Away from the bustle of city life, you’re free to unwind, de-stress and explore your personal and professional desires through a series of empowering workshops and daily yoga lessons. Surrounded by the beautiful mountain foliage and fauna at Rural Escapes Portugal, this personal development, life coaching and yoga retreat will support you to dig deep and get to grips with what is truly important to you.

In the workshops Life Coach Sophie Critchlow will guide you through a series of interactive activities to equip you with the tools and focus needed to create transformation in your life.

Accompanying the group workshops yoga teacher and co owner of Rural Escapes Camilla Bergman will teach daily yoga lessons. The yoga will support some of the themes covered in the workshops.

In a private coaching session, Sophie will work with you to help set correlating goals and actions, access your inner resources and make the changes you want in your life.

The retreat is focused around group workshops and yoga lessons with plenty of downtime to reflect and reconnect with your self. During the week you will also enjoy guided meditations, a gong bath, delicious vegetarian food, a film night and trips to the many tranquil beauty spots and beaches that surround the resort. Feel free to dip into the pool, relax in a hammock, or, if you’re feeling energetic, take a trek up the mountain.

All are welcome. This retreat requires an openness to being coached and participating in the group workshops. To ensure a supportive and nurturing space we keep the group small and have a maximum of 8 places available.

What’s included?

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Nutritious vegetarian/vegan food – breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Interactive group workshops
  • Evening yoga lessons
  • Evening group activities
  • Silent walk meditation
  • Gong bath 
  • Relaxation
  • Beach trip
  • Film night
  • A taste of off-grid rural living

What isn’t included?

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers (we can organise this for you for 40 euros return journey (90 mins from Faro Airport)
  • Insurance

The Price

  • £575/€655 per person based on two people sharing (£525/€605 early-bird available until 31st March)
  • £725/€825 for single (£675/€770 early-bird available until 31st March)

To Book

Please email Camilla directly to book your place at We ask for a £150 non-refundable deposit to reserve your place and we request the final balance to be paid in full 6 weeks before the retreat begins.

Facilitator and Yoga Teacher

Sophie Critchlow is a life coach and trained with CTI Co-active. With a holistic approach Sophie uses co-active coaching techniques, her intuition, humor and curiosity to support people to make positive changes to their lives.

Camilla Bergman will be teaching daily yoga lessons during the retreat. She is the co-owner of Rural Escapes Portugal and a fully qualified Vinyasa flow, Kundalini (as taught by Yogi Bhajan) and Hatha yoga teacher. She is also a Gong practitioner.

For more info about the retreat please contact Sophie at

For more information about the venue and to book flight transfer please contact Camilla

Sophie Critchlow with a cuppa