Retreat Weeks

This Yoga Life with Tashi Dawa

An intensive Yoga retreat with Tashi Dawa

2018 Retreats: March 18-24, March 25-31, April  1-7

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.

Prices: From 800€ to 1200€ each per week 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

Flow with Fleur

Yoga teacher: Fleur van Hille

2018 Retreat dates: April 29 - May 5, Jul 29 - Aug 4, Aug 12-18

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: 900€ in shared cottage or for couples sharing a private room. 800€ for Ninja Suite or a Soulpad. 1200€ for single occupancy in a private room or 1100€ in double 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 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
     

Harmonise your Elements

Yoga Teacher: Vonetta Winter

2018 Retreat dates: April 8-14, 15-21 

Here in the Portuguese hills, we’ve become much more aware of the impact the natural elements have on our daily lives. Living in houses bermed out of rocks and earth, breathing crystal clear mountain air, surrounded on all sides for miles by the wood of the forest, drinking pure spring water and swimming in natural rivers pools, warmed by the fire of the sun in the sky. Within this wilderness environment, the effects of 5 Element and Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture with Daily Yoga Practice have been profound.  Enhancing what a spell in nature so easily provides; that wonderful sense of wellbeing through harmony.

Rising early for guided silent morning walks will improve your circulation and boost your Qi. Daily yoga practice will ignite Fire through the heart, further stimulating blood circulation. Hearty vegetarian meals will strengthen your Earth energy and help build muscular endurance challenged through your yoga practice.  Swimming in the pools on a hot summer’s day will calm and tonify the nervous system fostering mental clarity, as will the mid-week mud bath in the Rio Zêzere.

Taking the invitation to retreat for just a week, can set us on a path of harmony that lasts a lifetime.

Prices: From 800€ to 1200€ each per week. 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

Ancient Alive

Yoga Teacher: Fleur van Hille

2018 retreat dates: May 6-12, August 5-11

Enjoy moving and stretching your body in vinyasa yoga classes in the morning, while in the afternoon find balance in yoga poses with someone else (partner yoga), rest in stillness with yin yoga and / or sing mantras to beautiful melodies. Discover the beautiful myths of the yoga postures and flow your practice on inspiring vibrations.This week we’ll draw inspiration from various yoga scriptures and explore how we can translate the ancient yoga teachings into something practical in our daily lives. Fleur invites you to discover and deepen your understanding so that you may learn to practice yoga in its fullest sense, anywhere, anytime. It provides us with a foundation to live in harmony with ourselves and the world around us.

Fleur's website Cosmic Flow

Price: 900€ in shared cottage or for couples sharing a private room. 800€ for Ninja Suite or a Soulpad. 1200€ for single occupancy in a private room or 1100€ in double 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 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 & Thai Massage Teacher: Peter Packard

Retreat 2018: June 3 to 9

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

In the morning classes, Peter will teach and share insights into how his own personal yoga practice has strengthened and softened his body to enable him 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: from 800€ to 1200€ each per week. 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 Energise

Yoga Teacher: Vonetta Winter  Sleep Counsellor: Dr Nerina Ramlakhan

2018 Retreat: May 27 - June 2

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: from 800€ to 1200€ each per week. 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

Yoga with Ali Burrell

Yoga Teacher: Ali Burrell

2018 retreat date: August 19 to 25

“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: from 800€ to 1200€ 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 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

Ashtanga Yoga with Vijay Kumar

Teacher: Vijay Kumar

Retreat Date: July 2-8

We are honored to have the delightful Vijay Kumar from Mysore, India, coming to Europe this summer to teach! You are warmly invited to join us at Vale de Moses for this very special retreat! Vijay's class program will include:

3 morning self-practice classes: Mysore style - Vijay will be in the Shala, every morning, assisting and helping us establish a safe practice, even if we don't yet have one yet, or guiding and adjusting postures if we already know the Ashtanga series.

2 morning led-practice classes: Leading us through the postures while we practice together according to Vijay’s count. This class is a great stamina class, challenging, where we are encouraged to test our capacity and explore what we have learnt in the earlier Mysore-style sessions.

4 afternoon workshops: Pranayama (Breath control techniques); Primary/Secondary series (based on level of the group); inversions and Yoga Sutras (the Yoga science). The philosophy of yoga is as important as the asana posture practice and Vijay will be sharing valuable insights that help us question what we are actually doing. We will explore some aspects of yoga theory and clarify a few posture alignments.

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

Prices: 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

Deeply Nourishing

Yoga Teacher: Liese van Dam

Date: October 15-21

Using the wisdom of Yoga and Ayurveda

Recharge yourself fully during this yoga and ayurveda week surrounded by the beautiful serenity of the Portuguese mountains. For those who lead busy lives, feel pulled in different directions, have difficulty concentrating or sleeping, experience a frazzled nervous system or have tensed shoulders and back, or simply want to enjoy a week in nature. The daily yoga classes focus on nourishing the nervous system and help turn the dissipated rays of energy inwards. The emphasis is on centring, softening and releasing. Through nourishment you build support and vitality. Retreat into yourself during daily yoga and pranayama sessions, gain knowledge on ayurveda and learn how to best take care of yourself in very simple ways. Be pampered through massage and acupuncture treatments and enjoy delicious and freshly prepared meals.

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
  • Daily 3 delicious Ayurveda inspired meals
  • Transport to and from Oleiros
  • Guided silent morning walks in the forest
  • 5 morning Yoga classes taught from an Ayurvedic perspective
  • 3 afternoon Ayurveda workshops on nutrition and lifestyle
  • 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 in Autumn).
  • Additional treatments available from our therapists for €80 per 90 minutes

Yoga and Pilates

The Art of Mindful Movement

A week of Yoga and Pilates

Yoga Teacher: Vonetta Winter    Pilates teacher: Hannah Campbell

Retreat date 2018: May 20-26

Refresh your mind and body with this deeply nourishing week of yoga and pilates with Vonetta and Hannah. A week of practice and rest to allow some of the stresses of modern life to dissolve a little in our welcoming, warm and nurturing environment.

Vonetta will lead daily morning Dynamic ashtanga-vinyasa practice including sun salutations, standing and balancing postures and inversions.

In your afternoon Pilates workshops with Hannah, find ways to check in with the sensations and intelligence of your body. Hannah will encourage you to listen to your body, working and resting when needed at whatever level feels right for you. Through a precise and centred flow of movement you will feel your hips have opened, your core has awakened, your spine has lengthened and aligned, and your movement is made with more intent and composure.  

Everyone is welcome whatever your experience of Yoga or Pilates. 

Prices: From 800€ to 1200€ each per week. 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

Yoga with Mars

Yoga Teacher: Mars Gossi

Retreat dates 2018: April 22-28, Sep 2-8

More details on retreats with Mars coming soon.

Prices: From 800€ to 1200€ each per week. 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 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

Fly with Fleur

Yoga teacher: Fleur van Hille

2018 retreat date: August 26- September 1

In this advanced yoga retreat we will flow our practice to inspiring music during the daily dynamic morning classes. The focus will be on building a strong connection between breath and movement, which prepares the body and mind to try the more complex yoga poses. Arm balances, deep hip and heart openers and more sophisticated standing balancing sequences.

In the afternoon we will explore inversions and advanced poses in a series of workshops learning how to move into a pose step-by-step, ask questions and help each other to come into a pose by giving and receiving support. Other afternoon sessions involve Q & A and conversations about yoga philosophy and Hindu mythology. What do those principles mean to us and how do we translate them into something practical and relevant for us in our daily lives. Sing mantras on beautiful melodies and discuss the meanings of those mantras.

This week provides the perfect circumstances for you to focus on your yoga practice, allowing you to take it to the next level. Everyone is welcome, although if you are new to a yoga practice you may feel more comfortable at one of Fleur's other retreats.

Fleur's website  Cosmic Flow.

Price: 900€ in shared cottage or for couples sharing a private room. 800€ for Ninja Suite or a Soulpad. 1200€ for single occupancy in a private room or 1100€ in double Soulpad. 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
  • 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