Integrative Health Retreat: Holistic Healing & Consciousness


Welcome to your holistic and integrative health retreat!

Hosted by your leader Rita Silva and LIFE! Wellness Azores, this one-week wellness retreat offers you an opportunity to getaway, relax and recharge on the idyllic island of São Jorge, Azores.

We invite you to embark on a journey of self-discovery and holistic healing. On this journey, all your dimensions are integrated: the physical body, the energetic body, the mind/emotions and the Soul. At our retreat, we focus on nurturing, (self) discovery and guiding you towards a state of deep coherence and alignment.

Our primary goals encompass an empowered and unique approach to personal growth and wellness:

  • Empowerment and Independence: Our retreat will empower you to take charge of your health and well-being by providing you with several tools and knowledge that you can adapt  to your unique requirements. With attainable, accessible and realistic goals and strategies, you’ll be equipped to make informed decisions and navigate life’s challenges with confidence and resilience. These are tools that you can use at home on a daily basis, making sure that there is a positive and effective impact on your life after the retreat.
  • Awareness & Consciousness: Through various workshops, activities and guided sessions, we aim to raise your awareness, motivation and (self)knowledge. By gaining insights about ancestral techniques and integrative health approaches you can develop effective strategies for managing body, energy, emotions and fostering a complete well-being.
  • Personalized Self-Care & Daily Routines: We understand that self-care is not a one-size-fits-all concept, we’ll provide you with the opportunity to define a self-care plan that resonates with your individual needs, preferences and values. By aligning your wellness daily routines with your authentic self and your personal reality you can cultivate a sustainable, successful and fulfilling lifestyle.
  • Holistic Health: Central to our approach is the integration of holistic practices that address the interconnectedness of mind, body, energy and spirit. From meditation and yoga to integrative nutrition and energy healing, we will explore different approaches that can help you restore and maintain balance and harmony.

Enrich yourself with a enlightening lectures, discussions and invigorating activities carefully curated to harmonize your body, energy, mind and spirit at our wellness retreat.

Here’s a glimpse of what awaits you:

  • Holistic Nutrition and Ayurveda: Delve into the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda as we uncover the transformative power of nourishing your body in alignment with its unique constitution and needs and understand how your nutritional status impacts all the fields of your life. Explore strategies to realign with your inherent balance and vitality and to life stages. 
  • Pranayama, Meditation, and Energy Practices: Immerse yourself in the profound practices of pranayama and meditation, tapping into the limitless reservoir of energy within. Learn to cultivate presence, clarity, and inner peace through these transformative modalities.
  • Habit Foundation and Belief Reprogramming: Uncover the keys to sustainable habit implementation and liberate yourself from limiting beliefs that hinder your growth and potential. Empower yourself to rewrite your story and manifest your deepest dreams.
  • Cacao Ceremony: Discover a sense of healing through the transformative power of sacred ritual of cacao. Experience profound states of release, expansion and heart-centered connection.
  • Yoga, Ecstatic Dance and Sound Healing: Awaken your body’s innate wisdom through the practices of Yoga and Ecstatic Dance, honoring movement as a sacred expression of self-discovery and liberation. Bathe in the healing vibrations of sound, as soothing melodies and harmonic frequencies resonate with your cells and atoms.

Join us in the AZORES ISLANDS: the ideal location to renew yourself and rewrite your reality.

Come, delight yourself amidst the breathtaking landscapes of São Jorge Island and make new long-lasting friendships and restore mind, body and soul as you explore this beautiful subtropical paradise.

The Azores are only a four hour flight from Boston, 5.5 hours from Toronto and 2.5 hours from continental Europe – with a short inter-island flight you are just a hop, skip and a jump from your next best adventure.

Participants are sure to enjoy their stay at the charming Cantinho das Buganvilias Hotel **** on São Jorge Island offers guests dramatic sunsets and exceptional views of Pico and Faial islands.

You will undoubtedly enjoy the luxurious, air-conditioned apartments with a private patio as well as the outdoor pool, indoor pool, jacuzzi, hot sauna, exercise room as well as an on-site bar and a seasonal restaurant with its spectacular ocean views.

Over the course of seven transformative days, immerse yourself in daily workshops, activities & ceremonies designed to rejuvenate your mind, body, energy and spirit.

DAILY PROGRAM

  • 8.00-9.00 Yoga 
  • 9.00-9.45 Breakfast 
  • 9.45-10.45 Sharing circle
  • 10.45-12.30 Lecture / workshop
  • 12.30-14.00 Lunch
  • 14.00-17.00 Outdoor nature activities / Free time
  • 17.00-19.00 Rest & reflect
  • 19.00-20.15 Dinner
  • 20.15-21.30 Activities / Ceremonies

 The retreat will be provided in English only.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Clothing that will allow you to layer up to adjust to local weather conditions
  • Windbreaker (or light rain coat)
  • Comfortable shoes suitable for the nature walks / hikes (ground can become muddy when wet) 
  • Water bottle
  • Small backpack for outdoor activities
  • Yoga mat
  • Your favorite crystal(s) / spiritual accessory
  • Notepad and pen

FLIGHTS: With respect to flights, we recommend booking flights on Azores Airlines and connecting to your final destination on São Jorge Island (Airport Code: SJZ). Pre & Post-nights are available for anyone wishing to arrive early or continue to enjoy this island paradise after the retreat. We would be happy to help you ensure that your planned flights are optimized and cost-effective by reviewing your flight plans and providing some guidance.

October 20 to 27, 2024: If your travel plans permit it, arriving a day or two earlier will ensure you are well rested and acclimatized for the retreat. The retreat will kick-off with Welcome Dinner on October 20, 2024 at 19:00 at the retreat hotel.  

7-Day Retreat: 2 500 Euros per person based on private bedroom in a large apartment (Private apartment supplement: 400 Euros). A 25% non-refundable deposit is required to secure your reservation. The balance is due 90 days before retreat starts.

What’s included? Just about everything, specifically: accommodations, 3-meals per day, and all programmed activities & transportation. You will also receive a complimentary gift bag with local handmade products. Exclusions: flights and related travel & medical insurance.

MEALS: Organic, fresh and unprocessed food is lovingly prepared on site using locally-sourced produce whenever possible. Meals will be vegetarian with some fish options on some days. If you have any dietary restrictions or allergies, please let us know when booking.  

CONTACT US: If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch via: [email protected]

RITA SILVA – LEADER

Rita is an Integrative Therapist and she uses tools such as Naturopathy, Ayurveda, Orthomolecular Nutrition, Psychoneuroimmunology, Yoga, Thetahealing, Coaching and Radionic Table to bring healing to all dimensions of the Being. 

Born and raised in this Azorean paradise, São Jorge island, nature and tranquility have always been close to her.

“I believe the full potential must integrate all there is. We are much more than the physical body and every aspect of us needs to be taken care of. 

I remember as a child having a strong connection to the metaphysical, which I didn’t understand at the time. And the only way I found to channel this connection was religion. I found peace and strength in repeating and visualizing the intentional phrases of the prayers, as that was all that had been presented to me until then.  

Through time, study, experiences, questions, and various existential crises, I came to realize that this metaphysical connection and holistic view of Consciousness had always been within me. Deep down, I had always known it.

I deeply believe, through lived experience and acquired knowledge, in a holistic approach as the natural path of our evolution, fulfillment and happiness, as individuals and as a collective. I deeply believe that we are capable of creating our reality, through small daily habits, persistence, dedication and trust. We are what we believe and we have the freedom to choose, if we place new seeds in our subconscious every day.”

ANA LUISA – YOGA TEACHER & FACILITATOR

Ana is a caring and simple woman who loves to smile. She is a nurse, a thai massage therapist, a yoga instructor & student and recently became a full-time mom.

“The practice of Yoga came into my life in 2014 when I realized that Yoga is more than just the physical postures. In 2020, I went to Rishikesh (India) for a 500h Yoga Teacher Training in the Himalaya Yoga School, becoming certified by the Yoga Alliance in Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Ashtanga and Meditation.

I continue to develop my knowledge and experience by attending various workshops, retreats and vipassana meditation. I deeply believe that the magic comes from experiencing and practicing what we learn, because knowledge without action is useless.”

Ana will facilitate the Yoga sessions where you will experience an inner journey through body, mind and spirit, rebalancing your energy and your nervous system using movement and breathe. Be challenged to bring your body to shapes never before tried, so that you also create new brain pathways, leading to a more balanced and happier version of yourself. After each practice, expect a peaceful moment during savasana, to compensate, feeling relaxed and connected to the sensations in your body, accepting what is, what you feel & what you think.

BERNARDO RODRIGUESECSTATIC DANCE DJ

Bernardo is a passionate music enthusiast and nature lover with an insatiably curious mind. His fascination with travel, people, and their stories, combined with a deep-seated curiosity about the non-physical realm, led him on a profound journey into spirituality and self-development.

“A life-changing event in 2008 took me to Nepal, where I sought answers amid the stunning mountains and Buddhist traditions. I have since explored various philosophies, crafting my own understanding of what it means to be Human.

In 2019, I discovered the transformative power of Ecstatic Dance, merging my love for music with my desire to serve others. As an Ecstatic Dance Facilitator and DJ, I aim to expand collective Consciousness through individual transformation.”

Bernardo has facilitated numerous retreats, guiding practices such as active meditations, ecstatic dance, shamanic trance dance, and breathwork sessions. As a conscious dance DJ, he blends diverse musical genres—organic, electronic, psychedelic, ethnic, and neoclassical—enhanced with deep bass lines and inspiring melodies, revealing music’s potential to elevate self-awareness and induce altered states of consciousness.

TIAGO MARQUES – MUSICIAN

Tiago, born in Ourém, Portugal, began playing the piano at age 8 at the Tomar Regional Conservatory. In 1995, he started studying oboe and later completed his degree at the Graduate School of Music in Lisbon, followed by numerous masterclasses.

During his time in São Paulo, Brazil, Tiago served as the first oboist for the São Caetano do Sul Philharmonic Orchestra, performed in the musical “O Homem de La Mancha,” and participated in several CD recordings.

Since 2018, Tiago has been presenting his innovative project “Oboe with Wings,” which combines oboe performance with electronic elements in a multidisciplinary format. This project has been featured on Azorean TV (RTP Açores) and performed across numerous islands and festivals. He also enjoys leading music programs such as the National Youth Orchestra Internship and the International Festival Música em Casa organized by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.

Tiago continues to compose for his “Oboe with Wings” project and serves as the founder and conductor of the Bando de Improvisação of Faial, as well as the conductor of the Filarmónica Sociedade Estímulo.

EGIDIO NASCIMENTO – RETREAT COORDINATOR

Egidio is dual citizen of Canada and Portugal; born on S. Jorge Island and has now lived in Canada and the US for the past 50+ years. He is fluent in English, French and Portuguese.

After a 30 year career as a CFO of numerous hi-tech and bio-tech companies in Canada and the US… “I made a L(i)FE! changing decision to combine a new focus on health and WELLNESS with my undying passion for the AZORES.”

“We created LIFE! Wellness Azores with a mission to showcase the best of the Azores (and Portugal) have to offer to like-minded individuals. I want to live & explore LIFE to its fullest by continuously striving to make better decisions that will ultimately result in…. LIVING LONGER & LIVING BETTER. With a renewed passion to share my new found vitality and love for LIFE, I feel this retreat incapsulates many of the key pillars that are key to achieving these goals.”

How do I get to the Azores? The main and most convenient method of getting to the Azores Island is on AZORES AIRLINES (aka SATA) with direct flights from many European and North American cities including Boston, NYC, Toronto (and Montreal during the summer), London, Frankfurt, Lisbon and Porto. Having all connecting flights are on one ticket provides you the benefit of added (international) baggage allowance on all flights. Booking flights all on one ticket also makes it easier should you need to reschedule flights in case one segment is delayed or cancelled. Although we do not book flights for participants, we would be pleased to review your flight plans in order to provide some guidance to help ensure that your plans are efficient and cost effective.

Are the retreat workshop topics and activities suitable for beginners? Yes the content of the retreat workshop and activities (such as yoga and walks) can be adjusted to suit all levels.

Do I have to attend all workshop sessions and activities? No. But to get the most out of this integrative health workshop we encourage everyone to participate in as many of the sessions and activities as possible, for the valuable information but also to build a connection with other retreat participants.

Can I come on my own? Absolutely! Most participants come on their own and do not know anyone else prior to the start of the retreat. Our retreats are highly inclusive and welcoming, and the program is designed to facilitate connections between one another with ice-breakers, group exercises and a daily sharing circle.

In what language will this retreat be held? Due to the international nature of our retreats, all activities and guidance will be held in English.

Is English generally spoken in the Azores and will I be able to get by in English only? Yes you should have no trouble getting by in English as most of the individuals involved in the tourism industry speak English.

What if I have dietary restrictions, what can be done? Please us provide with any dietary restrictions as part of the registration process and we will confirm whether we are able to satisfy any special requirements / needs that you may have.

What level of fitness do I need for outdoor activities? The retreat will include fantastic nature walking / hiking opportunities, revealing the natural beauty of these islands. To fully enjoy these experiences, participants should be in good health and comfortable traversing uneven terrains and trails ranging from 3-6 km, involving approximately 2-4 hours of walking at a time.

In addition to fitness considerations, please ensure you have the proper clothing, including layers for changing weather conditions, and sturdy walking / hiking shoes suitable for varied terrain. Hiking poles can provide additional stability and support during the trails. If there is any uncertainty about your fitness level or the gear required, we encourage you to contact us to clarify any concerns you may have.

What’s the weather like in the Azores Islands in October? As with any island-living, weather is highly variable, as a result you should always be prepared to layer up or down depending on the weather conditions.

What is your cancellation policy? In the unlikely case that we must cancel the retreat, a full refund will be provided. Where a participant needs to cancel, deposits are non-refundable due to service provider commitments. Similarly, if a cancellation is less than 90 days from retreat start date, no refunds can be provided but their registration can be transfers to another person for the same retreat.


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