International Lifestyle Magazine Issue 52 - Page 58

Set in the beautiful rural setting near Cascais, based at the foot of the Sintra hills and only 3km from Guincho beach you will find the perfect oasis to relax and unwind. The area is protected by National Park so you can be sure that you are not going to be surrounded by buildings that erode away at the natural beauty where you can walk, admire the wild flowers, birds and animals, this is a natural retreat. Less than two hours flight from most European cities and seven hours from New York, Lisbon airport is only 30 minutes away and is well served by regular and low-cost flights. Morada Sol can be reached by car or taxi from Lisbon Airport in 30 minutes, making it a good destination even for a quick getaway. A detox really is about the mental, physical and emotional well being and you need to consider all three when embarking on a detox. If you hire a car during your stay you can hop on the motorway and in less than 30 minutes you can be in Lisbon, the capital city, where you can explore and shop till you drop all the while knowing that at the end of the day you can return to your oasis of peace and calm, slip into the large swimming pool and let the stress of the day just slip away. This really is a destination that ticks every box so everyone within your group can have the experience they want. Marcella, the owner, is mindful of environmental issues and helping preserve the beautiful SintraCascais National Park where Morada Sol is located. She will offer every participant a certificate that a tree has been planted in the park on their behalf and you will have a chance to visit the plantation. So your retreat will be carbon neutral and will help the local community! Detox retreats 2014 has all the regular features plus a few extra including their first detox retreat in January, and personally, I cannot think of a nicer place to do this. This is a nutrition program devised and provided by PortugalĀ“s juice trendsetter Liquid, all the time you are guided and assisted by proven coaches and infusion experts, so you will always be in good hands. Holistic yoga sessions in small groups will help you unwind and relax. The success of most detox retreats is, in part, down to your location, there is no point at all in trying to carry out a detox whilst living in the chaos of busy offices, busy homes, mobile phones and constant interruptions. You need to be able to step out of your everyday situation and immerse yourself into your own well being. Your time spent here will not only be about receiving the foods and juices you need to detox, you will also have the opportunity to partake in workshops, here you can learn about nutrition giving you the education you need to continue on your journey. Walks into the hills will help you clear your mind and whilst you will also be taking part in meditation you will quickly learn that just walking can be the perfect form of meditation, it is literally impossible to have negative thoughts whilst walking within nature. The mystical Sintra hills are the ideal setting, with the ocean offering spectacular views. Ultimately you leave feeling clear minded, your body energised and the tools to continue with your new found feelings when you return home. In short, you will be cleansed from top to bottom with the good feeling that you helped protect this wonderful National Park. Currently the dates are 10-13 January or 17-20 January 2014: New Year Detox 14 -17 or 2124 or 28-31 March 2014: Spring Cleaning Detox. You can also arrange your own retreat for a minimum of 4 people, with a maximum of 20 people for each retreat so a great idea for those who are looking to get a group together for a private event. detoxretreats/ Walking holidays The location also offers the perfect opportunity for those of you looking for a walking holiday, either guided or self guided. Whichever route