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Becoming A New Saint: Exploring the Path of Emerging as Warriors from Our Broken Hearts

Join Lama Rod on his first visit to Portugal, as he shares personal stories, spiritual teachings, and instructions for contemplative and somatic practices from his newest book, The New Saints.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024, 5:00 PM - Monday, April 8, 2024, 1:00 PM (UTC+00:00)


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Join Lama Rod Owens and Yoga Roots Odeceixe for an six day-long, in-person/non-residential retreat in Odeceixe, SW Algarve from April 3 - 8, 2024.

Retreat Description: Saints, spiritual warriors, bodhisattvas, zaddikim—no matter how they are named in a given tradition, they all share a profound altruistic wish to free others from suffering. Saints are not beings of stained glass or carved stone. “Each of us can be a new saint,” says Lama Rod Owens. “In our pain, our trauma, and all our complexity, we all can—and must—awaken the virtue of our compassion for the benefit of our communities, our planet, and our own souls.”

Join Lama Rod on retreat where he'll share personal stories, spiritual teachings, and instructions for contemplative and somatic practices from his newest book, The New Saints: From Broken Hearts to Spiritual Warriors. This work reinforces the truth of our interdependency—allowing us to be of service to the collective well-being, and to call on the support and strength of the countless beings who share our struggles and hopes.


We are asking everyone to take a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of the retreat. We will get verbal confirmation of a negative result at the door when you check in.
Rapid, PCR & at-home tests are all acceptable.  You can purchase at home tests at a pharmacy near you.

If you test positive for COVID-19 in the days leading up to the retreat you will not be able to attend and will receive a full refund. In the weeks leading up to the retreat please be extra cautious and take care.

Within the sanctuary, where we will be having the retreat, wearing a mask is highly encouraged but not required. We encourage you to take up space and spread out within the sanctuary.

Image desc: a shot of a beach in the Algarve taken at sunset
Image desc: a shot of a beach, the sky and a rocky coastline in the Algarve 


Where is the retreat?

 The retreat venue is called Yoga Roots Odeceixe, located in the village of Odeceixe in SW Algarve, Portugal. Refer to this link for all information regarding getting here, accommodation, what to do, etc.
Image desc: An interior shot of the venue, Yoga Roots Odeceixe. There are windows facing the village, pink walls and a wooden floor.

 Can I travel to the retreat by car?

The venue is accessible via car and there is parking in the village. Everything in the village is walking distance. A car is needed to travel to Odeceixe and in the surrounding areas.

How will I communicate with the teachers in the space of supportive silence?

You will be invited to communicate with teachers and retreat coordinators using a written note system. Spaces each day are scheduled for an opportunity for questions with teachers, and discussions with yogi affinity groups, during which silence may be broken, if you wish.

What happens when all the retreat spaces are full? Is there a waitlist?

The venue comfortably accommodates about 35 meditation spots. Given that it is a non-residential retreat, we seek to host all who wish to receive the teachings of Lama Rod.

Is there a refund policy? 

Should there be COVID-19 related travel restrictions preventing Lama Rod Owens traveling to Portugal, the retreat will be postponed to a later date and all yogis will have the option of receiving a refund or their funds being held for the future date. 

In the case of local lockdowns, local travel restrictions or national lockdowns, refunds will be issued. If you find it necessary to cancel your booking due to COVID-19 related reasons,you can apply your registration funds as credit towards a future event/course organized by Lama Rod’s team (within 1 year of your cancellation request), or receive a refund less a $110 fee. The credit can be used for both in person and online offerings. 

If you cancel one month (or more) before the retreat start date, the cancellation fee will be $110.

If you cancel less than 1 month, but more than 2 weeks before the retreat start date, the cancellation fee will be half the cost of the registration rate that you selected.

If you cancel less than 2 weeks before the start date, we cannot offer a refund. Your registration payment will go towards further supporting those unable to pay the full amount. 

Any applicable cancellation fees can be partially waived in exceptional circumstances.

 Do you have any advice on choosing my registration option?

If you are able to meet your monthly outgoing costs with spaciousness, we invite you to lean in and consider this opportunity to be a benefactor to our community. This Pay-It-Forward option allows those who have the material means to support those who would not otherwise be able to attend due to financial constraints. 

The generosity of those who register at a Pay-It-Forward rate allows us to offer a limited number of supported spaces. We freely invite anyone who needs this support to choose this option. We are mindful that even the supported rate cost of the retreat remains inaccessible to some, and we continue to consider ways of resourcing and support for our community. 

More details - including  schedule and suggested supplies - will be emailed out after registration.

You can familiarise yourself with Odeceixe by visiting this link:

If you have additional questions, email [email protected].

This event is a creative collaboration between Yoga Roots Odeceixe and Lama Rod Owens team. Please visit Lama Rod's website to learn more about upcoming events with him. Please visit Yoga Roots Odeceixe website to learn more about their virtual and in person offerings. 

Lama Rod Owens is a Black Buddhist Southern Queen. An international influencer with over 11 years of experience and a Master of Divinity degree in Buddhist Studies from Harvard Divinity School. A leading voice featured by various national and international news outlets, he is the author of the bestsellers The New Saints: From Broken Hearts to Spiritual Warriors and Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation through Anger and co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation. His teachings center on freedom, self-expression, and radical self-care. Lama Rod’s mission is showing you how to heal and free yourself. He activates the intersections of his identity to create a platform that’s natural, engaging, and inclusive. Learn more at

Yoga Roots Odeceixe (est. March 11, 2023) is an Ashtanga Yoga- based space and healing treatment room located in the quiet village of Odeceixe, Portugal. Its ethos, Ashtanga Intersections: Emergent Healing Spaces™, centres lineage based spiritual practices at the intersection of personal and collection liberation. 

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Welcome beloved new saint!

On behalf of Lama Rod and Yoga Roots Odeceixe, we are thrilled you will be joining us for Lama Rod's event in Portugal. It will be Lama Rod’s first visit in Odeceixe, Portugal and in our sweet little pink nest of a yoga shala. It will be a...
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Published on February 1, 2024 by Wambui Njuguna