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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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
At House of Zen we offer the following upon request services:
During this retreat, you can book a 75-minute massage session for 55 EUR.
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.