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Welcome to Rural Escapes Portugal!
We host retreats and holidays
 in Portugal including yoga |12-step off-grid courses | life-coaching combined art retreats volunteering opportunities vegetarian food off-grid living

Escape to the peaceful southern mountains of Portugal and join Ellis and Camilla at our rural off-grid home set in a 6-hectare valley in the mountainous region of the Serra de Monchique, Algarve. We are a 20-minute drive from the spa town of Monchique and 35 minutes from the surfing beaches of Odeceixe and Aljezur.

Rural Escapes Portugal offers a low-cost holiday where you can relax and explore the surrounding area. We are also especially open to people who are in a 12-step program and Camilla designs yoga retreats especially for them. We are delighted to be opening for bed & breakfast bookings from June 2018. Please click here for accommodation and prices.

We also run yoga retreats and workshops for small groups. We are keen for other teachers/facilitators to run their retreats here and we offer competive and flexible deals for them, please click here for more information.  In the future we plan to run various courses including permaculture, art, cookery, and building – Watch this space!

accommodation

Our accommodation is simple and comprises of the following:

  • A single and double bedroom in Sunrise Lodge
  • Five bell tents, each tent sleeps two
  • 1 tent (with bedding)

Facilities

All rooms are fitted with comfortable beds and our facilities include the following:

  • Four compost toilets
  • Four hot showers
  • Clean bedding and towels (to be used at Rural Escapes only)
  • A washing machine – (€5 per load- free for volunteers)
  • 2 bicycles for exploring (more to come) 
  • A filtered stand alone pool (we will be making a natural pool soon but it probably won’t be ready till 2019)
  • Film nights if requested
  • Extra bed in your room for a child up to 10 years old if available (there well be a €10 one off charge for this to cover cleaning costs)

Click here for accommodation prices

 

 

 

Welcome to Rural Escapes Portugal!
We host retreats and holidays
 in Portugal including yoga |12-step off-grid courses | life-coaching combined art retreats volunteering opportunities vegetarian food off-grid living

Escape to the peaceful southern mountains of Portugal and join Ellis and Camilla at our rural off-grid home set in a 6-hectare valley in the mountainous region of the Serra de Monchique, Algarve. We are a 20-minute drive from the spa town of Monchique and 35 minutes from the surfing beaches of Odeceixe and Aljezur.

Rural Escapes Portugal offers a low-cost holiday where you can relax and explore the surrounding area. We are also especially open to people who are in a 12-step program and Camilla designs yoga retreats especially for them. We are delighted to be opening for bed & breakfast bookings from June 2018. Please click here for accommodation and prices.

We also run yoga retreats and workshops for small groups. We are keen for other teachers/facilitators to run their retreats here and we offer competive and flexible deals for them, please click here for more information.  In the future we plan to run various courses including permaculture, art, cookery, and building – Watch this space!

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about us

Ola!

We’re delighted that you have taken an interest in Rural Escapes  Portugal. We are both professionals from the UK (London & Brighton). Ellis is an accomplished builder who can fix absolutely anything and everything and I am an experienced yoga teacher and also worked in education for many years.

We have three grown-up daughters between us and good lives back in Brighton. However with the girls now grown up we felt we wanted to do something completely different together, experience self-sufficient living and build something that we could enjoy with others.

So how did we end up here?

We both became excited when we saw 6 hectares of land for sale in Portugal advertised on the internet and we decided take a look. That was back in 2015.

It hasn’t take us long to fall in love with this beautiful valley with it’s stunning views of Mount Foia. It is incredibly peaceful here with little disturbance as there are no roads running through it and no neighbours near by. The land has many native trees including cork trees, Medronho (strawberry tree) and Eucalyptus, our aim is to eventually clear the land of Eucalyptus and introduce more native plants and trees including fruit and nut trees. There is no mains electricity here so we live completely off the grid.

Although neither of us came from a permaculture background we have found ourselves becoming drawn to this way of living, we fully appreciate the intelligence of permaculture and have found that as we move through the seasons we are learning more about the land and how to manage it.

These are fresh and exciting times for us which we embrace fully and we hope you are able to join us here and become part of this adventure either as a guest, or perhaps on one of our retreats or even as a volunteer.

Namaste!

Camilla and Ellis Bergman