for you? It is if...

* You feel like life has become one big rush and you want to recalibrate, reflect and recharge

* You have no time to yourself, and you want to reconnect with YOU

* You are feeling overwhelmed or overstimulated and want to immerse yourself in exquisite nature 

                                          And, you want to...

* REVIVE your inspiration and creativity

* Clear away the fears, worries and doubts that keep you from taking action on your inspired ideas and dreams

* Connect with like-minded women in a supportive environment

* Lighten up and play 

* Nourish your mind, body and soul in the heart of nature - yet with
all of the creature comforts of wonderful food, artfully designed dwellings and heart-warming company!

Your Hosts

You will be fully supported every step of the way...


Certified Advanced EFT Life Coach


Shiatsu, Dance and Movement Therapy


Yoga, Meditation and Wellness Coach

In the recharge + reconnect Retreat, you will:

* Learn simple yet powerful techniques to clear your stress, recharge your energy and create balance 
* Discover how rescuing your life dreams positively and powerfully impacts every area of your life: your health, your relationships and even your financial abundance

Gain perspective and clarity as we playfully explore the your inner "Wild Woman" (from the book, "Women Who Run with the Wolves)

* Experience the luxury of having s p a c e and quiet

* Be inspired and empowered to bring your inspiration and insights back to your life in a clear, practical way

The Retreat Includes:

  • * 3 nights in beautifully designed shared accommodations (some private rooms might be available depending on # of participants)
  • * 3 delicious, nutritious vegetarian meals per day (plus a yummy morning smoothie!)
  • * Daily engaging discussions on reviving your inner life and living your purpose 
  • * Morning yoga and meditation
  • * Ample free time and luxurious time for practicing silence
  • * Celebration banquet Saturday evening
  • BONUS:
  • * 1 Private Breakthrough Coaching Session with Bernadette before the retreat (phone/skype)
  • * 1 Private Follow-up Coaching Session with Bernadette after the retreat (phone/skype)


  • Massage appointments available: €50 additional fee


VALE DE TORRE RETREAT CENTER is the perfect place to relax, renew and explore with its charming, newly renovated original dwellings surrounded by mountains, streams, and wildlife.

Torre, Rio do Moinhos, Arcos de Valdevez, Portugal

Vale de Torre is nestled in the foothills of the National Park Peneda-Geres in northern Portugal.

More about Vale de Torre Retreat Center


The Mill

The Cottage + Annex

Bell Tents

[Note: Retreat is limited to 9 participants,
so register early to reserve your spot!]


Recharge and Reconnect Women's Retreat

July 13-16, 2017

  • 3 Nights Accommodations
  • 3 Vegetarian Meals Per Day
  • Daily Focus and Discussions
  • Optional Gentle Yoga and Guided Meditation
  • Celebration banquet
  • Private Breakthrough Session
  • Private Follow-up Session
  • €575


Recharge and Reconnect Women's Retreat

July 13-16, 2017

  • 3 Nights Accommodations
  • 3 Vegetarian Meals Per Day
  • Daily Focus and Discussions
  • Optional Gentle Yoga and Guided Meditation
  • Celebration banquet
  • Private Breakthrough Session
  • Private Follow-up Session
  • €675


What is the best way to get to Vale de Torre?

* By car, the drive from Porto will take about 1 hour and 15 minutes (see map above). It's a very easy drive, mostly highway (A3 - heading north).
* From Lisbon, the drive is about 4 hours (or you can take the train).
* The coordinates for GPS devices are: 41°53'17.8"N 8°27'10.5"W  
* A reliable car rental with reasonable prices from the airport is RentalCars.

* If you are using public transportation, you can catch a train to Braga or Viana do Castelo. From there, you will find regular bus connections to Arcos de Valdevez. 

* You can fly into Porto International Airport (Francisco de Sá Carneiro/OPO). Or, you can fly into Lisbon (LIS) and take the train from there (which is about 3 hours)
* T
here is a direct shuttle bus to Arcos de Valdevez operated by Barquense that runs four times a day. From Arcos de Valdevez, you will need to take a taxi to Vale da Torre, which will cost about €8.

Transportation from Porto International Airport:
If needed, we can arrange a van to transport everyone at one time from the airport, to Vale de Torre Retreat. Please let us know if this is something you are interested in. Depending on # of riders, we will let you know the cost and time of departure. You are welcome to wait at Carla's cafe by the beach while waiting for the others if you arrive early on Thursday. The van will need to leave by 1:00 to arrive at the Retreat by 2:30.

Can you tell me more about our hosts - Bernadette, Carla and judy?

Bernadette Wesley moved from Minnesota to Porto, Portugal 3 years ago with her husband and two teenage daughters. She had always dreamed of returning to Europe (after living in France in her early 20’s), and the beautiful city and people of Porto won her heart – and her family’s heart as well. Bernadette works with women in the US and Europe, helping them access their life dreams as a catalyst for positive change in every area of their lives – in relationships, health and financial abundance. She has over 20 years coaching experience and is certified in Energy Psychology (EFT) and Mind/Body Therapy. She has worked in diverse settings, including corporate and small businesses as well as Founder and Director of a holistic education center for young adults. Bernadette holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Villanova University in Philadelphia, PA as well as Graduate Studies in Intercultural Communication at St. Thomas University in St. Paul, MN.

Carla Ferreira grew up in Leiria, Portugal and has a diverse background in psychotherapy, dance, movement therapy, and shiatsu massage. She supports clients in finding their soul and true purpose in life by getting in touch with their emotions and expressing themselves in mind and body. She is also the owner of "Raw" in Matosinhos - a unique cafe offering healthy snacks, smoothies and bulk whole foods. Carla studied shiatsu at the Instituto Macrobiótico de Portugal in Lisbon and Hospitality Management at the Universidade Católica de Portugal, Porto as well as psychotherapy at the Associação Portuguesa de Terapia do Comportamento.

Judy Wachner lives in Minnesota, USA. She has been passionate about supporting people with their wellbeing for over 30 years, in diverse ways and settings - from conducting corporate trainings on peak performance, teamwork and  health improvement to self-employment as a yoga teacher, massage therapist and breath practitioner. She has conducted 6 month long personal growth programs as a staff member of a Divinity school and is currently a corporate health and wellness coach. Judy and her husband love spending time in nature with their two dogs. Judy has a Bachelor of Science in Business communications and numerous certifications in the healing arts.

What should I bring?

Summer in Vale de Torre is lush and beautiful. The daytime hours will be quite warm and the evening hours can be on the cooler side. So, it is advised to bring layers! Also, be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes.

We also suggest you bring something special to wear to the Celebration Banquet on Saturday evening. This does not have to be anything fancy, just something that expresses your playful spirit and sense of adventure (could be a necklace, scarf, or simply wear your favorite color).

Here are some other suggestions:

* Shade hat
* Sun block
* Light wool socks (that dry quickly)
* Notebook/journal and pen
* Warm sweater, wrap or jacket for the evening
* Comfortable shoes
* "Play" clothes
* Special accessory or clothing item for the Celebration Banquet

Can we use the art room and visit the ponies?

Of course! Vale de Torre has a beautiful art room that you are welcome to use to play and create (we have some art supplies, but feel free to bring your own). We are also graced with the presence of two very sweet ponies that you can help take care of, if you wish. Or, simply enjoy their playful presence on the property.

what is the daily agenda?

The following is a general flow for the day. Of course, we also allow for the flexiblity to create spontaneously in the moment!

8:00-9:00 Morning yoga and guided meditation
9:00-10:00 Breakfast + morning smoothie
10:00-11:00 Daily focus discussion and/or practice
11:00-12:00 Free/Optional silent hike through the eucalyptus trees
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-4:00 Free/Massage/Rest/Swim in the creek
4:00-5:00 Optional Centering and/or EFT Tapping with Bernadette
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:00-9:00 Chill/Optional Evening Activities