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Forest Retreat and Shamanic Diet

Event Highlights

  • The natural beauty of the river and the woods will capture you.
  • The retreat will be shaped through peacefullness and introspection, understanding and delight.
  • You will be guided by the experience and dedication of your teacher, who has studied and lived with shamans of South America and brought this knowledge accordingly to the ancient tradition.
  • Most of the master plants used in diets are rare, almost unknown to many, but absolutely safe and powerful.
  • We grow most of our medicines at the Centre and you will participate in the actual preparation of your medicine.

About This Event

A ten-day intense experience with a one-week retreat in isolation and silent meditation sorrounded by nature and introspection, following the ancient shamanic traditions. There are three extra days of detox, preparation and elaboration during which you can rest and prepare for the experience. A specific diet with master plants (Dieta) and an opening ceremony will guide you to transcend emotions, beliefs and attachments – all sorts of overlapping shells that trap the flow of being. A strict diet is applied during the retreat consisting of plain rice and forest food, no sugar, no salt, no added flavours. This is to respect the ancient traditions of South American shamans and to allow the master plants to connect deeper.

Before embarking a retreat a face to face consultation is needed and different options are offered according to one’s purpose. We match you with the suitable companion plant so for you to establish a strong, personal relationship.

"A deep, lifechanging experience with amazing plants and conscious teachers" Madeleine

What's Included

  • Herbal detox, meals, plant diet, private therapies, integration of the experience with personal advice, tailored retreats

What's Not Included

airfare tickets and personal expenses

Venue Highlights

The Centre hosts a set of beautiful medicinal gardens and a practical laboratory where to process and work with plants
Enjoy our forest paths, our gardens and our beautiful space for meditation and ceremonies
The whole area is the perfect spot for outdoor activities like hikes and kayaking


Cozy private house with amazing views


  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • House Keeping
  • Bicycles
  • Ceremony Space

Menu Types

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


We prepare fresh home made food accordingly to one's need and in respect of the different diets we offer.


We are based in the heart of Portugal, 3 hours by train from Lisbon at the foothills of Serra da Estrela. We are sorrounded by natural streams, rivers and beautiful mountains.

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