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The world's brightest minds!

Our story begins with a passion of our founders, António Ferreira and João Cascão, for business books that expanded into an even greater interest than just reading books... learning and talking directly with people who have done incredible things in their companies.

So we started a exclusive business retreats for the european executives, where they can connect with the world brightest minds and change ideas with like-minded peers.

Since the beginning we hosted business retreats with

  • Ken Schmidt, former CMO at Harley-Davidson

  • ​Martin Flaherty, former Brand Advisor at Coca-Cola

  • Liz Muller, former SVP & Chief of Design at Starbucks​

  • Prasad Setty, former VP People Operations at Google​ 

  • Greg Hoffman, former CMO at Nike

  • Colin Bryar, former VP and Bezos Shadow at Amazon

It has been a pleasure to connect with such incredible people and learn from them. We are aiming to organize much more retreats.


Meet our team

What instructors can expect

At Business Retreats we invite experts to teach in some specific field, for a very exclusive group of executives.
We call our courses "Retreats" because we do Masterclasses for a small group of executives in a retreat environment where all the executives can have a good time while learning a lot.

Besides that, we adapt to all expert's needs and own style. Our team has been arranging a lot of different stuff for our guests, from helping our guest experts to visiting castles, gruttens, fishing, renting cars (for those who want).

You can expect adaptability, respect, kindness and fun.


Martin Flaherty, former Brand Advisor at Coca-Cola
"I would like to say how humbled and honored I am to have spent time with 32 marvelous and smart friends in Portugal with Business Retreats. It was a joy to share the work Ken and I do with you all."


Ken Schmidt, former CMO at Harley-Davidson
"As a presenter at a two-day program, I'm a huge fan of Business Retreats and strongly recommend their events to presenters and participants alike. Everything from my initial contact with them, through content discussions and contracting, to travel, onsite support and hospitality was first-rate. As an unexpected bonus, the Business Retreats team does an exceptional job of providing a superb experience for presenters at the event location, too. From tours of local attractions to great restaurants, their attention to detail and hospitality never waned. In short, they bent over backward to show me a great time. I'm also impressed by the quality of participants their Retreats attract, from senior officers at major brands to owners of small family businesses, which creates a fertile environment for powerful conversations, learning and fun."


Greg Hoffman, former CMO at Nike
"Thanks for the passion and engagement from everyone who was in the “Branding Arena’” for the two days. It was an honor to be your instructor! Until next time!"


Colin Bryar, former Chief of Staff and Jeff Bezos Shadow at Amazon
"I had the privilege to teach this masterclass and was blown way by the participation of the executive audience. The setting of the retreat was fenomenal, inside and outside the class. Business Retreats really did a productive environment."


Liz Muller, former SVP and Chief Design and Innovation Officer at Starbucks
"Wanted to thank you for an enjoyable time with Business Retreats. I feel it was successful and hope to stay connected to not only great people but also help drive them to change and stay focused."

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