Join Carina Bogner and Gary Waters, experts in wellness, yoga and mindset in a uniquely curated life transforming retreat to find what we are all deep down searching for…FREEDOM!

About the retreat

Come with us to the beautiful and naturally wild south of Portugal for a deeply transformative and potentially life changing retreat!

Held in a luxurious hide out near Lagos, we welcome you for a week of wellness, yoga and a course to cultivate an empowered mindset, gain clarity, ease and personal transformation.


Framed by yoga practices, breath work, cold dips and deeply restorative evening classes, you will be guided through a 7 day course to upgrade your mindset. We believe mindset is foundational for all that we experience in life and most importantly HOW we experience life.

Say goodbye to anxiety, fear and self - doubt and instead leave this week feeling in flow, with tools to manage any personal challenges and leaping into that delicious feeling of FREEDOM!


In the spirit of liberation, we will of course have lots of fun, delicious meals, adventures, hikes, chats and music around the fire and time to lounge, read a good book and simply BE.


This is a different kind of retreat where you won’t only come home feeling healthier, stronger, rested and relaxed, but with a new outlook on life and an abundance of tools to live the life you came here to live!

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Are you ready to...

* Live a more fulfilled, abundant and joyful life?

* Dissolve anxiety and stop self-sabotage?

* Handle uncertainty, adversity and make better decisions?

* Live more effortlessly in the flow state?

* Overcome the fear of failure, chronic self doubt and the feeling of not being good enough?

* Develop a strong meditation practice and drop into your body through creatively sequenced yoga flows?

* Learn how to reset and soothe your nervous system through powerful breath work?

What awaits you

“Find Your  Freedom!” is a dynamic and high vibe retreat where you’ll learn a ton of new skills for life in an absolutely, insanely stunning environment.  

  • Begin your day in silent meditation in the warm and cozy indoor space followed by energising breath work around the pool and a cold dip, if you are feeling brave. Wim Hof anybody?


  • You will then roll out your yoga mat in the morning sun for a dynamic yoga class, led by Carina to create that body – mind connection which prepares you for the transformational work. After simmering in that after yoga glow in savasana you will be served an abundant, colourful and super healthy brunch by our own private chef.


  • Well nourished, we will meet in one of the cozy lounge areas for a daily dose of Gary’s Empowered Mindset course. Gary will take you on a journey of self discovery teaching you completely new ways of thinking that inspires a life of effortless flow leaving you fully equipped to start to handle life’s challenges in a more empowered way. 

  •  For more information regarding the course feel free to see the highlights section or contact Gary for details.


  • The afternoon is free to explore, lounge, take a nap or read a good book. On some afternoons we may take you on a hike or a trip into town, which is optional.

  • Wind down for the evening with a restorative, slow yin yoga practice and sound journey to slow down the nervous system, integrate the day and feel deeply relaxed.


  • After a delicious evening meal around the big table there is some time and space to chill out around the fireplace, share stories or insights from the day or have an early night.  

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Your hosts

Gary Waters

Gary Waters is a Personal Development, Business and Mindset Coach. Through his coaching, he helps people to develop an Empowered Mindset that enables the transition from surviving to thriving


Carina Bogner

Carina is based in Ibiza teaching yoga and leading retreats since 2013.

She leads her creatively sequenced classes with passion and joy!

Breath work, meditation and cold water therapy have become an important practice at her retreats!

The location

Our boutique lodge is situated in the peaceful Algarvian countryside, 10 minutes drive from the city of Lagos, known for its walled old town, cliffs, beaches, and bustling atmosphere.

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The luxurious 8-bedroom villa equipped with two new bell tents, pool and jacuzzi is a true haven in the middle of nature. Drop your bags, your shoulders and exhale fully as you step into this dreamy property, which will be our home for the week.


All rooms are beautifully designed and flooded with light to ensure your absolute comfort.
They include fresh linen and towels along with well-thought-of finishing touches like cozy blankets and extra cushions for that extra homely feel.  We have lots of different room options available to suit all travellers so have a look below to choose the right option for you.


The villa offers many chill out / lounge areas where you have the choice to connect with other retreat guests, have some alone time with a good book, take a siesta by the pool or relax in the heated jacuzzi. In the evening there is a comfortable outside area where we can gather around the fire pit under star lit skies.



The villa is a perfect sanctuary in the middle of nature so is the ideal location for anyone looking for privacy and peace. For those wanting a little more adventure, within a short cab drive / Uber you can access vibrant Lagos, a historic and characterful city or explore the South and West coastlines and their stunning beaches. 



Mindset Coaching

During the retreat Gary will be taking you on journey of Self discovery where you will be learning how to develop an empowered mindset. He will be sharing insights into a completely different way of thinking that leads to a life changing shift in perspective and true transformation.


*08:00 Teas and pre-yoga bite

*08:30 Meditation

*09:00 Breath Work & Cold Dip

*09:30 – 11:00 Yoga

*11:30 Brunch delights

*12:30 Mindset Course with Gary

*14:00 Free time

*15:30 Afternoon tea and snack

*18:00 Yin / Restorative Yoga

*19:30 Dinner

*20:30 Hang around fire place, share, chat, or early night

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Booking information




  • 7 nights at the luxury boutique villa

  • Daily guided morning meditation

  • Daily breath work and cold dip

  • 90 min dynamic yoga practice with Carina each morning 

  • Full board vegetarian, healthy and vibrant meals

  • 7 day mindset course "Find Your Freedom!" led by Gary Waters

  • Restorative / yin yoga practice each evening​​

Not included: Flights, travel insurance, transfer



Date: 27. November - 4. December 2021

Accomodation: Luxury villa on the Algarve / Portugal

NOTE: The first quote is for single occupancy, the second one based on 2 people sharing a twin room!!!

Premium Double Room / Twin Room en-suite:  € 2.290 / € 1.890

Double Room / Twin Room shared bath:  € 1.990 / € 1.590

Bell Tent Double / Twin outdoor bath: SOLD OUT!

You can reserve your space with a 50% deposit. The balance will be paid at the start of the retreat.

Flexible Booking Guarantee

Uncertainty has become part of our lives in 2020 and 2021. We want you to feel at ease, when you book your trip with us. If due to any Covid related reasons the retreat cannot be held, has to be postponed or you will be unable to travel you can use your deposit for a retreat in the future or you will receive a full refund!

Please read our terms and conditions here and also some FAQ answered!

Important Information 



The late autumn in Portugal still offers a good chance of sunny days all week and even some probable tanning time.

Temperatures are still regularly 20 degrees plus during the day in the sun.

The early mornings and evenings are chilly, so do take layers with you to stay extra cosy.

The villa has underfloor heating throughout so on a not so sunny day, the programme can be held inside.

Nov/Dec is the perfect time to enjoy the peace and quiet in south Portugal and explore the area hiking and walking on the beach.




The nearest airport is in Faro and just an hours drive away from the villa. Lagos is about a 3.5-hour drive South from Lisbon airport. We can always help you arrange your transfers to our boutique lodge. 


Example transfer airport – villa:


Airport Taxi -  4 person is € 88 - 8 person € 96 euros per car
Trains - 1 hour 45 mins  - € 10
Bus - 2 hr - € 5 to € 8
Car Hire - € 25 per day
Uber - € 73 per car