Brejo Fundeiro Retreat
Brejo Fundeiro is a retreat centre for hire. We invite tutors to book the centre, which can accommodate up to twelve students, for one week to run a retreat in rural central Portugal. Additional accommodation for 4 more people is available just 5 minutes drive away on the lake. We are offering you a warm welcome, caring hospitality and delicious healthy meals in relaxed and beautiful natural surroundings. Throughout this site you can find information about the hiring of the centre and the services we offer. Some arrangements are flexible and can be customised to suit your requirements to ensure a fantastic experience.
About Brejo Fundeiro
Set in a tranquil location in the forested hills of Central Portugal, far away from the crowds, just 3 km from the beautiful ‘Castelo de Bode’ lake and 8 km from the small town of Cernache de Bonjardim.
The centre sits within a small valley surrounded by eucalyptus, pine and cork oak trees and consists of a three storey, one hundred year old manor house, yoga studio, swimming pool, barbecue area, courtyard, small fruit orchard and vegetable garden.
We provide comfortable living accommodation and bedrooms with modern facilities in authentic surroundings – for a unique experience book your stay with us soon! Please contact us for a Tutor Information pack.
6/21/2017 Two of the kindest, most hospitable people I have come across in a long time. The area is breathtaking. The villa, magnificent. The accommodations superlative and the food is excellent, healthy and abundant. Heartfelt thanks and continued blessings! Lydia Holmes
6/6/2017 Thanks to Torsten and Keith for sharing their beautiful house with my group! Such an amazing house restored with love, in a beautiful quiet part of Portugal, accommodation and yoga studio all perfect. Every meal a delight..cant wait to come again! Samantha Seager
6/3/2017 Just on my way home from my amazing week in Portugal at Brejo Fundeiro retreat... what a beautiful place. Stunning location, AMAZING food, gorgeous house and the most welcoming hosts Torsten and Keith. Thank you so much, I can't wait to come back... Lisa Meenan
9/9/2016 What a wonderful location! What wonderful hosts! What wonderful food!! The house is beautiful - and is becoming more so with there love and care being given to its restoration and development. It is so serene here with just the whispering of the trees on the surrounding hills. Definitely want to visit again! Nigel Waters
7/30/2016 I've just come back from a week long yoga retreat with #yoga4men group at the Brejo Fundeiro Retreat.
This is a beautiful secluded house in the Portuguese mountains. I can't recommend this place and the guys that own it highly enough. Their home-grown vegetarian food was superb and their hospitality second to none.
If you have an opportunity to go on a retreat there or just looking for a secluded place to stay, don't hesitate to book it. You won't regret it.
Thanks BrejoBoyz William Rouse
7/9/2016 Very peaceful location away from everywhere. Great hosts with very good home made food. Graham Lornie
7/9/2016 Had a fantastic retreat, were really looked after in a beautiful location, lovely house and food. Had the best time !
This dieta will be 11 days//10 nights long, an appropriate length for an introductory dieta in the Shipibo tradition.
There will be 5 traditional sound healing ceremonies and each person will twice drink the infusion of a master plant. The dieta will begin with a stomach cleansing emetic, which induces vomiting, and will then have an energetically cleansing and invigorating “blooming bath”. If you have a certain illness that you want to work on during this dieta, please let us know as Maestra Manuela could prepare a specific master plant infusion or tincture for you.
Maestra Manuela Mahua comes from a long-standing and well-respected family lineage of Shipibo healers from the lower Ucayali region of the Peruvian Amazon. Born in 1947, she has more than 50 years of experience working with medicine.
She began apprenticing with her father at age 13. Today she heals and teaches, to both Shipibo and foreigners, and she continues to strengthen her samá, observing multiple periods of dieta throughout the year to learn more and keep her healing power in balance. She has a vast knowledge and understanding of the natural pharmacy and is very open to sharing it with those who are willing to make the commitment to carry on the tradition.
Manuela is an incredibly generous and positive force, and in each ceremony she always makes sure to work on each participant individually through singing her incredible variety of healing songs. The Shipibo practice of the samá or “dieta” is the spiritual or therapeutic practice of isolation and abstaining from ingesting certain foods and interacting with certain energies.
It is a body of traditional practices that allows individuals to heal and to learn from plant spirits. The time-honored Shipibo tradition of dieting and/or fasting is a communion with medicinal and teacher plants. This practice can lead to genuine healing through naturally balancing the body, mind and spirit. While the medicinal properties of plants can help us address physical components of an illness, the meditative and spiritual practice of the samá promotes true healing by helping one to recognize and resolve the root causes.
Dieta Restrictions The main restrictions to abstain from during the 10-day dieta:
Foods/Ingestible Added Salt, Added Sugar, Added Spices and Herbs, Fruit, Specifically Acidic and Over-Ripened (Fermenting), Pungent and Caustic Vegetables, Processed Oils, Frozen or Cold Food and Drinks, Dairy, Mammals (Red and White Meats), Specifically Pork, Factory Raised Fowl, Carnivorous and Farm Raised Fish, Fermented Drinks and Foods, Specifically Alcohol, Caffeine, Recreational Drugs Pharmaceutical Drugs, Herbal Supplements and Multi-Vitamins
Activities : Sexual Activities and Thoughts, Bathing with Soaps and Shampoo, Deodorants, Lotions, Creams, Makeup, and Hair Products
The earlier one can refrain from consuming and participating in these restrictions prior to initiating the dieta, the better. Many foods, drugs, and pharmaceuticals react very strongly to certain Amazonian plant medicines; please refer to this forum for a very thorough list and possible reactions. Depending on the individual and the plant, there may also be a “post-dieta” (determined by the Maestra) during which you won’t be allowed to have the biggest energy shifters: sex, alcohol, drugs and pork. The post-dieta will provide additional time for your body to become accustomed to the healing and teachings of the samá.
An opportunity to attend an Ayahuasca retreat in Portugal. Maestra Manuela Mahua is coming to Brejo Fundeiro retreat for two, 10 night retreats.
Maestra Manuela Mahua
Today she heals and teaches, to both Shipibo and foreigners, and she continues to strengthen her samá, observing multiple periods of dieta throughout the year to learn more and keep her healing power in balance. She has a vast knowledge and understanding of the natural pharmacy and is very open to sharing it with those who are willing to make the commitment to carry on the tradition. See more photos and other events by this presenter