New Year's Eve, Nature, Nurture Retreat

  • Relaxscape Relaxscape
  • Ferreira do Zêzere, Portugal
  • Dec 28, 2020 - Jan 2, 2021 (6 days)

Event Highlights

  • Accommodation in private rooms with en-suites
  • Yoga sessions and meditation/reflection sessions
  • Guided healing forest bathing walks
  • Group coaching/sharing sessions to help you leave behind what's no longer serving you
  • Tips to help you set your intentions and plan for the year ahead
  • All meals, including wine & beer at dinner
  • Optional New Year's Day river swim

Schedule

Monday 28th December

Travel day. Aim to arrive at Relaxscape by 18:00
20:00: Welcome Dinner

Tuesday 29th December

Morning Vinyasa Flow yoga
Breakfast
Introduction to ikigai, how to make the most of your time at Relaxscape
Meditation/reflection time
Lunch
Guided mindful nature walk
Coaching/sharing circle
Relaxation time
Dinner

Wednesday 30th December

Morning Vinyasa Flow yoga
Breakfast
Introduction to journaling
Guided mindful nature walk
Lunch
Coaching/sharing circle
Meditation/reflection time
Relaxation time
Dinner

Thursday 31st December

Morning Vinyasa Flow yoga
Breakfast
Guided mindful nature walk
Lunch
Coaching/sharing circle
Meditation/reflection time
Relaxation time
New Year's Eve Event

Friday 1st January

Morning meditation/reflection time
Breakfast
Setting intentions for the year ahead
Optional wild water swim
Lunch
Coaching/sharing circle
Restorative yoga
Relaxation time
Dinner

Saturday 2nd January

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

About This Event

Four days of yoga, nature therapy, self-care, healthy food, forest bathing, meditation, rest and relaxation, story sharing in front of the fire and making new friendships, to prepare you for your best year yet. This winter retreat hosted by Belinda, an International Coach Federation accredited change coach and Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher, is designed to nurture your body, clear your mind and nourish your soul so that you start 2021 rested, fresh and full of inspiration and motivation.

Restore yourself after the Christmas festivities with some yoga and nature.

What's Included

  • 5 nights' accommodation in private rooms with en-suites at Relaxscape, a beautifully restored 100 year old house on an olive farm in rural Portugal
  • 4 yoga sessions and 4 meditation/reflection sessions
  • 3 guided healing forest bathing walks
  • Optional wild water swim on New Year's Day
  • All meals, including wine & beer at dinner
  • Coffee, tea, water available throughout the day
  • Use of our cork yoga mats & blocks
  • Group coaching/sharing sessions to help you leave behind what's no longer serving you
  • Tips to help you set your intentions and plan for the year ahead
  • Cuddles with the cat in front of the fire!

What's Not Included

Flights and transfers to Relaxscape from Lisbon or Porto airports (these can be arranged for you on request)
Swimming towels (can be hired at the venue)
Toiletries (we're into sustainability here, so we don't provide disposable toiletries like some other places you may have stayed, but we do sell handmade natural shampoo and soap bars that you can then take home with you - we also host workshops throughout the year where you can learn how to make your own!)
Snacks and alcohol outside mealtimes (but you are welcome to bring your own or buy them from the café 100m away)
Optional massage or reflexology session
One to one coaching sessions with Belinda also available on request

Venue Highlights

We created Relaxscape retreat as a place for you to escape from the stresses of your everyday life. Set in a tranquil olive grove leading down to the green forests surrounding the River Zêzere in central Portugal, Relaxscape is about reconnecting with nature, a place where you can press pause on your 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. A place to relax and rediscover what's important to you while recharging your body and mind. At Relaxscape you will be helped to get the most out of your retreat experience and be guided gently to connect with nature and start to reconnect with yourself.

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
  • 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 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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Recenter, Rebalance, Renew..... I cannot provide nurture and wisdom to the people I love without the opportunity to fill up my own cup. Diane
 

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