Relaxscape Journal, the story of a retreat in Central Portugal


On empowering women, authentic leadership, and equality on IWD


The theme for IWD 2022 is about achieving equality. Being authentic, being yourself, is what empowers women to be more confident...

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On Focusing on Gratitude Rather than New Year's Resolutions


Getting back to normal is a phrase I don’t understand. Normal is now. Normal is what we are living, right now. And this is where gratitude comes in. Wishing for things to be different, to be as they were before, to be better, to anything but they are now is focusing on lack,...

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On creating our own reality, cognitive bias, and intuition


We create our own reality, but during decision-making, two other factors often come into play: cognitive bias and cognitive dissonance...

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On forest bathing, reconnecting with nature, and finding your creativity


The idea behind Relaxscape was to create a retreat in nature so that you can reconnect and find your purpose...

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On good vibrations, loving yourself and jargon


Just like we know a plant needs enough water and sun (and a bit of good compost every now and again!), or a car need regular top-ups of petrol and oil, for us to run at optimal speed, to stay positive - which means keeping our vibrations high - there are certain known things that can help us to......

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On letting go, giving and the law of attraction


Of course we’d all like to know how to attract more of what we want into our lives...

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New Year's resolutions the ikigai way


10 days into 2021 already and if you’re the sort of person who likes to set New Year’s resolutions, I’m going to hazard a guess that perhaps you are already beginning to waver a bit and wondering if you will really be able to keep them going for the rest of the month, let alone the whole year....

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What have you learnt this year?


With New Year’s Eve hovering in a haze of frosty fog just over the horizon, most of us can’t wait for the year to be done with, going down in memory as it will as the people’s Annus Horribilis. It’s been a year full of uncertainty, of political disarray that’s left us teetering on the brink of as yet undefined change. A destabilising year, which has made us examine our values and those of others we thought we knew....

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20 Reasons to Smile in 2020


2020 the year most want to forget yet most will remember is finally drawing to a close. A year of discovery, of never befores and never agains...

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49 Steps to Not Giving a Damn


Today I am celebrating 49 years of living, loving, laughing, learning. To mark the occasion I thought I’d share 49 life lessons I’ve learnt along the way...

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Lockdown life - Things that made me smile today


Here's how you too can replace your negative thoughts and develop a positive mindset...

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On Coronavirus, gratitude and positivity


Tips to survive Coronavirus lockdown and isolation. With so much change happening in a short space of time, and no real sense of when it might all be over ), keeping a positive mindset, firmly focused on the present...

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Finding your ikigai, one little ripple at a time


Research has shown that people who have found their ikigai live longer, healthier, happier, more connected lives, and feel more fulfilled - so what is it and how do you find yours?...

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Launching the Relaxscape Reuse & Repair Eco Stop!


Here's why Relaxscape is launching a sustainable Eco Shop & Repair Station selling second-hand items and environmentally friendly products...

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On choice, purpose, being present and yoga


What if “purpose” is more about action than destination? A state of mind, a daily conscious act to practise until it becomes a way of life? Gradually you understand that what you thought was important is not so, and you begin to discover what is....

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Sustainability at Relaxscape


Sustainability is no longer a choice, it's a necessity. Everyone can make a difference, no matter how small. It all adds up. Here are some of the ways we are doing our bit for the environment here at Relaxscape....

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Relaxscape Guest Reviews


We love nothing better than to see our guests relaxing and enjoying their time here at Relaxscape, and when they take the time afterwards to let me know how much they enjoyed it, well, those are the moments that stay in my heart forever...

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Relaxscape haiku


Writing the occasional haiku helps me to reflect on what's been, stay mindful and keep focused on nature and simplicity. Read the latest one here...

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On new beginnings, yoga, and learning to relax


Finally, after six months of building work, Tio Armindo's house is transformed into Relaxscape...

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On being you, being happy, and living an authentic life


A lot of our mental and physical stress is caused because we're not being true to ourselves - we're not living an authentic life. Has the Portuguese lifestyle cracked it?...

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Wondering what Relaxscape is all about?


Why I created Relaxscape and how it could help you too...

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A little story about ikigai in Central Portugal


A slice of my daily life here in Portugal...

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Earth Day, every day at Relaxscape


Here are some of the environmentally friendly things we've done (and continue to do) at Relaxscape to make it Earth Day every day. We're not claiming to be eco warriors or leading environmentalists, but we care about the world we live in and the world we are going to leave behind for others....

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How to relax at 100 miles an hour


It’s been exactly six months since the cats and I came to live here in Central Portugal and ironically, although I came here to build a relaxation retreat, my life has been going at the speed of a Portuguese Alfa Pendular train...

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Rediscovering everyday kindness and the joy in small things


Creating a retreat in Central Portugal near Tomar. Enjoying ikigai, the joy of small things, and nature as therapy....

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I found the perfect place for a relaxation retreat in Portugal


Relaxscape is a relaxation and coaching retreat in central Portugal near Tomar, the story of how I found it....

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A lesson in patience, trusting the order of things, and resoluteness


Coaching how to be patient, focus on end goals, trust and resilience. Things have a way of working out!...

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