‘Ascencion from the Earth’ – Esoteric yoga retreat in Sintra, Portugal – 9-15 September 2023


Welcome to our Ancient Science Yoga Retreat in Sintra, Portugal. Nestled among palaces and esoteric gardens, our retreat will transport you to a world of tranquility and ancient wisdom.

Led by Miska Käppi, founder of and co-founder of the Shakta School of Yoga, our retreat is an opportunity to explore the ancient Tantric yoga system that balances the body and opens the mind to ancient wisdom.
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Sintra's elevated location, its captivating castles, grand palaces and pastel-coloured country villas are mythical, straight out of a storybook.

What to expect

Daily yoga practice, nourishing food, lectures and discussion sessions that deepen your understanding of yoga. Perhaps the best-preserved European esoteric garden of initiation, the Quinta da Regaleira serves as the philosophical centre and inspiration for our retreat. Finally, at the end of the retreat, you will be invited to take part in a guided tour of the Quinta da Regaleira. Unlike the usual tourist tours, we will move through the garden following the original initiation rite. It affects the deepest oases of your mind and opens the gates towards your true nature.

Initiation well of Quinta da Regaleira. We will walk these steps that symbolically lead from the Earth to Heavens.


Conveniently located in the historic centre of Sintra, the cosy and charming Casa do Valle serves as our base. The vast gardens that surround us and the breathtaking views of the UNSECO World Heritage sites of Quinta da Regaleira, Pena Palace and the entire Sintra Valley provide the perfect backdrop for your yoga practice. The Sintra Nacional Palace and its surrounding charming shops and restaurants are just a few steps away. There are also many hiking trails starting from our accommodation and the most famous beaches are only a short drive away.

Casa do Valle main building
Swimming pool
Stunning views from the terrace
The view from our yoga shala
Night time view of the Pena palace and Moorish Castle
Cozy rooms

Our Yoga Practice

The teaching of the course comes from the Indian Tantric tradition, transmitted into the 21st century by Bhagavan Shri Shanmukha. As our location is surrounded by the European esoteric tradition, we use its rich symbolism to enhance the message. Bhagavan Shri Shanmukha’s traditional tantra has nothing to do with the neo-tantra obsessed with sexuality. Rather, it provides a solid philosophical platform for yoga, and a practice that has been thought out to the last detail over millennia.

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