Catia is a "lisboeta", meaning born in Lisbon. She enjoys teaching yoga with a focus on breathing techniques and mindfulness. She was certified in India, having traveled to Thailand and Australia where she took wellness training courses, including massage therapies. Catia believes cultivating yoga is a profound body, mind and soul expression, while the Universe and the alignments of the planets and stars influence each one of us. She teaches Hatha, Yoga Nidra, and Meditation and also leads meditative walks.
Kimma simply loves teaching yoga. With lots of yoga teacher training courses from the US and Thailand, she is an experienced instructor teaching Hatha, gentle Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative and other styles. In her classes, you will be able to learn new insights on yoga philosophy and history and her own life experience. Originally from New Jersey, Kimma lived in Chiang Mai before moving to Portugal, attracted by the sunny weather and the beautiful sea in Estoril coastal area. She is also a certified Thai massage therapist, able to provide both relaxing and vigorous massage treatments.
Maryam Madantji is a registered general nurse and off time nurse. She is a yoga instructor and a food adviser. Maryam holds a second bachelors degree in European public health and a Masters of Health Food Innovation Management, both from Maastricht University. Aside from health and food nutrition, she is also a passionate Ashtanga and Vinyasa instructor at House of Zen, drawn by the philosophy and lifestyle of yoga. Her focus in this workshop is to offer awareness for a mindful, healthy, and balanced nutritional state.
Silvia loves teaching slow flow and Hatha, gentle approaches to the yoga asanas that focus on body alignment and self-awareness. She has a soothing melting voice and an inspiring filled with grace yoga practice. She is also leading House of Zen's outdoor meditative walks, offering new paths of well-being, mindfulness, and connection among all living beings. Silvia was born in Portugal but grew up and lived most of her life in California. She was trained as a yoga instructor in the US and has since then taught in Portugal exploring different styles and approaches to yoga practice.
Juliette found in yoga the place of her own tranquility and safety, essential to keep balance. She started teaching right after her instructor certification in Costa Rica and loves to share her thoughts and feelings about yoga during classes. Juliette teaches Hatha and Vinyasa, with both gentle and more intense versions of yoga practice. She has an East meets West background. Juliette was brought up in the beautiful island of Bali, and has also studied and lived in Germany. She loves the sea, the sun and the easy-going lifestyle of Portugal!
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Hatha Yoga, Iyengar Yoga)
Coco is inspired by the brightness and colors of the rainbow. She was born French, but lived in London and also in South America, before moving to Portugal. Yoga changed her life profoundly when she was 20 years old, making her want to be a yoga teacher and pursuit her own yogi path. Certified in Hatha and Vinyasa, you can feel how passionate she is during her classes, while at the same time her tranquility and positive energy drive you throughout the practice that will always be accompanied by her beautiful smile.
Freedom and its infinite possibilities. This is what best describes Cathrine's lifestyle approach. Born in Norway, the land of the magical dark nights and memorable auroras, Cathrine brings in her own mystical, enticing aura into her classes, exploring the edges of the best version of yourselves. Her Vinyasa classes are challenging and vigorous. Practicing yoga since her 15 years old, yoga is a beautiful journey in body, mind, and spirit where there is no goal, only awareness. She did her teaching training in Sweeden, having years of experience in Norway, Southern Europe, including Portugal.
from United States, June 2018
"very good place to rest..."
the kindness of the host Silvie, the quality of yoga teachers, the tranquility of the place ... very good place to rest
from United States, July 2018
"Very nice place to stay and do yoga "
Beautiful place. Very peaceful and quiet. Lovely staff.
from Ireland, June 2018
"The Perfect Balance"
As soon as you arrive at House of Zen, it's clear you're very welcome, it's like arriving at a friend's house :) The place is spotless, the rooms are calming and minimalist, and it all feels very cosy. One of the great things about House of Zen is its location - 5 mins from the nearest beach, a comfortable 30 min stroll into Cascais (which is gorgeous) and near the train station if you want to day trip to Lisbon. The yoga instructors are amazing - being taught by such strong, and fabulous woman is an inspiration. Simona, Cátia, Kimma - you guys are awesome....I did yoga twice a day, so that speaks for itself. And the breakfast is unreal. I will definitely be back to House of Zen. Loved it :)
from United Kingdom, June 2018
"Exactly what I needed!"
I had a lovely experience at House of Zen. I had been really stressed out and the retreat was exactly what I needed. Staff were helpful and friendly. Yoga instructors were of very good quality. Amazing massage! I feel so much more chilled out. The location is really peaceful. No complaints at all. Thank you :)
from United Kingdom, June 2018
"Experience at House of Zen"
Staff and instructors were lovely and very good.
from Ireland, May 2018
"Zone out at Zen!"
My only regret was it was too short. A lovely experience the staff were friendly helpful and very kind especially Adriana who also does excellent massage. The yoga was diverse with Simona, Kimma and Silvia and the breakfast in the morning delicious. A lovely location minutes from a wonderful beach and lovely restaurants, i look forward to returning. Annemarie from Dublin
from United Kingdom, May 2018
"Heaven in Portugal "
I could not of been more happy with my stay. The staff were so welcoming, friendly and helpful that I very much felt like I was staying in a home away from home. The location was ideal for exploring (walking and biking), shopping, eating and resting on the beach. My room was exceptionally comfortable and the yoga classes were professional, welcoming, nurturing and the ideal way to start my days! I will be recommending House of Zen to friends and do hope to be back!
from Sweden, May 2018
A personal, warm and friendly b&b. Wonderful room with ocean view over the rooftops. Such comfertable beds that provided beautiful sleep. Fresh, tasty, and healthy breakfast. Excellent yoga-classes! A perfect stay!
from United States, May 2018
"Great long relaxed weekend away"
Great spot, good rooms, nice food and friendly feel.
from France, May 2018
I really enjoyed the quality of the classes, all professors are amazing, I learnt a lot during my 1 week stay. The room and bathroom were spotless, the breakfast is delicious, I can only recommend!
Thanks to all of you for your kindness.
from United Kingdom, April 2018
from United Kingdom, April 2018
"Great value for money near the beach"
Both catia and Juliette great teachers, plenty of yoga classes and different styles morning and evening, very understanding and skilled teachers. Sylvia was very hospitable and also andrianna who did the breakfast. Great location and near cascais and easy train ride to lisbon.
from Norway, March 2018
Sweet and hospitable personell, nice atmosphere. Felt at home, lovely house, garden and roof terrace.
from Ireland, March 2018
"Beautiful peaceful retreat, it truly is a house of Zen!"
My mam and I stayed for three nights in the calm, peaceful House of Zen and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The hospitality was exceptional, we stayed in a quaint and cosy bedroom and there were exceptionally clean bathroom facilities. The yoga classes and mindful walks in the beautiful scenic nature of the area were fantastic and far exceeded expectations. Thanks so much all at House of Zen, you were so welcoming and we left feeling connected and refreshed! We hope to return some day soon :)
from United Kingdom, March 2018
From arrival the friendly staff and tranquil setting at in this converted house made me feel very welcome especially as a single traveller. Met some lovely people and will be back. Great location and very clean with amazing healthy food makes for an unforgettable first yoga retreat. Thank you Silvie, Ricardo and the team x
from Suriname, March 2018
"This is surely good for individuals. It is not for a group"
Food and location were super.
from Sweden, March 2018
Professional instructor with wonderful voice and great knowledge
from United Kingdom, March 2018
"Solo yoga trip"
Staff were all lovely very helpful. Very clean and comfortable. Breakfast was amazing and always ready and waiting for me following morning yoga. Sylvie very warm and welcoming and offered advice and kindness. Light meals delicious again waiting for me following evening yoga. I was only guest staying so very quiet but all good needed some quiet time.
from Ireland, February 2018
Really friendly laid back house with great yoga, easy access to beach & lovely welcoming staff & owner
from Spain, January 2018
"Good yoga sessions "
The quality of the yoga sessions is superb, really experienced and professional teachers. I would certainly go back for yoga classes which one can access externally too.
The area of Cascais is really beautiful, great for long walks by the seaside.
Staff friendly and welcoming.
Place is spotless.
Anna and Sivia are not listed in the instructors list, but they were very good too.
from Switzerland, January 2018
Very good instructors - Sylvia especially great! Super smart and invested.
Great group of women on retreat too - lifelong friends.
Bungalow is clean. It was winter so not as much opportunity to enjoy garden. Centre is not very well prepared for the winter... it was quite cold. :-)
from United Kingdom, January 2018
"House of Zen"
Such a warm, welcoming environment with clean bright airy bedrooms and two great spaces for classes. All staff are incredibly thoughtful, considered and helpful, making your stay even more enjoyable and relaxing. Instructors are amazing, encouraging all students to work within their own means and develop their practice and confidence.
Kjersti Innjord Thomassen
from Norway, January 2018
"A calm and lovely transition to the New Year"
I went to House of Zen for the New Year retreat together with my mom, and we were both really happy with our stay! The accommodation was lovely, simple in a good way, with everything we needed in the room and a always clean bathroom on the other side of the hallway. It was a very quiet area, but still very close to the ocean and a little square where we could find restaurants, cafes and a really great supermarket. We also walked to Cascais a couple of times - it took about 30-40 minutes and was really stunning walk. It is also possible to rent bikes!
The experience overall was really nice from the minute we came and were welcomed by the beautiful staff. Totally tranquil and we felt very welcome and at home right away. The yoga classes was great, and even though me and my mom have very different background in yoga we both found them accessible and challenging enough. Really knowledgable and skillful teachers that was able to create a safe space for everyone. The meditation and the mindful walk was also really fun, really creating a different transition to the New Year.
And the breakfast was delicious, we especially loved the fresh pressed juices, so yummy!
We can totally recommend House of Zen if you want to stay in a calm place were you have yoga classes just down the stairs, and also a lot of other activities available. Very close to Cascais, Lisbon and Sintra, so it is a great place to explore from too. We'll be back for sure!
from United States, January 2018
"Great value and a great time"
The staff at the House of Zen were very helpful in helping me settle down and guiding me on how to get to the train to go to Lisbon. The location is very close to the beach, so I highly recommend picking a warm time of year to go here.
Kimma was fun and took time to explain the specifics of some postures. I loved taking her class as it reminded me why I went on this retreat -- to unwind and slow down.
The breakfast was made fresh each morning and was delicious! I highly recommend this location for a retreat because you are getting great accommodation for your money.
from Germany, December 2017
"Perfect stay at House of Zen"
I had a really nice time during my 4 day stay at House of Zen! The yoga teachers are very friendly, knowledgeable and would assist you so that you get the best out of the yoga class. I've also learnt a few new techniques, which I continue to do today. The rooms, breakfast and coffee are very nice. The beautiful beach is just 5min. walking distance. Generally, my retreat at the house of Zen was better than expected!
from United States, December 2017
from Brazil, December 2017
"Fantastic experience "
I liked everything. The local is next to several attractions. The hosts are accommodating. The yoga room is very good. The instructors are very good. The view from the terrace is fantastic. The ambiance is very good. Good Energy excels
from Germany, December 2017
Perfect little hideaway and great location for a restorative break! This is a wonderful yoga studio with a great vibe, everyone is super friendly and welcoming. No task is too great and they are happy to help. Wonderful classes with personal touches that make a bit difference. I organised my classes in the morning so that I had the day to explore the local area. There's lots to do with great transport links.
from Russia, December 2017
"I had very good & peaceful time at Zen house!"
from United Kingdom, November 2017
"Yoga retreat bliss!"
A beautiful calm and restful stay. Sylvie was an amazing host, who didn’t just make me feel instantly welcome, but was there to make my whole stay as enjoyable as possible! The yoga classes were fantastic, the quality of instruction was excellent. Perfect location for time to relax between classes.
from United Kingdom, November 2017
"Hatha Great Time!"
Had a lovely experience overall at the House of Zen. My friend and I booked the 4 day retreat and indulged in 5 yoga classes over that period. All the instructors were very good and each yoga class was different. Everyone was very friendly and helpful also and there was a lovely calm feel to the house. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble. Felt totally relaxed the whole time. The breakfasts were amazing - healthy and scrummy! There were suggestions as to what you could do during your stay there also. We took a trip to the Sintra Mountains which we really enjoyed. Thoroughly recommend this Retreat.
from United States, September 2017
I very much enjoyed this stay! Great location, wonderful people and fantastic instructors! I really liked Maryam teaching the class, she was fantastic!
from United Kingdom, September 2017
"Idyllic in every way "
House of zen is perfectly located, great roof terrace views, short walk from the beautiful beach and along to Cascais. Plenty of restaurants to choose from and everything is so reasonably priced. As beginners we weren't sure if the yoga would be too advanced. This is not the case. Such a varied group of people from all over the world and all levels of yoga were at this retreat and nobody felt uncomfortable. We were all able to achieve our personal yoga goals in the most tranquil and spotlessly clean environment. The staff and instructors are some of the nicest people I have ever met and the place floats like a dream. Your breakfast is prepared in perfect timing to await you after your class and it is exciting getting interesting foods each day. Maryam was also an amazing instructor and I wasn't able to rate her on the list but wanted to say how great her classes were. Thank you everyone at house of zen, just what me and my mum needed to escape our busy, hectic lives. Total recharge. Silvie the owner is also the kindest person who makes it her business to get to know you and adds a really personal touch to your stay... as well as making a surprise fuss of my mum on her birthday with cake:)
from Netherlands, July 2017
"Perfect Portugese hang out"
All staffmembers from House of Zen were very welcoming. Very willing to help in any way they could make out stay more enjoyable. Location is fabulous, quiet but within 5 minutes walking distance to beach and restaurants.
from Philippines, July 2017
"Amazing, totally recommend House of Zen "
The staff, accommodation , yoga classes. Everything was flawless
from United Kingdom, June 2017
Lovely 3 night break in Estoril. The beach is only a 10 minute walk away, with plenty of good restaurants. The House of Zen is a great place to do yoga, particularly the roof terrace. Silvie is very friendly and welcoming, and Fiona makes the most delicious breakfasts.I found the yoga very enjoyable, Laura is very knowledgeable and a good yoga teacher. There is a beautiful garden out the back with hammocks, and the shared bathroom is very nice and spacious.There's also a corner balcony to relax on and a small 'living room' downstairs. I would certainly return to the House of Zen in the future!
from United Kingdom, June 2017
"Lovely hotel owners, great yoga teachers."
The personalised touch made to the healthy breakfasts. All made fresh by Silvie daily. The fresh juices are very tasty. Also the ambience the place provides, the calmness, the zen.
The yoga teachers (I had Athena and Kimma) knows their stuff, proud to be a yogi there! Silvie and Michele were great hostesses, very friendly and helpful.
The accommodation was extremely clean, and is cleaned daily. Bed comfortable, rooms are decorated to a high standard. The wifi connection was strong.
from United Kingdom, May 2017
"Delightful stay at House of Zen "
We really enjoyed our stay. The room was charming as was Silvie the owner who gives everything a personal touch . The yoga was great and Laura was in tune with the needs and abilities of participants .
from Denmark, April 2017
"Portugal on the beach"
Really great stay.
The bed n' breakfast was amazing, the yoga was inspiring and the beach city was great.
from Netherlands, April 2017
Lovely place and amazing people !
from United Kingdom, April 2017
"Relaxing mini break"
The House of Zen is perfect for a quiet, relaxing break. The house is clean, cool and calm. Very nicely decorated and maintained.
Silvie and Michele are very accommodating to your needs and provided a healthy tasty breakfast each day.
The yoga studio and classes are definitely a highlight. Laura is a fantastic, warm teacher who to tailored the experience to each pupil.
Overall, a great experience. Many thanks!
from Canada, July 2018
"Very nice stay "
House of zen is located in a quiet neighbourhood, next to the beach, grocery and local restaurants. The breakfasts are very good. Let's not forget the great yoga teachers! The staff is nice and welcoming.
from Spain, May 2018
The flexibility and openness, the warm and friendly welcome, the size of the retreat. mostly we were only three people in the classes and the teachers had a lot of time to correct positions
Sandra Dos Santos
from France, March 2018
"Perfect stay in a perfect place"
Accueil top, lieu très agréable et très propre. Sylvie vous mets à l'aise et on se sent comme chez soi. Très jolie terrasse. 5 mn de la plage. Le lieu est magnifique.
Les cours de yoga sont très bien aussi, une préférence pour celui de Myriam, qui m'a fait découvrir l'Ashtanga.
from France, February 2018
"Très belle expérience dans cadre ressourcant"
Petits dejs sains et originaux qui nous attendent après une bonne séance de yoga
Anita Van Huet
from Netherlands, February 2018
Kleinschalige locatie, Sylvie en haar personeel. De zeer professionele yoga lessen.
from Switzerland, February 2018
"Highly recommended and good quality yoga retreat"
I loved the location and nice atmosphere in the House of Zen. Silvie and her staff do everything to make their guests feel comfortable and welcome. The breakfast is wonderful and the Yoga classes varied and of a high quality. I really loved all the Yoga classes and instructors: especially Juliette, Silvia and Kimma. All have a different style which made the experience complete and fullfilling. The rooms are very comfortable and clean. The location is close to the station (max. 10 minutes walk) and very close to the beach too. It's also easy and quite fast to visit Lisbon (30 minutes). The best is the cosy and personal atmosphere in this retreat. Besides of the guests all the staff really tries to make you feel welcome in every way. I hope to do another retreat in the House of Zen in the future. Thank you so much! :)
from United Kingdom, January 2018
Las personas, muy agradables. Las clases de yoga de gran calidad. Todo muy relajante, lo que se espera de un retiro de yoga. Muy bien
from Netherlands, January 2018
"Perfect place to stay for a retreat or to do yoga classes!"
We did some yoga classes, all given by good instructors. Really wonderful to experience that they adjust the lessons to what we needed at the time!
The house of Zen is peaceful and tidy.
The surrounding is wonderful with the wild see and the beautiful coast.
from Switzerland, December 2017
I have enjoyed my stay very much. The house, the yoga classes, the breakfast and especially the people were very nice!
Theodora De Jong
from Portugal, November 2017
"Sweet people, good yoga, location isn't that great"
Very nice and sweet people who really do everything to make you feel welcome and try to do the best they can.
from United States, November 2017
What an experience. My husband and I loved the location, the House (of Zen), the atmosphere, the yoga classes (the one on Friday evening after the arrival was just perfect) and the mindfulness sessions. It was the perfect week end and we can’t wait to do it again. Thank you all, it has been a real moment of happiness and of self-exploration.
from Germany, November 2017
"Alles Perfekt! Tolle Auszeit. Ich komme wieder ;)"
Für mich war wirklich alles im House of Zen perfekt: Es ist gut gelegen im Wohngebiet, etwas hinter den touristischen Bars und trotzdem ist der Strand nur 3min. zu Fuss entfernt. Das Haus selbst ist sauber, in gutem Zustand, geräumige Zimmer, und von der Terrasse, auf der auch die Kurse stattfinden, hat man wunderschöne Aussicht. Ich wurde von Silvie herzlich empfangen, habe mich sofort zu Hause gefühlt, und es gab kein Problem, dass nicht sofort von Silvia gelöst wurde.
Die Kursauswahl war für mich optimal, ich konnte jeden Tag 2 von 4 angebotenen Yogakursen auswählen, die abwechselnd von mehreren Lehrerinnen gegeben werden. Alle waren sehr gut.
Das Frühstück wird jeden Tag sehr lange angeboten, was optimal ist denn man kann wie man will vor oder nach den Morgen-oder Vormittagskursen frühstücken, kein Problem!
Nachmittags bin ich sehr gerne nach Cascais gejoggt oder gelaufen, ein toller Weg direkt am Meer entlang, und dort die herrliche Stimmung in der kleinen Stadt genossen.
Ich werde bestimmt wiederkommen! Meine absolute Lieblingslehrerin ist Maryam. Sie hat mich mit ihrer Begeisterung so angesteckt, dass ich einfach jeden Tag ihren morgendlichen Kurs besucht habe…der anfängliche Muskelkater hat sich dann nach den ersten Tagen gelegt und ich konnte meine Kurse voll und ganz geniessen. Auch die Massage im House of Zen ist sehr empfehlenswert und nicht zu teuer.
from France, August 2017
- l'emplacement est idéal (face à la mer, à coté de Cascais et de Lisbonne)
- la gentillsesse du personnel
- la qualité des cours de yoga
- propreté du logement
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Lovely 3 night break in Estoril. The beach is only a 10 minute walk away, with plenty of good restaurants. The House of Zen is a great place to do yoga, particularly the roof terrace. Silvie is very friendly and welcoming, and Fiona makes the most delicious breakfasts. I think the only thing that could be improved is having aircon for the rooms, and a mini fridge, so we could keep ourselves/ bottles of water cool if it gets too hot. I found the yoga very enjoyable, Laura is very knowledgeable and a good yoga teacher. There is a beautiful garden out the back with hammocks, and the shared bathroom is very nice and spacious.There's also a corner balcony to relax on and a small 'living room' downstairs. I would certainly return to the House of Zen in the future!
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Estoril Cascais is a wonderful area and House of Zen in perfect to spend some calming and relaxing days, location close to the beautiful beaches, the house is perfectly clean and very good energy and harmony. Sylvie is lovely host and she makes the stay very confortable and relaxed. The healthy breakfast also very nice ando Yoga teachers have also very good energy and good vibes.
Very profesional and really nice people!
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Recently stayed at 'The House of Zen'.
And was just what I was looking for. It was a calm and tranquil haven.
It was a short stay to re-charge and re-balance which I felt like when I left. I had not practiced yoga for a while and they made me feel welcome and confidence to start practicing again at home.
It is also the sea and beach which is lovely. Could definitely come back.
Great b & b, in a quiet location but only 5 minutes walk from the beach and central Estoril where I was attending a conference. Lovely, friendly staff, very clean rooms, great breakfast and a stunning view from the roof terrace. There are several yoga classes during the day and evening with excellent instructors. Highly recommended!
House of zen is perfectly located, has great roof terrace views and only a short walk from the beautiful beach and along to Cascais. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from and everything is so reasonably priced. As beginners we weren't sure if the yoga would be too advanced; this is not the case. Such a varied group of people from all over the world, at all levels of yoga were at this retreat and nobody felt uncomfortable. We were all able to achieve our personal yoga goals in the most tranquil and spotlessly clean environment. The staff and instructors are some of the nicest people I have ever met and the place floats like a dream. Your breakfast is prepared in perfect timing to await you after your class and it is exciting getting interesting foods each day. Maryam and Kimma were amazing instructors and both had their own style. We were also told Silvia's class is great but didn't get chance to take it. Thank you to everyone at house of zen, just what me and my mum needed to escape our busy, hectic lives. Total recharge. Silvie the owner is also the kindest person who makes it her business to get to know you and adds a really personal touch to your stay... as well as making a surprise fuss of my mum on her birthday with cake :)