Off Grid retreat Landeira – May

You’re invited to come and retreat at the Landeira River House.

Our second home is situated in a stunning valley amidst raw nature.

We invite others to join us there on several weekends a year. We welcome single people, couples (or good friends), small groups and families.

For the April retreat we have up to 8 spaces for the full weekend and up to 6 sleeping places available in the bell tent.

The Intention

It is our intention to create wholesome retreats that are simplistic and affordable, retreats that give us all opportunity to support each other in these days of big change. We love to share our skills and they blend quite nicely.

About us

Laura is a gentle movement awareness guide, a yoga therapist who loves to work with the healing art of writing. A UK-native, Laura loves gardening and river-swimming and has made Portugal her home for the past eight years.

Melanie’s passions include systemic constellation work and using emotional healing as a guide to ease into hidden resistances whilst honouring the NOs and the boundaries of every individual. She also loves mental exploration and strongly believes that healing work should contain a fair amount of humour and fun.

We hope to make this a nicely balanced retreat with the opportunity to work on individual challenges as well as having group time and fun together 😉

The program

Here is a rough idea of the plan, however we will go with the flow and changes might happen


  • Arrive in Landeira by 5pm (we can arrange lift sharing)
  • 6 pm: Dinner
  • Opening heart circle round the fire


  • 8-10 am: Morning meditation, journaling, and yoga (Laura)
  • 10 am: Breakfast
  • 11 am-1 pm: Constellation work (Melanie)
  • 1-3pm: Lunch
  • 3- pm: Emotional healing Workshop (Melanie)
  • 5pm: Snack break
  • 6-7.30 pm: Movement & stillness (Laura)
  • 7.30 pm: Dinner
  • 9-10 pm: Fire circle meditation


  • 8-10 am: Morning meditation, journaling and yoga (Laura)
  • 10 am: Breakfast
  • 11 am-1 pm: Integration work
  • 1-3 pm: Lunch
  • 3-4 pm: Time for one-on-one work (yoga therapy/emotional healing)
  • 4pm: Snacks, closing circle and leaving time

The location

Landeira – Santa Cruz da Trapa – Central Portugal

Our house can only be reached by walking for 10-15 minutes over rocky, uneven terrain. It is an off-grid location though we have a 12-volt solar system for a few lights and, if necessary, to charge phones. There is no fridge. We have a compost toilet and there is on outdoor place washing and cleaning teeth. You can jump in the river to freshen up but NO soap or shampoos should be used in the river since it is used for drinking water further down the valley.

Where will I stay?

There is the option to stay in our bell tent for which we ask a contribution of €30 per person (for our work of setting up the tent and taking it down, plus blankets to use as mattresses and covers for the night). You will have to bring a sleeping bag/duvet and possibly an extra mattress for comfort.

What to bring

Bring comfortable clothes and shoes and carry your belongings in a rucksack since there is no pathway for suitcases with wheels.


Food – We will eat and cook together so please either bring food supplies or make a €30 donation for food for the weekend (and please let me know asap which option you decide on).

Sleeping – if you want to stay in the bell tent please let us know. It can sleep up to six people and costs €30 per person for the weekend.

Otherwise feel free to bring your own tent at no extra cost.

Workshops – We put our hearts and souls into the work that we do and are happy to do so for conscious donations. We are also open to accepting non-monitory exchanges. Please tell us if you’d like to exchange. You can pay during the retreat.

Remember for some it might be more difficult to give money than for others and a generous contribution also benefits others.

In this way, we don’t lose the fun of offering our time and work in this way.

We suggest a donation of between 40 and 60 Euros is reasonable.

Want to participate?

Contact Melanie by e-mail, telegram or phone with any questions you may have or for a get-to-know-each-other-chat and reserve your space. If you want to stay in the tent, please pay a deposit of €15 to confirm your stay. Otherwise, no deposit is needed.

E-mail: or

Phone: 00351 239 971 474 or

Telegram: 918 270 302

We look forward to sharing a small part of the journey work together.

Melanie & Laura

Published by Melanie

I love to create and hold safe spaces that allow us to explore the depth of our beings. I do this on the physical level at our homes in Portugal as well as in vibrational ways though being present with people during sessions online or in person. I am also an adventurous homey, that loves to live in and with nature, exploring and living alternatives ways of live, education, health and entertainment.

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