Ecstatic Dance Spring Retreat • 16-19 March 2023

Tomar, Portugal

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

Ecstatic Experiences
  • Facebook verified
31 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.


7:30-8:30 Morning practice

9:00-10:30 Breakfast & sharing circle 

11:00-12:30 Guided movement class

13:00-14:00 Lunch 

14:00-16:30 Free time 

16:30-18:00 Class/workshop

18:30-19:30 Dinner 

20:00-22:30 Ecstatic Dance


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 (ex. 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 14:30 on Sunday 19 March.


We'll have a mini-bus (22 seats) leaving Lisbon Airport 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 19:00 on 19 March. If already in Lisbon, you can take the metro (red line) to Aeroporto (about 30 min from downtown Lisbon).

Cost for return travel: €55. You can add antransfer 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).

-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. In case of cancellation from your side, no refunds or transfers will be offered, no matter the reason.

-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.


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 €25 (€10 train Lisbon-Tomar + €15 taxi). 

We offer a return transfer to Lisbon for €55.

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 centre
    You can book a transfer to the retreat centre as an add-on (€55 return)

Available Packages

General admission

Choose this option if coming from abroad or live in Portugal on an international wage (ex. expat, digital nomad). Please note this doesn't include accommodation. Choose your preferred accommodation option from the list below.

Deposit: €125
Portuguese residents

To honour the difference in wages and disposable income between Portuguese residents and those of other countries in Europe, we reserve a few places for Portuguese participants at a discounted rate. Please email us a copy of your ID (citizen card). Please note this doesn't include accommodation. Choose an accommodation option from the list below.

Deposit: €100

Available options


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Ecstatic Experiences
31 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!


Well...where do I start! I came back from the Aug Ecstatic Dance retreat a couple of weeks ago and I'm still integrating it all. It was deep, insightful, intense, immense, loving & beautiful! You know those moments that are so magical that you cry from experiencing the next level of 'beauty'...i had many of these moments as the layers of conditioning release spontaneously, the music & movement that carry & connect you to experience the sheer beauty of a living moment. To feel truly alive in your body, heart fully open to the divine. Those moments where you feel everything and that's okay. The retreat was so well crafted, each team member bringing their realness, authenticity & gifts. Thank you. I felt confident and at home in the dance, breath & singing sessions. I felt shy & introvert in the social settings during lunch and free time as I came knowing no one. And that's okay :-) I met some truly lovely people and I am in awe of the facilitators. I learnt alot on a personal & professional level being a facilitator myself. I am so very grateful 🙏 Embercombe as a venue is utter perfection. Literally heaven on Earth. I will be back :-)
By Marie A for Ecstatic Dance Summer Retreat • 26-29 Aug 2022 on 08 Sep, 2022
Just wonderful. Super well organised with brilliant sessions. A total treat of a weekend.
By Manar H for Ecstatic Dance Summer Retreat • 26-29 Aug 2022 on 03 Sep, 2022
What an absolutely wonderful retreat. Every session was transformative, and there was plenty of time in between to relax, integrate and enjoy the beautiful setting. The food was delicious and it was such a friendly, like-minded crowd. I will certainly be going again!
By Gabriela B for Ecstatic Dance Summer Retreat • 26-29 Aug 2022 on 01 Sep, 2022
This ecstatic dance retreat was amazing. The facilitators are incredible and it’s life changing. Meet so many wonderful people and the precense and how dance connect to self and others was magical. Look forward to the next one.
By Thomas W for Ecstatic Dance Summer Retreat • 26-29 Aug 2022 on 31 Aug, 2022
It was a beautiful experience in such a gorgeous location. Truly transformative and rejuvinating. All of the food was delicious, the yurts so cozy and lovely. Every dance felt like a unique and ecstatic journey and experience. One of the best things I've ever been to .
By Amy R for Ecstatic Dance Summer Retreat • 2-5 June 2022 on 20 Jun, 2022
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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