Yoga Retreat in Oleiros

From £859 pp

Central Portugal , Oleiros

7 days

Small Group up to 16 People

What you'll do

Take 6 nights out for yourself on this unique yoga holiday that will take you away from hectic life and let you reconnect with nature; tucked into the mountains of central Portugal, this oasis of tranquillity is a yogi's delight with daily yoga held in a stunning glass shala overlooking the valley.

It would be impossible not to unwind and rejuvenate during your 6 night / 7 day stay at this majestic mountain hide away. With daily yoga, 4 workshops, daily guided silent morning forest walks, natural river water to swim in, books to delve into and long abandoned villages to explore, this retreat offers so much more than just yoga.

Each morning you will start off with a silent hike to gently wake up body and mind, then move onto a wonderful energising yoga session, followed by a fantastic breakfast. Your days will be filled with time to take a new path through the woods, find a new natural swimming spot, join in on a workshop, or treat yourself to a massage. There is plenty to do and to peak your interest, and each day you can discover something new.

Throughout your stay on this unique yoga holiday, your hosts will be there to look after your every need and your tutors will help you utilise your body to the best of its ability with new techniques and practices. You will feel the difference in yourself immediately, and relaxation will come back to you in waves.

All meals are included and have been thoughtfully planned using only the best of what can be scoured locally; all meals will be vegetarian, but designed to make you feel amazing while getting maximum flavours; and by all means, help yourself to seconds. Their food has become so beloved, that there are even extra cookbooks on hand should you want to take some of the flavours home with you.

The accommodation, you will have 4 options to choose from, comes equipped with everything you’ll need, including cosy beds, dressers, electricity and WiFi (in the majority of options). Those of you who are lucky enough to book a belle tent will be able to unzip and have the night sky over you too.

Everything has been planned to coexist with the beautiful natural landscape, while creating comfort, but environmentally sound – even down to the river-fed plunge pool. No large inground pools on this mountain, and in 45 minutes you can walk to the deep river for a proper swim.

Andrew & Vonetta

Your Local Host:

Andrew & Vonetta

Andrew and Vonetta set off on a life-changing adventure with their children back in 2007. Their year-long trip around Europe resulted in a permanent move to Portugal and they haven’t looked back.

Following 5 years restoring their farmhouse in Central Portugal, they opened the doors to their first yoga retreat in 2012.

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Experience Itinerary

Arrival

– Arrive at Oleiros, where your hosts will pick you up and bring you to the retreat
– Relax, make yourself at home, and meet some of the others during a welcome dinner

Accommodation

The property
– Natural river-fed plunge pool
– Trails galore for exploring, along with rivers for a great swim
– Private rooms for treatments and massages
– WiFi in almost all accommodation
– Check in upon arrival on Day 1, check out by 8am on day 7

There are various accommodation options at the retreat which all suit all budgets and requirements; each one varies in facilities offered and price and is subject to availability.

Please note: no ensuite rooms are offered at this retreat but there are several toilets and bathrooms around the site so you are never far from one

Farmhouse – private rooms
– There are 3 private double bedrooms in the farmhouse that also houses the main kitchen, a library with grand piano, internet access, and a gorgeous wooden and glass yoga shala floating above the herb and salad gardens below
– Guests in the farmhouse will have access to a shower and toilets
– WiFi access

double bedroom accommodation

Soulpad bell tents – private and shared rooms
– There are 6 delightful Soulpad bell tents with either single, double or twin mahogany beds, drawers, carpets, electricity, hot water bottles, blankets, towels, mosquito nets and sun loungers, hammocks and solar outside
– These are located in a quiet valley with the best views of the sunsets and stars at night
– These have access to an outdoor shower and wooden cabin toilets

bell tent accommodation

Stone house cottages – shared rooms (price on request)
– This cottage has 4 single beds and is surrounded by olive trees and newly planted fruit orchards
– Inside, it is open plan (no internal doors) over 3 floors with a single bed on the mezzanine over the kitchen, a single bed on the ground floor, and twin beds on the first floor
– Bathroom access is in a small building just outside, which used to be the kitchen but now houses a new shower and a dry toilet
– The fully equipped kitchen is perfect for you to prepare early morning and night time teas
– Just below the cottage, there is a plunge pool fed from the cold running stream, essential for cooling off in the heat of the summer retreats

 

A Typical Day

– 7.30am: Kitchens open for tea, fresh fruit and nuts
– 8am: Silent led meditation walk through the forest
– 8.30am: 2 hour yoga 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: 90 minute workshop four times during the week
– 7pm: Light evening meal
– Friday evening: party with music and dancing
*One afternoon in the week you’ll head off to the nearby Rio Zêzere for a wild swim and mud bath (weather permitting)

Accommodation

Private room in the farmhouse:

double bedroom accommodation

twin bedroom accommodation

 

Departure

– The coaches to Porto and Lisbon depart at 8am so your transfer will leave in time for their departure

Oleiros

Location Info

This tranquil yoga retreat was lovingly worked on by the family and yoga instructor that run it. Together, they have turned a rundown farm into a natural paradise, nestled in the forested foothills of the Serra da Estrela mountains, just a coach ride away from both Lisbon and Porto near the town of Oleiros.

Stay in traditional stone houses, a farmhouse or bell tents as you take in the mountain views, sunshine, natural river pools, and delicious organic food.

Getting there

Please note that prices for the holidays do not include flights. We recommend using www.skyscanner.net to check flights.

Nearest airports:
Lisbon (2 hours by car, 3.5 hours by coach)
Porto (2 hours by car, 3.5 hours by coach)

Arrival:
Your hosts recommend flying into Lisbon or Porto on the Friday or Saturday if you can, and enjoy a day or 2 in those charming cities or by the beach before heading up to the retreat in the mountains on the Sunday afternoon coaches.

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  • 6 nights accommodation at the retreat
  • All breakfasts, lunch and dinners
  • Herbal teas, coffee, juice and water
  • Transfers to and from Oleiros
  • Guided silent morning walks in the forest
  • 5 x morning yoga and Pranayama classes
  • 4 x afternoon workshops
  • One hour body massage
  • A mid week trip to the Rio Zêzere for a mud bath and swim (weather permitting)
  • Check in on arrival on day 1, check out by 8am on day 7 (for the return transfer to Oleiros

Yoga Retreat in Oleiros