Inner Alchemy retreat Portugal2024-05-07T12:08:21+00:00


4 days event seeking & exploring your edges for peace power and purpose with the brothers at the shore of Portugal


No more guessing what you think you’re able to do in peace and in power. Find out through your own experience so you can speak from confidence. You will meet resistance & you will meet surrender. Now you know how you react.


If you have power, but no peace. You’re a restless Hulk. If you have peace, but no power, you’re a Skinny Yogi. If you have both & know who you are, you can live with direction and purpose. The more you know who you are, the more purpose.


There’s no place like this. A rugged terrain that used to be a chicken farm. Inviting you really to go back to the basics, back to your core and primal instincts. No fancy heated toilets or rain showers. But everything you need to tap into your wild man. One that is forgotten in society.


Inner Alchemy Retreat – Portugal

A 4 day immersive experience.

Experience an inspiring and transformative 4-day journey inviting you to explore hidden power within yourself, deepen your being & connect with your fellow brothers.

These 4 days will be hosted in a rugged terrain full of old buildings and ruins that will awaken the wild man within you while sleeping in tents. Truly back to the basics. The days will bring you everything that we consider needed in being a balanced man; self control, power, emotional adequacy, a network of brothers, learning to deal with challenges and learning to re-establish balance in your life and being.

A carefully crafted program testing & inviting you to seek your edges, to work as a brotherhood, and to open up and surrender to oneself and the group. A 4 day intensive event that will bring you back to your essence.

We will be taking you into; physical activation, sacred silence, practical speaking, gatherings, nature interconnectedness, ritual combat, sound & ceremony, celebration & team building

Step into a journey of growth and transformation, Open yourself up to a truly unique experience that has the potential to change the way you show up and look at the world!

Physical Activation

Explore your body, understand what you’re capable of and how you respond. A key factor into knowing thyself. Create the connection for inner strength and power.

Sacred Silence

The power of silence is just as powerful as the power of sound. During our retreat, we invite you to be present with what is during moments of sacred silence and be present with whatever comes up for you in the moment. Feel it, write about it, and sit with it. Empowered by their collective strength, men find a profound power in silence.


Gatherings are a cornerstone of our experiences. They provide a safe and sacred space for connection and self-exploration. Here, you will be able to tap into your inner wisdom and share your experiences with others. You will be supported by the collective energy of the group as you open up to a deeper understanding of yourself and your emotions. This is a powerful opportunity to let go of what no longer serves you and take the time to connect with your true self.

Nature Interconnectedness

Nature is a part of who we are and what we become. During our retreat, we invite you to reconnect with the natural world, be mindful of your impact on it, and take responsibility for it. Let nature be your guide as you explore the depths of your inner self. Embrace the power of the outdoors and awaken your senses to the wonders of the natural world. Open yourself up to the possibilities of nature as your teacher and companion, let it lead you on a journey of discovery.

1 on 1 opportunities

Take the time to connect with yourself and your peers on a deeper level with one-on-one opportunities. Here, you can check-in with one of the facilitators or other participants and gain a better understanding of what is still present for you, and what needs individual attention. Receive the support you need to truly explore the depths of your inner self, and take the time to connect with your true self and the people around you.

Ritual Combat

Ritual combat is a powerful experience for men, allowing them to explore physical boundaries and push themselves to take risks they may never have taken before. It can lead to greater appreciation of personal strengths, increased self-confidence, and an understanding of the power of emotions. Additionally, it can be cathartic, allowing men to release inner emotions in a constructive manner. This can also help create stronger relationships with others, as it encourages men to trust and support each other.

Sound & Ceremony

We can use sound to clear energy, reset our vibration, and open up to the higher vibrations of the universe. Through ceremonial practices, we can create a sacred space in which we can explore our innermost thoughts and feelings, allowing us to reach a deeper level of understanding and connection with our true selves.

Ceremonies can be used to honour our ancestors, to express gratitude, and to offer respect to our environment. As we come together in ceremony, we can open up to the energy that is created, and use it to open our hearts and minds to the potential of our inner selves.


The most important part is that we celebrate being alive, that we have fun together and explore that field of compliments and encouraging each other to celebrate steps. We will bring brotherhood into practice through the experience of celebration & fun.

Team Building

Just as much as we learn to explore oneself and through that the connection with other. We will spend time to understanding the beauty of interdependency between each other. You will be put to a challenge as a group, where there is no other way of working together. Where there is no room for just 1, but all.

Your Hosts

Oscar Alonso Delgado
Lead facilitator

One of the lead facilitators. Stands for the connection with nature, helps you understand the mission and intention behind the things that we will do. Besides his experience in working with groups and men you will most likely remember sentences, ways of living that will form a foundation for the rest of your life. He will be one of your main facilitators on this experience. A baggage of 5 years of professional coaching, 300+ people guided, loves traveling and adventure, over 1500 hours of meditation. Always tries to bring in the lightness of life and joy into his gatherings.

Arun Thompson
Lead facilitator

I support men to live life fully and expansively by guiding them back to the wisdom of the body to return back to their essence and self-authority. Playing team sports as a youth has been a massive part in getting to know myself and creating belonging. Now, I hold a weekly men’s circle to have the same container of growth, support and companionship. Growing up, I was deeply curious about psychology and fell in love with coaching and facilitating after spending 2.5 years living and working at an idillic Retreat Centre in Florianopolis, Brazil and have been practicing ever since.

Anthonie Blanker
Lead facilitator

Has served in the army and learned everything about physical challenges, vulnerability &mental strength.

Besides being a trainer and coach, he is driven by the mental well being of men, which led to accomplish several mental and physical challenges over the last 20 years.

His interest and expertise lies in contact sport, close combat and breath work.

Fun to be around and will be come one you will be grateful for meeting.

Thijs Haselhoff
Host & Facilitator

Thijs is hugely devoted to whatever he sets his mind to, puts his heart and soul in everything he feels to create and. Thijs will make his dream become a reality on the land we’re on. He is the anti-stereotypical man that has the looks, is physically built strong, and has a charming personality. However, his inner being is equally beautiful. Sharing his gifts with those that he cares about. Never judge a book by its cover.

Thijs inspires other men to be open, to think big & to come clean.

“Unlock the power of your true self and embark on a transformative journey together”

What men like you experienced

“These 4 days were a beautiful disconnection from daily life, it enabled me to take a clear look at what was really troubling my mind and it made me see the futility of it. The inner alchemy retreat for me was mostly valuable because of the intimate connection with the facilitators that felt as close friends. It inspired me on the path I will take in my own life and what is really important to me.”


- Rintje
“The Inner Alchemy was a huge highlight for me. The way we were taken into this journey of physical and emotional challenges has helped me to give space to topics in my life that needed some attention. I’ve cried hard, I’ve shouted loud and I’ve laughed my face off. During the sacred combat exercise I faught for ownership, it freed me from some tight straps. I felt so good and relieved afterwards. The beauty of Sintra really nurtured me after the intense physical exercises that we did. ”

- Frans
It has brought me more than I had hoped beforehand. It has exposed sides that I was not aware of and I made certain things bigger than they actually are. As a result, I can now look at my own life and beliefs with more compassion and freedom
- Rauric

Alchemy is changing the frequency of thought, alternating the harmonics of matter; and applying the element of love to create desired results


Regular Ticket: €850,- incl VAT
(1 payment or in instalments – see after ‘join Inner Alchemy’)
To read the terms & agreements click here

  • 4 days program / 3 overnight stay
  • Accommodation (tent)
  • Food & Drinks (non-alcoholic & vegetarian)
  • Facilitators
  • Transportation around site & to activities
  • Flight *always book with cancellation policy in case of not taking place
  • Transport to location/airport
  • Unplanned surprises brought to us by life!


Kaya Grounds, Azenhas do Mar, Sintra, Portugal.

Flights should be taken to Lisbon and are approximately a 34 min drive away from the airport to location.

You can fly in on the day of arrival, but recommended come one day before. A whatsapp group will be created so you can already connect & carpool with other participants.

Dates & Time

#3 – Thursday 11 July till 14 July

Start Thursday: 14:00
End Sunday: 16:00


If there’s any questions left unanswered of you wish to reach out you can do that by reaching out through here.

Is there refunds?2024-04-25T11:59:47+00:00

Cancellations made 60 days or more before the event date will receive a full refund.

– Cancellations made between 59 and 30 before the event date will receive a 60% refund. Cancellations made less than 29 before the event date are non-refundable, another option can be deposit 40% is non-refundable & the rest 60% if moved to another event. If the costs of that event are higher, you pay the higher amount.

All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to hellothere@thegatheringofmen.earth

What do I have to bring?2023-07-23T12:35:22+00:00

Not much, there’s no need to check in extra baggage. Please note that way before time you will get an email and provided a packing list that can easily fit as a cabin luggage. Don’t worry.

What can I expect at camp?2023-07-23T12:34:00+00:00

This terrain is rugged. Far from what you expect from a ‘stereotype’ retreat. We go back into the elements, back to the basics. Surrounded by ruins, sleeping in tents, comfy tents, a natural toilet, showering in ruins. It will be an experience not to forget and much more cozy and welcoming than you may think.

Besides that there’s a proper kitchen place, where you can always get coffee, drinks and fruits.

There are designated areas for fire, ritual combat, eating, sleeping, showering, toilets.


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