Inner compass retreat in Portugal


23 to 27 of September 2021

In the beginning of this Autumn, we invite you to join us in a new retreat in Northen Portugal. 
This event will be focused on self-cultivation through the methods of Qi Gong, meditation and TRE (tension and trauma release exercises). 
TRE practice 50%
Qi Gong 30%
Meditation 20%

With these methods we will explore our character and our perception of ourselves and dive deep into the exploration of our essential nature. 
The investigation of what is commonly referred to as the “True Self” leads us to witness of greater sense of presence and of inner alignment permeating into our every experience. 
As we become more aligned, we improve our ability to communicate with our inner wisdom and obtain guidance about how to direct our life choices and our attitude to be in greater resonance with our true nature, allowing us to move along lines of life where we can express more and more our true potential. 
We call this inner guidance mechanism “the Inner Compass”. 

Qi Gong

Qi Gong is an ancestral practice that originated in China that is central in the Daoist culture. The name Qi Gong translates as energy work and is the practice that aims to enable one to perceive and use energy. The Daoists believed that the whole universe is composed of one energy and that humans could learn to connect to and to align with this force. Rediscovering this natural ability allows the practitioners of this art to heal themselves and others and to gain a greater access to the wisdom of the universe and of the self. 

TRE (tension and trauma release exercises)

TRE® is a simple body-oriented technique that uses the natural ability of the body to shake inner tensions off and can result in a profound inner change at a physical, mental and emotional level. Developed by Dr David Berceli, TRE® has been used to bring relief to stress, tension and traumas to people all over the world- to those dealing with everyday stresses and strains, those in the helping professions and those affected by wars and natural disasters. 
TRE process helps to calm the nervous system, becoming less reactive and increasing our capacity to be present to our experience. 

Program & Teachers

  • 7:30-8:30 Morning Qi Gong 
  • 9:00 Breakfast 
  • 10:00 Sharing Circle 
  • 10:30-12:30 TRE practice 
  • 13:00 Lunch 
  • 14:00-16:30 Rest 
  • 16:30-18:30 Theory class 
  • 19:00 Dinner 
  • 21:00 Meditation  

Virginie Freire

Chinese Medicine practitioner

She is a Portuguese Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, a TRE provider, an enthusiast of natural healing methods and all that can empower oneself to achieve health and balance making appropriate choices.
Inspired by the Dao and her one-year learning experience at the Daoist Five Immortals Temple in China, she believes that healing is not only about applying medicine methods. Healing is first of all about opening our thoughts and rising our energetic field. It is about finding who we really are and what are our deepest needs.
With TRE she realized that it is also about connecting with and through your own Body to the Self, the others and the Universe around.
She offers presence and guidance through your healing journey .

Giulio Saltelli

Taoist & Qi Gong-Tai Chi Teacher

Giulio is a teacher of Daoist Arts from Northen Italy.
He began to practice martial arts in his childhood with his father and began the practice of Tai Chi and meditation at the age of eighteen. Passionate about the practice he travelled to China where he studied for three years in the Five Immortals Temple under his master Li Shifu.
In the following years he returned to Europe where he founded Spirit Arts Academy and dedicated to organizing seminars, formations and retreats about Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Kung Fu and Daoist meditation.



from Thursday to Monday
  • 4 sessions per day
  • 3 Delicious vegan food per day
  • Accommodation


  • 4 sessions
  • 3 Delicious vegan food
  • Accommodation for one day
  • Prices

    >To Join one class: 15 euros
    > Lunch or Dinner: 10 euros
    > Breakfast: 5 euros
    > One night in a room: 10 euros

  • Reservation

    To book your place contact
    +34 605 46 88 75 (Giulio)
    or +351 91961248 (Virginie).

    To complete your booking, you are required to make a deposit of 100 euros refundable until two weeks before the event.

Location & Food

  • Location

    The retreat will be held in Lugar do Bodhisattva, a wonderful retreat center in the green hills of Travanca, in Cinfães Portugal, one hour away from the city of Porto, in Northen Portugal.
    The center was created to be a place of meditation and prayer for Franciscans and later when a Tibetan Buddhist monk arrived at the place the two spiritual traditions coexisted peacefully in this space.
    The house is located next to a beautiful forest and has a wide garden with flowers, medicinal plants, fruits, and vegetables.

  • Address

    Pax e Bem - O Lugar do Bodhisattva - Travanca, Portugal

  • Accomodation

    There will be comfortable bedrooms or space for camping tents. For personal hygiene participants will have at their disposal comfortable bathrooms with showers.

  • Food

    Not less important than the practice is the alimentation that we offer: three delicious vegan and probiotic meals will be served every day. These meals will be studied specially to provide an appropriate nourishment for the practitioners and to maintain the body and mind healthy.

Do you have any questions?
Please feel free to contact me at any time: