Next Retreat - Late Summer Sunshine Retreat in Portugal

Nourish in Nature - Next Retreat coming soon ……. September 1 - 7

Join us in the heart of Portugal for this light hearted, fun yoga retreat. A stunning and secluded valley, with a beautiful river, waterfalls and natural plunge pools flowing through. Twice daily yoga, six nights accommodation, tasty whole food meals prepared daily, swimming in natural pool, en-suite twin share or single occupancy available.

SNAPSHOT
Dates: September 1 - 7, 2019
Types of yoga: Hatha, Vinyasa, Pranayama, Yoga nidra, Meditation. Suitable for all levels. Beginners welcome.
Food: Vegetarian and Vegan whole foods. Local organic vegetables and fruit where possible.
Max Attendance: 10
Activities: Activities available on site include swimming either in the natural salt pool, or waterfalls and plunge pools, walks, lounging in hammocks or by the pool.
Price Range: 450 EUR - 650 EUR

SNAPSHOT
Dates: September 1 - 7, 2019
Types of yoga: Hatha, Vinyasa, Pranayama, Yoga nidra, Meditation. Suitable for all levels. Beginners welcome.
Food: Vegetarian and Vegan whole foods. Local organic vegetables and fruit where possible.
Max Attendance: 10
Activities: Activities available on site include swimming either in the natural salt pool, or waterfalls and plunge pools, walks, lounging in hammocks or by the pool.
Price Range: 450 EUR - 650 EUR

DESCRIPTION

This late summer retreat in Portugal is located at Quinta da Flores, situated in a beautiful, secluded valley in Central Portugal. Quinta da Flores is a short drive from Figueiro dos Vinhos.

The accommodation is in five bedrooms, spread amongst three separate cottages, providing both en-suite single occupancy and twin share accommodation. Quinta da Flores features a natural salt water pool with sun lounging area, river, waterfalls and hammocks dotted throughout the property.

The yoga taught by Fiona MacLeod is accessible for all levels and experience. Fiona has been teaching classes locally in Central Portugal since 2008, and on retreats since 2012. She places great importance on integrated health, and empowerment through self awareness, self knowledge and growth.

It was during five formative years of travel throughout Asia between 1995 – 2000 that her passion for yoga, meditation, and personal practice developed.

She has been fortunate to study with many teachers and methods, and truly embraces the wide variety of methods and techniques she has been exposed to.

Her teaching style is a mix of alignment based slow vinyasa, pranayama and meditation, a variety of alternative movement practices and yoga nidra. She has become very interested in an intuitive somatic approach while still maintaining the integrity of the individual yoga postures. She also practices the more embodied meditative practices of Kashmir Shaivism.

She places great importance on slowing down, allowing time for the subtleties of the postures to be absorbed by our bodies, and for the magic of the practice to be discovered by individuals themselves, rather than overloading with instruction.

Instruction Level: All levels welcome
Instruction Language: English

Daily schedule:

Fruit, cereals, teas and coffee available for guests early morning if desired.

8.30 - 10am : Morning yoga on the large round outdoor platform, surrounded by the sounds of the river running past. Yoga will be a dynamic class including alignment based asana, vinyasa and pranayama.

10.30am : Hearty brunch including grain porridge, chia porridge, toast, fruit platter, cheeses or eggs, (omelette or boiled eggs,) yogurt, home made jams and marmalade, and other treats.

12 - 3pm : Time for swimming, resting, relaxing, walking, massage or other optional extras

3pm : Afternoon snack - smoothies, sweet breads, energy and protein balls

5- 6.30pm : Afternoon yoga - Restorative yoga, yoga nidra, meditation

7pm - Evening meals, including vegetarian or vegan lasagna, moussakka, spicy aubergine with cous-cous, Keralan curry, Thai curry. Friday night included wine with the evening meal, and an evening around the fire pit.

Food

A key part of integrated health and any holistic living program or lifestyle, is good nutritious food. Integrated health includes all aspects of health, well being and self care.

We do recommend a well balanced diet rich with vegetables and fruit, very low on processed carbohydrates, and refined sugar. We also feel that a more pesticide free, plant based diet is healthier for both body and spirit.

We don't advocate any extreme diets or extreme exclusion of certain foods as this is a very personal thing. We do educate and cultivate healthy relationships to food and to develop awareness of eating mindfully.

‘I’m not sure I’ve ever eaten so healthfully and deliciously for five days.

On Sunday, we arrived on the last train from Lisbon, were picked up from the station, and traveled through the solid countryside darkness down a gravel road to the retreat. Even though it was almost 11 pm, we found a full spread of hot squash soup; dense and moist vegan bread, crisp kale salad with sprouted lentils, ad vegetable crudités and dip, all followed by fresh cherries for dessert.

This would be a theme of the retreat. The chef, Gabi, prepared meals with an overwhelming variety of nutrient-dense and delicious vegetarian (vegan optional) food, served hot and family style.’ Alden Wicker Ecocult

We are a little bit particular about the food we prepare and serve for our guests. The food we prepare and serve is tasty and wholesome vegetarian and vegan food.

We use vegetables from our own organic gardens and then locally sourced fruit and vegetables. We spend a lot of time and care preparing the food for our guests, and make sure that it is nutritious as well as flavour some.

As a part of our Nourish in Nature Retreats, the food is integral in supporting the week of healthy well being.

Eating clean, freshly prepared wholefoods with minimal sweeteners will give our guests a boost of nutrition and nourishment .

Organic vegetable and herb gardens

We lovingly grow a lot of our own herbs and vegetables throughout the year. All of our food is naturally seasonal and we incorporate our harvests into our retreat meals and menu. We also dehydrate fruits, make preserves, and fermented foods. Every year we harvest our own olives to produce gorgeous green gold oil. We love to harvest the natural bounty of this fertile part of the world, and feel this gives us a deep connection with the nourishing food we produce on retreats for our guests.