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Yoga Retreat Portugal

Take a break from everyday life and offer yourself a few days of pure indulgence. Leave your life routine and stay at House of Zen in sunny Estoril, Portugal. During this retreat, you will get to enjoy the benefits of Ayurvedic massage and reflexology. These massage sessions will help you relax your body and mind, as well as reduce any stress and anxiety, while yoga will bring your attention to your body and breath. You deserve to feel lighter and sleep better!

Retreat highlights

  • Enjoy 5 yoga classes
  • Relax with an Ayurvedic massage
  • Plenty of free time to explore the Estoril area
  • Enjoy the benefits of a reflexology session
  • Daily lacto-vegetarian breakfast
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
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Accommodation

House of Zen has a 50-square meter rooftop terrace overlooking the sea and Cascais Marina that brings you the ocean breeze and a perfect setting to start the day with your daily yoga practice. Access to a 500-square meter garden of flowers and trees will awaken your senses. An indoor yoga shala, sunny balconies, and common areas will provide you with tranquility and space to relax, read a book, or meditate.

Sound sleep is guaranteed in comfortable bedrooms with double or twin beds. Brand new, minimalist design furniture garnishes each of House of Zen's six bedrooms, three large shared bathrooms, and additional toilet. The rooms are named after different plants and spices: Cinnamon, Bamboo, Shatavari, Ginger, and Neem.

Cleanliness is this house's top priority and the bathrooms are cleaned twice daily. Rooms are shared in either double or twin basis. Accommodation services include cleaning service, shower and hand towels, shampoo and shower gel, individual shower outing carpet, and drinking water.

House of Zen Portugal Yoga Retreat Itinerary

House of Zen's yoga classes are suitable for both beginners and more experienced yogis. During this retreat, you will also enjoy beautiful healthy breakfasts and quality time for yourself. This is the perfect occasion to find your balance and regain your energies. You will be staying very close to the beach. Go swimming, jogging, or walking by the sea boardwalk. From there, observe the horizon and the ships slowly sailing by and get a suntan by the beach. You may also enjoy the sun from the upper deck or read a book in the garden.

Day 1 - Arrival day

House of Zen will be welcoming you from 14:00 onwards, allowing you free time to rest and enjoy a reflexology session. Any discomfort will be instantly replaced by a beautiful wellness sensation on your first day, the timing of this session will depend on your arrival time.

Following Days

Open your senses and go explore charming Lisbon, which is just 40 minutes away by train from the nearest train station. There is so much to do, to see, and to be aware of. At 08:15, you will rise and shine by awakening your body and awareness of your breathing through morning asanas in your daily yoga morning class. Later, at 09:30, you will enjoy a healthy, complete breakfast with fresh juices and plenty of fruit. From 10:30 onwards, you will have free time to relax and enjoy yourself. Your Ayurvedic massage can be scheduled according to your convenience.

Last Day

At 09:00, you will enjoy a healthy, complete breakfast with fresh juices and plenty of fruit. Check-out time begins at 10:00 and ends at 12:00.

Instructors

Cátia
Catia is a "lisboeta", meaning born in Lisbon. She enjoys teaching yoga with a focus on breathing techniques and mindfulness. She was certified in India, having traveled to Thailand and Australia where she took wellness training courses, including massage therapies. Catia believes cultivating yoga is a profound body, mind and soul expression, while the Universe and the alignments of the planets and stars influence each one of us. She teaches Hatha, Yoga Nidra, and Meditation and also leads meditative walks.
Kimma
Kimma simply loves teaching yoga. With lots of yoga teacher training courses from the US and Thailand, she is an experienced instructor teaching Hatha, gentle Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative and other styles. In her classes, you will be able to learn new insights on yoga philosophy and history and her own life experience. Originally from New Jersey, Kimma lived in Chiang Mai before moving to Portugal, attracted by the sunny weather and the beautiful sea in Estoril coastal area. She is also a certified Thai massage therapist, able to provide both relaxing and vigorous massage treatments.
Maryam
Maryam Madantji is a registered general nurse and off time nurse. She is a yoga instructor and a food adviser. Maryam holds a second bachelors degree in European public health and a Masters of Health Food Innovation Management, both from Maastricht University. Aside from health and food nutrition, she is also a passionate Ashtanga and Vinyasa instructor at House of Zen, drawn by the philosophy and lifestyle of yoga. Her focus in this workshop is to offer awareness for a mindful, healthy, and balanced nutritional state.
Silvia
Silvia loves teaching slow flow and Hatha, gentle approaches to the yoga asanas that focus on body alignment and self-awareness. She has a soothing melting voice and an inspiring filled with grace yoga practice. She is also leading House of Zen's outdoor meditative walks, offering new paths of well-being, mindfulness, and connection among all living beings. Silvia was born in Portugal but grew up and lived most of her life in California. She was trained as a yoga instructor in the US and has since then taught in Portugal exploring different styles and approaches to yoga practice.
Juliette
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Hatha Yoga, Iyengar Yoga)
Juliette found in yoga the place of her own tranquility and safety, essential to keep balance. She started teaching right after her instructor certification in Costa Rica and loves to share her thoughts and feelings about yoga during classes. Juliette teaches Hatha and Vinyasa, with both gentle and more intense versions of yoga practice. She has an East meets West background. Juliette was brought up in the beautiful island of Bali, and has also studied and lived in Germany. She loves the sea, the sun and the easy-going lifestyle of Portugal!
Coco
Coco is inspired by the brightness and colors of the rainbow. She was born French, but lived in London and also in South America, before moving to Portugal. Yoga changed her life profoundly when she was 20 years old, making her want to be a yoga teacher and pursuit her own yogi path. Certified in Hatha and Vinyasa, you can feel how passionate she is during her classes, while at the same time her tranquility and positive energy drive you throughout the practice that will always be accompanied by her beautiful smile.
Cathrine
Freedom and its infinite possibilities. This is what best describes Cathrine's lifestyle approach. Born in Norway, the land of the magical dark nights and memorable auroras, Cathrine brings in her own mystical, enticing aura into her classes, exploring the edges of the best version of yourselves. Her Vinyasa classes are challenging and vigorous. Practicing yoga since her 15 years old, yoga is a beautiful journey in body, mind, and spirit where there is no goal, only awareness. She did her teaching training in Sweeden, having years of experience in Norway, Southern Europe, including Portugal.

Retreat location

Located in a quiet neighborhood of Estoril, the House of Zen is a 400-meter walking distance to the beach and only 600 meters away from the nearest train station. Restaurants, supermarkets, banks, and other shops are also within walking distance.

Nearby places

  • Beach, 400 meters
  • Lisbon - 30 to 40 minutes
  • Train station, 600 meters

Food

Healthy, balanced, and delicious food is key. House of Zen believes that eating more vegetables and other plant-based, less processed, and chemically refined food products can contribute to a better health. They also do their best efforts to buy local products as a way to reduce the environmental impact of transportation. This is their small contribution towards a more sustainable and healthier lifestyle. During your retreat, a lacto-vegetarian breakfast is served.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

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

  • Lacto-ovo 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)

At House of Zen we offer the following upon request services:

  • Massage therapies (Traditional Thai, Ayurvedic, Reflexology)
  • Reiki Healing
  • Ayurveda Counselling
  • Intuitive Astrology
  • Psychotherapy counselling
  • Enjoy leisurely walks or bike rides
  • Explore the Cascais region: Boca do Inferno, Guincho, Cabo da Roca, or Sintra
  • Get a suntan on the rooftop
  • Go visit charming Lisbon City
  • Indulge or read a book in the secret garden
  • Meet the beautiful local spots for trekking, rock climbing, mountain biking, or surfing
  • Swim, practice SUP, or just lay on the sand in Poça Beach or other nearby beaches
  • Taste the great Portuguese food and other specialties in nearby restaurants
  • Walks in Estoril Coast promenade just by the sea up to Cascais

Spa treatments

During this retreat, a 75-minute Ayurvedic massage and a 45-minute reflexology session are included. You can book an additional 75-minute massage session for 55 EUR. Make your reservation before your arrival or upon your check-in.

What's included

  • 1 Ayurvedic massage for 75 minutes
  • 1 reflexology session for 45 minutes
  • 5 yoga classes
  • 4 healthy breakfasts
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 5 minutes walk to the beach
  • Access to a beautiful shady garden
  • Access to a sea view rooftop sun deck

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Additional massage
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Dinners
  • Lunches
  • Personal expenses
  • Medical information: By subscribing to this retreat, participants confirm their physical fitness and that there are no medical objections against their partaking in the sports of their choice while staying at House of Zen.
  • Important information: Parents or legal guards are responsible for their children. House of Zen is not responsible and will not reimburse a client if a certain activity cannot occur due to adverse weather or other unforeseeable events beyond their control. House of Zen will try their best to offer an alternative program.

How to get there

Driving directions from Cascais, A5 highway

  • Take the A5 highway at Cascais to Lisbon direction.
  • Take the Exit 9 to Estrada Marginal N6-8 Estoril / Alcoitão / Bicesse / Manique.
  • At the roundabout, take the second exit.
  • Proceed to the next roundabout and the first exit at the roundabout.
  • Proceed down the road, turn right to Rua Fernando Pessoa 2, and you will have arrived at House of Zen.

Driving directions from Cascais, Estrada Marginal N6-8

  • Take the Estrada Marginal N6-8 to Lisbon direction.
  • Proceed through the road for two kilometers and 100 meters, at Estoril turn left to Avenida Bombeiros Voluntários.
  • Turn second right to Rua Dr. Mário Quina.
  • Turn right to Rua Dr. António Martins / N6-8.
  • Turn left to Rua J.A. Ferreira.
  • Proceed to Rua Santa Rita and, at the crossroad, proceed straight up to the same street.
  • Turn right to Rua Fernando Pessoa 2 and you will have arrived at House of Zen.

Driving directions from Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS)

  • Take the highway 2 Circular / E1 to Cascais direction.
  • Take the Exit 1 to IC17-CRIL / Algés A5 Cascais.
  • Take the exit to A5 Cascais.
  • Take the Exit 9 to N6-8 / Estoril / Alcoitão.
  • At the roundabout, take the third exit to N6-8.
  • Proceed to next roundabout and take the first exit.
  • Proceed on the road, turn right to Rua Fernando Pessoa 2, and you will have arrived at House of Zen.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS).

Arrival by train

From Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS), take the subway red line, and hop off at the end of the line at Alameda station. Afterward, take the subway green line and hop off at the end of the line at Cais do Sodré station. Take the train at Cais do Sodré train station to Cascais direction. Hop off at São João do Estoril train station. From here, you might choose to walk 15 to 20 minutes to your destination or take a taxi.

If you choose walking, you can walk to Avenida Florinda Leal, turn right at Avenida Florinda Leal, and keep walking until the end of the road. Then, turn left at Rua João António Gaspar, turn on the second right to Rua do Monte Leite, proceed right up through the street, and turn on the second left to Rua Fernando Pessoa 2 to arrive at House of Zen.

From Cascais, take the train at Cascais train station to Lisbon direction and hop off at São João do Estoril train station. From here, you might choose to walk 15 to 20 minutes to your destination or take a taxi.

If you choose walking, you can walk to Avenida Florinda Leal, turn right at Avenida Florinda Leal, and keep walking until the end of the road. Then, turn left at Rua João António Gaspar, turn on the second right to Rua do Monte Leite, proceed right up through the street, and turn on the second left to Rua Fernando Pessoa 2 to arrive at House of Zen.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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  • February - March 24, 2018
  • April 15 - June 30, 2018
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  • May 25 - April 14, 2018
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