2021 // Back to the Wild: Digital Detox Retreats
Vale de Moses, Portugal
Week 1 // 30 May - 5 June
Week 2 // 6 - 12 June
Week 3 // 13 - 19 June
In 2021 I am thrilled to be going back to Portugal, hosting 3 weeks of yoga adventures at Vale de Moses, one of my favourite retreat centres on the planet.
This will be my 3rd year teaching at Vale de Moses. A home away from home where I feel part of the family. Andrew, Vonetta, and their incredible team make everyone feel so welcome in the beautiful rural countryside.
It's a sanctuary to enjoy deep rest and relaxation, be nourished by truly spectacular food, get treatments from their talented and experienced masseurs, and revel in connecting to the surrounding nature and wildlife.
This year I'm offering 3 Digital Detox retreats! All the info is below, hope you can join us,
Back to the Wild: 3 Digital Detox Retreats
Thank you for your interest in joining one of these Digital Detox retreats to Vale de Moses in Portugal.
Your retreat experience begins the moment you start contemplating joining a retreat. Each participant has their own unique reasons for wanting to be part of a retreat, we have our own intentions and life experience, and together we co create a deeply relaxing, fun, playful and magical time together.
Here you'll find more info about the retreats, so you can decide if this is the one for you!
I passionately believe that spending time in nature, having time to ourselves, and remembering the joy of connecting with others, all while free from devices, will become an increasingly important part of our busy and connected modern lives.
My intent for these digital detox retreats is to create a space for us to remember and embrace what it feels like to experience the world around us without the distraction of devices, social media, emails etc.
We will be surrounded by spectacular nature, with walks through the valley, dips in the natural pools, we'll sing and meditate and practice yoga together, and there will be plenty of time to relax by yourself, or get a treatment from the incredible team of masseurs.
These retreats are an invitation for you to have a break from technology, and reflect on your relationship to tech so that after the retreat you may make some positive changes in your life. And of course to rest well, nourish yourself with spectacular food, and do do lots of yoga and meditation!
All while being looked after by the wonderful team at Vale de Moses.
My Approach to Retreats:
These retreats are designed for everyone, all ages, shapes and sizes, and levels of yoga experience. You are all very welcome.
My retreats are much much more than just a yoga holiday. If you are looking for a relaxing break with a little bit of yoga every day, perhaps I am not the best fit for you!
These retreats are a sacred pause from daily life and our habitual patterns and routines. They are a space for you to reflect on your life, to have some deeply restful and restorative time for you, to relax and connect deeply to nature, and to rediscover and explore your relationship to joy, pleasure and playfulness.
What I love about organising retreats, is that each time a completely unique group of people from around the world come together to participate in an adventure together. We have this sacred time together, and my intent is to help you make the most of it.
At the heart of all of my retreats, is embracing self acceptance, self love, and confronting fears and doubts that hold you back in life. We will practice a lot of yoga together. We will meditate, and music and ceremony will play a big part in our time together.
This is space for you to be yourself. Every single part of you is welcome on these retreats. It's a place for you to be seen, to be heard, and to be accepted for you are, and a space for you to do the same for others.
This Retreat is For You if:
Looking for a relaxing, fun, and playful retreat, with a break from technology, social media and emails!
Looking for a retreat deep in nature, with wild swimming, star gazing, incredible food, welcoming hosts, and daily meditation and yoga practices.
You are looking for a sacred pause from your daily routine, and to dive deep into nature, into your yoga practice, into your body and soul, in the company of unique people from around the world.
Your heart sings at the prospect of sharing an adventure in remote nature and reconnecting to spirit.
You are open and eager to making a positive changes in your life, to learning about yourself, to growth, transformation, to releasing old patterns, to harness the connection with nature and the community of participants to support you on your journey!
You can choose to stay in one of 2 shared stone cottages, 3 private bedrooms in the farmhouse or 5 Soulpad belle tents in the forest. Wherever you stay you will have nearby access to our indoor bathrooms and also 3 outdoor showers. Beds are either quality mattresses or superb Portuguese made futons, all with memory foam toppers, cotton sheets, blankets, mosquito nets, good pillows and duvets. Restorative sleep is an essential part of your retreat with us.
3 Private Double Rooms Available to Couples
There are 3 private double bedrooms, each with a double bed, in the farmhouse that also houses the main kitchens, a library with grand piano, internet access, and the yoga shala floating above the herb and salad gardens below.
Moses Cottage //
4 Single Beds
Our guest cottage sleeps 4 and is surrounded by olive trees and newly planted fruit orchards. Inside it is open plan (no internal doors) over 3 storeys with a single bed on the mezzanine over the kitchen, a single bed on the ground floor, and twin beds on the first floor. Each have comfy mattress toppers for a deep sleep.
The bathroom is in the small building on the right, which used to be the kitchen and houses a new shower and a dry toilet.
The fully equipped kitchen is perfect for early morning and night time teas.
Just below the cottage, there is a plunge pool fed from the cold running stream, essential for cooling off in the heat of the summer retreats. There are also a couple of natural pools in the streams for daily swimming (weather permitting).
2 Single Rooms
Ninja Room (Cosy Single)
The Adega is the name of the place where the Portuguese make their wine. We've restored it into a simple monastic living space. Sleeps 3, with singles on the ground floor, a mezzanine and in a tiny room at the top (fondly named the Ninja Suite). Built into the mountainside, with access up stone carved steps, right next to one of the rivers running through Vale de Moses. We added electricity in order to light the rooms more safely than candles in the summer.
The Adega is a cosy place to sleep nestled into the rock, with lovely views down the valley, and with what our guests often describe as a timeless quality. Outside is a shower in the old grape pressing tank with water solar heated from an ancient Moorish water mine up the valley. On the olive terrace below is a wooden cabin wc and wash room. You are also welcome to use any of our other bath and shower rooms too as well as the kitchen in the Moses guest cottage round the corner.
It is our smallest stone cottage and the perfect place to "unplug" and rest deeply to the soundscape of the forest, the running water in the stream below and the hearbeat of the mountain. Bring a torch.
Soulpad Bell Tent
2 Single Tents
2 Double Tents
1 Twin Tent
Stay in one of the 5 delightful Soulpad bell tents with single, double or twin mahogany beds, drawers, carpets, electricity, hot water bottles, blankets, towels, mosquito nets and sun loungers, hammocks and solar outside. These are located in a quiet valley with the best views of the sunsets and stars at night.
Farmhouse // 1200 Euros Single Occupancy / 1800 Euros Double Occupancy
Monastic Adega // 900 Euros
Moses Cottage // 900 Euros
Single Tent // 900 Euros
Double Tent // 1200 Euros Single Occupancy / 1800 Euros Double Occupancy
Twin Tent // 900 Euros
(Price includes accommodation, food, daily morning ceremony + yoga, evening group activities)
Fly into Lisbon or Porto on the Friday or Saturday if you can, and enjoy a day or 2 in those charming cities or by the beach before heading up to see us in the mountains on the Sunday afternoon coaches: the 1.30pm from Lisbon or the 4.30pm from Porto, to our local town of Oleiros, where we will pick you up by car on arrival. Coach timetable (only for next month in advance), prices and tickets on the Rede Expressos website. The Sete Rios coach station in Lisbon is a 15 minute shuttle bus, metro or taxi ride from both the airport and city centre. The Porto coach station is a 25 minute train ride into the centre from the airport.
We will email all guests the week before arrival so if you wish, you can arrange to meet each other in Lisbon or Porto before travelling up to the forest together. Good meeting place in Lisbon is the café in the Zoo next to the coach station. The trip from Porto has 2 changes, Coimbra and Sertã, with a chance at each for a tea and loo break. If you prefer to spend the afternoon in Coimbra rather than Porto, take an earlier coach or train there in time for the 6.30pm bus to Sertã. The coach from Lisbon has one short loo break half way at Tomar.
Return coach is 8am to Lisbon or 8am to Porto the following Saturday. You can buy your tickets online one week in advance as their site won't show the timetable til then, or 15 minutes before you board at either ticket office.
Daily Schedule + How to Book
Welcome Circle and Yoga Practice - 7pm, Sunday Evening
7am - Fruit + Nuts, Tea
7.30am - Morning Meditation Walk
8am - Morning Ceremony + Practice
10.30am - Breakfast
2pm - Lunch
5pm - Afternoon Practice
7.30pm - Dinner
Please book directly through Vale de Moses. The 2021 Retreat Calendar will be published on their website soon in the New Year.
Important Booking Information:
For Vale de Moses a 150 Euro Deposit is required to reserve your place. This deposit is transferable to any other retreat within 3 years if you are unable to make it. Full balance is paid at check out after the retreat.