Vale de MosesYou are invited to retreat to Vale de Moses, a small old valley farm nestled in the remote and picturesque foothills of the Serra de Estrela mountain range, Central Portugal.
Spend a week here on the edge of wilderness, in the beautifully restored home of the Winter family, beneath the village of Amieira, Oleiros. Practice yoga daily, walk in forests, swim and mud bathe in rivers, breath mountain air, eat deliciously, sleep deeply. Retreat.
This warm invitation is open for everyone, travelling alone or with friends, new to yoga or practicing for decades. But it’s particularly for those in need of a break. That’s why a health consultation, massage and acupuncture treatment is included in the price. Retreat from 650€ to 800€ per person per week. 10% discount for groups or a 2 week stay.
Vale de Moses is also available for yoga teachers, therapists and meditation practitioners to hire for our 2015 season and beyond. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. See more events in this venue
Yoga and Dance Retreat in Portugal with Massage and Acupuncture
Through morning yoga practice and afternoon dance sessions, this retreat will enliven your spirit and nourish your body. Investing time and energy in yourself to fall away from tension and into flow. By allowing freedom to discover the way in which you move, alongside the structured energizing practice on the mat, the aim is to discover how even the smallest of movements can be a mindful reinvigorating moment.
In the dance workshops we will focus on letting out our inner child and releasing away from ‘adult’ worries such as self-consciousness and anxiety. We will explore being comfortable with spending time on our hands, inverting the whole body and passing the weight into and out of the floor with control and ease. We will build through the week in intensity as the confidence in our own abilities increases, feeling freer with being the ‘wrong way up’ and it becomes just a sensation. Some partnering skills and simple improvisation techniques too will help.
This retreat is open to all ages and abilities. No matter where you are at, going upside down in the yoga classes and dance workshops might just help you feel better.
All food, accommodation and facilities
Transport to and from Oleiros
Guided silent morning walks in the forest
6 Morning Yoga and Pranayama Classes with Vonetta
4 Afternoon dance sessions with Hugh and Kim
Half hour private health consultation with Tongue and Pulse Diagnosis
One hour Body Harmonising massage - Thai, Tui Na, Indonesian, Ayurvedic and/or Acupuncture
A mid week trip to the Rio Zêzere for a mud bath and swim (weather permitting).
Additional treatments available from our therapists for 75€ per 90 minutes
Growing up in the West Indies I became acutely aware of the natural and joyful ways people healed themselves and each other through touch, dance, storytelling, simple local food and a slow soul bolstering approach to life. This initial grounded upbringing was enhanced by the study of Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics, with a particular interest in shamanistic healing. Subsequent study of Community and Youth Work at Goldsmiths and several years working with homeless people, those with mental health difficulties, unemployed and vulnerable young people further fueled my compassion for human life and the desire to assist in a more pragmatic and direct approach.
It was around this period in my life that I became a Mum and suffered greatly with severe back pain and several years of allergic responses to various forms of pain relief. Walking one day with my son Joshua through the local library I found a rather dull looking little book with an unusually skinny big bearded Asian man performing various postures. For over one year this little book of yoga saved both my back and my sanity and therein began the long and as yet unfinished journey into the enquiry on the nature of healing.
With the birth of our youngest Eloise in 1999 I continued for another two years the practice of Astanga yoga and Iyengar before completing teacher training in the Dynamic Yoga Method with Godfrey Devereux in Tuscany, Italy. This method is a complete accessible system for the recovery of disturbed muscle tissue which is immediately accessible requiring no profound flexibility, stability or strength and yet I found that the leaps I made both physically, emotionally and spiritually to be both profound and unsurpassed.
After training for 3 years in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the renowned BodyHarmonics Centre in Cheltenham, I opened a yoga and massage clinic from our London home in 2004. Then in 2007, with the desire to find pastures greener, I closed the clinic, spent time in India and on return went with my family on an adventure around southern Europe in a motorhome to magically find an abandoned farm in the Portuguese mountains that happened to have the same name as my dog. So we stayed to live in the rhythm of remote country life. It has been a joy to teach yoga and provide massage and acupuncture treatments from our home in Portugal and from now onwards in my island of Barbados over the winter months. See more photos and other events by this presenter