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.
THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW EACH DAY MIGHT UNFOLD:
*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.