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7 Days Cooking and Yoga Retreat in Portugal

  • Casa Vale da Lama, EN 534 Vale da Lama, Odiaxere, Lagos, Algarve, Portugal

The Most Recommended Food and Yoga Retreat Portugal

In this retreat, two daily yoga sessions will be complemented with a vegetarian cooking lesson from Ana, the head chef of Vale da Lama center. Being a permaculture farm, most of the products are seasonal and organic and the cooking process is lovingly taken care of from beginning to end, respecting the rhythm of the earth but simultaneously doing the most out of it. The result is delicious, healthy, and balanced vegetarian food at the end of the line. Ana is an artist at bringing this nutritious meal to life. She will inspire you to enjoy this art in your own home.

Highlights

  • 2 daily yoga sessions
  • 2 daily meditation practice
  • 3 cooking classes with head of chef
  • Daily organic vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Additional snacks and teas available
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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Casa Vale da Lama has nine comfortable rooms which are good for single, double or twin, and family which also includes special facilities for guests with disabilities. For your children, childrens cots and cribs are available. One child under four years old stays free of charge. An extra bed is upon request and needs to be confirmed by the management. And do not worry about the varying temperatures, for they have a way of controlling it by designing the rooms to be solar passive.

07:30 Tea and fruit

08:00 Yoga and meditation

10:00 Breakfast

10:45 Farm tour and harvest on Monday and cooking class on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday

14:00 Lunch

17:30 Yoga and meditation

19:00 Dinner

Eco Resort Casa Vale da Lama is located in the western Algarve, within the 43 hectares property of Quinta do Vale da Lama between Lagos and Portimo. It provides hosting services for groups offering fresh organic meals, comfortable facilities, and a relaxing environment where you can also be involved in a diversity of farm activities.

The retreat center has a way of managing things environmentally-friendly. They make use of firewood to warm the whole vicinity during cold days and warm water via solar heating from solar energy. Free Wi-Fi is available on their main hall, as well as a small library filled with books related to sustainability which is suitable for your cozy afternoon rest. This is perfectly coupled with their swimming pool nearby where you can take a dip and have that envied sun-kissed skin. They also have comfortable hammocks where you could feel the breeze of air under the shade of the trees waiting for you.

Nearby places

  • Meia Praia beach, 100 meters - 15 minutes
Activities
  • Cycling nearby
  • Massage
  • Massage nearby
  • Mountain walking / trekking nearby
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Surfing nearby
  • Swimming nearby
General
  • Beach nearby
  • Caf
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Yoga shala
Services
  • Bicycle rental nearby
  • Car rental nearby
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Tour assistance

During your stay you will be provided with three daily organic vegetarian meals. Also additional snacks and teas are available at all times.

Casa Vale da Lama will be the perfect treat for you and your family with their great variety of fun activities in your stay. Tagged as a true Eco Resort, you will definitely should not miss this memorable holiday retreat.

Animal care

Meet the farm's sheep, chickens, ducks, pigs, and Levinho, the donkey, and help to take care of them. The duration of this activity is variable and the cost is by donation.

Bread making

Learn how to make bread in the wood oven and taste it while it is still warm. You will knead the dough and then continue the process later on, starting the wood oven and then baking your delicious homemade bread. The duration is of two to three hours and the cost is by donation for a minimum of two people.

Craft circle

An informal circle where local natural materials based on traditional arts and crafts like palm weaving, basket making or natural dying is used. This activity is three hours and by donation.

Food alchemy

Learn how the farm transforms its seasonal surplus of products into delicious preserves. Depending on season and viability, you are invited to join in the confection of a wide range of products, from jams, to herbal teas, choucroute, kombucha, and more. The duration is variable and the cost is by donation.

From the garden to your plate

Harvest your food in the gardens and learn how to cook delicious meals using different styles and techniques that benefit your whole being. This activity is available from 09:00 to 13:00 and has a cost of 40 EUR for a minimum of two people.

Guided farm tour

Get to know some regenerative agriculture systems implemented on the farm, as well as the way of living light on the land. You will be taken on a walk around the farm and being told the story of the project combined with a small introduction to permaculture. This tour is two hours and cost 5 EUR for a minimum of two people.

Harvest your own lunch

Join the community in harvesting veggies and herbs for your lunch, getting to know what's in season and the different ways of food production they use. Grab a box, put your hat on, and go down to the gardens. The length is of one hour and 30 minutes for 10 EUR per person.

Massage therapy

Enjoy a healing massage experience to complement you day. There are different professionals for different kinds of therapies most of which are available for an hour for 45 EUR.

Nature in you, deep ecology session

Experience a moment of deep connection with nature through a journey of sound, silence, and the awakening of your senses. This lasts three hours and works by donation.

Pizza night

  • A night around the oven at the Sweet Spot Cafe with unlimited pizzas and a cozy environment for any celebration. One night cost 7 EUR per person.

Seasonal farm tasks

Every season is unique and your support is always welcome when it comes to work on the various tasks needed on the farm. The duration of this activity is variable and the cost is by donation.

There are different massage treatments available at additional cost.

  • 2 daily sessions of yoga and meditation
  • 3 cooking classes with head of chef
  • 3 daily organic vegetarian meals
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Additional snacks and teas available at all times
  • Airfare
  • Excursions
  • Massage treatments
  • Transfers to and from Faro Airport (FAO)
  • Travel insurance

Driving directions from Portimo and Faro

When driving on A22 from Portimo and Faro on the highway, turn at the sign Mexilhoeira and Autdromo. Arriving at N125, turn right going to Lagos.

Driving on N125 coming from Portimo entering Odixere (open field with a big clearing on the right and a big pavilion, Clube de Odixere, on the left side) leave N125 and turn left to Vale da Lama.

Driving directions from Lagos and Aljezur

Leave the highway when you see the sign Odixere and Lagos Leste. Upon arriving on the N125 turn left to Odixere and Portimo. It is advisable to take the national road from Besafrim to Lagos.

Coming from Lagos, before leaving Odixere (open field with a big clearing on the left side and a big pavilion, Clube de Odixere, on the right side) get off the N125 by turning right direction to Vale da Lama.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO).

Airport pick-up and drop-off is not included in the price. Vale da Lama can arrange for your airport transfer. It will be 68 EUR for a one way travel to Vale da Lama.

Arrival by bus

  • You could ride a bus from Faro center to Lagos. Vale da Lama can then arrange a transfer from Lagos bus station to the retreat for 15 EUR one way.

Arrival by train

  • A train is also available from Faro Center to Lagos. Vale da Lama can also arrange for your transfer from Lagos train station to the retreat for 12 EUR one way.

Distances

  • Faro, 80 kilometers
  • Lisbon, 330 kilometers - 4 hours
  • Seville, 300 kilometers - 5 hours