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4 Days Fermentation and Organic Raw Food Retreat in Silves, Portugal

Culinary Vacations Portugal

Unplug into nature and spend a long weekend feasting at the farm on organic produce in the Algarve. There will be a chance to learn and explore organic food production, go free range on the farm, get hands-on if you wish, and nourish your body at this restful retreat with like-minded health-seekers who enjoy exploring life that is a little more off-the-grid.


  • Qigong practice with Stefano
  • Guided trip to local food market
  • Fermentation and raw food classes
  • Receive a free, signed copy of Stephanie's book, Spiralize
  • Opportunity to get hands-on at the farm
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily meals


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 7
Airport transfer included: Faro Airport
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The farm promotes a sustainable, holistic lifestyle, living off the land introducing a rich variety of subtropical fruits and plants to the farm to offer fresh organic produce to all who stay along with the possibility of practicing mindfulness in physical work.

The farm is as free as possible from electromagnetic radiation including Wi-Fi and mobile phone radiation. The farm offers the chance to take a digital detox as well as a physical one. All of the rooms are simply furnished, with locally made timber beds, eco-certified mattresses unbleached, and organic cotton bed linen.

At the farm, Stefano and his family are inspired by the writings of Rudolf Steiner, and consciously focus on human contact, connecting with nature, and handicrafts. Smoking is not welcome at the farm. Please also do not bring non-organic products or toiletries to this eco-space.

Echoing the tranquil atmosphere of the entire farm, the bedrooms are restful and relaxing havens that encourage a wonderful night's sleep.


Ellinor is a delightful bedroom with a stunning view of the valley and its own en-suite shower room.


Seline is a beautiful, sunny bedroom with access to a shared bathroom.


Anton is a bright, spacious bedroom with access to a shared bathroom.


Lovis is a fresh, light bedroom with access to the ground floor bathroom.

Shared bathroom

The bathroom shared by guests in Anton and Seline with a full-size bath and shower over.


The kitchen with gas hob, electric oven, fridge, freezer, and dishwasher.


Teaching schedule

Each day will be different and your days will be as free range as the farm. You will work with the flow of the group and the availability of your produce. However, this is an idea of what your teaching schedule will cover:

  • Sourdough
  • Fermented buckwheat bread
  • Fermented carrots and vegetables
  • Dosa bread
  • Sprouted nuts and seeds
  • Nut and seed mylks
  • Kombucha
  • Kefir
  • Kimchi
  • Fermented nut cheese
  • Fermented nut and seed cheesecakes
  • Raw chocolate and desserts
  • A range of dairy cultures including kefir, longfill, and more

You will also enjoy the entertainment of your own making so if you play an instrument feel free to bring it along. Stefano is also an expert harp player and will share his beautiful craft music with everyone. Qigong practice with Stefano will also be possible.



  • Pick up from airport by transfer 20:00
  • Welcome, bread preparation, and an evening of rest


  • Teaching, rest, dining


  • Market visit, teaching, rest, dining, and entertainment


  • Explore the farm, teaching, lunch, and depart to airport at 14:00

Included excursions

Enjoy a guided trip to the local market.


The eco-farm is located in the green hills of the Algarve hidden in nature and secluded from the everyday buzz of modern life. Stefano Novellino and his children bought the farm early in 2016 and called the project Shangri-La after the fictional place described in the 1933 novel, Lost Horizon by James Hilton. Hilton describes Shangri-La as a mystical, harmonious valley, an earthly paradise, a permanently happy land, isolated from the outside world.


You will feast daily on organic produce, mostly produced and prepared at the farm. The food will be organic, mostly vegan, and mostly raw although not exclusively. The focus of your dining will be fermented organic plant-based produce. The farm is also alcohol and coffee free. Feel free to explore what a five-year fermented miso tastes like, make your own sourdough, buckwheat bread, yogurts, cheese, and more.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Raw food
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • Fermentation and raw food classes
  • Opportunity to get hands-on at the farm
  • Time to retreat with like-minded health seekers
  • Kitchen masterclasses
  • Guided trip to local food market
  • Airport transfers
  • Local well water
  • Qigong practice with Stefano
  • Chance to take some live heritage cultures home
  • Copy of Stephanie’s plant-based book Spiralize
  • Explore Raw Cookery School apron
  • Copy of Stephanie’s Fermentation eGuide

What's not included

  • Flights

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO). A transfer to and from the airport is included in your price and is at fixed times which is leaving the airport at 8 p.m. on arrivals day and departing for the airport at 2 p.m. Cash alternatives are not available if you arrange your own transport.

The farm is a 60-minute taxi ride from the airport or a short train journey to Silves from Faro and then a taxi.

Airport: Faro Airport Airport transfer included: Faro Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 56 days before arrival.
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