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With silent walks through enchanting forests, daily yoga classes, massages and fresh vegan food, Vale de Moses is a stunning place to retreat to, tucked away in the mountains of central Portugal.Wednesday, 5 June 2019

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Vale de Moses Yoga Retreat.
Vale de Moses Yoga Retreat.

With silent walks through enchanting forests, daily yoga classes, massages and fresh vegan food, Vale de Moses is a stunning place to retreat to, tucked away in the mountains of central Portugal.

Practising yoga in such a wild and remote environment — in a wooden and glass shala space, set above the kitchen gardens with views across the valley — is a wholly different experience than in a city studio. Being inspired by nature’s abundance before, during and after classes allows for a deeper understanding of yoga posture practice to emerge.

From March to October every year, there are weekly yoga retreats, catering for around 15 guests at a time to keep an intimate atmosphere. Retreat groups are a welcoming mix of ages and abilities, with novices, intermediates and a few who have been practising for decades. There is zero pressure to attend yoga sessions — guests can spend the entire week lazing by the river if they like.

Accommodation is in a private farmhouse bedroom, a shared stone cottage or a SoulPad belle tent with hammocks in the shade of trees.

While there’s a distinctive bucolic vibe, those who are fans of creature comforts can rest assured — the retreat has hot showers, comfortable beds with memory foam mattresses and cotton sheets. Several freshwater showers are close by, fed from a local spring.

There are no compulsory activities or excursions. Guests are free to do nothing and
that is often entirely the appeal. Vale De Moses is not a silent retreat, nor is it for yoga masters. It’s a place to switch off phones, switch on taste buds and nourish every atom of wellbeing.

Strolls with the family dogs to local abandoned villages offer breathtaking views of the Rio Zezere and Serra da Estrela mountains, deserted 18th century farmhouses and miles of vineyards and olive groves, as the aroma of pine and eucalyptus trees permeate the air. For those with itchy feet, guided hikes, cycling and mountain climbing
trips are available. Massages with resident therapists are included and, on the last day, there’s a trip to the Rio Zezere, for an enriching mud bath and a wild swim.

DON'T MISS

An Ayurvedic mud bath in the Rio Zezere on the last day of the retreat, accompanied by a wild swim

NEED TO KNOW

KEY FACILITIES

• Yoga shala
• Natural river pools
• Endless forest paths

KEY TREATMENTS

• Acupuncture
• Thai massage
• Ayurvedic oil massage

GET IN TOUCH

valedemoses.com

T: +351 272634006

E: andrew@valedemoses.com

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