A retreat in the rugged hills of central Portugal.

Come join us for a week filled with magic in the mountains expect sunshine, yoga, vegan food and kindness all whilst been hugged

by mother nature herself.

4th - 10th September 2022




We invite you to immerse yourself in this abundant wilderness with us and the powerful offerings of kundalini yoga.

Explore cascading river pools, wander endless trails and listen deeply to the sensations of forest bathing.

Find the space to rest and release, cocooned within the sanctuary of the valley, and nourished by delicious daily plant-based meals. Journey fully into practice and return to the grounded rhythms of nature, gently and playfully awakening our innate capacity to heal. On our own. And together, guided in community.

Your journey on this retreat will combine the comprehensive technology of kundalini yoga to release, relax and remove blocks, stresses and tensions from the body, mind and soul, alongside the science of NAAD (harmony)  which uses sound in various forms to uplift your vibrational frequency and heal on a cellular level.


Just some of the documented praises of this tranquil paradise.

"For some reason, a lot of yoga retreats seem to involve tropical beaches. They’re lovely, but so are the mountains. That was part of the thinking behind this sweet retreat in Portugal"

Forbes Magazine

"Could this be the most beautiful place on earth?

At Vale de Moses the birds sing, the sun illuminates rolling forested hills, and the yoga will straighten out your soul, while the yummy food will satisfy your tum."

Om Magazine

"National Geographic Top 5 Yoga Retreats in the world."

National Geographic

"There are no words that can describe the raw beauty of this idyllic retreat centre. As a journalist there should be but sometimes moments like this week leave you speechless."

The Guardian

"If there is a better place to spend a week. I want to see it."

The Telegraph


A Kundalini Journey of nature, nurture and rebalance.

Kundalini yoga is a transformative practice that uses mental, physical and spiritual tools to connect us to deeper levels of consciousness by healing the physical and subtle bodies from the core of our being.

Regular kundalini yoga practice can heal the mind, body and spirit from past trauma and future fear, leaving us to enjoy the presence with joy and serenity.

When we step into our personal power and return to our true authentic nature, anything is possible. Life becomes magical.

Get ready for a mental, physical and spiritual cleanse as I take you through a journey of the 8 major energy centres throughout our week together. These energy centres are mapped to different emotional and psychological areas of the human body and when worked in balance can be used to establish internal harmony.





The teachings are of a physical and spiritual nature combining strong exercise practices (kriyas) with mantra, meditation and breath school.

I will hold two yoga classes per day.

One will be your wake up and energise and one will be your settle down and relax. The classes will be taught in a sequential order for the most transformative experience possible in the time we have together. A well taught kundalini yoga class can make you feel like you’ve just come out of a spa and a therapy session at the same time. This is my aim for your experience.

Most of the sessions will be kundalini based, but I will also be teaching some other forms of yoga such as flow, anusara and nidra based practices all to support the kundalini journey.

Pop up workshops and asana (posture) practices will be available throughout the week for anybody who wants to deepen their practice.

I am so excited to share this healing kundalini energy with you.


"A week at Vale de Moses was a very transformational and connecting experience.

Yoga classes, food, location in the middle of the mountains, beautiful nature, silence, the kindest people taking care of us – everything was superb and more!

High recommendation: this is a magical place to go and see. I'll definitely come back. Thank you!

The food was beyond my wildest expectations - it was delicious, healthy and plentiful.

I wish I could take the chef Yuki home with me.

Yoga retreats these days can often feel pretty commercial; coming away from Vale de Moses I have the warm glow of feeling like having done a good deed towards nature"


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As we feel it's important to nourish your body while staying with us. We're feeders! We lovingly prepare three delicious and nutritious vegetarian/vegan meals every day.

Fresh vegetables, salads and fruit available from our own or our neighbours gardens during the season and from our favourite local greengrocers in Oleiros.

Rich in pulses and grains, low in salt and high in fresh herbs and spices. Honey from local wild bees is preferred over sugar.

Our talented plant-based chefs bring passion and joy to their cooking.

They have years of experience with vegetarian and vegan food in a variety of settings around the world. Their fusion of ingredients, spices and flavours, according to the principles of Ayurveda, mean every dish is not only tasty but also easy to digest. and healthy for you.

The majority of our menus are vegan and gluten free.

We start the day with warming tea, fruit and nuts. After which we serve a nourishing breakfast of rice, millet, quinoa or buckwheat porridge with fruit salad, toasted nuts and seeds, and freshly squeezed juice. Lunch is the biggest meal of the day when our stomachs are best able to digest. Dinners are light to help us sleep more deeply.

Food is plentiful at Vale de Moses. And one of the highlights mentioned

in many of our reviews.

We are well versed in looking after those who have specific dietary requirements.

Please do let us know any other requirements in advance and introduce yourself to our chef when you arrive.



There are a list of treatments you can indulge in during your stay.

These will be at an extra cost.

The treatments range from kundalini reiki (by Polly), acupuncture, energy healing, massage.

These can be booked during your stay at vale de moses.


I (Polly) have carefully designed some beautiful pop-up workshops that you can choose to attend or not that will compliment the teachings offered on the retreat.

The workshops will range from sound healing, mantra, philosophy, kundalini lifestyle and mindfulness.


Immerse yourself in the restorative and healing pine forests of central Portugal.

The emerging science of forest bathing has shown that simply being around trees can heal us.

Phytoncides are one of many curative substances pine trees freely give to the air we breathe here.

Recharge by just breathing in the curative air. Draw your attention meditatively to the sensations arising in the body, and feel better.


Vale de Moses is surrounded by many beautiful tree lined paths that will lead you on sensory hikes through the rolling hills and valleys covered in wild flowers throughout the year.

Absorb yourself in nature on hours of walks, hikes or runs where you are unlikely to meet another human.


Nestled in the foothills of the Serra de Estrela, there are several natural water sources that traverse the beautiful landscape.

Swim and play in the refreshing rivers, streams and cascading pools that flow through these valleys.

The larger lake Rio Zêzere is an hour’s walk through the forest if you’d like a longer swim or an idyllic picnic


We are on a healthful retreat, but we are also in Portugal, home of some of the most beautiful organic and natural wines in the world.

We will do an evening of optional wine tasting complimentary (on us) and bring with us some of the sensational tastes from this culture that you can imagine. 


A lot of heart and soul has gone into restoring the four Xisto stone cottages at Vale de Moses, with great care and respect to the old local Portuguese traditions of building with natural materials: clay, lime, stone and wood. 

Even closer to nature, the Soulpad belle tents are a delightful and comfortable glamping experience.

Wherever you stay you will have nearby access to indoor bathrooms and newly built modern showers.

There are no en-suite rooms but there are plenty of showers and bathrooms near all the options.

Beds are quality Portuguese-made mattresses, all with memory foam toppers, cotton sheets, blankets, mosquito nets, good pillows and duvets.

Restorative sleep is an essential part of your retreat and the stillness is out of this world. 

Frequently Asked Questions

For any further questions - polly@northandsoul.co.uk

Are deposits refundable?

No, unfortunately the deposit is non refundable because this is to secure your space and we only have limited spaces. However you can lock in another retreat with us further down the line.

What shall I bring?

To make the most of your stay here, take daily walks, hikes or runs in the forest accompanied by our dogs and then cool off from the heat of the afternoons in our natural river pools. Bring a good pair of walking shoes or trainers, swimming costume and water bottle to re-hydrate regularly, a warm jumper as the temperature drops in the mountains significantly at night and to cover up after your morning yoga class, a raincoat in October to April, and a good torch or your phone, as the paths at night, unless moonlit, are dark!

You can see the best 10 day weather forecast for us here.

For your yoga practice comfortable, soft stretchy clothing is all you need. We provide yoga mats, towels, and bath robes. In summer sun tan lotion, and mosquito repellent in the Autumn.

You’ll be in and out of the rivers, and the water from your showers goes directly to irrigate orchard trees and shrubs.

We have a range of natural soaps, shampoos and toothpaste to buy.

Pack Light.

Remember that whatever you bring down the mountainside to Vale de Moses, you’ll have to take up again at the end of your stay.

We live on the side of a very steep, deep and breath taking valley.

What If I can't make the retreat, can I get the money back?

Your first deposit is always non refundable, but if you need to cancel your spot on the retreat we will give you your money back if we are able to sell your space.

Which we usually can. 

Are flights and travel included in the retreat?


The retreat includes all of the teachings, accommodation, food for the week, the whole retreat experience.

But anything out of the retreat grounds is to be paid by the participant 

How do I get to Vale De Moses?

We suggest flying into Lisbon or Porto and enjoying time in the city or by the beach before heading up to see us in the mountains.

For those looking to reach us by public transport, we recommend travelling via Lisbon for regular Rede Expressos coach services to our local town of Oleiros, where we’ll pick you up for the short drive to the valley.

You can buy your coach tickets online (only visible a month in advance), via the Rede Expressos or via the MyRNE app on Apple or Google Play, from Lisboa Sete Rios to Oleiros .

The Sete Rios coach station in Lisbon is located close to both the airports and city centre and easily accessible by metro, shuttle bus or taxi.

For those driving from Lisbon or Porto, you’ll find the most up to date and accurate directions on Google maps, as some roads don’t always featured on sat navs.

We will send you a brochure with all the information in it.

How much are the treatments?

Healing treatments are at the heart of the Vale de Moses experience

Over the years we have curated a team of intuitive, compassionate and highly knowledgeable therapists. Each specialised in a unique area of natural healing, working on every level of your being from the physical to the energetic self and guided by ancient wisdom, rooted in the practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Aromatherapy and Energy work.


90 MINUTES - €90.

Aromatherapy massage is a therapy enhanced with highly contracted plant oils (essential oils) added to the massage oil and have been used for thousands of years to benefit physical, mental and emotional health.

During aromatherapy massage, the skin is warmed and the blood drawn to the surface increasing circulation, encouraging the elimination of toxins from the body and speeding up recovery time from illness or injury.

The manipulation of the muscles continues the process, releasing tense knotted muscles as the oils are absorbed through the skin and carried round the body, allowing their healing effects to permeate to all the major body organs.


90 MINUTES - €90.

Chinese Tui Na Massage is a deep tissue treatment on a clothed or covered body excellent for chronic complaints such as whiplash injury, tension, disc problems, rheumatoid arthritis, headaches, migraines, neuralgia, depression, insomnia, chronic strain, frozen shoulder, lumbar pain, and other illnesses of repetitive strain. You will be kneaded into a state of health.



90 MINUTES €90

Acupuncture re-balances the energetic potential of your body by stimulating energetic points or pools of energy through the insertion of needles. Acupuncture examines your physiological and psychological health as a whole to look for patterns of disharmony or imbalance in your body, you are viewed as a whole being in need of re-tuning so to speak. Symptoms of disharmony may be pain in legs, sciatica, insomnia, stress, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, however, in acupuncture the symptoms are treated within the context of the whole of your body.


30 MINUTES €25

One of the greatest benefits of energy healing is stress reduction and relaxation, which triggers the bodies natural healing abilities, and improves and maintains health. Energy healing is a natural therapy that gently balances the body’s life-force and brings health and well being to the recipient.

When the flow of the “Life Force Energy” is disrupted, weakened or blocked, emotional or health problems tend to occur. Imbalances can be caused from many situations occurring in our lives, such as: emotional or physical trauma, injury, negative thoughts and feelings, including fear, worry, doubt, anger, anxiety, negative self-talk, toxicity, nutritional depletion, destructive lifestyle and relationships, neglect of self and lack of love for oneself or others, from emotions that are not expressed in a healthy way.

Energy healing is excellent for healing any physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues of any kind and it gives wonderful results.

What Flights should I get?

Please see How Do I get to Vale De Moses.

Simple and flexible pricing

price option <p>MONTHLY PAYMENT PLAN</p>


£250 p/m

We take £250 deposit and then you will be charged once a month from the date you deposit your first instalment.

There will be 5 X instalments of £250 = £1250

Payment dates can be changed once you deposit simply contact us to re-arrange dates that work best for you.

price option <p>ONE TIME PAYMENT</p>



Reserve you space and pay the full amount of the retreat today and receive this special bonus ✨

BONUS - For anyone who pays in full you will get 2 Free Energy Healing Sessions. This will be Kundalini reiki with Polly and will be held at the retreat.