- feeling lost, lonely, or unsure about your purpose
- overwhelmed with life’s responsibilities
- craving rest, but finding it hard to slow down
- wanting to get to know yourself better and re-align with your authentic self
- trying to practice self-compassion after years of not feeling good enough
- looking to explore hidden gems and underrated places
- yearning for deep connection, genuine friendships, and a sense of sisterhood
You are DONE feeling lost in life and you’re READY to find clarity, confidence, and peace with who you are and where you're at.
Traveling to new places, experiencing different cultures, and exploring underrated gems excites you. You'd rather find a hidden gem than be stuck in a tourist trap.
You yearn to bond with genuine, like-minded women and make friends who really appreciate you for who you are. Think, big sleepover vibes!
You're expecting this retreat to fix you, heal you, or make you whole. Nothing will fix you because you were never broken in the first place. You must believe this before joining this retreat. Only then will it be an empowering experience for all.
You’re only interested in checking Portugal off your bucket list, but don’t care about doing inner work, stepping outside your comfort zone, and connecting with others. This is not a tour; this is dedicated time to slow down and just be.
You have unmanaged mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, or an eating disorder. Although this experience will be healing, it is not for mental health treatment of any sort. All attendees must be able to effectively deal with any feelings/ emotions that might come up.
We explore the gems of Olhão together- wandering around the cobbled streets of the old town, indulging in the history, culture, and architecture, lounging on the park benches, and taking in the slow-paced Portuguese lifestyle around you- all with a group of women who love, value, and cherish you.
We have a delicious, family-style dinner with ingredients sourced from the local farmer's market, and whatever dessert Chef Ricardo wants to delight us with!
In the evenings, we come together for our nightly sharing circle where we let our guards down, bond with one another, share stories, and have deep belly laughs. You in?
find yourself in Portugal
wednesday, jan 24th - monday, jan 29th, 2024
A 6-day, 5-night immersive self-love retreat that will inspire you, recharge you, and reconnect you to who you truly are
YOU, your retreat leader Mary + her team, and 17 fellow retreat sisters
What’s my investment?
The investment starts at $3,397 USD depending on the accommodation and payment plan you choose.
Luxe accommodations at our retreat mansion in the heart of Olhão (shared and private rooms available)
Daily workshops with Mary focusing on self-awareness, self-discovery, and self-worth
1:1 call with Mary upon signing up
Excursions and activities exploring hidden gems of southern Portugal
Classes with guest teachers (yoga, movement, art, etc)
2 meals per day + snacks made by our private retreat chefs
A dedicated journal + copy of Mary's book
A community of like-minded women; including a retreat group chat for asking questions & building connections!
An immersive, expansive, extraordinary self-love retreat AKA a giant sleepover with your fav gals!
Olhão, a charming coastal town in Portugal's southern Algarve region
What’s not included?
Airfare and transport to/ from the airport (Uber/ Bolt are cheap and widely available as is public transportation)
3-4 lunches/ snacks in town (budget ~ 15€ per day)
Optional add-on services such as massages or a private photoshoot with our retreat photographer
Travel insurance (can range from $10++ depending on what/ how much of your trip you choose to cover)
You can either fly directly into Faro International Airport (15 min drive to Olhão) OR fly to Lisbon Airport and take an easy bus to Olhão (~3.5 hours).
- Carleen Hoover, Spain Retreat Sister
The retreat will be held at an exceptional private home in the heart of Olhão, an authentic fishing town in southern Portugal. With 300 days of sunshine per year, our retreat in January will be equal parts warm and cozy. Expect chilly mornings/ evenings and pleasant afternoons with temperatures ranging from 46°-62°F / 11°-15°C, perfect for wandering the local markets and enjoying slow living by the sea.
Our budget option includes your own twin bed in a sharing room with 1 other retreat sister with whom you'll also split an ensuite (double vanity) bathroom. Your room will be on the ground floor where you’ll find easy access to common areas and plenty of places to lounge.
For the utmost privacy, opt for your own luxe accommodation. The private rooms have a king bed and ensuite bathroom all to yourself. There's even balcony doors that open to a view!
If you’d like something a bit nicer, opt for a gorgeous sharing room. With stunning decor and an ensuite (double vanity) bathroom, this is the perfect combo of treating yourself and bonding with your roommate/ new bestie.
Note: some of the beds have one fixed headboard- beds are separate but not far apart.
Note: there are only 2 private rooms available.
“I was struggling with my body image and doing things for other people before consulting with my own needs. Mary’s workshops helped me realize what I really wanted and needed by accessing my subconscious needs. Now, I am excited to use my newfound beliefs, my self-love promise, and to set intentions daily, monthly, and for my life. I know that I am deserving of the self-love and respect that I so freely give to others.”
“If someone is thinking about joining the retreat, I would tell them to take the leap of faith. I’m glad that I did. Investing in yourself is important, even though it might feel scary… If there’s something that’s making you think you want to come, listen to that voice because I’m definitely glad that I did.”
“I’ve been told I am some pretty appalling things… “fat.” “disgusting,” not worthy of love, etc… BUT being in Bali amongst some of the strongest and most resilient women I’ve ever met has taught me that other people’s beliefs don’t define who I am. I will forever be grateful to Mary for organizing this self-love retreat to help the 16 of us collectively heal and eventually overcome our traumas, whatever they may be. This has been the most emotional, yet joyful week of my life!
“Mary’s self-love retreat showed me how much I was struggling with hanging onto the past…heartbreaks, family struggles, inner battles, etc. What helped me the most was doing group activities where we all contributed and we finally felt that none of us were alone in our struggles. Now, I’m happy to say that I am setting myself free!”
“I am so thankful for this week of experiences that gave me the space, strength, and support to truly let go of some shit that was buried so deep, but yet still affecting my daily thoughts and actions. I cried so many tears that I genuinely thought I was done with, but this time instead of crying from sadness and pain, the tears brought me cleansing, peace, and clarity. Self-love is magic!!”
This particular self-love retreat will be located in Olhão, Portugal, a charming fishing town in the southern Algarve region. The calm town is the perfect place to safely get lost in the streets, indulge in fresh local food, wander the artesinal market, and find yourself in a hidden gem of Europe. Our 3-story, 22-bedroom retreat mansion is a renovated historic home right in the old town centre. It has a (heated) rooftop pool, ensuite bathrooms in every room, stunning decor and stylish amenities.
Self-love retreats are not intended for anyone with an eating disorder or actively in recovery. With that being said, you and/ or your retreat sisters may have past struggles with food and body-image and thus, giving us more to connect on. All attendees must be aware of where they’re at in their journeys and effectively deal with any feelings/ emotions that might come up. Thought we aim to create an empowering, positive experience for all, we encourage mental maturity and emotional intelligence. Part of what we'll be working on at the retreat too. :)
We offer 3-part payment plans to help break up the investment. We use a secure payment processor called Stripe that will reserve your spot and deduct the first payment once you register. From there, the second payment will be automatically deducted 30 days after and the final payment will be deducted 30 days after that. Please note that the payment plans result in a slightly higher total cost (~7%).
Due to the intimate nature of retreats, we require an application to make sure that our values, expectations, and attitudes are aligned. The retreat application helps Mary get to know you and what you’re looking to gain from a self-love retreat. A retreat is not for mental health treatment of any sort, though some parts will inevitably be emotionally-charged. We want to make sure that everyone can hold a safe space for each other and effectively deal with any feelings that might come up. If we don’t think our retreats would be a good fit for you, we want to be 100% honest about that from the beginning.
If your application has been approved, but you don't sign up, then the application fee is non-refundable. If you’ve already registered for the retreat, then the cancellation policy will apply.
If the cancellation is made at least 60 days before the start of the retreat, then you will receive the difference between the amount you paid and a non-refundable $950 deposit. If the cancellation is made less than 60 days before the retreat, then the entire amount is non-refundable.
Please carefully review the retreat terms and conditions found here.
U.S. and Canadian passport holders do not need a visa to visit Portugal, just a passport valid for 3 months beyond intended departure. EU passport holders may freely travel to Portugal. If you are traveling from elsewhere, please consult your government’s website to confirm the visa requirements.
All COVID precautions have been lifted by the Portuguese government, so you no longer need a test/ vaccine to enter. We still prefer our retreat attendees to be up to date on their vaccines and monitor any symptoms.
Though airport transfer is not included in the retreat, transportation is easy in Portugal, both public and private. Here are 2 options:
(1) Fly directly into Faro International Airport (FAO) and take an Uber/ Bolt to Olhão which takes 15 minutes and costs ~ €15
(2) Fly to Lisbon Airport (LIS) and take a direct bus to Olhão which takes ~3.5 hours and costs ~ €20. Note: the bus station in Lisbon is 5 minutes from the airport and the drop-off point in Olhão is a 10-minute walk from the retreat.
Due to the high-demand of our self-love retreats, the application fee helps us consider those who are serious about wanting to join. However, the application fee gets deducted from your total retreat cost upon sign-up.
If your application is not approved by us, then we will let you know and the application fee will be immediately refunded to you.
TRAVEL INSURANCE IS REQUIRED to cover any potential medical emergencies. It's up to you if you want to insure the cost of the retreat or your flights, but a minimum medical policy is necessary. Bare minimum insurance for a 7-day trip can be as low as $10, depending on what/ how much you choose to cover. Click here to explore your travel insurance options.
We will ask for proof of insurance before you come on the retreat.
Our chefs can accommodate for most dietary restrictions. Most of the local food is naturally gluten-free and dairy-free (besides the obvious stuff like bread and cheese ;). We prioritize an organic vegetarian cuisine, though there might be some omnivorous depending on the group preference. If you have any allergies or dietary restrictions, please let us know far in advance so we can modify your meals.
After healing my body, mind, and spirit, I started traveling to breathtaking places to host women’s self-love retreats (in Spain, Bali, Sedona, Costa Rica, you name it!). I believe that self-love is best cultivated in community.
During the retreat, I’ll be facilitating daily workshops focused on self-awareness, self-discovery, and self-confidence. We’ll also explore Olhão together, connect deeply with each other, and share a heartfelt experience. Picture a giant sleepover mixed with some personal growth and travel with your new fav gals.
Aside from leading retreats, I love sharing my heart with you through my books, podcast, and social media platforms - connect with me via @maryscupofteaa on Instagram! Hope we can connect both online and IRL!