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Join House of Zen for a few days of a blissful yoga practice in a tranquil house by the beach! You will also be introduced to Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medicine with an over 5000-year history of healing. By acknowledging its principles and assessing your unique body and mind profile, you will be able to improve the quality of your health, living in closer harmony with the rhythms of the universe! Delicious healthy breakfast meals with fresh veggie and fruit juices will set your day to start with a bright, energetic feeling.
House of Zen has a 50-square meter rooftop terrace overlooking the sea and Cascais Marina that brings you the ocean breeze and a perfect setting to start the day with your daily yoga practice. Access to a 500-square meter garden of flowers and trees will awaken your senses. An indoor yoga shala, sunny balconies, and common areas will provide you with tranquility and space to relax, read a book, or meditate. Sound asleep is guaranteed in comfortable bedrooms with double or twin beds.
Brand new, minimalist design furniture garnishes each of House of Zen's six bedrooms, three large shared bathrooms, and additional toilet. The rooms are named after different plants and spices: Cinnamon, Bamboo, Shatavari, Ginger, and Neem. Cleanliness is this house's top priority and the bathrooms are cleaned twice daily. Rooms are shared in either double or twin basis. Accommodation services include cleaning service, shower and hand towels, shampoo and shower gel, individual shower, outing carpet, and drinking water.
Ayurveda is based on the deep respect for the body as the temple of the soul and develops itself as an intelligent, docile, adaptive, and preventive medicine, targeting for longevity, poise, and enlightenment.
Catia is a "lisboeta", meaning born in Lisbon. She enjoys teaching yoga with a focus on breathing techniques and mindfulness. She was certified in India, having traveled to Thailand and Australia where she took wellness training courses, including massage therapies. Catia believes cultivating yoga is a profound body, mind and soul expression, while the Universe and the alignments of the planets and stars influence each one of us. She teaches Hatha, Yoga Nidra, and Meditation and also leads meditative walks.
Michele Pó is a skilled Ayurveda therapist with a very intuitive approach to all her patients. She considers herself to be a faithful apprenticeship of Life ready to be surprised by the gifts that come to us daily and share them with others. She has studied Ayurveda mostly in Portugal, namely in the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Lisbon, and also in India. Michele also offers Reiki healing and Intuitive Astrology sessions.
Kimma simply loves teaching yoga. With lots of yoga teacher training courses from the US and Thailand, she is an experienced instructor teaching Hatha, gentle Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative and other styles. In her classes, you will be able to learn new insights on yoga philosophy and history and her own life experience. Originally from New Jersey, Kimma lived in Chiang Mai before moving to Portugal, attracted by the sunny weather and the beautiful sea in Estoril coastal area. She is also a certified Thai massage therapist, able to provide both relaxing and vigorous massage treatments.
Maryam Madantji is a registered general nurse and off time nurse. She is a yoga instructor and a food adviser. Maryam holds a second bachelors degree in European public health and a Masters of Health Food Innovation Management, both from Maastricht University. Aside from health and food nutrition, she is also a passionate Ashtanga and Vinyasa instructor at House of Zen, drawn by the philosophy and lifestyle of yoga. Her focus in this workshop is to offer awareness for a mindful, healthy, and balanced nutritional state.
Silvia loves teaching slow flow and Hatha, gentle approaches to the yoga asanas that focus on body alignment and self-awareness. She has a soothing melting voice and an inspiring filled with grace yoga practice. She is also leading House of Zen's outdoor meditative walks, offering new paths of well-being, mindfulness, and connection among all living beings. Silvia was born in Portugal but grew up and lived most of her life in California. She was trained as a yoga instructor in the US and has since then taught in Portugal exploring different styles and approaches to yoga practice.
Juliette found in yoga the place of her own tranquility and safety, essential to keep balance. She started teaching right after her instructor certification in Costa Rica and loves to share her thoughts and feelings about yoga during classes. Juliette teaches Hatha and Vinyasa, with both gentle and more intense versions of yoga practice. She has an East meets West background. Juliette was brought up in the beautiful island of Bali, and has also studied and lived in Germany. She loves the sea, the sun and the easy-going lifestyle of Portugal!
Coco is inspired by the brightness and colors of the rainbow. She was born French, but lived in London and also in South America, before moving to Portugal. Yoga changed her life profoundly when she was 20 years old, making her want to be a yoga teacher and pursuit her own yogi path. Certified in Hatha and Vinyasa, you can feel how passionate she is during her classes, while at the same time her tranquility and positive energy drive you throughout the practice that will always be accompanied by her beautiful smile.
Freedom and its infinite possibilities. This is what best describes Cathrine's lifestyle approach. Born in Norway, the land of the magical dark nights and memorable auroras, Cathrine brings in her own mystical, enticing aura into her classes, exploring the edges of the best version of yourselves. Her Vinyasa classes are challenging and vigorous. Practicing yoga since her 15 years old, yoga is a beautiful journey in body, mind, and spirit where there is no goal, only awareness. She did her teaching training in Sweeden, having years of experience in Norway, Southern Europe, including Portugal.
Located in a quiet neighborhood of Estoril, the House of Zen is a 400-meter walking distance to the beach and only 600 meters away from the nearest train station. Restaurants, supermarkets, banks, and other shops are also within walking distance.
Healthy, balanced, and delicious food is key. House of Zen believes that eating more vegetables and other plant-based, less processed, and chemically refined food products can contribute to a better health. They also do their best efforts to buy local products as a way to reduce the environmental impact of transportation. This is their small contribution toward a more sustainable and healthier lifestyle. During your retreat, a lacto-vegetarian breakfast is served. The breakfast is served between 09:30 and 10:30.
Lisbon Portela Airport
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Airport (LIS). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request for 45 EUR.
From Lisbon Airport (LIS), take the Red Line subway, and hop off at the end of the line at Alameda station. Afterward, take the Green Line subway and hop off at the end of the line at Cais do Sodré railway station. Take the train at Cais do Sodré railway station to Cascais direction. Hop off at São João do Estoril train station. From here, you might choose to walk 15 to 20 minutes to your destination or take a taxi.
If you choose walking, you can walk to Avenida Florinda Leal, turn right at Avenida Florinda Leal, and keep walking until the end of the road. Then, turn left at Rua João António Gaspar and turn on the second right to Rua do Monte Leite. Proceed right up through the street and turn on the second left to Rua Fernando Pessoa 2 to arrive at House of Zen.
From Cascais, take the train at Cascais train station to Lisbon direction and hop off at São João do Estoril train station. From here, you might choose to walk 15 to 20 minutes to your destination or take a taxi. If you choose walking, you can walk to Avenida Florinda Leal, turn right at Avenida Florinda Leal, and keep walking until the end of the road. Then, turn left at Rua João António Gaspar, turn on the second right to Rua do Monte Leite, proceed right up through the street, and turn on the second left to Rua Fernando Pessoa 2 to arrive at House of Zen.
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