True Nature Portugal Retreat

Vila Nova de Milfontes, Portugal

Andrea Russell
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58 reviews
Sep 4 - 11, 2021
Group size: 1 - 20
True Nature Portugal Retreat
Vila Nova de Milfontes, Portugal

Andrea Russell
  • Facebook verified
58 reviews

Deposit: $700
Sep 4 - 11, 2021
Group size: 1 - 20

About this trip

Slow down. Reconnect. Be inspired. 

The magic of the subtle, understated beauty of Portugal is experienced when you slow down and take it in. This inspiring retreat will be on the breathtaking Atlantic coast of Portugal, near the charming fishing village of Zambujeira do Mar, in the Alentejo region, which is far removed from the hustling tourist culture of the rest of Europe. This breathtaking coastline is known for its long stretches of pristine bluffs, sandy coves, and charming white-washed villages.


Enjoy your stay at Cocoon Portugal, a 275 acre coastal farm + retreat, offering inspiration + community for the modern traveller.  It's also pure magic, where between the oversized hammocks and the freshwater lake, you'll start to lose track of time.   The kind of place where each morning is a celebration, practicing under the canopy of old growth pines, but so is each evening, with delicious farm-to-table meals and pleasant, memorable conversation.   


There are two yoga shalas at Cocoon. The pine shala is nestled under a canopy of old growth pines, and is a dream for morning mediation and practice, especially as the morning fog rolls in. The indoor shala is lightfilled, with high ceilings and traditional hand-made Santa Catarina tiles. 

Each day will begin with an hour-long class devoted to meditation and mindfulness techniques at one of the two breathtaking yoga shalas at Cocoon.  After breakfast, the daily three-hour Ayurveda and yoga classes offer time to reconnect with body, mind, and spirit. Throughout the week, we’ll build progressively on Ayurvedic and yogic wisdom as well as anatomical, alignment, and energetic themes.


Each afternoon there will be ample free time. You are welcome to explore the farm, collect eggs from the chickens, swim in the pristine freshwater lake, or simply daydream in an oversized hammock.  If you are up for exploring the area, you can hop on a bicycle and ride to one of the quaint villages nearby or you are just a 10 minute drive from Praia de Malhao beach, perfect for surfing, swimming, or sunbathing. World class hiking on the famed Costa Vicentina trail is also near by. 

In short, this retreat is for those seeking tranquility and a balance of practice, earthly connection, and relaxation amidst beautiful pasture, breathtaking coastal bluffs, and pristine beaches. 



This retreat will allow you to unplug from your stresses and responsibilities, from electronics and newsfeeds, and remember what is really important to you. You will get the time you need for introspection so that you can reset and come home to yourself. You’ll go deeper into your yoga and mindfulness practice and learn to create new habits. You will be awe-inspired by experiencing one of the most beautiful places on earth. You’ll also be part of an open and inclusive community of fellow spiritual seekers.


  • 7 nights of simple, yet elegant accommodations at Cocoon retreat located on a 275 acre farm situated on the Atlantic coast
  • 3 healthy, lovingly prepared farm to table meals each day
  • Coffee and tea throughout the day
  • Daily Ayurveda, yoga & meditation classes, including use of yoga mats and props


  • access to a swimmable pristine freshwater lake and oversized hammocks
  • bicycles for daily use to explore local villages
  • explore the charming seafront village of Vila Nova de Milfontes, just a ten minute drive away
  • venture to Praia de Malhao, a fabulous untouched beach, perfect for surfing, swimming or sunbathing
  • world class hiking on the nearby Costa Vincentina Trail


  • feeling rested and restored
  • remembering what is meaningful and important in your life
  • with a deeper understanding of your constitutional makeup and how to cultivate healthier habits and routines
  • with a deeper sense of your yoga and meditation practice
  • with tools for living in tune with the seasons
  • with tools for working with the mind
  • having connected with fellow spiritual travelers
  • with memories that will last a lifetime



  • 7am | Meditation & Mindfulness Practices
  • 8am | Breakfast
  • 9am to 10am | Ayurveda talk
  • 10am to noon | Yoga practice
  • 12:15pm | Lunch
  • 1pm to 6pm | Free time for excursions, beach, hiking, solitude, etc.
  • 6pm | Dinner
  • 7pm to 8pm | Evening practice

*The schedule is subject to change.


Rooms at Cocoon are clean, bright, and simple. Each room has two single beds that can be kept apart or placed together to create a double. 8 of the rooms have en-suite bathrooms, while the remaining two rooms share a bathroom. There are plenty of outdoor spaces to relax, read or enjoy conversation. 


You will receive 3 nourishing and delicious meals each day. Coffee and herbal teas are available throughout the day. Food is sourced locally, either from nearby farms or Cocoon’s own gardens. A typical breakfast includes eggs, local fruit, Greek yogurt, homemade granola, local honey, homemade jam, slow-rise bread, and a daily tonic. 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 + Japanese inspired curries, Mediterranean stews, legumes, rice, salad and dessert.


Plan to fly into Lisbon, Portugal. Cocoon is a 2 hour drive to the south. Rent a car and enjoy the scenery. Break up the drive with lunch and a swim stopping at the fabulous Camporta Café. Check in at Cocoon anytime after 2pm. If you don’t feel comfortable renting a car (or just don’t want to), we can pair you with another guest arriving at the same time, or we can arrange transportation for you for an additional cost.


In October, you can expect high temperatures in the lower 70s during the day and temps around 60 in the evening. The water in the Atlantic ocean is the warmest it gets annually, and is around 67 degrees. 

What’s included

  • Accommodation
    7 nights of quaint accommodations at Cocoon Farmhouse
  • Classes
    Daily yoga, meditation, and ayurveda classes
  • Yoga Props
    all props are privided at the retreat-but feel free to bring your own mat if you prefer
  • Meals
    You will receive 3 nourishing and lovingly prepared meals each day.
  • Coffee/Tea
    These are available throughout the day
  • Air Fare
    Any flight, baggage or other air travel related fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Auto Rental
  • Airport pick up

Available Packages

Triple with Ensuite Bathroom
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Deposit: $700
Double with Ensuite Bathroom
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Deposit: $700
Single with Shared Bathroom
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There are two single rooms that share one all gender bathroom.

Deposit: $700
Single with Ensuite Bathroom
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Deposit: $700
Deposit: $700

Triple with Ensuite Bathroom

Your Organizer

Andrea Russell
58 reviews
I’m an Ayurvedic health counselor, yoga and meditation teacher, and neurovascular therapist living in Madison, Wisconsin. I have been in private practice and teaching since 2000. My classes and retreats integrate Ayurvedic wisdom, meditation and a mindful approach to asana that brings attention to anatomy, optimal alignment, strength, breath, and inner awareness. This practice cultivates abounding health in body and mind while inspiring you to live a more grounded and compassionate life. I offer a variety of trainings, workshops, and retreats, both locally and abroad. I have a deep love for travel, local food, and spending time with my pitbull Lucy. I look forward to working together. Gratefully, Andrea P.S. Head over to to get my full story!


Perfect timing given all that is going on the world. I found it incredibly comforting and helpful to practice in community with superb guidance from Andrea and Cheryl. The Christine Center is truly sacred space.
As usual my experience is better each time I get to be a part of Andrea’s retreats! The food at The Christine Center is so delicious and nutritious I want to learn how to cook like they do there! Sheryl was a perfect addition to this retreat. I’ve never met her before and she is such a smart woman and explains things so well. I’d actually like to talk to her one on one! Thank you Andrea and Sheryl for being a great team. I learn more every visit! Love, Sid🙏
Thank you for a great retreat! Your knowledge and understanding of human anatomy was insightful and beneficial. You created a wonderful environment for stretching our hearts and minds.
Andrea's attention to detail made everything about the experience flow without a hitch. Once at the retreat center, which was beautiful, quiet and supportive to relaxation and reflection, Andrea provided a balance of structure and down time. The food was delicious and healthy. The environment stunning and breathtaking. The leader was skillful, accommodating to the needs of the diverse group of learners. Without hesitation, I highly recommend!
Andrea Russell was fantastic as a yoga and ayurveda instructor. The retreat was well organized, inspiring and intimate.
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My time at the Christine Center for Andrea's retreat was just wonderful. I came away not just feeling refreshed and centered, but with actual tools to move forward with...and so much to think about! Andrea embodies all of the things she talks about, you can see it...feel it. Her knowledge of Ayurveda, the body, nature, and how it all ties into each other, is incredible. Anyone who has the opportunity to experience learning from Andrea should make it a priority to do so!
By Shana Miles on Oct 04, 2019