An invitation to listen to that inner voice that whispers, “More vitality, more soul nourishment, more creativity, more connection.”


April 1 – 8, 2025

How It Works
How It Works

This journey is a call to awaken your creative spirit, nurture your soul, and forge deep connections with like-minded artists.


 Let yourself be mesmerized by Portugal’s coastline, the charming estate where we’ll be staying, the blooming flowers, fountains, and statues. Enjoy the best dishes that Portuguese cuisine offers with chef-prepared meals every day, relax by the pool, and let your gorgeous surroundings inspire your creative spirit.

Hello, creative joy.

Our days will be a lovely blend of creative play + exploration, guided wellness activities meant to nourish your soul, and meaningful conversation. We’ll also gather around for amazing meals, have a couple of magical daytrips, and more..

How It Works
How It Works

I’ve designed this exclusive once-in-a-lifetime retreat to feel luxurious, deeply nourishing, and full of creative joy. You can expect gorgeous details, an exquisite Portuguese retreat home, and ease-filled painting days where I’ll share everything I know about painting meaningful mantra paintings. There will also be all sorts of thoughtful activities specifically designed to spark your creativity, nurture your being, and create long-lasting connections.

Stunning Accommodations


Our gathering will take place in at expansive + beautiful estate Quinta Bonita, nestled in the sun-drenched Algarvian coast. Praised by esteemed publications like The Times and Life Magazine as “a jewel in the Algarve”, this estate  is perched atop a hill overlooking Lagos with stunning views of the Marina and the azure sea beyond.

You’ll have your own bed and depending on what you choose, either a private room + bath or a shared room + bath. There will be plenty of unstructured time to enjoy all that this gorgeous property has to offer. The views will leave you exhaling with wonder.

More information on accommodations below.


Creative Joy


Throughout our time together, we’ll gather around and create in casual, informal ways. You’ll experiment with mixed media, layering, collage, acrylic paint, mark-making, and many, many more techniques that I can’t wait to share with you. By the time you leave, you’ll have completed  a beautiful art journal filled with gorgeously layered pages and a couple of complete mantra paintings, too.

We’ll also spend time exploring the gorgeous grounds of our estate, watching sunsets, taking photo walks, and much more.

Bring your creative spirit, and allow it to rejuvenate.


Wellness + Nourishment


I believe we must find time to refill our wells, nourish our creative spirits, and take time to listen to our hearts. Taking time to exit our daily lives while being surrounded by nature and kindred spirits is a beautiful act of self-care. Together, we’ll spend time quieting the noise and tuning into our hearts with guided ceremonies, writing exercises, nature walks, and more.

We’ll also enjoy a couple of outings to nearby villages so we can further experience the beauty and magic of coastal Portugal.

There will be ample downtime for those of you who are seeking refuge.

You’ll leave feeling refreshed, nourished, and inspired to step back into your life with a renewed vibrancy.


Amazing Food!


We’ll be fed the delicious flavors of exquisite Portuguese cuisine meticulously crafted by our private chef. Using fresh produce sourced locally or from the venue’s gardens, every dish is a delectable journey into Mediterranean and Atlantic cuisine.

Start your day with a nourishing breakfast of oatmeal, fresh fruits, warm pastries, local hams, and perfectly cooked eggs. For lunch, delight in light yet flavorful dishes like orzo salad, a Moroccan bowl, or tuna niçoise. As evening falls, your sumptuous chef-made dinner features options such as Piri Piri prawns, zesty citrus salmon, or a creamy Brazilian coconut stew. Top it all off with delectable cakes, tarts, and mousses for dessert, along with fragrant local wine.

Food never tasted so good.


Lots of time with me, Kelly Rae


I have always dreamed of hosting a one-of-a-kind retreat where I can float in and out of roles: Part art teacher, part girlfriend, part guide, part host enthusiast/geek, part mentor, part just another woman gathering with kindreds.

At this retreat I am here to host you, love you up, encourage you, guide you, and be a sister-friend. I’ll be sharing meals with you, making coffee/tea in my pj’s with you, and hosting and leading all the amazing activities I have planned for us.

I’m looking forward to spending this kind of rare, intimate, super quality time with you!!




Belonging + Connection


Every retreat I’ve hosted brings together the perfect constellation of women, a lovely blend of energies and personalities. Magic unfolds, connections are sparked, and lifelong friendships are born. Nothing delights me more than creating a loving, nurturing environment for deep connections to thrive.

It’s always a beautiful unfolding to witness. And I am always in awe.

Come meet your sisters!






Day trips to nearby villages


Together, we’ll explore nearby town of Lagos, an incredibly beautiful coastal city. The history of Lagos spans centuries and multiple civilizations (the Greeks, Romans, Phoenicians and Moors, just to name a few), but it’s the relaxed vibe and quirky buildings that make it a firm favorite with both tourists and locals. And, of course, let’s not forget the pristine beaches.

We’ll also set sail from Lagos on a beautiful traditional Portuguese boat, heading into the open sea. Like the Portuguese explorers of old, you’ll discover the wonders of the Algarvian coastline from the water.

Bring your adventurous spirit.



How It Works
How It Works

Our retreat will take place in the sun-drenched Algarvian coast at the Quinta Bonita estate. Quinta Bonita’s heart lies in its botanical garden, home to over 1,500 plant species, elegant statues, and serene fountains, crafting a picturesque backdrop for both relaxation and artistic inspiration.


 The estate’s terraces and rooms provide a comfortable haven, marrying modern amenities with timeless allure. Accommodation spaces are spread throughout the main villa.

The night sky will blow your mind!

Elegantly appointed bedrooms await, all adorned with a private balcony or patio, modern private bathrooms featuring underfloor heating, cozy bathrobes, and Portuguese Castelbel toiletries. The outdoor facilities include swimming pools, panoramic gardens, and outdoor dining spaces that will make you swoon!

How It Works
How It Works

Kelly Rae + UpTrek = Good things

I have partnered up with UpTrek to host this retreat. I have been working with them for months to bring this retreat to you, and they are WONDERFUL partners. They will be handling all inquiries, bookings, and deposits for this retreat.


How to register

You can book your spot and find even more details about this retreat over on UpTrek’s website right here. 



Please direct all questions you may have to UpTrek, my hosting partner. You can reach them directly at or over at They have wonderful support to help you with all of your questions and/or concerns.

How It Works
How It Works
“One of the most amazing experiences of my life. She is even more charming, inspirational, and instructional in person! Between our soul work, watching demonstrations, time for play and artistic exploration, and connecting with a group of like-minded sisters, this retreat helped me tap into my authentic, creative, fun-loving, and deep thinking self. I loved every second of it.”
- Cynthia Cary,

“I have participated in Kelly Rae’s online courses, but nothing compares to the experience of being pulled into her open-heart way of being…I didn’t realize how much more I would walk away with beyond the artwork. I think about my time…and it brings me back to who I am and the grace that came out of being with Kelly Rae and the other amazing women who were a part of it.”
- Michelle Whitaker

“I have no words that can truly explain how my heart grew during [the retreat]. I feel full, loved, complete and an immense amount of peace. Thank you, Kelly Rae, for taking your gifts and transforming my soul. I give myself the gift of a different type of retreat every few years to help me stay grounded and keep my priorities aligned. This retreat, by far, exceeded all of my expectations and surpassed any that I have previously attended.”
-Christina McConnell

“I was blessed in so many ways. Thank you for creating a safe space where we could bring our hearts for unpacking. I loved our circle time.  What a blessing it was to speak love and truth into the lives of the other women.  I was also deeply blessed by receiving the words of you and the others. I discovered many things that had been waiting for me to get still so I could receive their messages.  Thank you for your generosity and love.”

“I am so grateful that I got to spend the week with Kelly Rae doing her transformational workshop!
I had never painted before and had no idea what I was to expect. I was so happy to meet Kelly Rae and her sweet energy! She opened up my heart, my hand with a paintbrush and allowed a beautiful awakening to occur. Thank you so much Kelly Rae for sharing your amazing gift and encouraging me to continue to trust my own gifts and path! You are a true light and inspiration to me! I am honored to know and to have shared space with you.”
-Marisa Goldstein

“The best ‘gift’ I ever gave to myself was to attend Kelly Rae Roberts retreat. Kelly Rae’s warm and nurturing manner allowed me to relax, be fully present and play with my art! It was truly a joyful and transformational experience!”

Questions? I've got answers.
Questions? I've got answers.
Where is this retreat and how do I get there?

It will be a grand adventure. All the details about how to get there are over here on the registration page on UpTrek

When do I check in/check out?

All of these details can be found on the registration page on UpTrek right here.

Can you accommodate special diets?

Absolutely. More details about this over here on the registration page.

Will you offer this kind of retreat again?

This is truly a one-of-a-kind exclusive retreat. I will not offer this kind of retreat again in Portugal in 2025.

I have more questions. How can I reach you?

No worries. I’ve partnered with UpTrek to host this retreat. Please direct all questions you may have to them directly at or over at They have wonderful support teams to help you with all of your questions and/or concerns.