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Portugal 2023
Art is Life
Women's Retreat

Nourish your creative soul with the extraordinary beauty, incredible food, history, culture, and wonderful people of Portugal. This country has so much to offer that we will only be scratching the surface of a very small area during our 8 day stay.

 There will be daily painting time, optional early morning gentle yoga and meditation as well as delicious food, great company and conversation. There will also be free time for personal painting, shopping, swimming, and sightseeing.



  • 8 Days exploring the Western Algarve

  • 5 Half-day excursions 

  • Daily Art Practice

  • Daily yoga, stretching and meditation

  • Daily Circle

  • Cooking Class

  • Transfers to/from Lisbon


Yoga Style: Kundalini (pranayama & meditation)

Food: Nutritious local foods prepared by experienced health conscious cooks using seasonal fresh ingredients.  Accommodations for vegan and gluten free.

What Makes This Retreat Special:

  • Daily connection with nature

  • Location steps from a pristine beach in a picturesque fishing village.

  • For everyone who enjoys nature, yoga and art

  • Connect with your inner and outer nature

  • Awaken your creative energy

  • Morning and afternoon circles to integrate insights and personal discoveries

  • Artists will have a place and space for inspiration from nature

  • Learn about local flora, fauna, geology and history while hiking in gorgeous natural settings

  • Practice and renew artistic interests

  • Morning yoga and meditation to energize you for the day ahead

  • Free parking for anyone with a car

  • Elevator 

  • Full hotel amenities including private bath, air conditioning & in room fridge

  • Large swimming pool

  • Available private massage 



  • You will be relaxed and refreshed physically and mentally

  • Ideal location to drop out of normal life

  • Daily contact with the sea

  • Energizing walks along the cliffs and trails overlooking the pristine Algarve Coast.

  • Inspiring daily art practice to awaken your creativity 

  • Connection and community with other artistic women

  • Peace and quiet for the mind


What’s Included;

  • 8 nights accommodation in a shared room with private bath and air-conditioning and mini-fridge

  • Daily hotel buffet breakfasts.

  • 5 Lunches

  • 5 Dinners

  • Transfer from and to Lisbon 

  • Free wifi

  • Daily early morning stretching, yoga and mediation

  • Daily art workshop or painting time

  • Daily circle

  • Large pool for lounging & swimming

  • Full hotel services

  • Nearby restaurants and cafes

  • Limited supplies for daily art activities

  • A Biologist talk regarding the special flora, fauna and geology of the region

  • A Portuguese cooking class from a local chef to learn about and enjoy local cuisine.

Probable Group excursions:

(Please note these may change due to unforeseeable circumstances and weather)

What’s Not Included:

  • Airfare

  • Travel Insurance

  • Personal Art Supplies

  • Massage time with Angela

Sample Daily Program:



Sunday June 18: 

1:00 PM Transfer from Lisbon to Burgau

Arrive at hotel, explore the village, rest & settle in

6:00 PM Welcome Circle

7:30 PM - Welcome Dinner


Monday June 19: 

8:00 AM - Yoga, Meditation, Gratitude Circle

9:30 AM - Breakfast

10:30 AM -  First Circle

11:30 AM - Lunch on your own

 1:30 PM - Art Activity

4:00 PM - Biologist walk

6:30 PM - Return to Hotel

7:30 PM - Light Dinner - Biologist Talk


Tuesday June 20:

8:00 AM - Yoga, Meditation, Gratitude Circle

9:15 AM - Breakfast

10:00 AM - Art Activity

12:00 PM -  Group Trip to Lagos - Lunch on your own

4:00 PM - Grotto Boat Trip 

7:00 PM - Dinner in Lagos

9:00 PM - Return to Hotel


Wednesday June 21:

7:00 AM - Yoga, Meditation, Gratitude Circle

8:00 AM - Breakfast

8:45 AM - Group Jeep Tour to Sagres & Monchique

3:30 PM - Return to Hotel 

4:30 PM - Art Activity

6:00 PM - Afternoon Circle

7:30 PM - Light Dinner


Thursday June 22:

8:00 AM - Yoga, Meditation, Gratitude Circle

9:30 AM - Breakfast

10:30 AM - Art Activity

1:00 PM - Group Trip to Benagil - Lunch at Casa Lamy then either hike 7 hanging valleys trail or kayak to Benagil cave

5:00 PM - Return to Hotel 

6:00 PM - Afternoon Circle

7:30 PM - Light Dinner


Friday June 23:

8:00 AM - Yoga, Meditation, Gratitude Circle

9:30 AM - Breakfast

10:30 AM - Art Activity

1:00 PM - Cooking Class & Lunch - afternoon on your own

6:00 PM - Afternoon Circle

7:30 PM - Dinner on your own


Saturday June 24: 

8:00 AM - Yoga, Meditation, Gratitude Circle

9:00 AM - Breakfast

10:00 AM - Art Activity

12:00 PM - Porches Pottery for Lunch then Carvoeiro Boardwalk

5:00 PM - Return to Hotel 

6:00 PM - Final Circle - Art Exhibition

7:30 PM - Celebratory Closing Dinner


Sunday June 25:

8:00 AM - Yoga, Meditation, Gratitude Circle

9:30 AM - Breakfast

10:00 AM - Transfer to Lisbon?


Hotel Burgau

Rua do Estai

8650-111 Burgau

Budens, Portugal

37º04`23.3"N    8º46`21.1"W

+351 282 097 403


Art Supplies to bring with you: 

If you intend to use your own familiar art materials, easels, stools etc. please pack them with you. 

Travel Dates:

June 17 - 25, 2023


Maximum of 10

Women Laughing on Beach



The Algarve is the beautiful southern coastline of Portugal. It is a region blessed with glorious sandy beaches, picturesque fishing towns and a glorious climate.


The 200 km coastline features vibrant towns with buzzing nightlife as well as pristine beaches, historic cultural centers, and tranquil nature reserves.  The area is very safe, hotels are of a high standard, English is widely spoken and the Portuguese people are welcoming and hospitable.


The Western Coast is considered to be the least spoiled, least touristy and most scenic part of the Algarve. It’s made up of rugged cliffs, The Costa Vicentina national park, and numerous small, often empty, and incredibly beautiful beaches. 


From our comfortable base in Burgau we will explore nearby villages, the caves and cliffs as well as a famous pottery studio. Burgau is a small fishing village on a pristine beach. The Burgau Beach Hotel is a simple 40 room European style hotel with air conditioning, private baths, an elevator and a pool.

Your Hosts:

Susan Convery is a professional art educator, Kundalini yogi and an accomplished artist

Angela Pepe-Morris is a professional masseuse with 24+ years of experience in many healing modalities. She is also a certified Kundalini yoga teacher 

Susan 2021.jpg


  • $5,500 - 8 nights per person in double occupancy shared hotel room. For solo travelers, we will try to find you a roommate.

  • $1,200 - Added cost for private room accommodation option - Limited Availability.



$500 discount if you pay in full. 


Three payments: 

  • 33% to hold your spot ($1,833)

  • 33% on January 1, 2023

  • 34% on March 18, 2023


Six payments:​

  1.  $950 on signup

  2. $950 on 12/1/22

  3. $950 on 1/1/23,

  4. $950 on 2/1/23,

  5. $950 on 3/1/23,

  6. $750 on 4/1/23,

​Free Gift when you sign up:

  • “The Gift From the Sea” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh


Cancellation Policy:

  • Full Refund up to 120 days in advance.

  • 50% refund up to 90 days in advance.

  • With less than 90 days notice, no refunds unless we can find a replacement.

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