Spring has arrived and we are busy preparing for our 2017 retreat season with lots of planting in the garden and land clearing for new accommodation. Our first Nourish in Nature Retreats are starting our season at the end of May. These retreats are a uniquely integrated experience for women, covering all aspects of health and well-being, including diet and nutrition, yoga and meditation, herbs to further support health and relaxation with massage. These retreats have limited availability and we also have two single occupancy options available for each week.
Women’s retreats with yoga, healing herb workshops, massage, wholefood nutrition, meditation.
May 28 – June 3
June 4 – June 10
August 27 – September 2
September 3 – September 9
Aoife will be offering guests a complementary treatment on our Nourish retreats. Reflexology, Reiki or a relaxing massage. Read more about Aoife on her website…..
Our small, secluded retreat in the heart of Portugal is completely off-grid offering a truly eco-friendly holiday option. We use both solar and hydro systems to generate our electricity, wood and sun for heating water.
We grow as much as we can in our organic vegetable garden. Much of the retreat food, especially salad leaves like rocket and lettuce, all our herbs, onions, garlic, peppers, aubergine and tomatos often come straight from the garden.
Our yurts and surrounding kitchen and bathroom facilities were made on site using wood from the pine trees growing on our land. We are slowly regenerating the sweet chestnut forest as we clear and use the pine for building and firewood.
Our toilets are eco-composting dry toilets, the compost spends about three years composting on our property and is then used in the garden. We have two toilets in each bathroom, one a regular compost toilet and the other for use as a urinal. Clean and green!!
What are herbal adaptogens?
by our Medical Herbalist, Sara.
Adaptogens have become a buzz word recently- but what are they and how can they support us? Adaptogens are herbs that specifically support your adrenals, the glands that manage your hormonal response to stress and help you cope with stress, anxiety and fatigue. To be an adaptogen, herbs have to be non-toxic to the body’s physiological functions, offer widespread support, and help bring the body back to equilibrium. They are not a ‘new’ concept. Soviet research in the 1940s, identified these key plants that could help astronauts physiologically and mentally adapt to harsh environments. In fact, Chinese and Ayurvedic traditional medicine systems have been incorporating these ’tonic ’herbs to improve longevity and natural energy levels for centuries.
There are different types of adaptogens,with different specific actions. Some adaptogens—like Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) ,Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea), Schizandra (Schizandra chinesis) —stimulate the body, enhancing mental performance and physical stamina. Others, like Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) and holy basil (Ocimum sanctum) help calm the body and soothe the adrenals when they’re super stressed and restore hormone balance. Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) is another useful adaptogen known for its immune boosting qualities.
Key herb – Ashwaghanda: Read more about this Ayurvedic adaptogen and how it can help relieve reduce stress and anxiety and improve natural energy levels on Sara’s blog…….
Garden Pate (the yummy carrot dip)
from Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen – Ani Phyo1 cup almonds (dry)
1 tbsn grated ginger
2 cloves garlic
1 tspn sea salt
3 carrots chopped
2 celery stalks
1/4 yellow onion
2 tbsn extra virgin olive oil
Juice of half lemon
1/2 cup raisinsYou will need a food processor or nutri bullet for this recipe.Process almonds and keep separate.
Process ginger, garlic and sea salt to chop up ginger and garlic.
Add carrots, celery and onion and pulse.
Add olive oil, lemon juice, raisins, and almond powder.
Mix well and enjoy.
Lots more recipes will be coming later this year on our upcoming blog…….