Break the Burnout Cycle Retreat


14 – 18 July 2023, Portugal

Pause for a minute…….. how are you feeling?

How is your energy? How motivated do you feel when you wake up in the morning? How excited about life are you?

When life gets busy, we can easily slip down the path to burnout – working harder to keep up, not getting enough rest, developing unhealthy habits and draining our inner resources beyond their limits. People often experience brain fog, unable to think straight and powerless to make a change.

When you’re in this state, a clean break away is needed with the time, space and support in place to help you take positive steps in the right direction.  Our burnout retreat is designed to help.

The Burnout Journey – where are you?

Come join us at Quinta Marugo in Portugal for a nourishing and transformative experience. This retreat is a unique programme that allow you to step away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and reconnect with your inner resources through yoga, breathwork, relaxation techniques, burnout assessment and 1:1 coaching, self-reflection exercises, burnout workshops and strategies to manage stress. Our goal is to help you balance your emotions and develop healthy thinking patterns so you are able to be the best version of yourself.

Before coming to the retreat, you will complete an online personal assessment (AURA) to provide insight into signs and symptoms of burnout, including thinking traps, emotional exhaustion, physical fatigue and cognitive difficulties.

Retreat highlights:

  • Morning yoga to energise and centre you for the day ahead
  • 1:1 coaching session with trained psychologist to debrief your personal assessment, deepen your understanding of your stress response patterns & how to navigate
  • A 90 minute transformational breathwork journey to remove emotional blocks and shift your state.
  • Workshops to learn tools and techniques to manage stress, prevent burnout and learn how to thrive through challenges
  • Evening restorative yoga sessions to calm the nervous system and help you get a good night’s sleep
  • Savour nourishing, home grown food to cleanse and nurture the body
  • Connect with like-minded individuals
  • Relax by the pool and immerse yourself in nature
  • Replenish your energy and reignite your passion.

By addressing burnout early on, individuals can prevent potential consequences such as physical and mental health problems, relationship strain, and job performance decline.

Our burnout retreat is an opportunity for participants to focus on their personal goals and aspirations, promote personal growth and development, and achieve a sense of fulfilment in their lives.

We like to keep our group size small for a more personalised and highly supported experience, therefore our maximum is 14 people.

Others have left our retreats feeling…

“a renewed sense of purpose, relaxed and centred, supported, refreshed and empowered to make positive changes in my life..”

Where and When?

Join us from Friday 14th to Tuesday 18th July 2023 at the newly opened Quinta Marugo in the heartland of the Alentejo region in central Portgual. Extending over 30 hectares of secluded beauty, Quinta Marugo is a fully sustainable oasis of peace that invites you to leave behind the stress caused by an ever-changing world and to recharge.

The Pagoda, living spaces, library, massage room, swimming pond, sunset point, lakes, island and other landmarks all combine to provide the best experience for you to retreat, reconnect and revitalise.

Who is it for?

Whether you’re feeling totally burnt out or simply want to learn some tips and tricks to shift from ‘surviving’ to ‘thriving’, then this retreat is for you.

Over the years, Marah has worked on creating an atmosphere of inclusion in her yoga classes. This retreat is not only for long time practitioners. Those who are new and without experience are welcome. A transformative practice invites practitioners to arrive with humility, openness and determination.

Retreat schedule

Indicative times

Friday 14th July

3.00pm onwards – Arrival and check in

5.30-6.00pm – Introductions and welcome

6.00- 7.00pm – Restorative Yoga with Marah

7.30pm – Dinner

Saturday 15th July

7.00-9.00am – Hatha Yoga & mini sequencing building with Marah

9.30am – Breakfast

11.00am -12.30pm – Workshop: Building personal resilience with Rachel

1pm – Lunch

Afternoon – 1:1 AURA debrief and coaching sessions with Rachel

6.00 – 7.00pm – Breathe well workshop with Mary-Ann

7.30pm – Dinner

Sunday 16th July

7.00 – 9.00am – Hatha yoga & mini sequence building

9.30am – Breakfast

11.00am – 12.30pm – Workshop: Mindset tips and tricks

1pm – Lunch

Afternoon – Free time; relax by pool, read in the library, walk in nature

6.00 – 7.00pm – Restorative yoga with Marah (plus balls for myofascial release)

7.30pm – Dinner

Monday 17th July

7.00 – 9.00am – Hatha Yoga & mini sequencing building

9.30am – Breakfast

11.00am – 12.30pm – Workshop: Emotional resilience

1.00pm – Lunch

Afternoon – Free time; relax by pool, read in the library, walk in nature

5.30 -7.00 pm – Transformational Breathwork Journey with Mary-Ann Voli

7.30pm – Dinner

Tuesday 18th July

7.00 -8.00am – Hatha Yoga

9.00am – Breakfast

10.00 – 11.30am – Workshop & Tree planting: Intention setting

12.00pm – Lunch

1.00pm – Check out

Retreat Leaders: Rachel Austen and Marah Arcilla

Rachel is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and the creator of AURA.

After a lived experience of burnout in 2015, she specialised in this area to help others recognise the warning signs and learn practical skills for managing their resilience.

Rachel has coached many individuals and facilitated resilience programmes with many large companies.

Marah is a sought after yoga teacher of 14 years, based in Hong Kong.

Her creative nature has been supporting her in programming remarkably themed retreats, workshops, intensives and recently her first 250 hour teacher training.

Marah dedicates her teaching to guide students with clarity, purpose and intent in their practise.

Learn more about us

Guest facilitator: Mary-Ann Voli

Mary-Ann owns Quinta Marugo and will be a special guest facilitator of the breathwork sessions within this retreat.

Her purpose is to give support to you as a leader to reconnect with your inner resources, wisdom, compassion and power.

She is a certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living (MBCL), QiGong supervisor, executive coach and Transformational Breath coach.

Accommodation & Facilities

Quinta Marugo has elegant and comfortable rooms with breath taking views and sustainable furnishings. The elevated location showcases the beautiful scenery that benefits from zero light and noise pollution.

All rooms have external entrances sheltered by porticos that allow guests to enjoy the warm, balmy days and nights of the Alentejo countryside, and moments of much needed reflection and peace. 

There are two room types to choose from ; Standard and Standard Plus. Standard Plus rooms are bigger with porticos and offer expansive views over the magnificent landscape, lakes and/or swimming pool. All rooms can be configured as a twin bed or king.

Because of the venue’s environmental philosophy, there are no single use items that are in plastic such as tooth paste – there are bamboo tooth brushes on request, and their soaps and bath gel arrive in powdered form, they just add water and it is activated – reducing supply chain carbon footprint and avoiding plastic disposal.


  • King size bed 180×200 (or two twin sized beds)
  • Private bathroom
  • Heating system
  • Heated towel rack
  • Wardrobe
  • Roof fan
  • Hot water kettle and tea set with our owns teas
  • No smoking
  • No pets

Share a room with a friend/ partner or opt for a single room.

How to get there?

In a yet undiscovered magical paradise, Quinta Marugo is in Baixo Alentejo, 2 hours from Lisbon and Faro airports, and 2,5 hours from Sevilla airport by car.

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We will organise an airport transfer from Lisbon airport to the venue for those that plan to fly in on day 1 of the retreat. This is included in the price. We will co-ordinate with you on flight times.

How to get there by public transport: From Lisbon by bus from Sete Rios with Rede Expressos direct to Serpa and then a taxi to Quinta Marugo, or by train from Lisbon Oriente, Sete Rios, Entrecampos stations with Comboios de Portugal to Beja and then a taxi to Quinta Marugo.


Food served is vegetarian and 90% seasonal and local within the Iberian Peninsula. Most of the food is sourced from Quinta Marugo’s own vegetable gardens, bee hives, tea trees/bushes/flowers and olive trees, which are organic and follow permaculture principles of giving back to nature. They have agreements with organic farmers in the area to source from them when needed.

They make their own home made breads and baked goods and aim for no refined sugar baked goods.

* All menus have allergy information and there will be different options to make sure all allergies are taken care of.


Early bird pricing (until 31st May 2023) – UP TO 15% DISCOUNT

Room TypePrice (EUR)Price (GBP)
Standard Shared € 1100 £990
Standard Plus Shared € 1200 £1080
Standard Single€ 1400£1260
Standard Plus Single€ 1500£1350

Full pricing

Room TypePrice (EUR)Price (GBP)
Standard Shared € 1300£1170
Standard Plus Shared € 1400£1260
Standard Single€ 1600£1440
Standard Plus Single€ 1700£1530

We require a 500 EUR / 450 GBP non refundable deposit upon booking to secure your place.


  • 4 nights accommodation in shared or single elegant bedrooms
  • Airport transfer from Lisbon Airport to Quinta Marugo on 14 July – time to be arranged
  • daily healthy breakfast, light lunch and dinner
  • AURA resilience assessment with personal report*
  • 1:1 AURA debrief and coaching session with Rachel
  • morning workshops with Rachel
  • morning hatha yoga sessions with Marah
  • sunset restorative sessions with Marah
  • mini workshop on sequence building with Marah
  • breathe well workshop and transformational breathwork journey** with Mary-Ann
  • unlimited herbal teas picked straight from the garden

*See for full details

**Breathwork journeys are powerful somatic healing experiences. The contraindications are; pregnancy, detached retina, glaucoma, high blood pressure (not controlled with medication), cardiovascular disease including angina, previous heart attack or stoke, diagnosis of aneurysm in the brain or abdomen, uncontrolled thyroid conditions and diabetes, recent surgery.

You will not be able to participate if you have any of the above but we will ensure you have a powerful experience on the retreat.


  • visit to the village of Serpa
  • massage
  • additional coaching sessions with Rachel
  • 1:1 yoga session with Marah


  • international flights & travel up to Beja/Serpa
  • travel insurance
  • alcoholic beverages