Mindfulness Retreats 2017-2018

Developing and Deepening my practice – A retreat for mindfulness teachers.

From 2017, we will be running mindfulness retreats in the Algarve at our beautiful QV Norrgren retreat centre. See below for details about the centre.

Our next retreat date is end of May 2018 and specifically intended for mindfulness teachers.

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Our retreats are based on mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) programme developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Life (MBCT-L) programme developed by Oxford Mindfulness Centre, part of Oxford University.  The MBSR course has been used for over thirty years to help with anxiety, chronic health problems, and general well-being.  Mindfulness Based programmes are designed for people who want to find ways of working with stress more effectively and/or for increasing overall well-being and awareness.

Our retreats are secular and we welcome all practitioners from all walks of life.   The programme content is largely experiential, though we acknowledge and refer to both the Bhuddist and Yogic roots of mindfulness as well as the latest neuroscience research and evidence relating to mindfulness.

Our retreats have communal time as a whole group for morning and evening practice, talks and meals and well as the opportunity to practice in solitude and smaller groups.

A typical timetable is outlined below. This may be adapted to meet the needs and experience of the specific group of participants who sign up.

Morning Afternoon and Evening
0700-0800 Qigong/yoga/meditation

0800-0900 Breakfast

0900-1000 Whole group session

1000-1200 Mindfulness teaching session

1200-1300 Lunch

1300-1600 Free time and self study / practice

1600-1800 Mindfulness teaching session

1800-1830 Free time

1830-1930 Dinner

2000-2100 Optional – talk / film / teacher led practice


Shared bedroom;  EU650      Single use of bedroom: EU850 (limited availability, please check)

Prices shown are per person and are current for 2017-2018. Room share is allocated by gender in two or three person rooms unless you are travelling with a partner, so please let us know when you book.

Early Bird Discount – EU200 

We offer discounts for early bookings so if you book and pay before the 31st of December 2017 you will receive the early bird discount of EU200.

The price for this retreat includes the following:

  • 7 nights accommodation,
  • All mindfulness facilitation
  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Use of the facilities
  • Towels
  • Linens
  • Use of Yoga mats (but bring favorite stool/cushion to make sure  you are comfortable).

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For payment we use PayPal as this allows us to receive your funds directly and it also allows you to pay using your credit card.  We can also use bank transfer if you prefer, so let us know what works for you.

Note that to secure you place on the retreat, we need a non-refundable deposit of EU200 per person.  The remaining balance is payable no later than six weeks prior to the start date of the retreat, please.


Airport transfer – If you arrive at Faro airport, the taxi to/from the airport is typically EU25 each way.  We need to know your flight details once you have booked your flights so we can arrange the taxi for you and also see if we can arrange taxi sharing.

Train station transfer – If you plan to arrive by train, the nearest train station is Loule and this is some 5km away and a short taxi ride.

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QV Norrgren retreat centre information

QV Norrgren is set in over nearly two acres of hillside just west of Loulé.  It has a wonderful meditation spaces both in the garden and a newly constructed meditation space.

Our cook provides vegetarian meals that have been prepared with love and care to ensure they are both filling and nutritious.

All the bedrooms have en-suit or private bathrooms with shower and are twin person rooms for sharing.  We have limited option for single occupancy, ask for availability.

You can find out more about the lovely accommodation on our AirBnB website

The location is perfect. It is private and secluded but within a few kilometres in to the Loule town. We have wonderful walks in the hills and valleys behind us. The nearest beach is 15km to the south and the nearest airport is Faro. The taxi ride from the airport normally takes between twenty and twenty five minutes.

It is the perfect place for relaxing and connecting both with self and nature.  Welcome!


If you have a particular query, use the contact form to get in touch with Per and Marion personally or you can book the retreat directly here.

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To register your interest in future retreats and be kept informed of dates, prices and early-bird discounts click here