Empower Yourself with Yoga and Energy Retreat, Portugal 30.04-06.05.2018

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Awake Your Power with Yoga and Energy Retreat in Portugal (30.04-06.05.2018)

Inspire, Grow, Shine

  • Would you like to feel energized, revitalized and build up overall strength?
  • Do you need a break and escape from busy town?
  • Looking for boosting your confidence and reducing stress?

Why this retreat?

Combining various movement, mindfulness and breath-orientated as well as meditative yoga traditions, the aim of Retreatself is to help individuals reach their full potential by living life with greater awareness.

This program is designed for everyone who is looking to nourish their health and reconnect with their true nature.

Explore a unique wellness experience of energizing, strengthening and revitalizing with daily yoga, meditation, energy training classes, Pilates, self-development workshops, holistic treatments and healthy meals.

If you wish to come along with your partner we also have a place for you and you will be able to enjoy both your holistic practice and the pleasure of sharing. An opportunity to let healthy practices be your daily companion, meet new people, reconnect with nature and have precious time for yourself.



Buddha Retreats is a yoga center in Portugal 70km north of Lisbon in the picturesque village of Columbeira. That is a place where guests can relax and recharge and slow down from the often fast-paced daily life and take care of body and mind.
Besides yoga, the center offers healthy and yummy food. Our retreat starts with a healthy and energizing breakfast in the morning and end with everyone enjoying dinner together in the evening. Most of the meals are prepared with ingredients out of the veggie garden and bought fresh from the local markets.

The spacious gardens surrounding Buddha Retreats make sure that there is more than enough space for everyone to enjoy their stay.

The property consists of the main house, several additional buildings, terraces, an indoor and outdoor yoga studio, a swimming pool, a small river, fruit trees, a meditation garden and rural land. The gardens surrounding the main house have around 5000 m2 and offer enough space to relax.



This beautiful Island sits in the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of North Africa and enjoys sunshine ? one of the reasons that makes this lovely island such a hotspot for millions of tourists every year.  This island has so much more to offer – great weather, get lost in the nature and relax with retreatself.com for better experience.


Portugal may be only a small country, but the variety of its landscapes enormous. From the towering mountains to the vast plains, from the wide sandy beaches with their gently rolling waves to the jagged coastline battered by rough seas, the country has a little of everything.


Portuguese cuisine is typically hearty, relying on fresh ingredients. From the mountains in the north to the rolling hills and plains of the south, Portugal offers a wide range of culinary delights, many with artistic displays of lobsters, shrimp, oysters, and crabs.


Buddha Eden – the largest oriental garden in Europe, can be found. The oriental garden with around 35 hectares of land was created as a reaction to the destruction of the Buddhas of Banyan, in which one of the greatest acts of cultural




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Tue 1st of May


Energy opening class

“Discover Your Brain”


Free time

Zen yoga



Free time / treatments

Wed 2nd of May


Morning tea & snacks

Energizing class


Free time / treatments

Qigong class



Free time / treatments

Thu 3rd of May


Morning tea & snacks

Power yoga


Free time / treatments

Energizing class



Free time / treatments

Fri 4th of May


Morning tea & snacks

Revitalizing class


“Empower Yourself” workshop

Free time / treatments

Meridian Pilates



Free time / treatments

Sat 5th of May


Morning tea & snacks

Balancing yoga


Free time / treatments

Visit Garden



Free time / treatments

DAY 1: Monday 30th April 2018

Introduction day

You will be picked – up from the airport. If you arrive in the morning/ afternoon, you will have enough of time to settle down and explore the place. In the evening you will have a dinner and introduction session with first meditation.

DAY 7: Sunday 6th May 2018

Theme: RELAX

  • 8.15 Morning tea & snacks
  • 8.30 Restorative yoga
  • 9.30 Meditation
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Closing ceremony
  • 11:30 Free time
  • 12:00 Departure

Mindfulness means maintaining awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and the surrounding environment.

Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them – without believing, for instance, that there is a right or wrong way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we?re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.

Mindfulness will be the heart of the whole week, the atmosphere will be relaxed and playful and the schedule is designed to give participants an integrated and safe engagement. This will be a great boost for those with an existing practice and a wonderful start for those new to mindfulness.

Here are some of these benefits:

Mindfulness is good for:

  • our bodies by boosting the immune system?s ability to fight off illness,
  • our minds by increasing positive emotions.
  • helps us focus
  • enhances relationships
  • decrease depression, anxiety, stress level

Yoga is an ancient art based on a harmonizing system of development for the body, mind, and spirit. The continued practice of yoga will lead you to a sense of peace and well-being, and also a feeling of being at one with their environment. The practice of yoga makes the body strong and flexible, it also improves the functioning of the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, and hormonal systems. Yoga brings about emotional stability and clarity of mind. In the practice of Yoga, the ultimate aim is one of self-development and self-realization.

You will experience different types of meditation to give you more time by making your mind calmer and more concentrated. Even fifteen minute breathing meditation can help you to overcome anxiety and find some inner peace and balance. Guided meditation can also help you to understand your own mind and learn how to transform negative thinking to positive, from anxious to peaceful. The purpose of meditation is to make your mind free from worries and mental discomfort.

We are aware that the way you breathe affects your whole body and together with meditation you will explore yourself and learn how to relieve anxiety and boost your mood with powerful relaxation techniques.

“Ki” – vital energy, the basic life force in the body. Ki is the bridge linking the body and mind, moving and flowing freely.

Connect your body and mind to be more balanced and calm. Find the way how to replace the heavy emotion with inner joy. You will learn a higher sensitivity for your energy to increase overall well-being and health with satisfaction. Coordination of breath, motion, and mind. You will activate your meridian system & increase the energy capacity.

Full, deep breathing is a good way to reduce tension, feel relaxed, and reduce stress. It’s changing nature – fast, shallow, slow, deep – teaches us to become familiar with changing states and noticing what comes before and after can give us helpful feedback. It is natural process – with inhaling you reborn, with exhale part of you die.

Breathing becomes an anchor for our distracted thoughts and emotions – it will be always there.

Let this powerful method help you to explore yourself and learn how to boost your mood with powerful relaxation techniques.

We will open the retreat with “Energy Opening” class, based on meridian exercises, breathing to help you to release stagnant energy.

You are going to learn about energy system, meridians to better understand how it works and how powerful it can be. You will find the way how to replace ‘heavy emotion’ with inner joy and feel lighter.

“Empower Yourself” coaching session will teach you how to develop confidence and healthy self-image as a person. You will discover more about your personality and talents you have. You will find the enormous potential within yourself and gain the power to fulfill your dreams. You will learn about the technics how to make things done, how to attract an abundance of what you want in your life. We will do visualizations and conceptual work.


ewa szczepaniakEWA SZCZEPANIAK
I am a Yoga Teacher and Shiatsu Practitioner. I work on body’s energy channels to improve the functions of inner organs by using technics like yoga, meditation, qi-gong and shiatsu massage. My main focus is on the awareness of body, mind and soul. I promote the consciousness way of living and believe in our inner power that can create the life we want. I support people in the process of change, self-discovery and awaking. My intention is to share the knowledge and expierence I have to inspire others and to lead them to the happiness.

I am Wellness Coach, Holistic Therapist, and Personal Trainer. I promote a healthy balanced lifestyle to help people reach their potential, both in a personal and professional capacity. I focus on conscious living and creating a space for people that need support in their process of change. My approach is to inspire people to grow and feel happier. I believe through my committed efforts, passion for life and combined knowledge, I will contribute to a better society by bringing helpful, practical solutions, and I love what I do


Single Room

Regular price: €790 per person


Double or Twin Room Room

Regular price: €690 per person

Early Bird price: €599 per person


Twin Room Room with private bathroom & terrace

Regular price: €750 per person

Early Bird price: €699 per person


Triple Room with private bathroom & terrace

Regular price: €720 per person

Early Bird price: €679 per person



Dream of going to this retreat, but can’t afford it right now? Don’t put your plans off forever, just spread the cost of your retreat. Book your name and just pay the deposit of €150 of your total price.

  • • 6 nights accommodation in the stunning Buddha Retreat Centre
    • delicious daily breakfast feast
    • daily healthy lunch
    • wholesome, healthy dinners at the villa
    • daily meditation and yoga practice
    • daily energy classes
    • one individual holistic treatment introduction
    • 2 workshops (“Discover your brain” & “Empower Yourself”)
  • relax in the garden
  • take a holistic treatment with Gosia
  • take a Shiatsu massage with Ewa
  • visit beaches
  • visit markets and local villages
  • travel around the countryside
  • swim in the pool
  • surfing classes

You can book your retreat

  • via money transfer
    to the GERMAN account:
    Ewa Szczepaniak
    IBAN: DE57100700240244707600
    or IRISH account:
    Malgorzata Wojciulewicz
    IBAN: IE30AIBK93104731304182
    Single Room 790 EUR
    Double Room 690 EUR
    Triple Room 650 EUR
    transfer title: Portugal September + name + room type


1.1 These Terms and Conditions apply to any bookings a person makes with Retreatself, the person agrees that these Terms and Conditions shall apply in full to the delivery of the treatment or retreat and that they form part of the contract between the person and Retreatself.

1.2 No variation of these Terms and Conditions shall apply unless confirmed in writing by or on behalf of the Director of Retreatself. These Terms & Conditions are subject to change at the discretion of Retreatself without notice.

1.3 Retreatself shall not be liable for any loss, damages, costs, claims, demands, expenses or liabilities of whatsoever nature arising out of the delivery of the treatment or retreat to a person as a result of their act or omission including but not limited to the following:

  • The person failure to follow any oral or written instructions or recommendations in relation to the retreat/class/treatment.
  • The person supplies to Retreatself any information that is inaccurate, false, misleading or out of date.
  • Any loss or damage to any personal items and valuables which the person brings to a treatment, class, retreat


2.1 The website (http://retreatself.com) is operated by us.

2.3 All of our Teachers are fully qualified Tutors, Instructors and Evaluators and their biographies and qualifications are listed on our website at retretaself.com


3.1 Participants are eligible for the Retreatself services if they are at least 16 years of age. If participants are under 18 years of age, all Course correspondence and payment transactions will be carried out with a parent or guardian.

3.2 Retreatself approves the principles of equal opportunity. Eligibility criteria for all services are applied equally to all participants regardless of age, race, national origin, sexual preferences or orientation, or disability.

3.3 Retreatself  provides a comprehensive support service for students with a disability. Students with recognised disadvantages or disabilities may be given special consideration.

3.4 Applicants need to notify us during the registration process if they suffer from any condition, injury or disability that is not self-diagnosed.

3.5 Retreatself approves class, treatment, and retreat participants with pre-existing injuries, on the condition that a physician’s note is provided and the person participating has a clear knowledge of their ability to perform the practical components of the class, retreat or treatment. The participant enrols on any offers at their own risk and worsening of such injury will not be the responsibility of Retreatself.

3.6 The default language for all Retreatsels is English (optional Polish, German).


4.1 All participants are required to register for the courses only via our website or e-mail.

4.2 Applicants are responsible for any mistakes they make whilst filling in their personal information during the registration process.

4.3 The applicant is responsible for notifying Retreatself of any changes to their address, phone number, etc. The notification has to be formally made via email with a scanned proof of change, e.g. any type of bill or document that contains the new address.

4.4 After submitting an application, you will receive an e-mail from us acknowledging that we have received your application, along with all the information required for your retreat or treatment.

4.5 The retreat or classes dates can be found on the Retreatself website. Once registered on a retreat, class, treatment the Applicant agrees to participate in all the dates. It is the duty of the


5.1 All customers will be required to sign to say they have read and understood these Terms and Conditions and if applicable the additional terms and conditions relating to payment by instalments given on the first day of their course.

5.4 All bookings will be confirmed by Retreatself in writing to the email provided at registration.

5.5 All payments due to Retreatself shall be made without any deduction whether by way of set-off, counterclaim, discount, abatement, bank charges or otherwise.

5.7 Retreatself will send receipts to the email address provided during the registration process in electronic format only, upon receiving payment.

5.8 Any amounts of money paid that are not used for a booking any treatment, class, retreat within one year of the date of payment will be forfeited.


6.1 All Course places are subject to availability and are available on a first come, first served basis.

6.2 Before paying any deposit or treatment/class/retreat fees, applicants must ensure that they have read all the information available regarding services. Please contact Retreatself if you have any additional questions before you book and pay the deposit.

6.3 The retreat/treatment fees listed on the website are subject to change. Participants are required to pay the fees listed on the website at the time of their registration.

6.5 If a retreat/ treatment has been booked as a “special offer” including ?Early Bird?, the fees must be paid in full on the day of the booking or the place will be lost.

6.7 Multiple discounts cannot be cumulated on one retreat/treatment. No additional discount can be applied that is already advertised as a “special offer” including ?Early Bird?. Vouchers and special discount codes can only be used against the regular price of a course.

6.11 Retreat accept payments by Visa, Visa Debit, MasterCard, American Express and Bank Transfer.


7.1 Retreatself is fully entitled to change the location of the retreat, prior to or after the planned commencement date due to foreseen and unforeseen circumstances that may occur, and prior to or during a course for the benefit of our clients and the company.

7.2 All our locations are rented. If we have to change the Location due to circumstances that are out of our control, we will notify the customers promptly and we will strive for the change to be made to another location in the same city.

7.3 If the retreat location is changed, Retreatself is not responsible for any additional travel arrangements participants may have to make.

7.4 If during a retreat/ treatment, a participant damages any equipment or any part of the building, the participant will be liable and will deal directly with the location’s proprietors. Retreatself will not be held liable for such damage.


8.1 In the unlikely event that Retreatself has to cancel a retreat without being able to offer alternative dates, Retreatself will provide a refund up to the value of the retreat/ treatment. Transportation and flight ticket costs will not be covered.

8.2 If a client does not show up on a retreat/ treatment, this will be treated as a cancellation. Refunds will not be given. The only possible solution is transferring the client?s place to another date if the client can provide a medical certificate as a reason.


9.1 Retreat start dates may be subject to change. If a retreat start date changes customers will be offered the opportunity to transfer their application to the new date or to receive a credit note of the amount paid.

9.2 The applicant must notify Retreatself in writing via e-mail if they wish to transfer their original booking to an alternative date. There is no guaranty that the transfer of the booking will be approved. The Retreatself team might declined the transfer request.

9.3. Retreatself will not grant the refund, however the customer can transfer the booking to the third person without any additional fee.

9.4 A transfer from one type of retreat to another can be made once only.

9.5 Transfer applications made during the retreat will not be accepted.

9.6 If a transfer request is made for a retreat that has been booked as a “special offer” including ?Early Bird?, and if the transfer is approved, the applicant needs to pay the difference up to the regular price and do so on the same day of the transfer being approved in addition to the transfer fee. The reason being is that the special offer is formulated for one specific date and location.


10.1 Customers are encouraged to swap contact details and network amongst themselves. In the unlikely situation that class, treatment or retreat related information doesn?t reach everyone, this will be a good backup plan to ensure nothing is missed.

10.2 The Retreatself team has made extensive efforts to ensure that the published data on the Retreatself website is comprehensive and gives clear details about its offers.

10.3 Having read all available information made available in written form and you need clarification or additional information please send an email to info.retreatself@gmail.com. Telephone contact can also be made within normal working hours excepting weekends and bank holidays


11.1 All complaints must be submitted by e-mail to info.retreatself@gmail.com in which a participant states dissatisfaction regarding any area or service. Verbal complaints won’t be accepted.

11.2 Complaints will be handled in a fair and timely manner. The Manager will respond to the complaint within 10 working days of receiving the e-mail.

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