Yoga and Vegan Food, Guided Walks and talks

  • Yoga and Vegan Food, Guided Walks and talks
  • Yoga and Vegan Food, Guided Walks and talks
  • Yoga and Vegan Food, Guided Walks and talks
  • Yoga and Vegan Food, Guided Walks and talks
  • Yoga and Vegan Food, Guided Walks and talks
  • Yoga and Vegan Food, Guided Walks and talks
  • Yoga and Vegan Food, Guided Walks and talks
  • Yoga and Vegan Food, Guided Walks and talks
  • Yoga and Vegan Food, Guided Walks and talks
  • Yoga and Vegan Food, Guided Walks and talks
  • Yoga and Vegan Food, Guided Walks and talks
  • Yoga and Vegan Food, Guided Walks and talks
  • Yoga and Vegan Food, Guided Walks and talks


Yoga and Vegan Food, Guided Walks and talks

If you are looking for a healthy winter break to restore your energy before the festive season then this is the retreat for you. Wild View Retreat offers you the ultimate escape to bring balance to your life and your wellbeing . This 7-night break will enable you to step out of the busy-ness of life and into a space of natural calm where you can rebalance, refocus and regain your strength of mind and body.

Set amidst the spacious mountain wilderness of the Algarve, you will find a tranquil space where you can slow down, switch off and enjoy being led on a journey of Optimal Wellbeing.

Fuelled by nutritious vegan meals, juices and snacks and supported by nutritional therapists and wellbeing experts you will have the chance to enjoy 2 yoga and meditation classes a day, spectacular walks as well as talks to bring you practical tools to reduce stress, improve sleep, enhance physical health and bring more equilibrium in to your everyday life. And of course there is a plenty of time for rest and relaxation by the pool!

Modern Food Stories will be providing healthy, plant based and vegan meals to nourish and rebalance your body. They believe radiant health starts with a healthy gut so likes to use lots of nutritious, nourishing real food ingredients [all gluten free and sugar free] with a focus on keeping things simple but using vegetables in a fun creative ways so you never feel bored or deprived.

Our 3 dimensional approach will ensure that you walk away with the energy, motivation and knowledge to make powerful positive improvements to your lifestyle for long term benefits.

Join us this November to rediscover your calm, balance and strength with Wild View Retreat.

All activities are included in the retreat price and are 100% optional so you can build the perfect retreat for you.

Open to

Couples, Men only, Women only, Lesbian, Gays


English, Spanish, Portuguese


Not based on any faith

Included / Not included


What's Included
7 nights accommodation
Three delicious vegetarian meals a day
Daily Juices and snacks
Nutrition talks and demos with nutritional therapists
Two yoga and mindfulness classes a day
Guided walks
Inspiring film screenings
Plenty of rest and relaxation time

Not included

Whats Not Included
Flights to Faro airport not included
Return transfers can be added to booking for €55 each. Please check terms and conditions below and transfer times with WVR before booking flights
Massages not included but can be booked at the retreat for €50 (cash only)

About Wild View Retreat
Wild View Retreat has arisen from the ruins of an abandoned mountain village of Corgas Bravas, in the foothills of the Algarve in Portugal.

Originally built by a Portuguese Army General in 1898, the ‘Manor House’ and surrounding ruins have undergone a 1.5 year restoration and redevelopment project, transforming the iconic setting into a bespoke wellness retreat.

Wild View Retreat is defined by its spectacular uninterrupted 360° views of the Serra do Caldeirão mountains, a Zona De Intervenção Florestal protected for its natural beauty and famous Portuguese cortiça (cork) trees.

There are no cars, no roads, no buildings, no neighbours. Nothing but wilderness and nature. Nothing to hear but the birds and the wind. Nothing to do but restore and relax the body, mind and soul.

On the retreat all guests will be away from the pressures of modern society, isolated in nature embarking on a programme of detoxification, wellness and fitness, working towards restoring health and balance in our lives. You’ll return home feeling brand new and fantastic!

What to expect: Yoga, fitness classes, expert nutritious meals or juice fasting, nutritional therapy, guided walks, massage, gentle meditation, swimming, sunbathing, relaxing – it’s a holiday after all!

What not to expect: Alcohol, smoking or indulgent calorific meals. The retreat is adults only and the use of electronic devices and WIFI is restricted to designated places away from communal areas.

We do not follow any specific type of yoga philosophy or spiritual view and adopt an open door policy to all. Please note, due to the type of programmes we run, the Wild View Retreat is not suitable for under 18s.

Accommodation and meals


  • Swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Fitness center
  • Wifi
  • Kitchen
  • Washing machine available
  • Parking
  • Disabled access

Room type

  • Shared bedrooms
  • Single room
  • Double room
  • Individual Huts
  • Shared Huts
  • En suite

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Snack


  • Vegetarian
  • No vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Allergic option

Andrew Finlay

Andrew’s Journey
So how did all this come about? Well this is a story that stretches over most of my lifetime. It is a genuine and heart felt insight into the personal journey I’ve been on, and how I ended up surrounded by these incredible wild mountains and inspirational people today. As with all stories, it contains some serious ‘bottom of the whiskey glass’ moments as well as some incredible highs. All of which I now realize have been invaluable life lessons, guiding me along a bumpy path and to the eventual evolution of Wild View Retreat.

Since my childhood days I’ve always fitted into the category of ‘non-conventional’. I probably didn’t even understand what that meant at the age of 10 nor quite where it would eventually lead me. But as teenager I soon became familiar with the stresses and strains of modern day society, silently observing my father’s struggle to balance the pressures of finances, work, relationships and life. It made me question why we pile so much pressure on ourselves if it is only going to make us unhappy and unwell. Of course I realise now the conventional path is amazing for many, but I started to understand it’s not for everyone. When my father then retired at 53 to enjoy he’s freedom and tragically died a year later from a diet and lifestyle induced cancer, it was to change my life forever. He never got to enjoy the result of 30 years of stress and hard graft and I never really had a father in my life.

Making healthy lifestyle choices is hard to achieve in our modern society. Seeing the impact of stress, a poor diet and no exercise on my Father planted the initial light bulb moment. I feel like he sacrificed his life to pass on these lessons, unwittingly never knowing they were going to have such a profound impact on me.

Pursuing a career in an out of office environment, I found myself working on environmental conservation in Fiji and then the Marshall Islands in the Pacific. This was a fascinating and rewarding experience, but was abruptly cut short when I nearly lost my leg from a terrible compound fracture and open dislocation on a remote Pacific atoll. When none of the medical staff were able to help me, my great friend Brett stood up and carried me for two days on two small aircraft, from Majuro Atoll, Micronesia to Hawaii and on to Sydney, to get medical help. After 3 weeks with my leg in two pieces doctors finally cleared a severe leg infection and were able to drill me back together. It was a very close call and I will always be eternally grateful to Brett for getting me out of there and for the use of both my legs!

This painful experience provided the catalyst to buy a bicycle and ride continuously for 8 months from the Arctic in Alaska through Canada, America, Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica and finally to the Panama Canal – the best physical and mental therapy I could have ever possibly imagined! It was truly enlightening, the generosity and hospitality of strangers restored my faith in humanity of this crazy World. An unforgettable journey and experience, one that I would never have pursued if I hadn’t nearly lost my leg and if Brett hadn’t come to my rescue. It’s strange, but ask me now and I am almost grateful to the guy who broke my leg but even more grateful to Brett for ensuring it wasn’t amputated.

However there was one last tragic event to come. Brett, my friend who had carried me from Majuro Atoll to Sydney, tragically drowned in a free diving accident back in the Marshall Islands, when we went back to live there 6 months later. He was 26 years old. Carrying his body back to Australia to his grief stricken family left me confused for years. I will always question why life can be so cruel and unjust. The only comfort possible I can take is that Brett was wonderfully content and happy with his life when he died. It reminded me how life can be cut short at any time and how important it is to live every day like it could be our last.

Moving forward to 2008 I found myself back in London. Unbelievably, I’d managed to sleepwalk myself back into a dull and uninspiring office. I guess back then I just wanted stability and financial security initially but I felt I had become brainwashed by the city. I started to question my endless pursuit of a ‘successful’ career, a partner and children and all those things social media say we need to be happy. I was unhappy, stressed and my anxiety would lead to occasional periods of depression. What happened to the person who used to follow his dreams?! I started to feel like I was on the same path as my father, slowly entrapping myself, becoming unwell and needing to get off fast. If I was so unhappy with my job and office life, then why didn’t I just change it?

And so I did.

Andrew Finlay owner at Wild View Retreat Corgas Bravas

It was not easy at first, but slowly I started making very small changes; trying out yoga, (yoga?? Are you mad?), swapping cows milk for nut milk (hippie fool), cutting down on red meat and alcohol (what’s happened to him?), eating more veggies (we’ve lost him), enrolling in a meditation course (ok he’s gone now). It came with some raised eyebrows and chuckles from friends who still enjoy the occasional dig at my green tea and swampy green juice. But I was really enjoying how it made me feel. Then one day the penny dropped when I started going on wellness retreats. I realised the profound impact retreats can have. Feeling mentally and physically fantastic in a very short space of time, which in turn armed me with the tools and techniques to return home to thrive in modern society.

I hadn’t felt that good since I was 16. I wanted to feel happier and healthy all the time! I realised I had found the answer to my question; I wanted to pursue a lifestyle in ‘Wellness’. I wanted to live life to the fullest yet still do something exciting with my life. And helping others by empowering them with new knowledge to inspire and motivate their own life changing healthier choices would solidify the dream.

I finally bit the bullet in 2014. I first quit the office job and then retrained in nutritional therapy and yoga with the intention of setting up my own retreat. 2 years later I was in Portugal, signing on the dotted line to purchase this beautifully secluded, tumble-down old property in an abandoned mountain village and have been working on its redevelopment and restoration ever since. Now with a wonderful wife Erika beside me, an amazing support, we have set up Wild View Retreat with the aim of living a free healthy and happy life, whilst providing others the opportunity to also re-establish balance and health into their own lives.

I recognise I have been very very lucky to have had the opportunities to make these choices and I want thank all those along the journey who have helped me to be where I am today. If you’d told me 10 years ago I’d be doing this I wouldn’t have believed you; but I’ve learned that life is about chances, love and determination, and making the most out of any opportunity that presents itself.

Very importantly, none of this would have been possible without the support of my Mother who gave me the confidence and encouragement to quit the office and follow my dreams. Thanks Mum. I love you very much.

We welcome you to Wild View Retreat and wish you a beautiful and rejuvenating stay.


Mandy has been a holistic practitioner since 1998. Her early career and toxic lifestyle as a singer and dancer eventually took its toll. A homeopath diagnosed her with a common western yeast infection Candida Albicans. This diagnosis changed her life, motivating and inspiring her to take responsibility for her health – physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Mandy brings a mountain of experience to Wild View Retreat. She went on her first detox retreat 17 years ago in 2001 and spent 12 years running her own successful Retreat company in the UK. Being in the retreat environment is where Mandy feels most at home. “It’s where you see incredible transformations take place, literally in front of your eyes, and I simply love being able to support people through that process. It never fails to lift my heart”.

Wild View Retreat


Typical Day
7.30am Rise and Shine Yoga and Meditation
8.30am Breakfast
9.45am Talks on sleep, nutrition for life, mindfulness by the Team
11.45am Pre Lunch Walk
12.30pm Lunch
1pm Rest time
3pm Making Space: a offering of ‘workshop’ style learning combined with yoga, movement and breathing practices and mindfulness
4.30pm Juice / snack
6.30pm Light Dinner
7.45pm Evening Mindfulness / Yoga Nidra
Inspiring film screenings on some evenings
We strongly encourage you to leave your digital media at home but if you can’t do with out use of will be limited to non-communal spaces.

How to get there

Flights to Faro airport not included
Return transfers can be added to booking for €55 each. Please check terms and conditions below and transfer times with WVR before booking flights

Cancellation Policy

40% non-refundable deposit required to secure booking, balance due 6 weeks before retreat start date
40% non-refundable deposit can be ‘banked’ upon cancellation for use on any other Wild View Retreat up to 6 months after cancellation
For all cancellation and refunds policy information please see our full Terms and Conditions
Guests to arrive at Wild View no earlier than 6pm on day of retreat
Guests to leave Wild View no later than 10.30am on final day of retreat
No alcohol or drugs allowed
Smoking strictly prohibited but safe area provided outside of retreat if needed
Strictly no flames or candles allowed
No children under 18
No electronic devices allowed in communal areas (pool area, Manor House etc.), WiFi available in designated areas
A health questionnaire and liability waiver will be sent to you upon booking and must be completed and returned with balance payment


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  • Corgas Bravas, Loulé, Portugal
  • From: 7 September, 2019 0:00
  • To: 14 September, 2019 0:00
  • 7 day
  • 1100 Euro

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