Opening Ceremony and Retreat

Portugal, Aljezur 2018


The Shambala Center opens its doors. We will begin with a full moon ceremony with the intention to create a sacred space and connect with other places of power and healing.


After this the space will open for everyone to join in for the whole of May. You can stay for the whole time or for a few days as you like. We will be camping in the beautiful lush nature and meditate in the shade of the trees by the river. You can bring your own camping equipment/camper or stay in one of our tent or the tipi if you book in advance. We have a simple outside kitchen where we will serve food every day. Everything is based on donation with a recommendation of 15 – 30€ per day. There are also possibilities to help us with the work as part of the donation.


The first week will have a full program with meditations, talks, body work and drumming. You can join in for the parts you want or enjoy a walk in the area. We are focusing on finding the spiritual warrior within. To create a firm base to open up our hearts. We will work with peaceful communication, breathing, drumming and body balancing.

Preliminary Program:

07.30 Wake up – (Silence until after breakfast)
08.00 Meditation
09.00 Body Work
10.00 Breakfast
12.00-14.00 Meditation, Zen Coaching
14.00 Lunch
16.00-18:00 Workshop
18.30 Dinner
20.30 Drumming


We offer a place to camp in nature, vegan food and access to water. We have simple compost toilets but no showers. There is no power or Internet. If you have a van or want to stay in one of our tents please contact us before coming.

During the first week (April 29 – May 7) We do not accept animals and ask people not to smoke in public. There will be general mindfulness and times of silence. If you arrive in the day please wait until there is a food break before entering the retreat.

To get to the Shambala Center you can take your car there or walk from Aljezur. It is about 7 kilometers. See map.

From Aljezur go towards Marmelette in the roundabout. After the first hill and right before the bridge over the river, take a left (There are green trash cans there and post boxes). Follow the main road following the river for 5 km. When you see a sign with the text SHAMBALA you are in the right place. If you se a sign with the text Varzea Gancala you are going to far. Follow the river and do not try to cross the mountains.

For more information and booking email

Mikael Ananda

The sound of water next to my bed is Dharma for my ears.