Slow Escapes offers you the opportunity to reset your body and mind through an authentic and mindful experience away from home. Our retreats and gatherings focus on slowing down, celebrating life and experiencing new things together with a group of like-minded people.

Slow Escapes promotes mental well-being. We believe that in modern day fast-paced society, where we are all searching for the secret to a healthy and balanced life, there is a need for experiences where you can take a step back and unwind. With as result renewed energy, better focus and the ability to move forward again with clarity.

We combine slow travel, mindfulness, creativity, healthy and good food and also some fun and adventure as tools for transformation.

"In order to master changes, we have to recover slowness, reflection and togetherness" - prof. Guttorm Floistad

As mindful action is a focus on our gatherings and retreats, you will bring home with you tools to help deal with everyday stress and it will give you insights on how to gently channel a more balanced mind.

The shared activities are tailor made and different in every retreat and gathering, depending on our surroundings and the focus of interest for that specific retreat. This is the experience based part of the retreat. We work together with local tastemakers, entrepreneurs and creatives to get the most authentic experience of the surroundings we are in. There will be a mix of shared activities and also time to be alone, to be quiet and reflect. Our retreats will leave you more balanced and having a better understanding of yourself. Gather with us to have a magical experience in inspiring surroundings and you will, for sure, bring back home special memories and chances are….new friendships!

Our activities are open to people of all interests and levels and from all walks of life - women and men (and everything in between). We never require any experience in a certain field (unless mentioned otherwise). Our aim is not for you to learn a new skill, but rather to experience something new. We believe this action without purpose will eventually lead to change within. Our retreats are fully catered, the only thing you have to do is arrange your transport and show up. We will take care of the rest!

Lisa Maduro

My story

So, a little about me then. Besides being a mother of three, I am an Amsterdam based certified yoga teacher and mindfulness trainer. My professional work life has been mainly within the travel and creative industry. I am on a mission to promote a more balanced life because I think it makes us healthier, happier and take better decisions in life. Tools as creative expression, mindfulness and everything good life has to offer are my main game! But of course, there’s also a bigger story.

Years ago my life took an unexpected turn. My then partner and love of my life, started showing signs of severe depression. After years of struggling to keep our little family, with three young children, together, things climaxed. His illness got worse and I had to make life changing decisions for the sake of my own and my children’s well-being. They say that there are certain events in your life that have so much impact that they change who you are as a human being. This was mine. I broke down completely. It took me quite a while a to recover, get back on my feet and start a new life for me and my children, without the support of a partner, or a father to play a role in the upbringing of our children.

I juggle, like every parent, balancing work, a household with children and a personal life. I would lie if I said it is easy. I do however pride myself for the learning journey I am permitting myself to take. I have consciously and continuously chosen to practice self-care. In my opinion one of the keys to a happier life!

Yoga teacher trainings and more recently my Mindfulness MBSR training have been a great part of that journey. Equally important has it been to pursue my creative passions like photography and writing. It has helped me find and recognize the importance of more moments of joy, peace and inner stillness.

Slow Escapes is really where all the dots connect. With roots in the Caribbean, Ireland and Asia and having lived and worked abroad, one of my greatest passions is traveling and connecting with people from all over the world. My pursuit for experiencing new things, combined with my passion for seeking esthetic off-the-beaten-track destinations and accommodations, learning about and enjoying good and healthy food and my background in yoga and mindfulness, will provide for the tools needed to make our retreats a mindful and magical experience.

Our retreats will make you feel nourished and inspired and you will bring back home practical tips and tricks to create more balance in your own life. And maybe you will even have a new clear direction of the life you wish to lead.