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7 Days Walking Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Portugal Estoril

  • House of Zen, Rua Fernando Pessoa 2, 2765-317 Estoril, Portugal

Overview

Meditation and Yoga Retreat Portugal

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.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Outdoor mindful walk and meditation sessions
  • Discover the best trails in the surrounding Sintra-Cascais Natural Park
  • Explore the spectacular UNESCO heritage Sintra Mountains
  • Daily lacto-ovo vegetarian breakfasts
  • Transportation for outdoor activities
  • 6 nights accommodation

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 8.

  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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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.

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.

Retreat itinerary

Sunday

  • 14:00 Check in, free time to rest or explore the House of Zen's peaceful settings and gorgeous Estoril area

Monday to Friday

  • 08:15 Rise and shine by awakening your body and the awareness of your breathing through morning asanas
  • 09:30 Enjoy a well-deserved and flavorful lacto-ovo-vegetarian breakfast

Monday, Wednesday and Friday

  • 10:30 Walking and sitting meditation throughout Cascais and Sintra off beaten tracks and UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • 13:00 Return to House of Zen for lunch break and free time
  • 18:30 Time to quiet your body, to clear your mind, and allowing your awareness to sharpen and space to open for insight and understanding to develop. This is a good time to become aware of changes in your body, mind, and heart.

Tuesdays and Thursdays

  • 09:30 After breakfast *Free time for you to rest or go explore Cascais and surroundings.

Saturday

  • 09:30 After breakfast, it is time to say good-bye.

Included in the total cost of this retreat are 3 sessions of outdoor mindful walks and meditation to UNESCO heritage Sintra Mountains and Sintra-Cascais Natural Park.

  • Laura Jane

    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.

  • João Gama

    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.

  • Cátia Pereira

    Cátia is very mindful of the body-mind-spirit connection. She loves yoga, the arts of healing, psychology, and astrology. Born and raised in Portugal, she started to practice yoga in 2009. A deeper interest in yoga arose in Thailand, where she also took various healing training courses and, later, a Hatha yoga teacher training in India, in which meditation and mantra chantings had an important role. Cátia believes the yoga practice, while combining the use of sounds, breathing, and asanas, is a path to connect with one's inner self.

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.

Nearby places

  • Lisbon - 30 minutes
  • São João do Estoril train station, 600 meters
  • The beach, 400 meters
Activities
  • Hiking
General
  • Balcony
  • Beach nearby
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Yoga shala
Services
  • ATM / banking nearby
  • Convenience / grocery store nearby
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Room cleaning
  • Toiletries

During this retreat, you will be served six lacto-ovo-vegetarian breakfasts. House of Zen believes that eating more vegetables and other plant based products such as fruits and cereals grains, and less processed, chemically refined food products contributes to a better health. House of Zen buys locally grown ingredients as possible. This is House of Zen's small contribution towards a more sustainable and healthier lifestyle.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
  • Enjoy a Thai or a holistic massage at House of Zen
  • Get a suntan on the rooftop
  • Go visit charming Lisbon City
  • Indulge or read a book in the secret garden
  • Swimming, stand up paddle boarding, or just laying on the sand in Poça Beach and 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

During this retreat, you can book a 75-minute massage session for 55 EUR.

  • 3 sessions of outdoor mindful walks and meditation
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 6 lacto-ovo vegetarian breakfasts
  • 8 yoga classes
  • Transportation to and from House of Zen to outdoor activity locations
  • Flight fares
  • Lunch and dinners meals

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 and turn right to Rua Fernando Pessoa nº 2 and you 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 during 2.1 kilometers at Estoril turn left to Av. 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 nº 2 and you have arrived at House of Zen.

Driving directions from Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS).

  • Take the highway 2.ª 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 and turn right to Rua Fernando Pessoa nº 2 and you have arrived at House of Zen.

Arrival by airplane

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

Arrival by train

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.

  • Review by Carla Alves Ribeiro from Oeiras, Portugal
    10 out of 10

    "I enjoyed the very friendly and cozy environment, the delicious and healthy breakfasts, the top-quality yoga instructors, and the beautiful surroundings. In need of peace and quiet, you cannot ask for more!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Sursee, Suiza
    10 out of 10

    "I enjoyed my stay at the House of Zen very much! The rooms are so nice and have everything you need and the shared bathrooms were very, very clean all the time. Especially all the staff were so friendly and helpful. Thank you, Sylvie, for your great tips. The yoga classes with Laura and Nivea were outstanding, they take the time to really help you and the teaching style is just great! I can highly recommend the House of Zen to everyone who is looking for a sweet, small accommodation, very close to the wonderful beach!"

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  • Review by Julie G. from Dublin, Ireland
    10 out of 10

    "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 rooftop one with fabulous views. Optional yoga and meditation are available and the quality of the classes was excellent. A fabulous, family-friendly beach was a five-minute walk away and also a supermarket and very good beachside restaurants. I would highly recommend and would love to come again for a weekend break soon with friends."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the House of Zen guesthouse. The staff were friendly and helpful, the guesthouse is comfortable and clean with lovely outdoor spaces, including a rooftop 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 it!"

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  • Review by Jane C.
    10 out of 10

    "A wonderful, clean, spacious, and relaxing guesthouse, 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 rooftop terrace, great value for money, wonderful staff, and a very homely feel. Definitely coming back here again soon!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Odemira, Portugal
    9 out of 10

    "New space in a peaceful area of Estoril, not far from Lisbon, and a few minutes from the seashore, if you would like to take a stroll to the beach. Cozy guesthouse with a good spirit to stop for a while from the busiest hours of work. Stayed there one night, they had just opened a few days before. Great staff."

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Estoril, Portugal

House of Zen is a yoga-friendly place offering B&B, regular yoga classes, and retreats which cherish tranquility, peace of mind, harmony with people, and nature.

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7 days / 6 nights

Reservations accepted with one week in advance.

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  • October – June

 

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  • July – September

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