The Heart of Alchemy Yoga Retreat

Cocoon Portugal

One & Well Experiences
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Oct 28 - Nov 4, 2023
Group size: 1 - 25
The Heart of Alchemy Yoga Retreat
Cocoon Portugal

One & Well Experiences
  • Email address verified
  • Facebook verified
8 reviews

Oct 28 - Nov 4, 2023
Group size: 1 - 25

About this trip

The Heart of Alchemy acknowledges that when we come together, we are more than just the sum of our parts. We are multi-dimensional and complete. Transformation occurs when we embrace all parts of ourselves. When we connect more fully with our authentic nature, we cultivate compassion and show up more honestly in the world. Compassion and truth is the Heart of Alchemy.

Join Jen Yuhas and Madonna McManus for The Atrium Yoga Studio’s first-ever all-inclusive yoga retreat on the breathtaking Atlantic coast of Portugal in the Alentejo region.

The retreat includes:

  • Seven-night yoga retreat at Cocoon, Portugal
  • Accommodation and daily meals 
  • Access to all program activities and yoga classes
  • Transportation to and from Lisbon Airport (2 hour drive)

Spots are limited to keep the experience intimate.  

Unique retreat location

Cocoon Portugal is a 275 acre coastal farm + retreat, offering inspiration + community for the modern traveller, a piece of magic on Portugal's untouched Atlantic coast.

The kind of place where each morning is a celebration, practicing under the canopy of old growth pines, but so is each evening, with world class wine and fascinating dinner conversation.     

The nearest town is the charming Vila Nova de Milfontes. The Vicentine Coast Natural Park runs about 100 km down the coast. The preserved nature has a strong and wild character here, creating landscapes of breathtaking majesty. The coast is ideal for swimming, surfing and hiking along the gorgeous sandstone bluffs.

Food Philosophy

We believe that a nourishing meal and a delicious feast don’t need to be exclusive of one another.

The food is local, with most of the produce coming from either the property or a nearby farm. From a sustainability standpoint, Cocoon choose not to serve red meat. They serve eggs from their own chickens, locals cheeses, and occasionally wild-caught Atlantic fish.

A typical breakfast includes eggs, local fruit, Greek yogurt, homemade granola, local honey, homemade jam, slow-rise bread. Lunch is often a bowl; a base of ancient grains like farro, topped with avocado, roasted veggies, nori, or mixed greens. For dinner, expect Indian and Japanese curries, Mediterranean stews, legumes, rice, salad and dessert.

Cocoon also has an outdoor, wood-fired Pizza oven!

Once you confirm your booking, we’ll work with you in terms of meal plan, dietary restrictions, and timing. We’re comfortable with accommodating dietary restrictions such as gluten free and vegan.

Travel to Cocoon

Cocoon is located in the coastal Alentejo region. Also known as The Costa Vicentina, much of the Southwest coast of Portugal is protected by a natural reserve. The nearest town is the charming Vila Nova de Milfontes.  

From Lisbon, it is a two hours drive south. The fabulous beach Praiado Cavaleiro, with it’s sandy beach, is 12 minutes drive.

Private transportation to Cocoon from Lisbon Airport will be provided (round trip). Once we have your flight details, we will arrange two schedules for the group to leave the airport together. 

Some people like to rent a car to go to Cocoon, since it is also nice to discover the area, the beaches, etc. You can team up with 3 or 4 people when renting a car to divide on rental and gas costs. Please let us know if you choose this option and we can help suggesting car rental companies. 

Fostering Community

Jen and Madonna,  alongside One&Well have crafted a relaxing and renewing balanced program. They will guide you through a retreat focused on moving freely, feeling good and creating space to celebrate community. Each day will include two yoga practices, healthy and sustainable meals,  and time at leisure time to enjoy the serenity of Cocoon's amenities. 

Whether you're looking for introspection and stillness or community and adventure we are here to support you. 

Cancellation Policy

A $750 USD non-refundable & non-transferable deposit is required to reserve a space in the retreat (unless cancelation is COVID related- transfers to a new retreat are available). The balance is due on April 28th, 2023. Please be sure to purchase travel insurance. One&Well is not responsible for any and all costs incurred for travel arrangements related to getting to this retreat including weather related events.

When you sign up, please make sure you read and agree to our Terms and Conditions. 

What’s included

  • Accommodation
    7 nights at Cocoon Portugal
  • Local transportation
    Lisbon Airpot (LIS) - Cocoon Portugal - Lisbon Airport (LIS)
  • Fresh & Local Meals
    Three farm-to-table meals per day
  • Yoga Program
    Two classes per day with Jen & Madonna, including vinyasa flows, meditation, mantra chanting, and breathwork
  • Yoga mats & props
    Yoga mats, blocks, bolsters and blankets (all luxury manduka… )
  • Soft drinks
    Spring water, coffee and local herbal teas available all day
  • Pizza night party
    At the epic outdoor, wood-fired oven
  • Nature & Adventure
    Bicycles to explore the surroundings
  • Horseback Riding
  • Town Visit
  • Flights
    Flight to Lisbon
  • Extra consumption
    Food and drinks outside the program

Available Packages

Triple Suite

Three single beds with en-suite bathroom and quiet back terrace. 

* Price per person

Deposit: $750
Double Suite (shared bathroom)

Two single beds with a shared bathroom. You will share a bathroom with one other room. 

* Price per person

Deposit: $750
Double Suite

Two single beds with en-suite bathroom.

* Price per person

Deposit: $750


the schedule
Your New Ritual

2pm – 4pm Check in
5pm – 6.30pm Welcome circle and grounding practice to settle in
7pm Dinner

Sunday - Friday
8am – 10am Meditate & Flow Morning practice
10am -11am Breakfast
11am – 2pm Playing, surfing, adventures, nature, beach, having fun
2pm – 3pm Light lunch
3pm – 5pm Afternoon nap, chill out by the lake, swimming, enjoying nature
5pm – 6.30pm Evening Restorative practice
7pm – 9pm Dinner
10pm Sleeping, stargazing, slowing down

*Midweek half day off yoga to allow time for yourself

9am – 10am Breakfast
10am Check out

*Please note that the schedule might change, but stays like this in its core.

Your Organizer

One & Well Experiences
8 reviews
A project by One & Well. We organize unique and authentic wellness retreats that offer the body, mind and spirit a regenerative experience through healthy nutrition, movement, exercise and exploring the benefits of being surrounded by nature.


I loved every minute of this retreat. You could tell so much thought went into every detail and there was still room for spontaneous, magical surprises. The food, the location, the yoga, the excursions…everything was wonderful. Paola, Jen, and Madonna are a dream team! I look forward to the next retreat. Thank you for everything.
By Pia D for The Heart of Alchemy Yoga Retreat on Nov 18, 2023
Another amazing retreat! Great experience, great people, and teachers. Food was delicious, fresh, and prepared with love. All the activities were perfectly organised in every detail. The place was beautiful and cosy. It has been an amazing week that helped to completely disconnect from work, the city life and connect with like-minded people and nature. The unexpected breathwork session has been a powerful and unique experience. Thank you for your effort to make all this happen. I am grateful to have met you. See you next year Paula!
By Donatella B for The Heart of Alchemy Yoga Retreat on Nov 14, 2023
Had amazing time!Very well organized great food,fun activities and wonderful people.So grateful for experience and would do it all over again.Thank you Paula!🙏♥️
By Susan J for The Heart of Alchemy Yoga Retreat on Nov 13, 2023
I have difficulties to find the right words to describe my trip because it has been MORE than amazing!! A wonderful yoga retreat in a magic location! Delicious healthy meals! I met fantastic people, beautiful souls. The size of the group made this retreat very special and intimate giving the opportunities to know and connect to each other. I landed to Mexico and didn't have to think about anything else for the whole duration of the retreat, everything was perfectly organized so I could enjoy and live at the fullest each moment! I will never forget this experience. Thanks Paula! Thanks Ximena!
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