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Shamballah Retreats

Shamballah Retreats offers yoga and surf retreats by the sea in the amazing Sintra-Cascais National Park.

Reviews 33

Elizabeth Poll

from Switzerland, August 2017

"Amazing retreat - the real deal!!"

Patricia and Zarqa were incredible hosts. They did everything and more to help us get the most of the retreat. They are truly walking a spiritual path, which for me meant that I got so much more from the week than I could have imagined. Not only was it brilliant fun with a brilliant group of people but I went deeper into my yoga practice, returning home more flexible in body mind and spirit. I would really recommend this retreat.

Lena Holst

from Germany, March 2018

"Great "

The yoga lessons were great, I liked, that the morning was a classical yoga lesson and the afternoon classes had a different focus, so that we experienced a lot more beyond the yoga practice. For example partner exercises, massages, breathing techniques, working with essential oils... Plus they organized additional acitivites for us as a sound meditation.

Also the massages Patricia and Zarqa give are very good.

Both Patricia and Zarqa are very empathetic and give lots of tips and insights in different (spiritual) ways of working with your body and soul. Both have such a calming and positive vibration, so that I felt very comfortable in their house.

Also Zarqa is a great cook and I really liked what he cooked for dinner!

Myrna Lemmen

from Netherlands, February 2018

"What a treat this retreat"

The food was absolutely fantastic! The rooms, beds, facilities were neat and comfortable. The location was lovely: quiet, close to the beach (which is an amazing sunset spot), cute village. Zarqa and Patricia are nice and warm people. They really care and are passionate about being in touch with body, mind and spirit.


from Great Britain, February 2018

"A wonderful week!"

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Shamballah Yoga Retreats!

The house is beautiful and Zarqa and Patricia welcomed me so warmly. I enjoyed the Yoga and meditation everyday and the food was lovely.

In under 10 mins you can walk to the cliff edge to get wonderful views of the ocean and breathe in the fresh sea air. You can also get to Sintra and Lisbon easily if you want to explore. I had a fantastic week. Thank you 🙏

Valentina Cassatella

from Netherlands, December 2017

"A nurturing journey"

I liked pretty much everything, but the best was the "journey" experience: the week developed with a specific focus every day. I came back regenerated!


from United States, October 2017

"very relaxing spiritual retreat, beautiful location"

I really enjoyed the whole retreat, it was a perfect opportunity for me to calm down and rest. the house is perfectly equipped, food is amazing and both patricia and zarqa are wonderfully nice people!

Ilona Wyszynska-zajkowska

from Poland, September 2017

"Nice rest and detox time"

I recommend to everyone:)

perfect organization, very nice and hospitable hosts,

enriching additional classes and helpful massage :)

Thanks guys!

Stephanie Terwindt

from Great Britain, September 2017

"Wonderful in beautiful Sintra!"

Shamballah Retreats was such a wonderful surprise. Patricia and Zarqa really make this place special, you can feel the love and care that they feel for each of their guests. From day one they make you feel right at home, and guide you through the week's activities with a thorough knowledge of their craft. We also had some surprise inclusions of Voice Therapy and Sound Healing, both of which were well worth the extra cost!


from Denmark, September 2017

The retreat is excellent. Perfect instruktion in yoga and meditation, facilities are clean and nice. The food is tasting like a dream. ??


from Great Britain, August 2017

"Energising and transformative experience close to the ocean"

- Instructors were amazing and made us feel like part of a family

- The group of people was diverse but open minded

- There are lots of activities to choose from, so that you are unlikely to get bored

- The locataion is close to the beach and ideal for hikes

Lucia Pappalardo

from United Arab Emirates, August 2017


Sofia Gustafsson

from Sweden, July 2017

"A great and holistic experience and amazing nature "

I had a great experience with Shamaballah retreat! The whole retreat feels very well thinken through with a holistic thinking for personal healing and with great consideration of details.

I seems like the instructors are very passionate about what they do and put love into what they do. It is a very warm and welcoming couple and they were always making sure that I had a great stay. They were very generous with their time and sharing their knowledge and experiences.

The food was delicious and healthy, containing a lot of vegetables and fruits. The house is modern, spacious, clean and with great light. The surroundings are amazing. Quiet and green, with beautiful mountains and beaches along the coastline.

If you enjoy spending time in nature there is a ten minutes walk to the closest beach and the environment is ideal for walks and hiking.

The yoga and meditation sessions seems to be very good adapted to the occasion and the groups. They pay attention to all individuals in the group.

The retreat inspired me to bring back a regular practise of meditation and yoga in my everyday life. It inspired me to further explore the practise of detox, and the use of essential oils for healing. The daily sessions of yoga and meditation in combination with spending time in nature also got me more balanced, relaxed and helped me a lot on a personal level. Thank you!

Ksenia Babenko

from Russia, July 2017

"It can't be bought for the money "

Thanks a lot for Patricia and Zarqa for such wonderful holidays! I'm just the beginner in yoga and these meditation course was my first, but masters were very patient and helpful to guide me. I felt being at home at their lovely house.

As for vegetarian food, it was awesome and it was a lot! I wasn't hungry at all! Nearby (10 mins walking) there is peaceful sandy beach and picturesque cliffs where I enjoyed listening to the ocean sound.

Telling the truth, I think the price is really cheap for the above conditions. But atmosphere can't be bought for any money. Choosing this yoga retreat you will get not only the great yoga vacation and body detoxing but also the amazing experience and lovely evening conversations with hosts)

Pia Litleskare

from Norway, July 2017

"A great place for the full experience of yoga and meditation"

I loved the warm hospitality of Patricia and Zarqa, they truly make you feel at home. The location was great, aswell as the house. You get a full detox of your body and the vegetarian meals that Zarqa cooks is so good that you don't even miss the meat. The yoga and meditation that we has every day was also a fantastic way to find inner peace and to calm down from a hectic life.

Devin Treger

from Spanish State, June 2017

"Perfect zen getaway"

Zarqa and Patricia were the best hosts. They warmly welcomed me into their space and made me feel so at home. They also shared their wealth of knowledge about meditation and yoga with me. They suggested lots of fun activities for me to do- day trips in Sintra, surf lesson, and walks/hikes by the coastlines.

Sophie Drew

from Great Britain, April 2017

"Amazing! "

The people that run the retreat go above and beyond. The location is amazing and the entire week was perfect

Cornelia Dewald

from United States, February 2018

"Beautiful retreat - full recommendation! "

Patricia and Zarqa are wonderful hosts. The house and the landscape are beautiful! I returned home feeling healthy and happy.


from Netherlands, December 2017

"relaxing week"

Patricia and Zarqa are excellent hosts, very caring. Relaxing massages. The food was excellent. Every morning there was a lunch box ready to take with you (always a nice surprise to see what Zarqa made this time). Beautiful beaches, great surrounding for hiking. Sintra! Still practising the yoga excersises every morning.

Steven Van Oosterzee

from Netherlands, November 2017

Zarqa and Patricia are wonderful people, who surrounded us with love and care. Inspiring classes, absolutely great food, in a beautiful place. Thank you!

Félix Jiménez

from Spanish State, October 2017

"Her classes were very entertaining and varied."

The classes, the location, the food ... Patricia and Zarqa were very helpful...

Joan Porta

from Spanish State, September 2017

"Muy buena experiencia"

La casa, el ambiente, la comida, las clases.

Matilde Matos

from Portugal, September 2017

"Interesting Experience that I would like to repeat"

Great location, close to interesting beach places, gardens and museums. Very nice house and space. Good food and very friendly atmosphere

Victor Navarro

from Spanish State, August 2017

"Mi experiencia en el retiro"

La dedicación y el desarrollo de los instructores. Yoga y técnicas de meditación muy desarrolladas. El contacto con el mar y el precioso entorno de la ubicación de la casa.

¡Puedes hacer Surf !

Sandra Marchena Rejas

from Spanish State, August 2017

"Muy buenos profesionales, saben mucho, "

El entorno, el yoga y la meditación y la calidad humana de los profesores y del grupo. Inolvidable:)

Letty Scheers

from Netherlands, August 2017

I loved the yoga, coastline and the possibility to go surfing. Also the food was delicious.

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