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Stress, burnout, depression, anxiety, disconnection, addiction and other mental health problems are increasing with high prevalence rates in many parts of Europe and beyond. There is a growing awareness that a healthy work-life balance and personal care are essential for the proper functioning of our societies. Recognizing this need, My Ideal Traveling has enthusiastically started a partnership with the newborn mindfulness retreat in Portugal: New Life.
To fill this gap in mental health care and emotional well-being, New Life exported the model of its successful retreat in Thailand to Europe with the opening of a second branch in the spectacular Serra Da Estrela park in Portugal. In the rapidly expanding world of wellness retreats, New Life Portugal embodies an innovative hybrid model. The center combines personalized individual therapy, mindfulness meditation, reconnection with nature and community life.

Four transformation programs are proposed. You can choose to focus on building emotional resilience or improving fitness and working with a life coach. A third option is a mindfullness retreat for everyday life. Finally, there is also a program for those looking for a relaxing vacation of meditation, yoga and nature.
The programs are based on ten years of experience in running a successful recovery program in the center of origin in Thailand. The approach effectively combines “oriental” practices such as yoga and meditation with skills based on the pursuit of emotional well-being.

Who is New Life Portugal for?
New Life Portugal has something to offer anyone who wants to live a more balanced and healthier life. Some choose New Life to learn more about meditation, mindfulness and yoga. Others are curious about what life is like in a conscious community. The center is ideal for workplace wellness initiatives aimed at preventing burnout and for teaching skills to cope with stress.
Those who stay longer can benefit from support for burnout, anxiety, depression, pain, loneliness, relapse prevention, and addiction monitoring. The team is made up of qualified consultants, life coaches, wellness instructors and therapists. Programs are offered in English.

New Life Portugal is located in the Serra Da Estrela Natural Park in Folgosinho,
Gouveia, in central Portugal. The park was designated a UNESCO World Geopark in 2019.
The simple act of reconnecting with nature has a profoundly healing effect for anyone accustomed to the hectic pace of city life. More than a simple scenography, the environment plays a fundamental role in the programs offered.

A mindfullness retreat can help us working on personal development and mental and physical well-being. My Ideal Traveling has long tried to offer serious programs for all those who find themselves in situations of stress, burnout, depression, pain or anxiety. In New Life Portugal we find all these elements in the wellness retreats offered. A place where you can test yourself and feel nourished at the same time.

My Ideal Traveling

“I have often found myself with a goodbye to make, a suitcase to prepare, a radical change to deal with and a new dimension to find. Managing changes in work, life and prospects have led me to my most authentic metamorphosis: to make a profession of the travel experience.

I  wanted to offer a choice of wellbeing paths, itineraries as evolutionary routes, to relax, disconnect the mind, but above all to learn to eat properly, to get moving, and to feel the value and importance of being at one with nature. Traveling is not only advancing, or embarking on a journey, it’s also a way to reach one’s center and direct oneself towards the other, diversity. This is where our true inner wealth is born“.
Monica Bevacqua, My Ideal Traveling founder

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