This is an intensive silent retreat only available for students of Esther who already have done a retreat with her 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. We will use meditation, 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 a fluid yoga practice that focuses on loosening the body as well as strengthening and stabilizing the body and easing the mind. 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 the 4th of October is arrival day, and you will have time to chat a bit and meet your roommates. From Saturday morning onwards the silence starts. Halfway during the 6th day, the silence breaks, to slowly get used to speaking again. Day 7, Friday, 11th Oct, 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 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 if requested.
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.
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 Duoro Port and wine region, the oldest still producing wine region in the world.
08:00 - 09:00 Meditation/Pranayama
09:00 - 10:30 Breakfast + break, in silence
10:30 - 12:30 Discourse /Meditation / Hatha yoga / Vinyasa flow
13:00 - 15:30 Lunch/Free time
15:30 - 18:30 Meditation with short breaks in between
18:30 - 19.30 Dinner
19.30 - Discourse and/or meditation
Arrival is on Friday, Oct 4th, Departure is on Friday the 11th after breakfast. Both days are travel days.
Cost per person:
Includes seven nights' accommodation, fantastic meals served three times daily, coffee and tea plus all meditation and yoga sessions.
- Shared dorm - €995
- Twin / double - €1095
- Single - €1195
Flights and transfers are not included.
How to book:
Please fill in the contact box at the bottom of the page.
How to get there:
The retreat takes place at
D’alijo Yoga Retreats
Rua de Alijo 36
Casal – Cabeceiras de Basto
The nearest airport is Porto, which is approximately 100km from the retreat centre.
Closer to the time we will gather everyone’s flight details and where possible group people together in taxis to share the costs. Please note, we will do our best to organise shared taxis, however, if you have a late arriving flight you may have to take a taxi by yourself. We will help to arrange this.