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 in developing an organic garden to grow food that supports our retreats along with 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 continuing to support and encourage people to deepen their connection with nature, thereby deepening their connection to themselves and others.
W H E R E I T A L L B E G A N
In 2012 The Shanti Space raised donations for a project in a small village in the remote Himalayas. By offering yoga and a place to relax at local festivals, 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.
Since then The Shanti Space has evolved to host international yoga retreats, gatherings and a clinic in London whilst being responsible for managing holistic areas and hosting workshops at festivals around the world making 10% donations to projects globally that support education, environment and community.
Now a beautiful venue in an enchanted forest, The Shanti Space is 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 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 and are Vipassana meditation practitioners.
Their home is in nature, simplicity and kindness.