Welcome Pack

All the information you need for booking the retreat and getting here........ Thank you for your interest in our Nourish Retreats. We are really passionate about what we are offering and believe that it is really important for women to take a little time out from busy daily lives. Please read through our welcome pack when you have a quiet moment to relax with a cup of tea. We hope to see you on retreat. Love the Nourish team. xx

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Location & Getting Here

Fly into either Lisbon or Porto and connect with a national bus to our nearest station, Pedrogao Grande. Both Lisbon and Porto are beautiful cities and guests often extend their holiday by a day or two to spend some time in the city. Please note that it does take a day to get here, including flight time, airport time and catching the bus here. The bus usually takes 3.5 hours. Please allow at least an hour to either take a bus or taxi from the airport to the national bus terminal.

Check in is any time after 5pm on the Sunday of each retreat week.

If you plan to fly into Portugal on the same day as the start of the retreat, you will need a morning flight to connect with the afternoon buses. Here is the website for the buses – www.rede-expressos.pt. Tickets can be purchased online or easily at the bus station.

The bus leaves Lisbon - Sete Rios Station at 3.45 and arrives at our local bus station, Pedrogao Grande at 7.30pm. This is not a direct bus, you will change in Coimbra.

The bus leaves Porto - Rede Expressos Terminal, near Sao Bento at 5pm, and also arrives at Pedrogao Grande at 7.30pm. This is a direct bus, but at other days and times it will not be direct and the journey will take 3.5 hours. Please refer to the bus web site for more information.

We will meet and collect guests from the bus station and bring them to Quinta Canaval. Transfers to and from the bus station are included in the retreat package.

Please make a note of our phone number in case you need to contact us en-route. +351 961228729.

Leaving on Saturday morning.

Usually guests leave in time to catch the 7.45am direct bus to Lisbon or 9am (change at Coimbra) buses to both Lisbon and Porto. These early morning buses allow plenty of time to connect with flights at the end of the day. Transfer to and from the bus station is included in the retreat package. Remember to allow yourself time to transfer from the bus station to the airport.


Nourish in Nature Retreats for Women will be held at Quinta Canaval eco boutique hotel. Features include - a natural swimming pool, eco accommodation, en-suite rooms, vegetable and herb garden, indoor and outdoor yoga spaces, natural swimming in the reservoir a short walk away and the same nutritious food prepared and cooked by us.

All the room are en-suite and we can offer shared (maximum of two) and individual occupancy, both twin rooms and doubles are available. Canaval has five bedrooms, and three private apartment spaces to accomodate guests. All the rooms are private and well appointed, with individual bathrooms. The three apartments also have individual living areas and kitchen facilities separate from the communal dining area.

The location is off-grid and uses solar generated electricity and hot water. The owner Mabel, has used as far as possible all locally sourced materials, furniture and builders. The walls of all the rooms is painted with non-toxic lime paints. the swimming pool is a natural salt water pool. As always we ask guests to be aware of water consumption and to bring natural, bio-degradable toiletries.


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Prices and deposit payment

Twin share en-suite - 680 EUR

Single occupancy en-suite - 960 EUR

Please let us know when making your booking which option you are interested in.

To reserve your place on the retreat, we ask for a deposit of 400 EUR, to be paid into the following bank account; or via paypal using fefly@yahoo.com

IBAN – PT50003505910001254113088

BIC number or Swift – CGDIPTPL

The bank is Caixa Geral de Depositos

Account name – Fiona Macleod

Some banks will request our address; Ribeira Relvas, Madeira 6160-206. Oleiros. Portugal

Please send us an email when you make your deposit payment, we will confirm receiving it.

Could you also send us your full name for our tax records here in Portugal.

Could you also include a brief description of your yoga experience, any injuries past or present, and any special dietary requirements.

We ask that the remaining balance be paid before you arrive.

If for any reason you are unable to attend the retreat please contact us and we will look at refunding your deposit.

Please note – there are no ATM machines locally, you will need to bring cash with you. We sell a small selection of hand herbal balms and creams, honey when available, eye pillows and are also a walk from the village of Bravo.

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Daily Program

8am – 10am – Morning Yoga Class, warming and dynamic methods, Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga with pranayama and relaxation.

10 am – 11.30am – Breakfast, seasonal fruits, cereals, home made gluten free breads and jam, toast and a selection of teas (green, black, herbal teas) and coffee.

11.30 – 2pm - Morning workshops with Sara

2pm – Lunch – Seasonal salads from the garden, raw vegan pates and dips, one grain salad each day, spanish omelette, falafel, raw noodles with peanut sauce etc. Just a few of our tasty lunch time meals.

4pm – 6pm – Afternoon free time for workshops – treatment time with Aoife * Please note, we will send you an arrival email a week prior to the retreat which will give you a day and time for your complementary treatment.

8pm – Evening meal

Need to Know

Guest Information – We are really passionate about our guests getting the most out of their retreat experience. It is very important that you tell us everything relevant to your health. We will send you a Nourish in Nature healthcare pack a couple of weeks before the retreat. Included in this pack is a healthcare questionnaire. Please make sure you take a little time to fill them out and return it to us. Thank you.

Smokers – If you are a smoker please be aware of other guests. There is no smoking inside and we ask that you don't smoke in the communal areas. Ashtrays are provided, please do not leave cigarette butts lying around on the land.

Communal Kitchen- Please help to keep the kitchen and dining area clear of tea and coffee cups throughout the day. Thank you.

Food – We provide three tasty wholefood meals a day.  Vegan and gluten free options are available. Please tell us if you have any further dietary requirements.

Quinta Canaval is completely off-grid and sustainable. There is plenty of electricity for lights, charging phones and laptops, but we ask guests not to use hair dryers or hair straighteners, appliances which use a lot of electricity to heat up. We ask guests to be aware of turning things off and unplugging items when finished charging etc.

Guests need to be aware that Qunita Canaval is located in Central Portugal, in the area which was affected by the fires last summer. The immediate surroundings of the Quinta were unaffected, but some of the local landscape has been burnt and is a golden, sepia colour, rather than green.

Things to Bring

Sunscreen, a hat and a towel for swimming.


Please bring biodegradable shower products. We ask guests to respect resources and to not bring polluting products. We also sell natural herb soaps and herbal balms made locally.

Warm clothing, we are high up and it does cool down at night. We really recommend you bring some warm clothes for evenings and morning yoga practice and relaxation time. Covering up in the evening will also deter the insects if you are outside.

Insect repellent, we are close to the reservoir and there are mosquitos around at night, all the beds have mosquito nets, but we recommend you bring some insect repellent with you.

We have mats, blocks, straps and eye pillows here, but if if you prefer to use your own yoga mat, please bring it with you.

Please note - There are no shops nearby, anything you may need for example from a chemist, please bring it with you.

Wifi – We do have wifi which guests are able to use, we do encourage guests to take a break from technology and have a little digital detox time, as much as is possible.