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Sun, 02 July


Centro de Retiros Karuna

8 day silent zen meditation and yin yoga retreat in algarve, portugal (1)

a week of slowing down, dwelling in and creating deep connections with self, others and the world through the practice of zazen and yin yoga.

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8 day silent zen meditation and yin yoga retreat in algarve, portugal (1)
8 day silent zen meditation and yin yoga retreat in algarve, portugal (1)

Time & Location

02 July 2023, 5:00 pm GMT+1 – 09 July 2023, 2:00 pm GMT+1

Centro de Retiros Karuna, Centro Retiros Karuna Apartado 1, 8550-000, Portugal

About the event

Join us at Karuna Retreat Centre, in Serra de Monchique, Algarve, Portugal for an 8 days / 7 nights silent zen meditation and yin yoga retreat.

The first seven days will be spent in silence and the schedule will include zazen (seated meditation), Kinhin (walking meditation), mindful walk in the nearby hills, Yin Yoga and dharma talks by Annetje Jikai Brunner .

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.

For a sense of the atmosphere on our retreats, click here to watch a short video from a recent retreat in Monchique, Portugal.


Annetje Jikai Brunner

Jikai (1961) is a zen teacher from the Netherlands. She began her zen practice over 30 years ago. Jikai received Dharma Transmission from Irène Kaigetsu Bakker Sensei in the White Plum Lineage of Maezumi Roshi. She teaches in the Zen Spirit Sangha, in zen retreats and on online platforms mainly in the Netherlands. Jikai lives the life of a lay person and is a monk at heart. She divides her time and energy between the contemplative field of silence and social action.  She works as a psychologist, mindfulness and compassion trainer and coach.

Jikai is her second Dharma name, meaning 'compassion ocean'. Her first teacher gave her the Dharma name Mokudo which means 'silent way'. Both names she considers a huge gift and also continuous practice. Jikai is known to provide a safe and compassionate space for all meditation practitioners. She is married to Paul, and together they are blessed with three wonderful daughters, who are in their twenties. (website in Dutch)

Helen Briggs

Originally from the UK, Helen has been in the Algarve for 4 years, and has recently opened her third Yoga Studio.

Helen been practicing yoga and meditation for over 35 years now, exploring the physical and the spiritual aspects of yoga and experiencing many different “styles” of yoga and meditation around the world.  She took her first Yoga Teacher Training Course in 2003 with the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, going on to take further certifications in Yin, Restorative, Vinyasa Yoga and Yoga for Pregnancy and Children.

Helen has been teaching full time for 17 years, drawing on her extensive experience of the different yoga traditions. She aims to provide clients with a safe and supportive environment in which to explore, heal and transform their inner world, allowing them to fully experience their outer world with love, joy and gratitude.


Karuna Retreat Center is a dedicated meditation 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.


750 euros per person. Deposit of 150 euros payable to secure your place and the remaining sum of 600 euros to be paid 30 days before the start of the retreat.


Limited to 30 people.


Accommodation - single bed in a shared double or triple room.

Food - Three beautiful and healthy vegetarian meals provided each day. Unlimited water, beverages and fruits.

All the retreat activites.


Travel insurance, flights and transport to the retreat center. We will contact everyone before the retreat to arrange shared transport to the centre at a very affordable price.


Up to 30 days before the retreat: 50% of your deposit will be refunded or transferred to a future retreat.

Less than 30 days before the retreat: The deposit is non-refundable but can be transfered to another retreat.

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