This retreat is also available in fall: September 18-24, 2016!
Being cared for on retreat in a family home; having a simple and comfortable space to rest; wholesome food to nourish; revitalizing mud for the skin; experienced therapists to ease away persistent aches and pains; good company with time for meaningful conversation; silence and opportunity for reflection; early morning walks and late afternoon swims; visits to remote country villages, sampling the local fair. 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.
A retreat encourages us to foster expectations in harmony with our experiences so that a more peaceful or blissful state, contentment, can arise. Daily Morning Yoga Classes designed to challenge your strength, flexibility and stamina will be broken down into easily accessible steps so that the complete beginner along with the more advanced Practitoner can both experience the contentment that yoga posture practice encourages. This Dynamic and Yin Yoga inspired week is aimed at broadening our hearts, opening our hips, and finally lengthening our limbs and spine so that we may walk a little taller in our lives, contentedly guided by each and every moment of life and each and every breath.
VAL DE MOSES
Vale de Moses is in the heart of the forested foothills of the Serra de Estrela. Life in these valleys 40 years ago was full of hard working Portuguese small holders who cultivated with their families every available piece of land by creating stone terraces on the hillsides. Small stone houses, adegas (wine making sheds), corals and water mills pepper the riversides and the valleys for miles around. Hence the name Moses, meaning a place of many millstones. These days, like so many rural communities across southern Europe, those small holdings have been deserted by younger generations of the families that built them, needing to emigrate to the cities or abroad to find work.
Exploring the surrounding areas by foot, by bike or by car, you enter a by gone age, and marvel at both the views and the stonework of the river and terrace walls that seem to go on forever in all directions. An old forest farming life that thankfully is still being lived here by a handful of our neighbors, so we still can learn how to do it before those old ways are lost forever.
Retreats may differ slightly from each other,but generally you will follow a schedule similar to this, with
a full orientation around the houses and valleys on Monday morning after yoga class and breakfast.
8.00-10.30am Morning silent walk followed by Yoga
11.00am-2pm Massages (if it’s one of your slots)
3-4.30pm Massages (if it’s one of your slots)
Free time / swim / guided hike / trip to River The forest and River pools
5-6.30pm 3-4 afternoon Yoga Classes / Workshops, or More Massages (on no workshop afternoons)
10pm Begin a full, restorative night’s sleep.