Adventures and retreats

Mon 28 Sept to Sat 3 Oct 2020

Tai Chi & Trails

Latas Country House, Beira, central Portugal
5 nights: Check-in Mon 4-6pm, Check-out Sat am


Book a call with Gray, Retreat Leader

Relax, restore and re-energise mind and body. Enjoy home-grown organic food, breathtaking scenery, individually styled bedrooms, gardens teeming with flora and wildlife, and a peaceful pool terrace at our 1911 manor house retreat venue. The perfect place for Qigong, Tai Chi, and ChiRunning practice.

Now also booking Spring 2021

31 May – 5 June 2020


Daily Chi Trail Running & Hiking

Morning ChiRunning practice, guided trail running and hiking through mountains, forest, and countryside. Go at your own pace.


Tai Chi, Qigong, Meditation, and Breathwork

Daily Tai Chi and Qigong classes plus breathwork based on the Buteyko and Oxygen Advantage protocols.


Massage treatment

Enjoy a restorative massage treatment. Other treatments such as Reiki and acupuncture are availble with specialists at an additional charge.


Canoe the Rio Mondego

Follow the meandering Mondego River from Penacova to Coimbra, 17 km of breathtaking scenery, stopping for leisurely swimming and picnic breaks along the way.


Latas Country House

Exclusive use of top-quality accommodation and pool with breakfast, lunch and evening meals included. Latas Country Manor House offers an opportunity to truly relax and unwind in an authentic location whilst experiencing the delightful Portuguese culture.


Small Group & Personal Attention

Small group to ensure plenty of individual attention (Max 12). 121 coaching with the adventure leader.

The Retreat Package

Rooms set over 3 floors with a shared bathroom on each floor unless otherwise stated. Price shown is the full retreat package. If a twin room is booked as single occupancy you will be paired with an appropriate room mate.

Double room (2 rooms left)
2 people: £1990 (£995 pp)
Single occupancy: £1295

Twin room
1 single person: £995 pp Shared occupancy (2 spaces left)
Single occupancy: £1295 Sold out

Small single attic room: £1095 Sold out

King Ensuite Sold out
2 people: £2190 (£1095 pp)
Single occupancy): £1375

Queen Ensuite Sold out
2 people: £2050 (£1025 pp)

Single occupancy: £1325




The Tai Chi and Trails retreat package includes

  • 5 nights accommodation: Check in Mon 4-6pm, Check out Sat am
  • All bed linen, and towels provided
  • 3 delicious vegetarian meals per day
  • Daily ChiRunning practice, trail running, and hiking
  • Daily Tai Chi and Qigong classes
  • Breathwork based on Buteyko and Oxygen Advantage breathing protocols
  • One massage treatment
  • 1/2-day Canoe the Rio Mondego Experience
  • Transfers from Coimbra
  • 121 coaching session with Gray Caws, the retreat leader
  • Unlimited water and herbal teas throughout the week with tea/coffee making facilities in the house and bar
  • Last night celebratory dinner served on the terrace
  • Use of swimming pool and facilities within the grounds of the mansion house.
  • Wi-Fi available in reception areas of the main house
  • Laundry facilities

The package does not include

  • Airfares
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers (available for 85/120€ per person Porto/Lisbon return)
  • Excursions
  • Treatments
  • Other travel-related expenses

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Relax, restore and re-energise mind and body. This 5-day retreat will give you the time and space to reset and refocus. Energise with morning trail runs and hikes in the mountains. Improve strength, balance and flexibility with Qigong and Tai Chi practice. Reduce stress with daily breathwork and meditation practice.

Enjoy a relaxing massage treatment, a canoe trip along the Rio Mondego, delicious home-grown organic food, a breathtaking location, and top-notch accommodation.

The venue

Our Portugal 2020 Tai Chi and Trails retreat is based at the beautifully-restored 1911 Latas Country Manor House. Situated within the quaint village of Friúmes, this unique mountain location offers 360-degree views overlooking olive groves, countryside, and forests with the majestic Serra de Estrela peaks in the distance. This authentic location will allow you to experience the delightful Portuguese culture, relax, unwind and, as a result, energise mind and body.

The house is spread over three floors, retaining most of its original architectural features, with some modern-day elements thrown in. It is comfortably furnished to a high standard with carefully sourced and restored antique and eclectic pieces.

Pool and gardens

The gardens are bountiful, filled with flora, bees, and butterflies. The kitchen garden supplies the organically grown vegetables for the delicious vegetarian meals at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The outdoor pool area offers stunning mountain scenery, great cabana style lounging, bbq with oversized booth seating and a well-stocked honesty bar where you can grab a cold glass of vino. Tea and coffee making facilities are available throughout the day in both the house and bar.


Our daily classes are held either outdoors or in the Old Olive Store studio which offers simple whitewashed walls, tall ceilings with limed beams, and beautiful dappled light streaming in through the surrounding windows.


Your Tai Chi and Trails retreat package includes breakfast, lunch and evening meals. The vegetarian food, prepared by your hosts, Rita and Marb, is primarily organic produce from the kitchen garden. What cannot be grown is sourced locally, be it fresh cheese, wild lavender honey or the very yummy 'Pastel de Nata', a typical Portuguese custard tart with cinnamon.

Organic juices are available, using only the freshest vegetables and fruit. A selection of herbal teas is also available throughout your stay. The house produces approximately 300 litres of olive oil from the 80 or so olive trees. As a result, this is served daily with home-baked bread, used in dressings and store cupboard items such as preserved lemons. Great wine is sourced from local producers and is available throughout the retreat. Upon request, we can cater for gluten and lactose-free diets.

Sample Menu

Typical buffet breakfast

Muesli/selection of cereals
Yoghurt with selection of fresh fruit
Toast with homemade conserves
Fresh juice, selection of teas or coffee


Mature cheddar with wilted lettuce and onion tart served with green salad

Afternoon Tea

Home-baked cake of the day served with tea or coffee


Sun dried tomato and black olive sausages served with sweet potato mash

Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.
Leonardo da Vinci

Your coaches and host

Gray Caws Retreat Leader

Gray is a master ChiRunning and Oxygen Advantage Coach and Teacher Trainer based in the UK. He is also a specialist Personal Trainer and Buteyko Practitioner. He brings his practice and teaching skills learned over the years to organsing, leading and coaching worldwide retreats. He believes that taking time out of the usual everyday routine, exploring different environments, learning new and fine-tuning existing skills, helps us to gain a clearer mental focus and deeper insight into ourselves. And therefore a great way to reset mind and body. Alongside his regular movement practice, Gray enjoys reading, researching and keeping up-to-date with the latest developments in health and fitness. His teaching style is relaxed, encouraging clients to question, experiment and experience.


I'm delighted to be running this brand new retreat for 2020 in Portugal. The aim of the retreat is to give you the time and space to reset, re-energise, and refocus your mind and body. The central theme throughout all of my retreats is that of mindful movement. This simply means having an intention and paying attention to how and why you move. And what better way to experience this than in like-minded company and amazing surroundings practicing daily ChiRunning, Tai Chi, qigong, breathwork and meditation.

Tevor Taylor Tai Chi and Qigong Instructor

Trevor has been involved in martial arts since he was 6 years old. As a child and teenager, he learned judo from his father, who is a Black Belt 3rd Dan. He has 35 years experience of Tai Chi and was a registered instructor of The Tai Chi Union of Great Britain for many years. He also studied Shotokai Karate for 10 years.

In my life I've done many things. I started out as a mechanic and after finishing my apprenticeship travelled all over Europe and the Middle East, ending up on the Isle of Skye where I lived in a commune for 6 years. It was there that I started to learn Tai Chi and have kids. After this I moved to Spain with my family where we bought an abandoned olive farm. We were there for 25 years and gradually we restored the land and houses. In the process I worked restoring other old farms and assorted building projects until I quit this line of work to focus more on Tai Chi and producing quality organic olive oil from our farm. I also played celtic music in a local band, which is another love of my life.

In 2011 I relocated to the foothills of the Serra de Estrella mountains in Portugal where I am regenerating a woodland. This project is very exciting as I've always been passionate about all aspects of wood lands, forest renewal and conservation.

Rita Jarmain Host

Hello from Rita, I’m looking forward to welcoming you on our first Tai Chi & Trails Retreat. My family moved to Portugal from England back in 2011. We found Quinta das Latas and were completely blown away by the breathtaking and far reaching views that this Beiras mountain range offers. In the last eight years we have adapted to the quiet mountain life, learnt a new language, renovated this amazing 1911 country manor house, converted a stone barn for our personal accommodation together with the studio, where we run creative workshops and retreats.

We collaborate with talented artists and instructors from all over the world, to bring inspiring and restful holidays for those that want to take time for themselves.

Latas Country House is surrounded by raw beauty. It sits peacefully within the quiet Portuguese countryside, offering tranquillity and seclusion from the outside world, with a more gentle approach to day-to-day living. Here one can truly switch off, retreat, and rest.

Here we grow our own organic veggies, keep chickens, maintain the olive grove and land.  We take long mountain walks with our two dogs Sattva and Asha and in the summer months when temperatures are high, there's nothing more refreshing than taking a picnic down to the local wild river swimming spot for a dip.

We love to cook, to eat, to laugh, enjoy a good glass of wine, and meet new friends. We look forward very much to welcoming you in September!