreat program along with daily detox juices or smoothies.

There are many beautiful things to see and do surrounding the property. You can also take some short walks with handmade paths where you can explore the Rota Vicentina. You can have fun with your friends playing archery on the property land or go kayaking by the coast. The Santa Clara lake is a 15 minutes drive which is a truly a wonderful experience. Zambujeira and Odeceixe beaches are 45 minutes drive. This coastline is spectacular and a must see in Portugal. You can also try blackberry picking and jam making for middle to end of August.

On your free time, you can relax and enjoy Reiki session and Ayurvedic massage. These treatments are not included in the price and subject to an additional cost.

  • 1 daily yoga class per day
  • 1 guided meditation class per day
  • 1 healthy smoothie and 1 detox juice per day
  • 2 pranayama classes per day
  • 2 Healthy cooking classes per week
  • 3 vegetarian meals per day
  • Recipes and yoga guide for take away
  • Additional activities
  • Reiki and Ayurvedic treatments
  • Transport to and from train station

Arrival by train

Please book your train tickets from Lisbon or Faro city to arrive at Santa Clara Saboia train station. The Property is a 25 minute drive from the train station. The Martinheiras team can arrange transfer service from there at an additional cost.


Latitude: 3736'41.86"N

Longitude: 830'50.28"W


  • Santa Clara Saboia - 25 minutes
For information about the booking conditions, please send Martinheiras an inquiry.
  • Review by Rebeccaok from Dublin, Ireland

    "Peaceful, serene, and remote setting in the beautiful Alentejo region. Amari and Shivam were so warm and hospitable. The food was delicious and the yoga was fantastic. We loved it so much and would definitely go back in a heartbeat."

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  • Review by Tianahari from Hong Kong

    "Off the main road near Funcheiras, a dirt track will lead you up to Alentejo s heaven. Martinheiras offers amazing views over Alentejo s mountains, where silence is only broken by the singing of the wind in the trees and the sounds of nature."

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  • Review by Linda and Martin from Fremantle, Western Australia

    "Staying at Martinheiras was a romantic adventure. The drive through farmland and forest over an unsealed road until we reached the homestead 'on top of the world' invoked a sense that we were leaving one world and entering another. We were greeted with such friendliness by hosts Amari and Shivam and the warmth of this welcome continued throughout our 6-week stay. The beds were very comfortable, the rooms fresh, the view panoramic, the swimming pool delightful, the gardens lovely and the meals delicious to itemize just a few of the many details that were so lovingly attended to. Amari and Shivam were always generous with their time and ever helpful to guide our touring. We found Martinheiras to be the perfect sanctuary. You can well see that we were very happy with our stay!"

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  • Review by Lucy

    "A truly magical place away from everything! The best place to unwind! Beautiful organic gardens and lovely walks. The beach and local towns are easy to reach with a car."

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  • Review by Andy and Pippa from London, United Kingdom

    "A rare beacon of sanity in an increasingly insane world. The landscape, the birds, the flying grass hoppers, the hammocks, the hill, the evening walks onto the top of the Alentejo. A magical place. Thank you for sharing it with us, we will not forget it -a wonderful timeless week."

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  • Review by Ben from Paris, France

    "One week in heaven! We are very sad to leave this unique place. Thank you so much for being the perfect hosts. We have been travelling a lot, but this is a very special location. We will definitely come back with our friends. Thanks so much for making us discover yoga! All in all, we are 100% happy."

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Luzianes Gare, Alentejo, Portugal

Martinheiras is a beautiful guest house with spectacular view, salt water pool and hammocks in the shade where anyone can star gaze at night, yoga by day, relax, and unwind.

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Monday November 14, 2016
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