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Rest and Rejuvenate Path: Wellness Yoga Retreat in Portugal

In this Rest and Rejuvenate Path, you will have lots of time to relax while having the option to be active in the community when you choose. Designed for short stays, the program includes a 90-minute massage session and a one-on-one session with a life coach, wellness professional, yoga therapist, or meditation teacher. Together, we’ll create the perfect plan for you to get a taste of New Life and the Serra da Estrela. You will leave feeling refreshed and wondering when you’ll be able to come back for another visit!

Meet the instructors

Karin, Daral, & Tamas
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga and meditation
  • Experience mindful community living
  • Group excursions and outdoor activities
  • Enjoy the natural wonder of the Serra da Estrela
  • 90-minute massage session and a one-on-one session with a wellness professional
  • Access to all community-led groups and the facilities
  • 5 nights private ensuite accommodation
  • 3 delicious, healthy meals per day

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Portuguese
Group size: Maximum of 49 participants
Airport transfer available:
Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (US$160 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Lisbon Portela Airport (US$266 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
20:00

Facilities

  • Gym
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga studio
  • Bicycle rental
  • Conference room
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

Respite and solitude. Connection and conviviality. At New Life, you won’t have to choose between these elemental parts of what makes you human. With nature right on your doorstep, you’ll rest in the rhythms of the Portuguese countryside, surrounded by sunshine, birdsong, and exquisite views.

The accommodation and facilities are designed to give you the perfect blend of privacy and community. Embodying modern comforts while celebrating traditional Portuguese architectural styles and materials, the living spaces invite you to feel ease, openness, and harmony in both mind and body.

The accommodation is made up of ten traditional stone quintas remodelled into four residential clusters, offering a total of 49 private ensuite units.

In addition, the facilities include:

  • A multifunctional community centre: This is the social hub of the community, with spaces for having a meal, a cup of tea, connection, and conversation. It’s where you can relax, work out, have a swim, sauna, or massage, do some yoga or movement practice, attend a workshop, and gather for meetings and groups.
  • A stunning meditation hall: This hall offers panoramic views of the valley. The hall is located at one of the highest and most picturesque sites on the property, where you can enjoy the beauty of the Serra Da Estrela while doing your daily meditation, yoga, and mindfulness practices.
  • A tranquil therapy centre: This is where one-on-one counselling and life coaching sessions and therapeutic activities take place. The peaceful atmosphere facilitates a sense of comfort and ease conducive to deep restoration and healing.

All the accommodation at New Life Portugal consists of ensuite rooms. Sheets, pillowcases, towels, and duvets are provided. There are reading lamps, a refrigerator, sink, floor heating, and private bathrooms with warm showers in every room. Soap, shower gel, facial tissues, and a refillable water pitcher are also available for your convenience. Hair dryers are provided upon request. Rooms are professionally cleaned and sheets and towels changed once per week.

Program

Itinerary

Start your day feeling refreshed with group meditation or yoga. Breakfast in Noble Silence offers the opportunity to practice mindfulness as you soak in the serene atmosphere. Connect with the rest of the community at the morning meeting, before attending a one-on-one session with a wellness professional or having time to yourself to enjoy the excellent facilities.

After a nourishing lunch, you’ll be pampered with a massage, or have more ‘me-time’ to relax. A light dinner is followed by community-led activities such as support groups, movie and game nights, life story sharing, or calming evening practices. Excursions and other activities are typically scheduled on weekends.

Schedule

  • 06:30 Yoga or meditation
  • 07:30 Silent breakfast
  • 08:30 Community meeting
  • 09:30 - 11:30 Wellness session or free time
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 Massage or free time
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 Evening activity

Included excursions

Guests can choose from a wide array of field trips, sports, excursions, tours, workshops, and more. During these activities, you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of the Serra da Estrela and learn about nature, conservation, biodiversity, culture, and heritage. Some of the activities are included as part the wellness programs, while others are available as extra options.

Instructors

Karin Bleecker

Daral Boles

Tamas Hovanyecz

Retreat location

Stroll quietly under chestnut groves. Pause to examine wildflowers at your feet. Stop for long moments to listen to spring water skipping over rocks. Bask in the warm glow of sunset as you breathe in the Serra Da Estrela air. There’s no place to go and nowhere to be – except right here, right now, as you immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the mountain sanctuary.

The revitalising power of nature is deeply embedded into your wellness experience with New Life Portugal. Depending on which of the four paths you choose, participate in mindful walks, forest bathing, group excursions, expeditions, and much more.

Both within and outside of the programs, enjoy a wide range of leisure activities in the surrounding natural park, including swimming, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, and birdwatching. Other possibilities include exploring medieval villages such as Linhares and Piodão, and winter sports like skiing and snowboarding.

The Serra Da Estrela Natural Park is Portugal’s oldest and largest natural conservation area, covering approximately 1,000 square kilometres. It was designated a UNESCO Global Geoparks site in 2019. The highest point of the mountain range rises 1,993 meters above sea level and is continental Portugal’s tallest peak. Three rivers flow from the Serra Da Estrela mountain range: the Mondego, the Zêzere, and the Alva. The region features unique glacial valleys, abundant flora and fauna, and charming medieval villages.

The peaceful sanctuary spans 29.65 acres and rises 900 metres above sea level. There is a lake on the property and many more rivers, waterfalls, and lakes nearby for swimming or kayaking. Additionally, the natural park features 375 kilometers of marked trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horse riding. Nature enthusiasts will love observing over 150 species of birds, foraging for wild mushrooms, and spotting hundreds of species of trees, herbs, and flowers.

Food

The aroma of herbs freshly picked from the garden, faintly scenting your fingers. The sweet burst of a tomato which hung on a vine mere moments ago. When you bring the practice of mindfulness to what and how you eat, what was previously just a part of your daily routine can become a source of wonder; the simplest act, a form of self-care.

The whole-person approach to wellness includes nourishing your body in healthful ways. During your stay, enjoy tasty and beneficial meals containing plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, low GI foods, and probiotics. They serve minimal processed foods.

In addition to being based on the latest research on nutrition and mental health, the menu features plenty of fresh produce grown on their own land. They proudly patronise local artisans and small businesses and showcase regional Portuguese produce and dishes.

They try their best to cater to a diverse range of dietary preferences. However, due to the large range of ingredients used in the kitchen, they are not able to guarantee that all the dishes are allergen-free. If you have special requirements, please feel free to get in touch to see how they can best meet your needs.

At New Life Portugal, they serve three buffet-style meals per day. The dishes feature plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and lean proteins. The food is mostly vegan or lacto-ovo vegetarian. Meals may also include light meat or fish options from time to time. Dishes will be marked clearly to show if they are vegan, vegetarian, or contain meat or fish.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Counselling
  • Life coaching
  • Extra massages
  • Personal training
  • Workshops
  • Retreats
  • Nature expeditions
  • Outdoor activities
  • Cultural activities

Spa treatments

  • Sauna (included in package)
  • Pool (included in package)
  • Massage (included in package)

What's included

  • 5 nights accommodation in a peaceful, private ensuite room completely surrounded by nature
  • Three nutritious, healthy meals per day
  • 1 x 90-minute massage session per week
  • 1 x one-on-one session with a wellness professional per week
  • 1 x weekly community workshop based on resilience-building themes
  • Group yoga and meditation classes every day
  • Unlimited access to the beautiful mountainside facilities, including pool (heated all year), sauna, and indoor gym
  • Weekly guided hikes in the Serra Da Estrela natural park
  • Access to all community-wide groups such as mindful movement and forest bathing sessions, support groups, and games nights

What's not included

  • Excursions and activities with external partners
  • Bike and GPS rental
  • Transfer from the airport

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by car

If you’re coming from Porto or Lisbon it’s possible to travel by car transfer with Go Travel Anywhere. New Life Portugal has a special deal with this reputable company. Cars are luxurious and comfortable. Please let them know during the application process if you would like them to organise a transfer with them.

  • Cost from Porto: 250 EUR (300 EUR for a van)
  • Cost from Lisbon: 480 EUR (530 EUR for a van)

You can also opt for a car transfer with João dos Santos Pessego Vieira, based in Folgosinho. This is another reputable transfer service that New Life Portugal has a special deal with. Please let them know during the application process if you would like them to organise a transfer with them.

Cost from Porto:

  • 200 EUR from downtown Porto for maximum 8 persons (larger car)
  • 150 EUR from downtown Porto for less than 4 persons (smaller car)

Cost from Lisbon

  • 300 EUR from downtown Porto for maximum 8 persons (larger car)
  • 250 EUR from downtown Porto for less than 4 persons (smaller car)

The drive from Madrid takes about 4 hours by car.

Arrival by bus

You can get the bus from Porto bus station. The point of origin is Porto bus station (Campo 24 de Agosto station) and the destination is Celorico bus station. Porto bus station is about 25 minutes from the airport and 45 minutes by subway. The trip from Porto to Celorico will take about 2.5 to 3 hours depending on which bus you take.

You can also get the bus from Lisbon bus station. The point of origin is Lisbon bus station (Sete Rios station) and the destination is Celorico bus station. Lisbon bus station is about 15 minutes from the airport by taxi and 45 minutes by subway.

It is also possible to travel by bus from Madrid bus station. The point of origin is Madrid bus station via Vilar Formoso and the destination is Celorico bus station. The trip takes about 4 hours and 45 minutes.

Arrival by taxi

From Celorico, it is possible to take a taxi to the New Life centre (20 to 30-minute trip). From the train station, it is also possible to take a taxi to the New Life centre (20 minute trip).

Arrival by train

It is possible to travel by train from Porto Campanha train station, which is about 20 minutes’ drive from Porto airport or 45 minutes by train. The trip takes between 3 hours and 40 minutes and 4 hours and 30 minutes. These are not direct trains and you will have to change 1 or 2 times.

It is also possible to travel by train from Lisbon Oriente train station, which is about 15 minutes’ drive from Lisbon airport. The trip takes around 4 hours.

Airport: Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport Airport transfer available: Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (US$160 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Lisbon Portela Airport Airport transfer available: Lisbon Portela Airport (US$266 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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