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Step out of the complexity of your life for a while and listen deeply to your body, heart, and mind to reconnect with each other and nature. Come with your partner, a family member, a certain special person, or a friend, and enjoy the walking meditation, which can be as profound as sitting meditation, and has the advantage of bringing the meditative experience into your day to day activities. This retreat will provide you with plenty of time and space to reconnect.
All ages are welcome as participants.
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 walking distance.
A 50 square meters rooftop terrace overlooking the sea and Cascais Marina brings you the ocean breeze and a perfect setting to start the day with your daily yoga practice. Access to a 500 square meters garden of flowers and trees will awaken your senses. An indoor yoga shala, sunny balconies, and common areas (free Wi-Fi) will provide you with tranquility and space to relax, read a book, or meditate.
Sound sleep is guaranteed in comfortable bedrooms (double or twin beds). Brand new minimalist design furniture garnishes each of House of Zen's six bedrooms and three large shared bathrooms and one additional toilet. Cleanliness is this house's top priority and the bathrooms are cleaned twice daily. Rooms are shared in either double bed or twin bedrooms.
This retreat will take place in Estoril, Portugal. Estoril is a top tourism destination in Portugal, attracted by the marvelous beaches, the picturesque scenery, and its convenient location. Lisbon is just 30 minutes in distance and it is also very close to many places of interest, such as Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, or Mafra.
During this retreat, you will be provided with practical instruction and time to explore serenity, wisdom, and compassion in a supportive environment. Such as an immersion course in a language, the central practice in this retreat is mindfulness. House of Zen will work at developing attention, sensitivity, and awareness through sitting and walking meditation, led by local guide and accompanied by your yoga and meditation instructor.
Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS).
From Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS), take the Subway Red Line, hop off at the end of line at Alameda station. Afterwards, take the Subway Green Line and hop off at the end of the line at Cais do Sodré station and 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 destination or take a taxi.
If you choose walking, you can walk to Av. Florinda Leal, turn right at Av. Florinda Leal, keep walking until the end of road, turn left at Rua João António Gaspar, turn on second right to Rua do Monte Leite, proceed right up through the street and turn second left to Rua Fernando Pessoa, 2. You have arrived 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 destination or take a taxi.
If you choose walking, you can walk to Av. Florinda Leal, turn right at Av. Florinda Leal, keep walking until the end of road, turn left at Rua João António Gaspar, turn on second right to Rua do Monte Leite, proceed right up through the street and turn second left to Rua Fernando Pessoa, 2. You have arrived at House of Zen.
From 2 p.m.
Minimum 2 persons.
Maximum 8 persons.
As Estoril is located in the central region of Portugal, the weather is mild, with generous spring and hot summer, and many years a comfortable autumn. Winters can be cold, but most of the days are sunny with clear blue sky.
By subscribing this retreat, you confirm your physical fitness and that there are no medical objections against your partaking in the activity or sport of your choice while staying at the House of Zen. Parents or legal guards are responsible for their children.
For more information, please send your questions directly to the House of Zen, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.
Included in the total cost of this retreat are five sessions of outdoor mindful walks and meditation to UNESCO heritage Sintra Mountains and Sintra-Cascais Natural Park.
Laura is a highly dedicated, experienced, and passionate yoga instructor with advanced certified training in Ashtanga principles. Her dance studies and acrobatic skills have influenced the vigorous yet graceful way she practices and teaches yoga. She can easily motivate and inspire people to go beyond in her classes. Laura took various yoga teacher training and other yoga-related certifications in Thailand, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. She developed her yoga teaching experience in Macau and England, and currently she is teaching in Estoril.
Nivea is a meticulous, fully engaged yoga and meditation instructor. Yoga occupies an important place in her life since 1993, firstly introduced by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois, in India. Adventurer and restless, yoga became a way of finding her own center when out of balance. Through important life traumas, she realized the extensiveness of the abilities to heal physical injuries, sustain chronic pain, but most importantly, to change how you perceive, and therefore, how affected by traumatic events you are. She enjoys teaching a combination of Yin and Yang yoga style.
João is an experienced guide and a natural outdoor sportsman. Born and raised in Cascais, he has developed his sports skills since very young. João's passion for teaching and guiding experience began with his sports science studies. Physically fit and technically well prepared, he knows the best spots and trekking routes in UNESCO Heritage Sintra Mountains and Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. You will feel captivated by João's unconditional love for his hometown and surroundings.
During this retreat, you will be served six organic brunch breakfasts. Welcome dinner and five healthy lunch boxes are optional and with additional costs. House of Zen believes that eating more vegetables and other plant based products such as fruits, nuts, and cereals grains, and less processed, chemically refined food products contributes to a better health.
House of Zen buys locally and uses as many organic ingredients as possible. This is House of Zen's small contribution towards a more sustainable and healthier lifestyle. Breakfast brunches and the welcome dinner will be prepared and cooked at the House of Zen. You may taste the creative menus, sometimes inspired in the best European cooking traditions, other times with fusion influences from Asia or other world regions.
Lunch boxes are prepared by House of Zen's local partner restaurant and delivered at House of Zen. Their chefs are experts in composing beautiful food, rich in flavors, textures, and colors. Lunch contains organic and fresh ingredients, and comes with fruit and dessert. Here you have the choice of a vegetarian or non-vegetarian meal, with options of fish and poultry.
During this retreat, you can book a 75-minute massage session for 55 EUR.
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"I stayed here for three nights with my six year old daughter. It is a lovely, spotlessly clean house with a tranquil atmosphere. Bathrooms are shared and also were impeccably clean. We were made feel very welcome by Sylvie and Michele, and my daughter felt right at home and even joined a yoga class with Nivea. There is a lovely safe shaded garden space with hammock type swings and various terraces to chill out on including a roof top one with fab views. Optional yoga and meditation is available and the quality of the classes was excellent. A fabulous family friendly beach was five minutes walk away and also a supermarket and very good beach side restaurants. I would highly recommend and would love to come again for a weekend break soon with friends."
"I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the House of Zen guest house. The staff were friendly and helpful, the guest house is comfortable and clean with lovely outdoor spaces including a roof top terrace with views of the sea and a peaceful garden. There are stunning beaches within walking distance and easy transport links to Lisbon. Would highly recommend!"
"A wonderful, clean, spacious, and relaxing guest house, just five minutes from the beach in the center of Estoril. This place is truly special with perfect rooms, its very own yoga studio, stunning views of the sea from the roof top terrace, great value for money, wonderful staff, and a very homely feel. Definitely coming back here again soon!"
"New space on a peaceful area of Estoril, not far from Lisbon, and a few minutes from the seashore, if you like to take a stroll to the beach. Cozy guesthouse with good spirit to stop for a while from busiest hours of work. Stayed there one night, they were just opened a few days before. Great staff."