IF YOU'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TRULY MEANINGFUL AND RESTORATIVE THIS IS IT!
Join Transformational Life Coach, Maria Salomão-Schmidt and Yoga Guru Rimi Chakraborty for a uniquely exquisite 6 day/5 night retreat to Azores, Portugal, where you'll experience the culture, taste and feel of this absolutely stunning sub-tropical island. Get to see and experience the things that few people ever will!
Funny thing... The HAPPY ME AZORES RETREAT we had in 2019 was supposed to be a one-time thing.... BUT it was sooooooo very magical and meaningful to everyone involved, from those who attended to the staff and leaders, that we knew we had to do it again... This time with the magical island Yoga Guru Rimi, who is also one of the co-owners of this paradise!
March your calendar... March 19-24, 2020!
The Azores are a magical, volcanic land, full of natural, raw beauty, a temperate climate and endless amazing activities. Truly a paradise, and under 5 hours from Boston! There will also be plenty of time for respite and retreat amongst the beautiful fruity orchards of Quinta Minuvida,.
A Foodie's Heaven... The meals will give you a true taste of delicious Azorean fare, because they are made from fresh local ingredients, lovingly made from scratch. Our accommodations feature lovingly renovated suites, each unique and gorgeous, with its own private bathroom.
The Happy Me Retreat is limited to 16 yummy people. We anticipate this retreat selling out so please reserve your spot ASAP if you’re interested in joining. It's Time For Some Deep Happiness...
This is our second year doing this. This trip will be completely different than the other one. We are not boring people and cannot repeat the same trip twice. It's time for some wonderful new adventures and experiences! Our days will include the following activities and sites:
Our fast-paced digital lifestyle is draining us more than ever before. Unplug from your daily grind for a few magical days that will help you get back into your FLOW. Truly recharge your body, mind and soul. Whether it's with nature, with yourself, or with like-minded people, this retreat offers you the opportunity for true connection.
Our home away from home will be Quinta Minuvida, a beautiful orchard lodge nestled on the slopes of the Fogo Volcano. Quinta Minuvida is centrally located, only 15 minutes from the airport and about 30 minutes from most attractions. The lodge features five thoughtfully appointed suites, large outdoors pool, yoga studio, guest kitchen, fireplace living area, outdoors grills, fire-pit, observatory tower, organic vegetable garden and one acre of orchards. We are close to beaches, walking trails, hot springs, bike paths and the largest Azorean fishing port. An added bonus is spending time with very special and friendly residents - the dogs Biscoito (Biscuit) and Moo... Get ready to fall in LOVE! You've been warned! :)
Our week will include opportunities for deep connection with the senses in nature. There is no better to get to know and feel a place than through the locals. We partner with local guides to explore the island and aid you in your journey of self-discovery. Discover some of the most pristine corners of the island during our hikes. Breathe and feel the breeze on your skin, smell the mineral-rich soil, step on the black sand beaches and verdant green hillsides and taste the ocean air. You'll also have free time for your own adventure or exploration... For those real outdoor enthusiasts, flights on SATA/Azores Airlines include a free piece of checked sporting gear - so you can take a bike or surfboard along for free! For something even more out of the ordinary you can commune with nature on horseback.
The Portuguese Azores Islands are a magical, volcanic land, full of natural, raw beauty, a temperate climate and endless outdoor activities. They are located in the Atlantic Ocean, about 1,000 miles off the coast of Portugal. Truly an adventure lovers paradise, that is under 5 hours from Boston.
Your HAPPY ME RETREAT: AZORES is the brainchild of international Intuitive Life Coach Maria Salomão-Schmidt, MBA. Other HAPPY ME RETREATs have happened in Vermont, Boston, Lisbon/Sintra/Estoril/Cascais (Portugal), Napa, Cape Cod and San Francisco. This is the third one in Portugal, and the second one in the beautiful Azores, or Açores (in Portuguese).
Maria is a passionate tsunami of love who entertains as she teaches! Her life's purpose is to create tools that help you live a MUCH BETTER LIFE! Why? Because Maria believes that if each of us lives FULL of our authenticity, the would bring more peace to our world.
Maria was one of The Oprah Show’s very last guests. Maria’s gift is to cut through the crap and get right to the heart of the matter with her unique brand of humor, intuition and zaniness. She's a powerful Intuitive Life Coach, Speaker and Author. Her life’s research, to find ways to activate people’s life purpose through their spiritual DNA, has given her the ability to develop ground-breaking methods to ignite her clients’ authenticity. Clients include: Jane Goodall, Maya Angelou, Mikhail Gorbachev, Yahoo!, Delta Airlines, Chicken Soup for The Soul, CBS and MathWorks. Maria is a graduate of Boston College, Simmons College Graduate School of Management and the Rhys Thomas Institute of Energy Healing. She is also a Reiki Master Teacher and expert in several other modalities including NLP, EFT (tapping), Chakra Balancing and Full Spectrum Healing.
Her best-selling book on how to use your energy to dramatically shift your life, Finally Full of Yourself: Unlocking Your Spiritual DNA hit Amazon's TOP 100 BOOKS ON HAPPINESS. Maria loves languages, yoga and meditation. She lives outside of Boston and Portugal with her husband Douglas, their five children and their four rescue dogs. Her next book, a workbook to accompany her first book, comes out May 2017. Maria loves languages, yoga and meditation. She lives in Boston with her husband Douglas, their five children and their four rescue dogs. They are moving to Portugal this summer to live their European dream because life is short… and to be used all up!
For nearly 20 years Rimi Chakraborty has built a career in leadership spanning the environmental insurance and management consulting industries, continuing with hospitality entrepreneurship and personal development.
An MIT Sloan grad, Rimi is a co-founder of MINUVIDA AZORES, LDA a travel business based in the Azores islands of Portugal offering a novel, indulgence-free, sustainability and spirituality based approach to hospitality. As such, Rimi has organized and hosted over 30 group and yoga retreats at Quinta Minuvida Orchard Lodge and Retreat Center.
She is also developing a burgeoning yoga and mindfulness enterprise in the Azores, garnering a dedicated following of local yoga students and travelers seeking a more spiritual immersion. Rimi draws from her 20 years of yoga practice and has completed teacher trainings in Forrest and Yin Yoga as well as in Energy Medicine. Rimi is also a Reiki practitioner with Reiki 1 and 2 certifications.
You will LOVE checking out her secret library!
The place where we are staying was featured in a PBS show with my amazing friend, the international best-selling cookbook author Maria Lawton!
Here's a link to the show that features some wonderful shots of Rimi and João, our retreat hosts and the kitchen where your meals will be cooked! This place and its people are truly amazing!... Click here