PORTUGAL COASTAL FARM RETREAT
VILLA NOVA DE MILFONTES, PORTUGAL
JUNE 13 - 20, 2020
ORGANIC LIVING AND SUMMER SUNSHINE
Journey with us to Portugal’s untouched Atlantic coast, known for its long stretches of untouched coastline and charming, sunwashed villages. Stay at the sublime Cocoon Portugal, a 275-acre coastal farm and retreat, that offers delectable farm-to-table cuisine. Sleep soundly to the sounds of nature in suites with elegant country charm. Imagine yourself immersed in wilderness, and in touch with the rhythms of an authentic Portuguese summer. Thrive in a state of wellbeing and dive into the pristine freshwater lake on the porterty and coastal waters nearby. Emerge refreshed from a week of soul-nourishing yoga twice daily.
Each sunrise is a celebration on this coastal farm, as we practice yoga together under a canopy of old growth pines. Cocoon Portugal owners are deeply passionate about sustainable farming, yoga, good food and wine, and the embrace of joyful living in nature. This is a true retreat from the pressures of the world, and a chance to reconnect with what matters most.
Cocoon serves three gourmet, farm-to-table meals a day, brimming with the freshest local and organic produce. They specialize in plant based, healthy meals, but offer freshly caught seafood options upon request. Anticipate the satisfaction of delicious homemade pizza, crusty, warm and straight out of their woodfired pizza oven! Don’t forget to sample their local wine!
FLOW OF THE DAY
We awake at leisure and convene for a soulful vinyasa flow session in nature with Nina to greet the day, followed by a delicious breakfast brimming with the freshest seasonal ingredients. Take you time to linger over a coffee and plan your day of excursions, walking or swimming in the area, or even book a massage.
Afternoons bring plenty of leisure time, where you can take a vitalising dip in Cocoon’s freshwater lake, head to the beach, indulge in an afternoon siesta, or curl up with a good book. For those who seek activity, stroll through the local villages nearby and immerse yourself in Portuguese culture, take hikes along the coastline, or try your hand at surfing.
To honour the passing of the day, we are guided in a relaxing and restorative yin yoga, pranayama and meditation session with Nina. After yoga, we’ll freshen up for dinner. As the sun sets, we enjoy a gourmet meal together, with some excellent local wine, before slipping off into deep, restful sleep in our elegant country suites.
YOGA ON THIS RETREAT
Well-traveled nomad, Nina Butler, weaves breath, strength, flexibility and awareness into a moving meditation that accommodates beginners and advanced practitioners. While her practice is strong, her teaching is sensitive and heart-oriented, supporting students to move within their personal pace and rhythm. Nina also shares mindfulness practices, meditations, and soul-soothing yin sessions to cultivate the perfect balance on your retreat between uplifting flow, and introspective restoration.
RESERVE WITH A DEPOSIT
A $1,000 deposit will reserve your spot.
$2,500 SHARED ROOM (per person)
A Shared Room is for a couple, two friends or solo travellers looking to share. You may request a room with (2) twin beds or (1) king/queen bed. All rooms are en-suite with a full range of amenities.
$3,500 SINGLE ROOM (per person)
Single rooms have (1) king/queen bed and an en-suite bath with a full range of amenities.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
Seven nights en-suite accommodation at Cocoon Portugal
Three gourmet, farm-to-table meals daily, and all non-alcoholic beverages
Local Portuguese table wine every evening
Two yoga classes daily with Nina Butler
Optional coastline hike with transport
Optional beach day with transport
Optional trip to local villages with transport
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
Flights to and from Lisbon
Alcoholic beverages - additional local wine than that provided is available for purchase
Travel and Dates
Fly into Lisbon, Airport (ANA). On the morning of June 13, we will meet at Airport arrivals at Lisbon airport and drive to Cocoon Portugal (about 2 hours south).
We strongly suggest arriving into Lisbon a day early, as it’s an amazing city with lots to explore and experience! Hotels are plentiful.
We’ll depart Cocoon at 9 am on June 20th- and it’s about a 2 hour drive to Lisbon. Plan on booking flights out of Lisbon later in the afternoon on June 20th.
If you wish to stay for extra nights either before or after our retreat begins and ends, you can arrange your stay with Cocoon Portugal directly. Extra nights are not included in the retreat price.
DEPOSIT – $1,000
Reserve your spot with a $1,000 deposit. The deposit is non-refundable, however should you cancel your reservation 90 days or more in advance of the start of the retreat, you may apply your deposit toward another Exotic Yoga Retreat occurring within 12 months from the date of the initial retreat that you registered for.
FULL PAYMENT DUE 90 DAYS IN ADVANCE
Full payment is due 90 days prior to the start date of the yoga retreat.
Please note that there will be no refunds or discounts for arriving late, leaving early, flight cancellations, travel delays or illness. If you cancel your participation in a retreat for any reason, the cancellation policy below will apply, with no exceptions. We wish we could compensate people for unforeseen circumstances (injury, family emergency, etc), but we have costs already incurred when reserving retreat centers and hotels. We have designed our cancellation policy to be as compassionate as possible in the case that your plans change. But to protect yourself further, we strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance.
IF YOU CANCEL YOUR RETREAT
90 days or more prior to the start of the yoga retreat, you receive: 100% credit of the cost of the full retreat toward another Exotic Yoga Retreat within 12 months.
31-90 days prior to the start of the yoga retreat, you receive: 50% credit of the cost of the full retreat toward another Exotic Yoga Retreat within 12 months, and will forfeit the remainder.
0-30 days prior to the start of the yoga retreat, you receive: no refunds or credits will be given.
To officially cancel, you must send an email to EYR stating that you wish to cancel to.
IF WE CANCEL THE RETREAT
We have never had to cancel a retreat, however, if we do cancel a trip due too few participants, we will refund to you all deposits and payments you have paid. We cannot however compensate you for airfare or travel costs incurred. In the unlikely event that Exotic Yoga Retreats must cancel a yoga retreat due to weather, natural disaster or political upheaval, we cannot guarantee a refund – it will be depending on receiving a refund from the venue / tour operator we work with. To cover these risks, we highly recommend you purchase travel insurance.
The best way to protect yourself from any unforeseen circumstance is to purchase trip insurance. Depending on the type of Travel Insurance, it can protect you in case of:
you cancel your participation in the yoga retreat
the retreat is cancelled due to weather, natural disaster, or not enough participants to run the trip
medical expenses and the cost of repatriation should you become ill or injured