What to expect
This week-long retreat will be full of yoga, meditation, inquiry, yoga nidra, pranayama and restorative sessions to bring you more peace, awareness, strength and stability in both your body and mind.
There will be a maximum of 24 people on the retreat.
It takes place in the beautiful surroundings of the D’alijo centre, surrounded by nature with great hiking trails, leading you to rivers, waterfalls and natural pools.
Wake up to the mountain views enjoying the special energy of the early morning as Esther guides you through meditation.
When the weather supports it, some of the Meditation and Pranayama sessions can be taught outside in nature with the stunning views of the valley.
After breakfast, we will continue with a mindful flowing yoga practice that focuses on loosening the body as well as strengthening and stabilizing the body and easing the mind. Everybody can work at their own level.
After lunch we’ll have a break where you can relax by the swimming pool, rest in your cabin or go for walks in the beautiful surroundings of the centre.
In the late afternoon we come together for some more yoga and awareness practices. The afternoon focus will be on deeply relaxing and restoring the body and mind while beginning to open to the mystery of the present moment, which is made so easy in this beautiful place.
Please visit the D’alijo website to view more pictures of the centre, its facilities, and stunning surroundings.
Open to all levels
This retreat is open to all levels, but not for complete beginners. As a guideline, you should be able to follow the level 1 and level 1-2 classes on www.ekhartyoga.com with relative ease. It is important you know your boundaries and are aware when to back off to keep yourself safe.
If you are very new to yoga and want to join, please follow Esther’s Yoga for Beginners Course on Ekhartyoga.com and then practise some level 1 and level 1-2 classes to prepare.
- 08:00 – 09:00 Meditation and Pranayama
- 09:00 – 11:00 Breakfast and break – in silence
- 11:00 – 13:00 Yoga practice
- 13:00 – 17:00 Lunch and free time
- 17:00 – 18:30 / 19:00 Talks, Awareness practices/ Inquiries, Yin and/or Restorative yoga leading into Yoga Nidra
- 19:00 – 20:00 Dinner and free time
- 20:15 – Optional extra meditation or restorative yoga
Please note: To allow for restoration of body and mind we usually spend the mornings in silence until the morning yoga practice at 11:00.
Wednesday afternoon is free
Arrival is on Sunday Sept 18. You can check in from 14.00 onwards. We will come together for a grounding yoga practice in the evening to help everyone settle in. Departure is on Sunday Sept 25.
Costs per person in Euros.
- Shared accommodation – 2 people €1175
- Single with shared bathroom facilities €1285
- Single with own toilet and shower €1385
- Single luxury cabin €1485
The cost includes seven nights accommodation, great vegetarian meals served three times daily, coffee and tea plus the complete yoga, meditation and awareness program.
How to book
To book your space and for inquiries please use the contact box below and we will get back to you with further information about joining.
To secure your place you need to pay a non-refundable deposit of €350.
The remainder will be due by June 15th, 2022.
How to get there
Please arrange your travel so you arrive on September 18th – you can check in to your room from 14.00. We will have dinner together followed by a settling practice. Departure is on September 25th.
There are no public transport options directly to the retreat centre. However, if you are not travelling by plane you can take a metro, bus or shuttle from Porto city centre to Porto airport and then join a shared transfer.
The nearest airport is PORTUGAL PORTO AIRPORT. Transavia, Tap, Vueling, KLM, Ryan Air, all fly there.
Transfer time to the D’Alijo centre is 60 minutes by car from Porto airport. 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 three persons. 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 rentalcars.com or Transavia and RyanAir.
Please make sure you travel with valid travel insurance.
About Esther Ekhart
Esther is the founder of EkhartYoga.com. She has been practising yoga and meditation since she was a child and teaching for over 20 years. She brings her years of personal practice, therapy training and study of yoga philosophy into her teachings, creating a space for students to find peace and (re)connect with themselves and the present moment.