The Magic of Plants and Herbs - Using Nature as Therapy Retreat 4 - 10 May 2020

  • Relaxscape Relaxscape
  • Cardal, Ferreira do Zêzere, Portugal
  • May 3 - 10, 2020 (8 days)

Event Highlights

  • * Hands-on learning sessions about the traditional health benefits of herbs
  • * Herb planting workshop and advice together with recipe ideas, demonstrations and tastings
  • * Natural beauty and skincare treatments and tips
  • * Optional daily yoga and/or guided meditation/reflection sessions
  • * Mindful foraging forest walk and river bathing
  • * Visit to a local chilli farm and spice merchant

Schedule

Monday 4th May

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

Tuesday 5th May

Optional meditation session
Breakfast
Introduction to ikigai, how to make the most of your time at Relaxscape
Part 1 - Most common herbs and their benefits
Lunch
Guided mindful nature walk
Optional Vinyasa Flow Yoga session
Relaxation time
Dinner

Wednesday 6th May

Optional Vinyasa Flow yoga
Breakfast
Starting to plant a medicinal herb garden
Guided meditation session
Lunch
Natural skincare workshop
Relaxation time
Dinner

Thursday 7th May

Optional meditation session
Breakfast
Part 2 - Traditional herbal remedies
Optional Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Lunch
Planting a medicinal herb garden
Natural skincare treatments with Ellie, relaxation time
Forest walk and/or river swim
Dinner

Friday 8th May

Optional Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Breakfast
Visit to a local chilli farm
Lunch out
Natural skincare treatments with Ellie
Relaxation time
Dinner

Saturday 9th May

Optional meditation session
Breakfast
Part 3 - Plants and herbs in cooking
Recipe ideas and demonstrations
Lunch
Introduction to herbal teas
Optional massage, therapeutic yoga, or reflexology session
Dinner

Sunday 10th May

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

About This Event

Join us on this five-day spring retreat to learn about the magical properties of everyday plants and how we can use them for natural remedies and to boost our health and wellbeing. You'll also get to enjoy the healing powers of being out in nature and some gardening therapy as we'll teach you how to plant a medicinal herb garden too. This holistic retreat also includes some natural beauty treatments with our green beauty therapist from London, Ellie Gill, relaxing Vinyasa Flow Yoga and some guided meditations.

Relaxscape was created as a place for you to escape from the stresses of your everyday life. It offers a tranquil environment to reconnect with nature and recharge your body and mind. You'll stay in a lovingly restored 100 year old home that combines traditional style and modern comforts, set in a peaceful olive grove surrounded by trees and amazing views and walks leading down to a beautiful river lagoon. In all of our retreats we invite you to explore relaxation and wellbeing by enjoying these restorative natural surroundings.

Learn natural remedies and how to plant your own medicinal herb garden.

What's Included

  • * 6 nights' accommodation in private rooms with en-suites at Relaxscape
  • * Hands-on learning sessions about the traditional health benefits of herbs
  • * Planting workshop and advice
  • * Recipe ideas, demonstrations and tastings
  • * Natural beauty treatments and tips
  • * Optional daily yoga or meditation/reflection sessions
  • * Mindful foraging forest walk and river bathing
  • * Visit to a local chilli farm and spice merchant
  • * All meals at Relaxscape, including wine & beer at dinner
  • * Coffee, tea, water available throughout the day
  • * Use of our cork yoga mats & blocks

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 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), or any meals out
* 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.

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.

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
  • 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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