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Ours is less a business, more just an extension of the way we live.

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We live completely off-grid, so our guests can't help but experience and learn about the way we live as they are immersed in it.

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Our yurts and a lot of the furniture in them were made here using our own wood, which has been cut and planked up on site. The beds, shelving units, kitchen shelving and work surfaces have all been made here using our own pine, olive, chestnut and acacia wood.


Yoga Holidays in Portugal - Responsible Business Policy

We are a small family run business, aiming to provide an annual income by sharing our sustainable, eco property with guests during the summer months. Ours is less a business, more just an extension of the way we live. We are growing slowly each year, but will always be a small centre. We will not have more than 10 guests here at a time in order to maintain privacy, peace and to stay within our own resources, electricity, water etc. We work with our local community, regenerating a long forgotten property on the outer edge of our small village. Just as much as we may generate income for our local community, they also support us. We order all our building materials through a local tradesman, and we often shop in one of the small village shops, buying basics like milk, ordering bread, cheese and eggs. Our children boost the population of the small local school, under threat of closure. Just through living here we support local economy and social growth, and our business only continues to do so.


Economic - one of the major aspects for us about living sustainably is that we can also sustain ourselves economically, from our own resources. As well as trying to provide our own food from our garden, our business not only generates revenue for our family, but contributes financially to our village. Our guests often shop in the village, order bread there, visit the cafés for snacks and drinks, and purchase some of the local handicrafts sold there. When preparing food for retreats, what doesn't come from our own organic vegetable garden comes from our village shop, neighbours fruit trees and our local market, where many local growers sell their produce. We give our guests information on local shops and markets, and emphasise the quality of food available there. We also make available for sale a selection of local products, hand dyed and spun wool, natural soaps and herbal balms and creams.

Environmental - we live completely off-grid, so our guests can't help but experience and learn about the way we live as they are immersed in it. We use both solar and hydro systems to generate our electricity, which provides enough to support our three main yurts. Our water is heated by the sun during the warmer months, using a very simple system of long black plastic pipes coiled in the sun which supplies the hot water feed in showers and kitchen areas. We also use locally purchased wood burning boilers which we use on cooler days and during the winter. We heat our yurts using woodburners, which were made locally by a friend. Our toilets are eco- composting toilets, generating fantastic compost for our garden (after a three year resting period).

We grow as much of our own vegetable produce during the summer months and also harvest and press our own olives each year, providing us with more than enough cold pressed organic virgin olive oil.

We encourage all out guests to be aware of the resources they are using when on site here. To unplug and turn items off, to be economical with water use, to shower during the day when the solar water is hot and to bring biological shower products with them when they come. Of course we recycle, and provide appropriate bins and information for guests to do the same.

Our yurts and a lot of the furniture in them were made here using our own wood, which has been cut and planked up on site. The beds, shelving units, kitchen shelving and work surfaces have all been made here using our own pine, olive, chestnut and acacia wood.

Social - we make sure our guests get a real sense of the part of Portugal they are visiting. Our guests almost always walk into the village to visit the cafés, use the post office and small shop. Often our guests have been invited into local homes and adegas to sample local food, wine and liqueurs, something which is very much a part of local life. We use two local taxi companies to help collect guests, and at various times we have employed locals from our village to help with building work and some land clearing.

We also provide working holidays, accommodating several volunteers each year. This brings young people from around the world to our village, some of our recent volunteers come from New Zealand, Lithuania and Denmark.

Increasingly we receive more Portuguese guests as the interest in eco living and sustainability reach a wider audience.


The story behind our business.......


Our business is growing slowly each year. We chose to live in a part of Portugal where we see local people living in a sustainable way, very much in touch with the land and it's cycles. We chose a yurt to live in while restoring our property because of its low impact on the environment and peaceful aesthetic qualities. Living in a yurt led us to making yurts. Our yurt retreat accommodation had all been made on site using wood from our own land. It was a natural progression from yurt rentals to small yoga retreats. We all enjoy sharing our home, providing a rejuvenating, peaceful retreat space for guests. Living in this way is never without it's challenges, particularly in the winter months, but we learn more all the time, and always feel very inspired by the overwhelming positive responses of our guests each year.

 

 

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'Thank you for the food, it was definitely the best selection of dishes we have ever come across on holiday' Sarah and Dennis. Ireland

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