Shamballah Retreats offers yoga and surf retreats by the sea in the amazing Sintra-Cascais National Park.
Yoga Retreats (4)
Patricia was born in Lisbon and studied Sports and Physical Education at University (5 years). She is a certified Yoga ( Vinyasa flow and Hatha), Fitness and Pilates Instructor, teaching for 27 years now. Her classes combine sequences and exercises specially designed in a flowing and creative way to suite all levels and create a balanced and healing practice that nurture body, mind and soul.She also works as a ZenShiatsu Therapist since 2005, balancing people's energy and aligning their physical, mental and emotional bodies. Since 2009 she studies and practices daily Meditation.
Zarqa was born in Lisbon in 1977. His quest for self discovery has led him to meet and work with his spiritual teacher in 2001 and later to live a monastic life in a school of meditation from 2009 to 2015 when he returned to Portugal. He is trained in a special style of Ayurvedic massage and has been practicing since 2004. Growing up by the ocean, developed a deep connection to that element and surfing is a great passion. He believes that having a healthy and happy body and mind is essential to have the clarity that helps you reach your potential.
from Netherlands, March 2020
What a wonderful experience in a beautiful area. Zarqa and Patricia really involve you in their way of living, which helped me to let go of my daily stress and chaos. They made you feel home.
The yoga classes are well set up and so are the meditations. The food is amazing and the area has so many great things to offer!
from United Kingdom, January 2020
"An inspiring week in a beautiful location with lovely people"
Zarqa and Patricia welcomed us all warmly into their beautiful home. Anina and the chef were also very friendly and welcoming. The yoga and meditation sessions morning and evening helped me to recharge and created a good structure for the day, with opportunities to explore the stunning surroundings in the middle of the day. The cliff walk, soundscape, and musical evening were a delight. The food and snacks were delicious. The other guests were a really good bunch. Above all, it was a very inspiring week and I hope its restorative effects last well into the new year.
The bookyogaretreats review format is restrictive and makes one choose either 3.5 or 5, when I would rate at least a 4 in all categories, and a 5 in most categories, and overall a 4.75.
from Switzerland, January 2020
"Exceeding my wildest dreams"
Such a nurturing, healing place with amazing support, great food and fantastic atmosphere
from Netherlands, September 2019
The hosts were so welcoming and warm. They know what they are doing and doing it with so much love. The yoga and meditation really helpen me to reconnect with my body. The food was amazing and the massage the best. Had an amazing time there to reconnect with my body, mind and soul. This retreat was everything i needed.
from Ireland, July 2019
"Relax and recharge "
I had a great week at Shamballah, which allowed me to unwind and recharge. And improve my yoga! The house is beautiful, the yoga was excellent and the food (all vegetarian) was absolutely delicious. I was travelling solo from Ireland and felt fortunate to meet such a lovely bunch of people on the retreat (just 7 guests in total during my stay). It’s also in a beautiful part of Portugal, and there are lots of day trips and activities to do if you are so inclined. Uber operates locally so that’s a very quick and affordable way of getting around. The coastline (about a 15 min walk) is gorgeous. This was my first yoga retreat and I will definitely do more. I would highly recommend Shamballah.
from United States, July 2019
"Awesome and relaxing retreat experience"
Patricia and Zarqa's kindness and attentiveness, the location, and the daily schedule were all wonderful. They put a lot of thought and care into the retreat and the physical space and it really showed. It's a nice intimate group size which allows you to get to know others and build community.
from United States, April 2019
"A wonderful experience for mind and body."
Zarqa and Patricia really make this retreat special because they are so warm and giving and they put so much into making this the best possible experience for you. The location is wonderful, close to the sea and countryside where you can take beautiful and interesting walks. Sintra is a fabulous destination for days out and with a packed lunch lovingly prepared by Mia, you could not wish for more! I thoroughly recommend it!
from United States, March 2019
The yoga classes with Patricia were really enjoyable. She focused on a different chakra in each class and introduced the use of essential oils in the class, making it interesting and feel like a holistic experience. She didn't correct people's postures so it's not necessarily the sort of class you'd want as a beginner to make sure you're learning the postures correctly, or if you're more experienced and looking to improve. However the classes are thoroughly enjoyable and will inspire a love for yoga for you to return home with. Patricia's yoga classes were undoubtedly the defining feature of the stay and are what made the week enjoyable and worthwhile.
Patricia and Zarqa left part way through the retreat to travel to a retreat elsewhere (unfortunately we didn't find this out till we were already there). Luckily the replacement yoga teacher was absolutely fantastic. He provided a lot of individual attention to each person, giving a lot of guidance and correction which really helped in developing our practice. I could really feel the difference, both during the class and in my body afterwards. He was warm and calm in his manner. The replacement meditation teacher was also incredibly lovely and led a really interesting and powerful session.
The food was really lovely. The accommodation was comfortable and clean. Unfortunately the hot tub isn't functioning (I don't know if it ever had been) so it was disappointing that this was advertised. Otherwise it was lovely accommodation.
from Canada, September 2018
"Relaxing retreat with great people!"
The food and the classes were outstanding.
from Czechia, August 2018
Patricia and Zarqa are excellent hosts and experts at what they do.They created for us a real retreat full of discoveries in many areas:yoga,meditation,healthy food,mindfulness,well-being,etc.It is visible that they love what they fo,and it makes the difference.
from Denmark, July 2018
I very much liked the hatha yoga, the meditation, the food, massage, location close to the beach and all the different activities: surf, walk, sound journey etc.
from United Kingdom, June 2018
I did enjoyed yoga a lot. I did it for first time in my life and I will carry on back home for sure. Patricia is great teacher and she knows how to pass her knowledge to others!
from Canada, May 2018
" A better home away from home"
Zarqa and Patricia are some of the kindest, most knowledgeable, loving and accepting people I have ever met. They accepted me into their home with open arms, and I didn’t want to leave when it was time to go.
Everything about the retreat was wonderful. I can’t say enough good things. I also am going through a transitional period in my life, and I ended the trip with such a different. This is not just a pay check for them, they invest in you and your health. These people changed my life.
from United Kingdom, May 2018
"A truly excellent break and detox"
Patricia was an amazing yoga instructor and really improved my practice while Zarqa cooked wonderful food and led guided meditation. The venue was perfect for yoga and the location was close to the beech and beautiful walks
from Netherlands, March 2018
"A week of water"
Patricia and Zarqa are very friendly and warm people. The place and surroundings are very quiet, and there is little distraction which is ideal for a retreat. Nature and proximity to the coast for hikes/beach is perfect. I enjoyed the holistic learning and interaction of yoga, meditation, and nutrition. P & Z have a wealth of knowledge in that space and allow their guests to experience spirituality
from Netherlands, February 2018
"What a treat this retreat"
The food was absolutely fantastic! The rooms, beds, facilities were neat and comfortable. The location was lovely: quiet, close to the beach (which is an amazing sunset spot), cute village. Zarqa and Patricia are nice and warm people. They really care and are passionate about being in touch with body, mind and spirit.
from United Kingdom, February 2018
"A wonderful week!"
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Shamballah Yoga Retreats!
The house is beautiful and Zarqa and Patricia welcomed me so warmly. I enjoyed the Yoga and meditation everyday and the food was lovely.
In under 10 mins you can walk to the cliff edge to get wonderful views of the ocean and breathe in the fresh sea air. You can also get to Sintra and Lisbon easily if you want to explore. I had a fantastic week. Thank you 🙏
from Netherlands, December 2017
"A nurturing journey"
I liked pretty much everything, but the best was the "journey" experience: the week developed with a specific focus every day. I came back regenerated!
from United States, October 2017
"very relaxing spiritual retreat, beautiful location"
I really enjoyed the whole retreat, it was a perfect opportunity for me to calm down and rest. the house is perfectly equipped, food is amazing and both patricia and zarqa are wonderfully nice people!
from Poland, September 2017
"Nice rest and detox time"
I recommend to everyone:)
perfect organization, very nice and hospitable hosts,
enriching additional classes and helpful massage :)
from United Kingdom, September 2017
"Wonderful in beautiful Sintra!"
Shamballah Retreats was such a wonderful surprise. Patricia and Zarqa really make this place special, you can feel the love and care that they feel for each of their guests. From day one they make you feel right at home, and guide you through the week's activities with a thorough knowledge of their craft. We also had some surprise inclusions of Voice Therapy and Sound Healing, both of which were well worth the extra cost!
from Netherlands, December 2019
De professionele lessen worden met volle aandacht en met veel liefde gegeven. Ook het eten is er heerlijk. Naast de lessen ook fijne opties voor andere activiteiten. De Ayurvedic massage door Zarqa is een sterke aanrader😇. Soundbath ook zeker doen. Strand is op loopafstand.
Nancy Mabel Bella
from Argentina, September 2019
"Excelentes clases de Yoga y Meditación!!!"
Las clases de Yoga y Meditación fueron excelentes.
from Netherlands, July 2019
"WONDERFUL yoga retreat in a beautiful area "
Patricia and Zarqa are great instructeurs and hosts. They make you feel so welcome and at home.
First moment I stepped into the house there was a calm vibe and all the stressed feelings started to drift away.
Zarqa and Patricia don't just teach yoga and meditation but really explain things and I learned a lot of valuable lessons. The lessons are adjusted at what the group and each individual needs.
During day-time there is enough time to just relax or go and explore the area.
Sintra area is beautiful. Great strolls along an amazing coast.
Nice places to go surfing and Quincho is great for kitesurfing.
The massages are also great and relaxing.
Tx so much Patricia and Zarqa!
from Switzerland, July 2019
Alles kommt von 💙 und das spürt man 😊
from Germany, June 2019
"Relaxation & activation in balance"
I loved the week in shamballah retreat. The program was a good mixture of sportive and relaxing elements. On the end of the retreat I felt totally in balance :-) Patricia and Zarqa supported everyone individually to reach out for their goals. They have a good mindset and I had some inspiring conversations with them. They teach also a lot about background and create a unique and welcoming atmosphere. The vegetarian food was awesome! There are plenty of possibilities to explore the surrounding -thanks Uber ;-) (Sintra, walk along the cliffs or through the forest,...) and the beautiful beach is a 10 Min. walk.
from China, September 2018
Overall the yoga retreat was a wonderful experience I’d recommend to anyone looking for inner peace and relaxation. I felt welcome from the moment I arrived and Zarqa and Patricia were unbelievably helpful and accommodating. Not having practiced as much Yoga and Meditation in advance, I felt they gave me guidance whenever needed and I could truly feel the difference in my body after the week with them. Another point I have to mention is the excellent food we got provided at the retreat - always fresh and incredibly tasty it has swayed me into following a vegetarian Diet myself.
from France, August 2018
Yoga courses were perfect and accurate for our level. Clear instructions and good pace.
Meditation just before going to bed was extremely relaxing and contributed to an even better sleep!
Clean room and bathroom, and lots of places in the house to relax (living room, terrace, garden).
And last but not least, the lunch and diner were EXCELLENT!! Breakfast was very good as well, with for instance fruits every morning and very good bread.
Very good atmosphere overall.
Regarding free time (outside yoga and meditation), there were several things to do: beautiful beach reachable by foot, walks on the cliff with breathtaking points of views, a cute village at walking distance and Sintra with its gorgeous castles and garden at 20-25min by car. There were also lots of extra activities proposed by Patricia and Zarqa: we experienced really really great massages (we had the ayurvedic one) !!!
We definitely recommand this retreat :)
from Spain, August 2018
"Retiro de calidad cerca del mar, muy recomendable"
Enfoque del retiro; mezcla de yoga y meditación, con actividades muy variadas.
Amabilidad y disposición de Patricia y Zarqa, ambos muy bien preparados e informados sobre los temas relacionados con el retiro.
La casa preciosa y muy completa. Cerca del mar
Posibilidad de conocer gente de otros paises.
from Germany, July 2018
"Wonderful escape to another world"
Meine Frau und ich haben eine Woche der totalen Entschleunigung mit zwei mal täglich Yoga und abendlicher Mediation erlebt.
Das Yoga war so frei gestaltet, dass sowohl fittere, als auch weniger sportliche Leute auf ihre Kosten kamen.
Patricia und Zarqa sind zwei supersympathische Menschen, die uns absolut herzlich aufgenommen haben und wir haben die Woche mit einer sehr netten Gruppe und interessanten/ lehrreichen Gesprächen verbracht.
Die tadellose Gastfreundschaft und das grandiose Essen ließen keine Wünsche offen, wir fühlten uns wie zu Gast bei Freunden und wurden exzellent versorgt.
Es gab außerdem diverse Zusatzangebote, um die Zeit zu verbringen (empfehlenswert, besonders die Klangreise mit Winga). Auch ins nahe gelegene Sintra und zu anderen Ausflugszielen kommt man per Uber ohne Probleme.
from United States, April 2018
J'ai adoré les cours de yoga et la cuisine était délicieuse, variée, créative. A dix minutes des falaises et de l'océan, spectaculaire, revigorant. Possibilité de faire des balades. Sintra toute proche.
from Switzerland, April 2018
"Lovely instructors at a lovely place"
Zarqa and Patricia are warm, lovely and caring people. The food they cooked was delicious and healthy. Diversified Yoga Classes like "normal" flows, partner-work yoga to hand-massage, with a different scent and completive words every day. Peaceful meditation classes every night. Not many words are spoken during meditation classes, so you can focus on yourself and your breath, but you are not reminded regularly to do so (in case you are used to it). The house is nice and Z&P are constantly working to make it an even cozier place. A few more points: I arrived very late the first night, nevertheless I was asked if they could warm the dinner for me, again (and they did ;-)). The beach is within 15 minutes walking distance and the coast is beautiful. The lunch-packages are delicious as well.
from United States, February 2018
"Beautiful retreat - full recommendation! "
Patricia and Zarqa are wonderful hosts. The house and the landscape are beautiful! I returned home feeling healthy and happy.
from Netherlands, December 2017
Patricia and Zarqa are excellent hosts, very caring. Relaxing massages. The food was excellent. Every morning there was a lunch box ready to take with you (always a nice surprise to see what Zarqa made this time). Beautiful beaches, great surrounding for hiking. Sintra! Still practising the yoga excersises every morning.
Steven Van Oosterzee
from Netherlands, November 2017
Zarqa and Patricia are wonderful people, who surrounded us with love and care. Inspiring classes, absolutely great food, in a beautiful place. Thank you!
Felix Jimenz Velando
from Spain, October 2017
"Her classes were very entertaining and varied."
The classes, the location, the food ... Patricia and Zarqa were very helpful...
from United States, March 2020
"Amazing Spectacular Refreshing Retreat!"
This retreat was wonderful. The hosts were very welcoming and friendly as well as extremely accommodating. Last minute we informed them of a gluten and lactose free participant and they were able to adjust very quickly!
The house is beautiful with plenty of space to relax and enjoy taking time to yourself. There are plenty of books around if you happen to forget one.
I really enjoyed daily surfing activity I mastered standing on the board and am now focusing on using the proper technique to stand up.
I participated in 2 massages and the hike around the cliffs of sinter which were magical! I am so happy I went to this retreat you will not forget it.
from Ireland, January 2020
"Beautiful escape in Portugal. "
Everything! The teacher led yoga and meditation classes were excellent as was the food and accommodation.
from Switzerland, October 2019
Patricia and Zarqa were both so lovely! I had a great time at Shamballa Retreats! The Retreat is Yoga and Meditation focused so mentally quite intense. We had surflessons 4 times within those 6 days, the instructor Nicolas from Sintra Surf School did a great job! The food at the Retreat was fantastic!! It was a Detox Retreat which I didn’t know before I arrived, I didn’t mind though as I never felt like I was missing out on something!
from United States, October 2018
"A really refreshing and inspiring week!"
It was not only a yoga-week, the food and meditation as well as the information and dialogue with Patricia and Zarqa inspired us to reflect on our eating, exercising and thinking habits. The food that was served for breakfast, lunch and dinner was incredible and really tasty! Each day we were looking forward to our lunch box - what was it this time? Just great! We never felt so relaxed after a couple of weeks.
from Germany, March 2018
The yoga lessons were great, I liked, that the morning was a classical yoga lesson and the afternoon classes had a different focus, so that we experienced a lot more beyond the yoga practice. For example partner exercises, massages, breathing techniques, working with essential oils... Plus they organized additional acitivites for us as a sound meditation.
Also the massages Patricia and Zarqa give are very good.
Both Patricia and Zarqa are very empathetic and give lots of tips and insights in different (spiritual) ways of working with your body and soul. Both have such a calming and positive vibration, so that I felt very comfortable in their house.
Also Zarqa is a great cook and I really liked what he cooked for dinner!