Shanti Summer Retreat
Come join us for a wonderful summer yoga retreat in Portugal! During this retreat we will offer you what we love most: movement, breath, meditation, acroyoga and massage. We have found a wonderful retreat center near the western coast of Portugal to hold our yoga retreat. During the retreat you will be treated by our very own private vegan chef. The retreat is open to beginners and advanced yogis alike.
The Yoga Retreat will be held at a beautiful old Quinta set in a national park and is shaded by lovely fruit trees, giant oak corks and grape vines. The property has a small water-stream and is surrounded by an enourmous national park and a wolf sanctuary. Putting us at close proximity to nature.
We are blessed to offer you three unique yoga spaces, one wooden outdoor platform surrounded by trees – the ideal spot to listen to nature’s sounds while you breathe and move. The second yoga space, the Garden Shala, is an old Victorian Greenhouse with lots of windows. The thrid location is underneath an old willow tree where you can place your feet onto mother earth while you practice.
For this retreat you have the amazing opportunity to be guided by two experienced yoga teachers. Christina & Lars have teamed up to offer you this special retreat
Lars has travelled the world exploring different forms of movement and self-expression. He is incredibly passionate for how the body works and moves. He will be guiding you through a journey of self-discovery via the body. Lars can also offer you private teaching session.
Life explorer, sea seeker, mountain peaker and forest keeper. Sports Scientist – Movement Therapist – Mindful Outdoor Guide. A human. Being. Curiosity, clarity and joie de vivre are values that Christina Eggenschwiler particularly resonates with.
About the Retreat
There will be a morning and evening class every day. The morning class includes a movement practice (asana) and is complimented by meditation, journaling and/or pranayama.
These sessions will form the bedrock of the retreat.
The afternoon classes will be themed classes similar to a workshop. These workshops will be themed according to your interest (Please note down during sign up!). We will definitely do at least one extended handstand and one yin yoga class. Other options include an ecstatic dance, kirtan, ice bath, forest walking and many more things.
On one or two of the evenings we will have an additional activity, this could be story telling, a campfire, a yoga nidra, spiritual movie night or a game night. Depending what the group wants and needs.
Example daily schedule*
08:00 – 10:00 Sādhanā (Morning Practice)
10:30 – 11:30 Brunch
11:30 – 16:00 Activity and/or free time (go for a swimm, hike, read a book or all of it together)
16:30 – 18:30 Yoga workshop
19:30 – 20:30 Dinner
20:30 – 21:30 Activity and/or free time
*all classes are optional and voluntary, you only attend what you want to attend.
Activities and goodies
We are planning activities like: Kirtan, bonfire, temascal sweat lodge with a local shaman, a cacao ceremony, ecstatic dance or gong & sound bath. There are infinite beautiful options to choose from.
Wednesday will be our day off (after brunch). You can either go and visit the surf town of Ericiera (yes, it’s possible to go surfing!), the historic city of Mafra with its beautiful palace or choose from plenty of other outdoor activities at the National Park nearby. Howl with the wolves at the Wolf Sanctuary or visit the UNESCO site of Sintra (40 mins) – you decide what you are up to.
We are happy to help you organize and plan your day off or maybe we decide to do something all together.
We are super excited to present to you our very own private Chef: Carol Massotte!
Carol is a trained psychologist but now has her heart connected to vegan culinary and a sustainable way of living. She will surprise us with daily creations using 100%-plant-based, seasonal, fresh and local food. She loves to work with natures cycles and local producers. During the retreat we will have two meals: a festive brunch and a nourishing dinner.
In between meals there will be snacks (Fresh fruits, energy balls, muffins, hummus with crudités), tea and coffee available for you.
Location, Travel & Transfer
We will be holding our Yoga Retreat Portugal in Mafra, near the lovely surfers town of Ericeira. This medium sized village is located only 30 minutes by car from Lisbon International Airport. The town is also often considered Europe’s capital for surfing. Even though Lisbon airport is only 30 minutes away, the area around the retreat center is very rural and especially green compared to the rest of Portugal. There is a large national park and wolf sanctuary adjacent to the retreat center.
We recommend to come to Portugal on Friday already and stay in Ericeira. The retreat will start on Sunday 17 September at 15:00 and end on Saturday 23 September at 12:00. Please reach out to us for reccomendations for accomodation before and after the retreat.
Please make your own travel arrangements to come to Lisbon.
Please make sure you book your flights early!
Departure: Tap Airlines – Geneva 15 September – 13:00
Return: Tap Airlines – Lisabon 24. September – 08:34
Price: 70.- CHF (as of 18. november 2022)
From Lisbon airport you can take an UBER or Taxi to the retreat center (approx. 30 Euro). We will provide a list for car / taxi sharing.
There are different accommodation options to suit every type of budget. The options range for a shared dorm accommodation to a private luxury bell tent! We have all options covered for you. Please check in with us about availability of the different options.
As the Shanti Retreat Place is very suitable for families, we will be offering a special rate for all the partners that are joining. If you choose to participate in just a few yoga classes and otherwise go surfing, this is an option that would work very well. However, we would kindly ask you to communicate this beforehand.
Early Bird Pricing
Come with your campervan or bring your own tent, for 800.-
The prices for the double and private room are per person assuming double occupancy. If you wish to stay in a Private or dobule room by yourself, there is an extra charge of 200.- . You also have the option to stay in a room and we add someone to your room to share. There are seperate beds in every room and we will not mix genders.
There is also the option to bring your own tent or sleep in you car / campervan. Please inquire for this option.
Questions & Terms
For all questions please email Lars Eckmann Send Email
Christina Eggenschwiler Send Email
Upon receipt of your registration, we will confirm your participation and the registration is binding from that date on. At the same time, you will be invoiced a non-refundable deposit of CHF 200.- per person which is due within 10 days. The remainder is due three months before the retreat.