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

  • 5 days with instruction
  • 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.

      Languages

      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: English
    Hide all

    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 passionate surf and rock climbing instructor. Born and raised in Cascais and with a degree in sports, he developed his outdoor sports skills since very young, nurtured by a growing love for nature. Like the palm of his hands, be it in the mountains or by the sea, he knows the best spots and routes in UNESCO Heritage Sintra Mountains and Sintra-Cascais Natural Park and surroundings. Feel captivated by João's unconditional love for his hometown region.

    • 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

    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
    (If you have special dietary requirements it's 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.

    Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

    • M
      Review by Mads Thomsen from Denmark

      Portugal on the beach

      PROS Really great stay. The bed n' breakfast was amazing, the yoga was inspiring and the beach city was great.

      10 Value for money
      10 Accommodation & facilities
      7.5 Food
      10 Location
      10 Quality of activity
      10 Overall impression

      2017-Apr-21 10:15:03

    • H
      Review by Hayleigh Bosher from Netherlands

      Absolutely Wonderful!

      PROS Lovely place and amazing people !

      10 Value for money
      10 Accommodation & facilities
      10 Food
      10 Location
      10 Quality of activity
      10 Overall impression

      2017-Apr-18 12:14:02

    • A
      Review by Amy Flood from United Kingdom

      Relaxing mini break

      PROS The House of Zen is perfect for a quiet, relaxing break. The house is clean, cool and calm. Very nicely decorated and maintained. Silvie and Michele are very accommodating to your needs and provided a healthy tasty breakfast each day. The yoga studio and classes are definitely a highlight. Laura is a fantastic, warm teacher who to tailored the experience to each pupil. Overall, a great experience. Many thanks!

      7.5 Value for money
      7.5 Accommodation & facilities
      7.5 Food
      10 Location
      10 Quality of activity
      7.5 Overall impression

      2017-Apr-18 12:09:09

    • Review by Steven V.

      "Nice and quiet B&B in Estoril. Close to the beach and train station, so you can easily walk. With the train you can be in Lissabon within 30 minutes and in 5 minutes in Cascais. Very friendly staff: I felt (almost) like home. With no yoga experience at all, the teachers helped me in a very positive and supportive way. I can recommend this B&B to everyone!"

      BookYogaRetreats.com Website, edited

    • Review by Elizabeth Little from Dublin, Ireland

      "The House of Zen provides a fantastic opportunity to develop your yoga practise with a wide range of teaching styles, thoughtful and experienced. I would highly recommend it from beginner to more intermediate yogis! "

      "The accommodation provides the ideal backdrop: clean, calm, relaxing. There is also a beautiful roof terrace and garden to spend some free time. The breakfasts were varied, nourishing and pleasantly served. "

      "Our hosts could not be more accommodating! Daily we were checked upon, advised of what the surrounding area has to offer and guided as to the best yoga sessions to attend for our requirements. "

      "Will definitely be heading back in the future with some more guests! "

      BookYogaRetreats.com website, edited

    Testimonials

    • Review by Natalia Madrás

      "I tried yoga in two different places before coming to house of Zen and it was good but never really felt a “connection”. In House of Zen I found a great combination. I did morning yoga lessons with Laura (more active and challenging for me) and evening lessons with Nivea (slower-paced and great to get a feel for the poses with more time for corrections) and from the first day I fell in love with their positivity, helpfulness, energy and the way I felt after the practice. The house itself is nice and peaceful and Michele and Silvie always welcome you with a smile. I am gonna miss you this winter!see you in spring."

      House of Zen, edited

    • Review by Jacinta Moulakas

      "The location is absolutely amazing, so close to Sao Joao train station and the beach and to Cascais which is a lovely walk along the promenade. The owners are friendly - morning breakfast chats were very personal and they genuinely wanted to talk to you and see if everything was okay, or to give recommendations (or just have a general chat). The rooms are simple yet clean and stylish. The 3 shared bathrooms are really nice, always clean and it didn't end up bothering me abouthaving to share a bathroom as I stayed downstairs and I think there was only one other room next to mine and we never had to wait to use it. The breakfast in the morning was fine (lacto-ovo vegetarian) but no soy/plant milk options. Nonetheless, the morning juices are made fresh and were delicious. And that garden! The yoga classes I attended were with Laura and Simona who were lovely and really knew their stuff. They are great at keeping the yoga practice all about the body, mind and spirit and it is easy to stay focused in such a quiet, open and sunny yoga room. As I only stayed three nights, I didn't feel that the retreat deepened my practice per se, but it was a great way to feel revitalised and relaxed during my time by the coast. "

      Facebook, edited

    • Review by Erin Kilborn

      "From the warm welcome, the comfortable surroundings and the delicious breakfast with fresh juices everyday, to the super good yoga classes with lots of variety, the house of Zen really delivered on what I needed- a relaxing vacation practicing yoga in a beautiful location. It's close to the beach and some really great little cafes and restaurants and there are extra activities offered as well to suit a variety of tastes, like massage, surf lessons and hiking tours. Easy access from Lisbon, for me this was a five star experience- thank you ladies!"

      House of Zen Facebook, edited

    • Review by Natalia Madrás

      "I tried yoga in two different places before coming to house of Zen and it was good but never really felt a “connection”. In House of Zen I found a great combination. I did morning yoga lessons with Laura (more active and challenging for me) and evening lessons with Nivea (slower-paced and great to get a feel for the poses with more time for corrections) and from the first day I fell in love with their positivity, helpfulness, energy and the way I felt after the practice. The house itself is nice and peaceful and Michele and Silvie always welcome you with a smile. I am gonna miss you this winter!see you in spring"

      House of Zen Facebook, edited

    • Review by Mitra Modaressi

      "I did prenatal Yoga with Kimma here. I absolutely enjoyed my time and the relaxation that came with it after class. The space is excellent- clean, newly renovated and fantastic staff. I totally recommend this place, especially for non Portuguese speakers. Namaste."

      House of Zen Facebook, edited

    • Review by Carmen Cruz Guerreiro

      "Was such a great experience at House of zen! I felt very welcomed, everything very nice and clean! I felt at home and the owner was very available and friendly ! Is located in a really nice area and felt a lot of privacy and comfort! "

      "Highly recommended!"

      House of Zen Facebook, edited

    • Review by Heli Xir

      "Had a wonderful 5-day stay in House of Zen and can warmly recommend this place to anyone! Beautiful house in a convenient location near the sea, run by lovely and caring people. I felt very welcome and zen in this place. Both yoga teachers are also true professionals and warm-hearted wonderful people, enjoyed their classes very much. This is a place where you arrive as a guest but leave as a friend - with recharged batteries and a big relaxed smile on your face! * * * <3 * * * Thank you again for everything, guys! Wishing you all the best! Namaste! xx"

      House of Zen Facebook, edited

    • Review by Lucie Benesova

      "I always love to come back to House of Zen. Honestly, I had visited many yoga studios, but in none of them I felt so much professional care. At the same time the atmosphere is very positive and friendly. Wish you success - but even more happiness from what you do, guys. Obrigada. L."

      House of Zen Facebook, edited

    • Review by Shima from London, United Kingdom

      "House of Zen is a fab little Yoga B&B just a five minute walk away from the beach and 30 min walk away from the more bustling Cascais. You can also quite easily access travel to the Sintra mountains from where House of Zen is located - I spent a lot of time there and loved it! The house really does have a lovely, friendly and very Zen feel to it. The breakfasts were lovely with good coffee and fresh juices. And the rooms were always spotlessly clean along with the shared facilities. I attended the early morning yoga classes with Simona who I think is an excellent yoga teacher! Challenging and very compassionate in her approach to teaching - thank you again. And thank you to both Silvie and Michelle for providing such a lovely experience at House of Zen. I had the best solo break that I have had in a long time."

      Tripadvisor, edited

    • Review by Dawn from France

      "Just spent an amazing week at House of Zen. Everyone was extremely welcoming and helpful. Great peaceful location and lovely space. Varied yoga and pilates classes. All of the teachers were amazing and as someone with limited yoga experience, they took time to explain alternatives and correct body position. I can't recommend it enough for anyone thinking of going on a yoga retreat."

      Tripadvisor, edited

    • Review by Berti from Switzerland

      "Small hotel with lovely bright and airy rooms. The bathroom is shared, but it was always spotless. The yoga classes were excellent and the hosts made you feel very welcome. They have a rooftop terrace with seaview and a garden to relax. Happily go back there anytime."

      Tripadvisor, edited

    • Review by Paul C

      "This was a great retreat experience! I loved the house and the facilities, with a gorgeous sea view terrace, the simple yet very well decorated bedrooms, the staff, Silvie and Michele, are always ready to assist you. I really enjoyed the yoga classes with Laura and Catia. Great vibe, great place!"

      House of Zen, edited

    • Review by a traveler from Sursee, Suiza

      "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!"

      TripAdvisor website, edited

    • Review by Heli

      "Had a wonderful 5-day stay in House of Zen and can warmly recommend this place to anyone! Beautiful house in a convenient location near the sea, run by lovely and caring people. I felt very welcome and zen in this place. Both yoga teachers are also true professionals and warm-hearted wonderful people, enjoyed their classes very much. This is a place where you arrive as a guest but leave as a friend - with recharged batteries and a big relaxed smile on your face! Thank you again for everything, guys! Wishing you all the best! Namaste! "

      House of Zen, edited

    • Review by Louise Johansen

      "Me and my friend had tried yoga previously, but stopped practicing for a time. So this was a really nice way for us to pick up the yoga. The instructors are very patient and because the groups are small, so they do provide a very personalised teaching. The location is really close to the sea. There is a very small beach called Azarujjinha which I found specially pretty and quiet. The Portuguese grilled fish is delicious and you have restaurant choices by the sea boardwalk. I do recommend!"

      House of Zen, edited

    • Review by a traveler from Odemira, Portugal

      "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."

      TripAdvisor website, edited

    • Review by Carla Alves Ribeiro from Oeiras, Portugal

      "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!"

      TripAdvisor website, edited

    • Review by Julie G. from Dublin, Ireland

      "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."

      TripAdvisor website, edited

    • Review by a traveler

      "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!"

      TripAdvisor website, edited

    • Review by Jane C.

      "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!"

      TripAdvisor website, edited

    Estoril, Portugal

    House of Zen is a yoga-friendly place offering yoga retreats. They cherish tranquility, peace of mind, harmony with people and nature.

    Speaks English

    from --

    7 days / 6 nights

    Reservations accepted with one week in advance.

    Mid season
    • October – June

     

    High season
    • July – September

    No booking or credit card fees

    For this organizer you can guarantee your booking through BookYogaRetreats.com. All major credit cards supported.

    Why choose BookYogaRetreats.com

    • Best Price Guaranteed
    • 5792 Yoga Retreats Worldwide
    • Friendly and Fast Customer Service
    • Offers for every budget
    • No Booking Fees