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6 Days Wild Writing, Forest Bathing, and Meditation Retreat in Tomar, Portugal

Relaxscape, Estrada do Cardal no. 747, Cardal, Tomar 2300-084, Portugal

Wild writing and meditation in nature

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In this Wild Writing Retreat, writer and meditation teacher, Tara Gould, will lead you on a creative journey to help you to re-connect with your unique writing voice and free the wild writer within. This retreat, situated in the beautiful rural tranquility of an olive farm next to a river, has been tailored to provide a deeply relaxing and inspiring environment to facilitate you to get lost in your creative flow and increase feelings of self-actualisation through writing.

Meet the instructors

Belinda & Tara
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Highlights

  • Daily meditation session
  • Guided mindful walks in nature
  • Daily writing sessions with Tara
  • Time to yourself to write and reflect
  • Sightseeing day in historic Tomar with a visit to Convento do Cristo
  • Coffee, tea, and water available throughout the day
  • All meals including wine and beer at dinner
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


4 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch, French, Portuguese
The maximum participants in the group is 9
Airport transfer available:
Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (US$161 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Lisbon Portela Airport (US$129 per person)
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library

Relaxscape was created as a place for you to escape from the stresses of your everyday life. It offers a tranquil environment to reconnect with nature and recharge your body and mind. You'll stay in a lovingly restored 100-year-old home that combines traditional style and modern comforts, set in a peaceful olive grove surrounded by trees and amazing views and walks leading down to a beautiful river. Each private room has an en-suite shower or bathroom, with views of the grounds and the surrounding countryside

Program

The schedule will include a daily meditation; mindful walking in nature; and meditative writing exercises to help you to listen and connect to your authentic perceptions and embrace the process of writing. There will also be plenty of time each day to spend quality time on your own, to write and unwind.

For guidance and inspiration, you will draw on the seminal books of Natalie Goldberg (Writing Down the Bones, Wild Mind), Ann Lamott (Bird by Bird), and Dorothea Brande (Becoming a Writer). Exercises will gently challenge your ‘familiar’ or habitual ways of seeing things and help you to get in touch with your undomesticated self-expression, with your senses, and with nature.

Included excursions

  • Sightseeing day in historic Tomar (including a visit to the Unesco World Heritage site Convento do Cristo)
  • Guided mindful walks in nature

Instructors

Belinda Raitt

Tara Gould

Location

Relaxscape is a working olive farm located in the secluded village of Cardal, near the delightful and historic towns of Tomar and Ferreira do Zêzere in Central Portugal.

Relaxscape offers the perfect environment to combine river bathing and forest bathing - the village is surrounded by trees and the house itself is set in its own olive grove of 80 olive trees and other fruit trees. A spot of total tranquility. All you can hear are birds and crickets. All you can see is nature.

Relaxscape is lucky to have a café bar 100 meters down the road too, leading down to a delightful and secluded lagoon beach nestled among the trees - a great spot for swimming, boating and other watersports on the river Zêzere. There is a plunge pool on site as well and bicycles available to explore the surrounding countryside.

Features

Activities

  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Barbeque facilities
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace

Services

  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library

Food

All meals including beer and wine during dinner are included. Coffee, tea, and water are available throughout the day. Vegetarian option is available.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • A daily meditation session
  • Guided mindful walks in nature
  • Daily writing sessions with Tara
  • Sightseeing day in historic Tomar (including a visit to the Unesco World Heritage site Convento do Cristo)
  • Time to yourself to write and reflect
  • Optional daily Vinyasa Flow yoga session with Belinda
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • All meals (including wine and beer at dinner)
  • Coffee, tea, and water (available throughout the day)
  • Use of the cork yoga mats and blocks

What's not included

  • Flights and transfers to Relaxscape from Lisbon or Porto airports (transfers can be arranged for you on request)
  • Swimming towels (can be hired at the venue)
  • Toiletries (they're into sustainability here, so they don't provide disposable toiletries like some other places you may have stayed, but they do sell handmade natural shampoo and soap bars that you can then take home with you - they also host workshops throughout the year where you can learn how to make your own)
  • Snacks and alcohol outside mealtimes (but you are welcome to bring your own or buy them from the café 100 meters away)
  • Optional massage or reflexology session
  • One-to-one coaching sessions with Belinda (available on request)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). Transfer from and to the airport is available for an additional cost of 100 GBP. You can also book your flight to arrive at Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO). Transfer from and to the airport is available for an additional cost of 125 GBP.

Airport: Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport Airport transfer available: Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (US$161 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Lisbon Portela Airport Airport transfer available: Lisbon Portela Airport (US$129 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 28 days before arrival.
6 days / 5 nights
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Availability

Arrival: Thursday June 11, 2020
Departure: Tuesday June 16, 2020

Note: this holiday requires a minimum number of ideally 3 participants, therefore there is a chance this retreat may be canceled. Please ask the organizer for more information when you inquire.

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