Alma Ser

Mindfulness Retreat for Women in Healthcare | Lagos, Portugal

From May 21 to May 27, 2023

The retreat to nourish your soul being

It’s more than a retreat. It’s a transformational experience!


Spend an entire week focused on yourself at our own private beachside luxury villa.


Recharge your batteries, learn ancient wisdom, meditate, adventure in a beautiful destination, and have FUN.


Yoga, Mindfulness, Meditation, Relaxing on beaches, Nourishing meals, Massages, Self-reflection, Horse Riding, Discovering Your Ikigai, Kayaking, Connecting, Sailing, Hiking, Napping, Journaling, Swimming...


Explore an exotic destination with the goal of learning, growing, and engaging with the world in a more authentic and connected way.


The direct Portuguese translation of Alma Ser is Soul Being.


Alma Ser Retreat is a transformative destination retreat to help you reconnect with yourself, to develop a deeper meditation practice, and to practice bringing mindfulness to daily activities. All while experiencing adventures in beautiful nature and being immersed in the local Portuguese culture.


Our intention for those who attend is to learn and practice new skills to take home and feel empowered and confident beyond our 7 days together. We have created this immersive experience so you can truly embody the lessons learned in your everyday life. You will leave stress free and equipped with the tools to manage stress in your life.


Join our safe vessel of transformation and long lasting community as we explore the art of living mindfully in the present moment.


Slow down, rest, relax and enjoy!


  • Slow down. Clear your mind of chaos and clutter. 
  • Learn new exercises to centre yourself outside our retreat so you stay calm when the going gets tough.
  • Identify your goals: We will help you express the direction you want to go in while giving you the tools you need to follow the path you choose.
  • The program is based on enjoying the present moment giving you tools to relieve stress and to live a more present life. 
  • You will regain control of your life and make every moment count
  • Overcome Challenges & Go Beyond
  • Strengthen mind and body with daily yoga and meditation sessions.
  • You will be challenged by and find joy in the week's activities.
  • Energize your body, focusing on body and soul alignment that will harmonize your system.
  • You will master the techniques to slow down, to engage with your breath, to raise your level of self-awareness which will lead to confidence and self-love.
  • Learn Mindfulness & Meditation
  • Develop a deeper practice with daily meditations, yoga asana, and mindfulness workshops.
  • Feel equipped with the tools to manage stress in daily life as we kickstart a practice that you will continue post-retreat.
  • Develop awareness of the body.
  • Develop awareness of thoughts and of the "monkey mind".
  • Build the habit of arriving at the "here and now".
  • You will shift from a routine of meditation to a lifestyle of mindfulness.
  • Have Fun!

Why should I go on this retreat


Do you struggle with anxiety and stress? Do you feel burnt out? Do you constantly criticize yourself? Are you ready for a life changing experience?

This will be a transformational experience that you will carry into your daily life. You will leave this retreat equipped with the techniques to slow down, to engage with your breath, to raise your level of self-awareness. You will learn to identify, accept, and detach from self criticism,  which will lead to self-love, compassion, and confidence. You will flow through daily challenges with ease and calm. 


Do you make time to meditate everyday, but are not feeling results? Do you find yourself running away from uncomfortable thoughts or emotions?

Anyone can meditate for 10 minutes a day, but this immersive retreat will allow you to unlock deeper levels within yourself. Once these levels are achieved, you can tap into this power throughout daily life. This program is based on enjoying the present moment giving you tools to relieve stress, stress management and to live a more present life. You will regain control of your life and make every moment count.


Are you ready for a life changing experience?

This will be a transformational experience that you will carry into your daily life. You will not only learn new tools during the retreat, you will learn how to integrate these tools into your everyday life. You will feel empowered and confident beyond our week together. You will experience stepping out of your comfort zone and the feelings coming with it. 


How will we support you through this journey?

We are providing a three month comprehensive program to allow for the greatest transformation. We will provide personal and group coaching before and after the retreat to support and enhance your experience! In addition, we are providing a four module on-demand course as an introduction to mindfulness to lay the groundwork for our retreat. 

Your hosts and teachers


Yoga, mindfulness and meditation are the core of our retreat but there are a huge number of land and sea activities, nourishing food (local and organic), the beautiful surrounding nature that you can explore with walks, and time to relax just doing nothing.

We will also be providing pre and post retreat support to enhance your experience and ensure that you feel supported throughout!

Manuela will be gifting you her virtual course, which is a 4 module introduction to mindfulness. We are providing this course as a basis for all of our participants, so you can come into the retreat with the groundwork on mindfulness already laid.

We will host one group call before the retreat to get to know one another and to develop deeper connections. We will also host one group call after the retreat as a way to remember our time together and maintain momentum from the retreat.

In addition to this, we are including two private coaching calls, one pre and one post retreat. These calls are meant to create a space for you to set goals and remain accountable with yourself.


During the retreat Manuela, the mindfulness meditation teacher, will be always available for individual talks and offer to give individual support to anyone who needs help with their meditation practice.

Shivani will be the host yoga teacher, taking you through a variety of practices ranging from power, vinyasa, yin, restorative, etc.

The investment for our Alma Ser experience is all inclusive! This means all accommodations, meals, airport transports, yoga, meditation, workshops, special ceremonies, listed excursions, and private massage.

Sample Day Schedule

  • Sample Retreat Schedule

    A detailed schedule will be provided upon registration 8am - Yoga & Meditation 10am - Brunch 11am - Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction workshop 1-3pm- Kayaking through grottos 4-6pm - Free time to explore or relax 7pm- Nourishing dinner 8pm- Sound healing and yoga nidra


Quinta Bonita – Lagos – Algarve – Portugal

2.5 acres of spectacular mature gardens including a large outdoor swimming pool, outdoor chess set and multi levelled terracing with many different locations to relax and unwind in a safe and spacious environment. 

The unparalleled garden paradise of Quinta Bonita provides a sanctuary to lose yourself along the many winding paths, towering palms and flower beds bursting with colour.

The house has a large dining area with tiled breakfast dresser, large entrance hall with a beautiful steep stone staircase and outdoor lounge & dining area. If we get an evening chill, you can curl up in front of the log fire with a book, game or movie from our library.


Yoga Studio

The glass fronted studio overlooking the gardens and one of the fountains, opens on all three sides enabling plenty of air flow in addition to allowing the sun, and birdsong, to pour in. With cork floor and traditional azulejos tiles, this will be our yoga and meditation oasis.


Surrounding Area

Hop on a bike and arrive at the beach, just a 15 minute cycle away. The villa is 4 km from the historic port town of Lagos with its many beautiful beaches, grottoes, shops, restaurants and museums.  And 4km from Praia da Luz a quaint beachside village and the closest beach. In just half an hour the wild and unspoilt West Coast and Cape St Vincent in Sagres – the most South Westerly point of Europe.



Quinta Bonita has seven spacious and beautifully decorated rooms in the main house, and a lovely two bedroom garden cottage.

The rooms all have individual styles ranging from traditional Portuguese golden & blue tones to modern mono-chrome looks.

There are a variety of rooms available, ranging in cost, location, and view. We have priced each room differently to make this retreat as accessible as possible! Listed prices are per person.

To see all the rooms available and prices click here.

Quiet gardens, singing frogs, lawns, cascading fountains and a sparkling pool - Quinta Bonita is the perfect oasis to completely relax and go deeper into mind, body and soul


We will provide nourishing, delicious meals to allow you to feel your best. All meals use seasonal and local ingredients, sourcing herbs and fruit from the villa grounds and purchasing organically where possible. We are able to accommodate dietary needs, but we must be informed of these at least 30 days before the retreat.

All meals are included;

  • Fresh fruit, tea & coffee available throughout the day in the lounge
  • Full buffet breakfast brunch daily
  • Afternoon tea, cake, crudites, dip & fruit daily
  • 3 course dinner daily

How to get there

It will be optimal that you fly into the Faro airport, which is about 1 hour away from the villa. Lisbon airport to Faro is about 3 hours away. 

Please send us your flight information 30 days before your arrival. We will arrange a luxury private airport transfer. Roundtrip transfers to and from the Faro airport are included. 

Check in starting at 3pm on arrival day. Check out by 10am on departure day.

How much it costs



  • 4 module pre-retreat course ($999 value)
  • 1 private coaching, 1 group coaching call pre-retreat ($500 value)
  • 6 nights/7 days at a private luxury villa
  • All meals: 6 nourishing brunches buffets, 5 delicious 3 course dinners, 1 celebration dinner
  • Roundtrip transport to the Faro airport
  • 8 guided yoga practices; power yoga, vinyasa yoga, yin yoga, restorative yoga, yoga nidra
  • 9 guided meditation practices
  • 3 specialized mindfulness workshops
  • Sound healing and reiki session
  • Breathwork ceremony
  • 60 minute private massage
  • Daily bike rental
  • Unlimited and exclusive access to villa gardens and outdoor pool
  • Excursion #1: kayaking the grottos
  • Excursion #2: countryside adventure 
  • Excursion #3: sunset cruise
  • Surprise gift!
  • 1 group coaching and 1 private coaching calls post-retreat ($500 value)

Not included

  • any additional excursions which are not listed
  • alcohol, beverages other than tea, coffee, and water
  • any additional services offered by the spa which are not listed above
  • Flights not included
  • Travel insurance not included, but recommended 

Terms and Conditions

Payment Policy

After we have received a confirmation from you about securing your space in a retreat with Âncora Retreats  a courtesy hold allows one week to send your initial deposit.

A non refundable deposit of 500€ holds your space. After the reception of your deposit we will send you a reply confirming your place in the retreat and with information relating to the retreat. If you don't receive our reply please contact us.

The deposit is always non-refundable and must be used within one year of the original retreat start date (see details below).

The rest of the payment must be done until 30 days before the retreat start date.

Bookings close 30 days before the retreat starts.

Together with the deposit you must submit this participant agreement  form signed . Guests who fail to do so, may be subject to an automatic cancellation and the policy below will apply.


Retreat Cancellations Definitions

"Cancellation" is defined as not attending your scheduled  retreat, including postponing or rescheduling.

 "You" refers to the guest booking at the retreat.

 "We" refers to Âncora Retreat .

It is your responsibility to read and understand our cancellation policy before making a reservation.

We are committed to providing a high retreat, have very limited spaces and maintain a standard of never cancelling a retreat with guests booked on it; therefore we expect to receive only firm bookings from intended guests.

 Naturally, no one books with the intention of canceling or postponing their retreat, but unexpected things do happen, so please consider purchasing travel cancellation  insurance.

A portion of your payment may be used as credit for another retreat within one year of your original retreat date.

We will gladly transfer your credit to another guest for the same retreat you originally booked, with the same level of accommodations.

Depending on when you cancel, cancellation fees may apply.

Fees are determined by the following schedule:

  1. If you cancel more than 90 days before your retreat start date, 90% of your payment may be applied to another Âncora Retreat  within one year of your original retreat start date.
  2. If you cancel 60 - 89 days before your retreat start date, 75% of your payment may be applied to another Âncora Retreat within one year of your original retreat dates.
  3. If you cancel 45 - 59 days before your retreat start date, 50% of your payment may be applied to another Âncora Retreat within one year of your original retreat start date.
  4. If you cancel 30 - 44 days before your retreat start date, 30% of your payment may be applied to another Âncora Retreat within one year of your original retreat start date.
    *** If you do not use this credit within one year, you will be refunded 0% of your original payment (whether that is a deposit or full payment).
  5. If you cancel 29 days or less before your retreat start date, you will forfeit your entire payment.

Exceptions to our policy cannot be made for any reason.

We do not offer credit for arriving late or leaving early.

All cancellations must be received in writing sent via email


Retreat Cancellation Policy

The retreat will occur with a minimum  and maximum number of participants (limited places available). In the eventuality of not having the minimum registration established we will have to cancel the event.

If the retreats must be cancel for any reason, you may transfer your full retreat payment to another retreat, or you may request a refund of your payments to us, constituting a full settlement. No other financial compensation can be indebted for any other reason on behalf of fraudulence.

As Âncora Retreats is not a travel agency it cannot be responsible for your expenses incurred in preparation for any canceled retreat, such as airline tickets, loss of work, and/or other costs associated with preparing for your trip. 

We strongly recommend that all participants obtain travel insurance with a trip cancellation policy.


Our Responsibility to You

Ancora retreats organises retreats that combine meditation with a variety of sports activities.(horse riding, sailing, yoga)

As the retreat operator, we make arrangements with other parties ( seaspirit, among others) to provide you with some of the services on your retreat. These parties are independent suppliers over whom we have no direct control.

Âncora Retreats hold no responsibility for independent contractors or weather conditions, changing services on the retreat.

Âncora Retreats is not responsible for any claims, losses, damages, costs or expenses arising out of injury, accident or death, damage, loss or delay of baggage or other property; or delay, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment, or frustration, whether physical or mental resulting from: (1) the act or omission of any party including Âncora Retreats or its employees; (2) mechanical breakdown, government actions, weather or other factors beyond our control; (3) your failure to read information provided and follow instructions including, but not limited to, obtaining sufficient travel protection & health insurance and providing correct & complete personal, health and travel information; (4) your cancellation or change for any reason in travel services offered; and (5) your medical or health problems or physical disabilities.

All participants are expected to have their own individual civil liability insurance.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I get to the French Pyrenees retreat?

  • By car: any GPS can take you there (gps coordinates and address are on the website)
  • By train: The nearest train station to the Domaine is Coarraze/Nay (10 minutes away from the Domaine). You can get TGV trains from almost any European capitals to Paris or Bordeaux. In Paris or Bordeaux, you can take a direct train to Pau. And from Pau a city train to Nay.
  • By air: You can fly from all major cities in the world to Paris, to Pau, to Tarbes/Lourdes (these 2 airports are 30 minutes away from the Domain) or Toulouse (in Toulouse you can take the train directly to Coarraze/Nay).
  • Please notice that there is no public transportation directly to "Le Domaine des Deux Eaux".

If you need help planning your trip or to pick you up nearby, just let us know.


2. How do I get to the Southern Portugal retreat?

By air: It will be optimal that you fly into the Faro airport, which is about 1 hour away from the villa. Lisbon airport to Faro is about 3 hours away.

Please send us your flight information 30 days before your arrival. We will arrange a luxury private airport transfer. Roundtrip transfers to and from the Faro airport are included.

If you need help planning your trip, just let us know.


3. At what time should I arrive to the retreats? When does it finish?

Arrivals on day 1 of all retreats are between 17.00 and 18.00 hours. During that hour we will process your arrival and settle you in your room.  Please let us know if you are arriving earlier then 17.00 hour or later than 18.00 hour on the 1st day.

On the last day of all retreats, we will have breakfast followed by a last farewell group session and lunch. After you are free.


4. Is it possible to arrive earlier or to stay after the retreat ends?

Yes, but please let us know if you are arriving earlier or if you want to stay a few more days, for us to be able to help you.


5. I want to go with my partner can we share a room?

Yes, if your partner or friend wants to join the retreat just give us his/her name in the retreat application form. The price is per person.


6. Is there wifi and mobile phone connection?

Yes, but our advice is not to use your mobile phone during the retreat. Just leave it in the room and forget about it. In the end of the day, it is still there, and you can talk to your family.


7. What do I need to bring?

We have all the equipment you need for horse riding, sailing and meditation/yoga, but you are welcome to bring your own gear, especially if you have your own horse-riding material (boots and helmet), sailing material or your favourite meditation cushion (zafu) or yoga mat.

We would advise to bring harm and comfortable clothes for the Pyrenees and Portugal retreats.

The rooms have bed sheets, towels, blankets, but you should bring all the toiletries that you usually need (e.g., shampoo, soap, etc). Also bring comfortable walking shoes to use on the gardens/forest.


8. Do I have to have experience in horse riding? I NEVER DID IT!

It's your first time horse riding? You will love it! The Pyrenees horses are special ones. These are strong but gentle horses, accustomed to the mountains, they are part of them and will make you feel comfortable.

There will be an introduction and a short demonstration of the riding techniques used. We mount up and ride for a bit in the ring for a brief evaluation to make sure you are well matched with your horse, and after we go on a trail ride in the scenic wilderness surroundings.

Trust us. It is as simple as that. It happened to us. And you are going to feel improvements and progression every day.

There are endless interesting destinations with varied walks to be explored and you will have the opportunity to meet one of the most interesting men of the Pyrenees,  Jean- Louis Birou.


9. Do I have to have experience in meditation?

No! And that is the beauty of mindfulness meditation. You don’t need anything to start doing it. Just an open mind and the desire to slow down.

Do you sometimes feel that you need a button in your head to disconnect your mind and control your thoughts? Well, guess what… mindfulness meditation might be that button. Give it a chance.


10. What exactly is Mindfulness meditation?

It’s most commonly defined as “paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.”

Mindfulness meditation practice couldn’t be simpler: take a good seat, pay attention to the breath, and when your attention wanders, return. By following these simple steps, you can get to know yourself up close and personal.

It was popularized by a Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh and American Doctor Jon Kabat-Zinn over the last 40 years. Mindfulness meditation is acclaimed by many as the very best tool for mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness.

Anyone can practice it. Mindfulness meditation transcends all religious and cultural backgrounds.

Benefits of practicing mindfulness meditation:

  • Improves well-being: makes it easier to savour the pleasures in life, helps you to become more engage with activities, and creates a greater capacity to deal with adverse events.
  • Improves physical health: lower stress and anxiety.
  • Improves mental health: improve sleep, and by focusing in the “here and now” you are likely to be less caught by worries about the future or regrets of the past.
  • Feel more connected to all living things, with more love and compassion.
  • Quiet down the “mind monkey”, resulting in inner peace.
  • Powerful intuition, accurately guiding you through life. Clear, lucid thought, with creativity.


11. How do horse riding and Mindfulness meditation work together?

There is a synergy between these 2 activities. By getting rid of all the extra noise we make horse riding an even more special experience. Our natural tendency is to be noisy and too active with our minds and bodies. When we work with horses, we can slow things down and practice just being in the moment.

We can develop greater self-awareness, by becoming mindful of our breath, our emotions, body language, touch, smell of nature, and everything actually, when working with horses.

But don’t worry you are not going to meditate on top of horses.

It needs practice but we will share our experience and teach how to apply the ideas. It's going to be a relaxing and a pleasant journey for you.


12. Yin Yoga what is this? I have never done Yoga before.

Yin Yoga is a soft Yoga that releases the muscles fascia’s, improve joint mobility and flexibility and balances the internal organs.

With the Yin Yoga exercises in the end of the day you will have the stretching that your body needs for the physical demands of the day.


13. Why should I go to a retreat?

Because sometimes the boldest move you can do is to rest.


14. Upss.. I need to cancel.

Just let us know. Take a look at our cancelation policy at "Terms and conditions".

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Retreat Info

€3,333 EUR

An investment in your personal growth.

Place your deposit before February 15, 2023 for a 10% discount!

The investment for our Alma Ser experience is all inclusive! This means all accommodations, meals, airport transports, yoga, meditation, workshops, special ceremonies, listed excursions, and private massage.

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