7 Days Back to Nature WellBeing Equinox-Moon Meditation Yoga & Food Retreat

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Quinta da Tartaruga

6270-174 Sandomil


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Equinox and New Moon Getaway Well-Being Meditation and Yoga Retreat Portugal

This getaway retreat will bring together couples and/or friends at Quinta da Tartaruga on the mythical land of Sera de Estrela, Sandomil, Central Portugal. You will run on turtle time "Slow and Steady Wins the Race”, which sounds just about the right pace for an unforgettable getaway well-being retreat. The purpose of this retreat is to inspire each other to access unconscious feelings as a core condition of change. This is your chance to “bear gifts to the feast” of life by eating healthy, playing joyfully, and perfecting your yoga practice while stirring your own creativity.


  • 5 yoga workshops
  • 5 hours Karma yoga
  • 5 meditation sessions
  • 5 creative and expressive workshops
  • Daily meals, juices, herbal teas, and water
  • 6 nights of accommodation
  • Welcome dinner

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

What's included

  • 5 yoga workshops
  • 5 meditation sessions
  • 5 creative and expressive workshops (art material included)
  • 5 hours Karma yoga (be of service it is an integral part of the retreat)
  • 6 nights of accommodation
  • 1 equinox welcome dinner
  • 5 exotic participatory and sensory dinners (you cook and prepare food together)
  • 10 juices / herbal teas/water
  • *5 breakfasts (wholesome food)

What's not included

  • Lunch (you are welcome to prepare your food in the camp-site kitchen or shop in the local convenience stores in town run by two local people)
  • Outdoor paid activities and excursions
  • Transfer from airports to the base camp/retreat center (cost depends on where you are. E.g.: From Lisboa: around 30 EUR)
  • Any cost to reach the retreat center / camp-base
  • Bring your own biodegradable toiletry, torch, sun lotion, and other personal items
  • Bring your own yoga mat, can be provided for you at an extra cost (please inquire)
  • Sleeping bags (not provided) and blankets (provided), if you are in need of a sleeping bag, please inquire before your arrival


You will embark on the night of The Fall Equinox in a playful journey together inviting into your lives: Balance, Preparation, and Reflection with a small initiatory celebration. The journey during the retreat is quite straightforward as you will be preparing and sharing nutritious and sustainable food to promote health and wellbeing, play with personalities by being expressive and creative to enhance characters, and learn to embrace and accept your own or others' vulnerabilities, rather than rejecting them, as means for growth and love. The last night (New Moon), you will come together to celebrate new beginnings as preparation for your return back home.

During your stay, you will have plenty of time to do yoga asanas, meditation, chakra guided imagery, and have fun with the unique creative workshops, social events, and food from a medley of cultures. Your me-time will be letting your hair down in the spectacular sandy fluvial beaches, sunbathing, kayaking, and much more. The hiking trails reveal outstanding mountain views, dramatic cliffs, diversity of habitats, and archaeological remains.

Located in an ideal place to unplug, slow down the fast pace, and get back in touch with nature, this retreat allows you to feel utterly safe, welcome and cared for. This is a chance to restore clarity of mind and heart, recover from a long period of stressful work or family situations, and enjoy an amazing escape if you’re feeling tired, overworked, or just need a week to relax.

In this retreat, you may have a wonderful time learning a different practice than your own, get a strong foundation to continue your own yoga practice, consolidate your inner awareness, take time to focus on how to get healthy again in body and mind.

Sample itinerary

Day 1: Welcome

You will arrive at your own convenience to Quinta da Tartaruga (your retreat nature camp-base/center) in the heart of Serra de Estrela, Central Portugal. On-site teachers and facilitators, Gali, Sunitha, and VeeraVasco (Siddharta), will welcome you with herbal tea or fresh fruit juice.

You may choose to rest in the comfort of your accommodation (tent, cabin or room), explore Sandomil, and/or mingle with other Globetrotters/retreaters. The welcome dinner will be served around sunset, offering a healthy and nutritious array of local foods.

Day 2: Exploring

Create new opportunities by challenging your fears, judgments, and reactions.

Day 3: Experimenting

Letting go of control by being present with uncertainty.

Day 4: Experiencing

Everybody wants happiness, nobody wants pain, but you can't have a rainbow without a little rain.

Day 5: Expressing

At the end of life, the questions are very simple: “Did I express fully? Did I express well?”

Day 6: Expand

What you seek is seeking you; respond to every call that excites your spirit (Rumi).

Day 7: Farewell

You will have a nutritious breakfast and check out.

Typical daily schedule (Day 2 to 6)

  • 06:00 - 06:30 Meditation time (yoga Nidra / Vipassana / chakra healing)
  • 06:30 - 07:00 Herbal tea time
  • 07:00 - 08:15 Yoga asanas time
  • 08:15 - 08:30 Me time (suggested to observe silence)
  • 08:45 - 09:30 Breakfast time
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Karma yoga time (be of service by helping with Quinta da Tartaruga)
  • 10:30 - 15:00 Me time / couple time / group time (at leisure discover Serra de Estrela)
  • 15:30 - 16:00 Tea time (group interaction)
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Play time (creative and expressive workshops)
  • 18:15 - 20:15 Dinner time (you prepare food together 'Participatory and Sensory Activity’)
  • 20:30 - 21:30 Inner child time (social event and gathering)
  • 22:30 Nidra yoga and sleep time

Flirting on the border of sleep, you invoke a conscious state-psychic sleep, where you can set a resolve that permeates into the subconscious. Through the practice of Nidra yoga, you bring the powerful potential for healing and self-growth that can result in deep transformation.

Day 7

  • 09:30 Light and nutritious breakfast (buffet style) before you bid teary farewells
  • 11:00 Check out from your rooms and take away beautiful memories

Daily meditation

Daily meditation (06:00 - 06:30) includes:

  • Nidra yoga / Vipassana meditation / mindfulness meditation / chakras guided imagery
  • Chakra integration work

Daily Integral and integrative yoga (07:00-08:00)

The yoga sessions are designed as workshops rather than class format. The main yoga teacher, VeeraVasco Siddharta, has trained in various yoga styles and has also worked as a yoga therapist so please utilize him as best as you can. Globetrotters Retreats may also have yoga teachers from Portugal just for the day and some loving local yogini and yogis sharing their knowledge. Let’s hope. Sample of typical yoga practice: Pawanamuktasan, Hatha, Sivananda, Astanga, Flow, Tantric, Restorative, and much more.

Daily creative and expressive workshop (16:00-18:00)

The workshops are based on the principle of “low skills and high sensitivity”, so they are designed for you to unleash the creative you and play with performing and artistic modalities without specific artistic skills.

Daily participatory and sensory dinner where you prepare and consume food together (19:00-20:30)

You will be preparing wholesome delicious dinners together. Don’t worry. Sunitha, a food lover, and connoisseur will be facilitating the process of preparing exotic meals. As a sampler of ‘quite a mouthful’ dishes: Moroccan couscous, Indian curries, Portuguese Caldo Verde, Israeli Shakshouka, and Italian grandma’s secret dishes.

Daily social event and gathering (20:30-22:00)

These fun gatherings are designed for you to celebrate, enjoy, and have lots of loving fun. Please note that you may have some local friends (Tantric teachers, yogis, yoginis, artists, and musicians) who may surprise you with their visits and bless you with their healing and loving presence.

Daily social event and gathering

  • Evening 1: Equinox celebration night
  • Evening 2: Share a tale night (let’s share a tale around a fire)
  • Evening 3: Performance night (share your talent, read a poem, sing a song, or etc.)
  • Evening 4: Sound healing night (surprise everyone with a sound - anything can be used)
  • Evening 5: Sensual night (dress to awaken the senses and unleash your sensuous being)
  • Evening 6: New Moon celebration night / owl howling night / wolf howling night (let’s connect to the owl’s night howling as a symbol of wisdom and femininity (creative and fertility), which invokes the magic, mystery, and ancient knowledge within the moon's cycles of renewal. Let’s connect to the wolf’s night howling as a symbol of loyalty, diplomacy, self-confidence, and invokes balance between harmony and discipline, freedom and community, and instinct and intelligence. Wolves go out of their way to avoid conflict and serve as spiritual mediators.

NB: During breakfast, it is encouraged for people to interact with each other and organize a group activity such as hiking, swimming, sightseeing, and other outdoor activities. However, you can enjoy on your own if you prefer.


Siddharta (Veera Vasco Giuseppe) Rosato

Sunitha Palaveettil

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Quinta da Tartaruga

6270-174 Sandomil


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