De-stress and nourish with us at Cocoon: October 12th - 19th 2019, Portugal
Exceptional self care, great company and a belly full of laughter
Join Rachel and Ellie for a full week of connection, coaching, contentedness and yoga.
Start the day with breath-work, meditation and a warming, uplifting morning yoga practice. After an inspiring and powerful coaching session spend the afternoon relaxing in a hammock, take a dip in the freshwater lake or experience all southern Portugal has to offer. Return after lunch to deepen and cement insights and learnings through stimulating group sharing and coaching exercises, before winding down with gentle restorative or yin practice. Find yourself feeling grounded, aligned and empowered. Sublime self care!
Ellie and Rachel will each offer two classes a day. Yoga sessions will focus on movement, breath and relaxation; enhancing your awareness of alignment and inner connection. Classes will be suitable for all abilities and there will be one session-free day.
Coaching sessions will hone in on managing stress and anxiety. So many of us are overwhelmed, maxed out, weighed down. We'll take a holistic approach to better understanding your needs, boundaries and how to take excellent care of yourself. Learn to make yourself a priority without feeling selfish or indulgent. Protect and nurture your emotional and psychological wellbeing. Fill your cup.
Our hosts and the space itself…
We invite you to explore and revel in this stunning stretch of Portugal's west coast. Cocoon is situated on the breathtaking Atlantic coast, near the pretty fishing village of Zambujiera del Mar in the Alentejo region, known for its long stretches of untouched coastline and white-washed villages. The sea, with gorgeous cliffs, trails and sandy coves, is a 10-15 minute drive, or beautiful bike ride away.
Cocoon is a 275 acre farm and retreat haven offering inspiration, serenity and community. It’s a place of understated beauty and rustic luxury. The setting is magical; between cozy hammocks and the freshwater lake, you'll begin to lose track of time. The closest town is the charming Vila Nova de Milfontes. The Vicentine Coast Natural Park runs about 100km down the coast. This protected area has a wild character, offering breathtaking landscapes of real majesty. The coast is ideal for swimming and surfing as well as glorious hiking along the sandstone crags.
The water comes from Cocoon’s own spring and is heated with solar panels.
Accommodation & Food Philosophy
Comfortable, clean and elegant rooms open onto an outdoor courtyard. Each room has two beds that can be set apart as a twin or joined as a king size double. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms bar two which share a bathroom between them. There is plenty of indoor and outdoor space to kick back, read or sit and chat.
Three delicious and nourishing meals will be served each day. The food is local, the majority of the produce coming from Cocoon's garden or a nearby farm. From a sustainability standpoint, Cocoon choose not to serve red meat, pork or poultry. There will be eggs from the farm's chickens, local cheeses and occasionally wild-caught Atlantic fish.
A typical breakfast includes eggs, local fruit, Greek yogurt, homemade granola, local honey, homemade jam, slow-baked 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, delight in Indian or Japanese inspired curries, Mediterranean stews, legumes, rice, salad and dessert. Cocoon also has an outdoor, wood-fired pizza oven. Heaven!
The Daily Programme
The day will begin with simple and delicious breakfast made from local produce. We'll move into meditation or breathwork before an awakening and uplifting class either on the outdoor platform under the canopy of pines or in the light, airy indoor shala. This will be followed by a group coaching session where we'll share some theory and get to individual and group exercises. There will be a different theme or topic each day which will tie together as a deep personal self care structure. The group will meet again in the late afternoon to deepen and cement what we've learned with another coaching session and finish with a gentle, relaxing and restorative or yin yoga practice before dinner. Between sessions there will be time to head off for a bike ride, go to the beach, walk in the stunning surroundings, have a swim in the pristine freshwater lake or simply relax in a hammock with a good book. We will hold a Goals and Intentions Circle the first night and you will enjoy a 2 hour Restorative and Meditation workshop before we bring the week to a close.
Things To Do
Help collect colourful eggs each morning. Head to the beach or explore the local area by one of Cocoon's bicycles. Play in the lake or simply daydream in a comfy, oversized hammock. Cocoon is just 10 min drive or a leisurely cycle from Praia de Malhao, a fabulous untouched beach, perfect for surfing, swimming or sunbathing. There's also world-class hiking on the Costa Vicentina trail. The charming seafront village of Vila Nova de Milfontes is also 10 min drive away.
All costs are per person
£1190 single occupancy room, ensuite
£1150 single occupancy room, shared bathroom
£1090 sharing a twin or double room, ensuite
7 nights’ accommodation and use of all facilities
3 meals a day
Coffee, herbal tea, spring water
Two yoga classes and two coaching sessions each day, with one free day
Airport transfers from Faro or Lisbon (we will group people together where possible to share this cost)
The deposit of £250 secures your place on the retreat and is non-refundable. The balance is due 60 days before the beginning of the retreat and is also non-refundable. Exceptions cannot be made for any reason, including weather, injury/illness or personal emergencies. Unexpected events do occur, so please consider purchasing travel insurance.
Faro and Lisbon are the closest airports. Lisbon is a 2 hour drive away and Faro, in the Algarve where many affordable airlines fly to, is slightly closer.
We will group you together where possible to share transfers. Taxis cost €170 from Lisbon and €130 from Faro, this can be shared between up to 4 people.
Hiring a car is recommended as Alentejo is a fantastic area to explore. We can put you in touch with others who may like to share a vehicle.
Several airlines fly to Faro and Lisbon airports:
Check in is between 3pm and 6pm on the 12th October. Check out will be at 10:30am on the 19th.
Coming from Lisbon, we recommend a stop in Comporta for a swim, plus a spectacular lunch at Comporta Cafe (make a reservation, worth it!)
Another option for an arrival lunch is at A Choupana, no reservations necessary. Approx 15 mins drive from Cocoon.
We can’t wait to have you!