Southern Portugal

Wellbeing through Nature Retreats for 2020 are being held in gorgeous Southern Portugal…a little piece of lakeside paradise

Cancelled due to Covid -19

11th September 2020 7 nights full board

Our unspoilt, rural location is the perfect setting to unwind, restore and learn the art of relaxation. This little piece of tranquillity nestled in nature and surrounded by its lovely gardens of flowers and fruits trees can be enjoyed under the warmth of the Mediterranean sunshine, as autumn creeps in back home. Simply relax and enjoy…maybe kick start a wellbeing intention with some expert support and time out to gain clarity
Wellbeing through Nature Retreats are uniquely blended to harness the benefits and wonderment of nature for mind body and soul.
We combine this with a blend of mindfulness movement via yoga, Tai Chi Qigong & breath exercise to unwind the body & mind tension, meditations deepen the relaxation and mindfulness helps to mange and focus the mind. Coaching creates clarity,maybe an action plan?
The Quinta-our Portuguese home for the week is sat on a beautiful 25 mile lake, so provides an opportunity for swimming, canoeing, paddle boarding or simply chilling on the pontoon or nearby terraces, providing plenty of options to unwind.
Our accommodation is spacious and comfortable, with a Portuguese ambience. Each bedroom is en-suite with tea & coffee facilities and lakeside views.
We will enjoy plenty of home-cooking often made with produce from the organic gardens, honey from the hives on the hillsides, free-range eggs from the local chickens, bread baked daily with flour from the local mill and of course fish from the lake. There is also a well-stocked bar boasting local Portuguese wines and beers.

Green and proud of it

Our home from home offers the bonus of ‘green’ credentials, priding itself on its sustainability and eco-tourism. Certainly something we support and is recognised by organisations such as Tripadvisor gaining Certificate of Excellence status for eight years running and awarded their Platinum Green Leader certificate. 
We are spoilt for choice with the wonderful outdoor spaces to enjoy a variety of wellbeing activities and down time. Enjoy some guided Mindfulness yoga on the private pontoon…
Meditation or Breath exercises at sunrise on the shala- the view is amazing! Sunrise is around 7.15am here so not too early and breakfast will be waiting for us… 
Practice guided Qigong immersed in nature on one of the many terraces  or shala , and maybe take in some shade from the many varieties of trees and plants in the surrounding gardens.
We can meander on local walks in this rugged and sparsely populated landscape  dotted with small Alentejan “montes” set amidst hillsides of cork trees… the local cork oak forests, the “Montados”, of southern Portugal are part of local conservation.
Do you like to dabble with photography? Then why not bring your camera…from landscape to nature there is plenty to focus on or treat yourself to an on-site professional Shiatsu Masseuse to aid relaxation further (optional extra) .We can also arrange birdwatching and nature trips from our accommodation that can be enjoyed during free time (optional extra).

Relax and unwind as you enjoy the sunset across the hills…maybe with a pre-dinner drink!  

Some of our optional activities during the week
Tai Chi Qigong-A relaxing non-contact form of martial art which builds stability, strength, loosens joints, eases the mind. We will experience two forms of practice- one to relax and one to energise.
Mindfulness  walks- ‘rewilding our senses’ which we will do around the vast gardens. Nature walks  will  explore the surrounding local countryside
Mindfulness  yoga-A gentle format for stretching, loosening muscles and joints, whilst creating mental focus 
A series of meditations-Sometimes it’s hard to relax or still the mind. This can have an impact on our lives, such as sleep issues, eating habits, stress, depression, overwhelm. We will explore a few proven meditations to aid such issues and in turn can increase focus & clarity
A series of breath sessions will be explored…breath techniques for ‘efficient’ breathing aiding mental & physical wellbeing can see noticeable  improvements…lowering blood pressure, reducing anxiety and stress, aiding sleep are only a few.
Coaching, to assist if things in life need some re-evaluation or a restart. Coaching is used by many from Athletes and business entrepreneurs to Mums or newly retired. It is a means of getting unstuck or fast tracked to something you wish for-a life goal. (pre-booking 1-1 is required)
All sessions are run by a professional practitioner of wellbeing Coaching, Tai Chi Qigong & Mindfulness- accredited by the British Psychological Society.

Costs: £1470  incl. airport transfers to accommodation, Full board, all wellbeing activities.  Flight not included-Birmingham to Faro Airport (Time TBA)

Shiatsu Masseuse/Birdwatching and nature trips -prebooking required and payment paid to the Portuguese provider during your stay. working in partnership with Experience Nature Tours. Professional and experienced providers of nature holidays