June 25 – 30, 2023

"The way of the heart"

Mantra and Yoga Retreat
with Kevin James
Ericeira, Portugal

If you feel the need to be more connected to your heart, to give it space to grow in you, to listen and be guided to greater joy and freedom, then join us on this Heart-opening retreat and immerse yourself in the healing and expansive power of mantras, yoga and nature.

We will utilise the transforming power of mantras and heartsongs, guided by the well-known singer and songwriter Kevin James, as a vehicle that allows you to ease-fully, joyfully, and effectively, feel more open and connected to your heart.

Be gently guided by Kevin’s soothing and touching voice, guitar and flutes, and Susana’s gentle sounds of the harmonium.

Take this energy home with you afterwards and bring more joy and heart into your life.

What this retreat is about?

Everyday you will be chanting mantras and we will also introduce you to a beautiful practice to activate your chakras (energy centres), together, using unique and simple but yet very powerful, voice exercises.

There will also be daily gentle yoga classes (Hatha and Yin), that brings you back to yourself, to harmonize and relax and time for resting and balance.

Nature will support us in this transformative gathering, sharing the special magic, silence, pure air and clear water of Ericeira.

The daily program will be enriched with trips to the most special natural places and trekkings out of the turistic tracks, organized by us with care and love, to allow you to discover this beautiful region of Portugal without having to plan, prepare, think how to reach each spot or pay any extra.(*)

The retreat will be held in English. (It could include simultanous translation into Spanish in case there were some Spanish speakers)

All classes, accomodation, 3 meals per day, all excursions and transport during the trips are included. (*)

Why mantras?

Mantras are like a mandala in word form, reflecting harmony and beauty.

Singing and emotion are interlinked, so when you sing mantras, they organise your emotions in a harmonious and beautiful way that then transfers to harmonise and calm our mind and nervous system, bringing us into a state of equilibrium.

One of the main reasons chanting has such a powerful healing effect on people is because it works on us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, at the same time.

Kevin will share his knowledge and experience to allow you to bring the practice of chanting into your daily life as a way to help you stay connected to your heart while navigating your way to living your dream.

“After more than 8 years of experience holding chanting retreats all around the world, I’ve witnessed the healing power of chanting everyday and we would love to share this experience with you. I’ve seen over and over that no matter where you are in your self-discovery path, these deeply nourishing days together will always help you get closer to your Heart” Kevin James



Kevin James is an Australian singer-songwriter and an experienced Chant leader, who brings Devotional music to the World in a way that is free from religious dogma.

He travels continuously sharing his presence and heartfelt voice with people from many different cultures and religions throughout the world.

His particular music style is characterized by fusing English lyrics with potent Mantras from around the world. He has created what he calls ¨Heartsongs¨: songs in English that transmit the depths of Eastern philosophy, delivered in a way that is joyful and accessible to all.

Practicing Bhakti Yoga (The yoga of devotion) since his first visit to India in 1990, Kevin James now leads chanting circles, a powerful group experience of reconnection to Oneself, and workshops in yoga festivals and studios all over the world.

Nowadays, he continues the same path with his wife Susana (playing harmonium) holding Events and Retreats, in their vision of Connection to the Heart as a way towards living a more harmonious life.

You can find more and listen Kevin’s music in: www.kevinjamesmusic.com



Paloma started practising meditation 20 years ago, guided by a desire to understand human nature. Passionate about the relationship between science and spirituality, she studies Physical Sciences, and later, she works for the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN), located in Geneva.

At the same time, she trained as a therapist in various energy techniques and therapies, and collaborates with the meditation instructor Javier de Salas as an assistant, in retreats and workshops in Spain, the United Kingdom, Japan, Hong Kong and Bali, including the Asia Yoga Conference and the Om Yoga Show, in London .

She immerses herself in the practice of yoga and trainned as a Sama Yoga teacher, a soft and deep style, which combines classic Hatha yoga asanas with Chi Kung postures and mantras, and as a yin yoga teacher.

Guided by her love for yoga and meditation, she founded Shama Retreats, as a conscious life project, where she shares spaces for practice, rest and connection. Nowadays, Shama Retreats, is a small company which organizes around 16 yoga and meditation retreats per year in nature, in Spain and Portugal, in collaboration with international teachers.

Share these days of Heartsongs
and yoga with us


We will stay in an unique villa reseved exclusively for our group. A Portuguese country house with a privileged location, overlooking the sea and the valley.

The villa is located on an 11-hectare estate, among pine trees and fruit trees, surrounded by silence, tranquility and a starry sky. The farm has an organic garden, with production of lemons, figs, oranges, peaches, persimmons, quinces, etc.

Walking along a beautiful 20-minute walk, you reach the wide natural beach of San Lorenzo, perfect for walks and for a quiet swimn.

The villa has single, double rooms and apartments, all with private bathroom and terrace.

We will practice in a newly built 120 m2 rooftop yoga shala,  fully equipped,  overlooking the sea, which we allow us to practice with amazing views.

A unique paradise to integrate your practice, rest, eat consciously and allow yourself to be healed by nature and relaxation.

How to get there?

The venue is located 10 minutes from Ericeira.

You can reach this beautiful place in just 50min from Lisbon airport

There are direct and affordable flight options to Lisbon from most European main cities.

If you want to have a taxi from the airport to the retreat venue, we can group you with other participants in a group taxi, so you can have an easier and cheaper trip.
Groups taxis will be available from the airport to the venue, round trip, on the arrival and departure days.

If you want to join the group taxi, please take into account this schedule before planning your trip.

  • June 25: Group taxis will leave Lisbon airport at 14.30
  • June 30: Group taxis will leave the venue to Lisbon airport at 12.00

Let us know in your registration form (or later by email, until 2 weeks before the retreat), if you are interested in having a place in the group taxi. The prices will vary (from 10 € to 40 € per person) depending on the number of people who book.

We will confirm you the service and the price, one week before the retreat.

You can also reach Ericeira by bus from Lisbon city and later take a taxi from Ericeira to the venue (only a 10 min drive).

Please, remember the check in is at 15.30 (we can’t arrive before to the venue)


In this retreat we will focus especially on opening and connecting with our own hearts.
Kevin and Susana’s way of facilitating is a delicate balance of being inclusive, safe, profound yet also light hearted and fun.

This retreat is specifically easeful, with their philosophy of “Each in their own time and in their own way”, which makes you feel that you can be yourself and do what feels right for you.

There’s nothing pushed onto you or held back from you, just everything you need to take some time for yourself in a supportive environment to grow.

Sunday, June 25

14.30 – Transport leaving the airport to the retreat venue

15.30 – Check-in

16.30 – 18.30 Welcome Circle. Introduction to the retreat

19.30 – Dinner


From Monday, June 26 – Wednesday, June 28

08.00 – 09.15 Hatha Yoga

09.30 – Breakfast

10.30 – 13.30 Outdoor group activities (Excursions/Beach/Trekking) or Chakra Tuning Voice Exploration

14.00 – Lunch

15.00 – 16.30 Rest/Enjoy the place/Swimming-pool

16.45 – 19.30 Chanting Circle and/or Yoga Nidra/Yin yoga

19.30 – Dinner

Thursday, June 29

08.00 – 09.15 Hatha Yoga

09.30 – Breakfast

10.30 – 13.30 Outdoor group activities (Excursions/Beach/Trekking) or Chakra Tuning Voice Exploration

14.00 – Lunch

15.00 – 16.30 Rest/Enjoy the place/Swimming-pool

17.30 – 19.30 Special Event: Open Chanting Circle

20.00 – Dinner

Friday, June 30

08.00 – 09.15  Hatha Yoga

09.15 – Breakfast

10.30 – 12.00 Chanting and closing activity

12.00 – Check-out 

The check-in, and check-out times and the starting and ending tims of the retreat, are fixed. We appreciate that you organize your trip in such a way that you can adjust to the arrival and departure times.

The daily schedule can change depending on the weather conditions, the duration of the trips and other unforeseen factors



We will have an open chanting circle for people not attending the retreat, but who wish to share with us this afternoon of chanting mantras together.

Thursday, June 29, 2023. 20h (8 pm)

Price: 25€

You can buy your place here to just attend the Open Chanting Circle (only for people not going to the retreat):


Through singing together Kevin and Susanna creates a sacred space guiding us deeper into our hearts to that place where we can safely rest regardless of life’s circumstances. Annelie Janson

It was a truly amazing retreat where I felt grounded, calm and joyful. I love singing together! That really helps to connect to the heart and the inner voice. Hanna Rydén

An unforgettable experience of a deep connection with my heart with the help of the energy and warm and loving voice of Kevin.” Inés Bustamante

A real journey, getting deeper and deeper to the core, practicing letting go/releasing what does not serve us and working on acceptance and love. The combination of music, mantras, sense of sangha (community) and being in nature is so powerful and healing, it’s what we all need so much in these times.” Marina Kalisky

Conect with your natural joy and hapiness

Package Includes

Package includes:

  • Accommodation in single, double or triple rooms with ensuite bathroom and large private terrace. All rooms are spacious and confortable.
  • Healthy vegetarian food, using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients prepared by an experienced chef specialized in healthy nutrition. 3 meals per day
  • All classes, chakra tuning voice exploration and chanting circles with Kevin James and Susana.
  • Daily yoga classes (Hatha yoga, yin yoga and yoga nidra) with Paloma Dorado.
  • Trips to some of the most pure, tranquil and beautiful natural beaches and trekkings.
  • Transport on the excursions.

On request (at additional cost, on request at arrival):

  • Several types of massages and energy healing

Not included:

  • Flights tickets and travel insurance.
  • Transport from/to Lisbon airport.(Please check the timetable of the group transport in the program section before booking your flight tickets)


Total Price per person. All inclusive



One place in a large triple shared room with ensuite bathroom and private terrace

Total price per person
(all inclusive)

1140 €



A place in a double shared room with ensuite bathroom and private terrace

Total price per person
(all inclusive)

1280 €



A large room or apartment with ensuite bathroom, kitchen and private terrace (single occupation)

Total price per person
(all inclusive)

1480 €

Booking and payment policy:

– To book and secure your place, we request a 300 € deposit.

– You can click on the blue button “Book your place” below, fill in your data and pay the deposit online.

– Once the payment  is made, your place will be reserved (you will recieve a confirmation email)

– The balance should be paid before May 1. If you book your place after that date, the full payment of the retreat will be requested.

– If you come alone and want to stay in a double room, you will share with a person of the same sex.
IMPORTANT: We can not guarantee that you will have a roommate (sometimes we are odd or there aren’t people request a shared room).

In the unlikely event that there isn’t any other person whom you can share the room with, you can have the room for your own but you will be requested to pay the price of a single room.

Cancelation policy:

– If you cancel at any moment before March 1, we will refund you the full amount paid, except the deposit, which could be used as a credit for another retreat during the next 2 years.

– If your cancellation takes place between March 1 and May 1, we will refund the total amount you have paid, less the deposit. The deposit won’t be refunded or be used as a credit.

– If your cancellation takes place after May 1, once you have done the full payment, your payment won’t be refunded. But you can keep the 50% of your payment in a voucher for a future retreat. The voucher will be valid for 2 years in any of our retreats.

– If your cancellation takes after May 24, your payment won’t be refunded.

– At any moment, you could hand your booking over to some other person (friend, relative, colleague…etc), who would like to join the retreat and stay in the same type of bedroom.

– In the unlikely event that the retreat has to be canceled, we will be refund the full amount paid in less than 7 working days.

– Your personal expenses, such as flight tickets or any other cost that wouldn’t has paid directly to us, won’t be refund.
Most travelling insurances covers all your expenses (flight tickets, the payment of the retreat, accomodations cost if you stay before or after the retreat in Spain, etc), if you have to cancel your trip. They are unexpensive and they could be a good option to insure your trip.

Any questions? Write us: info@shamaretreats.com

Don’t know if this retreat is for you? Call us at +34 627419996 or write to us at info@shamaretreats.com and tell us what you are looking for.

Communicating and asking all the questions you need is the best way to check if what we offer fits with what you want or feel like at this moment.