The Radiance Within


Retreat to the Algarve – 2nd to 7th September

Andy Butterfield & Mary-Louise Aitken collaborate to bring you the retreat you have been waiting for.

The first week of September in the Algarve, Portugal and the perfect opportunity to support energies as summer ripens. The invitation is to rest & find nourishment for soul & body. Experience practices rooted in Devi/ Goddess/ Tantric Powers & Traditions.
We know that the narrative text, Devi Mahatmya, witnesses the debut of the Hindu Goddess & the capital ‘G’ points towards the original, supreme power of creation; the ultimate divinity, presented in ‘the feminine.’  Regardless of pronouns, Andy & Mary-Lou call you to explore the qualities congruent with shakti (śakti / goddess) power – traditions intrinsically linked with Tantra:
‘To live, to be present in the world as a Tāntrika, is to live in a universe pervaded by powers, by the power (śakti) of the deity — a universe experienced as a field of energy in which the body is immersed. The body is part of the universe, reflecting its structure. Supernatural forces and deities are present, animating the body and connecting it with the cosmos. A body whose structure and life are simultaneously human, cosmic, and divine is also a yogic body.’ [André Padoux, The Hindu Tantric World: An Overview]
The carefully structured programme will include Yin & Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, TRE (Tension/Trauma Release Exercises, Shiatsu Massage, Soulful Hatha-Flow & Meditation. 

Mary-Lou & Andy would absolutely love you to be a part of this experience.  The residential Retreat Centre ~ 30 mins car ride from Faro, 15 min from Tavira & 15 min from Ria Formosa with its endless, quiet beaches ~ in the heart of the Algarve is gorgeous & perfect for our needs: there’s a pool; a lush garden & grounds; the option to share a room if you are working to a budget or opt for single accommodation; delicious veggie breakfast, lunch & dinner each day; an Early Bird price offered for each before 22 January.

Located in unspoilt countryside, Monte Mariposa (Butterfly Mountain) is nestled in a beautiful, tranquil environment where a nurturing, harmonious, supportive atmosphere can be created. The perfect spot to rest & revive! Check for more info and pictures.

There are a limited number of Early Bird Priced places available and can be secured with a deposit of £300*. All prices include all sessions and full board accommodation.

£725 based on three people sharing

£775 based on two people sharing a twin room

£925 single person supplement

Regular Price

£775 based on three people sharing

£850 based on two people sharing a twin room

£1050 single person supplement

*Cancellation policy – contact Andy or Mary-Lou directly.