Portugal Summer 2024
June 29th-July 6th
This retreat is a dream come alive. Audra Carmine (founder of Charm Yoga, writer, therapist) and Carla Mann (Professor of dance at Reed College, artist, creator, extraordinary teacher) will be teaming up again to lead a full seven day retreat along the Southern Coast of Portugal.
The vision for this retreat is to open our collective windows and let the fresh air in, to allow the wind to whip our hair, the light to touch our skin, and to give ourselves the spaciousness to reclaim our right to be present with our own inner rhythms. We will connect with the wisdom of the earth, and the ocean. We will connect with a slower way of living that centers our beingness. We will connect to the flow of inner and outer life. This will be a place where we get to "be" rather than "do."
Being on retreat reveals the stuck and stale places, allowing space for something new to be born. It's an accelerated process that requires very little effort. All kinds of change happens quickly, and yet time bends and moves in such a way that seven days can feel like a lifetime. What happens when you have your needs fully met for seven days? What happens when you center and combine movement, connection, and meditation? What happens when you take a risk and do something you have never done before? Every retreat is different- you will come home with something new, something reborn, something reclaimed or remembered. At the end of last year's retreat, one participant said that they had no idea that this kind of community oriented love and connection was possible until she spent six days on retreat with us. It was the first time in her life where she felt truly accepted and loved.
Where are we going? In terms of location, Cocoon is a 275 acre farm situated on the breathtaking Atlantic coast of Portugal. Check out pictures of this beautiful place here. Just minutes from the simple fishing village of Zambujeira do Mar, in the Alentejo region, which is known for its long stretches of untouched coastline, and charming villages. The Vicentine Coast Natural Park runs about 100 km down the coast. The preserved nature has a strong + wild character here, creating landscapes of breathtaking majesty. The coast is ideal for swimming, surfing, and world-class hiking along the gorgeous sandstone bluffs. There are goats, bikes we can use, and tons of hammocks to lay in and simply rest. There's also a private lake for swimming, lounging, and skinny dipping.
This retreat is all inclusive. You will practice yoga and meditation with Audra every day. You will practice creative movement with Carla everyday. You will have time for yourself everyday. All meals are included. Cocoon believes that a nourishing meal and a delicious feast don’t need to be exclusive of one another. The food is local, with most of our produce coming from either our property or a nearby farm.
Travel: After flying into Lisbon, Cocoon is found two hours South. Mostly everyone who comes to Cocoon rents cars: they highly recommend it. We can team up 3 people to a car to save on rental + gas costs. I will be happy to create a google doc to facilitate this for participants. There is a bus, so you can choose that option as well.
Pricing: See below. We have it all.
All food, yoga, movement, and lodging for seven days of retreat.
What's not included:
Transportation to and from retreat. Extra activities. Alcoholic beverages.
Your purchase is non-refundable unless we can find another student to take your place.
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Shared Room for Two
A sweet duet
Book a room to share with a bestie, lover, or friend. Or, if you are traveling solo, we will make sure that you are given the sweetest roomie with the best taste in roommates.
Soft sheets and strong coffee guaranteed.
$2,100 all food, yoga, movement and lodging included for seven nights. Plus an en suite bath.
$1,950 all food, yoga, movement, and lodging included shared bath
Three's a Charm
Our most affordable way to get yourself to Portugal
Share a room with two other adventure partners and you are pretty much guaranteed to make some friends, share some laughs, and learn something new.
In addition to the soft sheets and strong coffee, each of these rooms has it's own bathroom as well as a private terrace.
$1850 all food, lodging, and movement included.
Your own room in Portugal for a week. Enough said.
En Suite bathrooms, your own bed, soft sheets, and as much time to yourself as you like.
$2,400.00 all food, yoga, movement, and lodging included for seven nights. Private bathroom.
$2,200.00 all food, yoga, movement, and lodging included. Shared bathroom.