Figs On The Funcho

Portugal’s Riverside Retreat

Stretch and Swim your Way into Serenity

In Picturesque, Portugal

In September and June

If you feel overwhelmed and drowning in your everyday routine tasks and looking to simplify and restore your energy then join Cheryl for a yoga, walking and stand up paddle boarding retreat holiday set on the banks of the alluring Algarve River in southern Europe.

As you wake up overlooking sweeping vistas and serene riverside views, your heart is filled with a sense of excitement.  You know an incredible adventure lies ahead.

When the cool water hits your skin, everything in your body slows down.  You don’t have to do anything or be anywhere except here, basking in nature’s glory.

With each breath you take as you stretch on your yoga mat, you know that the tensions of your everyday life are melting away.

With each step you take in the beautiful, un-spoilt Algarve countryside boosts your working memory and restores your mental energy.  Just being in nature has a positive effect on your wellbeing.

Southern Portugal is the perfect place to spend 6 nights and 7 days:

Indulge in new tastes and new adventures along the stunning beautiful Algarve countryside.

Practicing yoga to boast your wellbeing and calm your mind so you can fell relaxed from head to toe.

Basking in the majesty of the local scenery on top of a stand up paddle board.

Taking in the delights of the local sites whilst walking through natural sights filled with wildflowers and local birds.

The surrounding countryside and views of the river will make you feel as though you have discovered a secret oasis in this remote and beautiful location in southern Portugal.

We look forward to welcoming you!


Outdoor seating at The River House

The journey to inner joy starts here at Figs on the Funcho

Spectacular Accommodations. Await You.

Just a 35-minute drive from Faro Airport into the Algarve’s peaceful countryside, The River House features:

5 double spacious, airy and fully-airconditioned bedrooms – 2 with ensuite bathrooms – and a large communal bathroom. All rooms can have single beds upon request.

Light and airy social spaces, a high-ceiling lounge and kitchen outfitted with a center island and a cherry wood dining table.

Spacious deck area with terraces offering warm sun, a cool canopy, and natural shade, all with stunning views of the countryside and breathtaking sunsets.

An infinity pool with jaw-dropping views of the Funcho dam and river area.

yoga retreat bedrooms
Spacious, comfortable bedrooms at Portugal’s yoga retreat

Indulging in life’s little luxuries – chilling out in or by the infinity pool

Make yourself at home in modern style and comfort, the spacious and airy rooms in The River House provide plenty of relaxation spaces. The large outdoor areas offer terraces in the sunshine, shelter and natural shade. There’s plenty of space to either join in the various activities and socialising, or you can simply opt out and enjoy the magical ambience in a space of your own.

A lazy day by the pool

Sharing the love of delicious, freshly prepared healthy goodness

Food for flavour, balance and wholesome healthy harmony
outdoor alfresco dining
Eating under the carob trees

You will feast on a varied menu of raw, local seasonal produce and fresh juices, exploring what feels good and tastes great. Our menu includes tasty homemade cakes and treats too!

We will be lovingly preparing a variety of flavorsome vegetarian dishes in our riverside farmhouse kitchen using fresh produce from our local village market.  All meals are seasoned with the Algarve Portugal sea salt, Flor de Sal, known as the white gold of the Algarve that is manually harvested from clean Atlantic water.

Enjoy a variety of healthy breakfast options under the carob trees. Breakfast options  include fresh fruit, my home made granola, freshly baked muffins, gluten free buckwheat pancakes, oat porridge served with local Algarve lavender honey and freshly squeezed juices, smoothies and turmeric lattes.

Savor our best energizing and nourishing vegan and vegetarian meals; our recipes that you will want to try at home.

A program that will pamper your mind, body & soul is yours.

There’s plenty of space to either join in the everyday activities and socialising, or you can simply opt out and enjoy the magical ambience in a space of your own. The River House provides plenty of relaxation spaces in the sunshine, shelter and natural shade.

Bring yourself to a harmonious state

Open your body and mind with yoga postures and deep breaths of  the clean fresh countryside air. Bring yourself to an harmonious state when practising yoga on the waterfront deck under the mature carob trees with accompanying bird song.

Simply looking at the surrounding countryside and tranquil river views will help quieten the mind and encourage you to live in the moment by letting go of your worries and stresses that come with every day life.

Warrior pose feeling inspiring, uplifting, re-energising
Inspiring, uplifting, re-energising
yoga pose showing serenity on the riverside
Serenity on the riverside
Nature, space, tranquility on the deck
Nature, space, tranquility




Reviving our spirits by being at one with nature

Enjoy the sense of still calm serenity in the hills of the Silves countryside and the feeling of being far removed from ‘normal life’.  The surrounding countryside and views of the river will make you feel as though you have discovered a secret oasis in this remote and beautiful location on southern Portugal. Wildlife spotted in our area includes owls, foxes, herons, Algarve tiger and stags with amazing antlers.

Indulge your love of walking as the clearly signed, via Algarviana, walking route is perfect for solo walking. Enjoy the crisp, clean morning fresh air when you take pleasure in the Algarve sunrise and panorama country views. A great way to boast your creative inspiration at the start of the day.

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Step into the countryside
open fields on the via-algarviana portugal
Enjoy wide open fields
tranquil resting places on the via algarviana Portugal
Discover tranquil resting places




Enjoy paddle boarding whilst experiencing the stunning scenery all around you

Get away from all the technology and distractions of modern day life and enjoy a lazy paddle down the river Funcho. Let go of all that stress and relax and reflect instead whilst floating down the river, enjoying the quiet calmness of your surroundings and getting reconnected with nature.

Relax and reflect whilst floating down the river and allow your stress to melt away when the soothing water sounds from the rhythm of your stokes help you glide silently on the water allowing you to enjoy the quietness and calmness of your surroundings.

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Stand Up Paddle boarding on the river
stand up paddle portugal retreat
Paddle board lessons
stand up paddle portugal retreat
Exploring nature on boards
You can do as much or as little as you choose…


*Programme subject to adjustment depending on the needs and requirements of the group

What’s Included

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Airport Transfers at a specified time
  • Stand-up paddle boarding lessons and tours
  • Yoga classes and yoga equipment
  • Nature walks
  • Mid week room clean and towel change

What’s Not Included

  • Flights to Faro Airport (FAO)
  • Optional Activities
  • Travel Insurance (recommended)
  • Alcoholic drinks and cool drinks, we have an honesty bar

Flights to Portugal

  • Direct flights from the UK to Faro Airport (FAO) or Lisbon (LIS)
  • Direct flights from the United States cities New York City, Philadelphia, Miami, Boston and Los Angeles to Lisbon (LIS)

Optional Activities

  • Aroma Body Massages
  • Indian Head Massages
  • Stand-up Paddle Boarding


Rates from £850

Shared room and bathroom £ 850
Shared room with en-suite bathroom £1,100
Private room with shared bathroom £1,150
Private room with en-suite bathroom £1,500

Payment Plan

Deposit Now: £295 to secure your place
1st Payment: £295
2nd Payment: Balance payment (depending on accommodation selected)

Cancellation Policy

Please find details of our cancelation policy here.

Join us to relax, reconnect and explore your inner spirit

Cheryl 07976 660526

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Who’s who

Cheryl Smith | Algarve and UK

Cheryl Algarve Cliffs
Cheryl exploring the Algarve cliffs

Passionate about Portugal; holidaying, exploring, good food, joyful living, well-being and mindful connection, especially with regard to a healthy work-life balance. I love to share my love of healthy, delicious, simple cooking with friends.  I enjoy exploring raw, vegan and vegeteran recipes. I haven’t eaten meat for over a year and I don’t miss it. My knowledge of the … More

Yoga instructors

Lulu from LuluShanti Yoga | Vinyasa Yoga

vinyasa yoga retreat
Lulu finding balance and on deck at The River House

Lulu’s classes are dynamic, challenging and uplifting. She is highly recommended for both experienced yogis and for beginners because of her careful attention to alignment and gentle instruction. More

Suzy Turner from Yogadocious | Hatha Yoga

hatha yoga retreat
Suzy taking a moment to be still on The River House deck

After practising yoga for a few years and over-exerting herself, Suzy realised that when practised mindfully, yoga can help all kinds of problems. “After I turned 40 … More