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22 February - 25 February 2024 | D'Alijo Yoga Retreat Centre

Weekend Winter Retreat 2024 in Portugal with Esther

Escape to beautiful Portugal for a transformative 4-day retreat with Esther Ekhart. Experience rejuvenating yoga, meditation, and breathtaking nature, while disconnecting from technology for a truly immersive journey.

Rejuvenate, Expand & Empower

Picture yourself in the serene mountains of Portugal, surrounded by like-minded friends, as you indulge in a soul-soothing experience. Get ready for a delightful blend of mindful yoga, meditation, restful moments by the fire (or in the warming sun, depending on the mood of Northern Portugal), and delicious daily meals prepared with love at the stunning D'alijo retreat centre.

This weekend is designed to rejuvenate your body, expand your awareness, and ignite a sense of inner strength and stability. Under Esther's expert guidance, you'll dive deep into rejuvenating yoga sessions, delve into meditative explorations, indulge in the bliss of yoga nidra, and discover the power of mindful breathing. Restorative practices will cocoon you in tranquillity, while interesting inquiry sessions will open doors to the mysterious realm of the present moment.

Prepare to be mesmerized by the breathtaking natural beauty that envelops the D'alijo centre, where you'll find yourself amidst lush greenery, captivating gardens, and enchanting hiking trails leading to serene rivers, cascading waterfalls, and hidden natural pools.

More About this Retreat

Open To All Levels

This retreat warmly welcomes participants of all levels, except complete beginners. If you're new to yoga, we recommend embarking on Esther's Yoga for Beginners Course on and gradually integrating level 1 and level 1-2 classes to prepare yourself.

Your Daily Schedule

Your journey begins each morning as you awaken to awe-inspiring mountain vistas, guided by Esther's soothing voice in a revitalizing meditation. Following a light breakfast, you'll be invited to participate in a mindful flowing yoga practice tailored to suit all levels. Whether you're a seasoned yogi or just starting your journey, rest assured that every session will be customized to your unique needs, fostering a sense of empowerment and progress.

Indulge in the art of relaxation after a wonderful lunch. Go for a walk, or a swim when the sun is out. Cosy up by the fire, luxuriate in the comfort of your cabin, or explore the magnificent surroundings of the retreat centre. As the sun begins its descent, we gather for rejuvenating yoga sessions and mindful practices, focusing on deep relaxation, introspection, and embracing the magic of the present moment. The day gracefully concludes with a wonderful dinner, a feast for both body and soul.

Our daily schedule is carefully curated to provide a good balance of enriching yoga and cherished downtime:

Please note that to facilitate the restoration of body and mind, we observe silence in the mornings until the yoga practice at 11:00. 

February 22nd:

15:00 onwards: Arrive and check-in, enjoy meeting the energy and beauty of the retreat centre and its surroundings.

17:00: Warm welcome and introduction to the retreat.

17:30: Yoga class, feel your body come alive

19:30: Dinner, savour the flavours of wholesome nourishment

February 23th and 24th:

08:00 - 09:00: Meditation and Pranayama, awaken your inner radiance

09:00 - 11:00: Light breakfast and well-deserved break, relish the moment

11:00 - 13:00: Mindful Yoga practice, explore the depths of your strength

13:00 - 17:00: Lunch and free time, indulge in self-care and exploration

17:00 - 18:30 / 19:00: Enlightening talks, invigorating mindfulness practices, serene Yin and Restorative yoga leading into the bliss

February 25th:

7:30 - 9:30: Yoga and meditation

9:30: Closing circle

10:30: Brunch


We also kindly request that you leave your phones behind in your rooms during the retreat. This simple act allows you to fully immerse yourself in the transformative experience that being on retreat offers you. By disconnecting from the distractions of technology, you create space for genuine connections—with yourself, fellow participants, and the beautiful nature surrounding us.

For those seeking a truly powerful, immersive and rejuvenating experience, we really recommend handing in your phone. This will enhance your experience so much. We will provide you with an emergency contact.


Twin Share:

Immerse yourself in a supportive and communal environment with our Twin Share option. Share your experience with a fellow student.


Single Occupancy (Shared Facilities)

Enjoy the tranquillity of your own space while still benefiting from shared facilities. The shared facilities, including the living room and bathroom, are shared among a maximum of three people in one of the mountain lodges. Indulge in privacy and convenience.


Single Room (En-suite Facilities)

Treat yourself to the ultimate relaxation with our Single Room option, complete with en-suite facilities. Unwind and recharge in your own private haven in one of the main house rooms or in a river cabin.


Garden Suites

Elevate your training experience with our luxurious Garden Suites, designed to provide a serene environment. Bask in comfort and elegance.


NOTE: A minimum deposit of €250 is required to secure your spot on this training. The remainder is due before the end of december 2023. Read about our Teacher Training Terms & Conditions and Booking & Payment Policies here.

The cost includes 3 nights of accommodation, all vegetarian meals, light breakfast, lunch and dinner per day, plus the complete yoga, meditation and awareness program spread over 4 days.


Book and Pay Online Today

You can secure your spot immediately be selecting to pay your deposit or full amount. Accepted payments include credit/debit cards, iDeal and Klarna (online bank transfer for specific countries)​

Book and Pay by Bank Transfer

You can also choose to pay via bank transfer. If you want to book via this option please fill out our registration form.

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About Esther Ekhart


Esther, the founder of, is a down to earth well-loved spiritual teacher and a renowned global authority on yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. Esther has a reputation for providing exceptional guidance both online and offline and has captivated countless students over 25 years. Esther's teachings incorporate diverse influences, making her online classes, “live” workshops, and trainings a fusion of wisdom. Her practice has evolved from dynamic styles like Hatha and Vinyasa flow to include slower practices such as Yin Yoga and Meditation & Mindfulness. Continually expanding her knowledge, she remains open-minded and integrates new insights into her work all the time.    

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