Just Flow

Autumn Edition

YOGA & MEDITATION RETREAT

7th to 12th November 2024

QUINTA CARVALHAS

Breathe and Flow

Hey there, awesome souls! 🧡🍁🍂

Join us from 7 to 12 November as we start an inward journey of self care, nourishment, support and community. The energy of autumn brings warmth, comfort and hot chocolate 😉

Enjoy fireside cocooning as nature transitions and we move into the season of rest and reflection. This is the perfect time to equip yourself with tools to navigate and appreciate the perpetual grey of the oncoming winter.

You will explore movement in daily yoga classes, explore your mind with daily meditation sessions and learn about your energy with the help of our herd of horses. The program will lift your spirit and leave you feeling inspired and ready for winter.

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Let's dive into the Program

Wake up to the sound of birds chirping and soak in the natural beauty around you as we kick off the day with a fun and invigorating morning vinyasa flow yoga session. And when the day winds down, get ready to relax and find your zen with a slow and restorative yoga practice.

Throughout it all, Rianne will make sure every pose works for your unique body. We’ll find the perfect variations and use props to make you feel like the best version of yourself.

Now, let’s talk meditation. It’s all about exploring the dance of polarity and finding your inner North Star. Michelle will guide you through some creative ways to deepen your meditation practice, connecting you to your intuition and soul purpose.

Tune into your energy with horses during two powerful workshops, where we explore the incredible way horses act as mirrors, where you’ll feel the unconditional love and wisdom of these majestic beings.

When you need some downtime, get lost in a good book, journal your heart out, take a leisurely walk, or treat yourself to a relaxing massage. It’s all about self-love and self-care.

Unleash your inner playfulness through a powerful Art Expression workshop as well as other activities that will make you feel inspired.

Breathe

Daily Schedule

 

Yoga with Rianne

 

 

Nutritious Breakfast

 

 

Meditation with Michelle

 

 

Scrumptious Lunch

 


Optional Afternoon Workshop

 

Free Time

 

 

Restorative Yoga

 

 

Delicious Dinner

 

JUST

Flow

Flow with us

“We were treated like rockstars! 😀 All the details, little gifts here and there. The journal prompts, the snacks, pool towels, blankets, fires, beautiful gardens, all the yoga props, the cards and the wonderful opening ceremony. So well organised, making us feel very special, and being flexible. Michelle, Rianne – everyone – at the farm is gentle, caring, beautiful humans. Thank you all so much.”
– Hande

So, why should you join us?

6 Rock-solid reasons:

Learn an easy and accessible way of meditating that'll leave you feeling totally calm and centered
Connect with your body and tap into your inner awareness. It's like unlocking your body's secret superpowers!
Deepen your yoga practice and explore new ways of mindful movement, allowing your body and mind to flow in harmony.
Discover more about your inner self through working with horses.
Express yourself freely and laugh out loud 'cause life's too short to be serious all the time.
Enjoy some well-deserved “me-time” within a supportive and nurturing community.

Who should join?

This retreat is for you if…

You could use some nurturing me time

You need some time out to recalibrate and reset

You are looking for a change, but need clarity on the direction to take

You would like the support of a tribe of women

You are looking for a yoga retreat that is accessible for women of any level and any age

You want to treat your body to healthy and delicious food

You want to be treated like a rockstar on this pampering retreat

You want to practise yoga that is accessible for any age and any body

You want to treat yourself to healthy and delicious food

Does this sound like you?

Then Just Flow is the retreat for you!

“This Retreat was such a gift, going well above and beyond any expectations I might have had. The attention to detail and care is beyond any other ‘retreat’-like experience I’ve ever had. I simply can not wait to return!”
– Just Flow Participant

  • A-ha moments
  • Guidance
  • Tap into the energy
  • Visual representation
  • See with clarity

  • 5 nights accommodation in a luxurious room
  • 3 nutritious, vegetarian farm-to-table meals per day
  • Immerse yourself in yoga with sessions twice a day
  • Practice a different type of Meditation each day
  • Two inspiring workshops with horses 
  • Refresh and recharge in nature’s calm embrace

Nestled in the heart of the rustic Ribatejo region, the tranquil haven of Quinta Carvalhas is spread across 42 hectares. Picture a rolling landscape with majestic trees, sprawling gardens, a friendly herd of horses, and luxurious lodgings within charming, converted barns.

Your workshops and practices will take place in our beautiful, warm venues, where traditional stone walls and soaring ceilings set the scene.

In your free time, venture into the serene meditation garden, a sanctuary of calm, go for a walk or book a treatment or therapy. There are plenty of options to connect with nature’s rhythm.

As we move into autumn, enjoy those delightful last days of warm sunshine. During the evenings get ready to be enveloped by the soothing embrace of Quinta Carvalhas, sharing experiences and laughter with the group, as we put another log on the fire.🔥🧘‍♀️

A big part of your retreat experience is the food we grow and prepare. In fact, the food we serve is one of the biggest reasons you gonna want to stay on the farm and not go home. You will taste the flavours of the season, as most of the ingredients for the meals are grown onsite. From the scrumptious breakfast buffet all the way through to dinner, you will delight in vegetarian food that is incredibly yummy.

We strive to offer not just sustenance, but a combination of flavors that makes you feel nourished and deeply nurtured.

  • 5 nights accommodation in a luxurious room
  • 3 nutritious, vegetarian farm-to-table meals per day
  • Immerse yourself in yoga with sessions twice a day
  • Practice a different type of Meditation each day
  • Drumming & Meditation session with horses
  • Refresh and recharge in nature’s calm embrace

Nestled in the heart of the rustic Ribatejo region, the tranquil haven of Quinta Carvalhas sprawls across 42 hectares. Picture a rolling landscape with majestic trees, sprawling gardens, a friendly herd of horses, and luxurious lodgings within charming, converted barns.

Our morning practice will take place in the beautiful Yoga Shala, where traditional stone walls set the scene, whilst during other sessions you will practice in full connection with all elements: on the wooden deck overlooking the pond, accompanied by a symphony of birdsong.

In your free time, venture into the serene meditation garden, a sanctuary of calm and the perfect backdrop for a walking meditation.

As it is early in spring, bathe in those delightful first rays of sunshine, our inviting pool loungers and gardens are ready to welcome you. Country strolls, dips in the farm pond—options aplenty to connect with nature’s rhythm.

During the evenings get ready to be enveloped by the soothing embrace of Quinta Carvalhas, sharing experiences and laughter with the group, as we put another log on the fire. 🌿🧘‍♀️

A big part of your retreat experience is the food we grow and prepare. In fact, the food we serve is one of the biggest reasons you gonna want to stay on the farm and not go home. You will taste the flavours of the season, as most of the ingredients for the meals are grown onsite. From the scrumptious breakfast buffet all the way through to dinner, you will delight in vegetarian food that is incredibly yummy.

We strive to offer not just sustenance, but a combination of flavors that makes you feel nourished and deeply nurtured.

  • Domestic / International Airfare
  • Transportation to and from the retreat centre (ask us about our transfer options)
  • Additional activities: day trips, spa treatments, reiki, horse interaction session
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Accommodation outside of retreat dates
  • Travellers insurance (not required, but recommended)

Wondering if this retreat is for you? We’re happy to answer any questions you may have.

The retreat facilitators

Get to Know Us

Michelle Thomas

Years ago, after I had been doing yoga for some time in Johannesburg, I was drawn to find out more about meditation – what it is, exactly, and how one does it…

Rianne van de Mast

My yoga journey really began when I discovered Ashtanga yoga in the heart of Amsterdam back in 2016. It was love at first stretch!..

KIND WORDS

Previous Just Flow participants had this to say

"...these activities offered such a dynamic layer of exploration “off the mat”
Every single “activity” so well thought through - down to every last detail - these activities offered such a dynamic layer of exploration “off the mat”. - Maggie
"The horse and art sessions stand out in my mind..."
"The horse and art sessions stand out in my mind. Especially the horses with Tana’s build-up introducing horse behaviours and how they reflect our own behaviours." - Hande
"The bedrooms are perfection 🧡..."
"The bedrooms are perfection 🧡 Comfortable, daily clean, the flowers, coffee + tea, plenty of cupboard space for our stuff, beautiful" - Hande
"The food was Amazing 🧡..."
"The food was Amazing 🧡 Truly delicious, equally nutritious as indulgent!!!" - Maggie
"I came to have time for myself... but I leave with much more than that"
"The group was perfect and Michelle and Rianne had a good sense of what the group needed at that moment. I came to have time for myself after 9 months, but I leave with much more than that" - Dafne
"...felt familiar, safe, both lighthearted and deep, and free."
"This was a beautiful retreat. It was so well put together and felt familiar, safe, both lighthearted and deep, and free." - Dafne

KIND WORDS

Previous yoga and meditation participants had this to say

"...the most beautiful place I’ve ever done yoga"
I love Rianne’s yoga classes. They are so peaceful and energetic at the same time. She respects each one’s time and body and that’s very important. In addition to her wonderful classes, I think she is a very generous and beautiful soul and exudes a very beautiful energy. The yoga room at Quinta Carvalhas is the most beautiful place I’ve ever done yoga. I recommend it to everyone.
– Carla Cosme
"Rianne consistently nudges me to honor my body's limits."
Rianne consistently nudges me to honor my body's limits. Even so, I've found that the slightest adjustments she suggests can bring about a world of change.
– Gerhard Geyser
"...at the same time relaxing and reinvigorating."
Doing classes with Rianne is at the same time relaxing and reinvigorating 😊 You feel welcome and safe. An experience I would recommend for your body, mind and soul.
– Joana Moreira
"...spiritually enriching experience, which gave me the right tools to do deal with day-to-day challenges."
Michelle’s meditation sessions were a transformational and very rewarding experience, thanks to the respect, love and dignity she guided the whole session with. It was a spiritually enriching experience, which gave me the right tools to do deal with day-to-day challenges. All this at an incredible location where I felt simply at home.
– Dora Maltez
"...I left the room feeling empowered and energised, ready to conquer the world!"
Meditation with Michelle was such a remarkable experience. I felt guided and supported through the entire session, and I left the room feeling empowered and energised, ready to conquer the world!
- Carolina Cunha
"...a zen-filled adventure."
Attending Riannes yoga classes is like embarking on a joyful journey to self-discovery. They effortlessly mix poses, breathwork, and mindfulness, creating a zen-filled adventure. It's a perfect combo of calm and energy that leaves you feeling revitalized and connected.
- Skye Quadling

The

FAQs

Don’t be shy, yoga and meditation are for everyone! Whether you are a beginner, a bit rusty or an avid practitioner, there are always different angles and layers to explore.

Think barefoot luxury, as you will stay at peaceful farm in the Portuguese countryside where you can enjoy quiet, peaceful nights in comfortable beds with luxury linen. We offer the options of shared rooms (maximum 2 guests) or a private room with ensuite bathroom.

Solo travellers are welcome to book a shared room, we will pair you up with another participant.

You can find more information about our accommodation here.

The “greenest” way to get to the Green Farm from the Airport or Lisbon area is by public transport. The train station of Mato de Miranda is less than 5 minutes’ drive from the Quinta and we are happy to provide a complimentary pick-up.
Alternatively, we offer free parking at the Quinta, or we can help you to book a private transfer from Lisbon airport.

There will be lots of fresh, healthy vegetarian goodness waiting for you during this retreat. Before morning yoga, we will have fruit, coffee and tea available. After practice, a full buffet breakfast awaits, with fresh bread rolls, homemade muesli, loads of fresh fruit and juices. Water, tea and coffee are available throughout the day. For lunch, we serve a soup or starter, and a main course… and make sure you save space for dessert! To keep you going throughout the day, there will be an afternoon snack. The last meal of the day, dinner will see you enjoying a scrumptious three-course dinner.


All our meals are 100% vegetarian, but we are happy to cater to vegan, gluten-free, lactose-free or nut-free diets, as well as any serious allergies or intolerances.

Early November in Ribatejo is the perfect time to start shifting into winter mode. Days are usually mild, ranging from 15 to 20 degrees Celsius (59 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit). Evenings bring coolness, perfect for cosy get-togethers and introspective moments curled up with a blanket and a cup of tea next to the fire. 

We will update you closer to the time with an accurate forecast, to help you pack.

Bring your favourite yoga outfit(s), comfortable clothes for meditation, shoes you can easily put on and take off, as well as closed footwear for horse activities. We recommend wearing layers during the colder evenings and mornings. If you are feeling brave, bring your swimwear for a refreshing dip in the pond or pool!

We provide all yoga and meditation equipment, as well as a personal journal for you to keep. You will find bath and pool towels in the rooms, as well as a reusable water bottle, shower gel and shampoo. Of course, you are welcome to bring your own, if you prefer.

We can imagine you want to enjoy the magic of Quinta Carvalhas a bit longer. You can book pre- and post-retreat nights, contact us for more details and prices. Subject to availability.

Check-in on the 7th is available from 15:00. The first planned group activity is at 18:00. On the 12th we will finish the retreat at 11:30, after a delicious brunch.

No, no prior experience is needed. The sessions are about energy and behaviour, making sure they are interesting for both seasoned horsewomen and those with no or little experience alike. If you are afraid of horses, the workshops will be a wonderful way to become more comfortable around these magnificent animals. 
 

Just Flow
Autumn Edition

Invest in yourself

From €1220

Includes

  • 5 nights accommodation in a luxurious room
  • 3 nutritious, vegetarian farm-to-table meals per day
  • Immerse yourself in yoga with sessions twice a day
  • Practice a different type of Meditation each day
  • Two inspiring workshops with horses 
  • Refresh and recharge in nature’s calm embrace

Payment Plan:

Pay over three months

40% deposit

 

Make you life easy and pay for your retreat over three months.
Last payment must be paid 30 days before the start of the retreat.

"Don't work on yourself because you think you are broken.
Work on yourself because you love yourself."

Just Flow - Spring Edition - 19-24 March 2024

“This Retreat was such a gift, going well above and beyond any expectations I might have had. The attention to detail and care is beyond any other “retreat”-like experience I’ve ever had. I simply can not wait to return!!!!”

An Oasis of Beauty and Calm

Quinta Carvalhas is a beautiful farm. It oozes calm and beauty from every corner, with hidden mosaics, sculptures, buddha’s, scented jasmin flowers, meditation books in rooms, soft pool towels in your cupboard, coffee and tea stations everywhere, baskets of blankets, fireplaces, lounge chairs around the pool, little vases of flowers in your room and on tables, grazing horses in the distance, a meditation garden to stroll through… all nestled in the rolling hills an hour away from Lisbon. All staff there are kind, friendly, and make you feel welcome and comfortable the moment you set foot there. Love it!”

– Karin

Quinta Carvalhas - The Green Farm, is a Luxury Farm Stay & Retreat Venue in Portugal. A holistic well-being haven that offers unique experiences for Body, Mind and Soul. Yoga, Reiki, Horse Therapy, Massage, Vegetarian Food.

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