About This Center

Set in a tranquil olive grove complete with orange and lemon trees leading down to the green forests surrounding the River Zêzere in central Portugal, Relaxscape, which opened in 2019, is about reconnecting with the power of nature, a place where you can press pause on the stresses of your everyday busy life and escape for a while. Inspired by the Japanese philosophies of ikigai (your “reason for being”) and shinrin yoku (“forest bathing”), Relaxscape has been created as a calming retreat surrounded by trees, with activities designed to help you discover what makes you happy. It’s a place to enjoy a slower pace, savour simple pleasures and awake new senses. A place to relax and reconnect with yourself surrounded by the calming presence of trees and water and sky.

Relaxscape hosts relaxation-based activity retreats for people who find it hard to unwind by lying on a beach doing nothing. Relaxscape offers weekly activities throughout the year such as yoga sessions, mindful forest bathing, sound baths, meditation sessions, journaling, grape and olive picking, art or writing workshops, cookery courses, well-being weeks, guided walking tours around historic Tomar, learning about plants and herbs and more.

You’ll be able to find your flow while learning a new skill or honing an existing one. It’s up to you to decide how much relaxing you’d like to do in between! Great for solo travellers who enjoy meeting others while still being able to enjoy time alone, or for couples looking for a different sort of holiday.

With retreats facilitated by qualified and experienced teachers, Relaxscape is an environment specially designed to support you through your decision-making, goal-setting, and self-discovery by using the healing power of nature.

Our lives have become over-complicated. Our brains over-loaded. We’ve forgotten how to stop. How to unwind. How to relax. Relaxscape allows you to reconnect with nature to rediscover yourself.

Venue Highlights

All Relaxscape retreats include en-suite accommodation, all meals (including wine and beer) and coffee, tea, water throughout the day. The retreats also feature yoga sessions with use of cork mats and blocks, mindful forest walks and forest bathing, swimming in the nearby river, and use of the plunge pool. Guided tours of the historic town of Tomar are also given. Optional massage or reflexology, as well as optional fishing and kayaking excursions can be arranged. There is a small cafe where snacks, drinks and coffee can be obtained just a few minutes down the road.

Accommodations

You'll stay in our charmingly restored 100 year old home that combines traditional style and modern comforts, set in a peaceful olive grove surrounded by trees and beautiful views. We can welcome a maximum of nine guests currently. The rooms all have private en-suites, some with waterfall showers and some with deep soak luxury baths (and showers) with views over the olive grove. There are three comfortable single rooms (one with larger than average bed), two double rooms and one twin (or double) room. Downstairs, there is a spacious open-plan kitchen, dining and sitting room, where you can help yourself to breakfast, lunch and refreshments and where we'll come together to eat a locally sourced (homegrown where possible!), home-cooked meal in the evenings, or out on the surrounding terraces.

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Yoga Studio
  • Bicycles

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Meat
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Menu/Cuisine

We serve homegrown, organic, healthy food here. Where we can't grow it ourselves, we source it locally. It's mostly vegetarian, with some grilled fish and meat for those who can't do without! Breakfast and lunch is help yourself - delicious freshly baked bread, fruit from our trees, salad from the garden, local cheeses and more. Evening meals are cooked for you by our retreat chefs, who are used to catering for vegetarian, vegan, and special diets. There's also the option to eat out at some local restaurants where you can enjoy some more traditional Portuguese food.

Directions

Our nearest airport is Lisbon. From there, you can choose one of five ways to get to us:
1. Take the Red Metro Line to Oriente train station. From there you can catch a train to Entroncamento (journey time 50 mins - 1 hour) and we can pick you up from there (35 minutes car ride).
2. You can also take a train to Tomar (journey time 1 hr 50 mins - 2 hrs) and we can pick you up from there (20 minute car ride).
3. A bus will get you to Ferreira do Zêzere from Sete Rios bus station. (Take Line 1 bus from the airport and change at Sete Rios). The journey will take 2 hours and from Ferreira do Zêzere it is a 10 minute car ride to Relaxscape.
4. If you would like to be more independent during your stay, we suggest you hire a car at the airport.
5. We can arrange airport transfers direct to us for an extra cost.

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Why Retreat?

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Watching the sun come over the mountain in the morning inspires me! Holly
 

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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