7 Days » Yoga and Sleep Retreat in Portugal
7 days / 6 nights
You can book your offer for 14% of the total amount.
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Saturday, September 5, 2020
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Restore and Reenergise in this Yoga and Sleep Retreat
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.
Natural & Holistic Therapies
- 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.
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.
Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
Food Types Supported
Ayurvedic, Gluten Free , Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian, Lactose Free, Vegetarian
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
- 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).
What is not included
- Airport transfer
- Additional spa treatments
How to get there
- Recommended Airports
Lisbon Portela Airport
- 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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