Portugal Retreat

Encounter Source Power and Engaged Yoga through Pure Yoga-Tantra | PORTUGAL

A Seven Night Empowerment Retreat


2 - 8 August 2016 |

with Christopher Gladwell and Uma Dinsmore-Tuli

at Gravito Hills, Portugal


A retreat for all with ritual space holding and healing ceremonies, women’s circles and life-stage initiations, and men’s group work.

Attendance at all events and classes is optional, leaving you free to select from the practices, circles and groups that are most appropriate to your needs on any given day.

  • Four total yoga nidra and/or wild yoga nidra practices daily (morning, afternoons, evenings and good night yoga nidras)
  • Early morning meditation and movement practice
  • Dedicated ritual space holding and healing ceremonies for men and women, and for the whole group together
  • Four sessions of women’s circles for healing life stage initiations (for details see below)
  • Four sessions of men’s group work for healing life stage initiations (for details see below)
  • Engaged Yoga – empowerment class, build or develop a strong, appropriate physical practice that meets you where you are, and honours the seasonal flow of energies within and around you
  • Chant the mantras of the non-dual traditions
  • Afternoon restorative yogas to nurture and nourish
  • ‘Rivers of honey’, rhythmic yin movement sequences and moving meditations to delight and inspire
  • Dream yoga and journalling / drawing to integrate and welcome the creative transformative shifts of the circles and group work
  • Time to honour your inner teacher, to listen to your heart, and say ‘yes’ to all that you dream you can be
  • Bhakti yoga – kirtan and song-sharing in the yoga of devotion
  • Yogic dance – the counterpoint of asana, spontaneous dance play
  • Massage – heart listening through the hands
  • Periods of silence – the opportunity to go deep into the gift of silence
  • A day of swimming at the beautiful, pristine river Zazere
  • Study sessions with YONI SHAKTI and ENGAGED YOGA as the key texts
  • Special diets are catered for
  • Children, babies, pregnant and postnatal women, menopausal women, and those seeking to conceive, are all welcome.

Women’s Empowerments through Circles and Ritual ceremonies

The four women’s circles offers ritual space holding and ceremony for healing life stage initiations. Each of the four days involve two specially created yoga nidra practices, circle work and sharing, rhythmic movement and breath, explorations of the Great Wisdom Goddesses (Mahavidyas) teachings in relation to each life stage, using mantras, mudras, meditations and healing sound.
The focus of each day for women  joining these circles, (following arrivals and settling in) is as follows:

  • Onset of menstruation – celebrating the girls we were at Menarche (healing our past)
  • Menstruality consciousness – honouring the rhythms of the bleeding women of the world, welcoming conscious menstruation as a spiritual practice and ecological imperative (healing our present and past)
  • Creativity and Sexuality – letting the source power flow, exploring the links between sexual and creative energies for women at all stages of life
  • Menopause and Perimenopause – honouring freedom in our wisdom years, exploring our future selves and celebrating yoginis of the past.

Women thinking of attending these circles are warmly encouraged to engage both with Yoni Shakti through the free downloads available on WWW.YONISHAKTI.CO, and with Menstruality Consciousness as presented through WWW.REDSCHOOL.NET

Please note that these circles and empowerments cover the same material covered by the womb yoga training, but in a purely experiential and engaged way. They are suitable for all women, including complete beginners and yoga teachers.

Men's Empowerments 

Four days of Men's groups including: 

  • Circles for discussion and exploration around what it is to be a man in the modern world, what is the role of testosterone today?
  • Masculine sexuality in theory and practice. How can yoga help?
  • Authentic Brotherhood, competition or support?
  • Yoga specific for men
  • Fatherhood, the dance of responsibility
  • Our inner feminine in balance in a world out of balance
  • Ageing with power and grace


Well-Woman (Womb Yoga) Training at the retreat 

Uma's intention on the Portugal retreat is that any woman who wishes to complete the full Well-Woman (Womb Yoga) Teacher Training course will be able to do so at no extra cost, but ONLY if they identify themselves at the time of booking. Those women will be provided a copy of the course training manual (hence the need for advance notice). All the key practices from the training will be taught on the retreat, and all the key understandings from the course concerning women's health, life stages and female siddhis will also be shared in experiential fashion on the retreat. In order to compete the training, the collaborative learning consolidation exercise in the manual will need to be finished within 3 months of the retreat. An option to sit in on relevant sessions of the London course, space permitting, is also available for those who have come on the retreat. Tutorial time with Uma is also available to clarify any points of study that need additional attention following the retreat in order to fully grasp the scope of the training. 


Bookings and Further Information:

The cost of this retreat is £790
Go to www.christophergladwell.com/retreat/summer-empowerment-retreat-pure-yoga-tantra/ to book your place


Tuesday, August 2, 2016 to Tuesday, August 9, 2016




Are you pregnant? Breastfeeding? Do you have young children? Or perhaps you want to know more about your eligibility – Please see our Statement of Inclusion page which is a genuine welcome from Uma and details the appropriate support for women considering attending any of her courses.

Terms & Conditions: Transfers, Cancellations and Refunds

Once booked on to a course (and paid):

  • A course is transferable to a friend up to 48 hours before the course starts – you are welcome to transfer your place to a friend at no additional cost.

  • You are welcome to transfer onto another course (subject to availability) up to 30 days before the course you are currently booked on starts for an admin fee of 10% of the price of the original course or £20, whichever is the greater. Transfers can only be done to courses run in house by Womb Yoga (indicated in the Booking section of the course information – if not indicated the course is NOT run by the Womb Yoga), if you want to transfer to a course hosted by a 3rd party you will need to cancel with the Yoga Nidra Network and prebook with them. Transfers within 30 days of the start date you are currently booked on to can only be done if we have someone to fill the space, at the time the transfer is requested. If there is noone to fill the space, then it will not be possible to transfer you.

  • You are welcome to cancel your place up to 30 days before the course starts, for a refund minus 20% of the course fee or £30, whichever is the greater. Cancellations within 30 days of the start date can only be done if we have someone to fill the space at the time the cancellation is requested. If there is noone to fill the space, then you will not receive a refund.

  • For courses run by a 3rd party host, please contact them directly for their terms and conditions, as they may vary to ours.

  • The current Terms and Conditions apply at time of cancellation/transfer, when there there has been an update since time of booking.

Terms & Conditions, most recent revision 2 Jan 2018