December 27, 2020 – January 1, 2021

Saying goodbye to 2020 from the heart
New Year’s retreat.
Yoga and meditation on the beaches of Portugal.

Ericeira, Portugal

The end of a year is a special moment.

A moment to reflect on what we have learned and to close a cycle. A moment to let go of old emotional baggage and to start the next year lighter.
A momnet to take a break and to immerse ourselves in the full trust that life will continue offering beautiful moments.

In this retreat, we offer a space to say goodbye to 2020 near the sea, enjoying the calm and the nature. Without hustle and bustle, parties or social commitments. With a open heart and the willingness to share and to absorb the benefits of yoga, meditation and healthy eating.

We will share the practice we love, a gentle yoga practice that brings you back to yourself, to relax and to manage what you are living with equanimity. We will take care of everyone with attention, favoring that the practice adapts to your moment and your body responds with lightness and gratitude.

We will dive deep into meditation practice and guided relaxation, without effort, understanding that the mind is a powerful instrument that can be at our service, when we direct our attention to places of stillness.

You will learn to connect to your center when you need it. You will return home with tools to start a new year with more strength and tranquility.

We will also have time for ourselves, for resting, walking along the beach, observing the sea, the sunsets and the stars and absorbing the magic of this wonderful place.

Each day includes:

• Yoga for everyone: asana practice to revitalize, strengthen and empower your body. A more dynamic practice will be combined with yin type classes, where we will learn to feel and meditate on the postures.

• Conscious breathing or pranayama to bring clarity to your mind. Some practices will take place outdoors.

• Guided and silent meditation.

• Guided relaxation and energy therapy.

• Connection with nature: excursions to natural spaces, practising to observe the beauty of simplicity, to enjoy and to charge ourselves with the energy of the elements.

All activities will be carried out with the utmost care and in compliance with the Covid-19 prevention regulations.
Currently, there are no restrictions for entering in Portugal, nor tests or quarentine are required to enter by road or by plane.
(You can check this info in the official website of the EU: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/PRT/7001)
Once you register, you will receive the protocol that includes all the measures that will be carried out in the accommodation and in the activities.
We offer a special Covid-19 cancellation policy for this retreat. You can read it at the bottom of this page.

THE PLACE

We will stay in a beautiful villa, a Portuguese country house with a privileged location, overlooking the sea and the valley, in Ericeira.

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 winter walks.

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

We will practice in a newly built 120 m2 room, overlooking the sea and on its large terrace, when weather permitting it.

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, and 48 minutes north of Lisbon. You can get to Lisbon by direct flight from the main European cities. From Lisbon, we can help you to rent a private transport, that you can also share with other participants. You can also reach Ericeira by bus from Lisbon.
We will pick up the participants in Ericeira.

THE PROGRAM

The schedule may change depending on the duration of the outings and the weather conditions. Every night, before going to sleep, we will provide the next day’s schedules in detail.
The classes could be lead in both languages: English and Spanish.

Sunday, December 27. Check-in from 3:00 p.m.

-16.30 – Welcome.

-17.30 – 19.00. Introductory class

-20.00 – Dinner

Every day, from December 28th.

-08.30 – 10.30 Yoga and meditation

-11.00 – 12.00 Brunch

-12.30 – 17.00 Excursion / beach and free time

-17.30 – 19.30 Gentle yoga / pranayama / meditation / guided relaxation practice / myofascial release

-19.30 – 20.30 Dinner

-21.00 – 22.00 Time to share

-22.00 Rest

Thursday, December 31st.

-08.30 – 10.30 Yoga and meditation

-11.00 – 12.00 Brunch

-12.30 – 17.00 Excursion / beach free time

-18.00 – 19.30. Gentle yoga / pranayama

-20.00 – 22.30 End of the year dinner.

-23.00 Meditation and Ritual – Saying goodbye to the year from the heart

Friday, January 1st.

-09.00 – 10.30 Starting 2021 in a healthy way: Yoga & closing activity.

-11.00 -12.00 Brunch.

-12.00. Leaving the venue.

THE TEACHERS

Laura Méndez – Lakshmi y Paloma Dorado

Laura is a yoga teacher, traveler and continuous yoga student.

She has been teaching yoga in classes, workshops and retreats since 2011 and has been practicing it for more than 18 years.

Before becoming a full time travelling yoga teacher, she worked as an interpreter in Brussels for the European Commission. Yoga helped her balance a stressful job and slowly took more and more space in her life.

Her first training in Hatha yoga, led her to continue deepening and training in Yin yoga, myofascial liberation, Ayurvedic yoga and more, spending long periods of time in India practicing with her teachers.

Her personal practice has evolved from a demanding Ashtanga practice to a gentler Hatha yoga practice.

In her classes you will enjoy a mixture of different styles, with special attention to conscious breathing.
Accessible classes, with modifications for all levels, from the practice of ahimsa (do not harm) and the complete acceptance of each student.

As a certified coach and NLP teacher, she also guides people on their own journey towards self-awareness and personal growth.

Her main motivation, helping busy and stressed people find a way to deeply relax through the effective and powerful techniques of yoga, has led her to conduct retreats in different places in Asia and Europe, offering her students a way to connect with its center and with nature.

Paloma started to pratice meditation 20 years ago, guided by a deep wish of understanding human nature.
Passionate about the relationship between science and spirituality, she studied Physical Sciences, and later, worked for the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN), located in Geneva.

At the same time, she trained as a therapist in several energy therapies and energy healing, such as Metamorphic Technique, Reiki, and Mystic Therapy.
After her first meditation retreats, at the age of 22, she found her Spiritual Master, whose guidance and teaching continues to be very present in her day to day life.

She collaborates with the meditation instructor Javier de Salas, as an assistant in retreats and workshops in Spain, United Kingdom, Japan, Hong Kong and Bali, including the Asia Yoga Conference and the Om Yoga Show festival, in London.

In search of a conscious approach to yoga, she immersed in Nayana Yoga School’s training, enjoying of extending the time in each pose, gently and meditatively.
She deepened her yoga education with a yin yoga teacher training. She approached the study of Vedanta, in the Sama Yoga School, training as a yoga teacher in this authentic, soft and deep style, which combines classic Hatha yoga asanas with postures of Chi Kung and mantras.

She currently directs Shama Retreats, a company dedicated to organizing yoga and meditation retreats in nature, together with national and international teachers.

PRICES

It includes:

  • Accommodation in double studios with kitchen, double rooms or single rooms, all with private bathroom and terrace (6 days, 5 nights)
  • Delicious vegetarian food, with local and mostly organic products, cooked by our Portuguese chef, with great experience in healthy eating (Brunch and dinner).
  • Coffee, teas, fruit, nuts and purified water available all day.
  • Use of all the facilities of the villa.
  • All classes and activities of the program.
  • Outings to the most beautiful beaches and walks along the paths of the Ericeira coast.

On request upon arrival (additional cost):

  • Different types of massages and individual therapies.

Not included:

  • Transport to the venue. If you wish, we will help you to get in touch with other participants to share the trip  from Lisbon (Lisbon – Ericeira: 1 hour)

SPECIAL OFFER: € 80 discount for the first places, until December 14.

Price per person:

  • Option 1: Accommodation in a double room for triple use, with private bathroom and terrace (3 single beds): € 660 per person until December 14 / € 740 per person until December 14 (Only 2 triple rooms available)
  • Option 2: Accommodation in a double room for double use, with private bathroom and terrace (2 single beds or a double bed): € 690 per person until Dec 14 / € 770 per person until Dec 14.
  • Option 3: Accommodation in a double apartment, for single use, with one bedroom, private bathroom, kitchen and terrace (double bed): € 870 per person until Dec 14 / € 950 per person until Dec 14.

Don’t you know if this retreat is for you? Call us at +34627419996 or write to 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.

If you want to know more about us, you can also read the opinions of our participants.