Retreat Weeks

Rainbows on your Eyelashes

Yoga Teacher: Vonetta Winter

Vonetta's 2017 Retreat dates:  April 23, 30, May 7, 14, June 11, 18, Oct 1, 8 

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Being enclosed by the gentle rolling green hills of the Portuguese Forests easily invites our attention inward away from the normal concerns of daily life, heightening our awareness of our more intuitive or creative capacities. Released from the bombardment of modern stimuli, the countryside softens us and we become more conscious of our experience in each moment, fostering a childlike joy in the now, in the play of light through a window, through a Forest or through our own eyelashes.

As we take our early Morning walks we become more attentive to the details of the Forest, the texture of stone or the smell of the woodland floor underfoot.  We earn and give ourselves the time to observe the changing nature of the light at Morning Yoga Practice and Evening Sunset Practice. The silence and noises of the countryside provide the natural soundtrack to Guided Meditation as we enlighten our imaginations through contemplation of the Chakra System.

The heat of the midday sun on our backs while dangling feet in a cold running stream rejuvenates us. Medicated therapeutic or relaxing oil massage soothes away the accumulated muscular aggravations as we become more connected to the intuitive, mysterious, and not easily verbalized aspects of ourselves so that we may return to our lives with a little less tension and with a little more delight.

Price: 800€ in shared cottage or tipi. 900€ for private room or Soulpad. 10% discount for returning guests, a 2 week stay or groups of 4 or more. 

Includes:

  • All food, accommodation and facilities
  • Transport to and from Oleiros
  • Guided silent morning walks in the forest
  • 5 Morning Yoga and Pranayama Classes
  • 4 Afternoon Sessions exploring the Bandhas and Meditation, guided Shavasana and Partner Yoga
  • Half hour private health consultation
  • One hour Body Harmonising massage - Thai, Tui Na, Indonesian, Ayurvedic and/or Acupuncture
  • A mid week trip to the Rio Zêzere for a mud bath and swim (weather permitting).
  • Additional treatments available from our therapists for 80€ per 90 minutes

Cultivate Contentment

Yoga Teacher: Vonetta Winter

2017 Retreats:  April 23-29, June 11-17, 18-24, Oct 1-7, 8-14

Being cared for on retreat in a family home; having a simple and comfortable space to rest; wholesome food to nourish; revitalizing mud for the skin; experienced therapists to ease away persistent aches and pains; good company with time for meaningful conversation; silence and opportunity for reflection; early morning walks and late afternoon swims; visits to remote country villages, sampling the local fair. All of these things makes it just a little easier for those of us feeling stressed out and pulled in all directions, to feel restored. 

A retreat encourages us to foster expectations in harmony with our experiences so that a more peaceful or blissful state, contentment, can arise.  Daily Morning Yoga Classes designed to challenge your strength, flexibility and stamina will be broken down into easily accessible steps so that the complete beginner along with the more advanced Practioner can both experience the contentment that yoga posture practice encourages.  This Dynamic and Yin Yoga inspired week is aimed at broadening our hearts, opening our hips, and finally lengthening our limbs and spine so that we may walk a little taller in our lives, contentedly guided by each and every moment of life and each and every breath. 

Price: Price: 800€ each per week in shared cottage or for couples or friends sharing a private room, Tipi or Soulpad. 100€ supplement for single occupancy of a private space. 10% discount for returning guests, a 2 week stay or groups of 4 or more.  Includes:

  • All food, accommodation and facilities
  • Transport to and from Oleiros
  • Guided silent morning walks in the forest
  • 5 Morning Yoga and Pranayama Classes
  • 4 Afternoon Sessions exploring the Bandhas and Meditation, guided Shavasana and Partner Yoga
  • Half hour private health consultation
  • One hour Body Harmonising massage - Thai, Tui Na, Indonesian, Ayurvedic and/or Acupuncture
  • A mid week trip to the Rio Zêzere for a mud bath and swim (weather permitting).
  • Additional treatments available from our therapists for 80€ per 90 minutes

This Yoga Life with Tashi Dawa

An intensive Yoga retreat with Tashi Dawa

2017 Retreats: March 19-25, March 26-April 1, April 2-8, 9-15, 16-22

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 centre, to live with steady ease, 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.

Price: 800€ each per week in shared cottage or for couples or friends sharing a private room, Tipi or Soulpad. 100€ supplement for single occupancy of a private space. 10% discount for returning guests, a 2 week stay or groups of 4 or more.  Includes:

  • All food, accommodation and facilities
  • Transport to and from Oleiros
  • Guided silent morning walks in the forest
  • 5 Morning Yoga and Pranayama Classes
  • 4 Afternoon Sessions exploring the Bandhas and Meditation, guided Shavasana and Partner Yoga
  • Half hour private health consultation 
  • One hour Body Harmonising massage - Thai, Tui Na, Indonesian, Ayurvedic and/or Acupuncture
  • A mid week trip to the Rio Zêzere for a mud bath and swim (weather permitting).
  • Additional treatments available from our therapists for 80€ per 90 minutes

Wild´n´Whole - Nutrition and Yoga

Yoga Teacher: Katherine Smith

2017 Dates: May 28 - June 3, Aug13-19, Aug 27 - Sep 2

On this retreat week, using the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, we will come to see ourselves through a different lens and learn the art of self-renewal using the elements in nature. With Ayurveda as our guide, we will begin to strip away the tension that binds our body and mind, and ignite our inner fire to feel more vibrant, grounded and energised.

Through a daily, vinyasa based, yoga practice we will work with the three doshas, Vata, Pitta and Kapha, to bring you back into harmony with your original elemental blueprint. Morning classes will be deep and dynamic, with emphasis on awakening the senses and developing the awareness needed to move with confidence, safely. We will work with alignment principles as well as breath, bandha and dristi, in order to build strength and establish comfort and stability.

Afternoon sessions will be a series of restorative classes intended to target tight spots and sooth tired, aching limbs while we descend into stillness. A mid-week, afternoon workshop, will introduce you to the fundamentals of Ayurveda and provide you with some easy-to-understand (and apply) ideas on how to make small modifications to your diet and lifestyle at home, for your type, that will improve your digestion and help you to look after yourself more efficiently.

This is a nurturing, nourishing retreat, deep in the heart of the Portuguese wilderness, that gives you the time and space to rest and re-establish connection, away from the stressors and stimulation of everyday life. Free time can be spent exploring the surrounding forest, enjoying the company of new found friends, relaxing in the sun, taking a dip in the natural pools or treating yourself to massage or acupuncture by expert therapists.

2017 Prices: 800€ each for sharing the cottages, or private spaces as a couple, 900€ for single occupancy of a private bedroom, Tipi or Soulpad.

10% discount for returning guests, a 2 week stay or groups of 4 or more.

Includes:

  • All food, accommodation and facilities
  • Transport to and from Oleiros
  • Guided silent morning walks in the forest
  • 5 morning classes including meditation & pranayama & vinyasa yoga
  • 3 afternoon restorative yoga classes 
  • 1 afternoon workshop on the principles of Ayurveda, nutrition and lifestyle
  • 3 nourishing vegetarian meals served daily
  • Half hour private health consultation 
  • One hour Body Harmonising massage - Thai, Tui Na, Indonesian, Ayurvedic and/or Acupuncture
  • A mid week trip to the Rio Zêzere for a mud bath and swim (weather permitting).
  • Additional treatments available from our therapists for 80€ per 90 minutes

Flow with Fleur

Yoga teacher: Fleur van Hille

2017 Retreat dates: July 23-29, July 30 - Aug 5, August 6-12, September 10-16, 17-23, 24-30 

The hectic pace of life for many of us these days asks a lot of our 'head'. Getting caught up in our thoughts can make life difficult, it moves us away from our true selves and we might even forget what we really want in life. Instead of nourishing these restless thoughts, we invite you to open and listen to your heart. Maybe suddenly life is not so confusing anymore.

This week, music and nature will lead us the way. As music touches the soul, we will flow our yoga practice on inspiring vibrations. We will become aware of our breath and how it influences our being. Away from our daily routine, out in the beautiful natural landscape of this valley in Portugal, with nourishing food and therapeutic massage, let’s flow!

Fleur's website  Cosmic Flow.

Price: 800€ in shared cottage or for couples sharing a private room, Tipi or Soulpad. 100€ supplement for single occupancy in a private space. 10% discount for returning guests, a 2 week stay or groups of 4 or more. Includes:

  • All food, accommodation and facilities
  • Transport to and from Oleiros
  • Guided silent morning walks in the forest
  • 5 Morning Yoga Flow classes to music
  • 4 Afternoon Sessions on pranayama, guided meditation and partner yoga
  • Half hour private health consultation 
  • One hour Body Harmonising treatment - Thai, Tui Na, Indonesian, Ayurvedic and/or Acupuncture
  • A mid week trip to the Rio Zêzere for a mud bath and swim (weather permitting).
  • Additional treatments available from our therapists for 80€ per 90 minutes
     

Naniki Yoga Retreat Barbados

Yoga Teachers: Vonetta Winter and Katherine Smith

Christmas 2016 Dates: December 10 2016 to January 7 2017

We’re excited to be returning for a second time to Vonetta’s home island of Barbados in December 2016 for a month of yoga. On the quiet East coast, in the unspoilt hills a couple of miles above the famous Bathsheba surfing beach, the stunning Naniki Nature Resort is set in 22 acres of virgin Barbadian forest overlooking the Atlantic ocean and is run by a lovely Bajan family.

If you are already in Barbados, you are welcome to drop-in to Vonetta's morning classes before Christmas from 8.45am to 10.45am and join us after class for a healthy delicious breakfast at 11am and lunch at 1pm. 

Far from the often crowded hotels and more touristy parts of Barbados, this secluded tranquil spot has tropical flower gardens, pool, restaurant, veranda practice spaces and 12 beautifully crafted luxury wooden eco-cottages with their own kitchens, lounges, verandas and adorned with Caribbean artwork and furnishings. There are 6 one bedroom cottages and 6 two bedroom ones, each one with double beds and en suite bathrooms. (Our booking form doesn't list these on the accommodation options, so just choose any of the available options to make your reservation.)

You are welcome to join us for any number of nights from December 10 til January 7.  Vonetta will be teaching the 2 weeks before Christmas, and Kat teaching the 2 weeks after.

Read Vonetta's blog post from 2014 about the joys of practicing yoga in Barbados. 

Prices are US$1050 for a week’s retreat in a private bedroom or $1610 for a couple, with 10% discount for any of our previous guests to Vale de Moses or a 2 week stay.  Children under 12 stay for free and under 18s at a reduced $315 per week. Prices exclude flights and transfers but include:

  • All accommodation and facilities
  • Morning yoga classes with Vonetta / Katherine
  • 3 daily Ital vegetarian meals prepared by Naniki Restaruant, vegetarian with local fish options
  • Afternoons free for exploring the island, walking in surrounding forests or relaxing on the beach
  • Additional excursions to other parts of the island available - options and prices in your Barbados Welcome Pack .
  • Massage and acupuncture treatments available, $50 per hour

Prices per night are $150 for singles and $230 per couple. You can reserve your place online here on the Barbados tab with a $170 deposit via Paypal, or send an email to andrew@valedemoses.com with the dates you can make. Retreat balances can be sent by bank transfer or on arrival. 

Find best flights from Europe and the US via Skyscanner.  We can arrange transfer taxis from Grantley Adams airport to Naniki ($40 each way), although to make the most of your stay, hiring a car or mini-moke will be worth it. There’s so much to see, taste and experience in Barbados.

Naniki video on Youtube.

Aerial views of Barbados

Ganesha's Groove

Yoga Teacher: Fleur van Hille

Fleur's 2017 Retreat dates: July 23-29, July 30 - Aug 5, August 6-12, September 10-16, 17-23, 24-30 

Discover the beautiful myths of the yoga postures and flow your practice on inspiring vibrations.

Yoga originates from India and the Sanskrit names of the postures (asana's) refer to Hindu myths. The symbols in these myths offer you a different perspective on daily situations. Not only may Hindu deities inspire you to cultivate their qualities in your own life, their stories often make you laugh too.

Treat yourself to some time away from your daily routine, out in the beautiful natural landscape of this valley in Portugal, with nourishing food and therapeutic massage. Enjoy a dynamic yoga practice while learning more about the origins of the asana's. Whether you just love listening to stories or whether you are interested in the deeper meanings of asanas, this week is perfect for those new to yoga as well as more experienced practioners.  

Fleur's website Cosmic Flow

Price: 800€ each in shared cottage or for couples or friends sharing a private room, Tipi or Soulpad. 100€ supplement for single occupancy of a private space. 10% discount for returning guests, a 2 week stay or groups of 4 or more. Includes:

  • All food, accommodation and facilities
  • Transport to and from Oleiros
  • Guided silent morning walks in the forest
  • 5 Morning Yoga Flow classes to music
  • 4 Afternoon Sessions on pranayama, guided meditation and partner yoga
  • Half hour private health consultation 
  • One hour Body Harmonising treatment - Thai, Tui Na, Indonesian, Ayurvedic and/or Acupuncture
  • A mid week trip to the Rio Zêzere for a mud bath and swim (weather permitting).
  • Additional treatments available from our therapists for 80€ per 90 minutes
     

Yoga & Thai Massage

Yoga Teacher: Vonetta Winter   Thai Massage Teacher: Peter Packard

Retreat Date 2017: April 30-May 6

This is special retreat combining morning yoga classes and afternoon Thai massage sessions.

In the morning classes, Vonetta will teach and share insights into how her own personal yoga practice has strengthened and softened her body to enable her to treat and massage thousands of people over the last 15 years.

Afternoon Thai massage sessions will lead you on an adventure of exploring the whole body from feet to head. Discover new ways to be moved and move others to restore your bouncy body and engage with your mellow mind. Move around the body skilfully for maximum gain, with minimum effort. Powerful yet sensitive, the tools of Thai massage when applied effectively will improve joint mobility, lengthen muscles, reduce tension and calm the mind. Develop and establish skills to care for your friends, your partner, your family and put smiles on their faces.

Price: 800€ each per week in shared cottage or for couples or friends sharing a private room, Tipi or Soulpad. 100€ supplement for single occupancy of a private space. 10% discount for returning guests, a 2 week stay or groups of 4 or more.  Includes:

Includes:

  • All food, accommodation and facilities
  • Transport to and from Oleiros
  • 5 Morning Yoga Classes with Vonetta
  • 4 Afternoon 2 hour Thai Massage workshops with Peter
  • 3 delicious daily Ayurveda inspired meals
  • Half hour private health consultation
  • One hour Body Harmonising massage - Thai, Tui Na, Indonesian, Ayurvedic and/or Acupuncture
  • A trip to the Rio Zêzere for a mud bath and swim (weather permitting).
  • Additional treatments available from our therapists for 80€ per 90 minutes

Slumber and Restore

Yoga Teacher: Vonetta Winter  Sleep Counsellor: Dr Nerina Ramlakhan

2017 Retreat: May 14-20

We are looking forward to welcoming our friend Nerina to this special retreat in May. It is a great opportunity to escape from our daily habits that prevent good sleep and learn how bad daytime habits such as: skipping breakfast, running on adrenaline, being permanently connected, alcohol, sugar and caffeine, all create barriers to quality, restorative sleep at night.  The daily routine at Vale de Moses of morning yoga classes with Vonetta, nutritious food, hill walking, river swimming with massage and acupuncture treatments will help reinforce the sleep-inducing habits that Dr Ramlakhan will teach us during her afternoon workshops.

We spend roughly a third of our lives sleeping but this magical process is still a mystery.  On this sleep/yoga retreat you will learn about: Why we sleep?  How should we sleep?  Busting myths and misconceptions. Your unique relationship with sleep. Sleep, technology and nature. How sattvic (pure) sleep heals mind, body and spirit. Sleep and the retreat experience. The secrets of the Sleep Whisperer – tools for getting sattvic sleep and amazing vitality in your everyday life. What to do when you get home – taking your retreat experience back into your everyday life.

Price: 800€ each per week in shared cottage or for couples or friends sharing a private room, Tipi or Soulpad. 100€ supplement for single occupancy of a private space. 10% discount for returning guests, a 2 week stay or groups of 4 or more.  

Includes:

  • All food, accommodation and facilities
  • Transport to and from Oleiros
  • Guided silent morning walks in the forest
  • 5 Morning Yoga and Pranayama Classes with Vonetta
  • 3 Afternoon Sleep Workshops with Dr Nerina
  • 1 Afternoon yoga class
  • Half hour private health consultation
  • One hour Body Harmonising massage - Thai, Tui Na, Indonesian, Ayurvedic and/or Acupuncture
  • A mid week trip to the Rio Zêzere for a mud bath and swim (weather permitting).
  • Additional treatments available from our therapists for 80€ per 90 minutes

Get on your mat with Kat

Yoga Teacher: Katherine Smith

2017 Retreat Dates: June 4-10, Aug 20-26, Sep 3-9

Get on your mat with Kat is an invitation to discover the heart of practice and come home to yoga. During this week long yoga retreat you will learn how to empower your practice in a way that is heartfelt and healing, according to your individual needs.

Together we will explore the anatomy of yoga practice. Calling upon the wisdom of Patanjali’s Eight Limb Philosophy as our guide, we’ll consider how the qualities of self-discipline, dedicated, non-judgemental awareness and loving kindness affect life on and off the mat, in order to cultivate inner peace and contentment in the heart and mind.

Dynamic vinyasa-based morning classes will help you sink into your centre and offer you the chance to practice concepts that will help you to find your still point as you soften, open and unfold. In the afternoons Kat will introduce you to your bodies natural integrity, as we learn how form, activation and technique can bring the lightness, insight and stability needed to move comfortably, confidently and freely, without injury.

Each day will build upon the last and leave you equipped with tools to own your own yoga practice. This retreat promises you a playful, explorative, heart-warming week of yoga practice in a wonderful, welcoming place.

If you’ve ever wondered how to practice yoga this retreat is for you - perfect for those newer to yoga or anyone wanting to refine their existing practice.

2017 Prices: 800€ each for sharing the cottages, or private spaces as a couple, 900€ for single occupancy of a private bedroom, Tipi or Soulpad. 10% discount for returning guests, a 2 week stay or groups of 4 or more.

Includes:

  • All food, accommodation and facilities
  • Transport to and from Oleiros
  • Guided silent morning walks in the forest
  • 5 morning yoga classes & 4 afternoon classes
  • 3 nutritious, healthy, vegetarian meals will be served daily
  • Half hour private health consultation
  • One hour Body Harmonising massage - Thai, Tui Na, Indonesian, Ayurvedic and/or Acupuncture
  • A mid week trip to the Rio Zêzere for a mud bath and swim (weather permitting).
  • Additional treatments available from our therapists for 80€ per 90 minutes

Yoga and Pilates with Ali Burrell

Yoga Teacher: Ali Burrell

2017 Retreat Date: June 25 to July 1

“Tensions are our guests; we have invited them. Relaxation is our nature, we don’t have to invite it. You don’t have to relax; you have to just stop inviting tensions, and relaxation will start on it's own accord.” - Osho

The magical and restorative powers of Vale de Moses will provide you with the perfect backdrop to unwind and feel nurtured, whilst the fusion of yoga and Pilates classes will help you to reconnect to your centre and feel physically and mentally realigned, revitalised and rejuvenated. You will be invited to breathe deeply and peel back the layers of tension and residue to deliver you sweetly back to yourself and your true nature.

This week will celebrate the similarities and differences between yoga and Pilates. Morning yoga practices will be breath initiated, mindful and flowing. At times we’ll go slow and keep it simple and soothing and other times we’ll pick up the intensity with some deep and strong poses. You will be encouraged to journey inside and explore your own felt sense awareness to facilitate presence and connection to yourself and discover freedom, clarity and joy.

In our afternoon Pilates workshops we will explore what ‘core’ really means and learn how to move from our centre whilst experiencing first hand the transformative power that this has in enhancing our yoga practice, making it safer, more powerful, graceful and fluid.

All are welcome and no previous experience of yoga or Pilates is required.

Price: 800€ each per week in shared cottage or for couples or friends sharing a private room, Tipi or Soulpad. 100€ supplement for single occupancy of a private space. 10% discount for returning guests, a 2 week stay or groups of 4 or more. 

Includes:

  • All food, accommodation and facilities
  • Transport to and from Oleiros
  • Guided silent morning walks in the forest
  • 5 Morning Yoga Classes
  • 4 Afternoon Pilates workshops
  • Half hour private health consultation
  • One hour Body Harmonising massage - Thai, Tui Na, Indonesian, Ayurvedic and/or Acupuncture
  • A mid week trip to the Rio Zêzere for a mud bath and swim (weather permitting).
  • Additional treatments available from our therapists for 80€ per 90 minutes

Yoga Embodied

Yoga teacher: Birgitte Gorm Hansen

Retreat date: July 2-8

Join us for a week in the beautiful mountains of Portugal. Birgitte will teach 9 yoga classes supporting a somatic self-inquiry on your mat with slow, deep posture flows, sensitive and natural breath release and sweet bedtime meditations.

The yoga posture practice is based on continuous movements that gradually deepen your sensitivity to sensation and invite you to listen deeply to the teacher within. Morning classes begin with a seated pranayama practice and transitions into a soft vinyasa flow teaching balanced muscular activity to support your joints while strengthening and mobilizing the whole of your body. Afternoons offer a more quiet and meditative flow releasing connective tissue and nervous system.

Two evenings we will play with the Big Mind process inviting you to collectively reflect and work with what comes up in your practice during the retreat. Big Mind was developed by Zen Master Genpo Roshi and takes place as a dialogue between the facilitator and the group. The Big Mind work allows you to tap into the wisdom within by giving voice to undiscovered aspects of the self.

Price: 800€ in shared cottage or tipi. 900€ for private room or Soulpad. 200€ discount on joint price for couples or friends sharing a private room or Soulpad to 800€ each. 10% discount for returning guests, a 2 week stay or groups of 4 or more.  

Includes:

  • All food, accommodation and facilities
  • Transport to and from Oleiros
  • Guided silent morning walks in the forest
  • 6 Morning Yoga classes with Birgitte
  • 3 Afternoon sessions exploring mediation and somatic intelligence
  • 2 Evening Big Mind sessions
  • Half hour private health consultation
  • One hour Body Harmonising massage - Thai, Tui Na, Indonesian, Ayurvedic and/or Acupuncture
  • A mid week trip to the Rio Zêzere for a mud bath and swim (weather permitting).
  • Additional treatments available from our therapists for 75€ per 90 minutes

Ashtanga Yoga with Vijay Kumar

Teacher: Vijay Kumar

Retreat Date: July 2-8

We are honoured to have Vijay from Mysore, India come to Europe and teach at Vale de Moses this summer.  

You can find out more about Vijay and his studio on his Ahstanga Saadhana website.

Price: 800€ in shared cottage or tipi. 900€ for private room or Soulpad. 10% discount for returning guests, a 2 week stay or groups of 4 or more. 

 

 

Includes:

  • All food, accommodation and facilities
  • Transport to and from Oleiros
  • Guided silent morning walks in the forest
  • 5 Morning and 4 afternoon Ashtanga Classes with Vijay Kumar
  • Half hour private health consultation
  • One hour Body Harmonising massage - Thai, Tui Na, Indonesian, Ayurvedic and/or Acupuncture
  • A mid week trip to the Rio Zêzere for a mud bath and swim (weather permitting).
  • Additional treatments available from our therapists for 80€ per 90 minutes