Cara Creek Eco Lodge is a project created by combining our individual passions - natural building and wellness.
Rory has been interested in sustainability and natural building since his first career as a civil engineer. After University, he worked as a project manager all over the world, from New York to Australia. When he returned to his home country of Ireland, he pursued a Master's Degree in Sustainable Architecture and began dreaming of building a large scale natural building project.
Taking a sabbatical to volunteer in Guatemala in 2012, he built houses for two families using only natural building materials. After his time volunteering, Rory built and opened an Irish Bar and later a backpackers hostel in the Unesco Heritage Site of Antigua, Guatemala.
Ashley's passion for seeking out peace and healing for those around her led her into a well-suited first career of nursing. She spent her nursing career taking care of critically ill children in her home city of Boston, and later in San Francisco.
In 2015 Ashley took some time off to travel Central and South America. During these travels she realized that she wanted to shift into helping people foster their own well-being through yoga and other holistic approaches. Since taking a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, Ashley has been guiding group and private yoga sessions, as well as co-led a 200 Yoga Teacher Training.
When Rory and Ashley got together in Guatemala, they began blending their ideas and dreaming of a place immersed in nature with sustainable facilities and built with natural building materials. The end product they imagined was one that uses the beauty of nature to nourish their guests, and incorporate wellness practices to foster their growth and development.
They took the leap and moved to Portugal in January 2017 with their dogs Hugo and Harvey.
Four short weeks later, they found the property that is now Cara Creek Eco Lodge and were in complete awe of its beauty. They were drawn in by the River Seia rushing along the bottom of the meticulously stone-terraced slope. Although overrun with the non-native invasive species of mimosa trees, they could not help but see past the work of clearing and envision their future here.
Since 2017 they have cleared the non-native mimosa trees and planted a more diverse selection of trees, planted a small food garden, and keep chickens, pigs and their lovable goat Lola. They have 4 dogs and 2 cats making it both an animal lover's and nature lover's ideal.
They are always expanding and improving but thus far they have built the kitchen/café common area, a natural swimming pool, a wood fired hot tub & sauna, and an out door gym. All of the designs have been inspired by living on-site immersed in the cycles and patterns of nature.
They welcome you here and hope that you enjoy their little piece of paradise as much as they do.
May 5th to May 11th, 2021 ~ A retreat to dive deeper into mindfulness and find ease with professional Mindfulness Coach Molly Black who is based in Chicago, IL. Experience & enjoy transformative yoga classes, Reiki sessions, Guided Meditations, and Mindfulness Workshops.SEE MORE
Summer of 2021 we will be hosting 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Off Grid Yoga School, and 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with AnyBody Movement. Both are Yoga Alliance Accredited Schools with fantastic reviews. See more to explore these opportunities to advance your yoga practice.SEE MORE