ALIGN Spiritual Retreat

September 22nd-29th, 2025

A weeklong women's spiritual retreat in Portugal to awaken your intuition & connect to the wisdom of your soul.


September 22nd-29th, 2025


Ondina Guesthouse, Casais de S. Lourenço, Portugal


Are you connected to and do you follow your own inner truths?

We all have deep inner wisdom that is here to help us evolve onto our highest path. The problem? Usually our minds are too busy to hear this wisdom and guidance or we doubt its’ validity and our ability to trust and follow it. 

The Align Retreat aims to deepen the connection you have to yourself, your soul and your own inner wisdom and guiding compass. It also aims to work on healing things from the past that may be affecting your growth & evolution and aims to help build confidence, self-trust and self-love to help you move towards your highest truths. 

Modalities included on the Align Retreat...

The Align Retreat includes a powerful combination of modalities that can provide deep release, healing, clarity, insight and shifts within. These include meditation, breathwork, intuition development exercises, group mediumship sessions, inner child work, manifestation work and gentle yoga.


If you’ve attended previous retreats with me, this retreat will include an increase time allotted to meditation practice to help us quiet our minds and connect to our true selves and inner truths. A 25-30-minute guided meditation practice period will be included in our morning practice, 5 of the 7 days. 


Breathwork is a practice of consciously working with your breathing pattern, lying down, to music. The rhythmic breathing in breathwork helps put the mind into different meditative states. Putting our mind into meditative states allows us to experience our thoughts, emotions, and situations in life in a different way compared to the analytical/thinking mind. It’s also a space for going inwards and connecting with your inner truths and your heart’s needs & desires.

Meditation & Breathwork can help with...

Intuition Development Exercises

Practices and group exercises to practice developing the skill of hearing and strengthening your own intuition, your own inner wisdom and your own messages of guidance. The practices of meditation and breathwork throughout the week will also help to strengthen and connect to this inner voice.

Group mediumship sessions

Laurie Oakes is a gifted medium who channels messages from the Divine that assist you on your life path. During a group channeling session, Laurie works around the room and channels a message for each person.  Often these messages provide guidance, clarity and direction on different areas in your life and guidance is often provided on ways to work through and approach different challenges. You can also ask Laurie for guidance on a certain area of life.

Inner Child Work & Manifestation (i.e. Co-Creation) Work

Stepping into our highest path also involves healing things from the past that may still be affecting our lives (our thought patterns, belief systems, mood & emotions, behaviours and levels of stress). Through inner child work activities we work to heal the past so that we can move forward in a more confident and peaceful way. After we strengthen our connection to our inner voice and inner guidance system, we then also work to align our energy in the direction of our truths and desires, helping them become a reality within our lives. 

Gentle Yoga

Gentle yoga & movement will be included in the week to help strengthen our relationship to our bodies and the messages our bodies hold. 


About the Venue:

Ondina Guesthouse, Casais de S. Lourenço, Portugal

This retreat takes place in a seaside villa situated on the beautiful cliffs of São Lourenço, just 45 minutes outside of Lisbon, Portugal. 

Ondina Guesthouse is located in a small village close to Ericeira, Portugal. It rests 5 minutes walking from the São Lourenço Beach, one of the World Surfing Reserve paradises.

What's Included...


Pictures from Past Retreats

Frequently Asked Questions

We recommend flying into Lisbon airport and taking a cab or an uber to Ondina Guesthouse. Flights and transportation to villa not included in retreat pricing. You can get to the venue by public transport – metro and bus, takes around 1.5 hours and costs around 10€. You can also arrive by Uber or taxi, from 40 to 55€, around 45 minutes travel. According to travel laws of Ontario, all travel arrangements and booking needs to be done independently.

Absolutely! YES YES YES! Going to a retreat alone can be extremely powerful and transformative. Common feedback we also receive is the welcoming, safe and connected vibe we create and the relationships you create on retreats sometimes turn in to lifelong friends. Around 50% of Shawna’s past retreat attendees have come on their own and this % increases with international retreats.

Another big YES! We welcome women of all levels and complete beginners too! Retreats are a great place to learn or to solidify established practices and routines.

Yes, a retreat information email with all this information will be sent out closer to the retreat date.

The villa is able to accommodate for dietary restrictions. Send an email to if you have any dietary restrictions to ensure that week’s menu will accommodate you.

Meet your facilitators

Laurie Oakes

Her journey to find answers about spirituality and life outside of the physical body began at a young age. She found herself questioning her soul’s purpose, following her intuition, and receiving messages and “inner knowings” as young as she can remember.

Today, she shares her wisdom through various platforms, including workshops, retreats, and online courses. Her teachings empower individuals to awaken their spiritual potential, find inner peace, and live authentically.

Laurie gently guides her clients into letting go of the trauma and that which no longer serves them and empowers them with channelled guidance on their journey of personal growth and spiritual exploration.

She believes in the inherent divinity within each person and strives to help others discover their own inner truth and connection to their Creator.

Shawna Thibodeau

I’m a Registered Nurse specializing in mental health and crisis treatment but my true passion lies outside the hospital and involves coaching others to feel and live as their best selves.  

Through my private practice, Be Free, I offer coaching programs, classes, workshops and retreats to help individuals develop wisdom and skills that can provide greater peace, balance and happiness.

I thrive on using a unique approach, combining knowledge in mental health with EFT tapping, meditation, energy healing and spirituality.

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