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Yoga Retreats (3)

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Samuele Piazza

Lavinia Casaburo

Reviews (96)

Lian Yagoda

from Greece, September 2021

"Amazing week"

The whole experience was so good, Samu and Lavi are great teachers! super professional, patient and knowledgeable. The place itself is beautiful, homely and cozy. The food is incredible. The classes were very diverse and gave a really good introduction to the different kinds of yoga for beginners.

Mònica Vila Casanovas

from Spain, September 2021

"Amazing experience. So recommendable! "

The atmosphere that you can find there is fantastic!

Lisa Maria

from Austria, September 2021

"Love, inspiration & good energy ✨"

An incredibly beautiful yoga experience with wonderful people, fantastic yoga teachers, various yoga lessons with different styles & exact instructions, connecting music, delicious food, a creative & loving home... I came back to Austria full of positive energy and peace. A big thank you to Lavi and Samu for the great time and for made us feel home. 🙏

Tiara Silvente

from France, August 2021

"Grateful and in love with the place and the people"

Everything was great, Lavi and Samu are two light coming in your life and making you more peaceful. They transmit their passion and you see how much they love what they do and people around. They are kind and will make everything so you can feel comfortable.

Please have this experience 🙏❤️

Maaike Lootens

from Spain, August 2021

"Excellent retreat, 100% recommendable"

Lavinia and Samuele are absolutely lovely and their teaching style (between Vinyasa and Iyengar) is unique.

I have been doing yoga for quite some time, but I have learnt so many new things! They encourage you to go deeper into each posture, making the most of its benefits.

I would say this is the most authentique retreat I have done.

The food is very tasty and the location of the centre is excellent for excursions (beach, Sintra, hiking, Mafra, ...) or just relaxing.

If I could, I would have stayed 2 more weeks! ;-)

Ilona Tóth

from Hungary, August 2021

"A wonderful experience"

This was my very first yoga retreat and it was amazing. Lavi and Samu are great teachers, beautiful and kind souls and very inspiring persons. They tend to push your limits in the classes but in the best way possible - when it comes to the asanas they always showed modification options and were very attentive when someone had some injuries. They built this place with lots of love and it is clearly shining through everything they do. I met the most amazing people and beautiful souls there - feel very blessed and grateful for this experience. I've learned so much about yoga and myself there.

The beach is close (40 mins by foot) but the water is toooo cold so do not expect much swimming in the ocean but there are other ways to enjoy the nature - like choosing one of the the beautiful hiking routes. The food at the retreat is delicious. Even though I just left, I miss the place, the people, the atmosphere (and the food :D :D).

Lavi and Samu, thank you very much for everything, I hope that some day I can return to Almashala <3. Lots of love!

Alexandra Bonev

from Germany, June 2021

"A meaningful eye opening experience! Definitely will repeat"

Thank you so so much Lav and Samu for this week. I am greatful for meeting you both and learning so much from you - more that the Yoga Practice (or practics ;-))

I‘m take more home than meets the eye and do definitely want to return to Almashala

Abii Twigg

from Great Britain, June 2021

"I couldn’t have loved it more! The best thing I’ve ever done"

I came here for a yoga ‘holiday’ I thought it would be a holiday with a bit of light yoga thrown in .... what I got was a deep knowledge and understanding of asana that you don’t even get at a teacher training! Lavinia and samu are so dedicated to their practices and so knowledgable, you cannot help but gain such a deeper understating of both asana and the yogic practice! I’ve never worked with teachers that go so deep into the understanding of postures! I feel like I’m coming away with so much more than I ever thought I would! These people live and breathe yoga and are the most beautiful and wonderful souls I’ve ever met! Everything they do is yoga, and their shalla and home is a place of healing, magic, and community. I will keep coming back here for sure because it is too amazing not to! The food is INCREDIBLE!! The yoga is incredible, the place is incredible and lavi and samu are INCREDIBLE! The kirtan, the workshops, the food.... oh my gosh! It’s just all amazing!

If you even read this you are being called here ... come! .... No expectations, surrender! just come .... learn...... BE 🙏🏼

Maria Divid

from Great Britain, June 2021

"Amazing experience - I will be back!"

The retreat exceeded my expectations and left me very rested and reenergized, as well as keen to further deepen my yoga practice. Samu and Lavinia are amazing instructors and absolutely lovely and caring people, just being around them makes you feel at home and at peace. All the volunteers and guests were wonderful, I enjoyed getting to know them. Afternoons were a good mix of chilling at the beach and activities such as bouldering, hiking and visiting Sintra. I recommend this retreat wholeheartedly!

Gisela Provasi

from Great Britain, May 2021

"A beautiful yogic experience"

There’s life before and after a week at Almashala. I was seeking silence, community, peace, connection and a more informed and meaningful yoga practice - and I still found even more than that. If you feel that’s where you should be, don’t hesitate. Samu and Lav are beautiful souls, amazing hosts and the best yoga teachers I’ve ever had.


from France, October 2020

Very chilled place with super nice and passionate teachers - great atmosphere, nice meals and some fun extra activities - being nearby Sintra is also a must for afternoons activities

Erika Holm

from Sweden, September 2020

"Most amazing week in a long time "

This place is magical and has the most amazing people around. Beautiful environment and great variations of yoga practice.

Bart De Hauwere

from Belgium, September 2020


Was looking for a retreat that offered a place to still the mind and rekindle my yoga routine that got a bit rusty due to a long time of living and working alone during confinement.

I can begin by saying I got a lot more out of this than I could expect from a retreat.

As a yoga teacher with a 500ytt experience, I was blown away by the quality of teaching and knowledge about the asanas, alignment, usage of props and much more. The classes were never the same and many styles of yoga were given (hatha, yin, ashtanga, restorative, iyengar method,...)

What makes it even better, is Lavi and Samu love to help with any questions you might have about yoga, alignment or how to help your personal practice when explaining personal injury or imbalance.

You see them smile when they helped you. That says it all.

Also the vibe in this retreat is really authentic and feels like coming home. Food is really good, everything properly cleaned, calm environment.

10min to the (several) beaches. Make sure to get a surfing class when you get the chance.

This is my first ever review, soly because I'm strongly overwhelmed by this great experience. For my yoga practice and as well a loving environment to help forget the craziness of the world we are living in today.

Lots of gratitude toward Lavi, Samu and everyone else that has been so nice (Melania, Isadora, ...)

Ps: margarita pizza is the best. You'll understand when you book this retreat :)

Virginie Vandenabeele

from Belgium, September 2020

"Yoga in Heaven"

I was looking for quality time, a daily yoga practice, good food; I received way more than this.

Almashala is more than a yoga retreat, it is a way of living created by beautiful souls. Lavinia & Samuele have build a safe haven filled with love.

+ The yoga classes are disciplined, technically detailled and varied. In a week i feel the enormous progress i made due to the support & continuous attention of these wonderful teachers. Lavi, Samuele, Melania are very attentive to all the group, they are carefull & caring (Use of lots of props). Thank you for sharing these highly qualitative classes.

+ Then there is the food experience, I am not a vegan but i have tasted Melania's food passion because yes everything we eat at Almashala is made with love. Melania is an exquisit cook and food coach. Thank you Melania for making me discover your passion of good taste.

+ The place is magical, the energy that circulates @ Almashala is pure and energetic. Lavi & Samuel's have build a cosy, peaceful, restful cocoon. Everything is beautiful, clean and feels home. Thank you both for creating Almashala, you make this world a better place.

+ Let's not forget about Dario's magical massages! His massages will just bring you right centered. Completely amazing. Thank you Dario for your magical hands.

This experience is unique, i feel enormousely grateful for the opportunity i received to spend one week at Almashala. The experience & Energy will always stay with me. Thank you

Sameera Hassan

from Switzerland, September 2020

"An Oasis"

Almashala is a place where preconceived notions of self are left at the door to allow an opportunity to be introspective at the deepest levels and tap into a sense of calm and presence. The twice-daily classes provided the perfect challenge alongside clear teaching to better understand the alignment of postures and the importance of the breath. To take it further, there is great emphasis on the spiritual aspects of yoga that continue to work beyond the mat. The vegan food reflects this as well and was fresh, delicious, and nourishing. I met such beautiful souls during my time at Almashala and am completely rejuvenated. I look forward to the day of my return. Thank you to Lav, Sam, Meli, and all of the Almashala staff for everything. I highly recommend this retreat. Don't think, just book and arrive with an open heart and mind. The rest will fall into place. Om Shanti.

Nelli Illen

from Germany, September 2020

"Wonderful experience and best decision of 2020"

Almashala is a wonderful place to go and I can highly recommend it if you want to recharge with positive energy and find back to what is truly important in life (what we all have inside of us). I've been there for one week in a single room, which is located at a separate house 5min foot walk from the ashram. There are people who live permanently in the house, which are super friendly and outgoing. Everything was clean and it's not a big deal to walk 5min in the morning and in the evening.

At Almashala the energy is incredible. Lavi and Samu are not only terrific yoga teachers, but also such wise and friendly people who give great advises if asking them. Now already two weeks have passed since I've returned from Portugal, but I still feel the positive energy and warmth of them and this amazing place.

The yoga classes were insanely good and I improved a lot during only a week! Samu and Lavi definitely made me want to proceed on a constant basis, which I did by signing up to a yoga studio!

Also, the food was extremely delicious and diverse.

All in all, it was a great experience and all of the people at the ashram including other guests were just so nice and friendly and I hope every one of them is doing well. Hope to see you guys again!

Pushkar Raghav

from France, September 2020

"Brilliant experience!"

I would really recommend for anyone who is looking to take a break. Both Lavinia & Samuele are awesome. Thank you very much for setting up Almashala.

Pavlina Topalova

from Netherlands, August 2020

"Simply wonderful!"

Amazing atmosphere, wonderful hosts, delicious food... I do not know where to start really!

All trainers (Samu, Lavi, Melania) work with feeling. You can tell that they thrive in what they do, that the Shala was built with so much passion. The guest teachers are amazing as well.

The food... OMG... If you think you may lose weight - think again! It's delicious, varied, vegan and mainly local produce. It has so much flavour!

The location - there is really a lot to see in a close proximity. The retreat schedule allows travels without missing classes. There are several beautiful beaches and towns around, which are absolutely worth the visit (I feel deeply in love with Sintra, but also Mafra and Ericeira are so wonderful).

I really cannot praise this experience enough, I will probably go back.

Abi Tasker

from Great Britain, December 2019

"The most incredible retreat "

Almashala is something special. I walked through the doors to meet Lavi and Samu and I felt immediately at home. What they have created is a welcoming, open-hearted, comfortable, impeccably clean, and homely space, with teaching that surpassed my expectations. I’m a yoga teacher myself, so I wanted to find something with variety and challenge, and that’s exactly what I found! Lavi and Samu have such a passion and love for yoga, and they have continued to learn and train together, bringing in experience from all parts of the yoga world. Each class is well thought through and designed to make you think as well as move.

Then you have the food, which is all incredible. So many interesting flavours and colours, and super healthy. All made with love.

The surrounding area is stunning, with beautiful beaches nearby, and so many interesting, historical places to visit. I can recommend the local spa too ;)

The fact Lavi and Samu handmade most of the shala interior, shows how much these guys care. It’s unique in every way.

I would go back in a heartbeat.

Benny Vaksendiser

from Belgium, December 2019

"One of the best retreats you are going to find..."

No matter if you are doing your first steps on the yoga mat or already doing it for a while (my case), Samuel and Lavinia will help you to improve your practice.


Most classes felt more like a workshop than your normal studio class, Samuel and Lavinia are not shy of using props in order to explore the asanas from a different perspective, and they put extra emphasize on teaching the movements in a way that will prevent future injuries.


On top of their knowledge, they are also amazing people who try to make sure that all of the students are happy and satisfied and it is quite clear that they are giving 110% of themselves.


Besides the yoga classes there were also activities like a sound journey, a meditation workshop, chants or even spontaneous singing with the guitar. I found it extra special.


The food is also super good, ensuring that you will enjoy the meals while connecting to other amazing yogis who visit this place.


Lavinia and Samuel, Thank you for an amazing experience! ❤️

Lisa Marie Salley

from Belgium, November 2019

"Absolute bliss "

We couldn't have had a better week. Samuele and Lavinia were simply perfect hosts - they couldn't be more accommodating in a very relaxed way making us feel completely at home. The place is wonderful, it's so calm and has everything you need for a peaceful retreat. Maria's food is amazing - vegan and mostly gluten free which is just ideal. The yoga was both challenging and relaxing (we did a sound healing session which was brilliant). Sam and Lavi are fantastic teachers. We highly recommend it - and we'll be back next year!

Hannah Mcglynn

from Ireland, November 2019

"A Haven "

Almashala is a beautiful haven by the sea. Really informative yoga classes, and such a beautiful vibe. It’s a very open, sharing and family like space. The love Lavi & Samo have for yoga & one another is felt the second you enter. I’ll be back <3

Judith Köstler

from Germany, November 2019

"Fantastic and kind atmosphere"

Samu and Lavi are incredibly passionate and kind teachers that really inspired the group with their undocmatic and free spirited way of teaching. The shala was designed with a lot of care and thought behind it and makes the visitor feel very welcome! The different classes inspired and were very helpful in personal progress, while being fun. Will return definitely! Love to Lavi and Samu 🧘🏼‍♀️

Marie Reinfurt

from Germany, November 2019

"Wonderful experience"

Both Lavi and Samu are passionate about the retreat, welcoming people very warmly and make you feel at home instantly. I learned a lot about the correct alignment of postures, even though I have been practicing yoga for years. The food was amazing!

Sandra Jebsen

from Norway, October 2019

"Amazing yoga retreat "

The place Lavi and samu has created is an amazing and peaceful place filled with warmth and love. The yoga and the food were Fantastic. Samu and lavi are dedicated yogis and are fun and laidback people. We really really enjoyed the week❤️ And highly recommend this retreat.

Aurelie Butscher

from Switzerland, October 2019

"A place full of love "

This place is great. You feel like at home just few minutes after you arrive.

A liked so mutch the teachers: Samu with his smile, kidness and fantastic tecnic. And lavinia, full of positive energy, humor, and take care of you all the time. The programm is nice, I learn a lot about Ashtanga, a part very serious and sometime a bit of fun ( some acro-yoga for exemple). Both teacher are really good to share their yoga passion and also way of living.

And the vegan food was great thanks!

I'm so gratefull for all the beautiful atmospher, beautiful group and moment sharing together ( singing at the fireside...going to the beautiful and wild beach...) and so interesting discussion about life.

I go home full of emotion and positive energy after one week their!

I definitily recommend it. I will go back.


Jasmine Eloksha

from Spain, October 2019

"Everything I needed and much more"

Lavinia and Samu’s passion for yoga cannot be missed. Not only they are very experienced yogis but they master the art of teaching. Something that is not necessarily easy to find. They share a fresh and genuine energy and they make sure every class gives you something new and fun.

I was so impressed with the place as well, it’s beautiful, very well thought and looked after. There is a lot of space and the dorm feels cozy and homey.

Brunches and dinners are lovely and there is a very nice area to share your meal and some chats with the other travelers.

The location is perfect, you are in nature. At the same time everything is at one hour walking distance or a few minutes with Uber.

I had on purpose dropped all my expectations coming to almashala and I have found likeminded genuine souls to share this little journey with, grounded and useful classes that made me feel stronger and more focused, fantastic nature and lovely walks, a peaceful yet vibrant place to stay.

I hope our paths will cross again soon, Lavi and Samu. You rock!

Richard Ferrier

from Great Britain, October 2019

"Gets it right on so many levels"

I still can’t believe this retreat has only been running for a few months! Lav and Samu are such a warm and welcoming couple and the environment they have created really fosters a sense of connection and wellbeing. They are also superb yogis and take great care in teaching proper alignment. (I thought I had pretty good posture to begin with, but there were several times when I found myself thinking, oh *that's* how that pose is supposed to feel.) The programme is gently challenging and I enjoyed exploring different styles of yoga. The food is good, the dorm is spacious and the showers are hot. As others have pointed out, it's not right next to the beach or Ericeira. But the transport options are good enough, and honestly, after spending time in such a peaceful location it's difficult to imagine Almashala being anywhere else. Thank you so much Lavinia, Samu and Maria and I hope to be back soon :)

Jade Wells

from Great Britain, September 2019

"A week of pure peace and love "

Almashala you were pure magic. Everything I hoped for and so much more. Words cannot describe the deep sense of gratitude I have for the experience I had. Samu and Lavi you are two of the most beautiful souls I have ever met. You have created something so very special and I cannot wait to come again. Maria, I will miss your smiley face and wonderful food. It felt like home and you felt like family. Thank you for helping me to find my way back to myself. Namaste 🙏🏻 💫💕

Judit Prokaj

from Great Britain, September 2019

"Unique positive place with full acceptance and peace "

I was so fortunate to visit Almashala for a week. The place has a magical vibe. Lavina and Samu are such a free, content, wise people with so much love and care to give. The people are attended the retreat where genuine and likewise so we all had an amazing experience. Bonding was easy in such a nurturing environment and so we already planning to return for more zen.

The classes were excellent with lots of new technical and philosophical insight. Well planned pace and never the same we had endless new discovery about yogi life.

The food was amazing (thank you Maria for cooking with love), they gave extra attention to my coeliac diet.

I loved how the place was created by Lavinia's beautiful taste, it's warm and makes you feel that arrived home.

I honestly can't wait to return.

Sarah Guershon

from Great Britain, September 2019

What can I say about the incredible Almashala? There are no airs or graces - everything you see serves a purpose, and yet you get so much more than what you see.

For me, Lavinia is the heart of Almashala and Samu is the spirit. They built Almashala from scratch and you can tell that they built it with love. I believe it was the purity of their energy and intentions for Almashala that meant I had the privilege to meet such wonderful people while I was there.

Thanks to Lavinia and Samu, I was able to greatly improve my yoga practice over the course of the week. They are encouraging, kind and all-knowing when it comes to yoga.

I am so, so grateful to Lavi, Samu, Maria (the amazing chef) and everyone else I met there for what really was one of the best experiences of my life. I hope I have the opportunity to come back here. It has done so much more than encourage me to continue practicing yoga as much as I can. It's inspired me to carry forward the open, non-judgemental and genuine way of living that is so inherent in everything they do.

Kirsty Ayers

from Great Britain, September 2019

"A blissful week in Almashala!"

Excellent yoga teaching, wonderful fresh food and lovely company! Lavi and Samu were very welcoming and happy to help with anything I needed.

The yoga was great throughout, good to have a mixture of styles and teachers - thanks to Lavi, Samu, Ana and Daniel!

The food was excellent, lots of choice, fresh and filling - thanks Maria, the happiest cook in the world!

I also visited the local beaches, Ericeira and Sintra, all of which were close and easy to get to by Uber.


from Germany, September 2019

"Great break from my everyday life!"

I had a great break from my everyday life.

Thank you for your loving and caring nature, Samu and Lavinia!

At Almashala, everything is designed step by step with love and has a lot of potential to become even more wonderful - the food is healthy and delicious!

The yoga classes are versatile and suitable for different levels. In addition, great emphasis is placed on breathing techniques and alignment, I liked that very much !!

From the retreat place there are many beautiful hiking trails to the sea (about 60 minutes to walk or longer, depending on the route). But also by bus or Uber it is easy to get to the beaches and to Ericeira (about 10-15 minutes).

So if you want to experience good yoga and return to nature to get out of the city. Then you are exactly right in Pobral at Almashala :)

Best wishes and greetings!


from Berlin - Germany

Katrin Hansen

from Great Britain, September 2019

"Almshala is like coming home "

Almashala is like coming home. Not only is it a beautiful space that encapsulates the love and passion that the founders Lavi and Sam have for Yoga but it gives you place of peace where one may be able to find the space back to the home that lives within us.

Both Lavi and Samu’s classes were so rewarding with the knowledge and the variety of yoga styles offers you get a deeper understanding and are able to grow within your practice.

The daily healthy vegan meals often farm to table give you an appreciation for the food we eat and how we consume. Appreciating the need to cultivate both inner and with the gift of the earth.

There are so many great activities to do in your spare time, as well as the opportunity for massage and workshops.

I didn’t want to leave. So grateful to have found this place and grateful to have people like these two wonderful beings to created such a space. Namaste and thank you again 🙏🏼

Lucy Morris

from Great Britain, August 2019

When two beautiful souls come together amazing things happen, this is most definitely true of Lavi and Sam. They have created a place of magic and peace. The yoga teaching was amazing and the food delicious. Even just over seven days, I could see how much my practise improved. It was also SUCH good value for money. I paid extra for a massage and the Conscious Love workshop, both of which were by expert practitioners. It was super easy and cheap to get an uber or a bus to the nearby beaches etc and there's a beautiful walk to the local beach. I had a truly wonderful time and hope to return very soon!

Pauline Nicholson

from Great Britain, August 2019

"Week at Almashala August 2019"

The positivity, enthusiasm and professionalism Lavinia and Samuele bring to the Almashala is just amazing.

I had such a fantastic week there and learned so many new things to bring to my yoga practice. They both have a great connection with people and ability to explain the yoga in an engaging way.

I met some amazing people too. The variety of guests during the week was quite amazing. But everyone’s input adds to the experience and enjoyment for the whole group.

The food was vegetarian/ vegan and extremely tasty. Plenty of fruit and variety of teas available all day.

As the retreat opened just last year there are some areas of improvement to the building and garden still in progress. But the yoga classes are very strong and of a very high standard. So this is the perfect place to build from.


Sarah Louise

from Great Britain, August 2019

"Calm, secluded, away from it all, and wonderful people"

Range of yoga styles- and workshops for different postures- my down dog is transformed. I loved the food- tasty and a great variety of vegetarian food and the atmosphere and conversation at meal times was my favourite part- interesting conversations and discussion led by the hosts who are two of the happiest people Ive ever met and their happiness is infectious- i left feeling uplifted and joyful

Belinda Sørensen

from Norway, August 2019

"Fabulous retreat at Almashala"

Thank you for a fabulous week in the Almashala! We really loved it. Lavinia and Samuele create a truly special and fun yoga experience with their passion, dedication and care for each individual. Their invested energy allows you to deepen your practice - and leaves you truly energised. We hope to come again really soon. All the best, Gabrielle & Belinda


from Great Britain, August 2019

"My 10 days of magic "

Almashala was a place of joy. I connected with wonderful beings and equally had lots of alone time to connect with myself. I was completely immersed in beautiful nature with beaches and forests all around and a very healthy lifestyle of delicious vegan cuisine.

Lavinia & Samu are not only masterful yoga teachers, who passionately live and breath the practice- but they also greet you with warmth and make you feel so welcome. No question was ever an inconvenience for them as they did everything to keep guests happy. My ten days here we’re transformational- With the teachers gentle guidance I did poses I felt I could never do before.

I can’t recommend this yoga retreat more only to say I have booked another stay in October :) If you’re looking for a healing ground, weather you are advanced or a complete beginner in yoga, these intelligent and compassionate teachers will support your journey.


from Spain, August 2019

"Amazing week"

I am so grateful to Lavi and Samu to create this wonderful space. The yoga classes are very good structured, every day different and both instructors are there to assist/ assist. The food is great too. Our group of people was super international, several nights we stayed together to play guitar and sing.. such an amazing environment. I can highly recommend this retreat! :)

Thank you Lavi and Samu for this time!


from Portugal, August 2019

"Yoga in the purest sense"

I loved everything about this retreat. I’ve practiced for 20 years and this was true yoga taught by two superb teachers, combined with excellent vegan food, comfy beds, and a good location.

Rajani Kodiyat

from Germany, July 2019

"beautiful yoga space"

Almashala has given me given me the possibility to deepen my practise in a calm and peacefull place. Lavina and Samu are both great teachers who take care of alignment as well as of creative lessons. The way they designed the retreat helps a lot to focus and to dive deeper into your asanna practise. Additionally they organise diffrent workshops in and around the shala (go bouldering in the forest of sintra!). I enjoyed my stay so much and am very thankfull for the time in ericeira that i spent with you! hope to see you again :)

Laure Moro

from France, September 2021

"Juste parfait!"

Tout était parfait pour moi.

De belles rencontres humaines. Lavinia et Samuele sont passionnés, toujours si bienveillants et pleins d'une très belle énergie lumineuse et ont su créer un lieu, une atmosphère, une harmonie et une vibration très agréables. On se sent bienvenu, détendu, comme si on était déjà venu et un peu à la maison. Toute l'équipe est incroyable, c'est une petite famille et on a le sentiment qu'on l'intègre.

Le niveau des cours de yoga est top. Lavinia et Samuele sont encore une fois passionnés, ont des connaissances précises, nous guident parfaitement pour aller plus loin. Les cours s'enchaînent idéalement durant la semaine. On accède à des choses que l'on ne se pensait pas capable de faire.

Le Kirtan est un moment magique. L'énergie du groupe se manifeste par un débordement de joie. Une première pour moi, j'ai adoré.

L'hébergement est très simple mais confortable et finalement parfait pour cette retraite.

La nourriture est saine et bonne, essentiellement végétalienne. On prend soin de soi jusqu'au bout, un vrai plaisir.

J'ai adoré, d'ailleurs j'y retourne dans 1 mois.

Elsa Alvarez Perez

from Spain, August 2021

Las explicaciones de los instructores y su preparación y conocimiento. También su cordialidad y disposición. Cuando encuentren un emplazamiento en el campo será el lugar perfecto para ir.

Pasquale Sbordone

from Belgium, September 2020

Tout était merveilleux je n’ai pas de mots ... merci à ces jeunes professeurs qui donnent tellement d’amours ds leurs travail, une expérience à vivre vraiment... merci 🙏❤️❤️❤️

Liliana Valente

from Portugal, August 2020

Uma experiência incrivel. Gente de bom coração , muito yoga e boa onda. Professores muito didáticos, actividades variadas e um grupo encantador!

Alberto Val

from Spain, October 2019

La paz que he tenido gracias a la casa, a las prácticas de yoga, a la comida de María, a la cama donde he dormido como un tronco, a las personas con las que he compartido el retiro , a la playa de Sao Juliao y, sobre todo, a la cordialidad que han tenido conmigo Samuele y Lavinia, me han cuidado muy bien , son encantadores y buenos maestros

Björn Kotterba

from Germany, October 2019

Yoga Kurse top, angenehme atmosphäre zwischen Teilnehmern und Lehrern. Achtvolles miteinander, respekt- und liebevoller Umgang.

Viele Ausflugsmöglichkeiten. Alle drei (samu, lavi und Maria) waren immer für ein nettes Gespräch und Nachfragen zu haben.

Katja Quinkler

from Germany, July 2019

"Could not be better"

Almashala is such an amazing place. The quality of the yoga lessons is excellent and you learn even after years the real basics as if never known before!

Meditation and relaxing exercises take a big part of the retreat and also you can ask every question about the subject yoga and meditation. Lavinia and Samu can give you so many important informations.

They keep an eye on every single person and if you have a certain body problem or pain they give you many asanas to solve that problem.( I had pain in my downer back and Samu gave me a whole lesson to that subject and the pain was gone after some days)

Next to all the professional Yoga themes they are so warm-hearted, lovely, smart people!

I felt just welcome and right at their place.

The Brunch and dinner we got every day was from such a high quality and very tasty. Every day they surprised with something new and delicious.

There is also the possibility to take some specials to complete these wonderful relaxing days!

Boyldering, massage or a coaching session with Sabina about the subject” love” are so nice offers.

And i loved the hike to the beach (which is also lovely) through the little “Dschungle” right behind the house..

What more to say?

This place is just perfect and wonderful!

Marie Klenke

from Germany, July 2019

"A place of love, peace and compassion 💗"

Vielen Dank für eine wunderbare Zeit! Die Räumlichkeiten sind liebevoll eingerichtet. Samu und Lavi sind fantastische Lehrer die auf jeden Einzelnen ganz individuell eingehen. Die Landschaft und das Meer sind ein Traum und das Essen ist köstlich. Ich bin so dankbar für diese Erfahrung! 🙏🤗

Thank you Lavi and Samu for this amazing time in your beautiful home!

Thank you for all the good food, the laughter, the talks and the silence. Thank you for the yoga practice and the compassion. Feel hugged! I will come back to you! 🙏🤗💗

Nadja Hansen

from Switzerland, September 2021

"The perfect sanctuary"

Overall this has been a wonderful experience.

The variety of the classes was great, the style of teaching was outstanding - I have learned so much in that week, unbelievable! I have felt and experienced Lavina's and Samu's passion and devotion to yoga throughout the whole retreat. Everyone working in the shala was super authentic, kind and caring. It felt like we all belonged to the family.

The food was extraordinary and the shala a gem.

I had such a wonderful time with incredible people.

I will definitely come back to Almashala and will recommend it to anyone who is looking for a great yoga retreat experience.

Jana Läderach

from Switzerland, September 2021

Well, where to start…I only stayed at Almashala for 5 days, and I only realized what a huge impact this short time had on me. Even though I arrived later than the rest of the group, I was welcomed with a warm and inviting openness and felt at home the second I got there. The yoga was taught with a deep knowledge and I really liked the combination of the lessions from Samu and the ones from Lavi. What I personally really appreciated was that this retreat wasn‘t just about the yoga at all. I experienced my spiritual self from other sides during this stay and you showed me a little bit a new world. I will definitely take so much with me from this!

And finally there‘s the food: I found it incredible how much effort every day was put in making a healthy and delicious meal. I loved your food so much that I probably ate doubled as much as normally haha!

I’d like to say thanks to everyone who made our stay there as amazing as it was! I really hope to be back someday!

Tracey Coughlan

from Ireland, September 2021

"A complete & blissful retreat! "

The entire experience was fantastic, it was my first yoga retreat & I’m definitely coming back. The instructors were excellent and accommodated all levels of experience, they are so genuine & truly care about their guests. The food was amazing & the Almashla team just fabulous! If you are looking for an authentic retreat to recharge & re-energise, I highly recommend Almashla!

Tatiana Artemenko

from France, September 2021

"Amazing experience at almashala ! People are awesome"

The atmosphere and good vibes

Classes are diverse and profound


Food !

Place is very beautiful and not touristic

Cristina Aroldi

from Belgium, August 2021

"Best yoga retreat of my life -highly recommended "

I have done few yoga retreats but no comparison with Almashala. Lavi and Samu are the kindest, most welcoming and best yoga teachers I have ever met. Thanks to them I overcame my fear to do an head stand. The entire experience at Almashala ( from the amazing food, to the great location and to the love they put in everything they do) has been incredible. I’ll definitely come back and I recommend this retreat to anyone who wants to practise yoga in a lovely, cozy and great for learning environment


from Germany, August 2021

"Loved every minute! I will be back soon! "

This place is so magical. You feel at home and relaxed the second you get there. Lavi and Samu are incredible people that open their heart to everyone that joins their retreat. I was a beginner and I learned so much about yoga, myself and being in the moment.

Thank you so much for this wonderful experience! I will be back as soon as possible :)

Lots of love


Andrea Hlavata

from Belgium, July 2021

"Phantastic retreat"

I enjoyed so much this retreat, very nice combination of yoga with so much enthusiastic instructors Samu and Lavi and relaxing massages and very tasteful food offered everything with love. Thank you so much!

Franziska Samanek

from Spain, July 2021

"Heaven on Earth"

After one week in Almashala we feel physically and mentally detoxed thanks to the great Asana work, amazing food, and inspiring spiritual practice (chanting, gong, meditation, etc). While I have many years of experience with yoga, for my boyfriend it was the first real encounter with it, nevertheless it was a very enriching experience for both of us - thank you Lav and Samu!!

Jochen Spretke

from United States, July 2021

"Real Yoga "

The retreat was incredible

The yoga was pure in any sense the lessons are perfect executed

robes / chairs I did learned a lot of new teachings

All poses and techniques where well explained

The food uhhh was very very good 👍

From the Cita to the Gong to Pizza night

The whole experience was what yoga should be and how it should be lived .

If you are looking for a perfect yoga retreat this is definitely 1 of them .

Ralph Brinkman

from Netherlands, July 2021

"High level yoga"

I learned a lot at the retreat at Almashala. The teachers really give high level yoga. There was a lot of personal adjustments that i usualy miss in the lessons in my own country.

Eleanor Ray

from Great Britain, June 2021

"Such a special place."

Everything about Almashala was perfect , it felt like home. I have learnt so much about yoga but also about myself. The classes are so well structured and the food is just honestly incredible. I met so many amazing people and will definitely be returning to Almashala. So very grateful xx

Kathrin Bühler

from Switzerland, September 2020

"I enjoyed every moment at Almashala"

I had a wonderful week in Almashala. Lavi, Samu and the whole community are very welcoming and I immediately felt at home. I learned a lot from the experienced Yoga instructors, not only about my own practice, but also about the spirit of Yoga and different Yoga styles. The The home made, vegan food was delicious. I will definitely be back :). 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

Rita Vicente

from Portugal, June 2020

"Amazing experience"

It was my first yoga retreat and it was absolutely amazing. First of all, Lavinia and Samuel (the hosts & instructors) are the best... they do everything to make you feel at home. And the peaceful atmosphere are due to them and the fantastic decoration. The classes are increadible, they explain why we are doing the posture and they are very careful so it's perfect for beginners. The food is also delicious, simple and so tasty.

I'll be back for sure!

Tasnim Rohal

from Great Britain, November 2019

"Unique and special experience"

The last 7 days at this retreat has been one of the most memorable experiences for me.

Morning meditation, challenging but fun yoga, an incredible “sound healing” session which was a unique experience entirely and a beautiful Mantra singing night with instruments and the local community. Maria, the chef at the retreat cooked up fresh organic vegan food daily which totally changed my perspective of vegan food entirely as it was always creative and delicious.

This place that Lavi & Samu have created really isn’t like a typical, fancy retreat. Don’t get me wrong - it’s super clean, has all the facilities you need, the shower doesn’t run out of hot water, there’s always enough food so you never go hungry and the location is stunning. But it genuinely feels more like home, but better. Sitting by the fire reading a book, sharing stories & laughter around the dinner table, forming connections with people from all different backgrounds.

Both Lavi & Samu are amazing instructors. I was a COMPLETE beginner but they always pushed me to do more, try harder, to improve with every class. Lavi has amazing energy, the funniest stories and a kindness that makes you feel at home within seconds. Samu’s peaceful energy, kindness and constant smile is contagious. ♥️

Thank you thank you thank you to both of you. What you have created is a unique, special little safe haven, so authentic and beautiful so please don’t change a thing. See you again soon x #tightentheleg #straightentheleg

Natalie Collins

from Great Britain, November 2019

Almashala creates such a beautiful space for a community of like-minded people to come together. I met some incredible people who really made my experience. We had lots of fun singing round the fire together in the evening, as well as taking trips to the beach during the day.

The yoga teaching was excellent - challenging and encouraging in equal measure!

The Food was so delicious, nutritious and plentiful - thank you Maria!

Also the dorm rooms are super spacious and tranquil and you have your own private curtain which was fantastic.

Moniek Bosman

from Netherlands, November 2019

"Really recommend this place!"

This was my first yoga retreat and I loved it! I booked the retreat with climbing and surfing. Because of the weather conditions I unfortunately clouldn't go climbing but I took an ayuverdic massage instead (definetly recommend this).

Liv and Samu are lovely and super friendly. They really took their time during the classes and made sure we had a good time in general. They don't just give the classes but organise chanting evenings, workshops and other things. They have a lot of positive energy :)

And let's not forget about Mari! She spoiled us with her delicious food, twice a day :) Normally I don't eat vegan, but it didn't bother me at all. Oh and they make great chai and kombucha...

If you look for a super luxurious retreat, this is not the place. But if you are looking for a place with a lot of warmth, positive energy, good yoga classes, nice surroundings and super friendly people, you should go here!

Andréa Flageul

from Germany, October 2019

"A place where you feel home"

Lavi and Samuel are two authentic people who put a lot of love and work in this place to make people feel at home. It’s a simple place where you can connect with the people and be yourself. Grazie mille a tutti e due!

Teja Goli

from Slovenia, October 2019

"Lovely, down to earth and wholesome"

Everything was just really amazing. From the courses, location, accommodation and of course, the amazing food! Lavinia and Samuele built the place mostly with their own hands and the love they put into it really shows!

Anna Woldrich

from Austria, October 2019

"Detox in Portugal "

The place is fabulous and created with much love. The classes are very good and sometimes challenging, the people friendly, the staff superb. And the food is awesome! At night it is dark and quiet and the beds are comfy! The nearby beach is beautiful and clean. I plan on returning soon!

Chloe Kitchener

from Great Britain, October 2019

"An amazing experience!"

The warm welcome from Lavinia and Sami, the beautiful food from the lovely Maria, the way yoga is taught so that movements are achievable even when you’ve not done them before. I went from yoga novice, to maybe almost competent in one week. It’s not just about fitness for Lavinia and Samu It’s a way of life and they explain the reasons behind getting movements right, and teach many different ways.

The workshop on ‘making time and space for love’ by Sabina was a very positive experience for me, and one I hope I will never forget. I would highly recommend it if you get the chance.

It’s a very relaxed atmosphere, you can come and go as you please during the day as long as you are respectful of any class happening if you miss one.

There’s so much to do in the local area, only a walk/bus ride or Uber away.

I loved it! Thank you. <3

Emily Crawford

from Germany, September 2019

"Magical Experience "

If you’re looking for an authentic experience with lovely and talented people, this is it. Almashala seems to draw out the best in people. And the shala is gorgeous.

Katja Brunner

from Switzerland, September 2019

"best teachers"

Lavinia and Samuele are wonderful teachers. They spread their profound knowledge on Yoga so well. They challenge their students and they are very very attentive.

Besides they fill the space with a lovely, recreational yet inspiring atmosphere. I d recommend this to anyone !

Jonathan Mitchell

from Great Britain, September 2019

"Calming and enriching retreat at Almashala"

I felt welcome straight away at Almashala. Samu and Lavinia are wonderful hosts who open their beautiful space to people who are looking for a calming environment in which to practice yoga with brilliant and experienced teachers. The philosophy at Almashala means that everyone is made to feel comfortable, relaxed and valued. There is a sense of community, but also of respect for individual space.

The daily yoga sessions where challenging for me, but interesting, invigorating and of great physical benefit. All of the sessions, with each of the different instructors, offered something different. Participants were guided and assisted as needed according to their level or experience and ability.

The physical space is really nice. The yoga area is spacious and bright, the rooms are thoughtfully arranged and furnished. The communal areas are cosy and the food is lovingly prepared and delicious.

Free time was available to explore the local area and the nearby São Julião beach. The bus is available to Sintra or Ericeira. Almashala also work with other local groups, like Ericeira Boulder, to facilitate guests in arranging trips and other activities. I also participated in a workshop with Sabina Rademacher, which was incredibly powerful, supportive and cathartic.

I would absolutely recommend Almashala to anyone looking to get some space, take a break, practice great yoga and nurture themselves.

Alison Padovan

from Italy, September 2019

"Peace, Fun, Knowledge and Sharing good emotions. "

Although I lived 2384 km away, in Almashala I felt as I was at home. Samu and Lavi are a wonderful couple who thanks to their Passion, they can give everything they have in every yoga class with smile and kindness.

A magical place where I learned a lot and where I received more than one answer to every question I had. Both of them are super kind, everything was more than I expected.

Great food and maximum helpfulness.

I'm very glad to see this young couple full of joy that have the talent to communicate all of their knowledge.

Thanks for all.

See you soon :)

Katy Trevor-roberts

from Great Britain, August 2019

"Beautiful yoga deep within Nature"

From the moment we first arrived we were greeted with the warmest of welcomes and made to feel completely at home. Lavinia and Samu are such kind and warm-hearted people who always made every effort to make sure we were happy and comfortable. The teaching was excellent with a variety of styles and suitable for all levels. It has really helped me deepen my practice and for my partner it was his first time trying yoga and thanks to the amazing teaching he has fallen in love with it!

We chose the climbing/surfing package. This was taught by external teachers who were trusted friends of Almashala. They came to pick us up and drove us to the locations and provided us with all the equipment. Lavinia and Samu handled all the correspondence and organisation – it was so nice to be able to just sit back and relax. The activities were taught by friendly and expert professionals and we loved every minute!

I have to mention the food as it was so delicious; proper healthy yet hearty vegan meals, all homemade and often using ingredients harvested from the garden (my partner fell in love with the hummus as well as the yoga!)

A truly unforgettable time full of fun, laughter and pure joy, we are so grateful we got to share this experience together. Thank you Samu and Lavinia for all that you do, we hope to see you again :) Love Katy and Danny

Fouad Addou

from Netherlands, August 2019

"I couldn’t have wished for a better environment!"

From the moment you enter the place you feel the positivity and piecefullness. Lavi en Samu did a great job to facilitate this environment with their positivity and by sharing their inspirational life perspective.

Rehana Anwar

from Great Britain, August 2019

"Beautiful people, family atmosphere, great yoga! "

The vibe, and quality of teaching, and great food.

Améline Dewulf

from Belgium, August 2019

"Hope i can come back soon"

The perfect place to get away from everything and work on yourself a bit.

Thank you,thank you,thank you Samu & Lavi,for the good vibes and being so warm. For all the tips and genuinely wanting to help people in every way you can. The classes were great,the bed and the ashram were cozy and yeah i’m gonna miss the food a lot! Once you start exploring ericeira and surroundings are such a nice place,plenty of things to do and so much beautiful nature to escape in.

sylvie miccolis

from France, July 2020

"Une ambiance familiale et des cours de qualité"

Merci a toute l equipe pour l accueil, la simplicité, l ouverture, les partages tant humains que pendant les cours. Beaucoup de generosité et d authenticité. Je me suis sentie a l aise et en famille . Tous disponible cherchant a m integrer dans tout. J ai passé un moment fabuleux et les cours etnt dede qualité m ont aidé a realiser certaines choses de ma pratique. Je dois evoluer vers l ayengar si je veux vraiment comprendre le sens du yoga therapeutique et c est ce que je vais faire.

Je me sens liée a vous et j espere vous revoir tous!!

Le combiné massage et yoga est excellent. J ai dècouvert des techniques de fou notamment le massage holistique de Jada que je vous recommande.

Bientot peut etre un combiné session therapeutique avec les chevaux? Grace a Ludo!

Mon coeur est comblé.

Le niveau de pratique est adapté a tous bien que je fasse partie des eleves un peu avancés. On peut venir ici tranquillement. Pas d ennui.!

Merci pour les repas succulents et frais.

Merci, merci, merci.

J espere revenir et partager un moment a Fatima avec vous. Ce serait exceptionnel.

With love

Yentl Duvillier

from Belgium, August 2019

"Positive Vibes"

Ik had een 5 daags detox programma.

Ik had 1 scrub en 2 massages. Deze behandelingen werden super goed uitgevoerd en waren erg relaxerend.

Ik deed mee aan één van de workshop met Sabine. Deze workshop is een echte aanrader. Het creëert een innige connectie met de participanten van de groep. Iedereen deelt en toont emoties en dat is echt mooi.

's morgens en 's avonds yogalessen. De instructeurs maken de lessen toegankelijk voor beginners en gevorderden. Ook hadden ze oog voor de energie die de groep had en pasten ze hun lessen daarop aan. Heel mooie tips meegekregen die ik verder zal gebruiken zowel voor yoga als meditatie.

Lavinia & Samuele zorgen ervoor dat iedereen zich welkom voelt en creëren een positieve sfeer binnen Almashala.

Anita Mittwede

from Germany, July 2019

"Einfach abschalten"

Es war ein Rundumsorglospaket, ich hab mich auf Anhieb wohl gefühlt und hab die entspannte Atmosphere sehr genossen.

Lavinia und Samuel kümmern sich sehr um das wohl mit tollen Yogastunden, selbst gekochtem vollwertigem Essen, mit teils im eigenen Garten angebauten Zutaten. Zwischen den Yogastunden, die morgens und abends statt finden, kann man sie zu allen anderen möglichen Freizeitaktivitäten fragen und sie können einem tolle Sachen empfehlen. Die Natur und die Strände (ca. 5min mit dem Auto zum Strand) sind einfach Traumhaft. So kann man auch anderen Aktivitäten wie surfen,anderen Outdooraktivitäten oder einem Besuch der nahe gelegenen Kleinstatt Ericeira nachgehen.

In den Yogastunden gehen die Lehrer sehr inidviduell auf den aktuellen Kenntnisstand ein und bauen darauf auf. Sie achten sehr genau auf die Haltung und individuelle anatomische Besonderheiten gründlich ein. Der Yoga wird jedoch nicht nur in den Yogastunden praktieziert, sondern als ganzheitliches Konzept im Alltag gelebt.

Besonders gut haben mir auch die gemeinsamen Mahlzeiten in familiärer Atmosphäre gefallen.

Die Unterkunft im Gruppenschlafsaal (bis zu 8 Leute) ist einfach und zweckmäßig, sehr sauber und es gibt durch teilweise Vorhänge vor den Betten auch eine gewisse Privatsphere.

Ich habe seit langem nicht mehr so zu mir gefunden wie in diesen paar Tagen!

Jederzeit wieder :)