Retreat in Portugal

Freeing your elemental self, movement & painting

Enjoy deep immersion in the stillness and beauty of this wild landscape, tuning into your sensing body through breath, mindful presence and embodiment.

This week is a journey of self-discovery through natural movement practice, witnessing, stillness and art making – calling up your wild and magnificent elemental self to express vitality, creativity, spirit and imagination.

Nature generously mirrors aspects of our life, bringing to awareness personal imagery and inner dynamics. Through movement and art making you can explore emerging themes within a supportive, non-judgemental space for blossoming, growth and transformation.

£650 shared accommodation, food & tuition
£750 single accommodation, food & tuition
Max 8 people
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shining out, drawing in

“Sometimes the movement part of the process connects to a sort of abstract cosmic place. The paintings come as a complete surprise – it’s such an amazing process! Thank you so much Maya

Painting by workshop participant












The ‘Transitions’ workshop was a wonderfully deep dive, it gave me quite a different perspective – from several viewpoints! There was a real communication through the painting from my body’s wisdom, to my mind with it’s churning ideas and uncertainty. I came away with a much more positive feeling than I thought possible, thank you so much for that Maya!”

Painting by workshop participant on ‘Transitions’ workshop



“The painting workshop with Maya was a wonderful way to reconnect with a wiser, stronger and more surprising part of myself.”

‘Archetypes and Symbols’ workshop participant


Maya’s workshop is amazing, it is an opportunity to move from a place of no fixed identity and no preconceptions and she skilfully leads us to that place through the alternation between moving and painting. This was a totally inspiring experience helping me to get back in touch with my creative self and recover my authentic self which had been buried under some difficult layers but which I saw emerge through the visuals I was painting. Thank you Maya! 

Archetypes & Symbols. Amanda


There was a sense of ease, of liberation, of exploration and intimacy, which “held” us all; enabling us to be open and free and courageous in revealing ourselves both to ourselves and each other. Maya has a rare gift. She is an “enabler”, a true catalyst…it’s as if her own journey and experience is there with us in the room as she “accompanies” us rather than leads or facilitates in the traditional sense. It’s because she knows the territory experientially that she is able to be there for us in a particular way. 

Create your Vision for 2017. Adrienne