Amazing 7 Day Programme with Yoga, Meditation, Excursions, Massages
Including 3 Days of Complete Silence

This silence retreat in Portugal is specifically designed to experience the calming of the mind, and to find that space to really Rest and Unwind. We literally Turn Down the Volume for a couple of days and take the time to simply BE.

The Essence of this week:

This silent retreat will give You a Taste of the Essential ‘Dimension’ of your Being – Stillness.

Practicing Silence becomes more and more popular (again) and it is known as a common practise in all great traditions.

This week is ideal to enjoy silence in a very loving way. This is not a meditation bootcamp. This is not about hardcore stuff or pushing your spiritual growth. This silence retreat is simply about turning down the volume.
About listening and about becoming more aware. About taking a holiday, away from daily communication.

There is no place more perfect than this location to enjoy the Silence.

One week. A week of holiday for your Mind, Body and Spirit!

AWESOME Food from our private chef: gluten, dairy and sugar free!

If you want to join us for an unforgettable yoga holiday, simply make a no-obligation booking.

Fully able to escape my normal life!
This silence and yoga retreat gave me the break I needed. I was fully able to escape from my normal life and gain perspective, relaxation and rejuvenation. The yoga, the food, and place were all the restoration my body and mind were asking for!
Julia Willinger, NYC, USA

To find out more or book your place...

Please contact Rachel at if you would like to ask any questions about this retreat or how to book and pay for your place, she will be more than happy to get back to you!

You can also book and pay securely online here. Payments via Paypal, Credit Card or Bank Transfer

Silence Retreat – What You Can Expect

Remember, this is an all-inclusive yoga holiday so there will be no extra costs for you this week! The minute you arrive, everything will be taken care of for you.

The all-inclusive price for this magical journey includes:

  • 7 nights in the most peaceful environment you can imagine, Paraiso Escondido truly is a paradise
  • Transfers on the arrival and departure day (from/to the airport at specific times)
  • 3 incredibly tasty and healthy meals a day, prepared by our very own private chef
  • Drinks all day: water, fruit juices, tea…
  • Daily meditation classes and guidance in your personal meditation
  • Daily yoga classes, different styles of yoga
  • 1 full length treatment
  • Private life coaching session with Rachel

The Cost

Private Accommodation: 1950 Euro
Shared Accommodation for couples or close friends (1 bed): 1750 Euro, price per person

Prices include full board accommodation, all yoga, an excursion, and one full-length treatment per person.

What You Will Do

This is a 7 day programme, including three days where we will practice Silence.

We will give you the full program of the week once you arrive but we will also leave enough space for adjustments in the schedule, just to be open for the unexpected, for weather conditions, group preferences, and for you, to find enough room to simply relax.

Arrival day
7PM Dinner
8PM Orientation and Q&A
9PM Evening Meditation and handing over of all mobile devices (you get them back when we break Silence)

Monday to Wednesday: Practicing Silence 
7AM-9AM Meditation & Hatha Yoga
9AM Breakfast
1PM Lunch
4:30PM Walking Meditation
5PM Yin Yoga (breaking the silence on Thursday evening)
7PM Dinner
9PM Evening Meditation

Sunday, Thursday and Friday
7AM Hatha Yoga
9AM Breakfast
1PM Lunch
7PM Heart Meditation
8PM Dinner

9AM Breakfast and Departure

The Daily Program may still change, according to group preferences, weather conditions, etc.

This is your time, your holiday, so if you want to skip a class or a workshop that is absolutely fine. Although we believe you will find the program stimulating and fun, primarily we want you to relax and enjoy yourself!

There is just one non-negiotable term and that is to hand over your mobile phone during the three days of silence. There is no point in staying connected in that way when practising silence. There will be two numbers for you to give to family or friends in case of emergencies and these telephones will be switched on the whole time.

The Location

We found a hidden paradise for this unique silence retreat in the Alentejo region in Portugal. Paraiso Escondido has everything you need to fully embrace the silence. Berny and Glenn have made their dream come true and have created the perfect location to slow down and recharge. Quality and luxury are the key words to describe this venue.

With just 10 rooms, the atmosphere is personal and relaxed. The invitation is there to completely feel at home. And believe me, you will not want to leave after a week.

Berny has an incredible eye for detail and art which clearly reflects on the interior design of the rooms. All rooms are different and allocation is on a first come, first serve basis.

Flights and Transfers

The airport to fly into is Faro.
Faro is about 1 hour drive from Paraiso Escondido.

There will be an included transfer from Faro Airport at 4:30-5PM on the 13th.
And, a shared transfer back to Faro Airport on the 20th, at 10AM.
If you can’t make these times, we can arrange a separate pick up for you, at extra cost.

Alternatively, you can fly into Lisbon.
Lisbon is about 2,5 hour drive and we can arrange a separate pick up for you, at extra cost.

If you have any further questions about transfers, please don’t hesitate asking.


Divine Cuisine

Hayley NorthUtterly divine cuisine will be served by our personal chef, Hayley North.

In yoga land, Hayley needs no introduction as she’s famous for her nutritious and balanced way of making meals. Being a yoga teacher herself, Hayley understands exactly how our meals can support our practise.

This goes way beyond any cookbook or recipe. This is also about the ‘how’, about having over ten years of experience in ayurveda, raw food and having studied every possible angle in serving balanced food.

What Hayley does in the kitchen is difficult to describe, but you taste it. And will want to continue tasting it! You feel nourished, healthy and light after her meals. And, completely guilt free of course as she only uses the best ingredients and cooks 95% vegan.

Eating in silence is a great way to experience mindfulness and become more present.

Without conversation and distraction, increases our awareness of others, our surroundings and the food on our plate. Our senses wake up, with the visual, smells, colours, tastes and textures coming alive in a way that can be easily missed when eating in a hurry, on the go, watching TV, using the phone or when talking.

Optimum health starts in the digestive system and the process of digestion begins way before we take the first bite. There are many positive benefits to be gained from slowing down and becoming more connected to the food we eat – affecting everything from weight, overeating, emotional and comfort eating, depression and stress. It can even open our eyes to the choices we are making with regards to the food we buy and eat.

Mealtimes are also undeniably a chance to share, socialise and enjoy time with others. Periods of time spent eating in silence help us become significantly more aware of how we speak and what we choose to talk about.

Paying more attention to how we are eating can help deepen and strengthen the connection we have with ourselves and with others and is a process that brings us benefits physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Without any effort, after a week of tasting what is possible in a vegan cuisine, you will be inspired to the max to eat more conscious and make healthy choices when you get back home.

To find out more or book your place...

Please contact Rachel at if you would like to ask any questions about this retreat or how to book and pay for your place, she will be more than happy to get back to you!

You can also book and pay securely online here. Payments via Paypal, Credit Card or Bank Transfer

Your Host during this silence retreat

Rachel Bonkink


rachel bonkinkAs an experienced personal life coach, I have guided hundreds of people over the past years in my practice in Antwerp, via Skype and on my retreats. I live in Sao Martinho do Porto, a little beach town in Portugal.

Before I founded Revealing Vajra, I built on a strong corporate career. At a certain point, managing huge international teams in three different continents. This unique combination – a deep understanding of corporate life alongside a vast experience of mind-body trainings and retreats – gives my holidays a very POWERFUL edge.

In the past ten years, I have followed loads of teacher trainings and (silence) retreats, usually 2 to 3 per year. Ranging from Ashtanga to Iyengar inspired teachers. My very first training was in India, in Rishikesh, a simple standard 200 hours on Hatha and Ashtanga. 20 years ago, I studied Traditional Chinese Medecine in the Netherlands.

I am grateful to have studied with truly amazing teachers such as Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers, Bernie ClarkAlan Wallace, Tony Robbins and many more. Every year, I follow at least 2 to 3 retreats to enhance my knowledge on yoga, meditation and human behaviour. At least one silent retreat a year is usually also on my personal agenda.

You can read a little more about me here….

Booking and Cancellation Policy

As these are such challenging and insecure times, we are all taking a bit of a risk when booking this retreat. With these conditions in place, we can go forward with the retreat bookings, book our flights and, I can be responsible in managing my small business.

You can secure your booking with a 500 Euro non-refundable deposit.

The remaining amount is due 3 weeks before the start date of the retreat.

In the event Revealing Vajra needs to cancel this retreat because of government regulations, or simply not being able to have the retreat in Portugal at this venue for whatever reason, in this case, there are 3 options:
1. You agree with simply moving your booking to a new date in 2021-2022.
2. You prefer a refund, Revealing Vajra refunds you what you paid, minus the deposit of 500 Euros, before 31/12/2022.
3. You accept a voucher that can be used for any of our retreats till 31/12/2022.

In the event that you need to cancel the retreat, less than 3 weeks before the start date of the retreat: Revealing Vajra issues a voucher, minus the 500 Euro deposit, that can be used for any of our retreats till 31/12/2022.

We strongly encourage you to take a travel insurance to cover the costs of possible cancellation or illness.

Flights are not covered and not included in your retreat price.

At any time you can provide a replacement participant.


I had a great week in Portugal with Rachel as my yoga teacher. This silent retreat was just perfect and exactly what I needed. The hatha and yin classes supported the silence days really well. All I can say is that you will not regret joining one of Rachel's retreats. Everything is so very well organised that you can be completely worry free, she takes care of it all.
Lovely food, great people. If you have the chance to join: Do it!
June 2017

Trine Johansen, Norway

They say 3rd time is a charme and I can tell you that this silent retreat in Portugal absolutely was a charme! From the yoga and meditation to the food, the location and the great company. I so appreciated the super relaxed atmosphere of it all.
You always know you're in for a treat when booking with Rachel!
June 2017

Carole Dieltiens, Belgium

Going for the 6th time on a yoga retreat with Rachel !
Her lessons and retreats keep being different and she's keeps coming up with the most amazing locations so I like this way of traveling and seeing the world. She only goes for the best locations, the best chefs and knows the best way of teaching yoga so that everyone is able to follow her classes. From being super flexible and very experienced to not being flexible at all and having no experience at all. I appreciated her philosophy that all is well and that she allows everyone to just be themselves.

Korine den Blanken, the Netherlands

Lovely yoga retreat! Rachel and Hayley are both so very warm, helpful and knowledgeable. Thank you!

Lisa, UK

A very professional set up to a yoga retreat. Very organised and wholesome. Great!

Azi, UK

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This is not a meditation nor a silence boot camp. We will guide you every step of the way with advice, guidelines and a schedule to hold on to.

Familiarise yourself with silence and learning how to “sit and meditate”.

You will get more insight in your mental landscape and guidelines on how to get a grip on your thoughts.

You will learn how to meditate.

You will enjoy wonderful meals, prepared by our personal chef Hayley North. The meals will support our practise every step of the way.

After one week, you will feel fully recharged to step back into the world.

You came to the right place if you are looking for some quiet time in a world full of noise.



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