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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 is a common practise in all great traditions and the recipe to really retreat from the world.

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, Yuki Jung. A plant-based super menu is being prepared for you as we speak!

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
  • 3 incredibly tasty and healthy vegan meals a day
  • Drinks all day: water, fruit juices, tea…
  • Daily meditation classes and guidance in your personal meditation
  • Beach walks and coastal hiking to explore this beautiful region
  • Daily yoga classes, different styles of yoga
  • 1 full length treatment
  • Private life coaching session with Rachel

The Cost

Private Accommodation: 2650 Euro
Shared Accommodation for couples or close friends (1 bed): 1950 Euro

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
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 and 20 minutes drive from Paraiso Escondido.
Prices are about 100 Euro.

Alternatively, you can fly into Lisbon.
Lisbon is about 2,5 hour drive.
Prices are about 200-250 Euro.

Transfers are NOT included in your retreat package. We can make the arrangements for you and/or link you with other participants to share the costs.

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


The Food

Chef Yuki ProfileChef Yuki will spoil us with incredibly delicious meals! Joining just for the food is an idea 🙂
Yuki is a plant-based chef and a certified nutritionist from the Plant-Based Institute for Culinary Arts in Berlin.

Her origins are from Bavaria and as a kid from the „Alpes“ – her connection to nature has always been profound and source of life energy.

She’s a former audio-visual designer, based in Portugal and she works as a Private Chef for seminaries, events and yoga retreats.

She believes in the ethical & energetically quality and the positive effects of pure, plant-based, wholesome food. When carefully prepared with creativity & love & joy, foods are directly connected to our inner and outer health and well-being.

With food we can share and communicate our emotions. It´s that mind-set of sharing that is really what you are eating.” – Buddhist chef Jeong Kwan

raw vegan cake chef yuki


All meals will be balanced and, support you in every step of your journey this week.

Our diet will be vegan and Yuki can cater for all allergies and intolerances. Just let us know in advance.

One day, we will go out to a local restaurant for lunch (or dinner), depending on weather and regulations.





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 bonkinkBefore 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 for studying with truly amazing teachers such as Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers, Bernie ClarkAlan Wallace, Jack Kornfield, Tony Robbins and many more. Even during lockdown time, I managed to follow further training online on meditation, pranayama and human behaviour.

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 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, not enough participants 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. Revealing Vajra refunds everything you have paid within 3 weeks.
2. You agree with moving your booking to a new date in 2022-2023.
3. You accept a voucher that can be used for any of the retreats till 31/12/2024.

In the event that you need to cancel the retreat, less than 3 weeks before the start date of the retreat, Revealing Vajra can not refund. I wish I could but costs where made by now and in this time span it will be difficult to find a replacement. No exceptions, sorry.
I strongly encourage you to take a travel insurance to cover the costs of possible cancellation or illness.

There are no refunds for arriving late, leaving the retreat early, flight cancellations, travel delays or illness.
Any refunds allowed will incur a 3% processing fee.

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

At any time you can provide a replacement participant.


Just do it.
Whatever is telling you 'no', just ignore that. Book this retreat instead.
Silence Retreat Portugal, October 2021

Kat Mereigh, USA

Rachel is the most wonderful person regarding respect, leaving you free to do what you want to do and making a retreat into an amazing experience. This silent retreat at Paraiso Escondido was my 10th(!) retreat with Rachel. Yes, I have tried other retreats with other organisers and teachers but I keep coming back to hers. Rachel's retreats just seem to get better every single time.
Silence Retreat Portugal, October 2021

Korine den Blanken, NL

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8 October - October 15, 2022 FULLY BOOKED

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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.

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.