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Ecstatic Dance Spring Retreat

Come and join us at our second international retreat! A transformative 4 days of connection, movement, nature, delicious food and magic in central Portugal’s picturesque landscape.
7.45-8.45 Morning practice
9.00-10.30 Breakfast & sharing circle
11.30-12.30 Class/workshop
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
• Renée Lacroix (Retreat Leader, Facilitator & DJ)
• Esta Polyesta (Facilitator & DJ)
• Bernardo Rodrigues (Ecstatic DJ)
• Shivani (Mouvement Medicine Facilitator)
• And more
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.
1. If you choose the accommodation option, you have the choice between a dorm, a shared/private yurt, a room or an apartment. Bedding and towels are provided.
2. 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 vegan with vegetarian extras on the side (ex. cheese, honey). 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 15:00 on Sunday 19 March.
-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)
-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.
Estrada dos Montes, Nº134
2300-087 Olalhas – Tomar
+351 917 935 392
Quinta São José dos Montes is located 150 km (1.5 hour drive) from Lisboa. It is also possible to get there by train + bus.
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 already in Lisbon, you can take the metro (red line) to Aeroporto (about 30 min from downtown Lisbon).
Cost for return travel: €60. You can add a transfer to your booking at checkout.
Any questions, send us a PM. Very much looking forward to welcoming you!
Renée & the Ecstatic Experiences team


16 - 19 Mar 2023


16:00 - 15:00


Quinta São José dos Montes
Estrada dos Montes, Nº134 2300-087 Olalhas – Tomar