8 Days Breathwork, Qigong, and Meditative Tai Chi Retreat in Lagos, Portugal

Meditation and Health Retreat Portugal

Discover the tremendous health benefits of Tai Ji Quan (or Tai Chi), Qigong, and breath work with a special week’s stay with Vivenda Miranda. There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice has value in treating or preventing many health problems. And you can get started even if you aren’t in top shape or the best of health. What are you waiting for? Come and experience the realization of surpassing beauty through Tai Chi in Vivenda Miranda’s idyllic location. This is an opportunity of a life time!

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  • 5 sessions of Tai Chi, Qigong, and breathwork
  • Relax in royal Ayurveda massage, aromatherapy, and Swedish massage
  • Unlimited access to the wellness spa suite including sauna, steam room, and pool
  • Enjoy a welcome drink on a panoramic terrace overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
  • Breakfast buffet with raw, vegan, and superfood options
  • Daily nutritional organic lunches and evening meals
  • Transfer from and to Faro Airport (FAO)
  • 7 nights accommodation


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: German, Portuguese, English
Airport transfer included: Faro Airport
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  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steam room
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Beauty salon
  • Bicycle rental
  • Car rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Newspapers
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding
  • Patio
  • Outdoor shower

You will be staying in a former private home of a 17th-century noble family. Vivenda Miranda breathes truly individual design within its 25 rooms and suites, which are styled in either traditional Portuguese design or contemporary bohemian chic. Enjoy the beautiful views among lush gardens and the deep blue ocean.

Double room

Enjoy the stunning and unique atmosphere of the Vivenda Miranda's double rooms. The very own in-house decorative painter has lent her hand to design and furnish each space with imagination, creativity, and individuality. The interior design brings together traditional Portuguese heritage with a modern boutique touch. All three double rooms have private terraces with either garden and/or ocean views. Options include single and double occupancy.

Deluxe room

Indulge in the comfort of deluxe rooms which all enjoy the personal touch and style of the in-house decorator. Every one of them is specially designed to accommodate you in the most comfortable way possible, each with a living area some of which are split level to make you feel truly at home. Their private terraces with either garden or ocean views allow you to feel the ocean breeze and touch of nature all around you so you can truly relax and unwind.

Deluxe suite

The four deluxe suites ensure that when you travel as a family, you can stay together as a family. Each of deluxe suites at Vivenda Miranda accommodates three or four people comprising of a bedroom and separate living room with a sofa bed. Beautifully designed and furnished, these suites provide you with the space to breathe and enjoy every single moment with the ones you love. Each enjoys a private terrace from which you can enjoy breathtaking ocean views.

Suite superior

Superior suite is one of the newly refurbished suites and features some of the latest available in-room luxury amenities as well as privileged position within the hotel. It boasts a large balcony with pool and panoramic views over the Atlantic Ocean as well as a bedroom and living room in a modern boutique style, both with satellite TV.

Other features include individually adjustable mood lights, a bathroom with walk-in rain shower, waterfall faucet and WC, under floor heating, air conditioning, bathrobes, hairdryer and beach towels, telephone, mini bar, and safe.

Boutique grand suite

The boutique grand suite is Vivenda Miranda's jewel in the crown. The stunning use of striking bold colors, combined with individually created pieces of bespoke furniture, have been brought together to create a wonderfully luxurious and sumptuous romantic ambiance.

Together with a spacious lounge area, this suite is further complemented with two bathrooms, one with a spectacular walk-in-shower ‘with-a-view’ and under-floor heating. The sleeping area comes with an undisturbed view of the ocean and ceiling star lighting at night. The extensive private balconies afford a further highlight with stunning panoramic ocean views.


Tai Ji Quan (or Tai Chi)

Tai Chi (also written as T'ai Chi, Taiji, Tai Chi Chuan, among others) is a slow-motion, moving meditative exercise for relaxation, health, and self-defense. Tai Chi has its origins in Taoism and martial arts. Tai Chi Chuan means "supreme ultimate boxing." The "supreme ultimate" here refers to the Tao, or more specifically, the framework within which the dualities of Yin and Yang manifest themselves in the field of time.

The allusion to the Tai Chi in this context suggests that the art contains within itself (in its movements, shapes, and patterns of breathing). All that is necessary for these dynamic forces to interact and be reconciled. The character Chuan refers to a school or method of boxing or combat. Therefore, it can be said that Tai Chi Chuan, as it was originally conceived, contains a sophisticated method of fighting based on the reconciliation of dynamically interacting forces.

Structurally speaking then, the Tai Chi Chuan practitioner seeks to neutralize his opponent's use of force before applying a countering force of his own. In this give and take, this interplay of energies, Tai Chi finds its highest expression.

What is the place of Tai Chi in modern society?

How are people to appreciate this precious cultural transmission? The secret lies in enlarging your understanding of how the benefits of Tai Chi apply in daily life. Today, people may use Tai Chi to 'figh' fatigue, stress, overwork, or lack of understanding of oneself and one's body. T'ai Chi was designed to increase one's longevity. Sometimes, this means preventing another person from harming you.

However, this same system can be used to help keep stress from killing or injuring you. Daily practice of Tai Chi promotes mental clarity and a healthy body, assists with balance, and helps the circulation of the ch'i and the blood. Tai Chi is also a vehicle for the realization of surpassing beauty.


Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques, and focused intention. The word Qigong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe. The second word, Gong, pronounced gung, means accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qigong (Chi Kung) means cultivating energy.

It is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing, and increasing vitality. Qigong is an integration of physical postures, breathing techniques, and focused intentions. Qigong practices can be classified as martial, medical, or spiritual. All styles have three things in common: they all involve a posture, (whether moving or stationary), breathing techniques, and mental focus. Some practices increase the Qi; others circulate it, use it to cleanse and heal the body, store it, or emit Qi to help heal others.

Practices vary from the soft internal styles such as Tai Chi; to the external, vigorous styles such as Kung Fu. However, the slow gentle movements of most Qigong forms can be easily adapted, even for the physically challenged and can be practiced by all age groups. Like any other system of health care, Qigong is not a panacea, but it is certainly a highly effective health care practice. Many health care professionals recommend Qigong as an important form of alternative complementary medicine.

Qigong creates an awareness of and influences dimensions of our being that are not part of traditional exercise programs. Most exercises do not involve the meridian system used in acupuncture nor do they emphasize the importance of adding mind intent and breathing techniques to physical movements. When these dimensions are added, the benefits of exercise increase exponentially.

The gentle, rhythmic movements of Qigong reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. It has also been found to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic, and digestive functions. Those who maintain a consistent practice of Qigong find that it helps one regain a youthful vitality, maintain health even into old age, and helps speed recovery from illness.


Carl Zimmerling
Carl has been a teacher, Zen monk, Tai Ji instructor, and massage therapist for more than 15 years. Born in Berlin, he lived in Paris before emigrating to Portugal where he lives today. In 2012, he achieved a diploma in integrative bodywork from the Green Mountain Institute, Vermont, USA.


Set in a very tranquil location, with ample gardens and beautiful lawned pool area overlooking Porto Mos beach, Lagos, the setting of Vivenda Miranda is unbeatable. Ocean views are yours to enjoy from breakfast on the terrace, relaxing by the pool during the day or enjoying some delicious and healthy al-fresco dining.

Nearby places

  • Faro Airport (FAO) - 50 minutes



  • Gym
  • Golf course
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steam room
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Wine tasting


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Beach
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • In-room safe
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Mini bar
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Patio


  • Beauty salon
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding


During this health retreat, you will be provided with daily breakfast buffet with raw, vegan, and superfood options as well as nutritional organic lunches and evening meals, that cater for all dietary needs.

The Mirandus Restaurant occupies a unique location nestled peacefully upon the dramatic cliffs above Porto de Mós Beach. Both its charming inside dining area and its breathtaking sun terrace enjoy spectacular views along the coastline, against a backdrop of sparkling sea and endless sky.

The nourishing gourmet menus are crafted by a resident chef from seasonal, local, natural, and wild food ingredients, to create fresh, tasty, fine dining dishes that guarantee a taste of the region to delight your palate.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Raw food
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Enjoy what the beautiful Algarve has to offer and arrange a historical tour of Lagos.

Spa treatments

This health retreat includes one royal Ayurveda massage for 90 minutes, one aromatherapy for 90 minutes, and one Swedish massage for 50 minutes per person. Get pampered nature’s way in the calm and tranquillity of the spa. The spa is Neal's Yard Remedies first overseas beauty spa providing only their world leading organic, ethical, and sustainable skin care products and signature treatments in an oasis of pampering and calm.

In addition to an extensive choice of treatments, a sauna, steam room, foot spa, and an outdoor pool with jacuzzi set the mood for a relaxing wellness journey. Neal's Yard Remedies of Convent Garden, London deeply believes in a healthy and holistic lifestyle through the power of nature. Only the purest organic skin care elements are used, which contain no added parabens, GMOs or nano-technology and all are 100% vegetarian and not tested on animals.

Double treatment room

Due to popular demand, the hotel has created a double treatment room in the spa, so now couples or just good friends can enjoy the delights of gorgeous Neal's Yard Remedies treatments together.

What's included

  • 1 aromatherapy for 90 minutes per person
  • 1 royal Ayurveda massage for 90 minutes per person
  • 1 Swedish massage for 50 minutes per person
  • 5 sessions of 'meditation in motion' Tai Ji Quan, Qigong, and breathwork for 90 minutes each
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet with raw, vegan, and superfood options
  • Daily nutritional organic lunches and evening meals, that cater for all dietary needs
  • Taxes and services charges
  • Transfer from and to Faro Airport (FAO)
  • Unlimited access to the wellness spa suite including sauna, steam bath, and pool
  • Welcome drink on a panoramic terrace overlooking the Atlantic Ocean

What's not included

  • Airfare

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO). Transfer from and to this airport is included. Vivenda Miranda will pick you up at the airport.

Airport: Faro Airport Airport transfer included: Faro Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 15 days before the arrival date.

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This retreat is available from March to November.


Low season
  • March – April  and November


High season
  • May – June and October


Peak season
  • July – August and September
Wednesday November 28, 2018
(8 days / 7 nights)

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