Sleep Better, Learn Thai Massage and Explore Ayurveda Themed and Traditional Yoga Retreats at Vale de Moses

This summer, Vale de Moses is hosting a range of themed wellbeing retreats to complement its regular yoga weeks. Take time to disconnect, nourish your body and learn a new skill, in a truly restorative natural environment.

Located in the foothills of the Portuguese Serra de Estrela mountains, family-run Vale de Moses hosts retreats from 18 March – 27 October.  Daily yoga is practised in a wooden and glass shala floating above herb gardens, surrounded by pine forests.  Vale de Moses co-owner and yoga instructor Vonetta Winter, leads retreats which focus on the benefits of practicing in such beautiful, natural surroundings.
Vonetta explains: “Being surrounded by the Portuguese forests invites attention away from typical daily concerns, heightening awareness of our more intuitive or creative capacities.  Being cared for in a family home, having a simple and comfortable space to rest and wholesome food to nourish is at the heart of the Vale de Moses experience.
“Add to this, experienced therapists to ease away persistent aches and pains, good company and meaningful conversation, silence and opportunity for reflection, early morning walks and late afternoon swims, breathing pure mountain air and indulging in deliciously fresh vegetarian food. All of these things makes it just a little easier for those of us feeling stressed out and pulled in all directions, to feel restored.”

Throughout the season, Vale de Moses will also welcome a series of guest yoga instructors offering a breadth of guided practices, from Pranayama and yoga flow to music, to vinyasa and ashtanga. Some signature retreats include:

Sleep better: ‘Slumber and Energise’ Retreat (27 May – 2 June)
A sleep/yoga retreat co-hosted by Sleep Counsellor and Stress Management Expert, Dr Nerina Ramlakhan. Learn how poor habits such as skipping breakfast, running on adrenaline, being permanently connected, alcohol, sugar and caffeine, all create barriers to quality, restorative sleep.  Discover why we sleep and how we should sleep; bust myths and misconceptions and understand the relationship between sleep, technology and nature, and discover sleep-inducing habits and tools for getting quality sleep and amazing vitality in your everyday life.
Learn a Skill for Life: ‘Yoga & Thai Massage’ Retreat (3 – 9 June)
This special retreat combines morning yoga and afternoon Thai massage sessions, led by Thai Massage Instructor Peter Packard. Discover new ways to be moved and move others to restore your body and engage with your mind. Powerful yet sensitive, the tools of Thai massage when applied effectively can improve joint mobility, lengthen muscles, reduce tension and calm the mind. Develop and establish skills to care for your friends, partner and family.
Ayurveda Inspired: ‘Deeply Nourishing’ Retreat (14 – 20 October)
Fully recharge during a week of yoga and Ayurveda, ideal for those who lead busy lives, have difficulty concentrating or sleeping, experience a frazzled nervous system or have tense shoulders and back. Daily yoga and pranayama sessions focus on nourishing the nervous system and help turn the dissipated rays of energy inwards. Learn about Ayurveda and how to best take care of yourself in very simple ways, while enjoying delicious and freshly prepared Ayurveda-inspired meals.
Retreat weeks are suitable for all levels and cost from £710 per person per week in shared accommodation. Price includes a private health consultation, all yoga sessions, three vegetarian meals daily, guided silent morning forest walks, a trip to the Rio Zêzere for mud bath and swim, and an hour’s Body Harmonising massage. Price excludes flights but Vale de Moses can be reached easily from both Lisbon and Porto airports.

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