Yoga and Mindfulness Summer Week Retreat in Sintra, Portugal

  • Aalma Hostel Sintra Aalma Hostel Sintra
  • Caminho dos Frades 1, 2710-560 Sintra, Portugal
  • Jun 21 - 28, 2019 (8 days)

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 moontemple was located here.

We are currently experiencing a lot of stress in our Western society. Being in the MIND and having too much thoughts is sometimes difficult. Silence and destressing  is more than welcome.

During this week, the proper attention and concentration will be trained to arrive in the moment and to live from it.

We are going to feel this week, experience and get clear where we gain or lose energy from in our lives and how much time we want to spend on these things.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?

The main goal of this week is silence, deep relaxation, energy building, insight, knowledge and wisdom. In addition to individual self exploration, there is also room for sharing and connecting with each other if you want. 

During this yoga & mindfulness week retreat, various yoga techniques and mindfulness meditations are combined to provide deepening for yourself and to experience how both reinforce each other. You will be made familiar with a mix of hatha yoga, Tibetan yoga, Chi Kong, mindfulness, meditation and breathing exercises. The retreat is for beginners as well as advanced students.

THEMES OF THE RETREAT:

Stress reduction, concentration, recovery of burn out, being present in the moment, acceptance, release, being instead of doing, recognizing your automatic thinking and behavioral patterns / auto pilot.

" 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

  • WE OFFER:
  • - 7 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 50 euro per hour ( not included in the price)
  • There are mountainbikes available and my rental car can be used for exploring the area.
  • Please note: it’s not obligatory to follow lessons or excursions

Venue Highlights

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 moontemple was located here.

HISTORY
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.

MONUMENTS
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.

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio
  • Bicycles For Rent

Schedule

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 styles
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
  • Gluten Free

Menu/Cuisine

- Unlimited water, tea, coffee and fruit
- 3 vegetarian biological meals a day

Directions

It's best to take a cab from the airport directly to the hostel in Sintra. However if you want you can also first go to the center of Lisbon and take the train to Sintra. Once there you can either take a cab or walk

Walking from Village Center:

Follow the directions of Palácio da Regaleira / Seteais
At the front door of Palácio da Regaleira turn right (passing through a car park in front of an Arabic style house) and enter in Rua Trindade Coelho (it has a "dead end" sign)
Follow that road for about 400 meters and you’ll get to Caminho dos Frades
Keep going for 10 meters (don’t turn at Caminho da Fonte dos Amores) and you’ll find at your left hand the gate of the Hostel

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