W H A T D O E S S H A N T I M E A N ?
Shanti is a Sanskrit word meaning peace, rest, calmness, tranquility, or bliss.
Or in the words of T.S Eliot: "The Peace which passeth understanding"
T H E S H A N T I S P A C E
The venue, an old Quinta set in a national park and is endowed with beautiful fruit trees, giant oak corks, grape vines, vistas and a stream at the end of the garden where we often encounter our neighbours; deer and wild boar.
Within a 15 minute drive we reach the beach, see the fierce waves of the Atlantic coast and the charming surf town, Ericeira. Only half an hour from Lisbon and the airport, we are in an ideal location for Lisbon connections.
Our farm is the perfect venue for hosting groups, it is quiet and secluded. Our Garden Shala is a beautiful converted glass Victorian Greenhouse, a great workshop space.
T H E L A N D P R O J E C T
With 3.2 hectares of land surrounded by ancient forest alongside the Tapada de Mafra National Park, the land here is calling for regeneration and support for the trees native to these lands. In our quiet months we manage a mutually supportive volunteer program to help with work on the farm.
We are also investing our time harvesting the beautiful orchard fruit and nut trees readily available in the fairer months.
Over time we hope to continue to develop the biodiversity of these lands whilst we seek to support and encourage people to deepen their connection with nature, thereby deepening their connection to themselves and others.
L E O & L I L A
German Shepherd puppies that were adopted after their owner could no longer care for them. Now in paradise, they’re fluffy and full of love; play at your own risk.
M A R G A R I T A
Ginger cat with attitude who is the real landlady. Loves cuddles and breaking into the house.
W H E R E I T A L L B E G A N
In 2009 during a massage in Bali, Jessica asked herself what she envisioned for her life if she lived without limitations. It was then she pictured herself running a retreat centre. Back then however, her retreat vision included a cocktail bar… It was a couple of years later that martinis got phased out for smoothies, she opted for herbals teas and yoga after heartbreak and bowed out of the corporate world to take steps towards that vision.
In 2012 in the Himalayas of India, saddened by the waste lining the paths and villages, Jessica created ‘The Shanti Space’ as a chill-out area at a music festival designed to raise awareness and donations for an eco project in a Himalayan village. By offering yoga and a place to relax, funds were raised to buy the village their first bin, support a small education project, create posters for the village and brought people together on collections and campaigns raising awareness and promoting sustainability in their lands. That was the birthing of The Shanti Space.
Since then The Shanti Space has grown to host international yoga retreats, gatherings, festival workshops and a clinic in London making donations to projects globally that support education, environment and community.
Jessica on her journey spent over a year immersed in practice in India and Nepal, on her return to the West she encountered serendipitously acupuncturist Jack Weaver who much to her surprise shared the same vision. As soul friends they became collaborators, toured the world and got married as they brought their shared vision to life.
Now a beautiful venue in an enchanted forest, The Shanti Space continues to be a space for restoration, peaceful retreat and calm abiding at this stunning location in Portugal.
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J E S S I C A & J A C K W E A V E R
The Shanti Space is now a collaboration between Jessica and Jack Weaver. With their passion for exploration, self-discovery and well-being they were inspired to create a retreat space that embodies and offers this. They love healthy organic food, music and being surrounded by nature.
Both held a vision of running a retreat venue for many years, life took them on a journey of discovery in which on their way, they found one another and eventually their beautiful home in Portugal.
Their intention is that together with the people they live and collaborate with, they live in a harmonious environment and cultivate a deeper connection with Nature inside and out. Both trained in holistic therapies such as acupuncture, biodynamic craniosacral therapy, yoga, qi gong, reiki and are Vipassana meditation practitioners.
Their home is in nature, simplicity and kindness.