Project Description

Off-grid Yoga/Meditation Retreat/Holiday  in the mountainous foothills of Serra d’Estrella, central Portugal

Dates tbc for Spring 2020 


Our minds and senses are over stimulated and polluted, with too much technology, too many schedules, too many cars, bright lights and industrial noises…Let your senses soften and receive the wilderness, in beauty and tranquility, with daily yoga and mediation practice OUTSIDE in the fresh eucalyptus-laced air. For those who are tempted by something altogether more natural, peaceful, off-the-beaten-track.  


Yoga Holidays

Owls and deep starry skies, the smell of the forest, living close to the elements in simple but ambiently furnished yurt or bell tent.

Twice daily yoga sessions and workshops, including Restorative Yoga, Partners Yoga, Yoga and Shiatsu bodywork, morning forest meditation, wild river swimming, natural spring plunge pool right next to Big Mama Yurt. Treatments available; Shiatsu and Holistic Massage.

Fabulous friendly hosts – happy to share music, merriment and deep philosophy.

All food provided, vegetarian, organic and local where possible, including homemade preserves, and fresh-picked salads. A couple of the meals will be prepared by us, the retreat participants,  in the lush outdoors kitchen space, so we get a chance to offer our culinary skills and work with each other….Exploring Yoga in our inter relationships with other beings! 

Sunday is free style, (still with morning forest meditation).. – could include a walk in the mountains or laze on the river beach.. Pick-your-own herbs and salads, fresh, living spring water, ..but also wine provided with some meals, and tea/coffee allowed….  Time for purity and deep reflection, and time for merriment, sharing, playing. 15 minute walk up forest track to get phone service and internet – helping us to commit to time out from technology whilst on retreat….


  • glamping style acommodation
  • full board home cooked veggie
  • twice daily yoga classes, (free day on Sunday)
  • morning walk into forest for guided meditation/chi kung
  • forms an integral part of the retreat
  • trip to a luscious yoga centre in the next valley
  • local transfers to and from Coimbra.

Flights NOT included. Contact me for best travel options, eg fly Easyjet Bristol to Porto, then train to Coimbra. The group pick up from Coimbra to Wild Yurt centre is 12 noon Friday 5th, so if flying with Easyjet to Porto, you need to arrive in Porto by Thursday 4th eve, and stay overnight in Porto! Many delightful accommodation options and  cheap quality hostels available! The yoga holiday is based on shared accommodation 2 spaces in Bell tents, 4 spaces in Yurt. 


Keep an eye on my blog for news of the next yoga holiday dates
and see updates on my Shenyoga facebook page



” Sophie’s Portugal yoga retreat can take you to places other retreats don’t reach. Getting there via Porto is fun. The venue is secluded, deep in the countryside. The hosts are inspiring and welcome you to their special place, with its beautifully crafted arrangements, and delicious home grown food. Around about there is river swimming. It is exhilarating to swim in such a lovely spot. Sophie is a great yoga teacher and leads the retreat really well. Yoga on the retreat can be practiced in the open, or in a covered area. Walking and sitting meditation are part of the retreat, and there maybe a chance to meet a local meditation practitioner. Being with the others on the retreat is also engaging and supportive. Highly recommended!”
(Clive Martin, from retreat June 2017)