Portugal Self-Realization & Empowerment Retreat (Sept 26th | 2022)

2640 Mafra, Portugal

Lotus Retreats
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Sep 26 - Oct 2, 2022
Group size: 1 - 25
Portugal Self-Realization & Empowerment Retreat (Sept 26th | 2022)
2640 Mafra, Portugal

Lotus Retreats
  • Facebook verified
23 reviews

Sep 26 - Oct 2, 2022
Group size: 1 - 25

About this trip

It's time to savor the rich history, exquisite traditional cuisine and breathtaking coastal sights that Portugal has to offer.  Journey to Portugal September 26th - October 2nd with Loren Lotus, Ryann Tillman and the Lotus Retreats family during the most beautiful time to visit Europe. 

We're elated to present the first Portugal Retreat after many years of patience and persistence!

We'll explore the vibrancy of the Sintra castles, the quaint beach town Ericeira and experience the atmospheric city of Lisbon all while practicing Yoga on & off the mat with our loving community of friends & family. 

Portugal is home to a variety of landscapes and nestled in them are some of the world's most gorgeous places. Bordered by the sea under a warm sun, this Southern European country is laid-back and welcoming. It has affordable wine, delicious food, a Mediterranean feel, and a strong cultural identity.

Please note: spaces are limited and first come first serve! This will be our only Portugal trip of 2022 and we hope to see you there!

Your Hosts

Meet Loren Lotus

Your host Loren Lotus has hosted over 25 retreats around the world with Lotus Retreats! She's a passionate yogi, facilitator and event organizer who puts her entire heart and soul into curating spaces for community to gather. Loren will be sharing daily Yoga classes to get into our bodies, clear energy and make space for new wisdom to be shared. She is also an avid Kirtan singer and will be sharing the medicine of music, movement & meditation throughout the weekend.

Meet Ryann Tillman

Ryann believes that yoga has the power to positively transform our lives. She teaches a Hatha inspired class with an emphasis on breath, awareness, and body control. She aims to make each class feel steeped in Indian tradition and lineage. Her path also led her to Fascial Stretch Therapy(fst) as a way to help speed the physical healing/recovery process and flexibility that yoga offers. With yoga and fst Ryann has a passion to guide people towards a more connected, positive, and healthy life.


The Portugal retreat will be hosted in a special family-run sanctuary infused with soul. Nestled in a beautiful woodland valley, only half an hour from Lisbon and fifteen minutes from Ericeira beach, this retreat space is a sanctuary for retreat, to rest and to restore well-being whilst bathed in the loving embrace of nature.

The venue, an old Quinta set in a national park and is endowed with beautiful fruit trees, giant oak corks, grape vines, vistas and a stream at the end of the garden where we often encounter our neighbours; deer and wild boar.

Within a 15 minute drive we can reach the beach, see the fierce waves of the Atlantic coast and the charming surf town, Ericeira. Only half an hour from Lisbon and the airport, we are in an ideal location for Lisbon connections.

The farm is the perfect venue for our groups, it is quiet and secluded. Our Garden Shala is a beautiful converted glass Victorian Greenhouse, a great workshop space along with the incredible yoga deck overlooking the valley of high trees. 

Inspired by self-reliance; this retreat center wishes to live more sustainably, eating from garden to plate and using natural energy resources. Here is a place to feel balanced in a nourishing environment supportive for freedom and growth.

You have the option to select private or shared bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms or shared. There are also a few options for private Glamping Belltents to be even more immersed with nature and a private outdoor shower & compost loos!

Yoga & Workshops

Our mission during a Self-Realization & Empowerment Retreat is to offer daily yoga classes, workshops and ceremonies to deepen your understanding of Self and provide a safe place to come to learn, to rest & replenish your soul to return feeling rejuvenated and centered with your life's purpose. 

We will gather on the Yoga shala twice a day to practice Yoga asana with Ryann & Loren. They will offer a variety of styles; Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative and Yin tailored to all levels. The purpose is to come into union with your physical body, the vessel of your spirit and move energy freely with breath & movement, all while breathing with nature all around and within you.

We will offer a series of workshops & opening & closing ceremonies to deepen your relationship with yourself and one another. We offer unique group activities and opportunities to deepen the study together and share our experiences. Every activity is optional yet encouraged. Some of the exercises and activities we do during a Self-Realization & Empowerment Retreat week are so unique, eye-opening and heart-opening that it leaves every guest with the true sense of self-realization & empowerment.

Excursions & Exploring Portugal

When in Portugal, we'll adventure to many beautiful sites close-by! Explore Ericeria, a surfer's paradise and charming old town, Explore Sintra's historic palaces and colorful Castles and take a day trip into Lisbon to explore and eat around this atmospheric city.


- Explore Portugal's coastline and must-see beach town of Ericeira. A surfer's paradise, or anyone aspiring to be! We'll journey to Ericeira for a day to enjoy the ocean, try Surf or simply walk around the small quarter and take it the historic beach town vibes. 

The Sintra Castles

- Explore some of the most breathtaking historic Castles of Sintra. There are several!

Depending on the desires of the group we'll aim to see as many of these as we can during our day trip to Sintra:

1. The Pena Palace

2. Moorish Castle

3. Quinta de Regaleira

4. Monserrate Palace

5. National Palace of Sintra

Lisboa / City of Lisbon

- One of Europe's best cities! Tour on bike or foot and explore a colorful, eccentric city of history, wine and culture. We'll take a day trip to Lisbon where you're free to roam; enjoy lunch, shop around or take a city tour!


What we put in, is what we get out. Nourishing our bodies from the inside out is an important and crucial part of retreat week! The relationship we harbor with our food is one we like to emphasize during the week. 

We've found a very talented, passionate personal Portuguese chef who will be catering our retreat week with nourishing and creative plates! Each day will feature a breakfast buffet after our morning practice. We'll have several lunch buffets and plated family-style dinners throughout the week. 

On excursion days to Ericeria, Sintra or Lisbon; we'll have the choice to eat out and about to experience local restaurants of your liking!

Dinner bell, anyone?

Getting There & FAQ

You'll want to arrive and depart from the LISBON Airport. We recommend exploring other parts of Portugal before or after the retreat! Many folks like to see the Algarve down south, or Porto up north.. Although if you cannot; you will see plenty in the 7 days with us between beach, countryside & the city, too!

We will create a Facebook group and shared google document for all attending guests to arrange travel before/after.  Detailed travel instructions and guidance will be included in your confirmation email after booking!

No Visas or vaccinations are required to enter Portugal.

As of now, a negative Covid-19 test is required 72hours prior to flight departure to arrive to Portugal.

What’s included

  • Accommodations
    Retreat for 7-days and 6-nights on a private Quinta style farmhouse with private or shared rooms or glampers
  • Locally Crafted Meals
    Daily breakfast buffet post morning Yoga; along with most lunches & dinners will be catered by a local chef
  • Daily Yoga Classes
    Daily morning Vinyasa, meditation and (some) evening Yin & restorative classes offered by Loren & Ryann
  • Additional Workshops
    Up to 3 workshops with Loren & Ryann during the Self-Realization & Empowerment week; sharing practices to assist your journey and practice; includes music, movement & meditations
  • Day trip Sintra Castles
    Transport to/from the town of Sintra to explore for a day!
  • Day trip Ericeria Beach
    Transport to/from the Ericeria Beach town to explore for a day!
  • Day trip to visit Lisbon
    Transport to/from the City of Lisbon to explore for an afternoon!
  • Excursion Transfers
    Transfers to/from our 3 excursions are included
  • Airport Transfers
    You will be picked up from the Lisbon airport on Sept 26 and dropped off Oct 2nd! (Unless you have other travel plans before/after and we are happy to assist with this!)
  • Airfare to/from Portugal
    You'll need to find your own flights to/from the Lisbon airport. We're happy to help & we will provide a shared sheet to help coordinate with other travelers!
  • Additional Meals
    Some lunches and dinners on excursion days will be on your own! Bring cash to explore local eats to your liking!
  • Additional Spa Services
    Additional massages, ceremonies or services are offered; you may start your own tab during the week and pay directly to the retreat center for any additional services
  • Travel Insurance
    Travel insurance is highly recommended incase of any unforeseen changes or circumstances
  • Covid-19 Testing
    A negative Covid-19 test is required to enter Portugal and to enter the USA (after retreat)
  • Additional Tours
    Tickets to Sintra Castles, Surfing in Ericeria or tours of Lisbon aren't included; You can pick/choose what you'd like to do on the days we adventure into these towns!

Available Packages

Glamper - Double Occupancy
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Retreat yourself in Portugal... Glamping style! Sleep in a bell tent outside of the main house and have a private space to yourself in nature. 

Rooms are nicely furnished with King size beds or 2 Twin beds. 

You'll share a beautiful outdoor bathroom and shower with the other Glampers!

Perfect for couples, friends, siblings or solo-travelers looking to pair with a new friend!

Price listed per person.

Deposit: $500
Glamper - Single Occupancy
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Retreat yourself in Portugal... Glamping style! Sleep in a bell tent outside of the main house and have a private space to yourself in nature. Rooms are nicely furnished with King size beds. 

You'll share a beautiful outdoor bathroom and shower with the other Glampers!

Perfect for solo-travelers. 

Price listed per person.

Deposit: $500
King Room - Single Occupancy
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Enjoy your own private room inside of the main La Quinta house. 

Kingsize bed with a shared bathroom with one other room. First come, first serve!

Perfect for solo-travelers who like their own space :)

Price listed per person.

Deposit: $500
King Ensuite - Single Occupancy
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Enjoy your own private room inside of the main La Quinta house. Kingsize bed with private ensuite bathroom. First come, first serve!

Perfect for solo-travelers who like their own space :)

Price listed per person.

Deposit: $500
King Room - Double Occupancy
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Deposit: $500
King Ensuite - Double Occupancy
only 2 left

Enjoy your own private room inside of the main La Quinta house. Kingsize bed or 2-Twin beds with private ensuite bathroom. First come, first serve!

Perfect for couples, friends, siblings, and/or solo-travelers ready to pair with new friends!

Price listed per person.

Deposit: $500
Large Dorm - Shared Occupancy
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Deposit: $500

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This Ojai retreat was beyond magical. I was welcomed by the most wonderful group of people and have memories that will last a lifetime..I mean hidden hot springs?! Yes please!! This is my second time booking with Lotus Retreats. Loren creates an amazing atmosphere so that we can all learn and share from each other while experiencing some beautiful places. I can't wait to book another one!!😍
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I had the opportunity to deepen my practice / experience the beauty of Tulum Mexico with Lotus Retreats and would do it again in a heartbeat! The Lotus Retreats crew quickly created a space of loving community, increased awareness, and intentional practice within the first few hours of our retreat and it only got better from there! These retreats are special. Humanity in raw form. I'll be back for more, no doubt!
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