Samba Retreat 2020

Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Gisella Ferreira
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Feb 13 - 24, 2020
Group size: 4 - 10
Samba Retreat 2020
Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Gisella Ferreira
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Deposit: $500
Feb 13 - 24, 2020
Group size: 4 - 10

About this trip

Come enjoy a journey to the land of Samba! Awaken your soul and experience the joy of Samba and realize what it personally means to you. Discover your desires and reflect on areas in your life around dance, healing and the calling of the drums. 

This is a special opportunity to learn and connect to Samba in Brazil with Samba Queen Gisella Ferreira as your guide.  

This trip is an opportunity to experience an authentic Samba emersion with a Brasileira as well as to sight see around the enchanting city, all with Samba as the heart centered focus. 

Visit the  Samba Schools, experience the Ensaio (Samba Rehearsal & Party),  learn the history of Samba roots, bask in the sunshine on Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, tour the night market, visit the City of Samba, take a private workshop with a Samba Queen, get access to exclusive Brazilian Fitness Wear Shopping, party the Brazilian way with a visit to Lapa the night life scene of Rio, enjoy the live music and bloco parades in the street. 

Note from Gisella 

Hi guys,  I am so excited to share this special Samba Retreat opportunity with you! 

We will be dancing Samba in the heart of Brazil's Carnaval, visiting the Samba Schools and experiencing the culture, people, places and spirit of this gorgeous land. 

People often ask me if it's safe to travel to Rio. And my answer is, it's really not, unless you have someone to show you around that knows the ins and outs. That is one of the reasons I have put this trip together specifically for Samba enthusiasts and dancers. 

I would love to help people be able to experience the beautiful spirit of Rio's Samba and to feel safe and be able to enjoy the full experience. 

I am also very passionate about this trip because we will be doing energy healing work, inner study and bringing intention to our Samba as our connection to our dance deepens. 

I would love to show you the best of Rio. Come join me on the adventure of a lifetime  in the beautiful land of Samba! 

What’s included

  • Airport pick up
    All members of the tour will be picked up from the airport upon arrival on Feb. 13th
  • Beach Samba Retreat
    Healing Samba Workshop, movement, meditation, journaling, manifesting with Gisella.
  • Portuguese Lessons
    Basic Portuguese Language Lessons with Gisella on your trip. 1 lesson for 6 days and 2 lessons for 12 day tour.
  • Walking Beach Tour
    Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches
  • Night Market
    Tour the night market of Copacabana
  • Escadaria Selaron
    The famous mosaic steps in Lapa.
  • Cidade do Samba
    House of Samba Floats. Included on 12 day tour.
  • Samba Schools
    Visit the historical Samba Schools such as Salgueiro and Mangueira for a rehearsal, party and or tour. 1 school for 6 day tour and 2 for 12 day.
  • ticket to Carnaval
    Watch the world's most famous parade. Ticket to watch 1 night of parades. General seating.
  • Blocos
    walking in local bloco street party in the city (optional)
  • Parque Lage
    Botanical garden park visit. included on 12 day tour.
  • Lapa Night out
    Walking and dancing through Lapa.
  • Ipanema Market
    Sunday street market of the arts. Included on 12 day tour.
  • Visit Christ Statue
    Visit to Christ Statue
  • Visit to Sugar Loaf
    Sight Seeing visit to Sugar Loaf
  • Pedra do Sal
    Samba Street Party
  • Brasil Samba Congress
    We encourage all who join this tour to do the full weekend of the Brasil Samba Congress. Each person must register themselves for the full weekend or day pass.
  • airfare
  • airport drop off
    departure transportation.
  • Other activities
    Only the activities described in the tour description are included. and all activites are subject to change based on availability.
  • Parading
    If you would like to parade in Carnaval please let us know and we will find you a school to parade with at an additional cost.
  • late sign up lodging
    Lodging is not guaranteed for late sign ups. Once you confirm your presence we will help you find lodging. We will all stay close together in Copacabana between Posto 4-5 near the beach.
  • Lodging
    Lodging will be between Posto2-5 in Copacabana . Gisella will help travelers book hotel or Air B&B once tour is booked.

Available Packages

Carnaval tour 8 days
Available until Jan 05, 20208 left

This tour runs 8 days  from Monday February 17th-Monday February 24th

Please note that this includes housing and housing is guaranteed at this rate through December 1st. If you book after November 26th the housing rate may increase. 

Arrive on February 17th and stay through February 24th. 

Deposit: $500
Samba Full Retreat and Tour 12 days
Available until Jan 08, 20206 left

This Tour runs 12 days from Feb. 13th-24th

Please note that this includes housing and housing is guaranteed at this rate through December 1st. If you book after December  1st the housing rate may increase. 

Deposit: $700

Available options

Private Samba Class with Gisella
Private Samba Class with Gisella
Samba Group Workshop
Deposit: $500

Carnaval tour 8 days

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Gisella Ferreira
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Gisella was a great host for the Samba retreat! She is Brazilian and has extensive knowledge of the culture and samba and it’s origins. We participated in the 2019 Samba Congress, and best of all, we were able dance in Carnaval in Rio! She gets 2 thumbs up from me! 👍🏼👍🏼
By Mennette Camberos for Rio Samba Retreat on Oct 18, 2019
This was probably the best experience in my life. Gisella was the best tour guide I could’ve asked for. She prioritized when it came to everyone’s safety. Made sure to take us to our hotel at most times and would even come and pick us up. She introduced us to some yummy Brazilian food. I will say that we were always busy, which I loved! She took us to the Brasil Samba Congress and carnival! Parading in Carnival was probably the highlight of the trip. Also, we went to Copacabana beach and Ipanema beach. Never seen such beautiful beaches in my life before. We got to see sugar loaf mountain and even went to see Christ the Redeemer. If you love samba this is the samba retreat for you! I hope to do this again one day! Excited for all of y’all that are joining her next year!
By Carina Espinoza for Rio Samba Retreat on Jul 29, 2019