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16 February - 19 February 2023 | D'Alijo Yoga Retreat Centre

Weekend Winter Retreat in Portugal with Esther

Join Esther Ekhart for a 4 day/3 night weekend winter break. Spend a restful weekend in the company of like-minded people, with mindful yoga, meditation, rest, sitting by the fire and enjoying the healthy daily fresh prepared meals together at the beautiful D’alijo retreat centre in Portugal

What To Expect

This long weekend retreat will be full of yoga, meditation, inquiry, yoga Nidra, pranayama and restorative sessions to bring you more peace, awareness, strength and stability in both your body and mind.

There will be a maximum of 25 people on the retreat.

It takes place in the beautiful surroundings of the D’alijo centre, surrounded by nature with stunning views, tranquil gardens, and great hiking trails, leading you to rivers, waterfalls and natural pools.

Wake up to the mountain views enjoying the special energy of the early morning as Esther guides you through meditation.

After a light breakfast, we will continue with a mindful flowing yoga practice that focuses on loosening the body as well as strengthening and stabilizing the body and easing the mind. Everybody can work at their own level.

After lunch we'll have a break where you can relax by the fire, rest in your cabin or go for walks in the beautiful surroundings of the centre.

In the late afternoon, we come together for some more yoga and awareness practices. The afternoon focus will be on deeply relaxing and restoring the body and mind while beginning to open to the mystery of the present moment, which is made so easy in this beautiful place.

The day will end with a lovely dinner. Please visit the Dalijo website to view pictures of the centre, its facilities, and its stunning surroundings.

More About this Retreat

What To Bring

Bring clothes for all seasons. General temperatures in northern Portugal in February are 15 degrees Celcius. But it can also be much colder and there is always a chance of rain in February.

Open To All Levels

This retreat is open to all levels, but not for complete beginners. As a guideline, you should be able to follow the level 1 and level 1-2 classes on with relative ease. It is important you know your boundaries and are aware of when to back off to keep yourself safe.

If you are very new to yoga and want to join, please follow Esther's Yoga for Beginners Course on and then practise some level 1 and level 1-2 classes to prepare.

Daily Schedule

Thursday, Feb 16th

14:00 onwards | Arrival & Check-in

17:00 | Welcome & Introduction to the retreat

17:30 | Yoga Class

19:30 | Dinner

Friday & Saturday, Feb 17th & 18th

08:00 | Meditation & Pranamaya

09:00 | Light breakfast and break

11:00 | Mindful Yoga practice

13:00 | Lunch and free time

17:00 | Talks, Mindfulness practices/inquiries, Yin and/or Restorative yoga leading into Yoga Nidra

19:00 | Dinner and free time

20:15 | Optional extra Meditation or some Restorative yoga.

Please note: To allow for the restoration of body and mind we usually spend the mornings in silence until the morning yoga practice at 11:00.

Sunday Feb 19th

07:30 | Yoga and meditation

09:30 | Closing circle

10.30 | Brunch

Arrival & Departure

Arrival is on Thursday February 16th. You can check in from 14.00 onwards. We will come together for an introduction and a grounding yoga practice at 17.00.

Departure is on Sunday February 19th after a morning practice, closing circle and brunch that will be served at 10.30

Pricing Per Person

Shared accommodation 2 persons | €640

Single with shared bathroom facilities | €799 (ONE SPACE LEFT)

Single with toilet and shower in the room | €839 (FULLY BOOKED)

Single luxury cabin | €915

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.


About Me - Esther Ekhart


For me yoga has been about showing up. Showing up for myself, for life and for others. I came to yoga at an early age through my mother and I did my first Yoga Teacher Training at 18 years old. 

I have been practicing, teaching and, most importantly, been a STUDENT of yoga for over 20 years. One thing that I have learned and observed over the years is that we/life keeps evolving. Things change constantly and we simply can’t stay as we are. I teach what I learn in my own continuing evolution. 


How To Get There

D’Alijo centre is around 70 minutes by car from Porto airport (the closest airport). There are no public transport options to the centre. We can arrange shared airport transfers to and from Porto airport at € 110 per car one way, a maximum of three persons. Transfers to and from the D'Alijo centre are not included in the prices.

You can find cheap car rental options via or Transavia and RyanAir. Please make sure you travel with valid travel insurance.

About D’Alijo Retreat Center

D’Alijo Retreat Center in North Portugal is an exclusive retreat centre located in the village of Cabeceiras de Basto in the province of Minho, with its beautiful city of Porto. Porto offers an international airport just one hour away from our retreat centre. The area is well known for its Vinho Verde vineyards, olive fields and beautiful national parks. Their studio and accommodations are cohesively blended with nature and are sure to awaken the mind, body and spirit.

D'Alijo has a vast knowledge of hospitality and is capable of tailoring your needs as you desire. D’Alijo’s intention is to nurture its guests by providing a space to learn, develop and grow, coupled with outstanding client communication and customer service.

Since they do have mild winters and can heat all buildings, bookings are accepted year around. D’Alijo boasts an inspiring studio space, along with stylish accommodations, and a gorgeous terrace surrounded restaurant set amongst vibrant lush gardens. Those who come to this centre will feel empowered to reconnect with nature, in a truly spectacular location.

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