Rest + Revuvenate Path

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Allow yourself to stop and breathe for a week in the mindful serenity of the Portuguese mountains. Find true invigoration in our community and wellness centre, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Is life passing you by too quickly? Do you feel like you can’t stop?

You’re always on the go and always running. Without a place to pause, sit and think for a moment, your days are starting to feel the same.

At moments like these, it’s time to escape the grind and reorient yourself towards what is most fundamentally important.

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For 12 years...

we’ve been creating spaces that allow people to do just that: reset and reconnect to their body and mind, fully taken care of within a mindful community.

Over the years we’ve hosted more than 4000 people, and our Portuguese mountainside retreat is the next step in our journey. It’s a tranquil and calming space for the ultimate rest and rejuvenation.

Rediscover slow living in the Serra da Estrela

I had a great experience in this fantastic place. Great facilities, expert staff, healthy food and above all a lovely community. It has been an absolutely memorable experience. Thank you.


What’s included in our Rest & Rejuvenate Path

Further personalise your stay with custom options from our Wellness Menu, such as small group wellness sessions, massage therapy, or cultural excursions. Click HERE for a sample weekly schedule.

Learn more about our centre & unique approach

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Get a bird’s eye view of our charming quintas, stunning meditation hall, modern facilities, and the surrounding UNESCO geopark.

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What makes New Life special? Learn about our carefully designed programs, friendly community, breathtaking location, and more.

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Claire was burnt out and needed a break. Here, she gained much more than she expected. Watch to see why she calls New Life ‘a giant hug.’ 

Rest + Rejuvenate Path

Press the pause button today
per night
  • Minimum Stay 7 nights

Wellness Menu

Feel like indulging in a massage? Want to make the most of your time with us by adding extra sessions? Our custom options are ideal if there are any special areas you’d like to focus on, or if you’d like to fit more activities into your wellness retreat with us. Please enquire about cost and availability.

Small Group Wellness Sessions

A range of Small Group Yoga, Mindful Fitness, Breathwork and Mindfulness Sessions

Meditation Orientation

In a private session with our experienced meditation teacher, you’ll have one-on-one time to ask questions or receive guidance on how to improve your practice. You can also choose a specific exercise to work on, or study topics relating to mindfulness and meditation that you have a particular interest in. It’s an excellent way to enhance your progress and gain the full benefits that mindfulness and meditation can bring to your life.

Mindful Movement

Mindful movement can be excellent for easing tension or pain. It can also help to reduce stress and anxiety. Book private sessions with our body-mind teachers specialising in qigong, yoga therapy, and breathwork. Depending on your needs, choose specific themes and practices to work on for effectively targeted relief.

Massage Sessions

Let your worries melt away. Soothe aches and pains. We work with different specialised professionals who offer full body therapeutic or relaxing massage, Swedish massage, sound massage, and acupuncture. With our skilled massage therapists, you’ll be able to give yourself the permission you need to truly unwind.


We feature regular psycho-educational and body-mind workshops as part of our weekly program. Feel free to add optional workshops to your program path for a more intensive experience of exploration and growth. On weekends we may also have additional workshops with invited teachers. Just share your interests with us and we’ll happily let you know what’s on.


We offer weekend and one-day retreats with our resident and guest teachers based on various themes, including meditation, yoga, dance, coaching, and noble silence. If there’s something specific you’d like to work on, feel free to design your own retreat experience with our Meditation Teacher or Program Manager.

Nature Activities

Nature is a very important healing component of our program. Participate in a forest bath or mindful walk experience, sit on our contemplative benches, and listen to the surrounding sound of birds and streams. It sounds simple but you’ll be amazed at how calm, rested, and at peace you’ll feel by connecting with the natural environment around us.

Outdoor Activities

Our centre is located in the stunning Serra da Estrela natural park, which features hundreds of walking and cycling trails. Ask us about the menu of hikes (with maps in Alltrails) and bike trails (GPS) that you can do on your own. You can also join the weekly scheduled group activity if you feel like some company and good conversation as you explore.

Day Trips and Excursions

Central Portugal offers so many options that it’s sometimes difficult to choose what activity to do. We’re fortunate enough to be situated in a mountain region rich with history. Join a trip guided by local experts and explore fascinating cities and villages located nearby such as Gouveia, Seia, Celorico da Beira, Linhares, and Folgosinho.

Cultural Experiences

Make your visit even fuller by connecting with the local culture. Participate in seasonal activities such as the shepherds’ summer festivities, cheese and chestnut festivals, cherry tree blooming, mushroom hunting, and more. You’ll learn about the region, make friends - and have lots of fun.

Return to daily life rested and rejuvenated, and enjoy the benefits of this week far into the future

Increased resilience

Taking a pause allows you to better negotiate everyday challenges

Mental & physical energy

Our luxurious mountainside facilities allow you to rest and reload your batteries


Feel restored after a week of delicious, balanced meals and fresh mountain air

Inner peace

Stop and breathe, reconnecting to yourself and the world around you


Build a new relationship with your daily life using valuable lessons from our mindfulness-based program

Plan your week with us in the mountains of Serra da Estrela now:

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Book your visit

Use our direct booking system to plan your visit with us. After booking, you’ll receive an information pack with all you need to know about transport, including our low-cost shuttle from Porto airport, and what to expect from your stay with us.


Pause for a week

We’re located in the breathtaking Serra da Estrela Natural Park, a UNESCO Global Geoparks site in central Portugal. While you’re with us, you’ll be fully taken care of so you can focus on recharging your batteries.


Return to daily life rejuvenated and rested

Take this week with us to realign, and we promise you’ll feel the effects of it once you’re back at home. Feel like you need more time? You can always add on a few more nights.

Rest + Rejuvenate Path

Press the pause button today
per night
  • Minimum Stay 7 nights