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Summercamp 2015 with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche – In August this year!

Location: Casa da Torre – Centro de Retiros | Soutelo – Vila Verde – Braga

Start: 03/08/2015 | End: 09/08/2015

After the previous years’ success, in 2015, the Bodhicharya Summer Camp will again be held in Portugal.

The chosen place is a Christian retreat house, in the North of Portugal. The facilities are excellent, with single and double rooms with twin beds. Vegetables and fruit are grown by the community itself and taste absolutely delicious.

There is a river, at a short walking distance away, where one can swim or just refresh oneself. There is a fluvial beach and a small terrace, perfect to sit, relax and enjoy a drink.

Participants may also relax and enjoy the activities available around the center. Families are most welcome, however we will not be in a position to provide childcare.

[box type=”info” style=”rounded” border=”full”]The summercamp will be accessible to everyone, even to those who do not have a deep knowledge of the Buddhist path and did not attend last years’ sessions. Every day there will be teaching sessions with Rinpoche[/box]


Accommodation and meals

The retreat center will offer 3 vegetarian meals a day with accommodation starting with dinner on August 3rd and including lunch on August 9th.


These prices include everything: accomodation, meals and teachings for the whole duration of Summer Camp. Any extra days you wish to stay at Casa da Torre will have to be payed extra. The rate is 40€/person/night (including 3 meals)

All the rooms have private toilets and showers. | Sheets and towels provided | Wireless access

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”raised” width=”300px” height=”” background_color=”#F3EFDC” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]SINGLE ROOM – 440€[/dropshadowbox]

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”raised” width=”300px” height=”” background_color=”#F3EFDC” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]DOUBLE (Twin) – 390€/ per person[/dropshadowbox]

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”raised” width=”380px” height=”” background_color=”#F3EFDC” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]CHILDREN*: from 1 to 3  – 100€  |  From 4 to 10 – 220€[/dropshadowbox]

*We will not be able to offer child care but you are welcome to bring your children.


The rates for the summercamp are fixed: the full week’s rates must be paid even for partial attendance.

We have tried to keep the price of the summercamp as low as possible – if you can’t participate because of the price, please contact us, there are a few places available at a reduced rate.
The rooms will be allocated on a first come, first served basis until the limits of availability.

[box type=”alert” style=”rounded” border=”full”]Registrations are closed. If you want to register, please, send us an email. We will put you in waiting list.[/box]


You will receive the references for payment after registration.


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Different shedule for 

Summer Camp 2015


Rinpoche’s suggestion for this year is that we perform together a complete Ngön Dro practice. The Ngön Dro, or Preliminary Practice, is a set of 5 recitations, preceeded by the general reflection upon four themes.

[dropcap2]1[/dropcap2]The four themes for reflection (Precious Human Life; Impermanence; Karma; and the sufferings of Samsara)

[dropcap2]2[/dropcap2]Refuge: visualization, recitation and prostrations

[dropcap2]3[/dropcap2]Practice of Boddhictta – Cultivating the Enlightened Mind

[dropcap2]4[/dropcap2]Purification of negative actions – Vajrasattva recitations

[dropcap2]5[/dropcap2]Accumulation of merit: the Mandala offering

[dropcap2]6[/dropcap2]Practice of Guru Yoga

This Summer we will be performing them all together with Rinpoche and getting, as individual benefit, the sum of the numbers accumulated by all.

The text for the practice is the Short Preliminary Practice by the 17th Karmapa (please check the information page)


The teachings will be given in English. There will be simultaneous translations into French and Portuguese. Since everybody benefits from simultaneous translations – even those who don’t need them because it doubles the teaching time – the costs will be shared collectively.

How to reach the retreat center


Casa da Torre 4730-570 Soutelo | tel: +351 253 310 400

By plane: 

The closest international airport is Porto (OPO). Many low-cost airlines (Ryan Air, Easy Jet, Air Berlin, Transavia, etc.) fly to Porto from a great number of places. There will be two buses collecting those who arrive at the airport. Click to view a list of Airlines and destinations and find available flights.

On the 3rd: shuttle at 14h00 and 17h
On the 9th: Shuttle at 14h00
Duration: 1h to the airport
Shuttles costs will be covered collectively.

In case your plane arrives after the shuttle or leaves earlier, you can book here tickets for the regular shuttle service from Airport to Braga. The bus arrives at the buses terminal and from there you can take a taxi to Casa da Torre (more or less 15€)

By train

The closest train station is Braga. From there you can take a taxi to Casa da Torre. It costs 15€.

Click here for the Portuguese Railway webpage

Timetable for trains Porto / Braga

By car

GPS 41º36’36.08″N 8º26’17.05″W

see plan how to get there

see in google maps

Travel in Porto

The surface Subway (Metro) line is a quick connection between the airport, the city centre and the mains hotels in Porto, with services every 20 minutes. Check metrodoporto.pt


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