All of us need some time away from our daily lives and routines sometimes. Time to reflect on ourselves, to honestly look at our routines and habits. Time to realise and to change. This process needs seclusion and it needs silence. Only without distractions and daily responsibilities can you go deeply within and work with the body and understand the mind. Responding to this need we organise monthly Silent Yoga & Meditation Retreats.
Join us to experience the powerful and transformative effect of meditation!
Meditation is an important element of hatha yoga, and described in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. It is undoubtedly the most direct and effective way to gain insight in the nature of our body-mind, thoughts, and emotions.
In this retreat you will gain a clear understanding of yourself, your life, and recurring conflicts or difficulties that you might be experiencing.You will be guided through different types of mediation such as relaxation meditations, contemplation mediations, and meditations through conscious movement. Every day there is time to ask questions and share your experiences.
The beautiful natural surroundings of our retreat location foster the process of relaxation and contemplation. The meditations will take place at different locations on the property, and outside in the beautiful lush and green surroundings.
You will be guided by a team of international teachers that have a longtime meditation self-practice and that have experienced, and are still experiencing the benefits of meditation daily.
You should join our meditation retreat if
- you need a break from your daily routine
you feel like you need a change in your life
you are looking for more joy and energy in your life
you are interested in learning about different types of meditations
you are looking for a relaxing week away in with like-minded people
After this retreat you will
- feel relaxed and rejuvenated
have a clear sense of direction in your life
have an understanding of your thoughts and emotions and how to deal with them
understand the source of recurring conflicts a
16.00 – 18.00 Welcome
18.00 – 19.00 Dinner
20.00 – 21.00 Introduction to Meditation
Sunday – Friday
08.00 – 09.00 Silent Sitting
09.30 – 10.30 Breakfast
10.30 – 12.30 Contemplative exercises, teachings, and sharing
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 15.00 Siesta/Leisure
15.00 – 17.00 Active meditation & sharing
18.00 – 19.00 Dinner
20.00 – 21.00 Evening program**
08.00 – 09.00 Silent Sitting
09.30 – 10.30 Breakfast
10.30 – 12.00 Group sharing & goodbye
12.00 Check out
- Changes in the schedule may be introduced due to weather and group conditions without prior notice
** Evening program on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
9 September — 16 September 2017
30 September — 7 October 2017
Arrival is on first Saturday at 16.00 hrs
Check out is on second Saturday at 12.00 hrs
Early bird price = 750 Euros
Price = 800 Euros
A non-refundable deposit of 300 euro has to be paid into our bankaccount to confirm your participation. The remaining fee has to be paid in cash upon arrival.
Included in the price
- 7 Nights accommodation in twin-shared room
3 Vegetarian meals (we do serve eggs) per day
On the Saturday of arrival only dinner is included
On the Saturday of check-out only breakfast is included
All meditations and other activities
Transport to meditation locations in the surroundings
A reader with a description of all the meditations
Free use of the saltwater swimming pool
Free use of wifi
- Taxi from/to Faro airport for additional 95 euros (per single ride)
Taxi from/to Funcheira (closest train station) for additional 12 euro (per single ride)
Rebalancing massage for 60 euros per 1,5hrs session (only available during siesta time and free evenings)
Private room for additional 200 euros (enquire for availability)
Extra nights (different accommodation options) and meals before or after the retreat. Please enquire for price and availability
You will be staying at a private villa on the property of Monte Maravilhas, a beautiful retreat center located in a lush green hilly valley covered with many cork and olive trees. From the property you can make many beautiful walks leading to numerous peaceful outlooks on top of the hills to enjoy the scenery or sit in silence and meditation.
The private villa is surrounded by a big garden with many flowers, and an orchard with grapevines, fig, orange and olive trees.
You have direct access to the saltwater swimming pool and the adjacent garden, full of fresh mint.
Monte Maravilhas is accessible via the airports of Lisbon and Faro. Faro is the closest airport (110 km), Lisbon is situated approximately 200 km from Monte Maravilhas. Flying from any bigger city within Europe costs approximately 150 – 250 euros.
When you arrive in Faro or Lisbon you can choose to take the train, bus or rental car. From Faro you may also have access to our transfer service (see prices above) or book your own taxi. If you want to travel by bus or train from the airport to Maravilhas we recommend an early morning flight on your outward flight and an evening flight on your return trip.
Exact address details
7630-527 São Martinho das Amoreiras
The meditation sessions
You will be guided through a couple of meditation sessions every day, which will help you gaining insight and understanding your thought patterns. Through this process you learn what kind of conditioning and attachments have been ruling your life so far. Through this gradual and deep understanding you can start to make changes and make your life more joyful. It is not necessary to sit cross legged throughout the meditation sessions. You are allowed to stretch in between and use a chair
The Yoga classes
The yoga classes support the cleaning and purification processes. Stretches of the physical body help opening up the body, which have profound effect on the mental level as well. During the yoga classes you are guided through postures and breathing exercises. You do not have to be flexible in order to join the classes, they are suited for everybody
The Philosophy classes
The mediation and yoga classes are alternated with philosophy to make us understand the nature of our mind and how we can make our lives more purposeful. We do not restrict ourselves to any particular belief system and philosophy and rather use ancient and wise teachings from the Yoga, Samkhya and Buddhist tradition. Also more contemporary teachers like Krishnamurti, Osho are used as sources of wisdom and inspiration
Who is this retreat suitable for?
This retreat is suitable for anyone that wants to seriously learn about themselves and that wants to connect to their deeper self and their purpose in life. For anyone that is not afraid to confront themselves and who is looking for changing their lives.
This retreat is part of the Level 1 Parimukti Yoga Teacher Training, and anyone joining the retreat may decide to stay on and join that Training. This silent retreat is part of the Yoga Teacher Training, as we believe that one can only share and teach properly and authentically if it comes from deep self understanding and experience, through self investigation and self practice. Many students embark on the path of becoming a (yoga)teacher before properly understanding the vast practice and philosophy. This retreat is specifically suited for experienced teachers as well that want to take time for their own practice, ‘recharge their battery’ and take inspiration.
The retreat is set up in such way that both beginners and ‘advanced’ practitioners of yoga and meditation can join. Everyone works according to their own limitations and capabilities.
Living in a simple, yet deeply nourishing environment, eating healthy organic food is equally important. Our center is surrounded by greenery and nature and we aim to live in harmony with our environment. Karma Yoga is part of this program by devoting little time every day to running the centre
Use our Contact Us page to know more about the retreat. 🙂