Shamballah Retreats offers yoga and surf retreats by the sea in the amazing Sintra-Cascais National Park.
Yoga Retreats (2)
Patrícia was born in Lisbon and studied sports and physical education at university. For more than 20 years, she's been teaching people through different types of bodywork, body and mind classes, and personal training. She is a certified fitness and Pilates instructor and did various training courses in yoga from Ashtanga to Hatha and dynamic yoga styles. She also works as a ZenShiatsu therapist with more than 10 years of experience. In 2009, she met her spiritual master and practices meditation daily since then. Surfing is also part of her life since she moved to Ericeira 14 years ago.
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 til 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 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 Great Britain, 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 Great Britain, 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 Great Britain, 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 Great Britain, 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 Denmark, September 2017
The retreat is excellent. Perfect instruktion in yoga and meditation, facilities are clean and nice. The food is tasting like a dream. ??
from Great Britain, August 2017
"Energising and transformative experience close to the ocean"
- Instructors were amazing and made us feel like part of a family
- The group of people was diverse but open minded
- There are lots of activities to choose from, so that you are unlikely to get bored
- The locataion is close to the beach and ideal for hikes
from United Arab Emirates, August 2017
from Sweden, July 2017
"A great and holistic experience and amazing nature "
I had a great experience with Shamaballah retreat! The whole retreat feels very well thinken through with a holistic thinking for personal healing and with great consideration of details.
I seems like the instructors are very passionate about what they do and put love into what they do. It is a very warm and welcoming couple and they were always making sure that I had a great stay. They were very generous with their time and sharing their knowledge and experiences.
The food was delicious and healthy, containing a lot of vegetables and fruits. The house is modern, spacious, clean and with great light. The surroundings are amazing. Quiet and green, with beautiful mountains and beaches along the coastline.
If you enjoy spending time in nature there is a ten minutes walk to the closest beach and the environment is ideal for walks and hiking.
The yoga and meditation sessions seems to be very good adapted to the occasion and the groups. They pay attention to all individuals in the group.
The retreat inspired me to bring back a regular practise of meditation and yoga in my everyday life. It inspired me to further explore the practise of detox, and the use of essential oils for healing. The daily sessions of yoga and meditation in combination with spending time in nature also got me more balanced, relaxed and helped me a lot on a personal level. Thank you!
from Russia, July 2017
"It can't be bought for the money "
Thanks a lot for Patricia and Zarqa for such wonderful holidays! I'm just the beginner in yoga and these meditation course was my first, but masters were very patient and helpful to guide me. I felt being at home at their lovely house.
As for vegetarian food, it was awesome and it was a lot! I wasn't hungry at all! Nearby (10 mins walking) there is peaceful sandy beach and picturesque cliffs where I enjoyed listening to the ocean sound.
Telling the truth, I think the price is really cheap for the above conditions. But atmosphere can't be bought for any money. Choosing this yoga retreat you will get not only the great yoga vacation and body detoxing but also the amazing experience and lovely evening conversations with hosts)
from Norway, July 2017
"A great place for the full experience of yoga and meditation"
I loved the warm hospitality of Patricia and Zarqa, they truly make you feel at home. The location was great, aswell as the house. You get a full detox of your body and the vegetarian meals that Zarqa cooks is so good that you don't even miss the meat. The yoga and meditation that we has every day was also a fantastic way to find inner peace and to calm down from a hectic life.
from Spain, June 2017
"Perfect zen getaway"
Zarqa and Patricia were the best hosts. They warmly welcomed me into their space and made me feel so at home. They also shared their wealth of knowledge about meditation and yoga with me. They suggested lots of fun activities for me to do- day trips in Sintra, surf lesson, and walks/hikes by the coastlines.
from Great Britain, April 2017
The people that run the retreat go above and beyond. The location is amazing and the entire week was perfect
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!
from Spain, October 2017
"Her classes were very entertaining and varied."
The classes, the location, the food ... Patricia and Zarqa were very helpful...
from Spain, September 2017
"Muy buena experiencia"
La casa, el ambiente, la comida, las clases.
from Portugal, September 2017
"Interesting Experience that I would like to repeat"
Great location, close to interesting beach places, gardens and museums. Very nice house and space. Good food and very friendly atmosphere
from Spain, August 2017
"Mi experiencia en el retiro"
La dedicación y el desarrollo de los instructores. Yoga y técnicas de meditación muy desarrolladas. El contacto con el mar y el precioso entorno de la ubicación de la casa.
¡Puedes hacer Surf !
from Spain, August 2017
"Muy buenos profesionales, saben mucho, "
El entorno, el yoga y la meditación y la calidad humana de los profesores y del grupo. Inolvidable:)
from Netherlands, August 2017
I loved the yoga, coastline and the possibility to go surfing. Also the food was delicious.
from Switzerland, August 2017
"Amazing retreat - the real deal!!"
Patricia and Zarqa were incredible hosts. They did everything and more to help us get the most of the retreat. They are truly walking a spiritual path, which for me meant that I got so much more from the week than I could have imagined. Not only was it brilliant fun with a brilliant group of people but I went deeper into my yoga practice, returning home more flexible in body mind and spirit. I would really recommend this retreat.
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!