Newsletter March 2016
As many of you know, Phine left Pomarinho last summer to follow her own path. Although she went by mutual agreement, this is a great loss of course. But ultimately everything ends up on its feet.
Mariska, Gerard, Philippe, Charlotte and Paolo are great. Our collaboration has been very succesful. They sort of appeared out of thin air and were led to Pomarinho bij a Mongolian Shaman.
Charlotte and Paolo are going to school in Castelo de Vide and Philippe studied Portuguese intensively during 3 weeks at the University of Coimbra. He welcomes many guests and according to them, he does it really wel. He'll be the natural successor for Raffie who graduates this year, who's engaged, who's going to live in Lisbon and who's going to marry. Well, you have to let go of your 'children' one day...
Speaking about children: 'our' Pomarinho-child, Saana, daughter of Mariska and Gerard, was born on February 25 this year!
For many years Quinto do Pomarinho has been playing a leading rol as a hikers center. Regularly we have discussed the walking opportunities of the Norte Alentejo with the local government. Our message has finally arrived!
Several counties in our area have now planned beautiful hiking trails including flyers in various languages. The number of walks at Pomarinho has thus risen to 45 walks. Now there's even more reason to come over to Pomarinho for a group walking or self guided walking holiday!
Spread the word. At Pomarinho and its surroundings more than 100 species of birds have been spotted throughout the year. You can find examples of the birds at our page about bird watching. Currently the hop has already arrived just as the woodpecker who's hammering cheerfully. Next week we'll probably be welcoming the yellow wagtail and the little skylark.
At the end of March an observation hut will be built on the edge of the lake to view and photograph the birds and otters. According to many authorized bird watchers Pomarinho offers more species and numbers of birds than several better known bird watching areas. Of course we're very happy with this news!
Now possible at Pomarinho: a meditation retreat in the beautiful countryside of Portugal. Mariska tells you more about it:
“In the nature reserve of Serra de São Mamede, at a beautiful location, we organize a week for YOU, in cooperation with Quinta do Pomarinho. A week of rest, peace, visualizing, creating and observing from the heart by means of meditation.
Gerard meditates since his sixth. As from his twelfth he's been living according to a Buddhist philosophy of life. Several teachers crossed his path. Furthermore he's a psychologist and he's studied ‘human behaviour'. Gerard combines the Eastern and Western philosophy of life.
Gerard calls this ‘Travel with your Teacher in the Spirit’. By meditation and a journey into yourself you will meet this powerfull teacher, who resides in everyone. In future you can always ask him/her for advice or simply unwind.
For years Gerard has been guiding, coaching and training people on their Adventurepath of Life. With long-term problems or momentary mental and/or physical problems. He specializes in ADHD, autism, anger management, stress reduction and burnout. He also accompanies you during your search for yourself.
The tools he uses are movement with and within nature, in combination with meditation techniques from his Buddhist view of life. Rediscover daily rhythms and giving clarity are important components.
During this week for YOU mediation will be the point of focus together with walks and visits to places of power. Breathing, the greatest gift of Mother Earth, will be the base together with the 5 Tibetans. Gerard will guide you into mediation and learn how to apply it.
After this week you'll feel refreshed and you'll be able to apply the learnings in daily life. In this way you can find a pleasant balance in your daily being and even achieve more joy. There'll also be a one on one session. It's also possible to follow individual workshops (please ask for the possibilities).
We're looking forward to spend a beautiful week together with YOU.
Heart regards, Gerard and Mariska"
- The preparation
- The beginning
- The respiration
- The bridge
- The different paths after the bridge, mediation. As there are: the path of light and peace. The path of questioning and solving. The path of the Teacher in the Spirit. The trance.
- The return
- To be here and now
Meditation week: dates and details
May 25 - June 01, 2016
June 24 - July 01, 2016
To be able to give everyone the desired attention, the group size is 6 persons maximum.
Costs and registration
Investment in YOURself: 625 €
The price includes 7 nights in the Friends of Nature House, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
You only need to take care for the transport to Portugal and the Quinta. Of course we can give you advise. Do you want to come earlier or stay longer? Please don't hesitate to inquire about the possibilities and prices.
For registering and questions: email@example.com
Once again a great success! Many nationalities have found Pomarinho and the winter months are almost high season here. The average stay is 4 months. Unfortunately, due to private circumstances, two regular wintering couples couldn't come this year. We miss you!
Below the story of Yvonne, who spent her first winter at Pomarinho:
“My first introduction with Portugal and Pomarinho is one of 'a party every day'! I've spent 4 months at this beautiful location and I've had a fantastic time. Plenty of hiking in a beautiful and very varied nature, with other campers who feel and experience the same.
Everything is relaxed, everything is allowed but nothing is obliged. The atmosphere is good and that's primarily due to Dolf who creates all kind of possibilities and activities. Such as drinking coffee together, eating out or cooking together.
There're many walks available and the information about the area is inexhaustible. This was my first but definitely not my last winter which I'll spent at Pomarinho. I hope to return in November to this 'hideaway' together with other pleasant fellow wintering guests. Thank you so much for making this possible. Goodbye, with love"."
Ingredients (4 persons)
- 750 ml vegetable broth
- 750 gr potatoes (peeled, in thin slices)
- 1 roasted red pepper (see below)
- 5-6 plum tomatoes (sliced)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ¼ tablespoon sugar
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
- 1 tablespoon chopped coriander
Preheat the oven to 220 degrees. Grease a deep, ovenproof dish. Heat the vegetable broth in a large saucepan (medium heat). Add the potatoes and cook for 8-10 minutes or until they're soft. Drain and rinse under cold water. Save 125 ml broth.
Cut the red pepper into strips. Arrange the potatoes and red pepper in the dish. Pour the broth over it. Place the tomato slices on top of the potatoes and pepper. Drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil. Sprinkel with the sugar and season with pepper. Put it in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until the tomatoes are tender. Garnish with parsley and coriander.
Tip: to roast the pepper: cut the pepper in quarters and remove the seeds. Place the pieces on a baking plate or under the hot grill for 6 -8 minutes. Or until the peel has burned. Remove the skins once they're cold. Our cook Selma always puts them on a small burner.
Have a nice spring!
The weather in Portugal is very pleasant already. Hopefully you will have a lovely spring too!
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