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Cacao Retreat and Sound Healing

Event Highlights

  • You receive guidance with the sound journey, also using cacao as a vector for promoting your expression with arts, chants and sounds
  • The ceremonial cacao is processed at our facilities, so we can give the most of intentions and strenght to the brew
  • We support ethically the Latin American farmers during the purchase of cacao beans


Program: Daily activities (meditation, prana yama), theoretical lessons and practical experience, cacao preparation, ceremonies and meditation, workshops, rituals and creative arts.

About This Event

Cacao has been considered the food of the gods for her uplifting and healing properties and for centuries Mayans have been embracing her spirit with devotion and ecstasy. The Cacao Retreat aims to introduce this wonderful plant to interns with a strong desire of self-exploration and an interest in ethnobotany and indigenous cultures.

Our facilitators have a strong background and spiritual connection with cacao, having worked with Mayan groups of Guatemala and hosted many retreats and ceremonies around the world.

During the 10-day immersion several learning methods are used to understand the power of cacao and other local plants. We learn together how to naturally ferment the beans and prepare the brew with the ancient Maya recipe, we learn and taste the properties of the finest variety of Cacao along with a one week retreat in the forest and the use of healing sounds enabling the interns to experience the real ecstasy of cacao. 

“This is true freedom: to be capable of leaving ourselves, crossing the boundaries of our little world to open up the universe.” ― Alejandro Jodorowsky

Venue Highlights

The retreat space is peaceful, joyous and purely immersed in nature
The Centre hosts a set of beautiful medicinal gardens and a practical laboratory where to process and work with plants


Cozy private house with amazing views


We prepare fresh home made food accordingly to one's need and in respect of the different diets we offer.


We are based in the heart of Portugal, 3 hours by train from Lisbon at the foothills of Serra da Estrela. We are sorrounded by natural streams, rivers and beautiful mountains.

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Reconnecting with myself after a very crazy few months with a new baby! Just having that feeling of being grounded again. But also having an opportunity to connect with new amazing people. Getting exposed and Inspired by new (to me) yoga instructors (and community). Being in the presence of real, authentic and raw emotion (the whole spectrum).. So many reasons! Alyson

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We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.