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Vale De Moses 
Meditation Cabins


Vale De Moses 
Meditation Cabins

The Vale de Moses Yoga Retreat in the stunning remote forests of central Portugal is listed as one of the best retreats in the world by NatGeo UK Traveller, Forbes Magazine, The Guardian and several yoga magazines. Every year the retreat welcomes over 500 people from 60+ countries around the world, all looking to take time to be with themselves in a natural wilderness environment - abundant space to breathe and feel. 

The Vale de Moses Yoga Retreat located in the heart of the Portugal;
The initial restoration of the Vale de Moses Yoga Retreat took five years, and used traditional construction methods to reinvigorate four abandoned stone farmhouse cottages. Much of the work was done by hand - without electricity or power tools - and now eight years on, the retreat is looking to build new facilities for their guests. 

The Vale de Moses Yoga Retreat founders Vonetta and Andrew;
The Vale De Moses Meditation Cabins competition is the first in a series of competitions based in Portugal and the first in partnership with Vale de Moses. For this competition, participants are being asked to create designs for a cabin that could be replicated in any number of spots throughout the retreat. 

The cabin’s main purpose is to allow guests to experience treatments and meditation sessions that allow them to reconnect with themselves, and to the surrounding forest, gardens and natural elements. Each cabin should provide sufficient space for one guest and one therapist; providing a world class healing space that connects each guest to the beauty of nature, while at the same time protecting them from its harsher elements. 

Participants are being asked to create designs for a cabin that could be replicated in any number of spots throughout the retreat

With winning designs being considered for construction - and Portugal’s reputation as one of the greenest countries in Europe - projects are expected to have the potential to become a regional example of green building practice, focusing on eco-friendly and cost-effective building techniques. 

Download full competition brief for more information!

Competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English; All information submitted by participants must be in English

Full competition brief

All information can be downloaded as often as required; no additional information or material will be provided after registration. 

(FULL COMPETITION BRIEF updated: March 16 - "Competition Schedule")



US $7,000 + Construction
Total Prize Fund
US $3,000
Certificate of Achievement
US $1,500
Certificate of Achievement
US $500
Certificate of Achievement
The Client's Favorite
US $1,000
Certificate of Achievement
BB STUDENT AWARD (more details)
US $500  
Certificate of Achievement
BB GREEN AWARD (more details)
US $500  
Certificate of Achievement


The winners will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured on the Bee Breeders website and social pages



Bee Breeders will also acknowledge the outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.

Jury panel

Jury members shall under no circumstances be contacted by competition participants or their representatives. Participants who attempt to contact jury members, shall be disqualified. 

All communication regarding the competition should only be carried out with Bee Breeders staff. For any questions please contact us on [email protected]


Key dates

Closing date for registration

24 May, 2020

Closing date for project submission

05 July, 2020 (11:59pm GMT+0)

Announcement of the winners

25 July, 2020

Registration fees

  • Registration Deadline
    22 February - 24 May
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    US $110
  • Students
    US $90
+21% VAT


Contact us to receive special student rates for group registrations (discount applies for 3+ registrations from one university/school) and to receive further information and support for getting your students involved in architecture competitions. Send us request from your university email address along with basic information about yourself and your university/school. Please note that only recognized university staff can apply for the reduced student rate.


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Competition related questions

The recommended cabin floor area is 15sqm
Yes, the cabins would need to be operational all year round. The existing treatment rooms have air conditioner for cooling in summer and heating in winter. The client is open for alternative solutions.
No hot water is required.

General questions

Click on "register now", fill in all the required fields, choose your payment method and submit your information. You will be forwarded to Paypal or CPS secure payment gateway, to cover the competition fee. Once we receive your payment, we'll send you an email with your username and password to upload your submission directly to the website.
You can add/remove/edit team member information as often as you want in the upload panel, up until the submission deadline.
Only one proposal per registration is permitted. Participants are entitled to register multiple times if they wish to participate in the competition with several proposals.
Yes we are in the process of negotiating with multiple international industry-related media representatives. The list of media partners is constantly updated on our website, please check it regularly to find latest updates.
Yes. Each project is eligible to win multiple prizes.
No. Competition entries are evaluated anonymously. The participant registration type is only revealed upon the announcement of the results.
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