Nothing happens until something moves

We all experience stressful situations in our day-to-day life. This has become even more challenging after COVID-19. In this workshop we want to:

  • Share real life experiences of the positive effects of mindfulness
  • Reach some practices and tools that you can implement in a simple but effective way in your own daily life

This workshop aims to make a first approach to the concept of mindfulness.

Mindfulness is defined by Jon Kabat-Zinn as ‘the awareness that emerges by paying attention, in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment and without judgment’. Over the past few years the practice of mindfulness meditation has expanded significantly. Moreover, benefits resulting from the practice have been scientifically proven in multiple ways: increased calm, improved attention (concentration and productivity), better memory, increased social responsibility and subsequent human flourishing.

In this workshop some tools and practices that allow to recognize and deal better with challeger physical sensations, feelings and thoughts.

The workshop will take place in the intimate setting of a private garden, under an olive tree and with the scent of Jasmin nearby. (In case the weather does not allow, it will happen indoor.) Of course, all safety measures will be taken into account.

About us:

Estefânia Vasconcelos is psychologist, effective member in Ordem dos Psicólogos Portugueses (OPP); postgraduate in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy – Evaluation and Intervention, by CRIAP; postgraduate in Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy, 3rd Generation – Mindfulness and other Approaches, by INSPSIC (with training at Bangor University, United Kingdom). Certified trainee (Certificado de Aptidão Pedagógica), by IEFP. Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Facilitator; Certified in Still Quiet Place (SQP), by Still Quiet Place; Trained MSC Teacher, by Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC), University California San Diego, USA; Teacher in Training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), by Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute (MBPTI), University California San Diego, USA; Specialist Teacher Training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), by Center for Mindfulness Research and Pratice (CMRP), Bangor University, United Kingdom. Founder and CEO of ‘Salas a ser’.

Ann Kempeneers is a belgian entrepreneur who moved to Braga in September 2019. This move was a result of an ‘inner journey’, which she made after getting stuck. Mindfulness practice helped her on her transformation path, which lead to Portugal. In Braga she found a place, which is now ‘Casa Nefelibata’ and founded a small company, also called ‘Nefelibata’.

Being Nefelibata means living your own dream, in an unconventional way. Or, in other words: if you really want something, you can gain the strength and the confidence to achieve it and to make your dream happen. She has made a goal of passing her experience onto anyone who is open to it. She takes people on a journey and inspires them to believe that chasing your dream is not something that only happens in fairy tales.


  • Meeting point: the garden of Casa Nefelibata, São Pedro de Este
  • 10 pax
  • Saturday, 25th July, 15h00 – 18h00
  • Price: 30 euros per person (pre-payment)
  • This is a bilingual event, partly in Portuguese and partly in English
  • Safety measures: this small scale event will take place taking all necessary safety measures (as set by DGS) into account.
  • For your own personal comfort it is advised to wear comfortable clothing. Limited yoga mats are available, so preferably bring your own equipment (mat, zafu, cushion, blanket, …)
  • Registrations: fill out the form below or send an e-mail at