TURNING UNCOMFORTABLE EMOTIONS INTO PEACE - Five days of inquiry in the beautiful mountains of Portugal

TURNING UNCOMFORTABLE EMOTIONS INTO PEACE - Five days of inquiry in the beautiful mountains of Portugal

June 7-12, 2019

In the quietude of the Portuguese countryside we will dive into our inner worlds to meet our emotions with curiosity and kindness.

The retreat has 2 facilitators and a maximum of 11 participants. It is intended for both beginners and those who are experienced with The Work of Byron Katie. 

• Understand what it means to do The Work as a meditation
• Learn how to truly sit with uncomfortable emotions
• Discover why your emotions are your greatest resource
• Experience the power of immersing yourself fully in The Work

Your Emotions are a Resource - Use Them

As human beings, we tend to turn away from emotions which we perceive as uncomfortable. Consequently, we don’t deal with the underlying causes of our problems thus making them reappear again and again. In reality, this discomfort is our most potent fuel when we need to take action and find peace and clarity. By learning to embrace our discomfort we empower ourselves to meet change, adversity and conflicts with peace and integrity.

About Presenters

Ernest H

Ernest Holm Svendsen is an experienced certified facilitator and the author of several best-selling books on inquiry and The Work. theartofbeinghuman.com

Annette Birkmann is a facilitator of change and the author of ‘The Journey to Me’ (currently only available in Danish). annettebirkmann.com

Additional Information

Friday, June 7: 8pm 1st session

June 8-11:
8.30 am: (optional) Morning Walk
10-12 am: morning session
3-6 pm: Afternoon session
8-10 pm: Evening session

Wednesday, June 12:
7.30 am: (optional) Morning Walk
8-10 am: closing session

A small river runs through the village, just over the road from the farmhouse and 10 minutes’ walk away is the Minho River where we can enjoy a swim from the river beach (see photos on the event website).


The venue is a charming and carefully renovated farmhouse north of Porto

Regular queen-size or single bed: 850 euro.
Comfortable mattress on the floor: 750 euro.
These prices cover all meals, accommodation and tuition. You should book and pay for your transportation separately. 

We want to make this retreat accessible to as many as possible, so if your budget is limited, please contact us and let's discuss the options.

A variety of shared rooms are available in two different price categories. There are duvets, sheets and towels for everyone.

All meals (vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner) are included. All vegetables are sourced locally and organically.


You pay a non-refundable deposit of 200 euro upon your reservation. The outstanding balance should be paid no later than May 15. All cancellations must be submitted in writing. If your cancellation is received no later than nine (9) days in advance of the workshop, your tuition will be refunded less the deposit. If you do not send advance written notice of your cancellation, if you do not attend, or if you leave the workshop early, your payment is non-refundable and non-transferable.