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Moving the body with awareness and experiencing the rhythmic breath allows us to move into a state of ease, space, and a willingness to surrender. We naturally release from tension as we witness the transformation of doubt, agitation, and stagnant energy when we embrace yoga as a life practice. This retreat will focus on how we can use our yoga practice to expand our center, to live with steady ease, and to create the platform for more skillful action in all aspects of our life. Drawing on philosophy, nature, creativity and human experience, Tashi encourages the group to creatively explore their experience of yoga.
Since the Winter family arrived in 2008, Vale de Moses threw themselves whole-heartedly into restoring the four Xisto stone houses at Vale de Moses with great care and respect to the old local Portuguese traditions of building with natural materials: clay, lime, stone, and wood. They hope you'll enjoy staying in these old dwelling places as much as they have over the years.
Beds are either quality mattresses or superb Portuguese made futons, all with cotton sheets, blankets, mosquito nets, good pillows, and duvets. Restorative sleep is an essential part of your retreat with Vale de Moses.
Yoga is an invitation to relax. Yoga uses our anatomy to restore us physiologically, neurologically, energetically, and emotionally. Yoga is a doorway into the subtle, intuitive, perceptual qualities of our being. Modern western life is often stressful and combative and is heavily focused on the outward. Yoga and meditation are anecdotes. Yoga and meditation advance our inward journey to our own center. It is from this steady, calm, lucid, and awake center that we move outward into our daily lives. Through practice, we feel well, whatever the challenges of life.
Yoga is practiced according to the dynamic yoga method as developed by Godfrey Devereux. The dynamic yoga system is a well-balanced system and while challenging, it is instantly available to all levels of practitioner, requiring no profound flexibility, strength, or stamina. It is an unsurpassed system for exploring the journey into meditative movement. Our aim is that at the end of your stay you will feel challenged, relaxed, and replenished with a few more tools to assist you on your way.
Retreats may differ slightly from each other, but generally, you will follow a schedule similar to this, with a full orientation around the houses and valleys on Monday morning after yoga class and breakfast.
One afternoon, you will head off site to the nearby Rio Zezere or Cambas for an afternoon mud bath and swim depending on the weather during your stay.
Tashi practices yoga with complete dedication, she was introduced to Ashtanga yoga in Bali in 1996 and has integrated the methods of Ashtanga Vinyasa, Iyengar and Dynamic yoga into her workshops and retreats around the world. She lives for adventure, love, and bliss in equal measures. She is an experienced and professional yoga instructor with over 10 years of teaching experience, and passionate to share her knowledge of yoga. Her classes are creative, sensitive, and enjoyable as she invites students to practice a gentle yet invigorating vinyasa flow guided by the dynamic yoga training method.
Vale de Moses is in the heart of the forested foothills of the Serra de Estrela. Life in these valleys 40 years ago was full of hard-working Portuguese smallholders who cultivated with their families every available piece of land by creating stone terraces on the hillsides. Small stone houses, adegas (winemaking sheds), corals, and water mills pepper the riversides and the valleys for miles around. Hence the name Moses, meaning a place of many milestones.
These days, like so many rural communities across southern Europe, those small holdings have been deserted by younger generations of the families that built them, needing to immigrate to the cities or abroad to find work.
Exploring the surrounding areas by foot, by bike, or by car, you enter a bygone age and marvel at both the views and the stonework of the river and terrace walls that seem to go on forever in all directions. An old forest farming life that thankfully is still being lived here by a handful of our neighbors, so we still can learn how to do it before those old ways are lost forever.
A 10-minute steep hike up the hill is our picturesque village of Amieira with great views north and an old church. By car, within half hour you can visit Alvaro, Oleiros, Orvalho, Cambas, Estreito all of which have cafes and restaurants, shops, and more of the rich traditional Portuguese rural culture to experience.
You won't be hungry as Vale de Moses believes it's important to nourish your body while on retreat with. The kitchen team lovingly prepare three delicious and nutritious vegetarian/vegan meals every day. Fresh vegetables, salads, and fruit available from their own or neighbors' gardens during the season and from their favorite local greengrocers in Oleiros. Rich in pulses and grains, low in salt and high in fresh herbs and spices. Honey from local wild bees is preferred over sugar.
The chefs this year, bring a passion and joy to their cooking. They have years of experience with vegetarian and vegan food and their fusion of ingredients, spices, and flavors, according to the principles of Ayurveda, mean every dish is not only tasty but also easy to digest.
You will start the day with warming tea, fruit, and nuts before a silent meditation walk in the forest, followed by a yoga class. After which they serve a hearty breakfast of rice, millet, quinoa or oat porridge, with fruit salad, toasted nuts and seeds, and freshly squeezed juices. Lunch is the biggest meal of the day when your stomachs are best able to digest. Dinners are light to help you sleep more deeply. Food is plentiful at Vale de Moses. And one of the highlights mentioned in many of their reviews.
Vale de Moses is well versed in looking after those who have specific dietary requirements. The majority of the menus are vegan and gluten-free. Please do let them know any other requirements in advance and introduce yourself to the chef and kitchen team when you arrive.
Additional treatments are not included in your stay and will cost you 90 EUR for 90 minutes. Depending on the time of your stay there may also be additional workshops you can take part in.
Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport
Transfer not provided
Lisbon Portela Airport
Transfer not provided
Take the Sunday afternoon coach from Lisbon (1.30 p.m.) or Porto (4.30 p.m.), to the local town, Oleiros or Sertã if traveling by bus from Porto, where Vale de Moses will pick you up by car on arrival.
Coach timetable, prices, and tickets are on the Rede Expressos website. Vale de Moses will email all guests the week before arrival. So if you'd like, you can contact each other to meet in Lisbon or Porto before traveling up to the forest together. A good meeting place in Lisbon is the café in the zoo next to the coach station.
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