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7 Days Cooking, Detox, Meditation Portugal Yoga Retreat

  • Vila dos Castanheiros, 84 San Sebastian Street, Paio Mendes, 2240-527 Ferreira do Zêzere, Portugal

Healthy Cooking, Detox, and Yoga Retreat Portugal

The authentic retreat is designed to empower you towards a healthier life and is tailor-made for you. If it is peace and quiet that you are looking for, then this Portugal holiday is the place for you. The area and its uniqueness separate it from usual retreats. After the relaxing yoga classes, the cooking lessons, the spa circuit, and the detox food, you will walk away feeling fantastic and revived.

Highlights

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 2 healthy cooking classes
  • Daily pranayama and meditation class
  • Spa circuit, Reiki, and Ayurvedic consultation
  • Daily detox juice and healthy smoothie
  • Daily brunch, dinner, and snacks
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • Portuguese, English
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The rooms at Vila dos Castanheiros are named after its trees, whose fruits you may enjoy freely during your stay. Each season has its fruits, namely persimmons and chestnuts in the autumn, oranges and tangerines in the winter, cherries in spring, and plums, figs, and pears during summer.

Accommodation provides comfort, silence, flavors, and the pure fresh air of the genuine treasure in the middle of Portugal. They offer different solutions for your stay, including rooms, apartments with kitchenette, and a house with independent access.

For dining, there is the 'Casa do Forno', a large, homey, and fully-equipped kitchen with traditional oven for community use, and an outside barbecue where you can grill your own food, enjoying the shade of the big chestnut tree.

For your entertainment, there are traditional games and board games, as well as a multipurpose space called 'the theatre', where you can take refreshments, listen to music or sing karaoke. In order to relax and refresh your energies, there is a spa with Turkish bath, sauna, jacuzzi, and massage bed.

This family environment farmhouse reunites the perfect conditions for those that wish to connect with nature's rhythms. The true flavors of the land are the main ingredients at the table.

The villa has an organic garden, as well as animals such as chickens, ducks, and sheep. They represent the foundation of a healthy and delicious cuisine that follows the seasons.

The main teaching methods are the Ashtanga and Vinyasa systems, with attention towards alignment. Yoga classes are taught in a way that empowers you into self practice. Sometimes a Hatha method will be taught, according to your body, your level, and what anatomically works for you.

The focus is on how to use yoga asana as a tool to guide you at whatever stage you are at in your life, or whatever injury you are recovering from. The pranayama method and teachings are authentic and traditional, as taught by master Sri O.P Tiwari of the Pranayama Institute in Lonavla, India, whom Amari studied with.

Schedule

Day 1

  • 14:00 Retreat tour and light refreshment
  • 15:30 - 16:30 Relaxation time
  • 16:45 - 18:00 Introduction, guided meditation, and pranayama
  • 19:30 - 21:00 Dinner

Day 2

  • 09:00 - 09:30 Tea on the main terrace or kitchen
  • 09:30 - 11:00 Meditation, pranayama or asana
  • 11:00 - 12:15 Detox juice and brunch
  • 12:30 - 15:00 Free time for pool, spa, or Reiki
  • 14:30 - 16:30 Light snack and smoothie
  • 16:45 - 18:00 Pranayama, meditation, or Restorative yoga
  • 19:30 - 21:00 Dinner

Day 3

  • 09:00 - 09:30 Tea on the main terrace or kitchen
  • 09:30 - 11:00 Meditation, pranayama, or asana
  • 11:00 - 12:15 Detox juice and brunch
  • 12:30 - 14:30 Free time for pool, spa, or Reiki
  • 14:30 - 16:30 Light snack or smoothie and cooking class 1
  • 16:45 - 18:00 Pranayama, meditation or Restorative yoga
  • 19:30 - 21:00 Dinner

Day 4

  • 09:00 - 09:30 Tea on the main terrace or kitchen
  • 09:30 - 11:00 Meditation, pranayama, or asana
  • 11:00 - 12:15 Detox juice and brunch
  • 12:30 - 14:30 Free time for pool, spa, or Reiki
  • 14:30 - 16:30 Light snack or detox juice
  • 16:45 - 18:00 Pranayama, meditation, or Restorative yoga
  • 19:30 - 21:00 Dinner

Day 5

  • 09:00 - 09:30 Tea on the main terrace or kitchen
  • 09:30 - 11:00 Meditation, pranayama, or asana
  • 11:00 - 12:15 Healthy smoothie and brunch
  • 12:30 - 15:00 Free time for pool, spa, or Reiki
  • 14:30 - 16:30 Light snack or smoothie and cooking class 2
  • 16:45 - 18:00 Pranayama, meditation, or Restorative yoga
  • 19:30 - 21:00 Dinner

Day 6

  • 09:00 - 09:30 Tea on the main terrace or kitchen
  • 09:30 - 11:00 Meditation, pranayama, or asana
  • 11:00 - 12:15 Detox juice and brunch
  • 12:30 - 15:00 Free time for pool, spa, or Reiki
  • 14:30 - 16:30 Light snack or smoothie
  • 16:45 - 18:00 Pranayama, meditation, or Restorative yoga
  • 19:30 - 21:00 Dinner

Day 7

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast with smoothie or detox juice
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Departure
  • Amari (Tiana) Harilela-Vicente

    Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)

    Centered Yoga Yoga Alliance International (Yoga)

    Tiana was born and raised in Hong Kong, but she is originally an Indian. Tiana started practicing yoga from a young age following the spiritual teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda. She is authorized to teach by the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute (KPJAYI). She is also an experienced registered yoga teacher (E-RYT 500) with Yoga Alliance International. She continuously travels and teaches, but remain based in Portugal where she runs her retreat and wellness center together with her husband Shivam.

For those who want to replace the city stress with the calmness of the countryside, Vila dos Castanheiros is the ideal place. It is located in the center of Portugal, in the historical village of Paio Mendes, where the peaceful flow of Rio Zêzere meets the lagoon of Castelo do Bode and where the mountainside of Ribatejo begins.

Paio Mendes is one of the historic villages of Portugal and is linked with the birth of the Portuguese nation. It is very close to Dornes and its famous and unique pentagonal tower belonging to the architecture of the Knights Templar. It is also part of the Templar Route of Tomar and the Convent of Christ.

Nearby places

  • Coimbra, 70 kilometers
  • Dornes, 3 kilometers
  • Fátima, 52 kilometers
  • Ferreira, 8 kilometers
  • Nazareth, 100 kilometers
  • Lisbon, 160 kilometers
  • Porto, 183 kilometers
  • Praia da Nazaré, 100 kilometers
  • Santarem, 84 kilometers
  • Santiago de Compostela, 410 kilometers
Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steam room
  • Swimming
General
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lake nearby
  • River nearby
  • Terrace

Daily brunch, dinner, and snacks will be offered during this retreat. All meals will be lacto-ovo vegetarian.

All food will be prepared with love by Shivam. Shivam has spent years creating delicious and healthy meals, packed with vitality and love. He will not only make healthy food, smoothies, and detox juices, but he will also guide you in two cooking classes. These classes will allow you to go home and prepare great simple food by yourself.

Only the freshest, seasonal ingredients are used, with a wide range of flavors and color.

Martinheiras can also cater for those who are gluten free, so do let them know in advance.

Culture and religion

  • Candles in Dornes
  • Convent of Christ in Tomar
  • Fátima Shrine pilgrimages
  • Geodetic Museum in Vila de Rei
  • New Castle Towers
  • Pentagonal tower in Dornes
  • Route of the Templars
  • Old Seminary in Cernache Bonjardim

Gastronomy

  • Cherry festival
  • Crawfish festival
  • Festival of beans
  • Regional specialties: tripe, maranhos, barbel, Fataca, Sertã cheese, fresh goat cheese, cheese Sands, olive oil, and nuts
  • Route Ribatejo wines
  • Snails event

Nature

  • Carriage rides
  • Hiking
  • Praia da Nazaré trip
  • Swimming in the floating pool at Blue Lake

Sports

  • Biking
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Jet skiing
  • Rowing

During the retreat, one spa circuit is provided. You will enjoy the villa spa for one session of steam room, sauna, and Jacuzzi. You can book extra spa circuits and also Reiki sessions for additional prices.

  • 1 daily detox juice
  • 1 daily guided meditation class
  • 1 daily healthy smoothie
  • 1 daily pranayama class
  • 1 free spa circuit
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 2 healthy cooking classes per week
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily brunch, dinner, and snacks
  • Recipe booklet and yoga manual
  • Ayurveda dosha consultation
  • Extra spa services
  • Flights
  • Reiki
  • Transfers

Driving directions from Lisbon

  • Take the A1 north
  • Exit at Torres Novas to A23
  • Take the exit (A13) direction of Coimbra
  • Leaving on Ferreira Zêzere south, follow the direction of Ferreira
  • At the roundabout, take the direction of Serta N 238
  • Continue for 12 kilometers until you get to Besteiras
  • You will find on the left indicating Paio Mendes and Dornes
  • Follow the road Casterllo
  • Continue until you see a church on your right side
  • Pass the church on your left into 84, San Sebastian Street

Driving directions from Porto

  • Follow A1 until the exit of Condeixa
  • Follow the direction of Tomar N 110 for 80 kilometers
  • On entering Cabaços, go left
  • Within Cabaços, find the sign indicating Ferreira Zêzere
  • Continue for 12 kilometers
  • One kilometer after Lane, you will find a cut to Frazoeira to the left
  • In Frazoeira you will see direction Paio Mendes to the right
  • Entering Paio Mendes, you'll see a church on your left
  • Pass the church on your left into 84, San Sebastian Street

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive either at Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO) or Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS).

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.