Monte na Luz, near Loule, the Algarve, Portugal


Saturday 27 June - Friday 3 July 2015


Welcome to an amazing opportunity to explore and develop a greater understanding of who you are.  This retreat is facilitated in very tranquil and supportive surroundings by two leading international psychotherapists and is also a great chance to recharge and renew.


When you arrive at Faro airport you will be picked up and transferred to our idyllic venue where you will have time to settle in on the Saturday before we get started with our first workshop on the Sunday. 


Each day following breakfast there will be a workshop exploring themes which emerge.  Afternoon workshops will also pick up on emerging themes.  On at least one afternoon there will be time to explore the area and the beautiful ocean nearby.


Each evening (6 to 7pm) a session of yoga will also be offered, giving you the opportunity to explore the relationship between the earth and your body’s aliveness


At the end of the week we hope that you will leave feeling a renewed sense of yourself and your way of being in the world.


 six nights accommodation  50 hours CPD
 all meals (delicious vegetarian fare)  optional evening yoga
 transfers from Faro airport  optional trips to the sea
 five days of gestalt and psychodrama  priceless vista over hills and the ocean


£850 for a single room || £730 for a shared room


"The wideness of the horizon has to be inside us, cannot be anywhere but inside us, otherwise what we speak about is geographic distance"

Ella Maillart

About the Yoga

Lucia Berdondini is also offering evening yoga classes during the retreat. It is a style of yoga inspired by Vanda Scaravelli. Lucia has been practicing and teaching this approach of yoga for more than 30 years. More information on request.


Sandra Grieve

Sandra is a a BPA-accredited Senior Trainer, Person Centred group psychotherapist, counsellor and psychodramatist. She has many years' experience of working with varied groups nationally and internationally, in particular in Portugal and Afghanistan. She is a tutor on the PG Diploma in Counselling at Strathclyde University, senior trainer with NSP and a UKCP-accredited psychotherapist. She is passionate about groups and group process and has a lively and creative approach to the work. She is also a therapist and supervisor in private practice.


Lucia Berdondini

Lucia is a Gestalt and Person Centred psychotherapist and counsellor. She has been working for the past 15 years both in Italy and in the UK, and has specific experience of working with groups of various nature and culture. She is the Course Director of the PG Diploma in Counselling at Strathclyde University. Over the past 4 years she has developed a passion for working in situations of emergency and disaster, and has been involved in international projects with the Red Cross and international NGOs, in particular in Afghanistan, where she works with groups of women, children, and volunteers of local and international organisations.


The Venue

Monte na Luz is a retreat centre set in over 12 hectares in the hills just north of Loule. A tranquil, sunny, simple and spacious venue, rooms are all ensuite and spread over the main building and three small houses. In summer the temperature is usually between 25 and 25c, however thanks to the ocean breeze it is in fact never too warm - and there is a swimming pool! 


Getting there
The closest airport is Faro and we anticipate most people will arrive there.  A taxi transfer directly from the airport to Monte na Luz and the return journey are included in the retreat price.  
Should you wish to spend some time exploring Faro prior to your arrival at the venue or before your departure, please inform us and we will do what we can to help facilitate this.
Should you plan to arrive in Faro or the venue by another means, please let us know.
Driving directions to Monte na Luz from the nearest town Loule can be found on the venue's website 
All arrival and departure information will be asked for when you receive your booking form.  
Extra nights accommodation
Should your flight package dictate a 7 night stay in Portugal, there is a possibility you may be able to spend that extra night (either before or after the retreat) at Monte na Luz depending on room availability.  In that instance you would pay a small amount extra directly to the venue. (shared room €35, single room €55.  meals would be extra again)