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Sat, 19 Oct


Serra de Monchique

7 days silent zen meditation and yin yoga retreat, monchique, algarve, portugal

Join us at Karuna Retreat Centre, in Serra de Monchique, Algarve, Portugal for a 8 days / 7 nights Sesshin (Zen meditation retreat).

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7 days silent zen meditation and yin yoga retreat, monchique, algarve, portugal
7 days silent zen meditation and yin yoga retreat, monchique, algarve, portugal

Time & Location

19 Oct 2019, 3:00 pm – 26 Oct 2019, 3:00 pm

Serra de Monchique, Serra de Monchique, 8550, Portugal

About The Event

The first six days will be spent in silence and the schedule will include zazen (seated meditation), Kinhin (walking meditation), Yin Yoga and dharma talks by our teacher Hamid.

Traditionally at the end of a silent retreat, the participants all leave with a little time to discuss the thoughts and feelings that came up for them during the silence.

However, at this retreat, we will have a group meeting on the last day, during which time we can share and open up with regards to whatever we have processed during the meditation sessions.

We can explore further different aspects of the teachings to offer a framework to help you make better sense of your experience, so as to support incorporating it into your daily lives.

This is an opportunity to spend time away from distractions and dedicate yourself wholeheartedly to meditation.

When the ripples of an over-active mind are calmed as you focus your attention on the present, the look you take at your life deepens.

Connecting your mind through Zen meditation will help you see the world and yourself with a greater sense of clarity.

7 day intensive silent meditation retreat with dharma teachings, group encounters and yin yoga


Hamid has been a student of Zen for over twenty years and was ordained as a monk in 2000. He is a disciple of Zen Master Ryotan Tokuda who in 2012 gave him sanction to teach. Hamid is a counsellor in practice. He has spent over ten years in India and Indonesia where he has taught meditation, philosophy and comparative spirituality.

The teachings are inspired by both Eastern and Western spirtiaul traditions, particularly Zen Buddhism.


Karuna Retreat Center is a dedicated mediation retreat centre located in the green and scented mountains of Serra de Monchique in the Algarve. Serra the Monchique is known for it’s healing thermal water, medicinal plants, pure air and lush green landscapes. The Retreat Center offers a stunning view over Portugal's southern coast and the Atlantic Ocean and is just 20 minutes away from pristine beaches and less than 10 minutes away from the picturesque village of Monchique and Caldas de Monchique (Thermal SPA). Karuna is amongst one of the most secluded and silent places in this area and is home to a variety of local flora and fauna. The Retreat Center’s property is isolated and perfect for those in search of silence, seclusion and peace.


680 euros per person

Deposit of 340 euros payable to secure your place and a further 340 euros payable in cash on arrival.


Limited to 20 people


Accommodation - single bed in a shared room

Food - Three beautiful and healthy vegetarian meals provided each day


Flights and transport to the accommodation (details to follow).

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