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Sun 3rd Sep 2017

Pilates Retreat in Portugal - 22nd to 29th October 2017

This autumn we will be introducing a unique combination of walking and Pilates. This combination includes the daily practice of Pilates complemented with walks on the Portuguese coast and in the beautiful Sintra-Cascais Natural Park.


The Programme

  • A combination of walking, massage, Pilates and wonderful food
  • Most of the walks are 3-4 hours long (9-12km) in hilly terrain so shoes with a good grip are required. All levels of fitness are encouraged to join, and we stay together as a team.
  • Bring a day pack, sweater, raincoat and sunblock.
  • We will be walking through the pristine nature of Cascais and Sintra National Park where mountains meet oceans, so expect some picturesque views.
  • Participants receive a connective-tissue massage to assist in detoxing the body, strengthening the nervous system and revitalising the mind.


  • € 820 three persons in a room
  • € 850 two persons in a room
  • € 920 single room


We have chosen the friendly ‘Cascais Jasmim Doce’ Guesthouse (Rating: 8.9/10 on booking.com) - a lovely guesthouse where all rooms are en suite. This lovely family hostel has a swimming pool and you can enjoy their garden and sunny roof terrace. The guesthouse is situated in a uncrowded residential area which has a few good cafes and restaurants close by.

What is included in the price

  • Introductary lecture from Annita and Palmira
  • Every day a long Pilates lesson in the morning and afternoon
  • short Pilates session before breakfast
  • Every day a delicious breakfast
  • Every day a lunch box
  • 5 very beautiful walks
  • Two dinners in a typical local Portuguese restaurant
  • 7 nights in a nice and friendly B&B
  • One special dinner prepared by Palmira and Annita
  • A connective tissue massage from Palmira
  • Small group, so a lot of individual attention
  • Transfer from Cascais Central station to the hostel

Not included is your flight to Lisbon airport (the sooner you book the cheaper the flights)


Annita Cole - "I have been teaching Movement in the South West of England, since 2011. My own interest and passion for bodywork started 26 years ago while I was living in Asia. A serious back injury led me to my first yoga class, and over time it made such a dramatic difference to my body and therefore the rest of my life, that continuing to practice and study the body and how it moves, has been something I have immersed myself in ever since.

In 16 years of working as a yoga teacher, a massage therapist and a Pilates teacher, I have come to understand that really being able to feel what is happening in our own bodies, helps us to develop better relationships with and a better understanding of ourselves, our physical challenges and limitations. With a greater ability to feel and understand, we are empowered to help ourselves in a more informed way.

My personal challenges with pain, disability, and subsequent rehabilitation have only served to inform my teaching style and fuel my compassion to be able to support and encourage you to be the best you and your body possibly can be.

The Pilates method I work with is unique, and gives me the tool to work with you and your uniqueness, in a way that you will truly feel. Pilates nurtures awareness, and this combined with walking, being in nature and space for reflection enhances the powerful benefits of the method. I very much look forward to sharing this with you".

Palmira Brandão - "I am the founder of Walking Within. I am a physiotherapist and a Neuro-linguistic Programming Master. For years I have spent time on self-development programmes and courses in an effort to find a medium I could use to reconnect with myself, however, in the end (or beginning), the real answers came when I retired to nature and silence. In nature I learnt that I could connect with myself, and by doing so, I found that it truly resonated with me. Giving ourselves time and space in an organic atmosphere calms our spirit and clears our mind, allowing for an inflow of new energy and ideas.

The philosophy of Walking Within is to share this experience with others, so they can to reconnect with the essence of their being. I have worked in the corporate world with many people who have physical and stress-related problems, such as burn-out and anxiety. We lose ourselves in the hustle and bustle of westernised society, we dwell on the past, and live in the future, rarely connecting with our present. The philosophy of Walking Within is to guide people into becoming conscious of the now, giving them the opportunity to reconnect with themselves, so they can once again find and recognise their wishes, needs, talents and desires".


Further information and booking is available here.