Sara has worked on numerous yoga retreats giving daily work shops on herbs and nutrition and also offering private consultations. She is also an experienced retreat manager, having run retreats in the UK, Spain and Portugal.

Nourish in Nature Retreats 2018 

I am really pleased to be working with Fiona MacLeod and bring you Nourish in Nature 2018 retreats in Central Portugal- a truly integrated retreat experience with yoga, herbs and nutrition specifically designed  for women.

 A series of wellness, herbalism and yoga retreats for women to be held over the Summer of 2018 at Quinta Canaval Retreat Centre in central Portugal

Developed by two friends, Sara Rooney and Fiona MacLeod, both busy mums, Nourish in Nature is a uniquely integrated wellbeing retreat for women.

Sara is a medical herbalist, specialising in women’s health, and Fiona is a very experienced yoga teacher, passionate about empowering women to manage their own health and wellbeing through the practice of yoga. Together they wanted to offer something more than a regular yoga retreat. Fiona has been facilitating and teaching on retreats for over 6 years in Portugal, and Sara is an experienced retreat manager, having worked on numerous juice, detox and yoga retreats in the UK and also in Spain and Portugal.

The Nourish in Nature Retreat has been developed to offer women a chance to truly nourish and replenish themselves, take home new recipes and knowledge about herbs and nutrition, and return to the demands of daily life with a renewed energy and enthusiasm.

– So much more than a regular yoga retreat, this place offers a unique chance to delve into the natural elements and experience a new way of living. The accommodation and food were amazing. We really felt so nourished and well looked after the entire time. We could not recommend this enough. We will definitely be back next year! – Sian and Stacey. London.

– The Nourish in Nature retreat was an incredible experience. It was not only relaxing and energising, but also equipped me with so much information and lots of ideas for how to integrate food, herbs and yoga into my life to help feel more balanced. 6 months on I am regularly using the things I learned during the retreat in my daily life. Fiona, Sara and Aoife all show a lot of care and intuition within the areas they practise and paid attention to everyone on the retreat individually, so that each person took away something special to them. I definitely recommend this retreat to anyone looking for something a little more insightful and holistic than the usual yoga holiday – . Kate. London

Nourish in Nature offers a truly holistic retreat opportunity, incorporating all aspects of health and wellbeing, to give guests a genuine retreat experience. Nourish in Nature is unique. As well as offering daily yoga, the retreats also offer Sara’s workshops on herbs

  • harvesting herbs, making herbal balms, salves and infused oils, tincture making
  • herbs for hormone health
  • a talk on adrenal fatigue and stress
  • a workshop in nutrition, smoothie making using herbs and superfood cooking

Nourish in Nature Retreats also feature;

  • six nights luxury accommodation in an environmentally friendly boutique hotel
  • specially prepared fresh, organic, wholefood vegetarian and vegan meals
  • complementary massage
  • a natural goodie bag filled with locally made products
  • a comprehensive retreat handbook with recipes
  • daily yoga including asana, pranayama, yoga nidra and meditation

2018 Dates;

June 3 – 9

June 17-23

September 16 – 22

September 23 – 29

Prices from 850 EUR twin shared en-suite rooms, 1200 EUR single occupancy en-suite rooms.

Location – Nourish in Nature Retreats are held at Quinta Canaval Retreat Centre.

 Qunita Canaval is a beautiful and new boutique hotel in the heart of Portugal. It features 5 en-suite rooms and 3 private apartments, a natural swimming pool, beautiful gardens and is located a short walk from the Cabril Lake.

If you would like more information about the retreat, please contact Fiona Macleod at +351 961228729 or email at,

or Sara Rooney at + +351 924443277, +44 7919922533 or email at

@nourishinnature – @sararooneyherbalist


  • Laura, Bristol

    I would like to express my deep gratitude for all your help, kindness and support over the last 6 months. Meeting you on the health retreat for women and your herbal remedies have been life changing for me. I have struggled with acne most of life, and within only 3 months I cant believe the difference the herbs have had on my skin. Now 6 months on and my face is pretty much clear of acne.
    I have learnt so much from you about natural healing. Your professionalism, kindness and concern is unsurpassed. Thank you
  • Lou, Nutritional therapist

    I'm really enjoying those herbs. Very tonifying...And the red skin patches have gone... and somebody commented on how good my skin looks!! I'm feeling strengthened by the herbs...Thanks Sara!

  • Desi, from London diagnosed with PCOS


    I've had PCOS for over 4 years and showed most of the symptoms, including irregular periods and acne prone skin. From my first appointment with Sara, I was put on a healthy diet and began taking herbs, which were tailored to my symptoms. Only after a few months of treatment, I already started to see changes - my periods regulated, my skin began to clear up, I felt a lot more energetic than I had in a long time. Sara was very professional with everything and gave very clear instructions on the diet and taking the medicine. I would definitely recommend Sara. Her treatment helped to greatly reduce my PCOS and a year later I no longer need to take anything for it

  • Caro from the US

    I wanted to send a note to say thank you for your excellent article in the Herbarium.  I personally have been using your recommended formula for fatigue/sweats/low mood.  So pleased to report that it works tremendously well for me!I look forward to reading your future articles with great pleasure.

  • Eleni (3 years) by Eleni’s Mum, Helen

    Eleni (3 years) by Eleni’s Mum, Helen

    Well there has been a marked improvement in Eleni, she is happier, brighter, sleeping and eating well... It has been incredible and so heartening to see.
    Thank you so much!
  • Guy L

    Guy L

    I had been diagnosed with hypertension 12 years ago. My GP put me on some diuretics which worked well for the last 10 years but for the last 2 years my BP has been creeping up. My GP was keen to get me on the next treatment option on the ladder as prescribed by the NHS. I decided that this is not what I wanted so I changed my lifestyle completely and upped my exercise. This had an effect but my BP but it still fluctuated a lot. I arranged to see Sara. I now take one tincture three times daily and my GP can not believe the changes. The last time I had my BP taken at the clinic it was 124/77. Thank you Sara!

  • Naomi C

    Naomi C

    Via Twitter

    Since drinking the magic potion from Sara @ - my skin is feeling so clear…

  • Frithe J

    Frithe J

    I went to see Sara as I had hormonal problems resulting in heavy and painful periods with substantial pre-menstrual tension, low mood and low energy levels. She  prescribed herbal medicines to help regulate my hormones. I now have lots more energy, more concentration and focus and my mood is much improved. My periods are now manageable without copious amounts of over-the-counter painkillers, and my body feels like it is functioning much better. I highly recommend Sara, both from my personal experience of her treatment, and as a Registered Osteopath myself I professionally refer my own patients to her for herbal medicine when required.

  • Nuala. S

    Nuala. S

    I have been successfully treated by Sara for the adrenal fatigue that I was severely compromised by in the last year. Her methodical approach to finding the 'right' herbs has supported me to return to full health and vitality. As well as her expertise and professionalism in the field of Medical Herbalism, I can also vouch for her exceptionally kind, generous and empathic nature. She is a person that works from the 'heart', and this adds an added dimension of depth to her practice. Thank you Sara, it truly was a blessing to have you in my life.