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Harness the incredible healing powers of nature!

Regularly spending time in the Irish mountains has become a cherished necessity for me. It’s my escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, allowing me to reconnect with the raw beauty of nature and the grounding sensation of the earth beneath my feet. The simplicity of our old farmhouse and the invigorating freshness of the mountain air work together to make me feel truly alive. Moreover, this regular mountain retreat has had a profound impact on my wellbeing. It has transformed my sleep patterns, granting me nights of deep rest, and leaving me feeling thoroughly rejuvenated. It’s amazing how such a simple change in environment can have such a profound effect on my overall health and vitality. 

Amid our fast-paced lives dominated by screens and stress, we often find ourselves yearning for an escape, a chance to unwind and reconnect with life’s simple pleasures. Nature, with its healing touch, offers us precisely that. Amidst the chaos of our daily grind, there’s a gentle beckoning to return to the tranquillity and harmony of the great outdoors. 

And guess what?! Science backs it up! Studies have shown that spending time outdoors can work wonders for our physical, mental, and emotional well-being, from reducing stress hormones and lowering blood pressure to even boosting our immunity. Nature’s healing powers are nothing short of miraculous. 

Look no further - nature’s perfect escape has been found!

So why not surrender to this serene rhythm at a remote mountain retreat in Portugal? Picture waking up to the soft chirping of birds, the gentle rustle of leaves, and the crisp mountain air caressing your senses. It’s like getting a warm hug from Mother Nature herself allowing her healing powers to work their magic, where the simplicity of living in nature rejuvenates the mind, body, and soul. 

Tucked away in the heart of the mountains, our retreat offers a unique experience; you are invited to live off-grid in unique eco-pods which take inspiration in their design from nature and sacred geometry. These pods are cosy cocoons nestled amidst the stunning beauty of their remote mountain location where the rhythmic lullaby of nature lulls you into a peaceful slumber each night. There’s a certain magic in the simplicity of this experience, reminding us that true luxury isn’t found in material possessions, but in the moments of quiet contemplation and connection with the wonders of our natural surroundings. 

Nature's harmony: Yoga, Pilates and Art

Did you know that a combination of yoga and Pilates offers a whole host of health benefits, from increased flexibility to improved core strength – consider it a double dose of ‘wellness goodness’! You can practice yoga and Pilates amidst the breath-taking vistas of the mountains. You will find a newfound sense of focus and clarity, allowing you to delve deeper into your practice and unleash your inner strength. 

And you can add a dash of creativity to the mix! Surrounded by the breath-taking beauty of nature, with the tranquil sounds of the river as your soundtrack, this is the perfect place for the ultimate creative, mindful, therapeutic escape: a mandala art workshop.  Think of a mandala as a beautiful, intricate design that’s not only pleasing to the eye but also deeply symbolic. Discover the magic of mandala art as a form of meditation, offering a chance to unwind, live in the moment, and let your creativity flow. 

Retreating in nature…there’s so much you can do…or not!

Who says wellness can’t be fun?! And it isn’t just about staying active; it’s also about taking time to completely stop and do nothing.  

Imagine soaking in natural hot springs, surrounded by the stunning mountains, or enjoying an outdoor cinema experience under the stars – the perfect way to unwind. 

Need to cool off? Dive into the crystal-clear waters of the magical swimming creek or relax in the natural infinity swimming pool overlooking the valley. For a detox, head to the hobbit house wood-fired sauna or try the clay mud bath on the private river beach. 

Feeling adventurous? Grab a stand-up paddleboard and explore the calm Mondego River, with beginner instruction available.  

And when the sun sets, gather around the fire-pit with your fellow retreat-goers for some good old-fashioned conversation.  

And for those times when you want that vital stillness, we’ve ensured there are plenty of spaces for you to read, meditate, or simply reflect. Imagine swaying gently in one of our hammocks by the river, listening to the soothing sounds of the water as it flows by. 

Feasts fit for a nature lover - food straight from the garden

Wellness is also about nourishing your body from the inside out. The meals you will eat on this retreat are fresh, delicious, perfectly balanced and prepared by the retreat chef, using home-grown, organic ingredients straight from garden to table. From hearty brunches to decadent dinners, every bite is a celebration of nature’s bounty – so dig in and let your taste buds dance! 

Join us for an unforgettable experience

Spending time at Cara Creek in the remote Portuguese mountains offers a transformative experience that nurtures the mind, body, and soul. This retreat provides a unique blend of yoga, Pilates, art workshops, and immersive nature experiences. You will leave with more than just memories; you’ll carry a renewed sense of vitality, a deeper connection to nature, and a profound sense of inner peace. Perhaps, you’ll come to realise that true luxury lies not in material comforts, but in the simple joys of being present, alive, and at one with the natural world. 

Join the Whitespace team at Cara Creek this October for an unforgettable experience where nature is not just a backdrop, but a guiding force that nourishes, heals, and inspires.  

Book your retreat today and take the first step towards rediscovering your inner harmony amidst the beauty of the natural world.  

– Pam Connolly
Whitespace Owner