7 Days » Forest Bathing Winter Retreat, Oleiros, Portugal
7 days / 6 nights
You can book your offer for 14% of the total amount.
According to the organizers deposit conditions limit delay, a full payment will be required for these dates.
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
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Immerse yourself in the healing tranquility of these beautiful forests this winter.
Immerse yourself in the restorative and healing pine forests of central Portugal. The emerging science of ‘forestbathing’ has shown that simply being around trees can heal us. Phytoncides are one of many curative substances pine trees freely give to the air we breathe here. Recharge by just breathing in the curative air. Draw your attention meditatively to the sensations arising in the body, and feel better.
Walking and Hiking
Surrounded by many beautiful tree lined paths that will lead you on sensory hikes through the rolling hills and valleys covered in wild flowers throughout the year. Absorb yourself in nature on hours of walks, hikes or runs where you are unlikely to meet another human.
Nestled in the foothills of the Serra de Estrela, there are several natural water sources that traverse the beautiful landscape. Swim and play in the refreshing rivers, streams and cascading pools that flow through these valleys. The larger Rio Zêzere is an hour’s walk through the forest if you’d like a longer swim.
Relax in Nature
We have made several gorgeous hiding spots dotted all over the valley. There are plenty of hammocks, benches, deck chairs and secret places where you can sit, relax, read, write, draw or even take a little nap in the energising stillness of the forest.
You are warmly invited to retreat to Vale de Moses anytime between November and March. During these months, instead of our usual weekly program, you can arrive any day and stay for as many nights as you like, for a minimum of 2 nights.
Message to host for other duration programs.
Natural & Holistic Therapies
Sunday afternoon arrival from Lisbon coach or via hire car after 5pm. Sundays are just to arrive, settle into your accommodation, meet the team and the others on your group and have dinner together.
Monday to Friday
- 7.30am Kitchens open for tea, fresh fruit and nuts
- 8am Silent led meditation walk through the forest
- 8.30am Yoga 2 hour class with your teacher for the week
- 10.30am Big breakfast, a variety of delicious rice and grain porridges, fruit salads, toasted seeds, local honey and freshly squeezed juices
- 11.30am Free time / massage treatments / swimming / walking
- 2pm Large nutritious lunch
- 3pm More free time / massage treatments / swimming / hiking
- 5pm Yoga classes/workshops/self-practice depending on the retreat
- 7pm Light evening meal
One afternoon in the week we head off to the nearby Rio Zêzere for a wild swim and mud bath weather permitting.
Friday evening party with music and dancing
Saturday check out 7am for 8am coach to Porto or Lisbon.
Since we arrived in 2008, we threw ourselves whole heartedly into restoring the four Xisto stone houses, with great care and respect to the old local Portuguese traditions of building with natural materials: clay, lime, stone and wood. We hope you'll enjoy staying in these old dwelling places as much as we have over the years. If you prefer to be even closer to nature, the Soulpad belle tents are delightful.
You can choose to stay in one of 2 shared (single sex) stone cottages, 3 private bedrooms in the farmhouse or 6 Soulpads in the forest. Wherever you stay you will have nearby access to indoor bathrooms and also 3 outdoor showers. There are no ensuite rooms. Beds are either quality mattresses or superb Portuguese made futons, all with memory foam toppers, cotton sheets, blankets, mosquito nets, good pillows and duvets. Restorative sleep is an essential part of your retreat with us.
Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
Food Types Supported
Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian, Organic, Pescatarian (You take fish but not meat), Regular (Meat, Poultry, Fish), Vegetarian
Additional Things to do
With at least a week's notice, we can also arrange private yoga classes (50€ per class), massage, acupuncture, energy healing treatments or herbal consultations (90€ per session) and guided forest hikes (15€), depending on the availability of our local teachers, therapists and guides.
Spa treatments / Therapies
- Healing Treatments
Sometimes despite our better efforts to look after ourselves the batteries run low. The back aches, the knees creak, we suffer headaches, stomach problems, become demotivated, crabby or may suffer insomnia; all signs of the body, spirit, soul and mind asking for help. Touch is the most vital of ways to heal ourselves, and the touch of a professional can sometimes be exactly what we need to get us back on track. Your retreat includes a half hour health consultation, followed by 1 hour of body harmonising massage or Acupuncture. You can choose the most appropriate additional treatments from those listed here in your consultation with one of our experienced professional bodywork therapists.
- Tui Na Massage
Chinese Tui Na Massage is a deep tissue treatment on a clothed or covered body excellent for chronic complaints such as whiplash injury, tension, disc problems, rheumatoid arthritis, headaches, migraines, neuralgia, depression, insomnia, chronic strain, frozen shoulder, lumbar pain, and other illnesses of repetitive strain. You will be kneaded into a state of health.
- Thai Massage
Thai Massage a second clothed massage technique performed on the floor is a meditative dance between therapist and the person receiving the treatment. In a Thai Massage the nadis, energetic or Qi lines are systematically pressed and stimulated by thumbs and hands to remove energetic blockages from the body. Thai massage is a wonderful compliment to yoga practice as it invites deeper opening in the joints, particularly the hip sockets and the shoulders encouraging flexibility and mobility, a deep sense of well being and contentment. After a Thai massage the body drifts as light as a feather on a breeze, the spirit is refueled and the mind contemplative and serene.
- Indonesian Massage
If you prefer an oil treatment then Indonesian massage is also available. Indonesian massage is characterized by deep work along the lines of muscle tissues to lengthen shortened and tightened muscle fibers. Indonesian massage is soulful, you simply lie on the table and allow yourself to be perfumed, pampered and nourished. Yummy!
- Acupuncture and Cupping
Acupuncture rebalances the energetic potential of your body by stimulating energetic points or pools of energy through the insertion of needles. Acupuncture examines your physiological and psychological health as a whole to look for patterns of disharmony or imbalance in your body, you are viewed as a whole being in need of retuning so to speak. Symptoms of disharmony may be pain in legs, sciatica, insomnia, stress, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, however, in acupuncture the symptoms are treated within the context of the whole of your body.
What is included
- 3 freshly prepared vegetarian/vegan meals a day
- Use of all our facilities.
What is not included
- Airport transfer
- Additional spa treatments
- Additional workshops
- Additional shop items
Know before you go
To make the most of your stay here, take daily walks, hikes or runs in the forest accompanied by our dogs and then cool off from the heat of the afternoons in our natural river pools. Bring a good pair of walking shoes or trainers, swimming costume and waterbottle to rehydrate regularly, a warm jumper as the temperature drops in the mountains significantly at night and to cover up after your morning yoga class, a raincoat in October to April, and a good torch or your phone, as the paths at night, unless moonlit, are dark!
For your yoga practice comfortable, soft stretchy clothing is all you need. We provide yoga mats, towels, and bath robes. In summer sun tan lotion, and mosquito repellent in the Autumn. Please use the simplest, most natural version you can find of these and other washing products. You’ll be in and out of the rivers, and the water from your showers goes directly to irrigate orchard trees and shrubs. We have a range of natural soaps, shampoos and toothpaste to buy.
You are welcome to come alone, with a friend or partner, or with a group of friends. We offer a 10% discount for returning guests, students, Portuguese nationals, and group bookings of 4 or more.
ALL ACCOMMODATION FEATURES THE FOLLOWING AMENITIES:
- Nearby access to indoor bathrooms
- Nearby access to 3 outdoor showers
- Personal towels for the week
- Personal bathrobe for the week
- Beds are either quality mattresses or superb Portuguese made futons
- All beds have memory foam toppers, cotton sheets and blankets
- Storage space for your clothes
- Hot water bottles
- Easy access to hammocks or sun loungers
- Fully furnished with carpets and lighting
- Good quality pillows and duvets
- Heaters or wood burning stoves
- Mosquito nets
How to get there
- Recommended Airports
Lisbon Portela Airport - 170 km
- Transfer not provided
- Arrival by airplane
Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). Fly into Lisbon or Porto on the Friday or Saturday if you can, and enjoy a day or two in those charming cities or by the beach before heading up to see us in the mountains on sunday afternoon.
- Arrival by bus
Take the 13:30 from Lisbon or the 16:30 from Porto to our local town of Oleiros where we will pick you up by car on arrival. Coach timetable (only for next month in advance), prices and tickets can be found on the Rede Expressos website.
The Sete Rios coach station in Lisbon is 15 minutes away by shuttle bus, metro or taxi ride from both the airport and city centre. The Porto coach station is a 25 minute train ride into the centre from the airport.
We will email all guests in the week before arrival so if you wish you can arrange to meet each other in Lisbon or Porto before travelling up to the forest together. A good meeting place in Lisbon is the café by the Zoo next to the coach station. The trip from Porto includes two changes, in Coimbra and Sertã, with a chance at each for a tea and short break. If you prefer to spend the afternoon in Coimbra rather than Porto, you can take an earlier coach or train there in time for the 18:30 bus to Sertã. The coach from Lisbon has one short break halfway at Tomar.
The return coach to Lisbon is at 08:00, the one to Porto at 08:00 the following Saturday. You can buy your tickets online one week in advance as their site won't show the timetable before then, or 15 minutes before you board at the ticket office.
The rest of the payment should be made 15 days before arrival
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