A Journey. A Rediscovery. A Training

Odeceixe, Portugal

For Women and Non-Binary Female Bodied People

 SEPTEMBER  2022: Come back soon for details 



with Stefana Serafina, M.A.


To open your body like a living book into your deeper life. To travel your own uncharted and sensuous territory. To let your personal myth weave into the greater legend of the living Earth... 


  Living in the Deep Body

Join us for five unforgettable days of  traveling the enchanted territory of your deep body and your personal legend on a magical land nestled between ocean and mountains near the village of Odeceixe


THE JOURNEY IN A NUTSHELL  Re-inhabitation of the deep body. Deep Body and deep psyche. Sense-ability, eros, and body knowing as greater intelligence. Personal myth, heroine's journey, and embodied breakthrough. Flow vs. trauma. Wholeness and belonging. Living the love story of your life, full body.  


THE LAND   Vida Pura is an eco-retreat  center nestled amidst the green forests of a nature preserve and the close proximity of the ocean,  near the  enchanted village of Odeceixe and its marvelous beach.  Listen to the stream running through the land, dip in the pond, take hikes by the river and through the valley, or hang out with the donkeys who are part of the family at Vida Pura. We will be fed by an an organic farm based on bio-dynamic principles.

OUR PRIMARY LANGUAGES  Deep-Body® embodiment, intuitive and investigative movement,  embodied archetypal research, body-based soul work, ritual embodiment, dance. 

AFTER THE RETREAT   Community member page. A  Resource Page with audio practices.


In a depthful and nourishing environment, held by a gorgeous forested land, a powerful group of humans, and our unique Deep Body Studies curriculum, you will be guided and supported in re-inhabiting your ‘deep body'–– the convergence of mind, senses, eros, psyche, and soul in your physical form. Informed by the deep body's all-encompassing intelligence, in this journey you are be called  to make soulful strides into the breadth and depth of your personal myth and your unmistakable contribution to the new  Story of the People. 

Our Deep Body Model will offer you pathways to investigate your life’s most charged questions and longings, your deepest vulnerabilities, and the archetypal forces at play in your story––all in the language of your body’s expressive and intuitive freedom, your deeper erotic intelligence, your creative movement and living imagination. As you are guided to move into the different “skins” of your deep body– physical, emotional, sensual, expressive, perceptive, and collective–– you will also be invited into greater clarity of your heroine’s journey and the ways it contributes to the greater earthly myth we are part of.


While this Living in the Deep Body is a stand-alone journey that can be taken powerfully by itself,  it also makes one half of our Deep Body Studies Program–– an in-depth curriculum offering a deeply experiential, in-the-body approach to interpersonal transformation, embodied learning and leadership. For those who might be interested in doing more depth work and training with us, completing this Living in the Deep Body intensive allows you to stay on and participate in our  facilitator training Embodied Ambassador Facilitator Training, which follows directly after this retreat (Sept 20-26). You could also take the training in the future.


The entire Deep Body Studies program, of which this retreat is one half, is offered in two independent modules–  this one, Living in the Deep Body,  and the Embodying Feminine Genius, which can be taken as  as a 3-month journey online.  You can complete the Feminine Genius module later, and only if desired. It is required for the full completion of the facilitator training, but can be taken after the training.  (See more details here)

Questions? Just ask:


Intuitive Body+Dance© and the Deep Body Model® 



Intuitive Body and Dance© is a unique movement–based modality rooted in the genius of the “deep-body”. Through richly curated landscapes of music, silence, guided inner-world journeys, sensual investigations, witness practices,  embodied storytelling, and deep psyche explorations, participants are invited to explore themselves through the different layers of the deep body–– cognitive, physical, sensual, emotional, expressive, perceptive, and mystic/collective–as these layers interlace and open each other, creating possibilities for a deep re-inhabitation of body, self, and world, and a profound embodied experience of being in communication with the web of life. 

Central to the Intuitive Body and Dance vision is the understanding that the body is in a vital and unbroken relationship with the Earth, and they must be explored together, as their health  and restoration are  always mutual. 

ABOUT YOUR GUIDE         Stefana Serafina, M.A.


Stefana Serafina, M.A., is an embodiment educator, writer, and facilitator based in the San Francisco Bay. ​She is recognized for her unique and multi-faceted approach to body–based self–discovery and transformation, weaving together embodied journeying and expressive arts approaches, earth and nature-centric practices, sensuality and mystery traditions, embodied archetypal psyche, dance, circle, and ritual. 


For over a decade, Stefana has been teaching and facilitating transformative, movement-based embodiment in California, Europe, Central America, and online, and developing the Deep–Body Model® that is the foundation of the work. Her teaching has been called  "life-changing and life-giving", a "masterful invitation to the timeless remembrance of who we are".  


Stefana is the founder of Intuitive Body and Dance ©, which has grown into an international platform, and the Embodied Way Podcast. Her credentials include a Master's Degree in Communications with an award winning thesis on body image in modern culture, a certificate from the Interchange Counseling  Institute, and a wide spectrum of  training in the embodied arts.

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All-inclusive Registration: 
Full in-person immersion, all organic, farm-grown meals,  and materials/resources)


Not included: Transportation to Portugal. We will do our best to arrange shuttle transportation from the Lisbon or Faro airports depending on your arrival time,  and if you can take the group shuttle arranged by us,  there will be no extra fee. If we cannot accommodate your arrival time, there are multiple ways to get to the center on your own. Details will be provided upon registration. )

THESE ARE ALL INCLUSIVE RATES (not including transportation to Portugal), covering all meals and accommodation shared by 2 people per unit: 

Glamping: Staying  in a fully equipped Tipi with real beds, light, with shared showers + bathrooms:

€850 or 980 USD  payable in 1-2 installments 

Staying  in the Serenity, Inspiration, or Contemplation Room

(shared bathroom) 

€900 or $1090 USD payable in 1-2 installments 

Staying  in the Natural Private Apartments (bathroom in each apartment)

€ 950 or $1150 USD payable in 1-2 installments )

TIPIS  Each tipi has two single beds, lights, basic furniture and  offers a closer-to-nature feel. Bathroom and showers are nearby shared between tipi guests. (See first row of pics)
ROOMS All rooms are  equipped with natural furniture and have private outdoor patios. Bathrooms are onsite and are shared between guests . (See second row of pics)
APARTMENTS Each apartment has a bedroom, living room, and kitchen, with a patio and deck with great views and ensuite bathrooms/showers. Shared by two people.  (See third row of pics)
Questions? We're here to help!  Emails us at 

Please fill out the form and let us know if you are ready to register or if you'd like to chat with us about anything related to the journey prior to registration!  

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