The Douro River & Valley, an experiential retreat full of aromas, wine, gastronomy, art, nature, herbs and workshops


Day 1 - October 25th 


After arriving in Porto, you will check in into our hotel.

The retreat will start at 13 hours with a traditional welcoming Portuguese lunch.  

After lunch we will visit the Caves of Porto Wine in Vila Nova de Gaia, the other side of Douro River. Besides getting to know the whole wine process, you will get to taste the first Port wines from the retreat.



Day 2 - October 26th


Boat river cruise from Porto to Peso da Régua, breakfast and lunch will be offered during the cruise.

A 7 hour cruise passing through bridges, hills, vineyards, nature, villages and more. 

Arrival of Peso da Régua at around 15.30 hours

We will be staying in the 4* Hotel Régua Douro

In Régua, we will visit the Douro Museum, wherein we will explore the history of the Port wine and the Douro region.



Day 3 - October 27th


A morning workshop will be delivered by Madeleine Kerkhof, "Using CO2 extracts in Aromatherapy".

After lunch we will visit a family winery that will end with some wines and Port tasting.

In the late afternoon we will meditate in one of the most beautiful viewpoint of the Douro, the viewpoint and church of S. Leonardo da Galafura, a place describes by the Portuguese writer Miguel Torga as: "It is not a panorama that the eyes contemplate: it is an excess of nature".




Day 4 - October 28th


Free morning to sleep in and relax.

Late morning we will get to know Casal dos Loivos, a spectacular viewpoint. There, we will visit a particular family winery where we will taste several kinds of olive oil, local honey and wines and Port. Their rosé wine is known as being dangerously addictive. The wines from this winery cannot be found anywhere else than on their farm.


After lunch we will discover and explore another facet of the Douro River. We will navigate from Pinhão to and through the Tua river in a traditional "Rebelo" boat, a boat where in the past the wine was transported from this region to Porto and from there, inland and overseas.



Day 5 - October 29th 


The whole morning is dedicated to plants, herbs, concoctions, preparations and everything in between. Vivienne Campbell will guide us through a phyto-aromatic journey during a walk between vineyards and citruses. The walking trail is an easy trail that can accommodate any type of walker.   

Before lunch we will visit a winery farm near Peso da Régua, where we will prepare ourselves for lunch having different Port wine tasting as aperitif to open our senses and get ready for lunch. 

After lunch, we will board the Douro Historical Steam Train, for a 3 hours journey full of history, animation and magnificent views of the Douro river. During the trip you will experience the way the locals travelled seventy years ago, not just traveling by train but also eating petiscos, singing Portuguese songs and of course drinking some wine.   



Day 6 - October 30th


A special morning that begins traveling by bus to the São Salvador do Mundo viewpoint, forest and hill, where Jonathan Benavides will do a workshop on emotional / spiritual aromatherapy, "Breaking with negative behavioral patterns and Rebirthing into my new Me".

We will have a light lunch in São João da Pesqueira, a pleasant town in the middle of the Douro region. You will be able to taste the famous locally made Serradura.  

In the afternoon in Pinhão, we will walk near the river and of course we will visit a winery and vineyards dating from 1588. A winery that produces Port wines just in barrels categorized as fruity or woody, you will taste 3 of their famous classical Port wines accompanied with different cheeses.



Day 7 - 31of October 


After breakfast we go out of Régua and travel to Vila Real. There, we will visit Casa de Mateus, the magnificent palace, the museum and the luscious gardens with beautiful trees. This house, are associate with the brand of the famous Mateus Rosé wine.  

After lunch we will visit the fantastic Fundação Serralves in Porto city, where we will visit the Sculptural gardens, the Contemporary Art museum and we will do the new Tree Top Walk, a piece of art that gives you a new dimension on how we relate to nature, the trees, ourselves and the world as you will be literally walking on the top of the trees. A mindful aromatic forest treat!



Day 8 - November 1st


On the last day of the retreat we will wake up in Porto and we will be the whole morning at t

After lunch you will have free time free to visit further the city, going for shopping, or just relax .

We will dinner together and will conduct a farewell ritual. 

* As the retreat will end after dinner, this hotel night is included.


Day 9 - November 2nd

Breakfast, check out. 

Time to return home or continue your holidays.



1-   The structure of the Programe might be modified if necessary.




  • The price of the  Douro River & Valley Aromatic Retreat includes: All transport during the retreat (as participants are coming in with different flights, the transport to and from the airport is not included), all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lunch and dinner will be served in a local restaurant, in the hotel restaurant or a picnic basket), 8 nights in chosen accommodation (double, twin or single), all activities, workshops and lectures mentioned in the Retreat program.

    All prices are per person and in Euros.

    Please choose one of the 2 accommodation options:

    • Double / Twin Bedroom: € 1735
    • Single Bedroom: € 1985



To book a place, please ask us for a Booking and Registration Link

Being a small group of participants (maximum 14) we encourage you to do this as soon as possible. After receiving your answer, we will send you a confirmation of your participation and an invoice for the required deposit to secure a place.   



To secure a place, the deposit is € 200,00 (two hundred euros).

After receiving your booking form you will receive a payment request from Essentia Nobilis and you can pay this using your credit card. This deposit money will be deducted from the total.


In case you prefer you can also send a bank transfer to:


Bank: ING

IBAN: NL60INGB0008170414



Name: Essentia Nobilis

Leidseweg 94 F

2251LE Voorschoten

The Netherlands



In the eventuality that the retreat will not take place due to the corona virus and travel restrictions into the Portugal the full deposit will be reimbursed.



After receiving your booking and the deposit was been made, your place will be reserved.

On September 23th 2022, the total sum must been paid. Up to that date you can pay in one or more installments. Payments must be done in euros, through a bank transfer or credit card. If payment of the balance is not received by us, Essentia Nobilis reserves the right to cancel the reservation and retain the deposit. Payment by credit card incurs a 3% service fee. 



In the eventuality that the retreat will not take place due to the corona virus and travel restrictions into the Portugsl, the full paid monies will be reimbursed.




Jonathan Benavides |


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