Ecstatic Dance Spring Retreat • 16-19 March 2023

Tomar, Portugal

Ecstatic Experiences
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Mar 16 - 19, 2023
Group size: 30 - 40
Ecstatic Dance Spring Retreat • 16-19 March 2023
Tomar, Portugal

Ecstatic Experiences
  • Facebook verified
52 reviews

Mar 16 - 19, 2023
Group size: 30 - 40

About this trip

Come and join us in Portugal for a transformative 4 days of connection, movement, nature, delicious food and magic in Tomar's picturesque landscape.


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


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

Esta Polyesta (Trance Dance & Ecstatic Dance facilitator & DJ)

Bernardo Rodrigues (Ecstatic Dance DJ)

Sophie Bolton (Dancing Freedom Facilitator & DJ)

Nuno Pereira (Musician & Sound healer)

Catarina Pyrrait (Yoga teacher)


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 (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 3 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 Thursday 16 March 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 19 March.


We'll have a mini-bus (22 seats) leaving Lisbon at 15:00 on Thursday 16 March and coming back around 17:00 on Sunday 19 March. If you're flying in, we recommend booking flights landing before 13:00 on 16 March and leaving after 20:00 on 19 March.

Cost for return travel: €60. 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)


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.  


-I'm coming from abroad. Are there any travel restrictions for entering Portugal? As 1 July 2022, there are no longer restrictions to enter Portugal (no test or proof of vaccination required).

-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. However, if you're Portuguese and require Portuguese translation, please let us know in the registration form when you book.

-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.

-What's the weather like in March? The climate in Tomar during March is mild and reasonably dry. Daytime maximum temperatures average around 18°C, whilst it can drop to around 8°C at night. The average sunshine time is 7 hours per day.

-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 will also be heated during activities.

-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. If the retreat is fully booked and you want us sell your booking on your behalf, we will retain your deposit and refund you the balance only if we find a replacement and once they have paid in full. Please note we will only accept booking transfers and allow posts on our Facebook event/page if the retreat is fully booked.

-Any other questions? Send us an email and we'll aim to get back to you within 24 hours (48 hours during the weekend).


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 for each way is approximately €35-40 (€10 train Lisbon-Tomar + €25-30 taxi). We offer a return transfer to Lisbon for €60 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 (3 nights)
    Your choice of accommodation (dorm, yurt, room or camping)
  • Food (9 meals)
    Three vegetarian meals daily made from organic produce from onsite garden
  • Transport to the venue
    You can book a transfer to the retreat centre as an add-on (€60 return)

Available Packages


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

General Admission

Choose this option if coming from abroad or live in Portugal on an international wage (ex. expat, digital nomad). Please note this price only includes camping/van. If you wish to book indoor accommodation, please choose an option from the list below.


Available options


Day 1

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

16:00-18:00 Upon arrival, check-in with our team. Our host Filipe will show you to your room/yurt 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. We'll end the evening with a live sound healing with multi-instrumentalist Onün.

Your Organizer

Ecstatic Experiences
52 reviews
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