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8 Days Radiant Heart Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Alentejo, Portugal

Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga Retreat Portugal

This retreat will shine upon your deeply tucked heart voice, emotions and access the hidden powers of your subconsciousness. Instead of relying on the mind to create the story of the life you want to lead, you'll learn to grow from a basis of mindfulness & acceptance and use your emotional and heart energy so that it becomes integrated with neural structure. Enjoy a holiday with a purpose, nourishing mind, body, brain, and heart.

Retreat highlights

  • Twice daily one-hour yoga sessions
  • 7 one-hour evening relaxing sessions
  • 6 three-hour morning mindfulness sessions
  • Experience an integrated MBCT-MBSR course
  • Enjoy some of the optional group activities
  • 3 healthy vegetarian meals per day
  • 7 nights accommodation

Yoga styles

8 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English

Airport transfer available

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The accommodation options are on private, double, triple, and dorm room occupancy basis. The retreat center offers everything you need, such as a garden surrounded by 71 hectares of nature to make beautiful walks, a bio-pool to refresh, a massage hut in the middle of nature, and a meditation, yoga, and relaxing hall.

Mindfulness, Heart & Yoga Holiday Portugal Program

Experience mindfulness - compassion - and heart meditation, positive neuroplasticity, yoga as well as enjoy a relaxing massage in one of the most magical places in Portugal. You will learn to open your hearts to the possibilities, love, spaciousness, and compassion that exists inside yourself while taking care of stuck feelings in your body and stories in your heads.

You will journey into healing relationships with yourself and others so that you can transform pains into a gift and finally, start moving with your hands and feet to possibilities you may have never imagined possible before. Heart-, (self-) compassion-, concentration-, and positive neuro-plasticity meditation practices form the core of the program and complement mindfulness-based MBCT-MBSR meditation.

A broader context is provided to learn the workings of mind-body-brain-heart linkages. In the morning, there is Iyengar-Hatha yoga to wake up energetically and in the afternoon, you can follow a Yin-Nidra yoga class to enter a deep relaxation mode or take a therapeutic massage.

These practices have been showing psychological and neurological benefits, activating brain parts linked to focus, awareness, creativity, positive feelings, cognitive flexibility, and empathy as well as compassion for yourself and others.

Heart, compassion & MBSR-MBCT

MBSR-MBCT is a combination of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based cognitive training (MBCT). Compassion and positive neuro-plasticity complement mindfulness in strengthening positive neural pathways. A Lotus Seed integrates both and adds insights from neuroscience and Buddhism to deepen the practice and provide a holistic understanding.

With A Lotus Seed, you can count on extensive expertise and the spirit and warmth of the community. A Lotus Seed starts from experience rather than theoretical and mental constructs.

This retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators as you'll touch upon every component of your experience to be able to create a new life story:


  • How to activate the soothing system for releases of oxytocin and natural opiates that give you a warm and loving feeling
  • How to balance old and new brain's functions and enter a flow state
  • How to bring deep-rooted longings to the foreground of your consciousness and use the hidden powers of your subconsciousness
  • How to make use of your implicit memory and store positive experiences in memory to create a new story


  • Unravel the mind-suffering mechanism
  • How to develop focus, concentration, curiosity, creativity, and a beginner's mind
  • Dealing with barriers and mind-limitations in developing your new life story
  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy


  • Ending the struggle with unwanted emotions through acceptance and compassion
  • Transform unnoticed emotional pain and hot emotions
  • Positive neuro-plasticity and Metta practices for dealing with emotions / sensations in the body
  • Freeing yourself from fear, anger, guilt, and shame and create an emotional wellness


  • Restore balance in the body through your physical, mental, emotional and heart energies, and self-care
  • Bodywork, stress reduction, dance, and vitalizing movements
  • Alignment-based Iyengar, Hatha, Yin, and Nidra yoga


  • How to listen to the heart voice and nurture other heart qualities as gratitude, shared joy, equanimity, and loving kindness.
  • Using the difference between empathy and (self-) compassion and the distinction in the brain
  • How to restore relationships with forgiveness and heartful communication
  • How to use compassion as a motivator for growth and transformer of suffering


  • How to replace old, habitual, automatic ways of behaving with new flexible and intentional ways of behaving
  • How to gain control over your mind and develop a clear and focused mind
  • How to realize your most highly valued heart dreams
  • Embrace your soul’s calling and learn to trust your life’s journey
  • You will start the day with a rejoicing yoga to strengthen your muscles and get energized to move more easily throughout the day.

After a healthy breakfast, the morning meditation session forms the core of the program in which you will meditate, reflect, and learn about the broader context of brain, body, and mind.

In the afternoon, there is enough free time to make some beautiful walks, read a good book, take a massage or sauna. There is also a Restorative or Yin yoga in the afternoon to relieve deep tension and enter deep relaxation. In the evening, there is a relaxed sharing practice about the day.

Typical daily schedule

  • 08:00-09:00 Combination Iyengar-Hatha yoga
  • 09:00-10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00-13:00 Mindfulness and Metta-heart-compassion meditation, reflection, and theory
  • 13:00-14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00-17:00 Personal time to take a therapeutic massage, or go for a hike
  • 17:30-18:30 Restorative, Yin yoga or Nidra Yoga
  • 19:00-20:00 Dinner
  • 20:00-21:00 Relaxation session and daily sharing


Geraldine Gobert
Geraldine believes that each and everyone is their own best teacher but they can use guidance in making the mind fit for their purpose. She sees herself as a guide on your path, rather than a teacher. After years of practice, she followed an intensive teacher training course from the Institute of Mindfulness in Belgium. She was taught by David Dewulf, Mark Williams, Christina Feldman, John Peacock, Chris Germer, Kristin Neff as well as monks in various monasteries across Europe and Asia.
(Hatha Yoga)
Anna is a certified Hatha yoga teacher and teaches slow flow classes with a strong foundation in classic, alignment-based Iyengar and Yin yoga. Her style is soft and gentle as it is powerful. Anna's journey on the yoga mat has brought her closer to herself and opened her heart to her inner truth. Oh and besides that, she's a gentle and loving human being, nature and peace lover, and a great inspiration!
Geraldine De La Vigne
Geraldine has been working as a holistic massage therapist for the past five years in Brussels and on different retreats around the world. She followed a three-year intense body-mind therapist education at Atmaram School in Brussels. She is a certified Reiki Usui practitioner and on top of that, passed the university certificate in Equine therapy in Louvain-La-Neuve.

Retreat location

The retreat will take place in Odemira, Alentejo, in the midst of Portugal's most beautiful nature, within the Natural Reservation Park of Costa Vicentina, and not too far from Portugal's wild scenic coastlines.

Nearby places

  • Zambujeiro do Mar - 10 minutes

Unique features


  • Cooking classes
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking
  • Reiki
  • Stargazing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Patio

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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The food served in this retreat is vegetarian with local, fresh and savoury ingredients. A delicious,and healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffet will be served every day. Vegan option upon request.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Depending on the preferences of the group, you can have excursions to the following:

  • Have lunch along the river and the sea of Odeceixe.
  • Enjoy the cute little town of Odemira with a walk to some magic rocks or meditate.
  • Walk in the dunes and have lunch along the seaside in Ribeira da Azenha and Ilha do Pessegeiro.
  • Explore the most beautiful little town of Zambujeiro do Mar on the Alentejano coast with stunning beaches.
  • Relax along the shore of the sea in the beautiful town of Vila Nova de Milfontes.

You may also do the following during your free time:

  • Explore the region
  • Go horse riding
  • Go surfing
  • Massages and Reiki treatments upon request at additional costs
  • Meditation on magic ancient rocks
  • Mindful walking session on the beach
  • Read a good book
  • Refresh in the bio-pool
  • Take a massage in a massage hut in the middle of nature
  • Take a walk to explore the garden surrounded by 71 hectares of nature

What's included

  • 3 healthy vegetarian meals a day
  • 7 evening relaxation sessions (one hour each)
  • 7 morning meditation and group discussion sessions (three hour each)
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Course material
  • Integrated MBCT-MBSR course
  • 7 yoga sessions (morning and afternoon)
  • Optional group activities

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Additional drinks/food bought outside the retreat center

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) or Faro airport. Rented cars can be shared among participants. Rental costs will be around 65 EUR per person for a whole week. A Lotus Seed will meet you at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) and you will drive together to the retreat center.

Alternatively, you can fly to Faro Airport (FAO) from which you can take public transportation or share a car to get to the retreat venue.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Special discount

There will be 10% reduction on the price if you bring a friend or if you are living and working in Portugal. Special prices are also offered to those who would like to join with more friends and those who cannot afford. Please ask A Lotus Seed for more information.

Saturday April 28, 2018
(8 days / 7 nights)

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