Monte Velho Eco Retreats
From the top of the “Monte”, we become consciousness of the vast natural space around us, the strength of the elements in the region and the overwhelming beauty of one of the most, or perhaps last, secret places in the world. The Ocean, the trees and hills, the animals and humans, one vision that puts us in the very center of the continuous beautiful and mighty universal cycles. Monte Velho Eco Retreat Center, a space to appreciate and bring to life the natural beauty of the environment and a chance to have a real and empowering experience, our connection to our roots and a way to discover our true nature. Eco Energy The main house is powered with solar energy batteries, and an eolic windmill. For the hot water system, we also use the sun, and a wood boiler, that helps to heat all the buildings. The wood used on the boiler is from our own forest, and is harvested in a sustainable way. Monte Velho Holistic Center - Main House The holistic center is designed to offer all the comfort and space you need for your practices. The main temple “Casa das Pinhas” made with round wood architecture and heated floor is inspired in our friend’s center at the Brazilian rainforest, in this temple is where the main activities evolve, comfortably inside and surrounded by nature. Between activities one can relax or study in a variety of calm and peaceful spaces that were placed for the purpose of joy and contemplation, all with amazing views to the surroundings. The rooms are cozy with simple decoration, all that is needed for letting go and surrendering to the space of being taken care of, as you walk out the door, may be the sun light or the magical sky stars salute. Our main house its composed by: - A common livin room with 75m2 well decorated and harmonic... - An interior dining room with capacity between 25 and 35 seats... - An exterior breakfast veranda with capacity for 32 seats... - A SPA with a sauna, steam bath and a therapy room... Sustainability Our project at Monte Velho started with reforestation, with umbrella pine tress, cork trees, and strawberry trees that were planted in 1997. The land had been abandoned and wild for more then 20 years, it was infested by acacias and eucalyptus trees, the soil was very poor with lots of stones and little water. A lake to collect the rainwater was our first step to revitalize and revitalise the land. Without water we knew that nothing was possible…. While we were digging the lake with machines, we used the clay, and argile, to build the main walls of Monte Velho. After 2 winters the lake was almost full of water and the wildlife began return to the land. We could hear the birds singing again, frogs croaking, and rabbits, foxes and wild boars and other wildlife were happy to share the land with us. Now we use the water from the lake for our permaculture garden during the summer months, and for the horses. Our vegetable garden is growing every season , and we are planting more fruit trees in the same area. Permaculture gives us the chance to grow different vegetables all year round and supply our kitchen with delicious food. The Holistic Riding Center is situated in Monte Velho From the beginning, when Monte Velho opened its doors to the public in the summer of 2001, we felt that our mission was to provide our guests and friends, a different stay, focused on the connection with nature, and back to our origins. This spirit is increasingly neglected and forgotten by modern living and the crazy rhythm in witch we find ourselves nowadays. The Holistic Riding Center are complementing our natural orchestra and valorizing our programs in a holistic and meditative way. Enjoy your stay!