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Holistic Lifestyle Retreat

Date to be determined – Retreat with Yoga and Vitality Coaching

Join Alison and Ellen for an inspiring week at Quinta do Areal in the autumn. The retreat week will offer a full daily programme with yoga and meditation practice in the morning and evening as well as holistic lifestyle workshops and outdoor activities.

We will boost our vitality by eating delicious and inspiring plant-based food prepared by our vegan chef and getting outside to breathe the clean mountain air while hiking, mountain biking and exploring the beautiful hills surrounding the farm.

We will spend the week consciously thinking about the ways we can nourish ourselves on a physical, mental and emotional level and get inspired by the coaching workshops about how to live a more holistic lifestyle.

A holistic lifestyle is one where we practice real self care and take time to nourish ourselves in all aspects of our lives.

A holistic approach to wellness includes all aspects of health, from the foods we eat to developing our mental clarity, from taking more rest to keeping our bodies active. A healthy lifestyle also includes making time to foster loving relationships with ourselves and others as well as time for the things that make us feel alive.

Real vitality is being able to meet whatever life brings us with excitement and energy.

  • Physical fun: Yoga, hiking, swimming, vegan cooking, delicious plant based meals cooked by our lovely vegan chef.
  • Mental clarity: Twice daily we offer meditation practices and pranayama
  • Social/emotional: Reconnect to yourself and meet other fun like minded people like yourself
  • Purpose: What do you truly value in life?
  • Ownership: What is your vision for the future and what could be a next step to get closer to your dream life?

There will also be lots of other activities during the week to do around the farm and surrounding countryside, such as hiking in the hills, a vegan cooking workshop, mountain biking, hanging out with the farm animals, fruit picking and helping on the farm as well as time to relax at the luxurious common areas in and around the house and pool.

Our shiatsu therapist, Joel will also be available for 90 minute full body treatments during the week.

A typical retreat day

07.30 – 08.30 – Juice & fruit breakfast

08.30 – 9.00 – Meditation

09.00 – 10.30 – Yoga

11.00 – 12.00 – Brunch

12.00 – 13.00 – Holistic lifestyle workshop

13.00 – 16.00 – Outdoor activity or quiet time

16.00 – 17.00 – Tea time

17.00 – 18.30 – Yoga

18.30 – 19.30 – Dinner time

20.30 – 21.00 – End of day meditation



€1,450 per person, shared double. Choosing single occupancy incurs a +€500 single occupancy supplement.

Early-bird discount: Book by Friday 28th July 2023 and save €100.

Our shiatsu therapist, Joel will also be available to book for 90 minute full body treatments during the week.

The Team

Alison Melvin @arealquinta_yoga - yoga & meditation teacher

Alison is an experienced Yoga Alliance E-500 RYT yoga and meditation teacher who has trained in the UK, the US and the Netherlands. After many years of living and teaching in the Netherlands, Alison moved with her partner to Portugal in 2020. Together they have lovingly restored an abandoned old farm and are working to create a more sustainable and kind way of living. Alison’s goal is to create a peaceful haven for people who want to take time off to rest and recharge in the beautiful natural surroundings of unspoilt Portugal.

Ellen Pistoor @ellenpistooryoga - Yoga teacher & vitality coach

Ellen is a yoga teacher, vitality coach and skin expert. She has studied in the Netherlands, Germany and Italy and is based in Amsterdam where she lives with her partner. She is a true educator who loves to inspire people to take matters into their own hands and aim for a healthy holistic lifestyle.

Marit Beemster @maritseetatelier - Chef

Marit is a plant-based chef and was the owner of a successful, fine-dining vegan restaurant in Amsterdam before she decided to follow her dream and move to Portugal to build a house together with her partner Gino and to start a new life among the sheep and olives.

Joel Reeves @dojo_lousa - Shiatsu therapist

Joel has been a professional Shiatsu therapist for over 25 years, having lived and trained in Okinawa, Japan. His approach offers an authentic practice that is both intuitive and restorative, helping clients to regain health, confidence and balance through bodywork and natural exercise.

Additional Information

  1. We offer very personal retreats where the maximum number of guests is limited to 12 people. This means that guests can sit comfortably around the dining table together and have enough personal space to enjoy the tranquillity that the old quinta and the surrounding lands afford.
  2. Book before Friday 28th July 2023 to take advantage of Early-Bird pricing: €1,350 per person in a large double room with en-suite bathroom. Choosing single occupancy incurs a +€500 single occupancy supplement.
  3. Normal price (applicable from expiry of the Early-Bird discount): €1,450 per person, shared double. Choosing single occupancy incurs a +€500 single occupancy supplement.
  4. Travel to and from Quinta do Areal are not included in these prices. See our suggestions on How to get here.
  5. To find out about availability of places on any of our retreats and to book:
    • please read our terms and conditions first
    • please contact us using our “Make your booking request” form below.
  6. Your place is not secured until we have confirmed a place is available for you and we have received payment from you in full.
  7. Please also take note of our cancellation policy, included in our terms and conditions.

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