Ayurvedic relaxation retreat

Event Highlights

  • Daily Yoga
  • 3 Ayurvedic treatments
  • Healthy meals (half board), well choosed food to keep you in balance
  • Dosha determination
  • Walking through Portugals beautiful Nature
  • Kayaking through the Mondego valley


In general the day starts at half past seven with a yoga class, followed by breakfast at 9 am. After this the massages are scheduled. On day 3 there is a walking tour of approximately 4 hours and on day 5 a kayak trip on the Mondego river. Dinner is at 7 pm. Day 7 is a day off. This day is for your own interpretation. No dinner is served, so an opportunity to get to know the Portuguese cuisine.

About This Event

Experience pure indulgence from nature.

Relaxing comes almost automatically when you arrive at Casa do Rio. Nicely situated on a hill overlooking the river Alva. It is located just outside the village of Secarias in the Beira region.

This Ayurvedic wellness week is mainly about deeper relaxation to promote your natural vitality. She is cared for by a small team with Ayurvedic massage therapist Fred van den Boom and varying Yoga teachers, including David Hofstede. The program touches on the essence of Ayurveda that uses all natural resources inside and outside of yourself to experience personal balance vitality and well-being.

If you need time for yourself, a pass at the place where you can enjoy carefree, deeply relaxing massages, healthy eating, exercise and relaxed conversations about things that concern you in your perhaps busy life, then this trip is particularly suitable for you.

The varied program consists of various Ayurvedic massage treatments and meals (half board), Yoga and relaxation techniques, a tour on the river Mondego by Kayak and a beautiful walk in a special nature reserve.

Maybe after that walk you will say just like your predecessors ... this is a small paradise on earth, here you can still feel the harmony of life. Be surprised ...

Via Ayurveda, a gift from mother nature

What's Included

  • 7 nights accomodation
  • 3 ayurvedic treatments
  • 6 yoga classes
  • 7 Breakfast
  • 6 Dinner
  • Walking tour of about 4 hours
  • Kayaking

What's Not Included

transfer Airport-Place of destination vice versa
Alcoholic drinks with the meals

Venue Highlights

This beautiful guesthouse is located in the heart of Portugal.
3 apartments
1 hotel room
all equipped with toilet and shower facilities
many terraces for sunbathing or just looking for shade
located on a river beach, so opportunities for swimming in pure water.


There are 2 2-person apartments, each with two XL beds (80 x 220).
A modern bathroom with shower and toilet. Bathrobes, towels, a hair dryer and cosmetics are provided.
There is a kitchenette with fridge, electric stove, oven, coffee maker and all kitchen supplies.
There is a cozy sitting area with a wood stove, a radio with a USB connection. A (shared) veranda with garden furniture.

A 4-person apartment. This spacious apartment has a loft with two XL beds (80 x 220). On the ground floor there are two more XL beds (80x220)
A traditional Portuguese bathroom with shower and toilet. Bathrobes, towels, a hair dryer and cosmetics are provided.
There is a kitchenette with fridge, electric stove, combi microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker and all kitchen utensils.
There is a spacious, cozy sitting area, a dining table, wood-burning stove, an audio / CD player with USB connection, flat screen TV and DVD player.
A private terrace with garden furniture.
And a hotel room with a luxurious bathroom with shower and toilet. Bathrobes, towels, a hair dryer and cosmetics are provided.
Beautiful view over the river Alva and the garden. During the week you can use the private kitchen.


  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


Do not confuse Ayurvedic food with Indian cuisine. Ayurveda is universal. And it's about the contradictions. If you are a sweet person, then you prefer not to eat sweet ingredients. And a bitter person no bitter vegetables and herbs. A lean person does not have a light meal, like a heavy person does not have heavy meals. You will be served international meals during this week. Indian, Italian, Dutch, Mexican with the Dosha explanation of the meal for you. So you can add flavors yourself. Sweet, sour, salty, sharp, bitter and stingent


Portugal has 2 airports. In Lisbon and Porto. The closest is Porto. From here it is almost a 2-hour drive to your destination. There are several car rental companies at the airport, with myself having very good experiences with Centauro car rental.
But I can imagine that it would be a shame to rent a car, this week offers you possibilities for personal trips, but this does not really give a relaxed feeling what the intention is.
There is a shuttle -Coimbra Airport Shuttle- from both airports to the Coimbra region. On their website you can make your reservation and they will bring you right for the entrance of Casa do Rio.
Another option is to take the Metro from the airport to Porto Campanha. From there take the train to Coimbra B. There you will be met by one of the employees for further transport to Secarias. Reimbursement for this is € 25 euros vice versa

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