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Thank you to our guests for these lovely reviews. You can find these reviews written in our guestbook in our library.

…..You  have created such a peaceful haven……You have been wonderful teachers; I  can’t believe how much I have learned during the week from each of your  classes. Your approach carries huge wisdom. I have gained a real  appreciation & clearer understanding of Yoga. The combination of  Yoga- both movement & meditation- plus the delicious food  has left  me feeling so rested, reinvigorated & with a greater sense of  wellbeing……….I hope to see the developments you are planning over the  next few years & know this will become an increasingly wonderful  place to visit.


Emma, London, England

I   have had a truly rejuvenating and enriching stay. not only do i feel   well rested and energized, more so leaving with the feeling of   motivation and am inspired to return home again. what marks this retreat   as unique is the wholesome balance which peter and sue achieve in the   way they live. they enjoy a beautiful and respectful relationship with   the earth and this is reflected in there yoga practice and there diet.   there macrobiotic lifestyle means that nothing is wasted and everything   is free to move through the cycle of nature. this balance is captured  in  there approach to yoga and you are taught the dynamics by which to   reconnect with the breath with the earth and with your inner awareness.   what i found refreshing was the unpretentious way peter and sue where  able to recreate the conditions by which i was able to reconnect with  nature.

They live in a beautiful part of portugal  which is  surrounded by hills valleys and forests. the yoga spaces take  you right  out onto the edges of these dramatic views. the food is  delicious and  leaves you feeling nourished and grounded. you will truly  enjoy the  wonders of this rustic rural yoga retreat.

I did!

Zahra, Southampton, UK

‘less   thinking, more doing’ I thought that was the lesson I learned this   week- yet it came to me as I lay in the hammock  yet again for another   2hrs reading, thinking, writing, thinking……..!
I learned that the   flexibility that came so easily 35 years ago is still there if I use all   that I know – about focus, intent, grounding, breathing & bandhas.   Together you two have created a warm ,loving, caring space where I  could  begin to let go of the physical& emotional tensions of 30  years of  cycling,  kayaking, childbearing, homemaking &  partnership. I have  reconnected to a part of me that somehow got lost  & buried along the  way. I never thought I’d  say this but I’m  so  glad the sea kayaking  was fully booked & I couldn’t go ! this was  the right place to be  now. I hope I remember even half of what I have  learned this week . My  guts tell me I have to learn to cook like you  Sue & teach like you  both.

                                                                                                                                 H.   UK

Well well, my time here at the happy soul farm has come to a   close…….From the beginning I knew I was in a place where my mind, body   & soul would grow & strengthen. Only from your patience,   generosity & wisdom have I felt these areas of my life grow &   work together.
I take with me more than stronger arms & John Lennon lyrics, but a practise I know will be with me for a long, long while.
It   is my time now to bring this newly sprouted foundation with me  wherever  I go & I cannot forget how it grew its roots here at the  happy soul  farm.

Alexandria USA

Thankyou so much for such  a  wonderful week in your AMAZING home. Ive loved every minute of it  from  the moment I arrived to the sad time of leaving now. So relaxing,   tranquil & I love my chilled out camping spot with a view. Thanks   for making me feel so welcome & feeling so at home…am very inspired   by your set up here & have really enjoyed a week away from ‘normal   life’ . I am looking forward to learning how to incorporate everything I   have learned from the great yoga practise as a part of normal life  from  now on. Have learned so much from you both & its been great  sharing  this week with you & am already looking forward to coming  back..  hopefully soon…thanks also for all the advise & discussions  on life…  you’ve opened my eyes to a different way of approaching many  things. Am  leaving so calm, relaxed 7 inspired about life…will miss  this chilled  out vibe

Olivia, London, UK

In true form ive only given myself a few minutes to write this, so ill just list a few things ive learned in my time here……
When someone like Sue tells you, you are a beautiful person its ok to believe it
Without a solid foundation its not going to turn out right….
Never   take Peter seriously unless hes giving you an ass-kicking in which  case  you deserve it ( & if you think you don’t then you really,  really  do) & he only does because he cares. & hes frustratingly  always  right ( even when hes not making any sense)
Thankyou so much for giving me a home ( & a place to finish my thesis!!) I really do adore you two.

Who am I? Im Erin…..MA, Alaska, USA

Thankyou   for the awesome two weeks of yoga & reflection. A much needed   relaxation. Hopefully I can keep a straighter spine & a more open   heart on my return to ‘civilisation’. Good luck to Simba & the rest   of the pack & I hope my atempts to milk Shakti have not left her  too  traumatised.

Dan, UK

Ashtanga- vinyasa- Yoga, Amieira   ‘EXTRAORDINARY’ The place, the cats, the dogs, the goats, Peter &   Sue…Thankyou for providing me time & space to practise being ‘ME’   For reining me in, for lengthening my spine, for attending to my breath.
You have a wonderful place which can only get better. Am already looking forward to my next visit.

Michelle, UK

A poem for you…..
I JUST WANT SOME SOCKS WITHOUT HOLES
I just want some socks without holes
Yesh Yeesh
They can be any socks, I don’t mind, just not with holes!

But we are all socks with holes really
And we are all searching to mend our holes
The posture , the pattern
The focus, the thread
The breath, the needles
Mending & healing our holes

We learn to see the patterns of our life.

So, maybe, If I practise, If I search for the pattern & let the breath do its work,
Then, maybe, I will get some socks without holes.

With my love & thanks for the gift of yourselves, your home & your wisdom.

Sue, UK



Thankyou for sharing your lives with us this ‘amasing’ week. We have fallen in love with you & this place & time……..
……What are you waiting for ?
Don’t you know theres no time to waste ?
What are you waiting for?
……..Hanging around waiting to be saved,
It turns out no-one wants to know,
Its up to you , to take control of your destiny,
……..Manifest the things that you need,
Nothings beyond your reach,
Your dreams are the things that make you who you are,
So cling to them & turn them real……

Carl. UK

What   a fantastic journey weve taken this week. Thankyou for letting us into   your farmyard of fun! Your honesty, openess & free spirit is truly   inspirational. I feel I have really grown in the short time of being   here.

Lindsay UK

I feel truly blessed to find you in these   tranquil mountains, thankyou for welcoming me into your wonderful  home,  wisdom, laughter, food &animals, vibrant spirits &  beautiful  souls. The week has been soo carefully thought out with the  practice  & workshops unfearling the layers of ashtanga  & for  leading me into the most beautiful meditations & giving  space &  silence to just breathe, just be & helping me find its  beauty  & stirrum sukham ! Especially loved the spirallic dynamics  workshop  & the instinctual hands on assists helping me to root down  &  open up. Thanks for showing me you can live your dreams, sad to  leave  but am doing so balanced, inspired & grateful for the yogic  path.

Martha. UK


I  feel so grateful to have  experienced your kind, gentle, compassionate,  open-heartedness over the  past week. My coming here truly was  synchronicity. It was exactly what I  needed at this transitional time  of my life. I have been truly inspired  by what you have created here on  this beautiful piece of earth…. Yoga  retreat, sanctuary, farm… &  by your mindful lifestyle. Through yoga,  food, reading, contemplation  & conversation, my awareness has been  heightened & a fire  inside me rekindled, a fire that has been burned  out far too long. I am  so excited to continue on this path of growth,  learning,  discovery….& hope to contribute to the goodness of the  planet as  you have done here.

                                                                                                                     Steph,   Canada

This tall German/ American/Dutch (?) woman came to have  a  week in the Portuguese countryside while having yoga practice. Why  did  she have to bring her laptop & why did she think she should  work on  her PHD while taking in the time here? NO CLUE ! Luckily after  absorbed  half a day of the precious air around here, she erased those  horrendous  working plans & just enjoyed the nature, atmosphere,  people,  learning more about ashtanga & foods….
Thanks a lot, this was a great week & helped to remind me that I am changing my path  & to follow my heart…………

                                                                                                                       Maxi,   Holland

My honest appreciation for providing this space &   ultimately your personal dream & vision  to all of us. Thank you   both for your generosity, hospitality & honesty. I have a better   understanding of focusing inwards using drishti. I cant believe I have   completed the (amended, adapted) primary series. I rediscovered the   importance of focusing on the breath & lengthening, spiraling &   especially I started feeling the bandas. ….Some special moments…….
Stroling dear Queenie, pure love
Discovering the Bihar editions, deep wisdom
Pergola, the perfect place to relax, read & meditate
The blue sky in between the pines
Food, macrobiotic or ayurvedic, always tasty
The unexpected pleasure of a pudding
The river, grounding into the mud
The ripe figs, straight from the tree
The night sky, full of galaxys
A falling star & a wish
The numbing heat & the blessing of a breeze
Sleeping in my roofless tent & staring at the stars
Willow cooling himself with melons
The cockrel in the mornings
The people, their stories & the search for the truth
The clothes drying on the line in half an hour!
A variety of herbal teas, totally  tea-total
The pleasure of a coffee in a tiny shop  …..etc

                                                                                                                     Thanos,   Greece.                                      

Thank you for a   lovely stay. The smiling happy face of Finn as he & Simba sais hello   to each other is fantastic!! Beautiful place of hosts, Thankyou   lots……(Thanks for the lovely birthday cakes) …… Hope to see you again.

                                                                          Conal, Nicola & Finn. Northern Ireland



Bloody marvelous yoga & food.

                                                                                                                Susan   & Phil, UK



I came here a bit afraid of the Hens,   lost a dog in the woods, got jumped on by a cat at night. Love you all   !!!  Tusen Takk ! Yoga & food was great too .

                                                                                                               Lisbeth, Norway



Thank   you for sharing your little place of security. It has been a perfect   place for me to refocus, rebalance & improve my practice. You are   both very inspiring & I look forward to returning.

                                                                                                           Emma, Essex, UK



Thank   you for a great week. The yoga was really good, the food amazing &   all the animals great for cudling !!  Thanks for being so hospitable   & warm. Look forward to coming again.

                                                                                                                           Kate,   UK



Thanks so much for a really relaxing & enjoyable week- its been great & have loved the macrobiotic food.

                                                                                                                             Helen,   UK



…..a wonderful week. The yoga sessions were really   complimentary & it was great to be able to try to apply what we had   learned in Sue’s workshops in Peters ashtanga classes. And I have been   inspired to try all sorts of ‘cooking without’ at home. The food has   been delicious & I haven’t missed eating cheese for a moment, which   is quite an achievement……

                                                                                                                           Robin,   UK



….a fantastic week- I have had such a good time   & learned so much- have made lots of resolutions about practicing   yoga, gardening, leading a greener life…! It is so beautiful here- all   the rooms as well as the scenery & of course the animals ! I wasn’t   all that keen on dogs before (scared) but now I’m completely converted.   And I think I will even miss being woken by the cockrel & the   honking donkey ! This is so idyllic & opposite to London  I can’t   really get my head round  going back…
Thank you for all the wonderful   food, the teaching & good company. And of course for upgrading us   from the tent to the cottage……. Hope to see you again soon.

                                                                                                          Hazel, London, UK



Thanks   for opening your home to me. You have a unique place & a unique   lifestyle which I hope will become more common. As a city boy you have   given me a unique insight into a different way of life. I will always be   grateful, I hope you will welcome my wife & I again one day.

                                                                                                           Ernie, London, UK



What   a wonderful experience you have given & provided with your  retreat.  This week has provided me with all I was seeking & so much  more.  Thankyou for opening your home, your hearts & your  kitchen…yum! ……..

                                                                                                                            Kele,   USA



I’ve  had a fantastic time. I’m going home to find   some mung beans & some hing. Who would have thought I would finish   the week still unable to touch my toes but feeling so pleased about it  !  I’m going home with a far more controlled, balanced practice & a   new attitude about what I want to learn- heres to a happy lumbar curve  !  hopefully I’ll be back again.

                                                                                              Hannah, Glasgow, Scotland



The   yoga classes were energizing & empowering, the food delicious  &  wholesome, the environment spectacular & grounding & most  of  all the ease that it all creates was a gift. Your warmth, openness   &empathy has created  something really special here. I’m sure I’ll   be back.

                                                                                                                       Evie,   Ireland



…..a very relaxing week. I’ve learned a lot about yoga, it’s history & approach. The library is amazing.

                                                                                                                           Gareth,   UK



Relaxing, peaceful, Imagination, Inner thoughts,   food, discovery, Yoga, flowers, incense,animals, wood, fire, creek,   picnics, kindness, sleep, still, sounds, green, pink, yellow, Peter   & Sue.

                                                                                                            Joanne, Leeds, UK



The   past two weeks were without doubt, the BEST time I ever spent abroad!   Thankyou for decorating my room with paintings of irises : this lucky   coincidence made me feel at home straight away. Thankyou for your   hospitality, making everyone feel part of your family. This holiday was   exactly what I needed. I cannot describe in words what being amidst the   be-au-ti-ful nature did to me. It was so nice to feel a connection to   the earth again. I absolutely adored all of your lovely dishes & am   taking some good food/health advise back with me to Belgium !
Thankyou   for all the inspiring yoga classes & workshops. My horizon has  been  broadened, my sense has been deepened & my pictures getting  bigger  on yoga & the way it extends to your entire life & the   universe………….I will be coming back here for sure….but what I’ve   experienced over the last two weeks I will keep with me forever………………

                                                                                                                          Iris,   Belgium



…..a relaxing & fulfilling week, mentally  & physically. You have a great home here in Portugal,  it is  peaceful, beautiful & charming. A great place to escape &   practice yoga. I feel I have gained more awareness within  my practice   & feel well rested. I am already looking forward to returning &   seeing how this lovely retreat has developed….. the food was also   amazing & inspiring…

                                                                                                                       Vardeep,   UK



Really enjoyed this perfect vacation. A perfect relaxed place to rest & focus on yoga.

                                                                                                                       Rene,   Holland.



Jai shiv Shankar, Om namah shivaya
……a   wonderful week away from the stresses & strains of London life. The   retreat is just what I needed. The animals are a joy to be around. You   have both inspired me to continue with my practice. Thankyou so much  for  the yoga sessions. The great healthy, veggie food & all the  chats. I  hope to be back, but now I must return to my other reality.  Sad to be  leaving. A house is made of bricks, a home is made of  hearts…….

                                                                                                         Vinita, London, UK



Thank   you for your warmth & generosity. Your home is fantastic, a   weonderful place to reflect, open your mind & meet lovely people.   Thankyou for sharing your experiences & thoughts. I hope to learn   more on my next visit.

                                                                                                                              Rob,   UK



This week has shown me that one of these days,   sometime in the future I will be able to start learning yoga. Start the   path to become less arrogant, more humble. Thank you…..

                                                                                                               Helena, Finland.



Thank   you so much for this amazing experience, I have felt so at home here   & have been nourished not just with amazing food but warmth &   generosity. I arrived here as a beginner, having learned for the first   time that this is a long journey & that I don’t have to be able to   do everything immediately. I have learned so much & you have put me   on a new path. I have also had the much needed rest & relaxation   that my mind & body so desperately needed. I look forward to doing   this all again in the future so until then………

                                                                                                                        Cerys,   Wales



So this one time on my gap YAH in Portugal….
Thank   you so much for letting us share life with you these past 2 months.I   feel like the ‘manky feet retreat’ has become my home in Portugal. You   have been so generous to us & I treasure the gifts you’ve given us,   all the lessons (both challenging & fun) & the time weve spent   together…………..Thanks for being so encouraging of my baking & the   recipe book……….Thanks for starting me off in yoga, I’m going to   continue…….Thankyou for challenging my ego & ‘taking it personally   syndrome' . Thankyou for encouraging me to find out for myself & to   be alone with my mind……Thankyou for teaching me how to milk a goat, how   to make hummus & how to safely get myself into padmasana……… I’ve  had  a wonderful experiencewith you here, I hope very much to come back   & visit……….

                                                                                    Cham- Cham, Massachettes, USA



When   I think back over the last couple of months, it reminds me of when I   came back from my ‘gap yah’ & everyone asked me how it was. I could   only answer ‘yeah, it was pretty good’ because it was impossible to   condense 6 months into one conversation…………..I feel I am faced with the   same thing here. I came here wanting to know what yoga really means   above & beyond the body shapes & now I leave with a realization   of its worth which surpasses any inkling which I might have had before   coming here. You have shown us that it is possible to live the sort of   ‘unrespectable’ life parents don’t want you to live! & this is both   inspiring & hope giving. The food was great. I love the animals.  You  are blessed with a wonderful location & with the most  uncommonly  beautiful skies & sunsets  of anywhere I’ve ever been.  You have  helped clarify & confirm things which I kind of already  knew &  have taught me things I didn’t know/ wasn’t aware of as  well. Thank you  so much for everything……..

                                                                                          Miggy, St Andrews, Scotland.



You   have given me the break I desperately needed, some time to  re-evaluate.  Thankyou for getting my back straight, for letting me feel  up your goat  & getting me excited about food again. I’ve learned  so much , not  just about yoga, but what it’s like to follow your  dreams. You guys make  it seem possible! You are sending me home  humbled, refreshed &  inspired……

                                                                                                                         Alex,   Wales



Arrive, disorientated. Drop all  XS luggage. LET GO of EVERYTHING  Drishti !!!!
Rebirth…..slow    Blossom……take it easy baby! Leave, light…..like a Feather. Namaste.

                                                                                                                        Vesta,   France



Peter, Sue & the magical, mad, menagerie.   Slightly intimidated by the tomes written in here previously, I’ll   summarise my week in the vernacular of my homeland: ‘BLOODY AWESOME   MATE’ The wonderful sense of balance in the practice, the workshops, the   food, the farm & most of all in yourselves has enabled me- even in   this short time- to regain a sense of balance, peace & confidence  in  myself. I’ll be leaving with renewed vigour, energy & PIZAZZ for  my  yoga practice  & also for life & all the dazzling  possibilities  it holds. And possibly also with Simba,  cutest-dog-like-everrrr…….

                                                                                                      Sal, Holland/Australia



This   week has been awesome. Such a beautiful place, I felt at home at once.  I  have so much to take away with me. Focus, mental calm, extra   bendiness…… I will miss the afternoon pergola time, & will   definitely be trying out your recipes at home.

                                                                                                             Ruth, Bristol, UK



Lovely, lovely, lovely…… what an amazing week. Fully detoxed & energized- exactly what I needed. See you next time.

                                                                                                                JD, Bristol, UK


A beautiful place, good yoga practice, nice people & amazing food. Thank you very much.

                                                                                                                               Kris,   UK



Thankyou SO SO much for a wonderful experience. I   have been able to get a small sense of self & find some happiness   again in my life  through your practice, the place, the food & the   love that exists here. I look forward to seeing you all very soon.

                                                                                                                       Alberto,   Spain



       
It is with love & gratitude  &  the most overwhelming sense of peace that I end my week here at  your  oasis. I have been looking forward to this time & experience  for  such a long time & it never disappointed. You have built a most   wonderful alternate universe of quiet, nature, amazing food &   wonderful company. My guts haven’t felt this good  for years! ……….

                                                                                                              Aideen, Australia



Top   time with top people. Its been totally awesome. I leave here inspired   with new insights on many levels. Loved the practice, the mud spa &   everything about your  retreat. Thanks to you two honest &  beautiful  people for creating such  an honest & beautiful space for  us folks  to come & share! Its been pure magic.

                                                                                                                         Donna,   UK



…….an amazing week. I feel inspired to continue   yoga, to give up sugar, to tackle all the issues. ………..an amazing week   just at the right time.

                                                                                                                               Liz,   UK



…..a wonderful 3 weeks. I came feeling anxious that  I  would be drilled through the primary series by a blond haired,  northern  hippy & I’m glad to say only half of that came true. The  yoga was  so much more fulfilling than I expected & I am leaving  with a  thorough grounding not only in the postures but the philosophy  &  reasoning behind it all. …..Thank you for the grub ! my stomach  has  never been so pleased with itself. I will dream of rice porridge on  many  a rainy morning. Thank you for your kindness, hospitality &  most of  all  a great laugh. I hope to be back again soon.

                                                                                                                              Bex,   UK



Not sure what to say. Cant really fit my feelings  on  to one page. Your both fucking great . Am I allowed to swear in  this?  Ive had an amazing time. All that others have written on the  pages  before me kind of sums it up……………………

                                                                                                                           Nikki,   UK

I never thought my spiritual journey would include wheeling   the shit buckets but everything seems to have come together to  challenge  my skepticism & lack of understanding of  what yoga  really is. You  have opened up a whole universe of possibilities &  for  that  I am  forever in your debt. I just hope I have the mental  strength to take it  to the next level. Thanks for sharing your space  & time  & your   yoga.

                                                                                                           Vic   & Al , Sri Lanka



…..a brilliant week, very good for me, fantastic place, brilliant yoga……

                                                                                                                  Marje, Norway



…….a  wonderful, WONDERFUL week! My first yoga retreat has been a magical  experience, in large part due to you very special people…….I hope to see  you back here next year.

                                                                                                                        Lyndsey,   UK



This time in this peaceful heaven has definitely  been the highlight of my vacation. The relaxation, the meditation  that  came along with it have of course been the elements hitting,  changing  & lettering my heart. The great sense of awareness that  yoga gives  is what you have also been making people feel- this is great !  so  congratulations. Glad I got to meet you……….

                                                                                                                Anon, EARTH



….a   wonderful experience. Your warm , patient & caring hearts have   helped me to begin my new journey. Yet again, I have learned so much   & am going home strong & focused. Looking forward to seeing you   both again & returning next year to your beautiful yoga retreat…….

                                                                                                                             Helen,   UK



………..I feel so incredibly lucky that I ever got to   come here & meet you both. I never felt so much love, warmth &   kindness in one place & such a beautiful place. Ive never felt so  at  home so far from home…………………You have inspired not only a love of  yoga  in me but so much more- ive learned so much from you & about  myself  since I was here a year ago so thank you a million times……….

                                                                                                                             Kate,   UK



Thank you for your great hospitality & expert tuition throughout the week……..

                                                                                                                              Luke,   UK



…….a wonderful week , ive learned so much & as   you promised my practice is so much more fulfilling. I will return next   year & maybe bring some others with me..

                                                                                                                           Janet,   UK



…..thank you  so much for creating such a magical   place. Here is special, out of time but in the world, completely. A   space of joy & quiet meditation.  A home. Filled with you & your   welcome……..

                                                                                                            Hugo & Lara, UK



Thank   you so much for letting me share your lovely home & land. The   classes have been inspiring & you have both been very patient with   my beginner knowledge. I have learned a great amount & will try to   take it with me in my practice. A good foundation to continue my yoga   journey. Thank you for your warm smiles.

                                                                                                                        Annabel,UK



Wonderful,   happy, shiny people. Thank you for introducing me to such a magical   place, bloody well done for finding it & making it special &   even more beautiful.  Yoga has been inspirational & the food bloody   marvelous. See you next year…

                                                                                                                           Pippa,   UK



I cannot begin to tell you how happy & joyous I   am that our paths crossed in this way. This truly is a magical place   where everything is as it should be. Thankyou so much for your ultimate   hospitality. ‘the road to a friends house is never very far’ ‘don’t  lick  the toad’……………………….

                                                                                                                              Taz,   UK



A thousand thanks to everyone at Quinta Perfume for   an incredible week. I have learned so much, about my yoga practice,   about me, about living with other people. But maybe the more important   is the way I have learned, muito obrigado Sue & Peter for sharing so   much.

                                                                                                                    Miguel,   France



….an amazing week, you have helped me put my   mind & body back together again. Met some interesting people, ate   some outrageously good chocolate brownies & found some peace   within….

                                                                                                                          Chrissy,UK



WINTER  2009 -10



May   all beings everywhere be happy & free – it brings much joy,  comfort  & peace knowing that is what life is at Quinta Perfume.  What a  magnificent way to bring in a new year & a new decade ! The  universe  will surely receive the new year manifestations surrendered to  the  bonfire & accompanied by amazing vibrations from chanting,  Thankyou  for opening your beautiful lives & sharing your amazing  home. Sue & Peter  your teaching & cooking, friendship &  company are true gifts.  In honor of the time I spent in the kitchen  with Sue, I’d Like to share a  recipe here…….
RECIPE FOR SWEET RETREAT
1 yoga mat
2 cups open-mindedness
4 heaped tbsp of laughter
108 pine cones (try not to set on fire by drying on top of stove ..peter)
2 handfuls of local honey
Warm sweaters to taste
Combine in company of Sue, Peter,all the animals, Beate, Roberto, Julia, Neves & MJ
Om shanti, shanti, shanti
Namaste

                                                                                              Lori, Charlottesville, VA, USA

I  expected nothing but a holiday,  but I leave with not just had a  holiday. I had a very special  experience with  love. The love is passed  to me in your yoga lessons,  food, the place & the laughters. I  will water this love & let it  grow & pass it to more people.
Before self-awareness, I practice & wash up, after self-awareness, practicing & washing up !

                                                                                                                         Julia,   China



“It maybe when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work.
And that when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real Journey”
With   your kind & loving presence you have created an amazing space  where  we could lose & find ourselves at the same time. Thankyou.

                                                                                 Beate, Germany & Roberto, Mexico



I   come back to my real world with a calm mind. Who needs central heating   or an electric blanket !! Nature, rain, cold, stove, good books, mats,   rain, torch, rain, laughs, terrific food, macrobiotic food, rain,  walks,  rain, loads of blankets on the bed, rain, ashtanga yeah! Rain,  green valleys…… Ah!! On Thursday jan 7th  SUNSHINE , no rain…..
Thanks so much for everything, it was a great experience for me. It helps me to keep going through my journey.

                                                                                                                     MJ, Spain



SUMMER  2009



…..My   body feels rested & energized, my mind pacified & quiet, my   yoga practice deepened & balanced. A special tranquility & peace   combined with beautiful views & lightheartedness allows   reconnection with simplicity, nature & slowness. I leave with a   renewed motivation for my practice, greater attention to my body,   reaping the benefits of a macrobiotic lifestyle. There is a certain   magic here exuding from warm open hearts & a happy acceptance………..a   unique & special retreat.

Juliette, Geneve, Suisse.



….the   sun illuminated the area & took my breath away. What a special   place! Both Sue & Peter gave totally unconditionally, sharing,   showing patience & Compassion. Next time I come I will remember the   parachute to soften my ‘egoic’ challenge. Bless you both, I feel a   connection that I’ll carry throughout my life…………

Tony, Sheffield, England.



Saluting   the sun, the sunflowers & the tree-top sky, there is a magic in   this place, you travel between movement & stillness, between   serenity & happy chaos. Thank you for opening our minds &   deepening our yoga practice.

Sandra & Andre, S. Ireland.



Thank   you for a strengthening & relaxing week. Day after day I enjoyed   the yoga & this beautiful atmosphere more & more……… I got what I   was looking for: total relaxation, fitness, calmness & of course   excellent yoga lessons And I absolutely loved the food.

                                                                                                         Kirsikka, Finland.



.....Anyways   to cut a long story short I came for a week & stayed for a month. I   was lucky to have the space in my life to do that & I will always   be grateful to the Peter & Sue show for their hospitality &   warmth & smiles & their great way of sharing their gifts.

Rosie, C.Cork, Ireland.



………An   amazing week of inspiring yoga & beautiful food. I will miss the   beautiful surroundings of your magical hilltop place…….. I know I will   return shortly if not only to revisit my friend Willow!



                                                                                           Gareth, Lancashire, England.

….Thank   you for allowing me to be part of your world this week. This is a  truly  beautiful place. I know the fresh piney air & the healthy  lifestyle  has done me the world of good. I have enjoyed befriending the  animals.  Queenie wins the prize for the sweetest dog in the world  & Willow  gets the award for the loudest ee-aw! I really appreciate  your help  & patience with the yoga. As a beginner it can be a bit  frightening  coming to a retreat but you both put me at my ease &  encouraged  me……I am so impressed with your attitude to life, openness,  kindness  & sensitivity. You two are a great craic as well………….

Karen, Belfast, N. Ireland.



…..From   the moment I arrived I was welcomed warmly. The retreat soon began to   feel like home with family & animals around me….Yoga practices were   amazing, Sue & Peter are great teachers with patience &   understanding. They have different styles of teaching that compliment   each other so well.  Each student was put at ease through emphasis on   not going beyond our own edge & being comfortable in each Asana. I   have learned so many basic principles that have helped my practice to   develop. I was able to take the philosophy & understanding of the   five elements that we worked on in Sue’s classes, through to Peter’s   Ashtanga classes…. The practice room is perfect, peaceful & natural,   never before have I felt so focused……The food is delicious, Sue puts  so  much thought into the dishes she prepares & is always happy to   share her knowledge of nutrition & cooking…..The animals were a   delight to have around….. sensitive & Friendly, Sue & Peters   influence no doubt. The views from the retreat are wonderful…..numerous   paths take you to a hammock, swing or deckchair… peaceful places to sit   & relax. The rustic buildings are so beautiful. The energy  uplifting  yet grounding. The star filled night sky encourages you to be  still  & ‘be here now’………….I’ve met two inspiring teachers who are  living a  simple natural yogic lifestyle, who are down to earth and have  a good  sense of humor, a great outlook on life, who don’t preach, who  share  everything with you & are open & honest…………..

Helen, Lancashire, England.

……warm   & caring atmosphere. Thanks for sharing some of my journey in life   & Yoga, Thanks for understanding. The Dynamic yoga classes gave  new  dimensions to my Ashtanga practice & made my practice more  peaceful  & Relaxing. The people, place, yoga & all the lovely  animals  make the changes possible.

                                                                                                         Matleena, Finland.

I   met Sue & Peter soon after they arrived in Portugal &  witnessed  all their hard work that they have put into creating this  lovely  peaceful place. It has been great to experience their teaching  which I  found informative, caring & with a focus to enhancing the  techniques  needed to help me go deeper into my Yoga practice. It’s  lovely to see  you begin to realize your dream & to see you sharing  your teachings  & helping to spread a bit more peace & harmony.  Thanks for a  lovely fulfilling week. …The food is amazing, the animals  are a joy,  I’ll be back!

                                                                                                 Mark, Madeira, Portugal.

I   arrived tense & am leaving calm, happy & revitalized. What a   great place to be you Guys have created here………it is wonderful to see   you realizing your vision…. It’s inspiring. Doing Yoga with you felt so   good…. I am going to carry with me how I felt in that warrior   pose…strong & graceful & calm. I’ll draw on it when times get   tough………

                                                                                     Diana, Castelo Branco, Portugal.



…..a   great stay that allowed me to reconnect with nature, myself &   others who are also walking the road of self development. …….loved the   wholesome food……



                                                                                              Ana, Portugal/ England.



Sue   you are the Jamie Oliver of Macrobiotic cooking…. I will make sure I   keep my Yin/yang balanced. Peter – I am now ready, willing & able to   start bringing my practice into my life- just the kick up the arse I   needed………



Jacqui, London, England



Thank   you so much for your classes, your cooking, your kindness & humor,   your warmth & hospitality but, most important for showing us that   another way of life, in harmony with nature & ourselves is   possible………..It is people like you who are saving this world, by helping   us find our own truth in life…..from a sunset in the blue tent……..

Albert, Barcelona, Spain.



I   feel so nourished after an amazing week close to nature with  energizing  yoga & wholesome yummy food. ……..your help in developing  my Yoga-  it was exactly what I was looking for. The Dynamic workshops  have taught  me the foundations from which my Ashtanga practice can  develop  further….. Sue I hope my hanging round the kitchen while you  cook will  rub off on me- thank you for your tips & wide knowledge  on healthy  & balanced food. Your property is beautiful & so are  the animals  & the sunset…Your fun-loving & warm spirits are  alive here……

Brooke, Sydney, Australia.



…….Thank   you for the fortnight. Thank you for calling me on how hard I can be on   myself (& why). Thank you for taking my practice somewhere softer   & deeper & better………

Chris, London, England.

….Thank you very much to everybody, to be so kind, patient, listening to me, taking care of me………..

                                                                                             Sandrine, Chamonix, France.

……a   true inspiration & brilliant teachers… I have learnt, laughed,   cried, rested, seen, heard, felt, grounded, breathed, been nourished in   so many ways & made friends. I have also made friends again with my   body & calmed my mind……………….Your unique approach to teaching Yoga,   uniting the elements, the drishti, the bandhas &   soft core,   grounding…… this has given me a new understanding & foundation fro   which to continue my practice……. Thank you so much for all you have   given & for the beauty you have & continue to create together. I   really look forward to seeing & enjoying your growing &    evolving dream …..it is BEAUTIFUL !.................

                                                                                                  Laura, London, England
.

Tusinde   tak for en helt over forventning fantastisk uge. Det hav vaeret en  gave  et vaere hev, med tid og focus til fordypet se og eventyr med  yoga. Mine  ojne er ibuet en smule mere, og det er med forventning om  foramdring at  jeg vender naesen hjem til kobenhavn……..Thanks for your  hospitality  food & loving character.

Yanu, Sweden.

MMM…..We  love  you both & look what you have created here! Everyone who  arrives  here at your beautiful home, including ourselves have the  stresses of  the world on their shoulders. You can see that stress  gradually melt  away over the week. This is achieved by the healing  nature of these  beautiful surroundings, by our daily practice & by  the incredible  nourishment created with love, by the wonderful Sue. You  have such a  special place here & share that with such generosity  to all who stay  here……We look to you both with awe & for  inspiration to realize our  dreams too……..A big thank you goes to all  the animals too. We laughed  so much at their antics, despite the  morning silence, sorry Peter  !!!......

                                                                                                  Kay, Sheffield, England.

Om   Namah Shivia. Thank you so much for the Yoga, the food, for sharing   your lovely home & animals & especially for your open-   heartedness…………..

                                                                                                          Heather, England.



Merci   pour cette merveilleuse aventure. Un mai netour aux sources! Je  m’avais  jamais passé d’aussi belles vacances. Vacances entre parenlheue  con il y  a eu aussi cet enorme travail intenieu. Gare a l’alimentation   macrobiotique, la forme com Sue & Peter nous enseigment le Yoga,   leur mode de vie, ce profound respect pour notre planete….et cette   nolonte qu’ils ont de partager, de nous transmethe leus connaissance   sans me jamais rien attendre en retour.Merci encore pour cette belle   lecon de vie.

Miss ‘what what’ Sandy, Lisbon, Portugal.

…….tremendously   stupendous hospitality, your patience & your learnings. I arrived   stressed & not knowing what to expect & within a few days the   stress was left far behind & the yoga & your wonderful home so   much more than I could have wished for.

                                                                                 Karin, Christchurch, New Zealand.

No   expectations, No dislikes, loads of LIKES. Thank you so much for the   Yoga, the food, all of it brilliant……. You deserve happiness, you give   out enough.

                                                                                                                 Meg, England.

Thanks for creating this sanctuary. My batteries feel recharged & ready to go back to the big, bad world!!

Sheena, Ireland.

…………A   wonderful two weeks. The combination of peace & tranquility with   laughter & great conversation has made for a very special time at a   perfect point on my journey. After some much needed space, fantastic   food & grounding Yoga, I am leaving feeling revitalized &   balanced, highly motivated & enthused about the next part of my   path…….

                                                                                         Elsbeth, Manchester, England.

……..Head   in the clouds, ,feet on the ground………..Fantastic Yoga classes which   balanced & complimented each other. Your different styles gave me   more insight, understanding & awareness. I felt welcomed into a   family home & all your creations make a wonderful   space/place……..delicious meals & caring for all your animals as well   as the yoga practices… inspirational. Your life here is a wonderful   story & I hope to read/hear about you in the future………………..

Koren, Edinburgh, Scotland.

…..My   body feels rested & energized, my mind pacified & quiet, my   yoga practice deepened & balanced. A special tranquility & peace   combined with beautiful views & lightheartedness allows   reconnection with simplicity, nature & slowness. I leave with a   renewed motivation for my practice, greater attention to my body,   reaping the benefits of a macrobiotic lifestyle. There is a certain   magic here exuding from warm open hearts & a happy acceptance………..a   unique & special retreat.

Juliette, Geneve, Suisse.



….the   sun illuminated the area & took my breath away. What a special   place! Both Sue & Peter gave totally unconditionally, sharing,   showing patience & Compassion. Next time I come I will remember the   parachute to soften my ‘egoic’ challenge. Bless you both, I feel a   connection that I’ll carry throughout my life…………

Tony, Sheffield, England.



Saluting   the sun, the sunflowers & the tree-top sky, there is a magic in   this place, you travel between movement & stillness, between   serenity & happy chaos. Thank you for opening our minds &   deepening our yoga practice.

Sandra & Andre, S. Ireland.



Thank   you for a strengthening & relaxing week. Day after day I enjoyed   the yoga & this beautiful atmosphere more & more……… I got what I   was looking for: total relaxation, fitness, calmness & of course   excellent yoga lessons And I absolutely loved the food.

Kirsikka, Finland.



.....Anyways   to cut a long story short I came for a week & stayed for a month. I   was lucky to have the space in my life to do that & I will always   be grateful to the Peter & Sue show for their hospitality &   warmth & smiles & their great way of sharing their gifts.

Rosie, C.Cork, Ireland.



………An   amazing week of inspiring yoga & beautiful food. I will miss the   beautiful surroundings of your magical hilltop place…….. I know I will   return shortly if not only to revisit my friend Willow!



                                                                                           Gareth, Lancashire, England.

….Thank   you for allowing me to be part of your world this week. This is a  truly  beautiful place. I know the fresh piney air & the healthy  lifestyle  has done me the world of good. I have enjoyed befriending the  animals.  Queenie wins the prize for the sweetest dog in the world  & Willow  gets the award for the loudest ee-aw! I really appreciate  your help  & patience with the yoga. As a beginner it can be a bit  frightening  coming to a retreat but you both put me at my ease &  encouraged  me……I am so impressed with your attitude to life, openness,  kindness  & sensitivity. You two are a great craic as well………….

Karen, Belfast, N. Ireland.



…..From   the moment I arrived I was welcomed warmly. The retreat soon began to   feel like home with family & animals around me….Yoga practices were   amazing, Sue & Peter are great teachers with patience &   understanding. They have different styles of teaching that compliment   each other so well.  Each student was put at ease through emphasis on   not going beyond our own edge & being comfortable in each Asana. I   have learned so many basic principles that have helped my practice to   develop. I was able to take the philosophy & understanding of the   five elements that we worked on in Sue’s classes, through to Peter’s   Ashtanga classes…. The practice room is perfect, peaceful & natural,   never before have I felt so focused……The food is delicious, Sue puts  so  much thought into the dishes she prepares & is always happy to   share her knowledge of nutrition & cooking…..The animals were a   delight to have around….. sensitive & Friendly, Sue & Peters   influence no doubt. The views from the retreat are wonderful…..numerous   paths take you to a hammock, swing or deckchair… peaceful places to sit   & relax. The rustic buildings are so beautiful. The energy  uplifting  yet grounding. The star filled night sky encourages you to be  still  & ‘be here now’………….I’ve met two inspiring teachers who are  living a  simple natural yogic lifestyle, who are down to earth and have  a good  sense of humor, a great outlook on life, who don’t preach, who  share  everything with you & are open & honest…………..

Helen, Lancashire, England.

……warm   & caring atmosphere. Thanks for sharing some of my journey in life   & Yoga, Thanks for understanding. The Dynamic yoga classes gave  new  dimensions to my Ashtanga practice & made my practice more  peaceful  & Relaxing. The people, place, yoga & all the lovely  animals  make the changes possible.

Matleena, Finland.

I  met Sue  & Peter soon after they arrived in Portugal & witnessed  all  their hard work that they have put into creating this lovely  peaceful  place. It has been great to experience their teaching which I  found  informative, caring & with a focus to enhancing the  techniques  needed to help me go deeper into my Yoga practice. It’s  lovely to see  you begin to realize your dream & to see you sharing  your teachings  & helping to spread a bit more peace & harmony.  Thanks for a  lovely fulfilling week. …The food is amazing, the animals  are a joy,  I’ll be back!

                                                                                                 Mark, Madeira, Portugal.

I   arrived tense & am leaving calm, happy & revitalized. What a   great place to be you Guys have created here………it is wonderful to see   you realizing your vision…. It’s inspiring. Doing Yoga with you felt so   good…. I am going to carry with me how I felt in that warrior   pose…strong & graceful & calm. I’ll draw on it when times get   tough………

                                                                                     Diana, Castelo Branco, Portugal.



…..a   great stay that allowed me to reconnect with nature, myself &   others who are also walking the road of self development. …….loved the   wholesome food……



                                                                                              Ana, Portugal/ England.



Sue   you are the Jamie Oliver of Macrobiotic cooking…. I will make sure I   keep my Yin/yang balanced. Peter – I am now ready, willing & able to   start bringing my practice into my life- just the kick up the arse I   needed………



Jacqui, London, England



Thank   you so much for your classes, your cooking, your kindness & humor,   your warmth & hospitality but, most important for showing us that   another way of life, in harmony with nature & ourselves is   possible………..It is people like you who are saving this world, by helping   us find our own truth in life…..from a sunset in the blue tent……..

Albert, Barcelona, Spain.



I   feel so nourished after an amazing week close to nature with  energizing  yoga & wholesome yummy food. ……..your help in developing  my Yoga-  it was exactly what I was looking for. The Dynamic workshops  have taught  me the foundations from which my Ashtanga practice can  develop  further….. Sue I hope my hanging round the kitchen while you  cook will  rub off on me- thank you for your tips & wide knowledge  on healthy  & balanced food. Your property is beautiful & so are  the animals  & the sunset…Your fun-loving & warm spirits are  alive here……

Brooke, Sydney, Australia.



…….Thank   you for the fortnight. Thank you for calling me on how hard I can be on   myself (& why). Thank you for taking my practice somewhere softer   & deeper & better………

Chris, London, England.

….Thank you very much to everybody, to be so kind, patient, listening to me, taking care of me………..

                                                                                             Sandrine, Chamonix, France.

……a   true inspiration & brilliant teachers… I have learnt, laughed,   cried, rested, seen, heard, felt, grounded, breathed, been nourished in   so many ways & made friends. I have also made friends again with my   body & calmed my mind……………….Your unique approach to teaching Yoga,   uniting the elements, the drishti, the bandhas &   soft core,   grounding…… this has given me a new understanding & foundation fro   which to continue my practice……. Thank you so much for all you have   given & for the beauty you have & continue to create together. I   really look forward to seeing & enjoying your growing &    evolving dream …..it is BEAUTIFUL !.................

                                                                                                  Laura, London, England
…..You   have created such a peaceful haven……You have been wonderful teachers; I   can’t believe how much I have learned during the week from each of  your  classes. Your approach carries huge wisdom. I have gained a real   appreciation & clearer understanding of Yoga. The combination of   Yoga- both movement & meditation- plus the delicious food  has left   me feeling so rested, reinvigorated & with a greater sense of   wellbeing……….I hope to see the developments you are planning over the   next few years & know this will become an increasingly wonderful   place to visit.

Emma, London, England.



Tusinde   tak for en helt over forventning fantastisk uge. Det hav vaeret en gave   et vaere hev, med tid og focus til fordypet se og eventyr med yoga.  Mine  ojne er ibuet en smule mere, og det er med forventning om  foramdring at  jeg vender naesen hjem til kobenhavn……..Thanks for your  hospitality  food & loving character.

Yanu, Sweden.

MMM…..We  love  you both & look what you have created here! Everyone who  arrives  here at your beautiful home, including ourselves have the  stresses of  the world on their shoulders. You can see that stress  gradually melt  away over the week. This is achieved by the healing  nature of these  beautiful surroundings, by our daily practice & by  the incredible  nourishment created with love, by the wonderful Sue. You  have such a  special place here & share that with such generosity  to all who stay  here……We look to you both with awe & for  inspiration to realize our  dreams too……..A big thank you goes to all  the animals too. We laughed  so much at their antics, despite the  morning silence, sorry Peter  !!!......

                                                                                                  Kay, Sheffield, England.

Om   Namah Shivia. Thank you so much for the Yoga, the food, for sharing   your lovely home & animals & especially for your open-   heartedness…………..

                                                                                                          Heather, England.



Merci   pour cette merveilleuse aventure. Un mai netour aux sources! Je  m’avais  jamais passé d’aussi belles vacances. Vacances entre parenlheue  con il y  a eu aussi cet enorme travail intenieu. Gare a l’alimentation   macrobiotique, la forme com Sue & Peter nous enseigment le Yoga,   leur mode de vie, ce profound respect pour notre planete….et cette   nolonte qu’ils ont de partager, de nous transmethe leus connaissance   sans me jamais rien attendre en retour.Merci encore pour cette belle   lecon de vie.

Miss ‘what what’ Sandy, Lisbon, Portugal.

…….tremendously   stupendous hospitality, your patience & your learnings. I arrived   stressed & not knowing what to expect & within a few days the   stress was left far behind & the yoga & your wonderful home so   much more than I could have wished for.

                                                                                 Karin, Christchurch, New Zealand.

No   expectations, No dislikes, loads of LIKES. Thank you so much for the   Yoga, the food, all of it brilliant……. You deserve happiness, you give   out enough.

Meg, England.

Thanks for creating this sanctuary. My batteries feel recharged & ready to go back to the big, bad world!!

Sheena, Ireland.

…………A   wonderful two weeks. The combination of peace & tranquility with   laughter & great conversation has made for a very special time at a   perfect point on my journey. After some much needed space, fantastic   food & grounding Yoga, I am leaving feeling revitalized &   balanced, highly motivated & enthused about the next part of my   path…….

                                                                                         Elsbeth, Manchester, England.

……..Head   in the clouds, ,feet on the ground………..Fantastic Yoga classes which   balanced & complimented each other. Your different styles gave me   more insight, understanding & awareness. I felt welcomed into a   family home & all your creations make a wonderful   space/place……..delicious meals & caring for all your animals as well   as the yoga practices… inspirational. Your life here is a wonderful   story & I hope to read/hear about you in the future………………..

Koren, Edinburgh, Scotland.


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