This is an intensive silent retreat only available for students who have already have done a retreat with Esther and want to go deeper, or for people who are experienced with meditation and like to observe silence. There will be a maximum of 25 people on the retreat.
What to expect:
This retreat is designed to slow you down and restore and revitalize you on a very deep level. When you are relaxed and your energy system is balanced, you can easily gain access to the world of reality, with all its joys, rather than being stuck in the world of the mind. We will mainly use meditation, but also pranayama, asana and silence as tools to do this.
During the week we observe mouna (silence). The early morning starts with meditation and pranayama. After breakfast and a short break, we will continue with meditation and a fluid yoga practice that focuses on loosening the body as well as strengthening and stabilizing the body and easing the mind. The yoga is geared towards supporting the body in meditation. In the afternoon we gather again to meditate.
For six days we will all observe silence. During class times, there is room to ask questions if they arise.
Friday 1st May is our arrival day, and you will have time to chat and meet your roommates.
From Saturday morning onwards the silence starts. Halfway through day six (Thursday) the silence breaks to slowly get used to speaking again.
Day 7, Friday May 8th is a travel day.
Please note: To really give the body and mind a break and observe true silence, all mobile phones will be collected on the first night and returned on day 6 in the afternoon when the silence breaks. A phone number of the retreat centre will be provided for emergencies.
As you begin to relax into stillness, you cultivate presence, awareness and an authentic relationship with yourself. You will get in touch with a felt sense of 'being'. It is a universal felt-sense that we all have within us. From birth, and throughout every moment of your life, being is a constant, quiet, background presence that's always with you. But until it is pointed out it can go unnoticed.
As well you may discover that being together with others in silence allows for a different sense of connection that can be more satisfying than spending the same time engaged in conversation.
You will access that same shared state of 'being'. Rather than knowing others through their stories of who they are and what they do, the silence highlights our sense of connectedness. We basically begin to understand the concept of oneness through our shared 'beingness'.
- 07:30 - 08:30 Meditation/ Pranayama
- 08:30 - 10:00 Breakfast + break, in silence
- 10:00 - 13:00 Discourse /Meditation / Yoga
- 13:00 - 15:30 Lunch/Free time
- 15:30 - 18:30 Meditation / discourse, with short breaks in between
- 18:30 - 19.30 Dinner
- 19.30 - 20.00 Discourse and/or meditation
Arrival is on Friday May 1st, Departure is on Friday May 8th after breakfast. Both days are travel days.
Cost per person
- Shared room 4 people - €1045
- Shared room 2 people - €1125
- Single room with shared bathroom facilities - €1235
- Single room with private toilet and shower - €1375
- Single luxury cabin - €1435
Includes seven nights' accommodation, fantastic meals served three times daily, coffee and tea plus all meditation and yoga sessions.
You can secure your place with a non-refundable deposit of €350. The remainder of the fee will be due by Feb 15th, 2020.
How to book:
Please fill in the contact box at the bottom of the page.
The retreat takes place at
D’alijo Yoga Retreats, Casal – Cabeceiras de Basto, Portugal
About the retreat centre:
D’alijo Yoga Retreat Centre has a beautiful fully equipped yoga studio overlooking the gardens and valley, a dining/living area, and a beautiful pool, a large pond, Lush gardens, a biological vegetable garden. They have their own free range chickens and a couple of beehives on the property.
There are a couple of rooms in the main house and several wooden chalet style houses under the old eucalyptus trees, facing a natural creek. Some single rooms in private villas, a little further down the road.
The estate is remote, surrounded by nature and has a couple of great hiking trails, which can lead you to rivers and waterfalls. The closest town, Cabeceiras de Basto, is about 12 minutes by car. Guimaraes a Unesco listed beautiful city to visit and just 25 minutes away. Porto and Braga are within the hour as well as another UNESCO site: the Douro Port and wine region, the oldest still producing wine region in the world.
How to get to the D’Alijo centre
Please arrange your travel so you arrive on May 1st - you can check in to your room from 14.00. We will have dinner together followed by a settling in practice. Departure is on May 8th after breakfast.
Please fly to PORTUGAL PORTO AIRPORT. Transavia, Tap, Vueling, KLM, RyanAir and many more airlines, all fly there.
Transfer time to the D’Alijo centre is 60 minutes by car from Porto airport. There are no public transport options to the centre. Transfers to and from the D'Alijo centre are not included in the prices. We can arrange shared airport transfers to and from Porto airport at €110 per car one way, maximum of three people. For bigger groups we can organise a bus.
A few weeks before the retreat we will ask you for your travel details and if you want to share travel to the centre. We will group you together so you can share costs.
Alternatively, you can find cheap car rental options via https://www.rentalcars.com/ Transavia and RyanAir.
Please make sure you have valid travel insurance in case of any emergencies and cancellations.