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Retiros Detox Portugal

About Us

Quintinha do Mar is, since 2012, at the service of the balance of the being, the body, the mind and the spirit. We offer retreats that promote self-awareness, healing, transformation and well-being.

We are in a privileged location, between the mountains and the sea, where you can enjoy a full retreat with no external distractions.


Here, we take care of the smallest of details. We invite you to be present in every moment, to create intention, to slow down, to rest and detox, at your own pace. You can propose yourself to do emotional work and contribute profoundly to your own self development. Here, you can Be. 


Retiros Detox Portugal

The Why

“This space was born from the search of my own purpose in life. Believing in Love, in knowledge sharing, in trust and surrender to life’s wisdom, in inner intuition, in cooperation with natures’ intelligence and learning with mother earth… In a service attitude towards others for the Greater Good, one small step at a time, leaving big footprints. In the search for our bigger Self Quintinha do Mar was born.”

Paula Maria - Founder

Retiros Detox Portugal

Our Philosophy

We believe that a full, happy and healthy life depends not only in the practice of all the activities that address the balance between body, mind and spirit, but we find also fundamental the healing and regenerative potential in being close and taking care of nature.


Our focus is helping to create healthy and conscious life habits, learn to listen and respect the natural rhythms of our body.

Our approach is directed to improving the health and not to eliminate the symptoms of the disease.

We act on the principle that, when our diet is rich in fresh and living food, based in vegetables and fruit, at the same time that we integrate holistic practices and are in contact with nature, we become more present and centred, and become able to express our emotions more fluidly.

That’s the path to healing.


We encourage active listening because it’s fundamental to listen and support others without judgement or criticism.

We embrace the mission to welcome everyone who wish for a non-religious spiritual experience.

Sustainability is also one of Quintinha do Mar pilars. You can see it in the materials we use, in our recipe’s ingredients and in our lifestyle. We respect our space the same way we hope our visitors to respect.

The team


Paula Maria

Founder and Host

Paula Rodrigues, 58 years old, is the founder of the project. In 2012 she idealized about creating a place for retreats that makes us feel at home and at the same time invites us to accomplish deep self-awareness, healing and transformation work. 


Pedro Rodrigues

Host and Coordinator

Pedro, as Paula’s son, grew among the groups of guests of the most diverse locations of the world. Quickly he realized how much he felt accomplished when receiving and taking care of others as if they were family members, making them feel at home. Pedro is always ready to help. Nowadays he studies different self-development practices and is in charge of managing the volunteers’ team and the sustainability of Quintinha do Mar.


Rita Antao

Traditional Chinese Medicine Therapist and Naturopath

Graduated in organic chemistry (1997), expert in naturopathy and traditional Chinese medicine (2010), medicinal and oriental herbs investigator. Rita developed unique detox methods through food and phytotherapy. She uses traditional Chinese Medicine diagnostic methods, she studies and applies naturopathy, vegan, rawness and hygiene concepts.


Angelica Monteiro

Qi Gong Teacher & Traditional Chinese Medicine Therapist

Angélica got to know Traditional Chinese Medicine through Qi Gong, when in 2004 she started the course of Qi Gong instructors at the School of Traditional Chinese Medicine.


She had the opportunity to learn from Portuguese and foreign teachers and to get to know China.

She worked with elementay school children and did her internship prisoners at the Lisbon Prison. In 2010, she started the course in Traditional Chinese Medicine and today she is a Qi Gong Teacher and Traditional Chinese Medicine Therapist.


Susana Severino

Spiritual Therapist

Therapist, Woman, Mother, Bridge between Worlds and Being GPS.


I see Auras since I was born and during a long time I didn't accept this gift. I tried to fit in. I tried to adapt. I tried to forget who I really am. The first part of my life was dedicated to studies and books, which took me to Law school in Coimbra University. But I wanted so much more.


I remember my elementary school teacher asking me what I wanted to do when I grew up and I replied I wanted to embrace the world.


And that has been my motor in my path: To Embrace the World!


Natascha Martinez


Natascha Julião Martinez studies and experiences the facets of the human mind for more than 20 years. Her work is a transformation agent that aims to inspire any individual in locating and directing their lives in resonance with their soul purpose and longings. She’s experienced in the care for athletes, people of all ages and animals. Apart from her studies in Psychology, she specialized in the most modern techniques for mental awareness and development in the search for health has a whole. Certified by PSYCH-K® Centre International, IBA Global Healing and Humaniversidade, she’s trained with renowned authors and instructors such as Amit Goswani, Deepak Chopra, Beth Houstein, Stephen Linsteadt, Otávio Leal and Kris Attard. Married at 21 years old and mother of 3 beautiful boys, she works with love and sensitivity.


Silvana Correia

Astrology, Chinese Medicine and Family Constellations

Since early on Silvana looks at the celestial body movements in the skies as a sacred language that helps understand the evolutionary cycles of existence, of our walk in the stages of life. Her work in Astrology intends to awaken the individual to his "plan", inspiring him to follow plans more aligned with his soul, with his purpose - in joy. In 2008, she initiates her studies in Astrology with Andy Spencer, Cláudia Kock and Nuno Michales. In 2018, she initiates her studies at the Faculty of Astrology Studies. In 2020, she studies the "Astrology of Relationships", with Molly McCord, and "AstroGenealogia - Cosmosistémica" (AstroGeneology - Cosmosystemic), with Enzo de Paola. In parallel, and since 2004, she studied several therapeutic areas - Chinese Medicine, Familly Constellations (ongoing), among others.


Carla Marcelo

Therapist and Artist

She was born in Lisbon in 1968, lived in Angole, Brazil and by the age of 18 she returns to her home land.


Since 2005 she has been performing a set of courses and workshops. She graduated in Dance, Personal Training, Complete Training in Pilates, Complete Training in Sound Therapy with Tibetan Bowls, Reiki (levels 1, 2 and 3), Workshops in Shamanism and other Therapies, Course in Aura Reading, Course in Theta Healing (Basic, Advanced and of Abundance), Course in Non-violent Communication, Mandala Paintor and Sacret Geometry. Currently undertaking Training in Familly Constellations.


Since 2007, up until today, she participates as facilitator in several activities in Events, Alternative Markets, Therapy Centers  and Retreats.


Sonia Ferreira

Yoga Teacher

I am Sonia, 

A  mathematician, explorer of great philosophical ideas and their practical links to everyday challenges, teacher, writer, hearty-life provocateur, guide towards growth and grounding.

Since 2004 I practice and teach the art of sculpting a strong and intelligent body, able to connect to an equally stable as well as adaptable mind and emotional framework.

In essence, I love to inspire others to discover their potential. I made it my mission. 

That’s me. Well, at least a part of me.


Sónia Gameiro

Qi Gong teacher + Acupuncture + Tui Na massages

Sónia Gameiro finished her training in Traditional Chinese Medicine at ESMTC in 2019.   She attended and completed the internship in a clinical context in the discipline of Tui Na (2015-2016) of about 220 hours. Starting an independent and constantly amazed and fascinating journey in the discovering of a universe as challenging and exciting as Tui Na. Since 2017 in partnership with the “Place to pause” retreat in Sintra which uses Tui Na therapy.


Sónia considers Tui Na as one of your favourite therapies complemented by Suction cups and Gua sha to which she gives her body and heart.

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Inês Marques

Digital Communication
& Services

By embracing branding, graphic design and digital marketing, Inês discovered self-awareness tools as well as a holistic approach with the ultimate goal of reaching a sterling digital communication.She truly believes that brands are made and exist to have a positive impact on the world.With these believes in mind and having these ideas into consideration, one of the key features of Ines is to provide a well-defined and needful support focused not only on strategy creation but also on the communication through interactive or digital media.

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