Join us in the beautiful Portugese mountains for an 8-day intensive silent meditation retreat, including dharma teachings, group encounters, and Yin Yoga.
The first four and a half days will be spent in silence and the schedule will include zazen (seated meditation), Kinhin (walking meditation), Yin Yoga and dharma talks by our teacher Hamid.
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 two days of the retreat, 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.
– 3 delicious home cooked vegetarian/vegan meals per day made from local produce, much of which is grown in the gardens
Fruit and tea available in between meal times
Shared single sex dormitory rooms of 3 – 5 people with shared bathroom facilities. A private room may be available on request for an additional fee All bedding is provided but participants are kindly asked to bring their own towels and toiletries.
Our teacher, Hamid, has been a student of Zen for over 20 years and was ordained as a monk in 2000. He is also a trained counselor and this unique blend allows him to help participants fully open up and view their lives with greater clarity.
Born in Tehran, Iran he left his native land, becoming a nomad of the world.
Exposing himself to many different countries, cultures, languages, and traditions, Hamid settled in Paris in 1985 to study philosophy under Jacques Derrida the renowned French philosopher.
These early beginnings ignited a passionate philosophical and spiritual journey. Hamid has focused on gaining wisdom and insight through a varied and interesting educational process.
Drawn to meditation in the 1990’s Hamid encountered Japanese Zen Master Ryotan Tokuda in 1998, was ordained as a monk at Ei Tai-Ji Monastery in the South of France in 2000 and, in 2011, was authorized by his master to pass on these ancient teachings.
Expanding his educational journey, Hamid completed his School of Practitioners – Psychotherapy (École des Praticiens de la Psychothérapie) in Nice, France in 2005.
Realising that acquiring knowledge and understanding was only part of the equation, Hamid has continued his personal and professional development by sharing his expertise and experience conducting lectures, meditation retreats, and personal therapy sessions.
Hamid firmly believes that giving unconditional support and guidance is fundamental to a joyful existence.
Hamid’s lectures are truly inspiring, drawing, not only from personal experience but his combined Eastern and Western education.
He has the ability to delve into thought-provoking, interesting topics that truly resonate in today’s world and genuinely touch participants in a meaningful way.
His seminars are unique, inspiring, articulate and well thought out.
Hamid’s meditative teachings are brought to fruition in a comforting and comfortable way.
Leading the uninitiated and practiced practitioner with ease, he finds a unique balance that allows all participants to make the most of each experience.
Hamid also provides personal and professional counseling to those looking for additional support.
He understands that this type of relationship can only provide true benefit if he gives participants a safe empathetic place to be heard and supported.
Jen is a mountain guide, yoga teacher and Thai masseuse based in the French Alps.
She first met Hamid at the start of her spiritual journey at a yoga teacher training in Bali in 2012.
They stayed in touch over the years that followed and Jen has continued to explore Buddhist teachings under Hamid’s guidance.
Jen assists in the organization of the retreats in Europe and teaches Yin Yoga during the retreats.
You can always get your reservation fee towards the cost of the retreat back if you decide to cancel going.
On this retreat, once you pay the remaining balance to the retreat owner, it cannot be cancelled or refunded.