In November 2019, we enjoyed a four day Barre Babes Retreat at Eco Dharma Village in beautiful Northern Portugal!

Check out the photos from 2019 below and stay tuned for 2021 dates back to this incredible destination!

Calling all barre babes; enthusiasts + instructors alike, for the SECOND edition of a Barre Babes long weekend retreat in Portugal!

The retreat will take place in northern Portugal, at the beautiful Eco Dharma Village. Like what you see? Scroll down to view the full retreat schedule!

This retreat is for barre babes of all levels of experience to escape for a lovely weekend to northern Portugal full of barre master classes, yoga, nature walks, sightseeing, and friendship! Want to know more about what to expect?! Take a look at the schedule from Fall 2019 below to get a better idea of what to look forwards to!

Retreat Schedule:

Thursday, October 31 

Flight Amsterdam to Porto 7:45am – 9:25 (Transavia flights HV6003)

10:00 – 11:30 = transport via car or shuttle from Porto airport to Eco Dharma Village. 

12:00 – 13:00 = healthy, vegan lunch prepared onsite by Chantal, author of Live Lean Health. 

13:00 – 15:00 = Nature walk in the forest area around Eco Dharma Village.

15:30 – 16:30 = Barre Booty Burn masterclass… this class will leave your bum on fire and will incorporate the usuals (fold over, clamshell, etc) as well as more complex barre booty exercises (pretzel, standing pretzel, props for booty). 

16:30 – 18:00 = Level Up Session 1; how to progress booty exercises. In this session, we’ll discuss how participants can get the most from barre booty classes, ways to add challenge and how to maximize props to get a bigger booty burn, as well as the science of “booty building” and sculpting and how barre can help with this goal. 

18:00 – 19:00 = free time; read a book, walk in nature, take a nap, or drink a tea with new/ old friends 

19:00 – 20:00 = healthy dinner prepared onsite 

20:30 – 21:15 = Beer Barre masterclass with alcohol free beer! 

Friday, November 1 

8:30 – 9:45 = 75 minutes morning flow yoga class with Chantal 

9:45 – 10:30 = healthy brunch onsite

10:30 – 12:00 = Level Up Session 2; how to progress thigh exercises to add more challenge for participants and how to cue this for instructors. As well as what to do for injuries which effect thigh and booty exercises; sprained ankles, knee and hip injuries, how to best prevent these injuries as a participant!

12:00 – 13:00 = Core Barre master class… this class will focus on the core, front and back. So in addition to the classics (high and low C curve, planks), we will also do some more challenging Pilates-inspired ab exercises and throw in some nice variations for the lower back/ spinal extensions.

13:00 – 14:00 = healthy lunch onsite 

14:00 – 17:00 = visit to local vineyards or old town in Ponte de Lima; wine tasting 

17:00 – 18:00 = Level Up Session 3; body positivity for barre babes; how to find it, how to keep it, how to cue for it, and how to make this intentional in each class you take or teach. 

18:00 – 19:00 = free time; read a book, walk in nature, take a nap, or drink a tea with new/ old friends 

19:00 – 20:00 = healthy dinner prepared onsite 

Saturday, November 2 

8:30 – 9:30 healthy breakfast onsite 

9:30 – 10:30 = Barre HIIT masterclass…  get ready to sweat babes! This masterclass will focus on incorporating HIIT into barre lessons including all variations which can be done without shoes, ballet-inspired cardio, and we will use and compare the effects of 30/30 versus 40/20 intervals. 

11:00 – 17:00 = day trip to Ponte de Lima or Braga – depending on the interests of the group we can check out some historical sites/ museums/ cute cafes/ wineries in this beautiful area of Portugal. 

17:30 – 18:30 = Barre and Beats masterclass… this lesson is all about musicality. You can expect an energizing playlist, movements matched to the music, and differing tempos/ speeds to add complexity! 

19:00 – 20:00 = healthy dinner onsite 

20:30 – 22:00 = yin yoga class with Chantal 

Sunday, November 3

8:30 – 9:30 – healthy breakfast onsite 

9:30 – 11:30 = nature walk in the Forrest area around Eco Dharma Village. 

12:00 – 13:00 = Barre Balance masterclass… in this class, we will utilize many balance variations and borrow some balance events from yoga for a challenging, low impact class. 

13:00 – 14:00 = healthy lunch onsite 

14:00 – 17:00 = visit to local vineyards in Ponte de Lima or Arcos de Valdevez; wine tasting/ other fun/ social/ adventure activity 

17:00 – 18:30 = Level Up Session 4; boredom at the barre, how to beat it, how to continue challenging yourself/ growing your practice. 

19:00 – 20:00 = healthy dinner onsite 

20:30 – 21:15 = Barre Party… barre master class with a pumping party playlist and partner exercises to add extra fun into the workout! 

Monday, November 4 

8:00 – 9:00 = healthy breakfast onsite 

9:00 – 10:30 = travel by car/ shuttle to Porto airport 

Return flight Porto to Amsterdam 12:00 to 15:45

** Please note these flight time are suggestions. Participants are responsible for purchasing their own flight tickets in a timely manner. If your flight departs or arrives at a different time than the ones listed here, an additional charge for transport to Eco Dharma Village may apply. You may also feel free to arrive in Portugal sooner or stay later to enjoy other parts of the country or explore Porto! Feel free to ask me for more advice!

Pricing + Registration

The price to attend this special Barre Babes Retreat is 849 euros!

This price is including tax, 4 nights board, 3 healthy + nutritious vegan meals per day, transportation in Portugal, barre classes, Level Up continuing education classes, + two yoga classes!

Not included is the price of your plane ticket to travel to Portugal or local activities such as wine tasting, cafe visits, shopping, etc while in Portugal.

Wanna join the inaugural Barre Babes Retreat in Portgual?! Follow this link to complete the registration form + email it to!