Mahalo Retreats

An immersive, nourishing experience in a unique environment. 360′ views of nothing but Algarve nature. 100 acres (40 hectares) of private land to experience. A completely off-grid paradise of forests, lakes, wildlife and tranquility. The perfect backdrop for being looked after. Learn about our vital rewilding project, spot animals, from boars, otters, turtles and many bird species. Enjoy delicious home grown plant based meals, and forget about the world for a while.. 

The story...

A dream come true. My husband and I dreamt of having our own slice of nature – an escape from the world, somewhere for us to learn and grow alongside nature, for many years.. We fell in love with this space on our very first visit, and named it Mahalo, after a visit to Hawaii in 2017, the word stuck with us, and we loved the meaning: ‘gratitude, thankful’.. It’s been the most fulfilling adventure of our lives so far. From growing our own food, creating a food forest, learning about nature, we love it all, and we love sharing it with others. Re-wilding is our main priority, we believe Mother Nature knows best, and we can give a helping hand where possible to ensure the best chance here. In just 2 years, we have seen so many differences in the land. We welcome new species every few months, and it is so exciting to see it all unfold into natures arms once again.. 

Our home is modern, whilst still encapsulating Portuguese style and pace. Modern, with a taste of nature and love in every room. We have decorated to our style, and have tried to incorporate the beautiful colours and style of the nature around us, inside the home. 

a taste of mahalo

Everything here from the food we eat to the materials in our home are fully plant based. We believe in a vegan lifestyle and love to share that with our guests. During retreats, we will enjoy delicious banquets with locally grown produce, BBQ nights, freshly baked bread, home baked cookies… food is a real passion of mine, and I love to share this compassionate, intuitive way of enjoying it.

26th April - 30th April, 2025:

It's here! A date for the next stand alone Mahalo Retreat! Be taken care of, eat home grown food, learn about our rewilding project, move with joy, rest with intention, meditate at sunrise, and do what feels good for YOU. Spring is the BEST time of year here, eggs hatching, animals coming out everywhere, flowers blooming - it is truly a magical time, and the most perfect time to visit.

What's Included/What to expect:
- 5 days, 4 nights at Mahalo, based on sharing a twin bedroom with 1 other person.
- All food, drink, experiences.
- Everything from what we consume to the materials in our home are vegan.

- NOT included: flights & transfers - but we can assist you with booking & organise a car service to/from the airport.

Closest airport: Faro (50 minutes by car)
Closest town: Portimao (15 minutes by car)

Price: €675 per person, payment plans available on request. Full amount must be paid by 1st March 2025. €150 is required as a none refundable deposit to secure your booking.

Register your interest & apply for your place on the next retreat by contacting: holly@hollybarberpt.com or via WhatsApp/instagram.

I can't wait to take care of you.

Previous Retreats: january 2024

The perfect January pick up - an incredible 5 days spent together. We enjoyed delicious homemade plant based food, ingredients picked that day from the land. Movement, meditation, breathing in the nature all around, opening up to be looked after from the inside out. Evening fires and morning sunrise with ginger shots - my ladies left feeling taken care of...the best!

Previous Retreats: june 2023

Nothing but the best... we enjoyed perfect days together, nourishing from the inside out, laughing until we cried, and crying until we laughed - truly the essence of what a Mahalo Retreat should be... a soul enriching experience. Huge thank you to the wonderful group of women who came and shared, and were open to receive the love and had the most beautiful time on the first ever Mahalo Retreat.