The Sanctuary of Renana is a medicinal plant healing retreat center offering a unique combination of shamanic techniques and other time-tested, yet modern healing modalities. We are located within a nature reserve, inside the Mondego valley of central Portugal.
Our mission is to provide our guests with the safety and security necessary for them to feel fully at ease during their healing and expansion process. Our focus is centered upon a balanced, comprehensive healing on all levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
At the Sanctuary of Renana we recognize that every guest who comes to work with us is an individual, and will be coming with individual needs. For that reason, we will provide you with access to different healing modalities, administered by professionals, with a wealth of knowledge in their respective fields. Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it Rumi
Venue Highlights Serra da Estrella translates into, star mountain range, and a fitting description that would be.On a clear night the sky is lit up in all its billion star glory, without any kind of pollution to tarnish the brilliant view.By day a treat for the senses awaits, being snuggled into a valley presents breathtaking views, rolling hills & healthy vibrant nature.
Plunge, skip or dip in our generous river that runs right through the grounds. Or perhaps just put your feet up by our luxurious chlorine free swimming pool and absorb some of those healing sun rays Portugal is so famous for.
As we are in the nature reserve the wildlife is thriving in our valley, a long list of mammals and birds, and if you are lucky you may even spot one of our otter neighbours playing in the river right next to your tent!
The area is full of small villages where time appears to have stood still, a rare breath of fresh air in such a chaotic and busy world.Although you can enjoy rural Portugal and all its charms, the city of Guarda is a short drive away in case you are in need of anything.
We welcome you to this magical place, and look forward to sharing its beauty with you.
Amenities Sauna Pool Free Parking Kitchen Tour Assistance Coffee/Tea Yoga Studio Menu Types Vegan Vegetarian Pescetarian Includes Meat Organic Gluten Free Dairy Free Nut Free Menu/Cuisine We try to cater to everybody’s individual tastes.
We begin with a primarily vegan or vegetarian diet, but we also provide meat options for those who so choose. Also providing fresh breads and even brick oven pizzas during the retreat.
We always make sure to accommodate any and all food allergies and restrictions mentioned in our guest´s medical screenings as well.
Accommodations Our venue offers two types of accommodation, Bell tents and Safari tents. The main bathroom and shower area is shared, and toiletries and towels are generally not provided, though can be arranged for you upon request.We also have a swimming pool, a beautiful river for swimming and fishing, a secluded, outdoor yoga/meditation space, a professionally staffed kitchen, a large organic vegetable garden, a fresh smoothie bar, and optional horseback riding (with an additional cost.
Directions We recommend flying to Oporto airport. From there, it is 3 hours by bus or 4 hours by train to the city of Guarda. We recommend for you to arrive at least one day prior to the start of your retreat and to spend the night in Guarda, as we will be picking up the group there on the morning of the first day, and transporting everyone to the center together.
We can provide you with information about buses, trains, and hotels in Guarda once you have completed your reservation, or you can check out the following link:
For bus information:https://www.rede-expressos.pt/en/
For trains information:https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en
We are always more than happy to assist you in making your travel plans and reservations.