WiseMotion Retreat, 2nd Edition, Six Senses Douro Valley, Portugal

November 1st-4th 2022: WiseMotion Retreat – Vitality through Movement and Science with Dr. Hanna Poikonen

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.

“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 creative movement 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

“I feel like I had returned home” – Arja, Recently retired, 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 https://vimeo.com/335283678

This retreat will focus on movement and meditation practices for generating vitality and science behind them. Dr. Hanna Poikonen will share the latest brain and health research about physical and emotional wellbeing and we deepen our knowledge with embodied exercises on creative movement and meditation in movement.

The WiseMotion retreat will be a combination of joyful and calming movement exercises, insightful scientific discoveries and group conversations. We will understand how our brain processes our senses, creates harmony and reaches high performance over a long time span. We understand and experience how to regain our vitality, and most of all, how to collaborate at work, home and leisure through joy. We learn meditation and movement practices to enhance mental clarity, cognitive performance and social interaction and understand these processes in the brain.

Is this retreat right for you?

Do you feel like you have plenty of energy? Or are there moments in your life that you would like to feel more vital and joyful? This three-day retreat looks at all elements of our wellbeing – senses, movement, creativity, and interaction – by experiencing through movement and understanding through science. If you are open to learn, reflect and connect and wish to improve your inner strength and calmness, this retreat is for you.


  • Improved mental and emotional wellness through clear mind, creativity, and joy
  • Improved physical abilities such as embodied awareness, joint and muscle dynamics and balance
  • A safe and calm space for stress relief and to regain your vitality

What’s included

  • Three nights’ accommodation in at the Six Senses Douro Valley
  • Breakfasts and dinners (drinks not included)
  • Daily group workshops with Dr. Hanna Poikonen
  • One-hour Spa Treatment at the Six Senses Spa
  • Unlimited access to Six Senses Spa with use of steam room and fitness center
  • Access to our weekly schedule of complimentary activities including yoga, meditation, fitness, sound healing, hiking and more
  • Access to library and unlimited WiFi
  • Welcome drink and in-room Six Senses bottled water

*Transfers from the Porto and Lisbon airport are available on request

Dr. Hanna Poikonen

The WiseMotion method is developed by Dr. Hanna Poikonen. She is a neuroscientist, dancer and movement specialist, and holds a doctoral degree in 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. She is also a researcher at Örebro University Hospital in Sweden focusing on creative movement, neuroscience and mental health. She has studied contemporary dance, martial arts and meditation in New York, Montreal, Tokyo, Barcelona, Berlin and Helsinki.

Hanna has toured with WiseMotion worldwide in institutions, festivals and wellness centers such as Harvard Medical School (Boston, USA), Gibney Dance (New York City, USA), Six Senses Douro Valley (Portugal), Kuopio Dance Festival (Finland), Alive Wellness (Hong Kong), and Institut del Teatre (Barcelona, Spain). In addition, Hanna has taught on several online platforms such as Digital Capsule of Dublin Dance Festival, International Association for Dance Medicine & Science iConference and Global Wellness Summit 2021.

Schedule of the Retreat:

Tuesday November 1st
20.30-22.00 Welcome Dinner

Wednesday November 2nd

10.30-11.20 Introduction: Meditation & Movement
11.30-12.50 WiseMotion workshop: Experience & Science of our Senses
13.00-14.30 WiseMotion workshop: Harmony for the Healthy Brain

Thursday November 3rd
10.30-11.20 Morning Meditation & Movement: Refreshing Sleep
11.30-12.50 WiseMotion workshop: Brain Power – Clear Mind, Clear Goals
13.00-14.30: WiseMotion workshop: Joy as a Source of High Performance

Friday November 4th
9.30-10.20 Morning Meditation & Movement: Calm & Aware
10.30-11.30 Conclusions: Reflections on Vitality

Private room (extra cost of 690 euros to share the room with a friend/family member who does not participate the retreat program): 2490 euros
Shared double room: 2090 euros

Morning Meditation in Movement

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

WiseMotion Community
+358 40 73 48 028