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HAPPY ME Retreat: Azores 2020

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Happy Me Azores Retreat.

Join Transformational Life Coach, Maria Salomão-Schmidt and Yoga Guru Rimi Chakraborty for a unique 6 day/5 night retreat to Azores, Portugal, where you’ll experience the culture, taste and feel of this absolutely stunning sub-tropical island. The Azores are a magical, volcanic land, full of natural, raw beauty, a temperate climate and endless amazing activities. Truly a paradise, and under 5 hours from Boston!

Re-Start Your Life… Get rid of stress, boredom, sadness, and depression. This once-in-a-lifetime trip is specifically designed to re-set your life. Your days will include creative and inspiring workshops and activities based on the book Finally FULL Of Yourself: Unlocking Your Spiritual DNA, including hikes to some of the most incredible vistas on the island, soaks in natural hot springs, and exploration of neighboring towns.

There will also be plenty of time for respite and retreat amongst the beautiful fruity orchards of Quinta Minuvida, our home for the week. The meals will give you a true taste of delicious Azorean fare, because they are made from fresh local ingredients, lovingly made from scratch. Our accommodations feature lovingly renovated suites, each unique and gorgeous, with its own private bathroom.

What’s included:

Space is limited to 13 . We anticipate this retreat selling out extremely fast, so please reserve your spot ASAP if you’re interested in joining.

  • 6 day/5 night lodging at Quinta Minuvida, a unique orchard lodge surrounded by gardens, fruit orchards (help yourself!), a saltwater pool, and plenty of private areas for relaxation, journaling, meditating, reading… being!
  • Daily aha-filled, super-fun, sacred and powerful group coaching workshops led by Maria based on aligning your life’s energy systems.
  • Locally sourced meals. Some at Quinta Minuvida and some out at nearby restaurants (one optional alcoholic beverage provided at each dinner). We will work to accommodate dietary restrictions.
  • Excursions to some of the island’s best hikes, relaxing hot springs, and local towns –  all guides and transportation to and from group excursions are included.
  • Yoga, wonderful experiences, sharing of tools & meditation.
  • Roundtrip airport transfers from Ponta Delgada Airport (PDL) to Quinta Minuvida and back (about a 15 minute ride each way).
  • More Information CLICK HERE

What’s Not Included:

  • Airfare to Ponta Delgada (PDL) – we will provide you with info on which exact flights to book. Currently, they are $600 via SATA (Azores) Air.
  • Additional alcoholic beverages (one is included with each dinner)
  • Some lunches. We have provided free time for a few lunches so that you can explore the Azorean restaurants and local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Transport or taxis for additional excursions on free days or during free time. In additional, airport transfers are not included for those not traveling on the group flights.

Special Pricing:

  • Single accommodations, where you have your own private room. (very limited spots available)
  • Shared suite accommodations, where you share a room with others. Each person has their own bed.

BOOK TODAY… Just book your flight, pack your bags, and show up. Perfect for de-stressing. Learn some amazing life strategies. Meet amazing people. Eat amazing food. Connect with nature. REALLY LIVE!!! All other details are taken care of for you! Sign up now because you know it’s calling you! This is your trust fly! 🙂 BOOK TODAY

Ready to learn more? Read on!

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The Portuguese Azores Islands are a magical, volcanic land, full of natural, raw beauty, a temperate climate and endless outdoor activities. They are located in the Atlantic Ocean, about 1,000 miles off the coast of Portugal. Truly an adventure lovers paradise, and under 5 hours from Boston.

Discover the island:

Our week will include opportunities for deep connection with the senses in nature. There is no better to get to know and feel a place than through the locals. We partner with local guides to explore the island and aid you in your journey of self-discovery.

Discover some of the most pristine corners of the island during our hikes. Breathe and feel the breeze on your skin, smell the mineral-rich soil, step on the black sand beaches and verdant green hillsides and taste the ocean air.

You’ll also have free time for your own adventure or exploration… For those real outdoor enthusiasts, flights on SATA/Azores Airlines include a free piece of checked sporting gear – so you can take a bike or surf board along for free! For something even more out of the ordinary you can commune with nature on horseback.





Heart-Centric Lodging:

Our home away from home will be Quinta Minuvida, a beautiful orchard lodge nestled on the slopes of the Fogo volcano. Quinta Minuvidais centrally located, only 15 minutes from the airport and about 30 minutes from most attractions. The lodge features five thoughtfully appointed suites, large outdoors pool, yoga studio, guest kitchen, fireplace living area, outdoors grills, fire-pit, observatory tower, organic vegetable garden and one acre of orchards. We’ll be close to beaches, walking trails, hot springs and bike paths, not to mention the largest fishing port in the Azores. For even more photos of Quinta Minuvida and its grounds, click here.

An added bonus is spending time with very special and friendly residents – the dogs Biscoito and Moo!

Here’s a peek at your digs:




Local Cuisine:

Most meals are included, and will be nourishing, fresh and delicious, so you get a true taste of Azorean fare. Our home for the week, Quinta Minuvida, is located on an orchard – feel free to wander around and pick delicious fresh fruits and herbs. Each morning’s breakfast will include a sampling of fresh fruits, jams and teas that are grown on the grounds.

A highlight in our culinary experience is the Minuvida Dinner a five-course sensory food journey inspired by local cuisine using traditional ingredients with a creative twist. Includes local wine pairings and liqueur.


To yourself, to others, to nature

Our fast-paced digital lifestyle is draining us more than ever before. Unplug from your daily grind for a few magical days. Truly recharge your body, mind and soul. Whether it’s with nature, with yourself, or with like-minded people, this retreat offers you the opportunity for true connection.


Our days will include the following activities and sites:

  • An orchard tour by the owners of Quinta Minuvida, João & Rimi
  • Hikes and nature walks in some of the most pristine nature you’ve ever experienced
  • Evening dinner excursions in neighboring towns, with time to explore new places
  • Walking on canadas, old farming roads, including one optional walk to a nearby Chocolate Factory (did someone say “CHOCOLATE FACTORY”!?) 😉
  • Optional massages at Quinta Minuvida
  • Optional visit to Caldeira Velha, a beautiful natural park and hot spring
  • Free time for outdoor activities for the true adventure junkies ~ canyoning, whale & dolphin watching, mountain biking, surfing, etc.

Sign Up Now… Click Here To Start Your Adventure! 

Last year’s amazing group of hearts on legs!


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Come to Life Coach Maria Salomão-Schmidt’s special retreat weekend specifically designed to jumpstart your life to a new level of HAPPY! This retreat is specifically designed to get you ready for 2015 by giving you the necessary time, space and tools to create a plan, direction and systems to start January 2015 more authentic than ever before!

One of the most amazing things about the retreat is the people you will meet. So far women who have come to at least one of Maria’s six retreats include: California, Oregon, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Kentucky, Vermont and Illinois <3. We attract some truly magical women who form strong bonds with each other based on the authentic energy this retreat brings out in all of us.

October 10-12, 2014

Arrive at 3:00pm on Friday, October 10. Leave by 3:00pm on Sunday, October 12. Also this retreat is strictly limited to 22 people so sign up today to ensure your spot! It will be the last retreat in 2014!

This all-inclusive retreat is only $699, which includes all meals, accommodations (shared), linens, towels, retreat supplies and surprises!

Click here to sign up now! Spread the LOVE by sharing this event with friends! <3


Friday, September 19, 2014…7:00-9:00pm


Medway MA

 You already know you’ve got sooooo many things to be thankful for… You know you SHOULD be happy, but you’re just going through the motions. Something is missing. You have tried to figure it out but can’t. If you’re sick of living this way, this workshop is for you! When – Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Where – Enchanted Fox, 174 Main St, Medway. FREE PARKING in the back! Only $39. Space is limited so best to book your spot now by simply calling Rose or Paul at the wonderful Enchanted Fox at 508.533.4440. Here’s to making 2014 one of the best years of your life…. so far!


So far this year we’ve had some incredible events…

  • Sat, Jan 25…WHY IS MY LIFE NOT MAKING SENSE?! Workshop on Martha’s Vineyard, MA
  • Sat, Feb 1… Mother-Daughter Self-Esteem Workshop, Newfound Farm, Holliston, MA
  • Sun, Feb 2…WHY IS MY LIFE NOT MAKING SENSE?! Workshop at Enchanted Fox, Medway, MA
  • Sun, Feb 9…Book Signing at A Little Common Sense, Upton, MA
  • Tues, Feb 11- March 11… Group -Life Coaching, Holliston, MA
  • Sun, Feb 16…WHY IS MY LIFE NOT MAKING SENSE?! Workshop,  A Little Common Sense, Upton, MA
  • Sun, Feb 23…WHY IS MY LIFE NOT MAKING SENSE?! Workshop, Bloomfield, CT
  • Sat, Mar 1…Book Signing at Holliston Public Library, Holliston, MA
  • Thurs, March 6…ENERGY 101 workshop, The Alchemy Room, Holliston, MA
  • Monday, March 24, 31 and April 7… REIKI I Certification, The Alchemy Room, Holliston, MA
  • Saturday, March 29… REIKI I Certification, The Alchemy Room, Holliston, MA
  • Sunday, April 6… THE ALCHEMY ROOM LAUNCH PARTY, The Alchemy Room, Holliston, MA
  • Friday-Sunday, April 11-13…’FINALLY TAKING CARE OF MYSELF’ RETREAT, Cape Cod, MA
  • Sunday, April 27… REIKI I Certification, The Alchemy Room, Holliston, MA
  • Sun, May 4…WHY IS MY LIFE NOT MAKING SENSE?! Workshop at Enchanted Fox, Medway, MA
  • Mon, May 26-June 16, The Alchemy Room, Ignite Your Life, Group Coaching, Holliston, MA


DSCN5505A bit more ’bout Maria…

Maria Salomão-Schmidt, MBA was one of The Oprah Show’s very last guests!!! Maria’s gift is to cut through the bullshit and get right to the heart of the matter, odd thing is that she does it through her unique brand of humor, intuition and zaniness. She is a powerful international life coach, speaker, author who helps ignite her clients’ life purpose. Maria is a graduate of Boston College, Simmons College Graduate School of Management and the Rhys Thomas Institute of Energy Healing. She is also a Reiki Master Teacher and expert in several other modalities including NLP, EFT (tapping), Chakra Balancing and Full Spectrum Healing. Her next book WHY IS MY LIFE NOT MAKINGS SENSE comes out this spring.

‘Finally Taking Care of Myself’ Vermont Retreat – Oct 25-27, 2013

RETREAT - USE THIS PHOTO OF LAUREAU INNJoin us for a long weekend of rejuvenation, group coaching and learning in the beautiful Vermont’s Mad River Valley! Here’s the official invitation…

YOU are lovingly invited to the ‘Finally Taking Care of Myself’ Retreat in magnifcent Vermont!. It’s a weekend of fun, relaxation and learning the tools to help you re-start your life!

Lareau Farm Inn retreat -use this photoThere will be many amazing life-opening offerings including: Group Coaching, Yoga, Bonfire, Shamanic Journeying, Juicing, Guided Meditation, Vision Boards and Emotional Frequency Technique (EFT).

The price is only $465 which includes most delicious organic (when possible) meals, all materials, professional staff, coaching and lodging (based on double occupancy) in a beautiful antique Vermont inn! It’s a fantastic deal that will jumpstart your life!!! You’ve been talking about taking care of yourself and now the universe/God is giving you that chance! Nothing happens by accident!  SIGN UP RIGHT NOW…


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