Ecstatic Dance Spring Retreat • 1-5 May 2024

Tomar, Portugal

Ecstatic Experiences
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May 1 - 5, 2024
Group size: 40 - 55
Ecstatic Dance Spring Retreat • 1-5 May 2024
Tomar, Portugal

Ecstatic Experiences
  • Email address verified
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52 reviews

May 1 - 5, 2024
Group size: 40 - 55

About this trip

Join us for a transformational 5 days of community living in the breathtaking nature of central Portugal's countryside. Expect epic Ecstatic Dance journeys, heart-opening workshops, delicious wholesome food, meaningful connections, tears, laughter and everything in between. Come as you are, all of you is welcome here


Click here to see full program description (subject to change).


Renée Lacroix — Retreat leader, Ecstatic Dance DJ & facilitator (ED Lisboa)

Bernardo Rodrigues — Ecstatic Dance DJ (ED Coimbra)

Pedro Paz — Dance facilitator (Arrábida Dance Labs)

Ricardo Munay — Musician & sound healer

Ana Lu — Yoga teacher

Juliane Lacroix — Breathwork facilitator


Quinta São José dos Montes' main purpose is promoting a greater connection with oneself through activities integrating personal, social and spiritual dimensions, as well as contact with nature. They hosts events and retreats throughout the year (meditation, yoga, breathwork, conscious dance, natural horsemanship and shamanic practices, among others). They aim to create the least environmental impact in everything they do and move towards self-sufficiency in terms of energy, food and water (they have an artesian well, solar panels and grow their own organic vegetables). They promote care for the land and care for people with the mission of contributing to a better world.  


If you choose the accommodation option, you have the choice between a dorm, a shared or private yurt or an apartment. Bedding and towels are provided.  

If you choose the camping & van option, you need to bring your own tent/van and camping gear (sleeping bag, mattress, pillow, blanket).


All meals are included (4 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 4 dinners). Organic, fresh and unprocessed food is lovingly prepared on site using locally-sourced produce whenever possible. Meals will be vegetarian with vegan options available. Quinta São José's chefs work with mindfully balanced menus, providing all the nutrients for a healthy body and an inspired mind. If you have any dietary restrictions or allergies, please let us know when booking.  


We ask you to arrive between 16:00-18:00 on Wednesday 1 May to allow time to check-in, explore the grounds and settle in before we start. The retreat will start with dinner at 18:30.  

The retreat will end after lunch at 15:00 on Sunday 5 May.


We have a mini-bus (22 seats) leaving Lisbon at 15:00 on Wednesday 1 May and coming back around 17:00 on Sunday 5 May. If you're flying in, we recommend booking flights landing before 13:00 on 1 May and leaving after 20:00 on 5 May.

Cost for return travel: €65. You can add a transfer to your booking at checkout.


-Torch (head torches are really useful to walk around at night) 

-Clothing & boots suitable for the outdoors (ground can become muddy when wet) 

-Comfortable shoes (8-10 min walk between activity dome & dining area) 

-Ear plugs (if sharing accommodation) 

-Toiletries (natural & biodegradable products please)


-In what language will this retreat be held? Due to the international nature of our retreats, all activities and guidance will be held in English. Se precisares de tradução para português, podemos providenciar, já que a maioria da nossa equipa é portuguesa.

-Can I come on my own? Absolutely! More than half of our participants actually come on their own, and many not knowing anyone else. Our retreats are highly inclusive and welcoming, and the program is designed to facilitate connections between one another with ice-breakers, group exercices and a daily sharing circle in small groups.

-I've never been on retreat or done an Ecstatic Dance before. Can I still join? Yes! While we would suggest that you try at least a conscious dance session (of any modality) to get a feel first, we always have a handful of participants who have never done Ecstatic Dance before coming on retreat. And for many of them it's also their first retreat.

-Is this a festival? No. Festivals are generally larger events with several programs/workshops to choose from and participants can arrive/leave as they wish, and meals are not communal. Our retreat is a closed container: we start and finish together. We are limiting the number of participants in order to create a more intimate gathering. There is one program and all the activities, including meals, are communal. We will also ask you to turn your phone off. Our retreats are an invitation to dive deeper into your practice and let go of the outside world.

-Are the facilities heated? Yes, dorms and apartments are equipped with portable electrical heaters and yurts have a wood burner to keep you warm at night. The dome can also be heated if need be, although this is unlikely to be necessary in May.

-Can I come for only part of the retreat? No. Part of the reason our retreats are so powerful is due to the energy field we create together as a group. Having participants arrive later or leave early clashes with this group field. If you come on retreat with us, we ask that you commit to staying for the entire duration. 

-Are children welcome? Our retreats are not suitable for children. 

-Are dogs allowed? Unfortunately not.

-What is your cancellation policy? In the unlikely case that we have to cancel the retreat, a full refund will be offered. Deposits are non-refundable. In case of cancellation from your side less than 60 days from retreat start date, no refunds or transfers will be offered, without exception.

-If I can no longer make it, can I transfer my booking to someone? If you find someone to take your booking, there will be a €40 admin charge to transfer your booking to another person.


A non-refundable deposit is required to book and secure your place. Balance due 30 days before retreat starts. Please carefully read our Retreat T&Cs as by booking on our retreat, you become legally bound by these terms.


Quinta São José dos Montes

Estrada dos Montes Nº134 2300-087

Olalhas – Tomar 

+351 917 935 392


Quinta São José dos Montes is located 150 km north of Lisbon (1.5-hour drive). It is also possible to get there by train + taxi. The cost is approximately €40 each way (€10 train Lisbon-Tomar + €30 taxi). We offer a return transfer to Lisbon for €65 which you can add as an option when you book.


If you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch via: Email | Facebook | Instagram 

We aim to reply to all messages within 24 hours (48 hours during weekends). 

We look forward to hearing from you! 

Renée & the team

What’s included

  • All activities
    All classes and workshops
  • Accommodation (4 nights)
    Your choice of accommodation (dorm, yurt, room or camping)
  • Food (12 meals)
    Three vegetarian meals daily made from organic produce from onsite garden

What’s not included

  • Transport to the venue
    You can book a transfer to the retreat centre as an add-on (€65 return from Lisbon)

Available Packages

General Release

Choose this option if coming from abroad or live in Portugal as a foreigner/expat. Please note this price only includes camping/van. If you wish to book indoor accommodation, please choose an option from the list below.

Deposit: €200

To honour the salary difference between the Portuguese and those of other countries in Europe, we reserve some places for Portuguese participants at a discounted rate. Please note this price only includes camping/van. If you wish to book accommodation, please choose an option from the list below.

Deposit: €150

Available options


Day 1

Make your way to Quinta São José dos Montes, our stunning retreat centre

16:00-18:00 Upon arrival and check-in with our team and you will be shown to your accommodation or the camping area. Settle in, explore the grounds and get acquainted with the facilities.

18:30-19:30 Gather in the dining tent for our first meal together where you'll be able to connect with your fellow retreatants.

20:00-22:30 Join us in the geodesic dome for an Opening Circle where we'll introduce ourselves and share practical points. Our retreat leader Renée will guide you into a short warm-up before bringing on an Ecstatic Dance journey.

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Ecstatic Experiences
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Ecstatic Experiences is a transformational events company run by Ecstatic Dance organiser, facilitator and DJ Renée Lacroix, co-founder of Ecstatic Dance UK. Our mission is to create safe and sacred spaces for people from all ages and backgrounds to come together to connect and work on themselves through movement classes, sharing circles, self-development workshops and freeform dance. Our retreats embrace inclusivity, freedom of expression, openness and positivity. Join us for a truly transformative experience!


Incredible life changing experience!
By Isabel H for Ecstatic Dance Summer Retreat • 25-28 Aug 2023 on Sep 06, 2023
A fantastic community of people, including lovely organisers, with various activities around Ecstatic Dance, body movement and connecting with others. I really enjoyed the location, including sleeping yurts that were very comfortable. It's hard to describe (let alone review) such retreat, but I came back much more relaxed, recharged and reconnected with myself and people than I expected. I'm looking forward to the future events. Many thanks!
By Galiya W for Ecstatic Dance Summer Retreat • 25-28 Aug 2023 on Sep 06, 2023
It was an unbelievable great experience. I still feel its impacts on my body and mind. Thank you to Renee and all the organizer team.
By Selen A for Ecstatic Dance Summer Retreat • 25-28 Aug 2023 on Sep 06, 2023
Life changing, deep, powerful community experience. Cannot recommend enough!
By Bill T for Ecstatic Dance Summer Retreat • 25-28 Aug 2023 on Aug 31, 2023
An incredible and transformative event in a beautiful location
By Julie M for Ecstatic Dance Summer Retreat • 25-28 Aug 2023 on Aug 31, 2023
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Simply amazing! I really recommend this kind of experience to make ourselves happier. Thanks all team . Lots of love Jan🤍🌻🤍
By Jannina M on 10 Aug, 2021