We are excited to invite you to the Akhaldans Fourth Way International Residential Retreat this summer in Portugal for the 4th consecutive year. These retreats have been a potent journey of inner exploration rarely offered, yet, it is suitable for all regardless of previous experience, fitness or background.

This is an exceptional and unique opportunity to explore your innermost landscape in new and empowering ways while immersed in the stunning contemplative setting of Karuna Meditation Center. Located high up in the Monchique mountains of the Algarve we will be overlooking Portugal’s southern coastline and the Atlantic Ocean from one of the most peaceful settings in the country.

Who is this retreat for?

Suitable for persons who wish to explore deeper into themselves, through the alchemy of movement, music & dance. Through a series of experiential processes… active, dynamic, filled with music, rhythm, dance, light, sound, conversation & dialogue, meditation & silence, we take you into an intensive encounter with your own self... Inviting you to re discover & connect with the inner landscapes of your bodymind, heal old wounds, release the past and live with freedom & intensity.

Watch this short interview with Akash (RIP), founder of Akhaldans as she explains about the approach and the retreat.
Subtitles are available in ENG / PT / SPN / HEB - click "CC" (subtitle) button to see them and then "settings" to choose your language.

About the Dances

Highly original, charismatic and mystical, these dances are designed to balance the different sources of energy within us. Creating a harmony between the body, the mind and the emotions. The results are a unique inner centering, a new sense of inner rhythm, a relaxed alertness, a natural silence and grace… leading to a higher level of consciousness & presence. Each movement has its own music & the beautiful, haunting melodies & rhythms enhance the process. The movements are placed within the context of a larger philosophical ideology… the Fourth Way… which is the way of the Sufi…

Read more about the dances and the work...

What happens when we participate in a 4th Way Retreat?

Quiet contemplation? Intense inner processes? Impossibly challenging Gurdjieff Movements? Serious discussion of big Ideas and sharing of our self-observation of micro-moments of forgetting and remembering? Sudden bursts of laughter and sobering insight?

All of the above.

And… this year we will continue to challenge ourselves by adding layers of attention to the dances in the form of daily life tasks such as of gardening, load carrying, cleaning, and anything else that Karuna Meditation Center needs to restore the structures damaged in the 2018 fires, that supports its heart-work. We will ponder the Sufi ideal of being in the world without being of the world as we experience the friction of everyday work with fellow participants and other local volunteers.

And of course we will learn Movements and share and discuss and observe and laugh… hopefully we’ll find time to eat and sleep!

The only thing that will not happen is that we leave the same as we came.

About the teacher: CArol Squire

Carol is a Sufi Dervish, Fourth Way teacher, Transactional Analysis (TA) facilitator, Sound healer, Reiki master, Leader, Woman, Mother and a student just like all of us.

She is also the co-founder of the international Akhaldans 4th way school begun with Akash Dharmaraj in India. Together, they have co-created a unique style of transmission of the Fourth Way work using the movements as a vehicle for Awakening and Transformation.

Carol is a loving, compassionate human who cares deeply about the Work and does this work of transmission only because she loves it. 

Carol has been leading groups all over the world for the past 35 years, integrating Sufi practices and Transactional Analysis into her work with high profile corporate leaders, non-profit organizations, personal groups and individuals, and whoever asks to learn. She has taught the Gurdjieff Sacred Dances in India (including in the Osho Commune in Pune), Israel, Portugal, Ethiopia, Israel and in North America where she is now based. From Whidbey Akhaldans, her center on a beautiful island in Puget Sound, WA she conducts on-going classes, workshops, weekend retreats and offers residential opportunities for those who wish a longer exposure to the Akhaldans way.


"My mission is to transform individuals, teams and organizations by taking them out of their automatic comfort zones so that they can begin to: 
Reinvent, Reintegrate, Reconnect, Simplify and Move toward Sense and Respond, the new paradigm in human consciousness and organization, and away from the prevailing paradigm of Predict and Control.

I resolve to never refer to myself as a trouble-shooter or problem solver. I do not want to spend my time and energy reinforcing trouble and problems.  

Instead, I see potential. I see strengths. I enhance, strengthen, invite and facilitate potential to grow - to become tangible strengths. I facilitate the process of turning potential into compassionate power. 


So that there is a constant output of value, spirit, and animation;
So that each individual fulfills more of their unique potential and purpose;
So that each part of the organism contributes to the good working of the whole; So that the organism fulfills more of its unique potential and purpose in the larger universal environment.

My vision is:

A world where awareness, intimacy and spontaneity are available to everyone, everywhere.
A world where everyone is connected to themselves, others and purpose in healthy ways.
A world where I operate from love and an open, playful heart."




28.7-2.8.2020 (5 nights & 5 Days)

Start: Tuesday, July 28th at 17:00 opening session (Registration will be open from 15:00 and room check in even earlier).
End: Sunday, August 2nd at 18:00

 If you’re interested in the extended 8-day training (July 28th - August 5th), please let us know or Read more here…
The extended option includes a deeper and more intense training starting from day 1 and extending the 5 days into 8 days of full retreat. This option is open to everyone AND requires anyone who's interested to have a personal interview with the teacher before being accepted to the training.


The primary language of the retreat will be movement, supported with silence. Theory and explanations will be given in English to add context and framework.
For those parts, translation will be provided also to Portuguese and Spanish during the entire retreat.


The Venue

The retreat will be held at Karuna Meditation center in the mountains of Serra de Monchique in the Algarve, Portugal. Serra the Monchique is known for its healing thermal water, medicinal plants, pure air and lush green landscapes.

The Retreat Center offers a stunning view over Portugal’s southern coast and the Atlantic Ocean. We will be amongst one of the most secluded and silent places in this area. The Retreat Center’s property is isolated and perfect for those in search of silence, seclusion and inner peace.



Kick-starters price (valid until 31.3.2020): €490
Early-Bird price (valid until 31.5.2020): €590
Regular price: €690

Partial Scholarship prices are available for locals who need it upon request - see registration form to apply.

Retreat price includes:
All retreat days, activities and materials.
5 nights of Simple accommodation in shared room of 2-6 people (usually with shared bathroom/toilet near the room).
3 vegan-vegetarian meals a day (starting with dinner on the 1st day and finishing with lunch of the last day).
Drinking Water.

Retreat price does NOT include:
Private single room accommodation - Currently only on waiting list - see options below in the accommodation section.
Extra nights - these are available 1 day before/after the retreat for an additional cost see accommodation section below.
Transfer to and from the venue (we help with taxi share and car pool).
Lunch on arrival day, dinner on the last day.



Reservation deposit: €250 (non-refundable). The remaining balance will be collected upon arrival in cash on the first day.
Please note that we cannot secure your place without payment of the reservation deposit.

Cancellation Policy:
The deposit is non-refundable.
Cancellation after July 15th, for any reason, will be liable to 50% of the full retreat price including all extras.


The retreat is fully residential. We will be immersed in the middle of nature and in our process of awakening. There are a few accommodation options:

  • Your own tent / Camper-van (limited availability): Included in price

  • Shared room/dormitory (shared between 2-6): Included in price

  • Private room accommodation (only waiting list): €200 per person.


  • The earlier you secure your space, the better. We do our best to allocate accommodation depending on time of registration, special needs and availability. Once you register you will receive an email confirming your registration and accommodation choice depending on availability.

  • Extra night Accommodation is possible 1 day before/after the retreat for an extra charge of €40 per night in shared room or €60 per night in private room.

Getting to the venue

For the venue google location click here.


The nearest airport to the venue is Faro, Portugal.
Taxis from Faro airport to the venue takes approx. 1h and costs approx €90 (Closer to the retreat we will assist participants to coordinate taxi share between them and book drivers who are familiar with the venue).
It’s also possible to fly into Lisbon and continue by Train & Bus or Car as described below. Please leave at least half a day for this extra travel.


The closest town to the venue is Silves, Portugal, which is in the Monchique mountains approx. 45 min drive from the venue. Silves offers direct trains to Lisbon and Porto as well as daily buses to other cities. You can also look up Tunes train station for additional transfer options on the same lines.

On the coastline, the closest city is Portimão, Portugal which is easily accessible by bus and train. From Portimão either catch a taxi directly to the venue, or you can catch a bus to the town of Monchique and a taxi to the venue from there.

By car

The venue is easily accessible by car and is 3-5h drive from Lisbon and 30-60min from the South-Eastern border with Spain. Closer to the retreat we will also help with car-pool for those who would like to share the petrol/rental/toll costs.


For more info or questions:

Email: AkashRetreats@gmail.com  or use the following numbers: +351-91-106-9090 or WhatsApp: +972-54-224-7707 (Boaz)