Offsite Immersive is a coworking retreat to focus, create, learn, play & unplug!

A coworking retreat that includes accommodation, healthy food choices, energising coffee and pure unadulterated meaningful experiences, in the company of an amazing group of people from all over the world.

Our Concept

palm-hand-drawn-treeOffsite Immersive is a week long remote coworking retreat in the Algarve – south of Portugal, where awesome professionals are getting together to balance work days, with meaningful experiences!

lightbulb-hand-drawn-symbolIt’s a time and place to feel energised and inspired, focus on personal or professionals projects, explore ideas through collective thinking and collaboration.

woman-young-head-hand-drawn-outlineA community of people that will bring their passion and contribute by sharing experiences and skills, have purposeful conversations on the beach or under starry skies!

A coworking retreat that also includes activities to decelerate and disconnect, reflect, laugh and celebrate life, a time to be vulnerable and playful, to make new friends & connections for life.

We’re creating a canvas for people to connect, educate and inspire each other, it’s your time to be here! 
Ana Henneberke, Co-Founder

Who’s coming?

Our participants are diverse thinkers from different disciplines – creatives, entrepreneurs, digital nomads, TEDx speakers, startup founders, millennials, industry experts, freelancers, remote workers and employees from some of the most brilliant companies out there!

Meet some of our participants…

Frances Miller, Maryland, USA
Frances Miller

A social media marketer who resolved to turn her phone off at 10 pm. A creative who came from intellectual parents. A designer who embraces imperfection. A believer in aesthetic value who doesn’t often wear makeup. A twenty-something millennial who has mastered the art of “chill” without ever smoking pot. From Follow @BonjourFrances  and read her full profile on the blog.

Dana SvobodaDana Svoboda, London, UK

A Czech-South African who refers herself as a “professional enjoyer”! She is passionate about feeling good and sharing it with others through wellbeing practices. Dana is the Chief Joy Officer at Makers Academy where she unites coding with yoga, and in her own words joy is like a golden thread of love woven throughout the core of your being. Follow @DanaTw33t and read her full profile on the blog.

howard-kingstonHoward Kingston, London, UK

Howard is Co-founder & CMO of Adludio, a VC backed adtech company that is on a mission to transform advertising. Previously he was Head of Marketing at a startup which he helped launch and grow to 6 million users in under a year.  He is an active member of the UK’s start-up scene, named in London’s ‘Silicon 60’ by the Evening Standard and Tech City Insider’s TCi100. He writes regularly at and The HuffPost and is also an instructor at General Assembly on topics such as growth hacking, digital marketing, business development & startups. Follow @howardvk.

Jacqueline Jensen, Utah, USAJacqueline Jensen Piktochart

The Community Evangelist for Piktochart, a former venture-backed startup founder, and a natural born doer. Jacqueline thrives at the intersection of content and community, and has been a relationship builder, podcast producer, event planner, problem solver, social marketer, project manager, and TEDx speaker. This year she is joining the Remote Year community and stopping by at Offsite Immersive to to hangout with us, share her experiences of working remotely while travelling, and inspire us to create beautiful meaningful content for our communities. Follow @jackiemjensen  and read this honest and personal Q&A about her work and life!

Rowena Cumner, London, UK

rowena-profile-roundRowena is the Marketing Manager for Fashion, Creative, Student and Female Entrepreneur vertical at MOO (an award-winning print and design company), where she supports and channels budget into customer’s new ideas, projects and businesses. She has also recently founded Agent Engagement and helped build

Follow @rowena555 and read her full profile on the blog.

Anjali Menon, San Francisco

Anjali MenonAnjali had the opportunity to work at some of the most recognisable brands in the world like The Economist, Twitter (as a product manager), TaskRabbit, and now she heads Operations at a startup called Magic. In every capacity, she’s learned how to build and cater to building a product users love. Follow @elegantunivers9 on Twitter and read her full profile on the blog.

Aimee Teesdale, London, UK
Aimee Teesdale

Aimee is a passionate life coach and emotional intelligence trainer, a business born out of her own personal development story , She is a big believer that life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself, and thus works with others to help them create themselves and the lives they want to be living (and loving!). Other passions include: drinking coffee, strength training at the gym, and wearing stiletto heels (although not at the same time). 95% vegan. Follow @act.lifecoach and Instagram, and read her full profile on the blog!

Valentina Locatelli, Milano, Italy

Valentina LocatelliValentina is a copywriter with an artistic background, a photographer who loves writing stories, a self taught gardener who invest in social impact ideas. Most of her time she works as Content Strategist at BigFive Agency, for the rest of the time she travels once a month collecting views from windows around the world and learns new crafts. She is part of a voluntary project for the education of multi-ethnic kids recently moved to Italy. Follow @popconcept and Instagram.

Heather Taylor Portmann, London, UK

Southwest Collective Heather Taylor PortmannHeather is the Learning & Development Lead at ustwo, an award winning digital studio, home to 250 of the industry’s leading designers, developers and strategists, and creators of Moodnotes, Pause, or Wayfindr. She is also a coach and facilitator and believes that nurturing empathy, curiosity and problem-solving at all levels of the organisation is key to success in the future of work. She is passionate about helping organisations and people get more from operating with purpose, and learning by doing. Follow @heathery_tp.

More coming soon! You can still apply for the 2016 retreat!


Why should you come too?


Achieve your goals and dreams through collective thinking and shared experiences in the company of like minded people in a comfortable space with great amenities.


Take some time off from digital technology to go for a swim, re-connect with yourself, enjoy nature, and have some fun. Create some personal freedom and balance out your work day by updating your own happiness status.


Feel energised by the sunshine and fantastic climate strongly influenced by both the Atlantic and Mediterranean seas and the proximity to North Africa. You can expect to enjoy long days with mild or warm nights.

and more…

New Friends & Connections // Purposeful Conversations // New Skills // Focus & Creativity // Flash Talks & Deep Dives // Field Trips // Digital Free Experiences // Anolog Areas // Playshops & Activities

The house

We will be staying at a luxurious villa with traditional Portuguese feeling, surrounded by a beautiful garden, with communal kitchen, dining room, living room, an incredible swimming pool and beautiful views.

The closest town is Guia, which is about 8 min drive away and the closest beach is only 14 min drive. We’re also not far from pretty castle towns and historic villages!

We’re  aiming to get away from the busy life of the city and enjoy the peacefulness of this place, but there is a shopping mall a few minutes away with a supermarket, shops, restaurants and cinema which you can pop down to if you need to.

A day at the retreat…

7:30am – Early morning activities such as jogging, yoga, swimming, sports, meditation or nature walk
8:30am – Breakfast (selections of local fruit, muesli, fresh juices, bread, spreads, and more)
9:30am – Morning standup to set goals, track progress and support your goal
9:45am – Morning work session
1pm – Lunch with the group (delicious Portuguese dishes, healthy salads, and deserts)
2:30pm – Afternoon work session
5pm – Flash-Talk / Deep-Dive / 1:1 sessions (by guest speakers, volunteers and participants)
5:30pm – Break (Go to the beach, take a swim, enjoy the nature, take a nap, talk to someone, enjoy a massage*, read, unplug, work a bit more, etc)
7pm – Dinner onsite or at traditional restaurant
8:30pm to 10pm –  Evening Activities (BBQ, Movie, Bonfire Session, Music, Etc..)

During the weekend we will be doing a field trip to immerse ourselves in the local culture, visit beautiful sceneries and the beach!

This is only a guideline, every day will be a little bit different!

* massage therapist available on specific days (to be booked separately)

What’s included?

  • An inspiring location with everything you need to be focused and productive including reliable Wi-Fi and great coffee
  • A community of creative and passionate people that can help you accelerate your ideas and projects and who you’ll want to spend time with
  • Healthy food choices to power your body positively ( ALL MEALS – breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks; we can accommodate veggies, vegans and gluten free diets)
  • Off-the-grid meaningful activities and experiences (analog areas and playshops)
  • Flash talk and deep-dive sessions with interesting topics to feel inspired and learn (Building online communities, groth hacking, finding purpose and more)
  • Stunning onsite single or shared accommodation, lots of space to work and relax (have you checked those rooms? Beautiful!), wide gardens and swimming pool!
  • Shared workspace, kitchen, and laundry facilities
  • Field trips to visit the beach, an historical town, or go on a nature hike (we’re most likely heading to the west coast w/ protected nature reserves, pristine beaches & wild coastlines)
  • 3 day FREE pass to Coworklisboa – the most amazing coworking space in Lisbon (you can use before or after the retreat)
  • Two weeks free call handling from telephone answering specialists Moneypenny. Switch off while they look after your calls, so you can rest assured every opportunity is being captured!
  • 15% OFF round-trip or multi-city Flystein search to find the cheapest flights to get you to the retreat!
  • 30 days Piktochart PRO version to create beautiful infographics and content for your community!
  • 1on1 lide coaching and emotional intelligence coaching w/ Aimee Tisdale
  • 1on1 startup, growth hacking and marketing advice w/ Howard Kingston

The local area

The south of Portugal, the Algarve,  is one of the most south-westerly points of Europe with over 300 days of sun each year (average September temperature 23°C 73°F). It is mostly known by its sandy beaches and breathtaking cliffs, but it’s also full of secrets like monuments and century old-costumes!

Here you’ll find picturesque towns, fisherman villages, natural wild parks and mountains. You’ll witness beautiful sunsets and feel the warm summer nights.

Many have been in the Algarve before us, Arabs, Lusitanians, Romans and Greeks, but passing of time have not diminished our history and culture heritage!

Getting here

We’re staying just off E.N. 125 national road, 30 min away from Faro Airport. You can get to Faro very easily from most European capital cities with low-cost airlines such as Ryanair, EasyJet, TAP, British Airlines, Monarch and Transavia.

You’ll be able to purchase a transfer ticket from and to the airport and we can recommend you places to stay if you arrive before or want to stay after the retreat.

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30m from Faro | 1h4m from Sagres | 2h18m from Lisbon  | 55m from Spain

What kind of projects can I work on?

  • Remote work that only requires a laptop and a great environment
  • Study time to learn something new or prepare for an exam
  • A side project you’ve meaning to work on but never get to
  • Work on a blog, photography collection or travel writing
  • Work on your startup idea

Who comes to the retreat?

People from all backgrounds and nationalities from writers to photographers, digital nomads, freelancers, developers, designers, bloggers, entrepreneurs, employees or anyone who wants to share a workspace, knowledge, ideas and experiences and surround themselves with other interesting people.

Bring your passion and creativity and you’ll fit right in!

How much does it cost?

There’s a lot that goes into organising a great coworking retreat, including the time to scout the perfect location, the time to go through all the applications and speak to the candidates and also the time we spend talking to associates, partners and collaborators.

We want to offer you an all-inclusive experience and the largest expenses go into the incredible accommodation, meals, field trips, activities, guest speakers and event production.  The great thing is that, you don’t need to worry about anything during your stay so that you can focus on your goals and enjoy the experience fully!

Full Ticket Price

Shared room £820 £738 / €1050 €940 (AVAILABLE)

Individual (en-suite) room £890 / €1130 (SOLD-OUT)

Payment Plans

If you prefer to break the full payment in 2 or 3 times no worries!

1st Payment: Upon Sign-Up / 2nd &/or 3rd Payments: The first of every month for 1/2 months.

Sign up for payment plan is available when first payment is done by 31st of May 2016. If you have any questions, please email

Apply Now to Offsite Immersive to make sure you get a spot! Already signed up? Great, than help us spread the word!


Referral Program

Refer a friend or colleague and get £120/€150 off your ticket!

(does not apply on top of other promotions)

How can I join?

  1. Fill in the application form telling us why you would like to participate;
  2. After we review your application, we’ll get in touch to schedule a Skype or Google Hangout call (around 15 min long) to get to know each other and give you an opportunity to ask questions;
  3. We’ll get back to you within a few days to let you know if you’ve been selected, you’ll then be able to confirm and reserve your place!

We are aiming to have all applications reviewed and everyone confirmed by the end of May. We are filling in slots as soon applicants are selected, so the earlier you apply the higher are the chances you’ll come with us!


Volunteering Opportunities

Would you like a chance to be part of our coworking retreat for 2016 but can’t quite afford the full price ticket? Then trade your skills and passion for a discounted ticket! We are seeking committed, driven and playful individuals who are able to tell stories, inspire and make things with their hands. You’ll be surrounded by a group of people from different geographic locations and backgrounds and you’ll have the opportunity to share what you love and make an impact during Offsite Immersive!

Volunteers will get a 50% discount off the full Offsite Immersive 2016 ticket (including accommodation and meals) in exchange 50% of their time helping in different ways during the retreat.

We are looking for people to participate in the following ways:

Flash Talks

Flash Talks
If you are passionate about a particular subject and love to share it with others, then you can delivery a flash talk in an exciting topic!


Deep Dives
Can you build, create or teach? Run a  deep dive session where you’ll be able to share your knowledge and craft.

Wellness & Sports

Wellness & Sports
Are you a fitness or wellness enthusiast? Run an early morning session and get everyone ready for the day ahead or an afternoon session to re-charge.


Do you like to have fun, sing, play games and laugh? Share the power of play with the group!

AND helps us with our website, social media, content creation, logo and brand design, event production, etc!

Let’s talk how you can be part of this amazing experience! We only have a few volunteer slots available so don’t miss your chance and apply below.


You can still apply as a participant!

Sponsors and Partners

Mission aligned sponsors and partners are key in making Southwest Collective coworking retreats possible. Our unique experience offers an amazing opportunity to share your brand, product and story to a diverse group of people! We can work together on content creation, media campaigns and product representation and look at how in-kind and monetary sponsorship can bring benefits to you as a company or individual. To learn more about becoming a sponsor or partner please get in touch!

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What are people saying?

“I encourage anyone who, like me, has some flexibility in where, when, and with whom you work, to check this out!

I had the pleasure of Skyping with Ana and Claudia, co-founders of Southwest Collective and hosts of Offsite Immersive. Gotta say, I’m ecstatic about this opportunity! I love their ideas and mindset for this retreat, and their guts for really making it happen.

September. Portugal. Work (either professional or personal- trying to write a book? Plan your business?). Play. Intentional collaboration, meaningful experiences, healthy time-management. Diverse people from many different countries, coming together because of a shared mindset and lifestyle.” – Frances Miller

Our co-founder Ana Henneberke interview with Coworkies! Find all about OffsiteImmersive, why it started and where we’re going right here!