About Us

Conhecer-Se – associação de crescimento pessoal is a non-profit association created in July 2013 to foster personal development, self-understanding, awareness and socio-emotional capacities and individual and collective skills that encourage active citizenship, social responsibility and sustainability, through Mindfulness Based Approaches and other relevant methodologies, including practices and tools developed by Christiane Águas, Marshall Rosenberg and the Presencing Institute.

The association provides Mindfulness programmes and organises activities and events that bring a continuous and sustainable support to personal transformation.

We have established partnerships and collaborate in local, national and international projects to promote, disseminate and facilitate Mindfulness Based Approaches and other transformational methodologies. We also aim to promote national studies and participate in scientific research on Mindfulness-based approaches and other relevant methodologies, through protocols with higher education institutions and other national and/or international entities.

Our in-house team of teachers are certified to facilitate the following Mindfulness programmes in English:

  • Mindful Eating – Rediscovering a healthy relationship with food (8 weeks)
  • Mindful Self-Compassion – Mindfulness-based Self-Compassion (8 weeks)
  • MBCT – Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (8 weeks)
  • MBSR – Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (8 weeks)
  • SIT – Introduction to Mindfulness Programme (6 weeks)

We also provide one-on-one training and mentoring.

Current Projects

Mindfulness Practices for Students in Society

Mindfulness Practices for Students in Society (MP4s), a 3-year Erasmus+ funded project launched in November 2021, aims to support students develop inner resources through mindfulness practices and training, foster compassionate care of self, others and the planet, within higher education institutions, and promote soft skills competencies and accelerate the social and climate transition. For further information, visit our MP4s site.

Project coordinator: Institut Polytechnique UniLasalle, France 

Partners: UNICA – Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe in Belgium; Università Roma Tre & Consorzio Scuola Comunità Impresa in Italy; Vilniaus Universitetas in Lithuania; Universidade Nova de Lisboa & Conhecer-Se in Portugal, Ocak İzi Derneği in Turkey.

Associate Partners: Agence Française de Developpement, France; Agrianto, Italy; University of Warsaw, Poland; University of Granada, Spain


MindSerena is a mindfulness-based socio-emotional learning model for primary school teachers and students developed by our members and the Coimbra University. The model includes an 8-week introduction to Mindfulness for teachers and staff, and 2 programmes for teachers and staff to implement with children, as well as supervision sessions. We are currently preparing to make the MindSerena model available to 280 primary schools during the 2022/23 school year.

Further information can be found on our MindSerena website (in Portuguese), so do get in touch if you want to know more!

Silent Retreats

Conhecer-Se is very please to be organising, in partnership with the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences of Universidade do Algarve, a series of Silent Retreats with well-known Mindfulness Teachers.

We aim to make our retreats as inclusive, diverse and accessible as possible. Our retreats will have simultaneous translation into Portuguese and meet the conditions for Mindfulness Based Teacher Trainings certification and the continuous professional development of certified teachers.

Board Members

Executive Board

Inês Águas, President

Cristina Quadros, Vice-President

Ricardo Nunes, Secretary

Audit Board

Jorge Magalhães Nunes, President

Teresa Ranieri, Vice-President

Maria do Espírito Santo Miguel, Secretary

General Assembly Board

Ivone Cordeiro, President

Albertina Lima de Oliveira, Vice-President

Maria Hermínia Pereira, Secretary