Children's Retreat

About us

 Because the intensive retreat isn't suitable for children, we offer a children's retreat. We cook together and undertake activities such as stargazing, reading stories, drawing or a scavenger hunt. The children stay with Tessel and another adult on a terrain somewhere else in the village (Quinta dos Gata). Here they have the space to play without interrupting the silence and structure of the intensive retreat. Every two days we take a walk to the village and the local grocery store. We decide together what to cook and usually also get some ice cream in the local cafe. In 2017 there was a fire three villages away and the whole group wanted an excursion to the site, you can see a picture of this adventure in the photogallery.

Most of the children know eachother from previous years and it is a warm and welcoming group. The children vary between 6 and 13 years old. During this retreat we will have some gatherings of our wisdom group. It is a meeting in which the children practice wisdom and develop awareness and a view about difficulties and situations they encounter in life. Complimentary to this we practice a small and adapted meditation to practice concentration and compassion.

Although this retreat is complimentary to the intensive retreat it is also possible to follow this without the parent going on the intensive retreat. You arrive the evening before the intensive retreat (22 july) and leave the day after it ends (7 august).

Event Highlights

  • - children
  • - engaging and fun activities
  • - practicing wisdom and compassion
  • - professional supervision (first aid trained)

Venue Highlights

We don’t believe that ‘new’ is always better. Sometimes change means going back to very old values. Traditionally, keeping the good and discarding what’s not. This is also reflected in our center. Brise Suave is organized and guided by a family. Bert and Krista are longtime therapists, supervisors and Bert is a recognized Buddhist teacher. Their son, Egbert, is a conceptual artist and guides artists that wish to deepen the concept and motivation behind their art. Daughter-in-law Tessel is an art therapist and focusses on families, relational difficulties and individuals with psychosocial problems. The basis for our work are the spiritual and psychological values of Tibetan Buddhism.
As a family and as a centre we try to be open towards everyone and to put love, even in hard times, at the forefront of our lives. We speak Dutch, English and are learning Portugese.


  • Pool
  • Free Parking


07:30 We get up and get dressed
08:00 breakfast
09:00 activity, play time or walking to grocery store
13:00 lunch
14:00 Some rest or quiet activity like reading a book or a wisdom group meeting because this is the hottest part of the day
15:00 Play time
17:00 We start cooking
18:00 Dinner
19:30 Getting ready for bed
20:00 Reading time, we read one long story and finish it in those fifteen days
21:00/21:30 Bedtime


During the organized retreats we provide the meals. The meals are always vegetarian and often vegan. When you are present outside of the organized retreats you cook your own meals. Groceries can be done in the village. The local shop is only 20 minutes by foot. If there are more people present they take turns in doing the groceries for everyone. The shopkeeper is very kind and sometimes brings the groceries to the centre if it's for more people.


The quinta where we will be staying is owned by friends and located on the outer edges of the village Melo, Portugal. Depending on the number of children we will use two or three large tents or also rent a large caravan. There is an outdoor kitchen, shower and toilet we can use and a large pool. This pool doesn't use chlorine but electrolysis and copper.


The nearest airport is in Porto. From there you can take the train to gouveia and a taxi to our centre. The taxi in Gouveia isn't very expensive (approx. 15 euros). If you wish, we can bring you in contact with the taxi-service in Melo to support the local community.

Tags: buddhism child children childrens family fun meditation

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