Our Centre

Semente da Vida Alternative Healing & Retreat Center is located in the parish of Sao Salvador, Portalegre area of Portugal.  20 min from Portalegre City and the Spanish border, 9km from Castelo da Vide and 4km from Marvao. The closest cafe is 20 mins walk away and the nearest town for shopping is 20 mins drive. To learn more about this ancient area click here.


Our 11-acre forested property (yet to be completed) sits at the heart of the Serra da Sao Mamede Mountain Park in quiet seclusion, the River Sever ambles past on its way to the Arpartura Dam and Lake which is only 100m metres from our garden boundary. Beyond the lake, there are miles and miles of wild, undisturbed natural landscape to explore. 

At night when the sky is full of stars and the gentle breeze whispers through the old oaks, its almost as if you are floating among the Milkyway.  

The land radiates healing energy from the ancient Dolomite and Calcite that lay beneath our feet, grounding, balancing and detoxifying our physical and subtle bodies. Anchoring positive changes in the fabric of our being, preventing us from slipping back to our old states after undergoing uplifting change, such as healing or spiritual experiences.

Surrounded by nature and far-reaching views that can be enjoyed from our terrace dining area as you enjoy your nourishing breakfast or when you indulge in a rejuvenating dip in the swimming pool on a sun-drenched afternoon (which there are many in Portugal). 

Sometimes you just feel like you belong.

The House


The whole house is available for guests to use communally. The large lounge area has ample comfy seating and a log fire for those colder winter evenings, wi-fi, games and small selection of self-improvement literature. Our guest accommodation is also located on this floor, offering two large en suite rooms housing comfortable single beds and lockable secure storage. You can also enjoy our well equipped multifunctional creative space, where we store all of our art materials and music instruments. Off of the kitchen is our outside dining terrace that leads nicely to our fully equipped yoga/ceremony space.  This is a very special spot with far-reaching views and from this shaded elevation, you can catch a cool breeze in the summer months, bliss.

 Downstairs on the ground level, you will find the spa reception area with changing room and WC also lockable storage units for visitors with a day pass.

Outside Space

We have many seating and patio areas to enjoy whether you are a shade lover or a sun worshipper. Lounge poolside with your favourite book or experience the cleansing effects of one of our herbal steam room concoctions. Explore the woodland walk down to the mineral-rich river that meanders by, have ago on our slackline under the shade of a giant oak, so much fun.

 If you are staying a little longer why not explore the many pathways around the Apartadura lake, stroll our forest garden of medicinal plants and bathe in their aromatic offerings or just sit and watch the calming Koi swim under the water fountain. 

 Always present wherever you are in the abundance of nature, tinkling bells and soaring birds of prey, great oaks and ancient olive trees. 

Breath.........and relax.

Therapy Rooms

We have two areas for therapies and treatments.

One focuses on massage, energy healing, and holistic treatments and houses a consultation area, two private massage areas and a small shop display.

The other space is set away from the house where privacy and time are no issue and is focused on talking therapies, Kambo healing and metaphysical hypnotherapy. 

Please visit our Holistic Therapies and Treatments page to find out what we offer and prices.

Semente da Vide Retreat Center is located in the Alto Alentejo region of Portugal, a forgotten gem, away from the crowds. You will discover the ever-present Natural Park. Apart from its cultural and historical heritage, São Mamede Natural Park is a place of great biodiversity. The landscape is very rich geologically, and nature is expressed in a very particular way in the imposing formations of quartzite cliffs that draw your attention. 


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Rasa, Marvao, 7330-335,

Sao Salvador Aramenha



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