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Portugal Silent Meditation Retreat

Join Cave of the Heart in a three-day immersion into the silence of the heart. You will gradually explore the foundations of meditation practice, discovering the joy of stillness and the intimacy of the heart.

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  • 3 days of activities
  • 4 meditation classes per day
  • Hatha yoga sessions and insightful lectures
  • Beautiful environment
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Portuguese, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 26 participants
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The center offers twin and three-bed shared rooms with shared bathrooms. There is a fresh water spring on the property with delicious clean Monchique water coming right out of the mountain for you to enjoy. Besides the stunning views over the mountains, all the way to the Atlantic Ocean in the south, you will find a natural pond to take a swim in and refresh yourself during the breaks.


Cave of the Heart will combine silent meditation sessions with Hridaya Hatha yoga practice, teachings on meditation techniques, and talks on inspiring spiritual topics, which are meant to support and bring insights into the meditation practice. In this program, you will mainly explore the teachings of self-inquiry, as presented by Sri Ramana Maharshi. Embarking in the quest for the self, the fundamental question, “Who am I?” goes beyond identifications and preconceived ideas, allowing the answer to be revealed in the silence of the heart.

Additionally, you will unique the integration of different spiritual traditions such as Advaita Vedanta (non-duality), yoga, Sufism, Tantra, Kashmir Shaivism, or Buddhism. All these precious ancient teachings are pointing towards the essence of your being, the essence of all that is. In silence and introspection, resting in the present moment, you will create favorable conditions to open yourself to the spiritual heart and recognize the depth of who you are.

No previous meditation or yoga experience is necessary as this retreat is designed for beginner and advanced meditators alike.

Check-in and check-out:

On the first day of the retreat, checking will be between 2pm and 4pm. The retreat will start with an orientation session at 4pm.

As for the check-out, on the last day of the retreat, you will break the silence after breakfast with a meditation of gratitude and a sharing circle. After that the retreat is officially finished. You are welcome to stay for lunch and leave in the afternoon if you wish.

The daily schedule is split into two parts:

  • 07:00 - 13:00 Morning session
  • 15:30 - 21:30 Afternoon or evening session

Hridaya meditation for the revelation of the spiritual heart

This meditation will begin in smaller segments building up to one continuous, deep meditation session.

Daily schedule

  • 07:00 - 09:00 Meditation
  • ​09:00 - 09:45 Breakfast
  • 09:45 - 11:00 Relevant lecture teaching
  • 11:00 - 12:30 Hatha yoga
  • 12:30 - 13:00 Meditation
  • 13:00 - 15:30 Lunch and rest
  • ​15:30 - 18:00 Meditation
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner
  • ​19:00 - 20:00 Question and answer
  • ​20:00 - 21:30 Spiritual discourse lecture and final evening meditation (may go later depending on the number of questions)




The retreat will take place in the stunning Karuna Retreat Center, beautifully hidden amidst the mountains of Monchique in the Algarve region.


You will be served three delicious vegan meals per day included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegan
  • Yogic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Silent Hridaya meditation classes
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 3 vegan meals per day

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers

How to get there

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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 27% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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5 days / 4 nights
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Since Cave of the Heart would like to make the teachings of meditation available to everyone, they also offer low-income discounts. Please send an inquiry if you are interested, so that they can evaluate if you are eligible for it.

Monday August 12, 2024
(5 days / 4 nights)

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