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Mindfulness & Yoga Retreat

Mindfulness & Yoga Retreat


What if you could learn two ancient techniques, with clear benefits proven by science and used in a secular way in the modern world, that would help you to bring a fresh way of living your life?
By joining yoga with mindfulness we are bringing body and mind to the present moment, allowing us to see more clear what is happening right here and right now. This focused way of attention will help us to keep insight towards our experience even in difficult situations. Today science already proved that yoga and mindfulness reduces stress, helps dealing with depression and anxiety and increases focus capacity, resilience and emotional intelligence.

Yoga and mindfulness can be learned and practiced by anyone, no matter what religious and cultural context. We adopt a non-religious approach.

Come and join us in this silent revolution
This retreat will be a blend of calming mindfulness meditation, Yin Yoga (restorative). We will have also a more dynamic, physically challenging yoga sessions of Workflow, a fusion of Yoga + Pilates and on Sunday Ashtanga Flow. There will be also forest baths (Shinrin-yoku).



In a nutshell

Going to a retreat is an opportunity to relax, to let go of tensions and connect to our experience through senses, finding out what is really important for us. It's an opening to this life right here, right now.
Yoga and meditation are complementary practices that help us to find focus, to balance our energy, and to reconnect with our inner experience. Through movements or stillness we discover our body and explore our mind.
Surrounded by beautiful nature and with tasty vegetarian food, we will have time to connect, to laugh, to rest and to experience silence.

This retreat is a natural way to join our hearts, share it with others and combine two complementary practices: Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation.
Yoga helps to unblock the body, to purify and balance our energy and it's an incredible way to prepare the mind to go deeper, allowing meditation to enlighten the most subtle aspects of our experience.
Mindfulness will turn off the autopilot and give us time to be, allowing us to experiment life directly through senses, without rushing noises of daily demands. It's an opening to our experience of being alive here and now.
Through movements or quietness we discover our body, this simple "being here" that we have been neglecting over and over again.

Until now!

Some photos from the last Mindfulness & Yoga Retreat 2016


The big advantage with a retreat is that you are out of your daily routine,

►The obstacles that are there in your daily life, the concerns and anxieties, the habitual routines are cut off. It is remarkable how a retreat becomes its own universe. It becomes a chance to experience yourself differently. A residential or retreat program provides an immersion aspect that allows participants to disconnect from their frantic lives.
► The immersion in Mindfulness and Yoga means you are able to focus, without distraction, on deeper practices. It’s time for yourself, time to recharge. This is something that we all need. Many of us are too busy with lives packed full of urgent demands and long to-do lists, working to pressing deadlines.
► It is an opportunity to (re)connect to nature;
►You'll make new friends. Undeniably, you will meet persons with similar interests. Even if you go alone, you have a chance to make friends with people from around the world who you might know for the rest of your life.

Other Benefits:
- Be at ease with your suffering (practice Acceptance);
- Practice mindful eating;
- Get a good dose of natural opiates;
- Falling in love for the Earth;
- Feeling love for all beings;
- Get clarity on your life;
- Be your own master;
- ...

Try for yourself!

Addressed to

This retreat is accessible to everyone regardless of flexibility, yoga and meditation experience or age. Using the principles of awareness, compassion, non-judgement and body knowledge, the participants will learn the principles to develop a sustainable, health and well-being promoting personal practice.

This retreat is for people who:
► wants to foster their sense of health and well-being;
► wants to live with more awareness;
► wants to learn ways of self-exploration and self-care.
► are seeking a complementary treatment to medical or psychotherapeutic treatment;

and who
► feel stressed by their jobs or who feel burned out;
► are living with an acute or chronic disease;
► are suffering from chronic pain;
► have psychosomatic symptoms (problems with sleep, digestion…);
► experience feelings of anxiety or depressed mood...

This retreat is accessible to everyone regardless of flexibility, yoga and meditation experience or age. Using the principles of awareness, compassion, non-judgement and body knowledge, the participants will learn the principles to develop a sustainable, health and well-being promoting personal practice.


João Palma
Practicing meditation since 2004, João started to teach as a certified mindfulness teacher in 2008 at União Budista Portuguesa and Budadharma. Did most of his mindfulness teacher training in UK.
• Breathworks CIC – Mindfulness for Health.
• MBCT, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Specialist Teacher Training, Bangor University.
• MBSR, Teacher Training in Mindfulness Based Approaches, Bangor University.
• Mindfulness in Schools Project (dot-b program)
Now teaching at BudaDharma in Lisbon, Portugal.

+ Informations:

Francisca Schouten
Yoga practitioner for 12 years, started to teach 2 years ago, doing her teacher training in NL:
• Teacher training Ashtanga, Manju Pattabhi Jois.
• Fitness yoga instructor, at Heidehal sport.
• 200 RYT study, at Ashtanga Yoga Academy
• Adjustment Clinic Yoga Moves with Marilou Van Hoek
Now teaching at Healthclub Optisport and at fasah योग with yoga-, workshops & coaching

+ Informations:


Provisional Program

• Presentation and introduction
• Talk
• Mindfulness exercise
• Mindfulness practice
• Yoga
• Tea break
• Tai Chi energizer
• Talk
• Mindfulness practice

Combine the traditional with the modern age.
Flow with elements of Ashtanga, modern Yoga and meditation.
For this retreat you don't have to be an experienced yogi. The yoga will be adjusted and suitable for all participants.

• A quiet revolution
• Doing mode and being mode.
• Mindfulness: Origins and definition
• Body sensations
• Thoughts and emotions
• Dealing with difficulties
• An open heart

Work Flow Yoga is a practice totally focused on relaxing the body and mind. Based on Yin Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga, it starts with meditation and ends with relaxation, helping the participant to feel rested and refreshed.

Yoga Fitness is an innovative practice for body and mind, in which asanas change fluidly. This session is a fusion of Ashtanga Yoga, Pilates and Tai-chi, helping to strengthen the body and stimulate energy.

Ashtanga Yoga Flow is a dynamic and energetic practice. It is based on the first series of a form of ancient yoga that K. Pattabhi Jois popularized. By practicing Ashtanga we develop a strong and healthy body. Through an internal cleansing process,we purify our nervous system and organs. This practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow is meant to be accessible to everyone.

NOTES: • This retreat will be conducted in english.
• It is okay to bring your own yogamat and zafu/cushion.
(There are also yogamats & zafus available)
• No need to have any previous practice on yoga or meditation.

Venue + FAQ


• Casa Silva, Barcelos, Portugal
About 50 kms from Oporto airport Nestled in the beautiful North of Portugal, this center is the perfect site for retreats. It offers fresh air, mountain vistas, gorgeous wooded acreage, personalized service and the best facilities around. Located just 40 minutes from Oporto Airport, with great accesses, you will feel a million miles away from the city, but we're close enough for an easy getaway. The meditation gardens offers sanctuary to reflect and recharge in natural beauty with sounds of water all around. Amenities:
Accomodations:There are more than 30 bedrooms (altought the group is limited), each with its own newly remodeled private bathroom with toilet, sink and shower. Sheets, blankets, towels and soap are provided. Rooms have adjustable heaters and wireless internet.
The food is amazing.

Distance between Barcelos station and the retreat center

For various reasons, we encourage that participants share rides and travel costs.

What time should I arrive? When will we finish? We will begin checking people into the retreat at 4pm on the first day. However, it may be possible for you to arrive before and have access to your room. We ask that you plan on arriving no later than 5pm so that we can begin with the full group in attendance at scheduled time. We plan to end the retreat by 4pm on the last day, so please plan your plan your travel accordingly. Sometimes situations arise in which people have to leave the retreat earlier than noon on the last day but we strongly urge you to avoid this if at all possible.
Is there wireless service/mobile phone use?

Expect to get consistent, reliable wireless internet service while at the retreat center. It is most advisable to restrict cellphone use and to leave your computer at home because of the retreat nature, however we recognize that sometimes computer use is a necessity. Most cellular phones will work in this location. Again, however given the nature of the retreat there will be limited opportunities to use them, so informing those who may need to contact you of these limitations ahead of time will be helpful.
Is it possible to stay extra nights at the facility or arrive a day or two early?

The retreat center is often booked both right before and right after our training, so arriving early or staying an extra night or two after the retreat maybe a possibility, but requires to planning in advance.
What do I need to bring?

If it is at all possible, please bring a meditation cushion (zafu) and a yoga mat. We will have a some cushions and mats, but maybe not enough to everyone. So if you have one and can squeeze it into your luggage or bring it as a carry-on please consider doing so. It is always advisable to check the weather forecast prior to traveling, to help guide you in proper clothing choices.
The relatively 'remote' location makes security a minor concern, but we do want people to know that with shared sleeping quarters and very limited availability of keys to lock rooms, we highly recommend leaving valuable items at home to reduce the possibility of anything being lost or stolen. Certainly some of us will have vehicles where such items can be secured if this is necessary.
What should I expect regarding the format of the retreat?

This retreat is taught in a residential format, which means there is a great deal of mindfulness and yoga practices embedded. The venue very much facilitates this format; we will will meet, eat and be housed in a relatively secluded area. There are no other large groups planned in the center that weekend, so it should be relatively quiet and secluded. The rooms are clean and comfortable, but not by any means luxurious.
What should I read prior to arriving?

What if I require some special accommodations or have dietary restrictions?
While you are asked to note specific food restrictions on your registration application (on the comments), if there are any additional food or medical concerns we should be aware of please let us know of these in advance so we may assist you.

Pre-registration + Fee

Total cost: €240

(includes Teachings + accomodation + three meals—breakfast, lunch, and dinner, + snacks e tea (middle morning and middle afternoon).

► It's necessary to fill the application form;
► In the application form select the Event - Mindfulness & Yoga;
► The retreat takes place with a minimum and maximum of participants;
► It's suggested to bring baggy clothes, a pillow and a mat and zafu (if you have them);
► Upon submission of your registration you will receive an email with additional information;
► The program is subject to minor changes.

Cancellation Policy
► A refund (minus your non-refundable and non-transferable deposit) will be made for cancellations submitted in writing 30 days prior to the training. No refunds will be allowed after that date.
► In the unlikely event that the course is cancelled, Portuguese Society of Meditation - Mindfulness Institute is responsible only for a full refund of the registration fee and not for transportation, hotel accommodations or any miscellaneous expenses.



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The Portuguese Society Meditation and Wellness / Mindfulness Institute (SPM-BE - MI) has no responsibility for losses, damages, expenses or inconvenience that may arise, for any reason, due your participation in this event

SPM-BE - MI guarantees the confidentiality of personal data provided and their treatment in accordance with current legislation on data protection.

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