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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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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.
Depending on the preferences of the group, you can have excursions to the following:
You may also do the following during your free time:
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.
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