Create wellness... 

On a lush, sacred island.

Give yourself...

A real opportunity for inner peace and renewal.


Fall in love with life again.

Recharge your energy.

Find inspiration on every corner of

"the last paradise on earth."


The Saudade Wellness Retreat is designed to empower you to take your body, mind and spirit to the optimal level of wellness.  

It is our philosophy that in order to achieve total wellness you must know yourself and the power of possibilities that lies within you. That's why we want to help you:

  • Strengthen the foundation of your life.
  • Nourish the integration of body, mind and spirit in the simple setting of the 'last paradise on earth'
  • Dive into the ocean of your being cradled by the wild beauty of the Azores islands.

Wellness is a result of inner and outer balance. It is experienced when physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health operate in harmony. This retreat offers a safe container for the integration of new information about the self and the development of more efficient ways to regain, cultivate and maintain balance.


The Details...


The Sacred Island of Sao Jorge

This is where I grew up! 

It is a special place in my heart and a sacred sanctuary. Its climate is temperate, and its energy, peaceful and tranquil. It is also the home to crystalline and calm seas, sun bathed beaches, healing natural pools, trails for long walks, lush landscapes and beautiful volcanic rocks.

Eco-tourism / Sustainable living: 

Sao Jorge can be completely autonomous and self-sufficient.  However, this has been challenged since Portugal and the Azores joined the European economic community. Currently there is a drive towards autonomy and self-sufficiency.  Local cooperatives are forming again around organic farming of local fruits and vegetables as well as some of the exportable commodities such as cheese, butter, beef and wine. Furthermore, there is a drive to support the local weavers and local craftsmen.  We will be visiting some of these facilities.



August 17 - 22, 2018 (TENTATIVE)

This retreat is 6 full days. 

*You're welcome to stay one more night without charge, depending on flight availability. 

If you are flying from the states, your departing flight to the Azores will need to booked on the 17th. THis means you arrive in Sao Jorge on the 18th and the retreat begins on the 19th. You may depart from Sao Jorge in the afternoon flight on the 24th or an early morning flight on the 25th. As a resource, you may visit this website to help you plan your trip: Travel arrangements can also be made through Luisa Sousa at Casto Travel: (408) 553-4712



  • Personalized health assessment using functional medicine principles

  • Detoxification and Natural, healthy cleansing diet

  • Nutritious and organic cuisine produced by sustainable agriculture

  • Consciousness raising daily exercises

  • Guided Meditation

  • Visualization exercises

  • Guided Walking Nature Tours

  • Exposure to the local culture

  • Hiking to cleansing salt and fresh waters

  • Venturing to healing vortices

Our time together will be spent on the exploration and integration of states of being through:  functional medicine assessment tools, movement, writing, drumming, 'pilgrimages' to special energy places on the island that support the day's transformative work, expressive arts, grounding and earthing techniques, rest, nature, healthy, organic and nutritionally dense food. 

Every activity empowers you to access your inner wisdom and trust your natural intuitive gifts. Through the lenses of four elements we will turn our attention to various aspects of the self. This optimizes the inter-connectedness of body, mind and spirit and helps you become more proactive about the way you live.

The foundation to Filomenaʼs approach rests on tending to the physical and the psychological in order to nurture and promote further spiritual growth while honoring and empowering each individualʼs unique nature.

Your retreat package includes:

  • Housing
  • Meals and snacks
  • Ground transportation once arrived
  • Retreat tuition and materials

We will begin each morning at the retreat center and then venture out to explore our theme in different areas of this enchanted island. 

You will have a guided tour of a special place in the Saudade Retreat Center or on the São Jorge island where you will: smell, touch, hear, see and taste the aromatic herbs, plants, and spices available in Filomena's garden.   

Learn how to  make cheese with Marisa


Highlights from the 2017 Retreat:

Participants visited sacred, vortex and cultural sites, swam in the clear waters, learned from locals about organic farming and the power of the volcanic rocks, as well as personal development tools including how to find their essence and be more in touch with their higher selves.

Making cheese with Marisa:

Participants learned the age old traditional way of making homemade Cheese-Manadas style with Marisa. This is a type of fresh cheese very common in São Jorge. We use organic milk of a Jersey cow. The cow is open pastured and hand milked by Marisa's dad-António Henrique.




A Traditional Azorian Ocean and Mountain View Home

The entrance to our retreat home

The entrance to our retreat home

Relax in our completely renovated, 100 year old traditional stone home with old world charm and modern flare.

We'll overlook the Atlantic ocean, volcanic mountains and neighboring islands.


We will dine together on a beautiful outdoor stone patio. We'll relax on hammocks listening to the sounds of nature and restoring our spirits. 

We will greet the day with our morning ritual next to the waterfall in our home, looking out to the ocean.  

A part of the quarters of our home is an organic field of corn and sweet potato crop. Next to that we come upon a sacred, ancient circular meeting place. This area is where indigenous populations of the Sao Jorge would chaff their crops, meet, sing and dance. 



I highly recommend that you check out one the following books before our retreat.

  • There is Nothing Wrong With You: Going beyond Self-Hate by Cheri Huber
  • Embracing Ourselves by Hall & Sidra Stone
  • The Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto



Your retreat package includes:

  • 3 meals per day and snacks

  • Lodging

  • Ground transportation (including to and from the airport)

  • Program Tuition

    • Saudade's Total Wellness Retreat Investment is $2,500.00
    • To reserve your space, payment is due by June 30th, 2017
    • Methods of payment accepted: Check or credit card via my receptionist. Please contact Mallory to make payment: 831-462-4441 or email info.drtrindade@gmailcom. Thank you!


If you are all ready to register please fill out and submit the liability release form below. Your information will be kept private.

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THIS IS A LEGAL DOCUMENT. THE SELECTION OF YOUR ANSWER INDICATES YOUR FORMAL AGREEMENT AND IS CONSIDERED AS A SIGNATURE. I declare to assume all financial and otherwise responsibility for any accident, injury, damage or illness I may incur while residing at Saudade or while visiting island locations, in regard to any movement or action such as i.e. swimming, dancing, etc.; and any expense I may incur if I need to be repatriated. I release therefore Saudade and Dr. Filomena Trindade from all and any responsibility, financial, legal or otherwise in the occurrence of any of the above. I also agree to indemnify and hold harmless Saudade and Dr. Trindade from any damages, losses or claims resulting from or relating to my stay.

If you are interested in joining us and would like to learn more, please email: info.drtrindade@gmail.comWe will answer any of your inquires and send you more information. Hope to see you there!!