• Alma Retreat Alma Retreat
  • Sintra, Portugal
  • Aug 31 - Sep 7, 2018 (8 days)
  • 999

About us

The yoga & Mindfulness week will be held 30 minutes from Lissabon in the Eco hostel & retreat centre Aalma, based in Sintra. The Aalma Eco Hostel is built in the 12 th century and has 3,5 ha of luxurious gardens. The name Aalma is the Portugese word for SOUL.  Sintra means MOON. 300 years before Christ a Keltic moon temple was located here.

It's a week full of forest walks, meditations on the beach, delicious food, excursions to local markets, and most importantly getting in touch with yourself.

Please note: it’s not obligatory to follow lessons or excursions


Cost for this all-inclusive week is € 999, -- per person full pension for a shared room. If you want a single room for yourself then this will cost you 30 euro per day extra.

€ 1199, -- per person is the price for your own room and bathroom in Aalma Hostel

€ 1399, -- per person is the price for a stay in the nearby luxurious bed & breakfast see their website:

Excluded: Flying ticket costs, taxi transport to the hostel in Sintra (40 euro), excursions to castles, holistic massage ( 35 euro).

" A beautiful mix of mindfulness, yoga and chi kong. In which Hans Kloosterman shares his bhuddistic knowledge and experience in various ways. This made me become very aware. He explains well what the effects of the meditation excersizes are on the body and mind. It is mainly the way how Hans does this, wise, respectful, and funny, which makes it stick and you can apply it yourself. If everyone would do this programme we could give proper attention to ourselves and natures. " Kitty Bernardus

Event Highlights

  • 6 nights in a shared room
  • 2 yoga & mindfulness lessons per day
  • Mindfulness workshops on how to increase your awareness & energy level
  • Calmness (Shamatha) & Insight mediation (Vipassana) & Non dual meditation (Samadi)
  • Silent periods, during the walks in nature, some lunches and meditations
  • Unlimited water, tea, coffee and fruit
  • 3 vegetarian biological meals a day
  • Excursion to a prehistorical forest
  • Excursion to the Buddhist center ( 4 km from Sintra)
  • Excursion to the dunes, beach, and sea
  • Excursion to a biological beefarm.
  • Possibility of a Holistic massage for 35 euro per hour ( not included in the price)
  • Possibility of renting a mountainbike and my rental car can be used for exploring the area.

Venue Highlights

When the Moors occupied the area in the 8th century, they named the region Chintra or Zintira. In 1147, after the conquest of Lisbon the garrison of the Castelo dos Mouros surrendered to the troops of King Alfonso I of Portugal.

It became later a favorite place to have your summerhouse for the rich and famous. Sintra has a microclimate and it is 10 degrees cooler than in the rest of the country. I lies at 600 meter, has more rain and is therefore extremely green. With all the beautiful castles in the neighborhood there is a kind of romantic mystical sphere.

The area has a number of palaces and castles:

Queluz Palace, the former summer residence of the Portuguese kings, a palace of the 14th and 16th centuries.
Church from the 13th century.
Above the town the Palácio da Pena (1840-1850), built around a monastery dating from the 16th century.
The Castelo dos Mouros (Moorish Castle) from the 7th and 8th centuries.
The Palace of Sintra.
Quinta da Regaleira.


  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping
  • Bicycles For Rent


Day of arrival

14.00 Reception en division of rooms
15.00 Meeting each other
16.00 Yoga + Chi Kong
17.30 Break + Snack
19.00 Diner
20.30 Mindfulness
21.30 Tea
22.00 Good night

1st day

7.30 Yoga, various styles
9.00 Breakfast
10.00 Silent walk through the forests
12.30 Warm meal (vegetarian)
13.30-16.00 Free time
16.00-17.30 Yoga
17.30 Snack
19.00 Diner
20.30-21.30 Mindfulness
21.30 Tea
22.00 Good night

2nd day

7.30 Yoga, various stijlen
9.00 Breakfast + free time
11.00 Tea
11.15-12.15 Mindfulness
12.30 Warm meal (vegetarisch)
13.30-16.00 Free time
16.00-17.30 Yoga
17.30 Snack
19.00 Diner
20.30-21.30 Mindfulness
21.30 Tea
22.00 Good Night

Wednesday till Saturday it is the same programme

Wednesday afternoon we will have an excursion to a Buddhist monastery and Thursday is a silent day.
Friday we will have an excursion to the dunes, beach and sea.

Please note: Nothing is obligatory.

Day of departure

7.30 Yoga
9.00 Breakfast, in the kitchen area
10.00-11.00 Interaction participants: sharing, connecting, deepening.
11.00-12.00 Mindfulness
12.00-13.00 Lunch
13.00-14.00 Tea and bon voyage!

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Organic


We will eat delicious healthy vegetarian meals during the retreat


You can best take a taxi from the airport straight to the Almaa Hostel Sintra

Tags: meditation mindfulness yoga

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