Movement, Meditation and Neuroscience Retreat at Six Senses Douro Valley

WiseMotion Retreat – Movement, Meditation and Neuroscience with Dr. Hanna Poikonen, November 1st – 4th 2021

Location: Six Senses Douro Valley is a breath-taking resort in Portugal surrounded by the vine-covered rolling hills and the majestic River Douro. This high-quality resort guarantees the state-of-the-art facilities for the WiseMotion Retreat of Movement, Meditation and Neuroscience

The WiseMotion method improves brain health, holistic well-being and physical abilities with movement, meditation and neuroscience.


“I found the workshops really helpful and reassuring. Hanna’s approach was great and I really enjoyed the mix between theory and practical work.” – Florence, Occupational therapist, London

“Really appreciated the elegant combination of dance and neuroscience” – Scientist, Berlin

“Warm and good feeling both physically and mentally”
– Professional contemporary dancer, USA

“Hanna’s guidance was so gentle and inspiring, provide a very relaxed environment. Focus “just” on the body, feels like been to a sanctuary after the class. What we all need to find our way back to our own body! Highly recommend.” – Yvonne, integrated therapist, Hong Kong

“A really refreshing experience” – Journalist, Finland

“On the workshops, I especially liked that, in addition to lectures, they also included embodied tasks which on their side enhanced my learning” – Virva, Choreographer, Helsinki

“I am very happy that I found you Hanna, you are doing a great job and you have a very nice personality!” – Movement coach, Zurich

Video about the WiseMotion method


The WiseMotion Retreat at the Six Senses Douro Valley is designed for:
Leaders in institutions and enterprise
Professionals in the healthcare and wellness
Professionals in the human resources and education
Individuals interested in advanced holistic health recovery and maintenance


WiseMotion method

The WiseMotion workshops consist of movement practice, neuroscientific presentation and conversations. The workshops are designed to promote processes in concentration, stress-reduction, creativity and embodied communication. In addition, physical abilities such as the joint and muscle dynamics and balance are improved. During the neuroscientific presentation, practical examples are used and they are connected with the latest scientific discoveries to everyday life. During the conversations, the group deepens their knowledge about the topic of the workshop, based on the personal experiences of the participants and the neuroscientific approach.

WiseMotion has toured worldwide in institutions, festivals and wellness centers such as Harvard Medical School (Boston, USA), Gibney Dance (New York City, USA), Swissotel Berlin (Germany), Kuopio Dance Festival (Finland), Alive Wellness (Hong Kong), and Institut del Teatre (Barcelona, Spain). In addition, WiseMotion has been a part of several online platforms such as Digital Capsule of Dublin Dance Festival and International Association for Dance Medicine & Science iConference.


Dr. Hanna Poikonen

The WiseMotion method is developed by Dr. Hanna Poikonen. She is a neuroscientist, dancer and movement specialist, and holds a PhD in the neuroscience of movement, dance and music (Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, Finland). Currently, she continues her research at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) in brain research and education focusing on the fields of embodied cognition, intelligence and creativity. In addition, the is a researcher at Örebro University Hospital in Sweden focusing on creative movement, neuroscience and mental health.

She has studied movement and meditation in cities such as New York (Gibney Dance, Movement Research), Barcelona (La Caldera, Institut del Teatre), Montreal (Circuit-Est Centre Chorégraphique) and Berlin (Marameo). Explorations in kung fu, tai chi, butoh and somatic methods have taught her a holistic approach to the body and mind.


Schedule of the Retreat:

The Retreat includes 3 Morning Meditation & Movement classes, 4 WiseMotion workshops and Conclusions session

Tue Nov 2nd
10.00-11.00 Introduction: Meditation & Movement
11.00-12.30 WiseMotion workshop: Long-lasting Stress Relieve
13.45-15.00 WiseMotion workshop: Emotions, Intelligence, and the Plastic Brain

Wed Nov 3rd
10.00-11.00 Morning Meditation & Movement: Rest & Sleep
11.00-12.30 WiseMotion workshop: Optimal Brain Functions for Creativity and New Ideas
13.45-15.00: WiseMotion workshop: Mental Clarity and the Brain in Concentration

Thu Oct 4th
9.30-10.30 Morning Meditation & Movement: Calm & Present
10.30-11.30 Conclusions: Improved Holistic Health and Optimal Brain Potential with Movement and Meditation


Morning Mediation & Movement
In the morning, we gently wake up the body, mind and breath. From calmness, we advance to the wide stretching movement accompanied by the breath. We strengthen the most important muscles which support the healthy body posture and find the balance to create smooth and harmonic movement. After the practice, we are aware and awake to enjoy the beautiful day. Over the retreat, we deepen a breath and movement routine. We get instructions how take the practice with us when returning home to maintain a dynamic body and the optimal brain functions. Importantly, we also understand the value of sleep and proper rest as a base for a healthy and energetic life.

The WiseMotion workshop series
Together with the conclusions, four workshops of Long-lasting Stress Relieve; Emotions, Intelligence, and the Plastic Brain; Optimal Brain Functions for Creativity and Innovation and Mental Clarity and the Brain in Concentration form a series to understand the brain processes of cognition, emotion, and rest. We get a versatile understanding how the stress violates the body and the brain, and how to release the stress and recharge energy. We learn meditation and movement practices to enhance memory, concentration, emotional health and creativity, and understand these processes in the brain. At the end, we learn how to apply meditation and movement practice to regain and maintain the holistic health and the brain optimal potential.


Movement, Meditation & Neuroscience Retreat + three night accommodation in a private room (incl. breakfast; extra cost of only 290 euros to share the room with a friend/family member who does not participate the Retreat program): 1950 euros
Movement, Meditation & Neuroscience Retreat + three night accommodation in a shared double room (incl. breakfast): 1490 euros

Prices include transportation between Porto airport and the resort.

Booking and inquiries:
Six Senses Douro Valley
+351 254 660 600

WiseMotion Community
+358 40 73 48 028