About Vale De Moses Yoga Retreat
You 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 itâ€™s particularly for those in need of a break. Thatâ€™s why a health consultation, massage and acupuncture treatment is included in the price. Retreat from 740â‚¬ to 890â‚¬ per person per week. 10% discount for returning guests, groups or a 2 week stay.
Yoga is a love affair.
When we first go to a yoga studio or buy a book or watch a video, we may do so because on some level we recognise we are under strain. Mental, physical or emotional. We practice a little and feel loosened, at greater ease. Some of the stress we carried before our practice seems to abate enough so that we may move into our life with assurance. Yoga is healing and offers us a return to a state of equilibrium. So we devote a little more time to ourselves, just for ourselves.
The teachers at Vale de Moses trustfully impart their experience of yoga, as personal practitioners and as students. They employ the teachings of many styles, sharing their treasured love of this ancient practice in an earthy, simple, kindly and compassionate manner. Morning classes are often flowing and energetic, inspired by Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow and Dynamic Hatha Yoga, setting us up nicely for a day of therapies, sun bathing and exploring. Sultry afternoon classes of Yin Yoga, focused asana exploration, playful unintimidating partner or Acro Yoga and some quiet contemplation. Together we artfully cultivate a love of personally empowered practice and sow seeds of self understanding so we can move more gracefully into a state of integration, wholeness and ultimately, relaxation.
Reviews Of Vale De Moses Yoga Retreat
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Wonderful hospitality, yoga, massage, food, scenery, facilities and company.
I am so glad i found this magic place ... Wanderfull
Fantastic experience, would highly recommend this yoga retreat
If you want to feel free, pampered and wonderfully relaxed that is the place to be
Awsome retreat! The nature, the good food, the yoga, the walks, the river, the lovely volunteers, the people with good vibes, the sun... All... ahhhh :) thanks
Lying on my yoga mat this morning I was 'invited into stillness' by Von - my favourite yoga teacher, and now, after my third visit to Vale de Moses, my friend. I lay there in the beautiful yoga shala overlooking mountainous forests, gleefully anticipating the joy of the astanga practice that was to come - a yoga practice guided by Von's playful, sincere and genuine love of sharing the joy of yoga with others. 'Stillness' isn't something that I find easy to 'achieve', but here at Vale de Moses, even in the invigorating movement of a vinyasa flow, a meditative morning walk with Andy, or a solitary hike up a hill, I can - albeit apprehensively and reluctantly at times - find stillness. Stillness in the surrounding mountains; stillness in the stars on a clear night; stillness in the people around me; stillness in myself. Stillness can be intimidating, particularly following or during life's storms - the times I have found myself journeying back to Vale de Moses - but the warmth and love of those that live and work here, coupled with the ease of finding solitude, is such a nurturing environment in which to seek stillness. As someone more naturally inclined toward movement however, the ability to balance this stillness I need so much with the delight of physically flowing - as well as the inevitability of a concurrent emotional flowing - is one of the many dynamics which draws me to Vale de Moses. After a morning walk with a sparkly-eyed and warm-souled Andy - predominantly silent but with a vignette of wisdom sprinkled in - a yoga class in which all different bodies are lovingly celebrated, 'held', supported and encouraged by Von, and a body and soul nourishing breakfast with good food and good people, I spent some time alone yesterday down at one of the natural pools - basking in the cool, fresh water, the fire of the sun, the rich smell of the earth and the silkiness of the light wind. In the nurturing stillness, I found the rarity of the time to 'look' - simply 'look' - and found movement, adventure and busyness. Watching the small fish under the surface, the insects resting on the water's surface, the sway of the surrounding trees, I thought about how lucky I am to find myself in a place where I am reminded of the ease of loving this life, this world, these people, this self - even amidst the inevitabilities of pain and hardship which came before, and will come after, this moment, this week, this retreat. All of this and it was only midday! The afternoon followed with mouth-tingling nourishment, brain-stimulating conversation, heart-warming laughter, body-quenching yoga practice and, all in all, soul-quenching life! Lovely life! This morning, after hearing ourselves moving, stretching, and breathing into our bodies alongside one another - bodies that have recently been deeply massaged by the expert hands of Pete or Von - two of the other guests remarked upon how good an idea it was to come to Vale de Moses. I couldn't agree more - it is an excellent idea... indeed, it is my favourite! It is true, however, that one of my 'favourite' volunteers here said yesterday that 'every 'thing' is your favourite'. But that is just how I feel at Vale de Moses...as Von said to me, 'it is just about moving from one state of deliciousness to another'. And it is. It is delicious here. Come.
Moses, a City of Jewels tucked away in the forests of Portugal is a truly special place. An amazing environment with a lovely team of people who pamper and nourish you in every way. Thanks again
We don't realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace." And Vale de Moses is a beautiful, serene place where you can find a piece of that supreme self in you. Namaste!
It's been 7 months since my wife and I experienced the " Rainbows on my eye lashes" retreat but the energy, smiles and images carry on Brighting up my day!
One word that matches this place; MagicalAshtonishingPerfect!!
A week with the lovely crew at Moses will restore you in so many ways....The combination of delicious & nourishing food, amazing yoga tuition, fantastic massage treatments and wonderful company left me feeling light and bright after my week there. I will be returning!
It's an absolute pleasure to be able to spend time in this beautiful place with such awesome people. The yoga, the food,the place, the people everything is just right!!! Strongly recommend it to all yogis/yoginis out there!
This place is magic!! Being in nature all day, having great yoga practice, eating delicious food and hanging out with new friends... All this made Yoga at Moses an unforgettable experience! I will keep all the beautiful memories of this wonderful week with me for a very long time. Andrew and Vonetta are lovely people and truly inspiring!
They are just gorgeous! Their food is the most delicious veggie food that I've ever eaten, the atmosphere is wonderful, lovely family! Vonetta is very gentle and strong therapist and highly knowledged when doing acupuncture and massage. Andrew is master chef at his kitchen. They have a good variety of different kind of yoga. The scenery in the mountains is stunning. This is a place where you dream going again.
This place is just magical! Andrew and Vonetta are wonderful people, and so are the rest of the staff. Andrew's guided morning walks are lovely, Vonetta is such a gentle and knowledgeable yoga teacher and acupuncturist, and the home-cooked food is just amazing. The little valley in which the place is set is beautiful, as are the surroundings. This is a great place to retreat and restore. I'll definitely go there again :)
i miss the rising sun slowly warming up the valley in the morning. i miss waking up to chirping birds. buzzing bees. the smell of trees. i miss joining hearts and hands on the rhythm of ‘Stacks’, and ‘Lullaby’. i miss walking home to my pad, under the starry August sky. with a belly full of ridiculously tasteful deliciousness, and a body stretched to the core. i miss how we talked, cried, listened, but laughed so much more. i miss the moonlight on my tent in the night. and falling asleep to the sound of wind, traveling through the valley. up the hills. my head is full. full of blooming daffodils! and some memories are stored, not in the mind, but in the heart. a bushfire, destroying all the old… making space for a brand new start. thank you Andrew Winter, Vonetta Winter, dynamic yoga teacher Fleur Van Hille (you taught and inspired me so much!), and each and every single one of the team at Vale de Moses. your vivid and heartfelt energy is highly contagious. i feel like Moses, transformed back into a puppy on his Friday afternoon swim. in fact, i do not miss. i take along with me. all we have shared
Most wonderful place ever! The beautiful nature around is the best but that goes just as much for Andrew and Vonetta, their kids, dogs and everyone around! And the yoga of course. I really loved how they're so connected to the place and people that live around and will give you the chance to get to know a bit of Portugese life around the area. The people, program and food are so revitalizing. If you need a moment to completely nourish yourself, this is the place without a doubt!
Besides the stunning location the team are brilliant. Sleeping under canvas as we did in a furnished teepee was unforgettable as were the views of the valley and mountains. Felt recharged and energised and my daughter keeps asking when can we go back. kudos to Andy and Von for creating an awesome and holistic retreat. :)
The nicest people, beautiful nature, amazing yoga teacher.. The best place to go if you want to give your body and mind a real treat
It´s impossible to not become unstressed and relaxed after a week here, just by being in those surroundings and eating that food :) The place is a little magical, and it seems to bring out the best in everyone after a few days :)
What an amazing experience! The minute I arrived to Vale de Moses I felt completely relaxed. The setting is beautiful. The incredible food fuels you for the yoga but the best thing about it for me was the lovely people. The perfect place to relax and reconnect!
Inspiring and nourishing Such an amazing experience for me. Inspiring and nourishing full of pleasure, rest, connection, laughter and joy.
So looked after I can think of no better, more nurturing environment for a yoga retreat. Everything given so freely and I felt so looked after. An amazing place to practise Yoga with caring people, who open up their family home for you to be a part of it.
Warmth and hospitality Such beautiful, lush mountains. The genuine warmth and hospitality of the Winters was at least as beneficial as the yoga, massage, hearty vegetarian food and being so close to nature
A life changing experience Vale de Moses is a living example of harmony between people, nature and the land. Andy and Vonetta have created a space that allows people to enter into that harmony in comfort and joy. My soul is still captured by that place; may it never recover! We were invited to share in the incredible food that was offered for both body and soul. The transformation and revitalization were profound and long lasting. Built on love, respect and ultimately trust, this was truly a life-changing experience. Much gratefulness to you both for your work!
Amazing hospitality I went with my wife and my two children. We are both lovers of yoga, but neither of us is very ascetic, and this was our first retreat, so we were a little unsure what to expect. What we didn’t expect was such a wonderful family as the Winters, and such a wonderful, peaceful location, such great food and amazing hospitality. If you are as lucky as we were, you will have a very inspiring, life-enhancing experience that will leave you refreshed and with a vision for the next stage of your life, post-Moses. Oh and by the way, as you might imagine, Vonetta is a fantastic, attentive and very engaging yoga teacher. That’s important on a yoga retreat, isn’t it?
Compassionate care I absolutely loved staying at Andrew and Vonetta's. As my first yoga retreat I was warmed by their welcome and challenged by the yoga routine, nourished by the conversation and fabulous fare and awed by the views. Would do it again without hesitation. A very positive experience, which tuned my mind into my body and helped guide me towards more mindfulness and connecting with the present. After my visit I began meditations regularly as well as yoga and continue with this as it feels so beneficial to my well being. All the best for your continued energy outflowing and compassionate caring work. Diana, Spain
Book it! Book it! Was an amazing relaxing time away with excellent food, brilliant yoga teacher and lovely family in a spectacular location. A brilliant holiday and I'd definitely go back. I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on.
Truly nourished At Vale de Moses they really know how to cook! Fresh ingredients, lots of herbs and mild spices, good food combinations and mindful cooking. Meals are mostly vegan with a bit of fresh local goats and sheeps cheese on the side, using many different grains and beans and thus catering well for vegetarians and vegans. My tastebuds and my digestive system felt truly nourished!
A joyful heart injection It was the best holiday of my life. An energizing and joyful-injection right in my heart. Exactly what I needed. Thank you for an amazing week. :)
A magical week Thank you all for a magical week. I haven't felt that energized and inspired for a very long time!
The perfect hosts I cannot recommend a retreat here highly enough! Without a doubt the most relaxing and inspirational holiday we have been on. There were so many memorable parts...the setting in the forest & doing yoga in the beautiful shala with the sound of the river and birds, the silent morning walks, the ayurvedic and delicious food everyday, the amazing treatments and acupuncture, all the lovely people including the perfect hosts the Winter family, Tashi, Oli, Katherine & Jude Anyone looking to get away from it all and reconnect with your self and nature should come to this retreat. We will definitely be back!
Fantastic food In this authentic and undiscovered part of Portugal, the combination of Yoga and acupuncture treatments was extremely beneficial and unique and the hosts were caring and thoughtful. The food was fantastic, fresh and plentiful. Even though we were in a group context, everyone's individual needs were attended to in a very subtle way so we all felt very relaxed. A short break felt more like two weeks worth!
Eye-opening Thank YOU for giving us all the most amazing holiday ever! Eye-opening, refreshing, beautiful. Only problem is that now I really miss your food...
Everything I wished for Thank you so much for a very special week where I found everything I wished for and more! I went back home a healed and strengthened person, thanks to the beauty of the place, your delicious food, the great treatments, your friendliness, the river, the monastic Adega and all the beautiful co-yogis. I will recommend Vale de Moses to everyone on my way.
Extraordinarily beautiful It was all fantastic, but the setting at Vale de Moses is extraordinarily beautiful and will be hard to forget.
Oh the food!!! A week at Vale de Moses was amazing and fabulous and life changing. And the food! Oh the food!!! Its just delicious and plentiful (and even incredible when the cooks had to work with out electricity or water after a huge thunderstorm mid week!) There is literally nothing here that doesn't benefit the locals or protect the natural environment in some way. By learning the language,attending and working at the local school, offering treatments to their elderly neighbours and becoming friends with those who have lived in the villages for generations, the whole Winter family have become an integral part of the community and they benefit from this as much as the locals benefit from the retreats. One of the best holidays I have ever been on, I just wish it could have been longer!!
Scintillating surroundings What a wonderful week with positive passionate people, fed fabulous fortifying food, enjoying energizing youthful yoga in scintillating surroundings, supplying restorative rest and creating contentment. Thank you to one and all.
Love filled spot Thank you all for the most amazing holiday ever! We are so very thankful for such a relaxing and energising week. You have created a truly bright and love filled spot on the planet. We can't wait to return. :)
A fabulous treat! Thanks a mill for such a fab much needed relaxing yoga week in the beautiful mountains with such great company and wonderful atmosphere. Special thanks for the birthday surprise too...yummy cake & beautiful homemade card. What a fabulous treat it all was - I've been recommending you to so many people.
Simply amazing acupuncture! The Flow with Fleur week was a highlight of my life. The yoga was the best I've experienced and in ways I didn't know were possible. The acupuncture was simply amazing. The Ayurvedic food was delicious, healing and inspiring. The two massages I had (no hands and Thai) freed up a longstanding physical gripe and enabled me to hit yoga poses previously beyond me. And Vale de Moses itself crackles with energy and is a little piece of Heaven run by angels who deeply care. With so many different healing forces constantly at work it's impossible to attribute the surge of wellbeing on any one thing but people were blossoming left, right and centre and it was a wonder to behold and experience. And it was all so much fun but most notable was the deepest contentment and happiness since I can't remember. It's a wonderful thing you've created and I'm really missing it/looking forward to coming back next year and meeting the whole family.
Memorable and stunning The whole week was memorable, I had a great week, it was so relaxing and refreshing. The food was amazing and the yoga was excellent. The setting was stunning, it will all be memorable I'm so glad i booked it. I can't fault it in any way. The Winters and their team also made it really special. I would definitely recommend a week with them.
Natural river pools Besides the fun yoga sessions and lovely warm spirited people looking after us, our daily dip and wallow in the natural river pool after a morning yoga session was my fave part of the week. Plus the trip to the local river Zêzere was brilliant. We were really fortunate to be at Yoga Moses on the night of the local villiage family fiesta in August, so visiting that and being part of the festivities before a moonlit walk home was pretty special. Vonnie & Andrew with their team have made a wonderful warm and welcoming place that they share so openly with all their guests! This holiday hit the spot for me. Active, relaxing, invigorating and a wonderful way to feel 'earthed' and reconnected. Just what the doctor ordered! Thank You!
Absolutely brilliant! It was better than I could have imagined and has left me with renewed energy and positivity (an apparently new natural glow I've been told!) The most memorable parts of the retreat were the wonderful people, delicious food, the stunning natural surroundings, warm welcome and all the stories shared. Arrive with an open mind and a good pair of walking boots.
Holiday Gold! Gorgeous hosts, gorgeous place, great food, great yoga. ALL highlights! When a week feels like a month (in the best possible way), you know you have struck holiday gold! I'm a bit reluctant to tell anyone about Vale de Moses, as I loved it so much I kind of want to keep it for myself! ;)
An unforgettable experience This place is magic! Being in nature all day, having great yoga practice, eating delicious food and hanging out with new friends... All this made Vale de Moses an unforgettable experience! I will keep all the beautiful memories of this wonderful week with me for a very long time. Andrew and Vonetta are lovely people and truly inspiring!
Everything is just right. It's an absolute pleasure to be able to spend time in this beautiful place with such awesome people. The yoga, the food,the place, the people.. everything is just right!!! Strongly recommend it to all yogis/yoginis out there!
Eternally at Peace "We don't realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace." And Vale de Moses is a beautiful, serene place where you can find a piece of that supreme self in you. Namaste!
Awesome Retreat! Awsome retreat! The nature, the good food, the yoga, the walks, the river, the lovely volunteers, the people with good vibes, the sun... All... ahhhh :) Thanks!
Open hearts and home Thank you for such a great week and for opening your hearts and home to a new bunch of random people every week! You do a fantastic job and I loved being part of everyone's stories and journey. And I'm sure I will be again soon. Now, whenever I need to feel calm, safe and grounded, I know all I need to do is close my eyes and visualise Vale de Moses. Whether it be the adega, the shala, the mist above the trees, dancing and music with your friends in the village or the kitchen - I'm pretty sure I'll see whichever it is I need to see!
A beautiful haven The biggest testament for a holiday is if you book to return - I had booked my return to Vale de Moses within 2 days of landing in the UK! I cannot recommend this yoga retreat more highly. Andy and Vonnie are two very kind and compassionate people, who make you feel totally looked after, and provide a beautiful haven where you really can find some peace and tranquility. I thoroughly enjoyed the yoga, having previously practiced very infrequently, and am working at integrating it much more into my life back in London. The food was delicious - there was not a moment when I felt hungry, the thai massage and acupuncture allowed me to have my first proper nights sleep in well over a year (monumental), and the 3 dogs - Moses, Moksha and Saffy - were like constant companions - so gentle, friendly, playful and happy to be showered with love. 11 out of 10 stars for this unique and special place. I can't wait to go back.
Beautiful, remote and perfect! This was a beautiful and remote location, perfect for a retreat. The staff did everything possible to look after you and make you feel comfortable and pampered. The yoga studio is located on stilts looking out over the valley and there are amazing views. There is a choice of accommodation in the tee pees, shared house or individual rooms. There are loungers and hammocks scattered around and fresh water pools to cool down in. Food is included. The chefs were amazing, they worked really hard to give us delicious meals with fresh fruit, veg, herbs and spices and there was plenty of it. We were all going back for seconds as it was so tasty!
What I miss already i miss the rising sun slowly warming up the valley in the morning. i miss waking up to chirping birds. buzzing bees. the smell of trees. i miss joining hearts and hands on the rhythm of 'Stacks', and 'Lullaby'. i miss walking home to my pad, under the starry August sky. with a belly full of ridiculously tasteful deliciousness, and a body stretched to the core. i miss how we talked, cried, listened, but laughed so much more. i miss the moonlight on my tent in the night. and falling asleep to the sound of wind, traveling through the valley. up the hills. my head is full. full of blooming daffodils! and some memories are stored, not in the mind, but in the heart. a bushfire, destroying all the old. making space for a brand new start. thank you! your vivid and heartfelt energy is highly contagious. i feel like Moses, transformed back into a puppy on his Friday afternoon swim. in fact, i do not miss. i take along with me. all we have shared.
Uniquely Special! Vale de Moses is the most perfect place to retreat! You are surrounded by gorgeous nature, awe inspiring people, incredible yoga and delicious food. Andrew, Vonetta and all who work there, couldn’t have made us feel more welcome even if they tried. By the time we sadly had to leave, we really felt like part of the family. We have come away with everything we longed for, as well as feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. So many people say they need another holiday when they get back from one, but that is certainly not the case here. We have been left with experiences and feelings that we will be able to tap into for the rest of our lives. We will be back! Thank you to all the team who made our retreat so uniquely special :)
Magical, soulful, heaven on earth Tashi is such a skilled teacher and a loving person. My yoga practise has been transformed. I'm feeling generally much fitter and more alive. The food was beyond describable! I haven't ever experienced such abundant daily feasts. Raul has to be one of the best! And he does it all with such love too! Marco, Josh, Vitor, PJ, Lisa, Tania and Sonia all helped to make the time spent there, treasured and special. I love the way everybody sits down to eat together. What a great team to have working in harmony! The group was fab and we had a wonderful time together there in that magical, soulful 'heaven on earth'. That will be enough to keep me going for a long time. Vale de Moses, and all of you, are my new "Happy Place"!
Rested, relaxed and rejuvenated! It has definitely been one of our best holidays. What a beautiful part of the world you live in! The double bed in our Soulpad was so comfortable, the food delicious, the treatments excellent and the yoga Shala was just amazing. Please thank Vonetta for her wonderful teaching, I have been so inspired since I got back! We came home rested, relaxed and rejuvenated and you cannot ask for more than that. :)
Like a warm hug! There were so many things that made this retreat memorable; the beautiful valley landscape, the fantastic vegetarian and vegan food cooked by chef Raul, the yoga classes with Vonetta and feeling like I had made progress in my practice. And lastly the atmosphere, so supportive and nurturing. Like a warm hug. I heartily recommend this place. It works for practioners at all levels and is such a wonderful relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings. 5 stars.
Breathtaking environment The yoga lessons were awesome and the yoga shala is beautiful! The food was the best food I have ever eaten. The environment is breathtaking. It is very peaceful too. Everyone here is so nice, you feel like you're at home! :) You don't want to leave after one week.
An incredible environment Thank you so much for such a wonderful retreat. You and your whole team have created a very special place, and it was such a treat to be looked after for a week. You manage to create an incredible environment - relaxed, open, safe and full of so much joy. I cannot remember the last time I have laughed that much in a single week! The combination of yoga (Fleur was amazing), treatments, amazing food, and people made it such a memorable week. Thank you so much.
Wholesome and revitalising Thank you for a wonderfully wholesome, nourishing and revitalising week. I left with a lightness, a tranquility, a feeling of contentment and the desire to grow my own veggies!
World class treatments I returned to Moses simply knowing that I would have a great time. Hard to believe that my experience topped the one from two years before. The quality of the yoga practice, the incredible food, the world class standard of treatments and the sheer beauty of the surroundings are unbeatable. Such a lovely family run business, they really do it right. So many laugh out loud moments together with the great group I was with, the best retreat holiday I've taken in a long time. Can't recommend it highly enough.
Lovely people What an amazing experience! The minute I arrived to Vale de Moses I felt completely relaxed. The setting is beautiful. The incredible food fuels you for the yoga but the best thing about it for me was the lovely people. The perfect place to relax and reconnect!