Play and learn with our healing dogs

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Our retreat package “SMILE” focuses on the loving and playful contact with the dog family that lives at the retreat. Here you can relax and energize surrounded by beautiful nature, going to nice beaches and enjoy Brazilian food and happiness. It´s a perfect Package for people who want to know more about the relationship between humans and dogs and for families with children that want to learn more or work on their contact and interaction with dogs.

Everyone is unique! Just like we humans are all different from one another, our dogs at Retreat Bela Natureza are all individuals, with different sizes, colors, personalities, preferences and temperaments. It’s interesting for both children and adults alike to appreciate the diversity and authenticity of animals and the fact that each of them is special and unique, and deserves love and respect. Dr. Evelyn Hartoch, the dogs’ guardian, will introduce you to the dog-family, as well as being present at the sessions and answering your questions.

For all ages. We have special offers for children. Families are welcome.

Additionally we offer various options for relaxing, expressing your creativity, enjoying unforgettable new places, or simply letting our dogs' love warm your heart. 

In our region there are a couple of interesting touristic attractions like local restaurants with typical Bahian food, surfing, diving, whale watching (seasonal), sea turtle project, etc ...

The package includes delicious vegetarian meals made from organic locally-produced vegetables. If you would like to eat some different dishes, there are very good restaurants nearby, or you can let us know for discuss.

If you want to take a break from your day-to-day life and enjoy the company of dogs, you've found the ideal place. If on the other hand you'd like to pursue some cherished activity that you usually don't have enough time for, we offer various options for expressing your creativity and enjoying unforgettable new places.

Offered activities included in the package
(Pick and choose your activities from the list below, making your own arrangement. It’s all included!)

a)  Special dog related sessions and talks:

  • "The healing power of dog’s love" – talk
  • Guided meditation with dogs:  "Touchable Love" – group session
  • Guided meditation with dogs: "Intuitive Bond" – group session
  • "Dog care and loving education" – talk
  • "Preventative veterinary medicine" – expert advice
  • "First aid" – talk
  • "Intuitive communication with animals" - talk
  • Guided meditations/visualizations with dogs – group session
  • "Natural pack behavior – wolves and dogs" - talk
  • Dog fundamentals talks during your stay

b)  Other activities for you to choose from!

  • "Bahia, Brazil – its history and culture" – talk
  • "The natural park – both relaxing and energizing" – talk
  • Celebration of the 4 Elements:  Earth, Water, Fire, Air
  • "Crystal bowls, light exercises and meditation" – workshop
  • "Physical and energetic awareness" – group session
  • "How to recognize and prevent physical and mental fatigue" - talk
  • Meditative Dances - group session
  • "The influence of colors in our lives" – talk
  • "Creative expression" – group session
  • "Permaculture and sustainability" - expert advice
  • Bush craft experiments with natural materials – group session
  • "Landscape design" – talk and experiments
  • Artistical craft experiments with natural materials – group session
  • Come together around the fire place in nature
  • Sharing experiences as a group - farewell

c)   Tours and visits to interesting sites for you to choose from!

  • Guided tour to the Historical Center of Salvador da Bahia
  • Visit to a local "capoeira" group
  • Visit to the charming seaside town of Arembepe
  • Visit to the sea turtle project  "TAMAR",  in Arembepe
  • Tour to the famous historical beach of Praia do Forte

Special offers

  • Second person pay less: If you bring your partner or a friend, the second person gets a 50% discount.
  • Families and groups: Special prices for families and groups, please enquire.

Group size for retreats :

Maximum 8 participants for each retreat date. (Our dogs will receive you as a “family member”, because of that the retreat group size could not be bigger than 8 persons). Please contact us to check the availability.


If you would like to come with a group, the maximum group size is 18 persons.

Or if these package dates don’t suit your schedule, please contact us to request a customized package, indicating your preferred arrival date. 

So if you’re feeling inspired by what we offer, contact us now to guarantee your place.  

Please request availability before booking

If you want another accommodation as double occupancy, that could be discussed. Please require.

Early check-in can be requested, and if you would like to stay longer, that is possible too.  Please contact us to check the availability.



  • Free Parking
  • Tour Assistance

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian

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