Awaken n Transition

About This Center

The Space

Unique spot, wild canopy and creek vistas, abundant wilderness silence, easy access to a host of amazing beaches: 15 min Zambujeira do Mar, 20 min to Carvalhal or Amália, 30 min to Odeceixe or Milfontes (Furnas & Malhão), 7 min to any supermarket, ideal for self-catering.

We have created Permaculture inspired Retreat & Workshop Centre nested in the heart of a nature reservation park / sanctuary (wild dears and rare birds can be sighted), Rota Vicentina hike and bike trails run alongside the farm.

The building were reconstructed using adobe walls, cork insulation and local stone work. There are 8 private suites facing sunrise (all have own shower and kitchenette and hammock), 2 dorm rooms (suited for 13 people), a kitchen, social canteen, a panoramic roof terrace, meditation temple and a panoramic chill-out solarium (150m2).

Besides your own accommodation, all guests have access to all shared (non-exclusive) spaces: Biopool, Canteen, Meditation Temple, Chill-out Panoramic Solarium, Terrace, stone oven, natural amphitheater lounge and explore all 71 hectares of the property. We have mountain bikes, a scooter and a quad-bike for rent.

We, the hosts, have two kids, we are are well traveled psychotherapists, we are into Permaculte and Conscious Nutrition, transformative documentary films, we usually host wwoofers and we are LGBTQ friendly, so there is always a warm and alternative international vibe in the air. We are easygoing, we like to interact with guests, give travel advice, engage in paradigm shift talks and most important we want you to feel totally at easy to do your own thing.

We grow our own organic greens and herbs in the mandala, we grow pines, cork oaks, and arbutus berries (medronho). We run partly on solar energy and hot solar water.

Enjoy the refreshing biopool and creek canopy shadow during the hot lazy days. Meditation Temple and Chill-out Solarium for contemplation. For the daytime: yoga, hiking, birdwatching eagles), mountain biking; at night: cinema, stargazing and bonfire. Nearby (30 min) you can take surf lessons, go horse riding or canoeing. There are great seafood restaurants nearby and we share our canteen with all guests, and the old stone oven fires up pizza and bread once a week.

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Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.