The Earthing Retreat:

Grounding Yoga and Somatic movements, QiGong, Breathwork and Relaxation for Wellness.

Sunday 21st – Sunday 28th April 2024 (7 nights / 8 days)

September… our focus revolves around the concept of earthing and returning ‘home’!

Nestled in the tranquil and lush Ribeiradio district, just one hour from Porto in northern Portugal, Quinta Galegas provides an idyllic backdrop for relaxation and reconnection with nature, making it the ideal destination following a hectic summer.

Owned by Catherine Thomas, a respected herbalist, acupuncturist, and Qigong teacher deeply committed to the principles of Mother Earth, this rural sanctuary encourages guests to slow down and rediscover their roots.

Upon our initial visit to Quinta Galegas, as we journeyed alongside the river Vouga towards the property, a sense of anticipation washed over me. It was as though at the end of that winding road, I knew that a truly extraordinary place awaited, accompanied by equally remarkable individuals.

The feeling of resonance was immediate and undeniable, assuring me that Catherine and I would together deliver an unparalleled experience, one that could not be replicated elsewhere.

I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to welcome you to this extraordinary space, where we can forge a profound connection with the Earth and each other!

The Earthing Program - What is Laurent teaching in this retreat?

Let’s speak about your practice during the week in Morocco…

The daily two-hour themed morning workshops combine various yoga methods, including Scaravelli-inspired yoga, grounding techniques, somatic and mindful yoga, breathwork, and meditation.

This diverse range of practices offers an excellent opportunity to improve your practice at your own pace, achieve your goals, and adapt to any ailments or health conditions.

Breathwork is crucial during transitional periods such as the end of summer. Breathing techniques provide essential support through changes and transformations, fostering calmness, readiness, and reconnection with oneself.

Other practices help us release and open our senses to the new season.

Our earthing and grounding yoga practice enables us to embrace it with open arms and subtlety.

Laurent’s expertise ensures accessibility for all through tailored variations and accommodations.

Evening sessions are dedicated to calming, meditative inward practices and are about having a more profound pause!

After the day’s activities, Laurent leads a 90-minute calming and restorative yoga session, incorporating somatic exercises and movements to release tension and promote deep relaxation.

Additionally, there is dedicated time for breathing exercises, meditation techniques, and various relaxation methods to complement the gentle bodywork.

Laurent’s extensive repertoire of work and techniques instils a profound sense of physical, mental, and emotional peace and rejuvenation.

This program is ideal for those grappling with fatigue and seeking stress relief. In the face of life’s challenges, this retreat provides essential support and offers well-deserved moments of blissful relaxation.

8:00 – 9:30 am: Pre-Yoga: Tea, coffee, fruits, toast, etc.

9:30 – 12:00 pm: Morning Workshop – Yoga, Breathwork and Meditation.

12:30 – 1:30 pm: Brunch

1:30 – 6:00 pm: Free time

6:00 – 7:30 pm: Evening Workshop – Mindful and Somatic Yoga, Breathwork and Meditation techniques.

8:00 pm: Dinner.

Note: There will be one day with a free afternoon and evening during the week.

This schedule is subject to change without previous notice.

Why have we chosen this unique venue for your stay?

This retreat will take place at Quinta Galegas, a lovingly restored 18th-century country house, where every nook whispers tales of bygone eras.

Tucked away in the idyllic embrace of a river valley in the enchanting Beiras region of Portugal, this rural sanctuary beckons, promising a respite from the bustle of modern life.

This beautiful place is set in five acres of verdant land, where you can lose yourself amidst the citrus-scented orange groves, or find solace beneath the ancient olive trees that have witnessed centuries pass by.

And when the sun’s embrace becomes too inviting to resist, dip into the refreshing waters of the natural swimming pool.

On the lower floor of the house, there’s a large yoga studio with wooden flooring that I fell in love with at first sight, and I’m sure you will too.

Each room in this house is beautifully decorated and the relaxation is guaranteed. But there’s more…

This place also offers an option to sleep under canvas in their luxurious bell tents equipped with fly screen mesh doors and windows, solar lighting and very comfortable beds.

At Quinta Galegas, every moment is an invitation to unwind, to reconnect with nature, and to rediscover the simple joys of life.

What are the accommodations and their prices?

Quinta Galegas offers three types of accommodation:

1. Main House accommodation features luxury house rooms with large ensuite bathrooms, all meticulously and individually decorated by owner Catherine and interior designer Sarah Thomas.

Both twin and double rooms are available.

2. Lakeside bedrooms with shared bathrooms.

These cosy rooms are spacious and comfortable, located in a separate building with its own patio overlooking the garden and natural pool.

Twin and double rooms are available.

3. Guests can opt for Orange Grove Glamping for a unique and adventurous stay.

Tucked away in the field adjacent to the main house, this experience allows you to sleep under the stars in luxurious bell tents.

Furnished with comfortable single or twin beds, fly screen mesh doors and windows, and solar lighting, these spacious tents offer a one-of-a-kind camping experience with stunning views over the Vouga Valley.

The grove features onsite bathroom facilities and a kitchen area where guests can help themselves with tea, coffee, and freshly squeezed orange juice from oranges picked straight from the trees.

Situated within the beautiful grounds of Quinta Galegas, guests have full access to all amenities.

Overall, Quinta Galegas provides a range of accommodation options to suit every preference and budget.

Orange Grove Glamping:

Luxury tents with Double or twin beds. Shared Bathroom.

SOLD OUT

Based on 2 people sharing:

£845.00/ per person * (£945.00)

Single occupancy:
£1,045 / per person* (£1,145.00)

Lake side bedrooms:

Double or twin beds with shared bathrooms facing the natural pool.

SOLD OUT

Based on 2 people sharing:

£1,045/ per person * (£1,145.00)

Single occupancy:
£1,245 / per person* (£1,345.00)

Kingsize bedrooms:

Luxury house bedroom with private separate bathroom.

SOLD OUT

Based on 2 people sharing:

£1,195/ per person * (£1,295.00)

Single occupancy:
£1,395 / per person* (£1495.00)

Kingsize Premium bedrooms:

Luxury house bedroom with ensuite bathroom.

SOLD OUT

Based on 2 people sharing:

£1,245/ per person * (£1,345.00)

Single occupancy:
£1,445 / per person* (£1,545.00)

  • Pay in monthly instalments (please contact us if you want to choose this option).
  • Pay a 25% deposit and the balance by 30th June 2025.
  • Pay the full amount.
  • Full board accommodation (all ensuite) and taxes (7 nights/8 days).
  • 2 yoga classes per day.
  • 6 brunchs, 7 vegetarian dinners & a daily light breakfast.
  • Herbal teas & drinking water.
  • Use of the yoga sala, equipment and facilities.
  • WiFi internet.
  • Optional activities.
  • One to one yoga classes.
  • Massages and other treatments.
  • Any non-scheduled food or drinks.
  • Any meal out to local towns or villages.
  • Flights and transfers to/from airport.
  • Travel insurance.

Food & Gastronomy

During your stay at Quinta Galegas, you will be offered a selection of vegetarian meals based on organic produce.

Products are sourced from the farmhouses’ gardens and chicken coops and from local farmers.

The kitchen also offers specially tailored dishes for attendees with dietary requests and allergies.

Are there any optional activities?​

Between your classes, you’re free to join exciting local activities. We’re here to assist with the arrangements.

 

  • Hiking and Nature Walks: Explore the beautiful landscapes and trails around the Vouga River.
  • Explore the City of Aveiro, distinguished by its canals navigated by colorful boats (barcos moliceiros).
  • We recommend reserving a couple of days before or after the retreat to stay in Porto (one of our favourite cities).

How to travel to Portugal and Quinta Galegas?​

The closest airport is Porto-Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport. There are 13 non-stop flights per day from London, 2 from Manchester and 1 from Birmingham. Porto airport has a direct connection with almost every main European city.

Check-in time: from 3:30 pm.
Check-out time: before 10:30 am.

Who is taking care of your stay?

If you want to read more about the organisers, meet Yogalaurent Retreats team ›

Quinta Galegas, has a professional and dedicated staff committed to making your stay as comfortable and pleasurable as possible.

EARLY BIRD OFFER

£100 off

per person,
booking before 31st December 2024

BOOK HERE

Double Occupancy: £845.00 / per person.

Single Occupancy: £1.045 / per person.

Double Occupancy: £1,045.00 / per person.

Single Occupancy: £1,245 / per person.

Double Occupancy: £1,195 / per person.

Single Occupancy: £1,395 / per person.

Double Occupancy: £1,245 / per person.

Single Occupancy: £1,445 / per person.

OR

Orange Grove Glamping
Luxury Tents

The grove features onsite bathroom facilities and a kitchen area where guests can help themselves with tea, coffee, and freshly squeezed orange juice from oranges picked straight from the trees.

Features of the Tents:

  • Twin or Double comfortable beds.
  • Fly screen mesh doors and windows.
  • Solar lighting
Glamping Luxury Tent 6
Glamping Luxury Tent 5
Glamping Luxury Tent 9
Glamping Luxury Tent 3

Lakeside Bedrooms

Spacious and comfortable bedrooms located in a separate building with its own patio overlooking the garden and natural pool.

Twin and double rooms are available.

Features of the Tents:

  • Twin or Double comfortable beds.
  • Shared bathroom.
Lakeside View Double Room
Quinta Galegas Lakeside Twin Bedroom

Kingsize Bedrooms

Luxury house rooms located on the first floor of the main house.

Features :

  • Kingsize comfortable beds.
  • Private separate bathroom.

Kingsize Premium Bedrooms

Luxury house rooms located on the first floor of the main house.

Features :

  • Kingsize comfortable beds.
  • Ensuite bathroom.
Quinta Galegas Deluxe Bedroom

Superior Rooms

Every room is ensuite with a balcony or terrace with views down the valley to the sea.

Each room is individually furnished and has a desk, ample cupboard space, a separate bathroom, air-conditioning and heating.

Single, double and triple accommodation is offered.

Deluxe Rooms

Every room is ensuite with either a balcony or terrace with views to the tropical gardens.

Each room is individually furnished and has a desk, ample cupboard space, a separate bathroom, air-conditioning and heating.

Single, double and triple accommodation is offered

The Suites

Enjoy the benefits of a private courtyard or terrace, separate sitting-room and open fireplace.

​The luxury suites are decorated to the highest standard of Tigmi style.

Features of the unique Suites:

  • Open fireplace in either bedroom or separate sitting room
  • Individually controlled air conditioning
  • Luxurious essential shampoo and body products
  • In room safe
  • Extra Beds available on request (possible surcharge)
  • Twin beds available on request
  • Complimentary mint tea on a arrival
  • Complimentary water in room
  • Daily turn down service
  • Hair dryer

The Berber Rooms

Intimate and quirky in their design, they are decorated with locally woven cushions, covers and wall hangings, and stocked with specially made bath, shower and body products.

Located in both the old and new areas of the venue, these Rooms feature handcrafted Berber furnishings over flock wallpaper.

Features of the Berber Rooms:

  • Open Fireplace in either bedroom or separate sitting room
  • Luxurious essential shampoo and body products
  • Complimentary mint tea on arrival
  • Complimentary bottle of water in room
  • Daily turn down service
  • In room safe
  • Hair dryer