Maitri in its simplest form is most commonly interpreted as loving-kindness, compassion, friendliness, benevolence, and goodwill towards self and others.
Yoga Retreats (1)
Drawn to meditation in the 1990’s, Hamid encountered Japanese Zen Master Ryotan Tokuda in 1998, was ordained as a monk at Ei Tai-Ji Monastery in the South of France in 2000 and, in 2011, was authorized by his master to pass on these ancient teachings. Hamid is also a qualified psychotherapist and has continued his personal and professional development by sharing his experience conducting lectures, meditation retreats, and personal therapy sessions. Hamid firmly believes that giving unconditional support and guidance is fundamental to a joyful existence.
from Netherlands, November 2020
"i still cant beleive how insightful this week has been"
I almost didnt come because of being silent felt a bit daunting to me. As usual, stepping out of your comfort zone is way more rewarding in the end than choosing the well known (in my case a week of surfing) this week has proven this again.
It really works, being silent and not distracted by social talks and internet and all that, touches the deeper layers of thoughts and emotions you never fully reach in daily life. I also learned that you still can feel connected with others without talking; its the little things that makes that happen: you can still laugh about things, you hold the door, you fill each others cups, you sit next to each other eating breakfast in the sun, the smiles when passing, helping people getting unstuck from killer bushes ;) but most of all, you are all in it together. No matter what, everyone is here to improve their life some how...
Karuna itself is a beautiful place located high in the mountains and under the humble, calm and experienced guidance of 'ordinary', but really not ordinary Hamid this has been a unforgettable week of so many learned lessons i cant describe all.
in short: dont be afraid of the silence, dont be afraid of the early hours getting up, dont be afraid of the hours sitting per day and dont be afraid of missing your iphone.
i was worrying about all that but in hindsight that was just stupid...that was not hard at all. the difficult part is how you integrate your new insight in your life to make it better.
from United States, November 2019
"Mind, Body & Soul Essentials "
Such a wonderful experience to sit in silence for 7.5 days at Karuna in the beautiful Monchique mountains. The combination of Zazen meditation, Yin Yoga and hiking was perfect. Hamid is a wonderful teacher with years of experience and infinite knowledge. He is a beautiful story teller who speaks so eloquently. His dharma talks were very well received by all. He is the real thing! The Yin Yoga was a great way to stay aligned after sitting for many hours a da and the massages were a real plus.
Karuna is a beautiful and serene piece of property in of itself. The rooms, meditation and yoga studio and dining areas are all very comfortable. The outdoor areas are even more exquisite; however, it is the hospitality and love of Ana and her staff that brings the experience to another level. She truly puts her heart and soul in her delicious vegetarian and vegan farm to table meals.
My entire experience exceeded my expectations. It is the perfect combination to sit in silence, reflect and connect with nature, self and others. So much gratitude.
from Great Britain, November 2019
"Silent Meditation Review "
A life affirming and enriching experiences. The Karuna centre was the most amazing place, with views stretching over the lower mountains and out to sea.. But what strikes one even more is the sense of peace and tranquillity that pervades the whole space. Our host Ana was incredible, she and her team looked after our every need, providing the most amazing food prepared with love. The accommodation was comfortable and warm, and each room had amazing views over the Serra de Monchique.
The retreat itself was led by Hamid, an ordained Buddhist monk, philosopher and psychotherapist. Hamid instructed and guided us through each and every meditation, but more than that, I was personally grateful for his selfless care and compassion when supporting us through the emotions that sometimes surface during and after meditation. In addition; we were privileged to receive a Dharma talk from Hamid on 6 of the 7 full days. The talks were utterly amazing, his wisdom was awe inspiring and he delivered each talk with eloquence and humility. Each talk was a fascinating insight into an aspect of life, and whilst many of the messages were simple his delivery allowed them to resonate at a deep level. Hamid is a truly compassionate person, and his teachings profound.The most important lesson was to understand how the ordinary is itself truly ‘extraordinary’ and that meditation does not turn us into a different person but rather it loosens the grip of the ego, freeing us to be more of the person we are
from Brazil, October 2019
An amazing exoerience
from Switzerland, July 2019
I was lucky to join Hamid for two wonderful retreats. One of them in beautiful Karuna retreat center, Portugal. I loved staying in Karuna, it is a very peaceful place in the middle of a beautiful nature, quiet, amazing healthy food cooked by the wonderful host. For me it was the ideal place for my getaway to re-connect to myself and, as Hamid says to "just sit".
But anyway, the location was only secondary, the retreat lives from Hamid, he was the soul of it. He is not only a wise man and humble person but also a great story teller. Even now, a year after my retreat I can still gain from what I have learned there.
Of course, there were hard times during the retreats. Speaking of long hours of meditation, alone with my wild thoughts accompanied by pain in my knees and back the early getting up and freezing cold nights. But at the end, I feel like it was all necessary to discover the real me and a long-lost peace, lightness and happiness.
So, getting to the point, I can only recommend to join Hamid’s retreats. It is not an easy holiday, you will have to work hard on yourself, maybe even suffer for some moments but at the end you will learn a lot about yourself, life and go home stronger and hopefully happy.
I find it difficult to explain how I experienced the 8days of Silent Zen Meditation Retreat under Hamid Ebadis calm, honest, humble, wise, secure, compassionate and grounded wings of life.
When I booked the retreat I didn't know anything about Zen. I was just in a periode in life when stillness and silence was highly needed.
I arrived in Portugal with some inhaled preparations. But I could not prepare myself neither for Hamid I'd never met before, any of the other fellow beings attending nor the retreat centre.
The experience was nurishing my roots, stretching my spine, opening my heart inwards and outwards, showing me the peace, understanding and compassion silence and stillness could create in my self, but also in a group of unknown wellknown travellers in life.And Hamid Ebadi made that possible.
For me these words seems little. The experience has opened new doors. I will keep the silence and the stillness alive as mush as possible. And I will return to Maitri Retreats under Hambid Ebadis guiding. Forever grateful. Thank you