7 Days » This Yoga Life with Tashi Dawa, Portugal

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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.

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.

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Yoga Styles

  • Hatha Yoga

  • Ashtanga Yoga

  • Vinyasa Yoga

  • Yin Yoga

  • Iyengar Yoga

  • Dynamic Yoga

  • Yoga Flow

Natural & Holistic Therapies

  • Aromatherapy

  • Acupuncture

  • Massage

  • Ayurvedic Massage

  • Meditation

  • Mindfulness

  • Ayurveda (Treatments)


7 / 7 days with instruction
English Instruction language
English, Portuguese, Spanish Spoken language(s)

Difficulty Level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Minimum age allowed is 18
  • The maximum participants in the group is 17
  • Seasonality


    Daily Program Review Like

    • 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 / walking

    5pm Yoga classes/workshops

    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.

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    Since we arrived in 2008, we threw ourselves whole heartedly into restoring the four Xisto stone houses at Vale de Moses, 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.

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    Included Meals

    Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner , Snacks, Drinks

    Food Types Supported

    Ayurvedic, Fruit Based, Gluten Free , Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian, Lactose Free, Organic, Other Dietary Requirements, Raw, Vegan, Vegetarian, Whole Food, Yogic Diet

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    Tashi Dawa
    Tashidawa practices yoga with complete dedication, she was introduced to Ashtanga yoga in Bali in 1996 and has integrated the methods of Ashtanga Vinyasa, Iyengar and Dynamic yoga into her workshops and retreats around the world. Born on the east coast of Australia, Tashi lives for adventure, love & bliss in equal measures. She travels regularly to Australia, Asia and Europe involved in yoga and creative arts and her interest in dance, arts and theatre have been easily supported by her daily practice of y

    Additional Things to do Review Like

    • Additional treatments 90 EUR for 90 minutes
    • Hiking
    • Walking
    • Swimming
    • Additional workshops

    Spa treatments / Therapies Review Like

    • 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 Review Like

    • 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).

    What is not included Review Like

    • Airport transfer
    • Additional spa treatments

    Know before you go Review Like

    • 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.

    How to get there Review Like

    Arrive: Fly into Lisbon or Porto in time to take the Sunday afternoon coach from Lisbon (1.30pm) or Porto (4.30pm), to our local town of Oleiros, where we will pick everyone up by car on arrival. Fly in early if you can and enjoy a night or 2 in either of those charming cities before heading up to see us on Sunday. Coach timetable, prices and tickets on the Rede Expressos website or their MYRNE app. We’ll email all guests the week before arrival so if you’d like, you can contact each other to meet in Lisbon or Porto before travelling up to the forest together. The trip from Porto has 1 change in Coimbra and we pick you up in Sertã at 7.45pm. The coach from Lisbon has one short loo break half way at Tomar.

    Depart: Return coach is the 8am to both Lisbon and Porto the following Saturday. Again, stay another night in Portugal if you can before flying home Sunday. You can buy your coach tickets in advance online. Driving: Check in from 5pm Sunday afternoon. From Lisbon – A1 north to A23 turn off. A23 to Abrantes, Villa de Rei turnoff. N2 to Sertã. Sertã to Oleiros. Oleiros to village of Amieira. From Porto – A1 south to Coimbra, A13 to Tomar, IC8 to Serta, Serta to Oleiros to Amieira. Good signposting throughout, but best to use Google maps. The drive from both Lisbon and Porto with breaks is about 2.5 hours. Google map coordinates 39.98336, -7.917524 Check out 8am the following Saturday

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    • Hiking

    • Massage

    • Swimming

    • Balcony

    • Dining area

    • Eco-Friendly

    • Fireplace

    • Garden

    • Lounge

    • Meditation Garden

    • Multilingual Staff

    • Restaurant

    • River

    • Terrace

    • Yoga Deck

    • Yoga Shala

    • Patio

    • Free Parking

    • Wi-Fi (Not Included)

    • Free Wi-Fi

    • Laundry

    • Library

    • Mosquito Net

    • Room Cleaning

    • Tour Assistance

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      I've been on about 10 retreats - Vale de Moses is the only one I've ever repeated. They do a lot of things right. Top quality yoga, treatments, location, outings, yoga shala, and incredible food. A really lovely unpretentious family-run business.

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