Tantrika Online: General Questions

Read about our different membership options HERE and enroll in the membership of your choice.
Welcome to the Tantrika Institute kula (community)! Start by enjoying our free course, The Basics of Tantrik Yoga. This will grant you access to the course forum where you can engage with other students on the Tantrik path. If you wish to connect further with the kula, signup for one of our memberships HERE.

If you are on Facebook, you can request to join the Tantrik Yoga NOW Facebook group.
If you are completely new to classical Tantra and/or Tantrika Institute, we suggest the following order:

a) The Basics of Tantrik Yoga (free!)

Enroll on www.tantrikainstitute.org/membership at KULA level ($7/month)
b) 6 Simple Steps to Walk the Spiritual Path (access with KULA membership)
c) The 7 Facets of the Tantrik Path Overview Webinar Series (KULA)
d) Foundations of Tantrik Yoga (KULA)

Upgrade to SADHAKA or SADHAKA DHARMA membership ($65 or $75/month)
e) Near Enemies to the Truth Webinar Series (access with SADHAKA / SADHAKA DHARMA membership)
f) 8 Keys to Liberation (SADHAKA / SADHAKA DHARMA )
g) 7 Facets Curriculum (SADHAKA / SADHAKA DHARMA )

If you are already more experienced in classical Tantra, you may wish to jump in right at the Near Enemies to the Truth Webinar Series, though we do recommend reviewing the Foundations of Tantrik Yoga if you haven’t recently done so – experience has shown that the more well-versed one becomes on the spiritual path, the more one grows to appreciate the simplicity and depth of foundational teachings.
Also, at any time you may choose to supplement your studies with material in the TI Library (access with SADHAKA or SADHAKA DHARMA membership) and/or by reading posts of interest on www.hareesh.org/blogpage.
As our community is based all over the world, all TI Live events on Tantrika Online are always recorded.

To watch a recording, go to the TI Library at the top of Tantrika Online and then search for your event using the categories and/or tags provided or using a keyword in the search box.

Please note that due to editing and processing requirements, our recordings are usually uploaded within
72 hours.
In the top right-hand corner of the screen, click on your name, select “Account” and select “Email Preferences”.
Click on “Forum” at the top of the page. There, you will find various forums you can click on to participate in discussions.

If you prefer an overview of what’s currently going on in the forums, click on “News Feed” at the top of the page. You can then join discussions directly!

This will become the new home of Tantrik Yoga Now.
Yes, all students must create a new account on Tantrika Online in order to access the new courses and content. Please enroll and subscribe to Tantrika Online here.
If you have any questions, need support or seek assistance, please contact our Student Support team support@tantrikainstitute.org. We are happy to assist you with any questions you may have.

Tantrika Online: General Membership Information

Read about our different membership options HERE and enroll in the membership of your choice.
Please see here for details about the KULA and SADHAKA memberships on Tantrika Online 2.0.

In brief, the KULA membership includes:
– Access to two introductory webinar series (6 Simple Steps to Walk the Tantrik Path and The 7 Facets of Tantrik
– Yoga Overview Webinar Series)
– Access to all Live Q&A (live and archived sessions)
– Access to the 15-week course Sanskrit Fundamentals
– Access to one recorded asana or embodiment class per week
– Access to the Tantrika Online Community and Forums

The SADHAKA and SADHAKA DHARMA memberships include:
– All KULA membership features mentioned above, including access to the Tantrika Online Community and Forums
– Access to the 7 Facets of Tantrik Yoga curriculum
– Access to our Signature Courses
– Weekly TI Live Satsangs and Webinar Series
– TI Live Asana and Embodiment Classes 5 days a week
– Full access to all material in the TI Library
In addition, the SADHAKA DHARMA membership includes a monthly donation towards our Student Support Fund
Get 3 months of Tantrika Online 2.0 content for Tantrika Online 1.0 pricing!
This offer is only valid during the transition period until September 30th, 2021 for new members.

– New KULA members joining before September 30th enjoy a 3-month KULA membership for free.
– New SADHAKA members joining before September 30th pay $49/month, with a 3 month minimum commitment, for the first 3 months of their membership (thereafter, $65/month).
– New SADHAKA DHARMA members joining before September 30th pay $59/month, with a 3 month minimum commitment, for the first 3 months of their membership (thereafter, $75/month).

For existing members, we offer you the following:
– Existing KULA subscribers get access to all KULA offerings on Tantrika Online 2.0 for free until the end of December, 2021.
– Existing SAMAYIN and TANTRIKA subscribers get access to all SADHAKA offerings on Tantrika Online 2.0 for the same price as your previous subscription until the end of December, 2021.
If you are enrolled and have a subscription on Tantrika Online but lock yourself out of the student portal by entering an incorrect password too many times, just wait a few minutes to try again and/or reset your password. If you do not receive the email to reset your password, please check your spam folder. Contact support@tantrikainstitute.org if you cannot find the email and need a temporary password.
No. Every student needs to create their own separate account to have a unique experience, which takes advantage of individualized features such as Courses and participation in the Tantrika Online Forum.
Our new SADHAKA membership is not the 4-year certification program we had announced last year. The new SADHAKA membership replaces both the SAMAYIN and TANTRIKA subscriptions on the old learning portal. It gives you access to the full range of activities, courses, offerings and the online community and forums on Tantrika Online. For details, please see here.
The certification program is still under development. It will include all courses offered in the 7 Facets of the Tantrik Path, more of which will be released regularly in the coming months and years. Therefore, we encourage you to start working through these courses at your own pace. Once the certification program becomes available, all courses you have completed will be counted towards the certification program.
We will be offering bursaries for community members with low income or those living in countries with weak currencies in the very near future. We will be informing you of this possibility through our newsletter.
In the meantime, please do avail yourself of the free course, The Basics of Tantrik Yoga, which gives you an introduction to the Tantrik tradition and path.
We are excited to announce our new Student Support Fund! We understand how important it is for these teachings to be available to those who have a desire to know themselves and awaken. While we do our best to provide access to free materials, we also have to run a sustainable organization in order to keep providing this service. This has meant that some of you, especially those of you in countries with weaker currencies, have been unable to access our 7 Facets of the Tantrik Path curriculum, as well as our online retreats, satsangs, and courses.

Our Student Support Fund will work on an in-and-out system. As we receive enough funds, we will grant a 3-month scholarship to our SADHAKA subscription tier on Tantrika Online to a deserving student. We currently offer supported rates for our online retreats and courses, and we will continue to do so. We will also be offering a few low-income scholarships to attend these programs. The fund is intended for students with genuine financial difficulty and currency challenges.

We are inviting those of you who are in need of a scholarship to apply here. Please understand that we cannot meet everyone’s desire, but we aim to do so and will rotate as many students through a 3-month subscription as we possibly can.
We are excited to announce our new Student Support Fund! This will work on an in-and-out system. As we receive enough funds, we will grant a 3-month bursary to our SADHAKA subscription tier on Tantrika Online to a deserving student. 

The fund is reliant on our kula members with more abundant financial situations, and we are grateful for all your generous support! We have done our best to keep our pricing low, and we encourage you to contribute a little extra to help those who cannot afford it. If you wish to support your fellow students this way, please choose the SADHAKA DHARMA membership here and $10 of your membership fee will go as a donation to the Student Support Fund. 

If you wish to make a one-off donation, or simply donate a larger amount, please donate here. Please ensure to add “Student Support Fund” to the description so we can allocate this amount to the fund. We cannot accurately assign your donation without this.

At any time, when purchasing a course, retreat or other offering on www.tantrikainstitute.org, you are free to add an extra donation to your purchase. To do this, please use the donation button in your cart (before the check-out process).

For every scholarship donated by community members, Tantrika Institute will match it!

Tantrika Online: Membership – Existing Members

If you are currently enrolled on Tantrika Online, all your profile information, including your password and subscription information, was transferred to Tantrika Online 2.0. You can login and access all the courses and offerings included in your subscription. You do not need to change your password (though of course it is advisable to change your password on a regular basis anyway).

Existing KULA subscribers get access to all KULA offerings on Tantrika Online 2.0 for free until the end of December, 2021.
Existing SAMAYIN and TANTRIKA subscribers get access to all SADHAKA offerings on Tantrika Online 2.0 for the same price as your previous subscription until the end of December, 2021.
The KULA membership is the re-vamped and upgraded version of the KULA subscription on our previous learning portal. It is no longer entirely free of charge, but at $7/month remains very accessible for most.

More importantly, we have included several important features you have long asked for: 
– Access to two important webinar series (6 Simple Steps to Walk the Tantrik Path and The 7 Facets of Tantrik Yoga – Overview Webinar Series)
– Access to all Live Q&A (live and archived sessions)
– Access to the 15-week course Sanskrit Fundamentals
– Access to one recorded asana or embodiment class per week
– Access to the Tantrika Online Community and Forums
No, your course progress has already been migrated to Tantrika Online 2.0 along with all your other membership information.
If you have already paid for your yearly TANTRIKA subscription, you will automatically be upgraded to the new SADHAKA membership and will be able to access all offerings for SADHAKA members until the end of your yearly subscription. You will not be charged extra for this time. 

However, after the end of your yearly TANTRIKA subscription, your subscription will be changed to a monthly SADHAKA membership. We are not offering yearly memberships on Tantrika Online 2.0.
You did not lose access, on the contrary. SAMAYIN and TANTRIKA subscriptions have been upgraded into the new SADHAKA membership.

This gives you access to the full range of offerings on Tantrika Online 2.0, including
– All KULA membership features, including access to the Tantrika Online Community and Forums
– Access to the 7 Facets of Tantrik Yoga curriculum
– Access to our Signature Courses
– Weekly TI Live Satsangs and Webinar Series
– TI Live Asana and Embodiment Classes 5 days a week
– Full access to all material in the TI Library
If you have an existing SAMAYIN or TANTRIKA subscription, you are invited to continue using Tantrika Online 2.0 at the same price of your existing subscription until the end of 2021. Prices will change at the beginning of 2022, and you will be informed of the upcoming change later this year. So for now, there is no need to downgrade or even cancel your subscriptions.

If at the end of the year you feel you cannot pay the higher price for SADHAKA membership, you are welcome to downgrade your membership to KULA. You will always have the option of upgrading again, and it is also possible to acquire certain courses individually, on a course-by-course basis.

Tantrika Online: Membership – New Members

If you are not yet a member of Tantrika Online and are already thinking of joining our platform, we highly recommend you join before September 30th to make use of our special pricing offer:

Get 3 months of Tantrika Online 2.0 content for Tantrika Online 1.0 pricing!

– New KULA members joining before September 30th enjoy a 3-month KULA membership for free.
– New SADHAKA members joining before September 30th pay $49/month, with a 3 month minimum commitment, for the first 3 months of their membership (thereafter, $79/month).
If you are completely new to classical Tantra and/or Tantrika Institute, we suggest the following order:

a) The Basics of Tantrik Yoga (free!)

Enroll on www.tantrikainstitute.org/membership at KULA level ($7/month)
b) 6 Simple Steps to Walk the Spiritual Path (access with KULA membership)
c) The 7 Facets of the Tantrik Path Overview Webinar Series (KULA)
d) Foundations of Tantrik Yoga (KULA)

Upgrade to SADHAKA membership ($79/month)
e) Near Enemies to the Truth Webinar Series (access with SADHAKA membership)
f) 8 Keys to Liberation (SADHAKA)
g) 7 Facets Curriculum (SADHAKA)

If you are already more experienced in classical Tantra, you may wish to jump in right at the Near Enemies to the Truth Webinar Series, though we do recommend reviewing the Foundations of Tantrik Yoga if you haven’t recently done so – experience has shown that the more well-versed one becomes on the spiritual path, the more one grows to appreciate the simplicity and depth of foundational teachings.
Also, at any time you may choose to supplement your studies with material in the TI Library (access with SADHAKA membership) and/or by reading posts of interest on www.hareesh.org/blogpage.

Tantrika Online: Courses

If you are completely new to classical Tantra and/or Tantrika Institute, we suggest the following order:

a) The Basics of Tantrik Yoga (free!)

Enroll on www.tantrikainstitute.org/membership at KULA level ($7/month)

b) 6 Simple Steps to Walk the Spiritual Path (access with KULA membership)
c) The 7 Facets of the Tantrik Path Overview Webinar Series (KULA)
d) Foundations of Tantrik Yoga (KULA)

Upgrade to SADHAKA or SADHAKA DHARMA membership ($65 or $75/month)

e) Near Enemies to the Truth Webinar Series (access with SADHAKA  / SADHAKA DHARMA membership)
f) 8 Keys to Liberation (SADHAKA / SADHAKA DHARMA)
g) 7 Facets Curriculum (SADHAKA / SADHAKA DHARMA)

If you are already more experienced in classical Tantra, you may wish to jump in right at the Near Enemies to the Truth Webinar Series, though we do recommend reviewing the Foundations of Tantrik Yoga if you haven’t recently done so – experience has shown that the more well-versed one becomes on the spiritual path, the more one grows to appreciate the simplicity and depth of foundational teachings.

Also, at any time you may choose to supplement your studies with material in the TI Library (access with SADHAKA or SADHAKA DHARMA membership) and/or by reading posts of interest on www.hareesh.org/blogpage.
No, your course progress has already been migrated to Tantrika Online 2.0 along with all your other membership information.

Tantrika Institute Portugal: General Questions

Currently, due to COVID-19 and restrictions in Portugal, the center is closed for personal retreats and volunteers. We are offering one group retreat per month at this time. Group retreat information can be found at https://tantrikainstitute.org/visit. You can also join our mailing list at the bottom of the tantrikainstitute.org webpage to receive updates about upcoming retreats!
Currently, our retreat center opens only once a month for public retreats.
Personal retreats and the volunteer program have been stopped for the time being. The best way to visit and spend time at the retreat center is by attending a group retreat. 
To be notified about upcoming retreats, please subscribe to our newsletter on www.tantrikainstitue.org.
If you are interested in joining us at the center to host a retreat with a group of 4 or more for a period of greater than 5 days, please feel free to contact portugalgm@tantrikainstitute.org for group retreat booking options.
Before retreats and for all questions regarding your booking, please write to retreats@tantrikainstitute.org 
We highly recommend reading through these FAQ first, as most common questions are covered here.
During retreats and for all practical questions regarding your stay onsite, please write to PortugalGM@tantrikatinstitute.org
We also highly recommend reading through these FAQ first, as most common questions are covered here.

Tantrika Institute Portugal: Before your Retreat – Transportation

For all group retreats, we offer a free shuttle service from/to Lisbon airport with a limited number of places available per arrival and departure date. Please indicate at the time of booking that you wish to take the shuttle. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If the shuttle is full on your preferred arrival/departure dates, we will offer alternative dates. 

In the event of all shuttle spots being taken on all days, we will assist you in organising shared transportation with any other students in the same situation. Please note that in this case, you will need to cover any extra costs.
If you are not able to join one of our shuttles, you can use public transport, take a taxi or rent a car to get to Tantrika Institute Portugal. We are happy to assist you in coordinating with other participants who are also organising their own transportation, which will help lower the cost.

Public Transport
To/from Lisbon Airport, please book a train to/from Pombal (closest train station to Lisbon airport is Oriente Station). From Pombal you will have to get a taxi to TI (approximately EUR 50), Uber (or Gaia or Bolt, approx EUR 25) or  book a bus to Figueiró dos Vinhos City Centre.
To/from Porto Airport, please book a bus or train to/from Coimbra. Then book a bus to Figueiró dos Vinhos City Centre.
We can then pick you up from Figueiró dos Vinhos City Centre. Please get in touch with us at PortugalGM@tantrikainstitute.org to coordinate this.

Train bookings can be made with CP (Comboios de Portugal): https://www.cp.pt/
Bus booking can be made with Rede Nacional de Expressos: https://www.rede-expressos.pt/en
You can also book the whole trip here: https://www.omio.com/

The travel time from Lisbon to Figueiró dos Vinhos by public transport is approximately 3-6 hours, depending on your connections. 
The cost for a bus ticket from Lisbon to Figueiró dos Vinhos is roughly EUR 20.
The cost for a train ticket from Lisbon Santa Apolonia station is roughly EUR 17.


Car Rental
Car rental is also available from both Lisbon and Porto airport. It is fairly cheap to rent cars in Portugal (EUR 20 per day and up, depending on the type of car and availability).

Taxi
A taxi from Lisbon airport to Tantrika Institute Portugal costs approximately EUR 180-200 one-way. We work with trusted companies and can help you arrange this. Please contact PortugalGM@tantrikainstitute.org for further information.
Our address is

Tantrika Institute
Quinta da Valada
Figueiró dos Vinhos
Leiria
Portugal 3260-352

Find us here: https://goo.gl/maps/3YB3NBDm6yhoJK8e9
Our GPS coordinates are: 39.8851,-8.2758
Yes: please make sure to communicate to the General Manager about your ETA at least 48h before your planned arrival.

Also, please be aware that the retreat starts at 17:30 (Portugal time) on the first day of the retreat, so be sure to arrive by 15:00 on that day, to ensure you have enough time to complete check-in and get settled.
We will meet you in the arrivals hall (Terminal 1) outside a shop called Relay. It is a red shop next to the cafe.  The person collecting you will have a sign labelled “TANTRIKA”.

Tantrika Institute Portugal: Before your Retreat – Arrival Times

The retreat starts at 17:30 (Portugal time) on the first day with Guest Orientation. This is where we will discuss and prepare for the upcoming retreat days, so it is important for you to join and arrive in advance.
Check-in starts at 14:00 (Portugal time)
Check-out by 12:00 noon (Portugal time)

If you are arriving on the day the retreat starts (first retreat day), please note that check-in can be in the morning.  Please leave yourself adequate time to settle in if you are arriving on the same day as the retreat begins (see below).
Please make sure you arrive by 15:00 (Portugal time) on the first day of the retreat at the latest. This will give you enough time to check in and get settled before the Guest Orientation, which begins at 17:30. All guests and staff will be attending the orientation, so check-in is not possible during that time.
Yes, you will be arriving on site in good time to check in and get settled before the orientation session on the first day.

Tantrika Institute Portugal: Before your Retreat – Preparing

In preparation for your retreat, we encourage you to complete at least 50% of the Foundations of Tantrik Yoga online course before your arrival to enhance your on-site experience. You can enroll on www.tantrikainstitute.org/learn – the course is available for all subscriptions, including the free KULA subscription.
We provide towels, bedding, yoga mats and yoga cushions, so you don’t need to bring those with you.

Please bring along
– water bottle and/or a closed and leak-proof travel mug for hot drinks
– flip-flops/slide ons AND closed-toe shoes
– warm layers (it gets chilly here when it rains and during the night/early morning)
– eco-friendly/natural toiletries
– sunscreen 
– mosquito repellent
– any medication you need
– swimsuit
– outdoor work clothes (clothes you can get dirty in)
– 1 ceremonial outfit (white or mostly white, or white with gold accents)
– 1 special occasion outfit that you feel beautiful in (could be the same as the ceremonial outfit or not, as you prefer)

If you are camping, be sure to bring your tent (!) and a torch.
Tantrika Institute Portugal is located in a fairly mountainous area and thus the weather is ever changeable. In general, we are blessed with moderate and temperate weather. 
Summer months from late June to September are dry and generally hot. However evenings can still be cool.  Spring and Autumn can be beautiful but can also be wet, so come prepared. 
During the summer months you can expect temperatures between 15° and 34°C (59° and 93°F) (see details on this climate diagram).

This site provides a good weather forecast for Figueiró dos Vinhos.
Yes, the dormitories are usually mixed. If you have a strong need to be in a gender-restricted sleeping space, or have other gender-related housing needs, please contact us and we will see if there is a way to meet your needs.
Yes, there are bunk beds with the upper bunks accessible via a ladder.  If you feel you will have difficulty climbing onto a top bunk, please let us know as soon as your booking is confirmed so we can plan accordingly.
Except for the two suites, none of the rooms are ensuite. 
There is one bathroom inside the main house and a separate shower room and toilet outside the house in the patio area for the use of those staying in the main house. There is also a bathroom for people using the campsite.
The dorms are divided into 2 rooms and have a shared bathroom area with 3 sinks, 2 toilets and 2 shower rooms inside the building.
We create a whatsapp group for each retreat to facilitate communication and connection. Once your booking is confirmed, please send your phone number to retreats@tantrikainstitute.org to be added to this group.

Tantrika Institute Portugal: During your Retreat – Basics

The retreat schedule will be sent to confirmed retreat participants a few weeks before the retreat and will also be available on site in printed form around the property for you to check out when you arrive. You will have personal time every day from 14:30 to 17:00. Lights out are at 22:00.
In the pre- and post-retreat days you may use your phone if you feel it is necessary. Please make sure that you do not take calls in the quiet areas or on the patio where other people are seated. Please respect others’ privacy and peace and quiet.
During the retreat itself, we invite guests to take a full digital detox. You have the option to completely surrender your devices to our manager to be locked away safely and fully commit to the conscious community ethos. 
We will return devices on for photos on the last day and to allow you to arrange your travel plans for after the retreat.
To fully immerse yourself in the retreat we invite guests to take a full digital detox for the duration of the retreat. This means we do not provide WIFI to guests, unless in an emergency.
We suggest you provide loved ones with our General Manager’s email address and telephone number before the retreat begins, so they can contact you in case of any emergency. We will give you the contact information when you arrive on site.

Tantrika Institute Portugal: During your Retreat – Food

We serve freshly prepared vegetarian meals during our retreats, using as much fresh and locally-sourced ingredients as possible.
The kitchen is happy to cater for most dietary requirements. Once your booking is confirmed, please inform us of any allergies or dietary requirements.
No, unfortunately the kitchen and storage area is too small to store additional food.  During retreat times the kitchen is only available to staff members.
The kitchen staff can strive to prevent any cross contamination cases for you directly but they do stock peanuts in the kitchen and use them in some dishes. One of the members of staff will have a chat with you before the retreat and ensure to communicate without you throughout to make sure any allergies are noted.
Outside of scheduled meal times, the Tantrika Café will be open, serving a delicious selection of snacks, cakes, smoothies and coffees. We will create a tab for each guest that can be settled at the end of the retreat. We invite guests to bring cash as we don’t yet accept Visa or Mastercard.
Yes, you can, as it is controlled water. We also provide filtered water from our water cooler. Please remember to bring your own reusable bottle.

Tantrika Institute Portugal: During your Retreat – Lodging

Each guest is provided with a bath and hand towel. Guests staying in the dorm are provided with a bath towel and muslin cloth for use with the bideau taps next to each toilet to reduce use of toilet paper. 

We do not provide any toiletries on site but you can purchase them from our conscious store or the local supermarket.
As we have our own off-grid septic system, we need to make sure that the toiletries used don’t pollute the water. The chemicals in conventional soap, shampoo and conditioner prevent the natural growth of bacteria that keeps the septic tank healthy. For those reasons, we ask that you bring natural toiletries only. We will have some available for sale at the gift shop in the retreat center as well.
We have an on site conscious store that sells a selection of wonderful handmade, locally sourced products such as soaps, shampoo bars, natural repellent and more. These can also be doubled as wonderful gifts!
Tantrika Institute Portugal is located on a hillside, which makes it beautiful and versatile. We also have our own off-grid septic system. These two facts mean that some of the toilet pipes run down steep areas to the septic tank, sometimes at 90 degree angles.

It is absolutely essential not to flush toilet paper or anything else down those pipes, as this can get stuck on the way down to the tank and cause a very unpleasant situation for all.

There is a bin provided for toilet paper in each toilet. All toilets except the one outside have either a bidet or a water gun that you can use, and you will be provided with a small personal towel.
Our motto is – ‘if it wasn’t made by your body, don’t put in the potty’. 🙂
Yes, there is a washing machine available for guest use. We ask that washing is only done with prior arrangement with the on site staff as there are certain hours that are preferable for this.
The retreat center is located in a rural area and is generally very peaceful – except for the neighbors’ rooster who seems to be convinced sunrise is at 4:30am, and then at 5am and then at 6… So bringing ear plugs may be a good idea if you’re a light sleeper.
We also recommend bringing ear plugs if you are in a shared room.
There are two compost toilets, sinks and showers available on the campsite (still in progress). There is also pathway lighting to the sites and a washing line. We advise all campers to bring a torch, mosquito repellent and flip flops. The center can provide basic bedding and a towel for your stay.  Please bring your own mattress and sleeping bag /blanket.
Yes please. We do not provide tents.
Yes you may bring your camper van, but please talk to us about this first as it does depend on the size of the camper.  If you are planning to sleep in the van we do not have a lot of level ground available for parking.

Tantrika Institute Portugal: During your Retreat – Location, Surroundings

We have four wonderful (though sometimes a little wild) Tantrikats living onsite at the retreat center that freely roam the land.  We do our best to keep them outdoors, so please assist us by closing doors.  There is also a chicken coop housing the Tantrichickens whose inhabitants graciously provide us with fresh eggs.
If you are allergic to cats, please be sure to bring appropriate (anti-allergy) medication, just in case. Please also inform us of your allergy.
Unfortunately we do not accept outside pets during retreat times.
There are snakes, spiders, centipedes and very occasionally scorpions.  None of these are very dangerous but please be aware that they can be around.  At certain times of year, mainly summer and autumn, there are wild boar who may enter the property, so please bring a torch with you if you are camping.
Depending on the time of year, yes there can be mosquitoes, so please bring repellent. If you are prone to bites consider bringing an antihistamine cream too.
Yes, there are some lovely short walks and running routes to explore.  There will be a rough map printed to assist you when you get to the retreat center.
There is nowhere within walking distance to swim, except for the pool on site (which is beautiful).  If you have your own vehicle and are staying on after the retreat then there are various options, e.g. Fragas de São Simão (9.4km) or Ana de Avis (5.5km). Our on site staff can advise you on the best options.
In the immediate area around the pool, swimwear is optional.  Please make sure this is only in this area.
Tantrika Institute is located next to a quaint village called Figueiró dos Vinhos and it is within walking distance to the nearest supermarket, Mini Preso, which is a 2.4km walk (approx. 25min by foot). The nearest ATM is in the town centre which is a 3.5km walk (approx 35 min).

Tantrika Institute Portugal: During your Retreat – Yoga

To strengthen our conscious community ethos, we invite guests who teach yoga to share their asana practice during retreat times. This is a great opportunity to experience a wide variety of styles of teaching and classes. If there is no teacher leading a class, we invite guests to use our shala or beautiful grounds for solo practice.

Stronger and more active asana classes are held in the main Yoga Shala, while softer and more gentle classes are held in the Yoga Room located in the main Villa.
No, we provide yoga mats and yoga cushions.
At the beginning of the retreat, you will be given your own yoga mat to use for the duration of the retreat. In the shala, there are blocks, straps, blankets, meditation cushions and mats for you to use during your time. We also provide natural cleaning spray.
If you prefer to practice outdoors, we also have a collection of outdoor mats.

Tantrika Institute Portugal: After your Retreat

Once the retreat ends, one meal per day is included in the price you have paid. The Tantrika Café will be open, offering snacks and light meals for purchase and you are welcome to go into town to purchase goods or go to a cafe / restaurant for a meal. 
You will be expected to do a couple of hours of seva each day at the Tantrika Institute Portugal, which is usually carried out in the mornings.

Tantrika Institute Portugal: COVID-19

Please check the COVID-19 travel requirements of the country you’re travelling to/from before you book your flights and again a few days before your actual departure to be aware of the current regulations.
As of today, Portugal requires a negative COVID test from travellers coming from almost every country. Please check the detailed requirements for travelling from your country here:  https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal
Yes, you are required to have a negative COVID test to attend the retreat, as are all staff members and volunteers present onsite.

All guests are required to take a free antigen test and have their temperature recorded as they are checking in for the retreat.
– We highly encourage but do not require proof of vaccine.
– We highly encourage that our participants use all caution and protocols as they travel to our Retreat Center to lessen the chance of contagion during travel.
If you are not vaccinated, you are required to present either a 72hr PCR test or a 48hr antigen test upon arrival, in addition to taking a free antigen test on-site.
If you are fully vaccinated, then you do not need to present an (additional) covid test. Please make sure you present your vaccine certificate (or EU Digital COVID Certificate). You will still be required to take a free antigen test at check-in.
If you are flying into Portugal, we ask that you present the certification you have used for flying also upon your arrival at Tantrika Institute Portugal. Of course, the certification still needs to be valid at your time of arrival (i.e. 72hr PCR test / 48hr antigen test / vaccination certificate).
In accordance with the regulations detailed on https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal, we accept the following types of tests:

– RT-PCR carried out within 72 hours prior to submission;
– Antigen test with laboratory report, carried out within 48 hours prior to its submission;-
– Rapid self-test antigen test carried out on the spot, at the door of the establishment to be visited, under the supervision of the persons in charge of these premises (required of all guests upon arrival at Tantrika Institute Portugal)
– EU Digital COVID Certificate.

We no longer accept rapid antigen tests using the self-test method.
Yes. As all guests are required to take a free antigen test and have their temperature recorded as they are checking in for the retreat, we can provide tests for this purpose. You will still need to present a negative test certificate or proof of vaccination. We do not accept rapid antigen tests using the self-test method instead of an official test certificate
If you are fully vaccinated then you do not need to present a covid test. Please make sure you present your vaccine certificate (or EU Digital COVID Certificate). You will also be required to take a free antigen test at check-in.
The COVID protocol onsite is regularly updated depending on the requirements of health authorities. 

During retreats, Tantrika Institute Portugal will practice acknowledged CDC/WHO guidelines around daily temperature checks, social distancing, hand washing and masking indoors.
We encourage guests to wear masks indoors at all times. In the event that someone onsite is tested positive for COVID, everyone will be required to wear masks.
The dormitory beds are equipped with curtains which not only provide privacy but also assist with containment.

In the event of someone testing positive for COVID during their stay, we have a dedicated quarantine room. In this case, the usual testing and isolation procedures will apply for the person affected and all people they have been in direct contact with.
As part of our responsibility for ahiṃsā (“nonharming in thought, word, and deed“), all guests are required to take a free antigen test as they are checking out of the retreat before heading back into the general population.

If you would like to have a test at a clinic administered by a medical professional for travel or peace of mind, this is possible at your own expense at the excellent local health clinic Located in Figueiró dos Vinhos. Tests can be arranged with prior notice through the on-site staff at Tantrika Institute Portugal. Transport will be provided to the clinic. You can choose between a PCR €90 or Antigen €20 test with a certificate and test results are emailed directly to you within 24-48 hours. The lab accepts cash payments only.
Yes, both airports offer a testing station. You don’t need an appointment to get tested, and both antigen and RT-PCR tests are available. The RT-PCR test is EUR 100 and takes 24-48 hours to receive the results (i.e. you will need to spend the night in Lisbon/Porto or nearby while waiting for the result). The antigen test is EUR 30 and you receive the results in 30min.
Please allow adequate time if you are having airport tests done.