5th – 18th May, Centro Karuna, Portugal
Arrival at the Retreat
Registration for the retreat will begin at 11:30 a.m. on the morning of May 5th, so please try to arrive by 11:00 a.m. at the latest. The retreat will end the morning of May the 18th after breakfast (most likely at 9:00 a.m.).
Serra de Monchique,
(Please note that it is best to contact the center by phone)
Staying at Centro Karuna Before and After the Retreat
You are welcome to stay at the center for a few days before the retreat begins and for a few additional nights after the retreat has ended. However the centre has kindly asked us not to arrive earlier than the evening of the 2nd May, and preferably not before the morning of the 3rd May.
In general, if you are due to arrive either very late or very early, i.e. between 21:30pm and 7:00am, please arrange to stay overnight elsewhere and arrive at the center the next day.
The cost of staying in Karuna Center before or after the retreat is approximately 35 EUR per night in single or double room and 25 EUR per night for those staying in a tent. This cost includes meals.
Please e-mail, or phone, the center directly to make inquiries or bookings, and CC us in the correspondence. The payment for additional nights will be made to us during registration, rather than to the center itself.
If you wish to stay at the center and self-cater, the nearest village has some small grocery stores and is a 5 minute drive away. It is not very easy to get around unless you have a car.
Accommodation at Centro Karuna
The accommodation at the center is either in a single or double room. Both options are comfortable and simple. You may also sleep in a tent. Those choosing this option will need to bring their own tents as they are not provided by the retreat center. Shared bathrooms and showers will be provided for those staying in tents.
The closest airport to the retreat center is Faro International Airport, followed by Lisbon International Airport and Porto International Airport. From there you will need to reach the nearest major town to the retreat center, which is Portimao, from which the center can be accessed by a short taxi or bus/taxi ride.
Train tickets don’t need to be purchased in advance, as you can buy your ticket directly at the train station.
From Faro International Airport to Portimao:
You can take a train (2 hours) from Faro airport to the town Portimao. You can also reach Portimao from Faro by bus (approximately 10 EUR) or by taxi (approximately 80 EUR).
From Lisbon International Airport to Portimao:
You can take a train from Lisbon (Gare Oriente or Entrecampos train stations) to Portimão train station (approx. 30 EUR). Portimao can also be reached by bus (Entrecampos bus station to Portimao bus station, approx. 20 EUR)
When you have reached Portimão
From Portimão you can either get a bus to Monchique and then a taxi from there, or a taxi directly to the retreat center.
From both Portimão or Monchique, you may call the following taxi drivers, who know how to reach Karuna. A taxi will cost 25-30 EUR from Portimão to Karuna, or 8 EUR Monchique to Karuna. Tó: +351 917 612 201 (first option) Zé Nuno: + 351 963 087 831
Bus and Train Timetables:
Train tickets don’t need to be purchased in advance, as you can buy your ticket directly at the train station
What to Bring:
We recommend that you bring the following items to the retreat:
- Meditation cushion (the center provides some cushions but they are not very comfortable) Please also bring a mat/cushion for your feet if you plan to sit in a chair and require one.
- Flash light
- Mosquito cream
- Bathing suit (the center has a nice, small pond)
- Personal mosquito net
- Electricity multi-plug (since there are a very limited number of electricity sockets in the rooms)
- Items to beautify your room ( shawls, flowervases etc. as the rooms are very simple )
- Sun protection items (hat and sun cream)
- Shawl and warm clothes (for evenings)
- White clothes for the hall (while we recommend that you wear white in the hall, it is not obligatory. However, any clothes worn should be plain and not have strong images or lettering on them)
- Yoga mat
- Sport shoes
- Home gym straps for exercise
- Water bottle (for refilling in the resort’s water stations)
- Vitamin C/Multivitamins
- Ear plugs
Cost of the Retreat
Please email us with questions regarding rates and costs for the retreats.
If you have any questions regarding the above you are welcome to email us at email@example.com