7 Days Mindful Movement and Yoga Retreat in Oleiros, Portugal

  • Yoga Holidays Portugal, Ribeira Relvas, Madeira 6160-206, Oleiros, Castelo Branco, Centro, Portugal

Meditation and Yoga Retreat Portugal

When we move our bodies with yoga, in yoga, we are able to tap into a deep resource of presence and energy. When we gift ourselves with a retreat time, we nourish and bless ourselves. This can give us a way of understanding ourselves, our family, our friends, our community and our planet.

Yoga can also give us peace, a little bit of sanctuary within our busy lives. When you make some sacred space for yourself, you nourish your own wellbeing, and create the process of deep healing, and self empowerment.

Fiona will share her deep love of yoga and guide guests through the week. This retreat will be filled with yoga, asana exploration, fluid movement, breathing, and meditation. You will also have plenty of time for exploring the surrounding forest, walking to the water, swimming, walking to the village, shiatsu treatments, or relaxing and reading in hammocks.

Highlights

  • Yoga classes offered every day
  • Opportunities to learn about living sustainably
  • Bonfire, hot tub, and local wine on the final evening
  • Mindfulness meditation and somatic movement sessions
  • Transfer from Pedrogao Grande local bus station
  • Daily delicious and wholesome meals
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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One of the special things about this yoga retreat is the yurts. The guests are always very pleasantly surprised by just how comfortable everything is, despite being eco-friendly, and how well the systems for water heating and electricity, as well as the heating systems for the cooler months, work. Yoga Holidays Portugal is also able to accommodate couples in the smaller yurt for two.

All yurts and the bell tent have electricity, solar reading lamps, shelving and some storage space, carpets, and rugs. All the beds have mosquito nets. Yurts are shared with a maximum of two people. You can choose to stay in a private, double, or triple room.

Bathrooms and toilets are shared by a maximum of five guests. As Yoga Holidays Portugal is living sustainably, the bathrooms have solar heated hot water and eco-composting toilets. The bathrooms and toilets are built in a modern style using wood from their land. They are clean, comfortable, and totally green.

Adjoining each yurt is a covered kitchen and dining area. The kitchen is equipped with sink, two-ring gas hob and small grill, a fridge, pots, pans, crockery, and cooking utensils. The water comes from a bore hole 100 meters underground and is clean and untrained by fluoride and chlorine.

The ten classes (morning and afternoon) will be shared by Fiona, who will be alternating classes and bringing you a wide range of practices. The morning sessions will be dynamic with flowing yoga sequences, earthing through your roots, firing up your core, and moving fluidly into and through the asanas. With a balanced focus on both external alignment and awareness of internal space, Fiona will share their love of yoga with depth of knowledge and experience.

In the afternoons, you will practice yoga Nidra, mindfulness meditation, and slower, more Restorative yoga postures. Fiona will share her knowledge in mindfulness meditation practices and somatic approaches to yoga, and Fiona will share the practice of yoga Nidra and working with the power of intention and mantra. This retreat is suitable for beginners as well as those who wish to dive more deeply into their yoga and meditation practice.

Asana - finding your seat

The Sanskrit word asana translates as "seat", the practice of moving the body into shapes or postures, and also moving into the body when you are tangled in your mind. Asana can also be interpreted as "connection" to the ground underneath you, and to the beings and the world around you.

In asana practice, you move energetically into forms, a child, a dog, cat, pigeon, tree, or great sages. The postures hold within them, the knowledge, and the understanding of the ancient rishis are passed down through generations of practitioners. Yoga Holidays Portugal is blessed to be able to access this practice and share in this knowledge.

Through the practice of asana, you can relieve your bodies from years of built up stresses and strains, traumas, and stored memories. You can start to "disentangle your spirits". Your physical body will come to feel more alive, vibrant and dynamic, gaining in strength and flexibility.

Through sustained practice, you come to learn so much about yourself, recognize and break through your barriers and boundaries, and find new ways of opening and releasing. These qualities seep through into your day to day lives, yoga "off the mat"

Hatha yoga - uniting the sun and the moon

Hatha yoga is a practice that has been passed down for centuries from teacher to student, and Yoga Holidays Portugal is so lucky to have access to this wonderful body of knowledge. The word Hatha is translated as willful or force.

Hatha yoga refers to a sequence of physical postures or asanas designed to create strength and healthy alignment in the body. The asanas can open the energy channels of the body and the spine, allowing energy to flow freely, loosening any blockages, freeing up restriction and generally creating a sense of well-being.

"Ha" translates form the Sanskrit to mean sun, and "tha" translates to mean moon. This refers to the masculine and feminine aspects, the heating and the cooling, the active and receptive, the sthira and sukha, and the yang and the yin.

Hatha yoga is a means of working towards and establishing union in your body, mind, and life, creating balance and uniting opposites. You will work to develop a balance between strength and flexibility, and you will also practice balancing your effort and surrender in each pose. Balancing the active by "doing" part of each posture, with relaxing and releasing.

Meditation

Meditation is something that will develop over time when the mind has been calmed or focused with practice of dharana (concentration). It is only through dharana that dhyana (meditation) will come. The traditional purpose of yogasana is to enable the body to sit in meditation. It is good for you as beginners to use a particular technique to support us in our practice.

There are many techniques for cultivating dharana or concentration of the mind, such as concentrative practices, which focuses on a sound or a part of the body or the breath, for example japa mantra; mindfulness practices, which integrates meditation with your everyday experience, being present, for example, walking meditation or mindfulness of breathing practice; and contemplative or analytical practices, where you might explore a question or 'truth' and allow a deeper process of inquiry to occur, for example, "who am I?" or "who is the self?"

Yoga Holidays Portugal's retreats offer many different methods of cultivating a meditation practice. From mindfulness based meditation working with breath and observation to Osho-style dynamic meditation and dance based, movement meditation practices.

Pranayama - connecting with breath

Your breath is what keeps you alive. If you did not breathe, you would not live. It is your breath that connects you with your spirit, and the practice of conscious breathing enables you to develop mindfulness, awareness, and connection. Awareness and mindfulness of your breathing are one of the most common techniques for concentrating the mind and dropping into the practice of meditation.

The practice of pranayama, generally translated from the Sanskrit as restraining or controlling the breath, is a practice that can really put you in touch with the basic connection of being alive. Before you start to understand many of the yogic pranayama practices, you must untangle your breath from years of habitual holding and unconscious restraints or blockages.

As your body hang on to memories of physical and emotional experiences, your process of breathing can become unnatural as you grow through life. You develop habits of holding, both body and breath, which you need to unwind and understand before you can move on. Pranayama can also be interpreted as developing and understanding the intimacy with your own breath and freeing it from restraint and restriction.

Your breath is also intimately connected with movement. Your body moves as you breathe. The connection between the breath and the movement of the spine is an integral point of exploration in a yoga practice. Sometimes, the subtle motion of your breath can lead you to your spine, and the more dynamic movements of your spine can lead you to your breath.

Vinyasa yoga

Vinyasa translates as "to place in a special way". In today's asana based yoga classes, this translates as intelligently sequenced postures and is often taught in a dynamic style, moving with the breath, and transitioning between postures with each breath.

Most practitioners will be familiar with surya namaskar, or sun salutations, which come in many varieties, and are commonly taught or used as a warming up sequence. Many current popular yoga styles are built around surya namaskar and variations, using this sequence as the basis for moving in and out of other asana explorations.

Vinyasa krama means that yoga should be approached in a systematic way, moving from simple to more complex postures, building up to a complex asana progressively, or moving from dynamic flow into stillness, allowing time for the body to integrate its experience. Ideally, a class will build postures one upon the next, creating the perfect energetic situations for asanas to be explored and deeply understood.

Yoga

The Sanskrit word yoga derives from the root word yug, which means to yoke, or to join. This also brings up words in English, such as relationship and connection. A yoga retreat provides the time and space to explore some of the deeper aspects and meaning of yoga.

The practice of yoga can bring you into a deeper relationship and connection with your own bodies, minds, and emotions. It could join you together if you are a little disconnected and it can also reintegrate you. Over time, it could make your body become stronger and healthier, and it could help you better understand your thoughts and emotions.

Yoga Nidra - the sleep of the yogis

The practice of yoga Nidra (yoga sleep), comes from the traditions of Tantra, meaning that it is a practice which works for the transformation of the mind. Yoga Nidra is designed to take you into a deep conscious relaxation, a true relaxation, allowing the stresses of fast paced, modern day living to melt away as you sink into effective and restorative rest.

The systematic relaxation of a yoga Nidra session can be equivalent to hours of ordinary sleep. When you rest in yoga Nidra, you will still maintain some awareness and remain conscious. Normally, when you sleep, you will lose awareness and you can also remain stressed and physically tense while sleeping. Yoga Nidra brings you to a state of mind between being awake and dreaming, and it opens the deeper subconscious aspects of the mind.

It therefore enables you to work on the subconscious habits and patterns of behavior that you may adopt. A yoga Nidra practice will bring you into a state of receptivity, similar but not the same as a hypnotic state.

It is in this receptive state that you can place suggestions and make resolutions for your subconscious to absorb. The resolution you make in yoga Nidra is called a sankalpa, a short mental statement which is introduced and embedded in the subconscious mind before and after the practice. It is said that when the mind is relaxed, the sankalpa is more effective.

Sample daily schedule

  • 08:00 Morning yoga, pranayama, meditation
  • 10:00 Self-serve breakfast, followed by morning time for walks, massage, or reservoir swimming
  • 13:00 Lunch followed by afternoon free time for walks or swimming
  • 17:30 Afternoon yoga, sound practices, yoga Nidra, and guided meditations
  • 19:30 Evening meal
  • Fiona Macleod

    Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200, RYT 500 (Yoga)

    Byron Yoga Centre Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Yoga)

    Fiona is a mother of three and lives on site in Portugal, facilitating and teaching on retreats. She was introduced to yoga as a teenager in secondary school. Fiona completed formal training to teach in 2009 at Byron Yoga Centre, Australia and teaches classes locally in Portugal. She teaches a breathing practice and slower asana with more focus on alignment and deep release. Fiona incorporates Vini yoga into her teaching and offers private classes for specific health issues. She has also completed training to teach both Pre-natal and Post-natal yoga.

  • Blanche Mulholland

    Returning to Portugal Yurt Eco Retreat this year, Blanche will host two weeks of Embodied yoga, mindfulness, and somatic movement. Blanche is a yoga and mindfulness teacher trainer with Still Flowing Yoga, a Shiatsu body worker, and has trained in somatic movement education.

Situated near Coimbra, Central Portugal, this retreat offers a chance to truly get back to nature with outdoor yoga and dining while staying in a unique yurt accommodation amongst the forests.

Central Portugal is full of old castles, churches, monasteries, and Roman ruins. The retreat is just over an hour's drive from Coimbra, an historic university city, and the Roman ruins at Conimbriga, which have some very well preserved mosaics. It is also a 45-minute drive from Tomar, which has a famous Templar castle. Fatima, the place of pilgrimage for many Catholics, is also nearby.

Nearby places

  • Coimbra - 70 kilometers
  • Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) - 2 hours
  • Pedrogao Grande bus station, 15 kilometers
  • Pedrogao Pequeno, 11 kilometers
  • Penela town, 47 kilometers
  • Porto International Airport (OPO) - 2 hours
  • Serta town, 25 kilometers
  • Tomar - 45 minutes

During the retreat, you will be served daily tasty and wholesome vegetarian meals. The fruits and vegetables are locally sourced and from their own organic garden. The foods served will be approximately 80 percent vegan and 20 percent raw. Yoga Holidays Portugal also has goats here and make their own cheese. They got really great feedback from the guests as they spend a lot of time and care preparing the food. A selection of tea (green, black, and herbal) and coffee are available all day.

Breakfast

Breakfast is self-service with seasonal fruits, a selection of cereals, toasted sourdough, and local corn bread, accompanied by homemade jam or marmalade.

Lunch

Lunches consist of fresh garden salads, grain salads, falafel, or Spanish omelet, usually served with a variety of raw dips, nut pates, or hummus.

Evening meals

Evening meals include a variety of curries with biryani rice or coconut rice, vegetable noodles with stir-fried tofu and vegetables, moussaka and salad, and spiced potatoes with honey, aubergine, and couscous.

Local festas

Almost every weekend in the summer months, there are local festas. These vary in size depending on the town or village and each town has its own celebration. Yoga Holidays Portugal will be able to tell you if there are any festas during your stay.

Local markets

The local markets are filled with local sellers selling homegrown fruit and vegetables, as well as traders with imported produce. Fresh bread, local eggs, honey, and cheese are all available. You can find local markets are in Pedrógão Grande every Monday, Pedrógão Pequeno every Sunday, Figueiro dos Vinhos every Saturday, and a big market in Serta every Friday.

Local walks

The property is surrounded by woods with many tracks and beautiful old abandoned houses and buildings. It is also close to the reservoir and the village. There are many forest tracks to explore and to spend time walking in the woods.

Pria das Rocas

There is a water park in Castanheira da Pera, only a 30-minute drive away.

Swimming

The venue is located 20 minutes from the Cabril Reservoir and also close to several local wild swimming locations for guests with cars. Central Portugal has many pria fluviais for summer time swimming, many which have been developed in a simple manner to create safe child friendly places for swimming, with cafés and restaurants nearby.

Village tour

Guests often enjoy a walk to the local village, where there are two cafés and small shops selling snacks, drinks, or an ice cream.

Other activities

You may also book massages and other therapies, relax with a yoga book from the library, and have a relaxing evening in the wood-fired hot tub.

Yoga Holidays Portugal organizes a local therapist to come one or two days in the week to offer massage treatments. The price is between 40 and 50 EUR. Other treatments are also available upon request at additional costs.

Treatments available include: Thai massage, holistic massage, Altai massage, Shiatsu, Ayurvedic massage, foot reflexology, sound sessions and aroma touch treatment, Myofascial release, and other treatments to work with issues within the body or recovery from injury and trauma.

  • 3 daily tasty meals
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily yoga and meditation classes
  • Dinner on arrival and breakfast on departure
  • Hot tub, bonfire, and local wine on the last night
  • Transfer from the Pedrogao Grande bus station on arrival
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Massage treatments
  • Personal expenses
  • Return journey to Pedrogao Grande local bus station

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). Transportation can be arranged with four people or more on request. In Lisbon, you can catch a bus or taxi from the airport to Sete Rios bus station.

Arrival by bus

Please arrive at the Pedrogao Grande bus station. Yoga Holidays Portugal will pick you up from the station. The pick-up is included in the price. The bus from Lisbon leaves at 3:45 p.m. and arrives at Pedrogao Grande at 7:30 p.m. The bus from Porto leaves at 5:00 p.m. and arrives in Pedrogao Grande at 7:30 p.m. Please plan your flights accordingly.

Buses leave Pedrogao Grande on Saturday morning at 7:45 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., this gives guests plenty of time for their connecting flights if travelling on the same day. Some guests may have to take a taxi back to the bus on the Saturday, a taxi costs approximately 18 EUR.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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    Review by Stígur Steinþórsson from Iceland

    The new kind of paradise?

    PROS Pros: An extraordinary place high in the mountains, deep in the woods, simpy beautiful. Everything there was earthbound, balanced and comfortable with a fresh hippie feel all around. The food was fantastic, the company inspiring and delightful . Fiona the yoga teacher was very attentive and perfect for an absolute beginner like me. Had massage by Aoife the last day, felt like reborn. All considered best five days for ages, learned meaningful things with yoga and meditation, got to know new friends and had my bodyclock rewound by 40 years. Thank you all.

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    Review by Lilla Zelenak from Ireland

    CONS Cons: -

    PROS Pros: It was my first yoga retreat ever..when I was looking for a place, exactly knew what I am looking for. Fiona and Nuno created somethig what was beyond my expectations. Thank you so much for this experience. In this place managed to learn to breath again, truly heart opening few days. Thank you.

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  • Review by Shaheeda from Great Britain

    "It's the first time I've traveled on my own and my first retreat and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Both Fiona and Nuno were fantastic and the people I met were welcoming and warm. I felt so looked after and nourished inside and out with the healthy, delicious vegan feast we had every day and Blanche our yoga teacher. I left having made some lovely friends. We are still in touch and planning to visit each other. Nourished, grounded, and very calm. I'm looking forward to going back."

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  • Review by Cathy from Great Britain

    "Dear Fiona, Nuno, Jo, Shar, and all your beautiful helpers, this week has been truly amazing; the setting, the food, the hospitality. The yoga and chakra dancing have been the most wonderful experience. I will cherish this week forever."

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  • Review by Jenny from USA

    "Thank you all so much for such a wonderful week. The setting has been very calming and beautiful. The food has been amazing! The yoga classes have been a good mental and physical challenge. Learning about opening the chakras has been very awakening. The dancing has been a blast. This has been a most memorable, healing, challenging, relaxing, and amazing week. I am so grateful for everyone and all the experienced we shared. Thank you Fiona, Nuno, Jo, Shar, and Kim! All the love in my heart."

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  • Review by Faith from Great Britain

    "The food was incredible every day. Yummy! Thank you so much for such an amazing experience and in such a beautiful setting."

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  • Review by Sophie from Spain

    "Thank you for a beautiful week. I have never felt so healthy, happy, and relaxed. I will be back next year and I will spread the word. I have been inspired by the food, the yoga, and the meditation or dancing."

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  • Review by Ben from Great Britain

    "Thank you for your amazing hospitality, such an inspiration to have shared this time with you. The food was amazing! Love and light to you. "

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  • Review by Emily from West Germany

    "Dear Fiona, Nuno, and girls, thank you for welcoming us into your wonderful space. Such a calm and rejuvenating atmosphere. Perfect for chakra healing and balancing body and mind! I look forward to coming back to explore the swimming spots and river beaches."

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  • Review by Sam from Great Britain

    "I have recently returned from a blissful week in Portugal. I would do anything to be back there now. The hosts, Nuno, and Fe, were the perfect mix of interesting, enthusiastic, and truly devoted to the way of life that causes little harm. Not to mention their adorable three children for causing mischief. Our yoga instructor, Blanche, was amazing! Every day was a new exploration of our body mind and of course surroundings. Exemplary food, exquisite valley location, perfect people to host such a wonderful place, and all I can say is thanks guys! Be seeing you again for sure!"

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  • Review by Lesley from Great Britain

    "A very restful, calming, friendly eco retreat. Just what was needed. Loved the yurt accommodation. Food was yummy and very healthy. Fiona provided the teaching which supported our individual needs. Lots of time for reflection. Hot tub and fire under the stars was something I'll always remember. Will definitely return."

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  • Review by Alex from England

    "What a fantastic retreat! As an experienced yogi, I thought the quality of the yoga classes was very high, the yoga teacher (Fiona Macleod) had so much knowledge and understanding of the practice that really came through in such a clear but gentle, understanding and loving way that I have no doubt that everyone would enjoy and benefit from her classes, whether a beginner or more advanced student. Not only was the food absolutely delicious with fresh, wholesome meals and ingredients straight from the garden, the surroundings offer a tranquil and beautiful place to really rest, ponder and relax. The facilities were perfect. Staying in one of the amazing yurts really allows you to connect with nature and gives you a sense of feeling at one with yourself and your surroundings, it was so nice being away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. It was such a treat having a dip in the hot tub under the stars and was a wonderful way to end the week. I would highly recommend this retreat to anyone who enjoys yoga, nature and great, and healthy food. I will definitely be heading back soon!"

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  • Review by Clemence Thollier from Europe

    "I followed a one week of retreat with Fiona. I was happily surprised that it was more challenging than expected. I wasn't trained and I'm definitely not a morning person. I find her to be a very well balanced professional, delivering organized classes and caring for our specific daily issues. I really appreciated how she shared her extensive knowledge without dogmatism, being able to give us, on a certain topic, a range of options and explanations. Moreover, general atmosphere and environment were excellent. A few weeks later, my mind on body is still infused with positive effects."

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  • Review by Lah from Belgium

    "Thanks for the wonderful week. I loved the retreat so much. The location is stunning, the yurts and facilities were so well set up, more so than I expected. Outdoor yoga on the beautiful terrace with birds chirping, wonderful views, and the gentle breeze was sublime. The food was tasty, nutritious, and so much straight from the garden. I really recommend this retreat."

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  • Review by Vince from Netherlands

    "This place is perfect. The food was perfect, the people, the yoga, the hot tub! A wonderful week. Thanks guys, I could not have asked for more."

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  • Review by Bridie Thomas from Great Britain

    "I loved my time here. The yurt is so posh! I learned so much in the yoga classes, and will take some of these breathing practices home with me. Thank you for the great recommendations, yoga, and cook books! I will definitely be back."

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  • Review by Erica Covey from Great Britain

    "This is a magical place to retreat, practice yoga, relax, swim, and truly refresh yourself. I have been continuously impressed with the fantastic food, the beauty of the place, the cozy yurts, and comfy hammocks. Yoga with Fiona was great, she has a real depth of knowledge and having classes outside was wonderful. Finishing the week with a little wine and a hot tub was absolutely perfect. Thank you Fiona, Nuno, and family."

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  • Review by Renae from Australia

    "Let me start by saying that this little piece of the earth is paradise. The native flowers, olive trees, and fresh clean air are just the beginning. No traffic noise just the sounds of Mother Nature. I really needed this escape and felt so at home away from home. I cannot recommend this retreat enough. The food was fresh, yummy and mostly from the garden, the yoga was so good and the company was stimulating. If I wanted to escape from others, it was easy in my yummy, comfortable, and cute yurt. (I miss my yurt!) Just a little walk to the most enchanting village. Fiona and team are lovely and the children there are divine. I am on a much needed high from being there. I hope to come again soon for some more soul indulgence. Thank you guys!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Great Britain

    "This retreat was in a beautiful and unique setting with delicious food and friendly hosts, including the kids (human and goats). The yoga was enriching, was adapted to suit each students individual needs (e.g., pregnancy), and Fiona and Nuno made a special effort to make sure everything ran smoothly. The yurt and facilities were basic, as promised, but perfectly comfortable. Shame the sun didn't come out for long, but I'm told that's very unusual! I would highly recommend this retreat, particularly if atmosphere matters more to you than creature comforts. "

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  • Review by Heather from Great Britain

    "Yoga Holidays Portugal was the perfect retreat and it was exactly what I was looking for. A beautiful setting, a relaxed atmosphere, excellent yoga classes, and very tasty food. The outdoor yoga deck is wonderful to practice in the morning or evening. With such a stunning view, it definitely made a difference to practicing indoors. Jo is a brilliant yoga teacher. I felt she included a good mix of techniques suitable for beginners or advanced students and made every class really enjoyable. I also found Fiona's workshops really useful, as they were yoga related. I picked up a lot of tips I will be using at home. The food was absolutely delicious, very nutritious, and full of flavor. I am usually quite a picky eater and do not eat too much vegetarian food. However, I found myself wanting more of every dish. I was also impressed that every meal was different throughout the week and loved the fact that the food is picked fresh from the valley. I have never stayed in a yurt before but found them surprisingly spacious and very comfortable. Sleeping in such a lovely interior whilst hearing the natural sounds from outside, made the experience even more magical. The options of afternoon excursions were also very good. This provided a great way to see more of the local area and beautiful scenery. I felt the week included an ideal balance of yoga and free time. I especially liked that the structure was fairly relaxed, allowing guests to attend classes, visit local swimming spots, go for hill walks, or have a massage whenever suited us. Fiona and Nuno were wonderful hosts and made everyone feel very welcome. I would definitely recommend this retreat and cannot wait to go back again. "

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  • Review by Holly from Australia

    "Thank you for the most amazing experience. The retreat exceeded all expectations and I have left feeling healthy and happy. Thank you for sharing your home, food, and amazing energy. I will miss my little yurt home and the amazing people who shared this journey with me. Namaste."

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  • Review by Anita, Eileen, and Sian from Netherlands

    "Thank you for an amazing week! Thank you for inviting us into your beautiful home! It truly is a sanctuary here. The yoga retreat has been spot on from the beautiful setting, to the cozy yurts, and to the delicious and inspiring meals. Most importantly, new friends were made! The hot tub under the stars was the perfect way to end the week!"

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  • Review by Femke and Marit from Netherlands

    " Dear Fiona, Nuno, all of the girls, the animals, the butterflies, the crickets, the fruits, and veggies, the cuddling dog; thank you so much for an amazing gift that this holiday has been for me and Marit. Every meal has been a delight and a treat, as well as every yoga lesson. We'd love to come back one day and enjoy the views, the rest, the sleep and the yurts again. It is a little paradise on earth. I feel relaxed and happy. Hope to come back soon."

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  • Review by Cherryl from Great Britain

    "Wow! What an incredible place to spend a very happy and relaxing week. The food has been consistently amazing, the yurt was cozy and comfortable, the views and sunsets were spectacular, and the yoga classes in the morning were glorious. I had a truly wonderful time, full of wonder. Thank you!"

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Testimonials

  • Review by Anthony Paine from London
    10 out of 10

    "Hi Fiona I just wanted to say that I'm extremely grateful to have been a part of the retreat. I thought the food was amazing! it has given me so much to reflect on and implement for the rest of my journey. I'd love to come back sometime "

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  • Review by Elvie from Great Britain

    "Thank you so much for this amazing retreat experience. To be on a retreat with other women and talk about women's health, herbs, food and nutrition has been so nice. I have learned so much. The food has been so tasty and inspiring. The yoga classes were the right balance of challenging and relaxing. It was great to learn so much at the same time as having a holiday. I will definitely be back."

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  • Review by Anna from Scotland

    "What a wonderful week. Fantastic yoga classes, workshops full of valuable information, deep relaxation, great healthy and tasty food and gorgeous swimming all week in the lake. I enjoyed it all so much. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

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  • Review by Laura from Spain

    "This women's yoga and herbal medicine retreat was just what I was looking for. I arrived exhausted and run down from busy city life and I left feeling revived. Yoga with Fiona, herb workshops with Sara, an amazing massage with Aoife all made me feel great. I didn't want to leave. Highly recommend this retreat. Thank you."

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  • Review by Danni from Great Britain

    "A wonderful chance to recharge and revitalize yourself, switch off from the day to day busy lifestyle, and completely immerse yourself in an absolutely beautiful location, with delicious food and enjoyable yoga. Thank you for such an amazing time, I couldn't have asked for a better week away and can't wait for next year already."

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  • Review by Mariann from Great Britain

    "Staying one week there doing yoga opened my heart. I connected with so many beautiful people in a magical place. The food was heaven and there was enough space to chill and relax. Not to mention the hot tub! I was going swimming to the lake which was the perfect way to start the day. Host Fiona is super friendly, calm, and well organized. I admire her work having family and living a simple life in nature. I am thankful for being there. I loved it. "

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  • Review by Harriet from Great Britain

    "I had never done yoga before and went with a friend to the yurt retreat. I found that it was well organized and communication was clear for booking. The yoga teaching was for all levels so I felt at ease in every class and saw progression within the week. The setting is beautiful and so peaceful; take paints, sketch book, and books. The afternoons in the sun were lovely reading and chilling out. The facilities were clean and it was nice to help yourself to a brew or fruit at anytime, we even slept in the hammocks one night with a cuppa! Being a teacher was the best relaxation holiday ever, I felt de-stressed by the end of it and would highly recommend it! If you have time pop to Lisbon for a few days beforehand like we did, it felt like two holidays - a city break and chill out time."

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  • Review by Laura Rose from Great Britain

    "Great experience to stay in the family run retreat for two weeks trying the most amazing veggie dishes and practicing yoga every day. The people I met were wonderful, all looking for a different holiday experience away from the business of the city to relax, unwind and calm the mind in the closeness of nature. It was such a beautiful location with a lake surrounded by forest nearby made it so special. I found the size of the retreat perfect with eight people and our friendly hosts we could socialise but also find time and space for ourselves. Hope to come back and get in the hot tub again!"

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  • Review by Iris from West Germany

    "I so much enjoyed spending 10 beauty filled days in this paradise. The yoga, delicious food and Fiona who is so caring and welcoming truly made it into an amazing experience. The place is settled in nature with a stunning lake nearby that is perfect for morning swims. In the afternoon, there is time just to relax and let the learnings and impressions of the day sink in. It's the perfect opportunity to treat yourself, step away from everyday life, and just melt into this atmosphere of joy and peace."

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  • Review by Sian and Stacey from Great Britain

    "So much more than a regular yoga retreat, this place offers a unique chance to delve into the natural elements and experience a new way of living. Hidden away in a quiet valley, we were delighted to stay with Fiona and her wonderful family as we relaxed, explored the beautiful spaces in and around the property, and went deeper into our yoga practice twice a day. The yurt accommodation and food were amazing. We really felt so nourished and well looked after the entire time. We could not recommend this enough. We will definitely be back next year!"

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  • Review by Nicola Reeves from Great Britain

    "From the second I arrived at the retreat I felt calm and relaxed. The whole place has been lovingly created. The level of thought and imagination that has gone into everything, from the wonderful food to the layout months yurts complemented the fantastic surroundings. Fiona and Nuno were amazingly warm and welcoming. The yoga was amazing, taught with care and passion and I learnt more than I ever could have imagined. This is the place for peace and tranquility, with the space to let go and meet lovely people.'"

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  • Review by Lucy Abel from Great Britain

    "Thank you so much for the perfect retreat for my mum, sister and I! You and your family made us feel very welcome. We loved staying in the comfortable yurts, being close to nature, living sustainably, eating tasty foods from the garden and using natural local handmade soaps. The variety of vegetarian food was amazing and we enjoyed chatting with our fellow yogis over meal times. The yoga and meditation sessions varied throughout the week and offered challenge and serenity which enabled us to go deeper in to our yoga practice. It was fun to walk down to the lake for a swim and explore the local village. I enjoyed reading the wide range of books available in the hammocks in the shade and sun and the opportunity to unwind with massages. It was a real treat to go in the hot tub and have local Portuguese wine with a fire on the last night. I will recommend this special experience to everyone! "

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  • Review by Kate from Great Britain

    "I recently stayed here for my first ever yoga retreat and will definitely be back. Fiona and Nuno provide a beautiful, relaxed and welcoming place to stay. The yurts are cozy an comfortable, the food was delicious and inspiring, and the yoga teaching was fantastic. I was a little concerned beforehand that I might find the whole experience overwhelming, but honestly couldn't have felt more comfortable. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a place to relax and reset."

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  • Review by Noeline Oldham from Portugal

    "On first sight as I approached the retreat- the space seemed really spread out! Then moving closer, I saw how everything was interconnected, the yurts, the kitchen, and toilets in each space, the grand wooden table that brought us all together at meal times, as we got passionate about how good the vegetarian food was, always giving a creative flare to each meal time! For me this was a massive thing as I'm gluten and lactose free, but Fiona always gave an alternative to the gluten and lactose meals! The yoga deck and yoga was brilliantly placed to warm up the body in the morning! The pleasant short walk, to and from the deck, ensured a contemplation before and after yoga! The walk down to the reservoir allowed an interconnection with the other girls, along with stunning views and beautiful tranquil water great for swimming in! The last night was a chance to group together around the fire and share our week and lives! Loved every minute of the whole retreat, an escape back to nature, a chance to reconnect back to the self!"

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  • Review by Rose from Great Britain

    "Wonderful, restorative week with Fiona and Nuno in their yurt yoga retreat in a Pine forest. It was very relaxing with wonderful food and a hot tub one evening under the stars. Fiona is a great yoga teacher with a rich practice and the food is great too. Lovely people, lovely place."

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  • Review by Sandra from West Germany

    "I was blown away by the place, the people and the freedom. One of the best experiences I have had. Thank you Fiona for opening your home to us. This is a place to find your inner peace. From the moment I arrived, I for got all about my work and stress and just concentrated on the good."

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  • Review by Tinkie from Switzerland

    "Mind blowing place. So simple and yet the best. Excellent way to connect to nature and reconnect with oneself. Delicious food, beautiful place to swim around the corner, olive trees everywhere, and sunrises to check out. I really enjoyed being there for a week and just being present. A good way to press the reset button."

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  • Review by Nini from Spain

    "The place is quiet, full of trees, and gives any visitor a lot of good energy! The owners Fiona and Nuno are trying to be self-sufficient and the result is a really nice eco place for a perfect disconnection in the middle of Portuguese forests. I also recommend the meals, vegetarian and delicious."

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  • Review by Justine from Spain

    "If you dream of spending an idyllic week of doing yoga, swimming in the nearby reservoir, strolling through beautiful countryside with stunning views, eating amazing and healthy food and mixing with great people - then this is the place for you! It was my first ever experience of eco living and it was a perfect education for me. Fiona and Nuno have provided a perfect little get away and they are so lovely, as are their gorgeous children! I'm so glad to have come to this place."

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  • Review by Sylvie from Switzerland

    "I;ve just spent two weeks in this amazing place. As soon as you arrive, you feel at peace. I love being in the middle of nature and in the middle of nowhere. The yoga practice really helps with connecting to yourself, becoming present, calming your mind and listening to your heart to make decisions you might not have been able to make before. My body and my mind feel totally balanced and regenerated."

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  • Review by Kirsty from Great Britain

    "Thank you Fiona. I discovered for the first time what yoga is truly about during this retreat. A well organized package made for a relaxing retreat. Highlights were waking up to birdsong, the thoughtful yoga classes, long leisurely breakfasts, and living in the yurts. All this is tucked away in a little valley."

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  • Review by Viki from London

    "A lovely place to regain energy and balance, Fiona is a wonderful host and yoga teacher. I've just returned from the six days Shakti Yoga retreat where I met really nice people, the place is really balancing, the food is delicious, Fiona and Nuno made us feel like at home. Thank you."

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  • Review by Abel from Great Britain

    "I can't thank Fiona and Nuno enough for their welcoming and inspirational way of life. The resort was truly back to nature, peaceful and tranquil. Accommodation was comfortable with all needs met. The food was delicious and varied, and plentiful, I didn't miss meat at all. The scenery was breathtaking, either the walk to the lake for swimming or to the village on the hill, looking over the Portuguese landscape. If you wanted to take time out to read there was a variety of books on offer and hammocks to lie in the shade, relaxing with the sounds of nature. Fiona's yoga sessions were so relaxing, but energising at the same time. Her voice melts you into another time and space. The last night came too soon, but again Fiona and Nuno made it special in a unique way, bathing in a hot tub in front of a bonfire underneath a clear starry sky. This was a special family holiday for me and my two oldest daughters. I was the oldest person at the retreat but age didn't matter, I felt so at home and welcome. I would love to take my fellow yogis to this retreat in the future, without hesitation. Thank you so much Fiona and Nuno for allowing us to share in your lifestyle. I feel very privileged."

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  • Review by Natalie Owen from Great Britain

    "I had the most wonderful, amazing time here back in the summer! The setting was idyllic, the back-to-nature living allowed you to let go of city life, and swimming in the nearby reservoir was absolutely breathtaking. The food was wonderful, so varied and interesting, not to mention tasty! Yoga up in the mountains each morning and evening was fantastic, I enjoyed trying and learning some new things. And last but not least, the people I met were wonderful, I think I've walked away with a good few new friends! Thanks so much to Fiona, Nuno, and the girls for making it such a beautiful holiday!"

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  • Review by Fran Kemp from Great Britain

    "I loved everything about this retreat. Fiona is an incredibly generous host and hugely inspirational yoga teacher. The mountain location is magical; fascinating to learn about sustainable living, the yurts are luxuriously cozy and comfortable, and the food was truly wonderful! I was rather gutted when the week came to an end.Was rather gutted when the week came to an end."

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  • Review by Julia Eberhardt

    "Retreat on a wonderful piece of land so quiet and nice. I really enjoyed the week with lovely food, the cozy yurt, and mindful attentive yoga practice!"

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  • Review by Melanie from Norway

    "Thank you so much for the wonderful retreat. I feel inspired and reenergized after a week full of yoga and meditation, yummy food, and amazing people. It was a good balance between yoga and free time. There was enough time to relax, to get inspired by the many yoga books available, and to have a hike to and a swim in the reservoir. I loved the yoga and meditation classes, my body is stronger, softer, and my mind is clearer and calmer than before. Fiona and Nuno are amazing hosts, taking care of the group and involving you into their ecological way of living. This was exactly what I was looking for. The hot tub at the last evening was a great experience. Singing songs around the campfire enjoying a glass of local wine made this evening even more memorable. Thank you again, I would love to come back in the future."

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  • Review by Holly from Great Britain

    "A wonderfully relaxing week in the depths of beautiful central Portugal. What a perfect location for getting away from it all and feeling truly close to nature in such a peaceful and secluded place. Waking up in the peace of our yurt, going straight to uplifting and inspiring yoga on the outdoor decking area, followed by a delicious breakfast and then a day of unwinding in a hammock, exploring the local countryside, reading in the shade, swimming in the reservoir, more yoga and meditation, and of course eating yet more nutritious and tasty food. I could not have hoped for more. Fiona was a sunny, patient, calm, and inspiring teacher who was in tune with each one of us and managed to ensure that each person in our class, which consisted of various different levels of yoga experience, enjoyed and took a lot away from our week of practice. I left feeling refreshed, relaxed, and revitalized. I would recommend this week to anyone."

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  • Review by Camille from West Germany

    "When I came back home I felt very nostalgic of the calm I found at your place. I miss the smell of the forest and listening to the birds while meditating. I learned a lot in just a few days and want to thank you again for that. I also wanted to let you know that I am now able to do the headstand without difficulty since your explanations."

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  • Review by Scott from Scotland

    "Deep appreciation for this wonderful place."

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  • Review by Hazel from Scotland

    "You have created a great model for us all to aspire to here! A glimpse of how to live in health and harmony. Thank you!"

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  • Review by Rosaleen from Ireland

    "Thank you for a wonderful week. So beautiful and peaceful."

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  • Review by Abi from Great Britain

    "I'll think about coming back again sometime, it's been truly beautiful. Thank you for sharing your wonderful life."

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  • Review by Sandra from Great Britain

    "I had the great pleasure of experiencing Fiona's two yoga classes located at her beautiful yoga Yurt retreat in Portugal. Fiona is a beautiful yoga teacher who gives her students the attention and support they need. Her calming voice guides you gently through the meditations and leaves you totally relaxed. I had an amazing time at the Portugal yoga retreat. It is one of the most beautiful, peaceful and free spirited places I have been to."

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  • Review by Melanie from Netherlands

    "Thank you so much for the wonderful retreat. I feel inspired and reenergized after a week full of yoga and meditation, yummy food and amazing people. It was a good balance between yoga and free time. There was enough time to relax, to get inspired by the many yoga books available and to have a hike to and a swim in the reservoir. I loved the yoga and meditation classes, my body is stronger, softer and my mind more clear and calm then before. Fiona and Nuno are amazing hosts, taking care of the group and involve you into their ecological way of living. This was exactly what I was looking for. The hot tube at the last evening was a great experience. Singing songs around the campfire enjoying a glass of local wine made this evening even more memorable. Thank you again, I would love to come back in the future."

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  • Review by Adam from Great Britain

    "Many thanks for a fantastic week. Your venue is so beautiful, peaceful and relaxing. You looked after us so well with lovely food and enjoyable Yoga. Rachael had expected to do maximum one yoga class per day, so it was lovely that she enjoyed it so much to keep coming. We try not to fly too often because of the environmental impact, but I admit I'm quite tempted to come back sometime. I'm encouraging my friends to go too."

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  • Review by Doron from Great Britain

    "Thank you for a wonderful relaxing and inspiring week. I met some really interesting and genuine people, making the stay really worthwhile, fun and sincere. Everyone was so friendly, what a wonderful group of people.Your settings are beautiful and rustic and simple, and the reservoir is stunning! Plus watching the sun rise from the top of the hill is a great way to start the day. The relaxed atmosphere definitely added to the good mood of the place. And the hot tub and fire on Friday night was magical."

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  • Review by Ella from Great Britain

    "What a beautiful and calm week. I have loved the yoga, the food and the views. Thank you for making us feel so welcome and looking after us so well."

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  • Review by Vicky and Jim from Great Britain

    "Thank you for such a lovely week. Going back to nature, lovely food, lovely people and lots of lovely yoga. We will go home feeling refreshed and energized."

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  • Review by Gen

    "Wonderful to meet you and spend time with such lovely people on such a beautiful place. The food was fabulous and I will be taking some recipes home. Loved the hot tub, campfire, and sing song. The massage with Sophie was amazing and I will go home feeling like a new person, relaxed, and ready for the nine to five again! Cannot wait to come back! With lots of love, luck, and shanti."

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  • Review by Sophie from Spain

    "Shar and Jo Tison's yoga and chakra dancing retreat has definitely been the highlight of my year. I enjoyed every moment. From the yoga at sunrise to the chakra dancing at sunset. The raw or vegan food and the incredible sanctuary in such beautiful natural surroundings provided by Fiona Macleod and Nuno made us all feel amazing. I loved all of the Reiki and massage treatments and another highlight was being able to hike down to the reservoir to cool off. We ended the magical retreat by star gazing whist in the hot tub by an open fire. Absolute bliss! I've already reserved my place for next summer. Thank you girls!"

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  • Review by Eivind from Norway

    "Both the healthy food and the yoga have done wonders for body and mind. I will treasure this week for a long time."

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  • Review by Gea from Netherlands

    "The retreat was heaven! The place is beautiful, the food is lovely, the yoga was very nice and you are the most calm and relaxed people! It was exactly what I needed. In addition, you inspired me to go back to my plans to start a different way of living!"

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  • Review by Kim from Great Britain

    "This has been an amazing holiday! So far away from the hustle and bustle of the city and our usual lives. Fantastic yoga, wonderful people, and a memorable stay."

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  • Review by Gwenn from Netherlands

    "It has been such a great pleasure staying here, feeling the love, the nature, and the amazing yoga classes. It has been such a nice way to relax and learn about spirituality and myself. The way you live here and have us here is very inspiring to me as well. I also really enjoyed the food. I am sure my stay here will be one of the things I look back happily when I am an old lady. Love, Gwenn."

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  • Review by Kelly and Jane from Great Britain

    "As meat eaters, this was our first vegan or vegetarian experience and we were more than pleasantly surprised. The food has been both delicious and beautifully presented, and very filling. 10 out of 10 for the amazing food. The yoga with Jo was both well taught and relaxing. Also, the afternoon trips were great, as Nuno has a great deal of local knowledge. We loved our yurt, and views were glorious, especially in the morning. It's been a joy to wake up here. See you next year."

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  • Review by Jennifer from Netherlands

    "I want to thank Fiona and everyone else who made this such a wonderful vacation! I can truly say that I'm leaving much more relaxed and stress free than when I came. The yoga classes are great. Jo is a great teacher. Yoga in a studio is nothing compared to doing yoga on the outdoor deck. Fiona's cooking is great and the surroundings are beautiful. I could definitely come back again."

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Castelo Branco, Portugal

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