History

Non-profit organisation SerVivo was “born” twenty years ago when founders Margarida Batista and Carlos Fairfield, respectively an engineer and sales representative at the time, made the heartfelt decision to no longer sit on the side lines of life, complaining, but instead to take a stand for what they believed the world needed.

They envisioned a space where people could come together to experience the healing power of dance, creativity, and family. A space that would cater to a broad range of demographics—young and old, alternative and mainstream, national and international. Also a space where creative professionals could blossom and develop their work and skillset allowing them to venture into the world with renewed direction and confidence.

In short, Margarida and Carlos envisioned a project that inspires and assists people to develop their potential, enabling a connected, joyful, and love-filled life.

Today, more than five thousand people from all over the globe have visited SerVivo at its present location, aptly situated in an ancient valley in the beautiful and potent Arrábida National Park, Portugal. Offering activities across a wide range of fields related to art and healing including: dance, body work, emotional work, conscious connection with nature, silent retreats, wholesome communication, and many other forms of holistic, spiritual and personal development.

Countless co-livers, volunteers, and guests have each – in their own way – planted their seeds at SerVivo, helping the project to grow and flourish whilst working on developing, and healing themselves. Numerous creative professionals have used the space to conduct their labs, to co-create and collaborate, to experiment and to expand.

In the past years, through a range of (internal and external) programmes which were set up specifically for a younger demographic, the project has enriched the lives of more than eight thousand children.

In 2015, SerVivo registered as a Cultural Association for Personal Development, and in 2020, we created the Cooperative SVDH (SerVivo Desenvolvimento Humano), thereby creating the legal framework for its valuable societal work.

For the future SerVivo envisions to create a stronger network in the neighborhood. Working with olderly people and creating events especially for our locals. A dance education, founding a theatre a d a dance company, as well as planting a lot of trees are further plans for our near future.