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7 Days Nature Eco Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Oleiros, Portugal

7 Days Nature Eco Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Oleiros, Portugal

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

Nature Yoga Retreat Portugal

Stretch and relax your body with yoga, allow the practice of asana (yoga postures) to release tension and restriction, allowing the natural flow of energy to circulate and nourish muscles and joints. Pranayama (breathing) and meditation will help to calm the nervous system and busy minds, creating a chance for you to sink deep into stillness, space and quiet. Make time and space for reflection. Think about intention, make note of your thoughts, dreams, or insights. Often when we step away from our everyday life, we open up space for inspiration and ideas.

Highlights

  • 2 yoga classes per day
  • Workshops, yoga Nidra and meditation
  • Bonfire and local wine served on the final evening
  • Three delicious wholesome vegetarian meals per day
  • Transfers from Pedrogao Grande bus station
  • 6 nights yurt accommodation
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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The accommodation will be in one of the lovely eco yurts. The Yoga Holidays Portugal guests are always very pleasantly surprised by just how comfortable everything is, (despite being ecofriendly) and how well the system for water heating, electricity and heating the yurts in the cooler months works.

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.

Bathrooms and toilets are shared by a maximum of five guests. As they are 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!

The morning classes will be stronger physical classes, with dynamic movement and heating postures, while the afternoon classes will include more meditation and slower asana practice. The end of the week will bring the guests favorite: wine, bonfire and hot tub evening.

Please find below general outline of your daily schedule:

  • 08:30 Dynamic Vinyasa yoga class
  • 10:00 Self-serve breakfast and morning free time for walks, massage, swimming, etc.
  • 13:00 Lunch and afternoon free time for walks, swimming etc.
  • 17:30 Afternoon yoga, sound practices, yoga Nidra and guided meditations
  • 19:30 Evening meal

This retreat is located in a unique and beautiful small eco retreat center in the heart of Portugal, in Ribeira Relvas, Oleiros; close to a stunning reservoir for swimming and a short walk away from a picturesque traditional Portuguese village.

Nearby places

  • Cabril reservoir - 15 minutes walk

The food prepared and served is tasty and wholesome vegetarian and vegan food. They use vegetables from their own organic garden and then locally sourced fruit and vegetables. They spend a lot of time and care preparing the food for the guests, and they get really great feedback. The food served is approximately 80 percent vegan, and 30-40 percent raw.

Breakfast is self-service with seasonal fruits, a selection of cereals and toasted sourdough and local corn bread, accompanied by homemade jam or marmalade. A selection of tea (green, black and herbal) and coffee is available throughout the day.

Lunches are fresh garden salads, grain salads, falafel or Spanish omelette. Usually served with a variety of raw dips, nut pates, or hummus.

Evening meals include a variety of curries with biryani rice or coconut rice, vegetable noodles with stir-fried tofu and vegetables, moussaka and salad, spiced potatoes with honey aubergine and couscous. The resort is also growing goats, which enables them to produce their own cheese.

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 spend time walking in the woods.

Massage

There is a selection of local therapists available to provide treatments for our guests, depending on the retreat week. Often the yoga teachers offer various treatments. Jo Tison offers Reiki and Thai massage. Blanche Mulholland offers Shiatsu. Local therapist Aoife Carter specializes in myofascial release and other techniques to work with issues within the body, or recovery from injury and trauma.

Swimming

The resort is located a 10-15 minutes walk from the Cabril reservoir. It is also close to several local wild swimming locations for guests with cars.

Village

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

  • 6 nights beautiful yurt accommodation
  • Bonfire and local wine on the final evening of each week
  • Deepen your practice with workshops, yoga Nidra and meditation
  • Five days of yoga, two classes per day - Vinyasa flow and Hatha classes
  • Local walks in the heart of traditional Portugal
  • Opportunities to learn about living sustainably
  • Swimming in the local reservoir (a walk away) and rivers
  • Three yummy wholesome meals per day
  • Flights
  • Massage treatments

Arrival by airplane

Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS).

If there is a minimum of four guests arriving at the same time, airport transfers can be arranged at an extra cost. Please contact Yoga Holidays Portugal at the time of booking, should you be interested in this service.

Arrival by bus

It is relatively easy to get to the bus station in each city, most young people speak English, and the bus web site is accurate and helpful: www.rede-expressos.pt/

In Lisbon, you can catch a bus or taxi from the airport to Sete Rios bus station.

The bus from Lisbon is at 13:45, arriving in Pedrogao Grande at 19:30.

The bus from Porto is at 17:00, arriving in Pedrogao Grande at 19:30.

Please plan your flights accordingly.

Buses leave Pedrogao Grande on Saturday morning at 07:45 and 09:00 - this gives guests plenty of time for their connecting flights home, if travelling on the same day. Please note that the retreat price includes transfer from Pedrogao Grande upon arrival. Some guests may have to take a taxi back to the bus on the Saturday; a taxi costs 18 EUR.

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 5 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Castelo Branco, Portugal

Yoga Holidays Portugal offers eco-friendly yoga, women yoga, and specialized retreats focusing on herbs, nutrition, and yoga in Central Portugal.

  • Availability: The Yoga Retreats of this organizer are available 75% of the time.

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