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Plant-based Cooking Weekend

February 4-5 2023 - Yoga and Vegan Cuisine Workshop Retreat

We invite you to take some time off from your busy schedule to take part in a weekend retreat at Quinta do Areal and learn more about plant-based cooking. Experienced vegan chef, Marit will be in the kitchen preparing delicious and visually attractive dishes, using locally-grown and mostly organic ingredients. As well as preparing all the meals, Marit will be sharing her knowledge about cooking plant-based with some cooking workshops, tips and demonstrations during the weekend.

Our intention is that guests will come away with a better understanding of how to include more plant-based foods into their diet, some favourite recipes from the weekend and some tips about how to cook vegan dishes at home for friends and family.

Marit’s way of living, cooking style and philosophy of life is all about minimizing the suffering and harm done to animals and the planet. She hopes to inspire others to contribute to a kinder world with her cooking and wants everyone to fully enjoy the delights vegan cuisine has to offer.

In addition to the focus on vegan cooking, we will also immerse ourselves in yoga practices to nourish our body, mind and spirit. We will practice meditation, yoga and pranayama in the morning and the evening. In the morning we will practice more active yoga to invigorate and strengthen the physical body and in the afternoon we will focus on relaxing yoga poses to restore and recharge the energetic body. Recognizing that we all need to learn simple techniques to relax more, we will end the day with a guided relaxation.

Weekend workshop schedule:

Saturday, 4 February

09.00 – Arrival at the quinta with a welcome juice and energy bar

10.00 – 11.00 – Yoga class

11.00 – 12.00 – Cooking workshop

12.30 – 13.30 – Lunch

13.30 – 15.00 – Free time

15.00 – 16.30 – Yoga class

16.30 – 18.00 – Free time

18.00 – 19.00 – Dinner

19.00 – 20.00 – Cooking Q&A

20.00 – 20.45 – End of day relaxation


Sunday, 5 February

07.30 – 8.00 – Juice & fruit snack

08.00 – 09.30 – Morning Yoga practice

09.30 – 10.30 – Breakfast

11.00 – 12.00 – Cooking workshop

12.00 – 13.00 – Free time

13.00 – 14.00 – Lunch

14.00 – 15.00 – Cooking Q&A

15.30 – End of weekend



€225 per person for the weekend, including overnight stay.

€150 per person for the weekend, without accommodation.

The Team

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.

Alison Melvin @alison_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.

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. Price is €225 per person, with accommodation in a large double en-suite room.
  3. Price without accommodation is €150 per person.
  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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