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Monte Mariposa


Retreat Centre for Self-Realisation



Monte Mariposa

Located in a unspoilt countryside, Monte Mariposa is away from the impact of mass tourism, close to the village of Santa Catarina da Fonte do Bispo with a basic infraestructure of bank, stores, cafés and pharmacy.

It is 30min by car from Faro, 15min from Tavira and 15min from the Ria Formosa, with its endless quiet beaches and beautiful sea.

The Algarve boasts an average of 3.000 hours of sunshine a year. The warm climate is perfect for outdoor living. Summer can be sunny and dry and winters are usually mild with only some days of intense rain. 

For us, our purpose is to deepen into the source and expression of who we truly are and we have here the support of what is essential in nature itself; dark skies, natural environment and simple facilities. 

Your Hosts:

Miguel Abreu - Manager

Miguel came to Monte Mariposa in 2002 and he is the manager.

He has also an extensive practical experience in Ayurvedic medicines, alternative healthcare and spiritual practice. Miguel may offer therapeutical sessions.

Loves travel and to experience different cultures!



Estrela Severino - Host
Born and grew up in Lisbon and a few years ago decided to change her life to live close to nature, for a more balanced and simple way of living.

She arrived Monte Mariposa in early 2016 and will be your primary contact at the centre, hosting and supporting during your stay.

Estrela also offers relaxing Aromatherapy Thai Massage.

Andy Pears - Owner
Andy is from UK and has been the owner of Monte Mariposa since 2005.

He aims to create a space that provides supporting environment for a variety of teachings and practices that may help people realise their essential nature and be motivated to support a better society.