Riverside Yoga and Sound Baths in Nature

  • Relaxscape Relaxscape
  • Cardal, Olalhas, Tomar Portugal
  • Jul 6 - 13, 2020 (8 days)

Event Highlights

  • Daily outdoor vinyasa yoga with a view, guided by Helen Keates, whose ashtanga-inspired flow yoga promotes mindfulness, health and well-being through synchronicity of breath, movement and stillness
  • Explore meditation techniques during Lizzy O'Connor's restorative sound bath sessions
  • Take a mindful swim in the clear, still, river lagoon surrounded by trees
  • Enjoy our deliciously fresh, healthy, homegrown, homemade food
  • Indulge in a spot of healing forest bathing or relax in the plunge pool overlooking our olive grove

Schedule

Day 1
Arrive at Relaxscape.
Evening: Welcome Dinner

Day 2
Morning guided yoga practice
Breakfast, free time, lunch
Afternoon relaxation, self-reflection, mindful walk, river swim, journaiing
Early evening guided yoga practice
Dinner

Day 3
Morning guided yoga practice
Breakfast, free time, lunch
Afternoon relaxation, self-reflection, mindful walk, river swim, journaiing
Early evening guided meditation sound bath
Dinner

Day 4
Morning guided yoga practice
Breakfast, free time, lunch
Sightseeing day to Tomar or surrounding area
Dinner

Day 5
Morning guided yoga practice
Breakfast, free time, lunch
Afternoon relaxation, self-reflection, mindful walk, river swim, journaiing
Early evening guided meditation sound bath
Dinner

Day 6
Morning guided yoga practice
Breakfast, free time
Optional individual sound sessions
Lunch
Afternoon relaxation, self-reflection, mindful walk, river swim, journaiing
Early evening riverside yoga practice
Dinner

Day 7
Breakfast and check-out
Travel home (or onwards to explore more of Portugal!)

About This Event

Our lives have become over-complicated. Our brains over-loaded. We’ve forgotten how to stop. How to unwind. How to relax. During this relaxing week of daily outdoor dynamic flow yoga by the lake and soothing sound baths among the olive trees we'll help you to reconnect with nature and rediscover yourself and what's important to you.

Our Yoga and Sound Bath Retreat Week is designed for people who enjoy a regular yoga practice and who would also like to enjoy a relaxing holiday in Central Portugal. Throughout the week, we'll offer daily yoga sessions outside on our reclaimed wood yoga platform overlooking the olive grove, or down by the river's edge. We'll explore relaxation techniques through breathing, meditative sound baths and consciously enjoying the peace and beauty of our natural surroundings.

Reconnect with nature and rediscover yourself

What's Included

  • Transfers can be arranged from Entroncamento or Tomar train station, or from Ferreira do Zêzere bus station. (For an extra cost we can arrange an airport transfer for you). 6 nights accommodation and food. Breakfast, lunch and vegetarian evening meal. Yoga mats. Daily yoga instruction. Sound baths and guided meditation. River bathing. Forest bathing.

What's Not Included

Swimming towels. Airport transfers. Airfare. Shiatsu massage can be arranged at an extra charge.

Venue Highlights

Relaxscape is located in the secluded village of Cardal, leading down to a delightful lagoon beach at Bairrada and Bairradinha, on the river Zêzere. It's the perfect spot for river bathing and forest bathing - the village is surrounded by trees and the house itself is set in its own olive grove of 60 olive trees and other fruit trees. A spot of total tranquility. All you can hear are birds and crickets. All you can see is nature. It's a place that nourishes your soul and restores your peace. There is a plunge pool on site and bicycles available to explore the surrounding countryside and nearby town of Ferreira do Zêzere. We grow our own vegetables at Relaxscape, organic of course, and what we can't grow we source locally wherever possible. We try to be as eco conscious as possible, respecting our environment, using natural materials where we can, re-using and recycling, conserving water, and using renewable energy.

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 with larger than average beds, 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
  • Restaurant
  • 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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