freedom, peace and practice
PORTUGAL YOGA RETREAT
9-13 NOVEMBER 2019
led by Dani Hickey
I warmly invite you to Portugal for 5 days of freedom, peace and practice this November.
Autumn is the season of reflection, of gratitude and of making space for what’s to come. By changing our surroundings, creating space for quiet and stepping into a personal adventure we can feel what is shifting in our lives, what no longer serves us and what is trying to emerge in its place.
Retreat with me before the final stretch of the year to renew your energy through practice, sunshine, wild landscapes and good company.
We are heading to the Alentejo region, which is known for its long stretches of untouched coastline and charming white-washed villages. Roughly two hours drive south of Lisbon (dependent on how many espressos you’ve had!) and just under 2 hours from Faro. It is far removed from the coastal tourist culture of the rest of Europe.
Cocoon is a Portuguese farmhouse on a 275 acre farm, where between the oversized hammocks, freshwater lake, and majestic birds you'll start to lose track of time. You can spend time exploring the farm accompanied by four-legged friends, take a dip in the lake from the dock, or relax in the lounge areas both indoor and outdoor. There is also a handful of bicycles to explore the surroundings or take further afield. The ocean is only 10 minutes away! Imagine afternoons exploring sandy coves, hiking the bluffs, surfing or relaxing on the beach with a good book.
yoga practice + programming
There are two yoga shalas for our use at Cocoon. The indoor shala is lightfilled, with high ceilings, traditional hand-made Santa Catarina tiles, a cosy fireplace and well stocked with the highest quality props and mats. The pine shala is nestled under the canopy of old growth pines, with the occasional sheep, goat and peacock roaming around nearby.
On this retreat you have the opportunity to deepen your practice with a seasoned teacher. The days will begin with an optional meditation session before breakfast. Mid morning we will have a longer practice of active yoga. There will be options and support given for all levels of practitioners. After lunch there will be free time to rest or play: take a nap in one of the hammocks, book an osteopathy treatment, swim in the freshwater later, go to the beach, hike the sea cliffs and enjoy the surroundings. In the late afternoon we will reconvene for sessions that will restore energy, balance the nervous system and promote deep rest - think yin with aromatherapy, restorative postures with reiki, and Yoga Nidra. On one afternoon Dani will deliver her signature Body Lab workshop - only an open mind and curiosity required!
food and beverages
Expect three healthy, lovingly-prepared meals each day (veg/vegan/gluten free options). Food is farm-to-table, either from the garden or neighboring farms and most meals are served family style. Coffee and herbal teas are available throughout the day. Cocoon serves eggs from their own chickens, local cheeses, and occasionally wild-caught Atlantic fish. For breakfast you can expect homemade granolas, homemade yogurts, local honey, homemade jam, frittata, oats, fresh local fruit, and slow-rise breads. Lunch and dinner will be just as mouthwatering. The menu is created depending on what's available, so the items listed above are just to give you an idea! Local Portuguese wine is available for purchase at a reasonable price. There is also an outdoor wood-fired pizza oven! We certainly won’t go hungry!
Book a flight into Lisbon or Faro. Check-in is after 2pm on the 9th.
2-hour drive from either airport to the property.
Guests will be encouraged to share rental cars for travel to/from airport and so you can move independently at any time (extremely easy & affordable in Portugal). Dani can help to group people for car hire closer to the time.
Check-out will be at 10:30am on the 13th
Coming from Lisbon, Cocoon recommends a stop in Comporta for a swim and a fancy fabulous lunch at Comporta Cafe (make a reservation, it’s worth it!)
Other option for an arrival lunch is at A Choupana, no reservations needed. About a 15 min drive from Cocoon.
Important note: Travel, cancellation and health insurances are at guest’s responsibility.
UNIQUE WELLNESS EXPERIENCES
Morning meditation sessions
Essential oils /Aromatherapy
Private Osteopathy Sessions
Reiki/Thai yoga massage
Hiking sea bluffs
4 nights, 5 days accommodation, with house keeping
3 organic meals per full day (dinner on the day of arrival, breakfast on the day of departure)
All tea, coffee, refreshments
All yoga programming
Highest quality yoga mats, blocks, belts, bolsters and blankets
what’s not included?
Ground transport to/from Cocoon
Some extra activities/personal excursions
pricing (per person)
All rooms have twin beds that can be arranged for snugglers or snorers. Limited space for single occupancy accommodation so if you'd like to secure a single room please book early on. Shared accommodations are for two or three people. I am happy to pair guests for shared rooms.
Triple ( en-suite): £695
Double (shared bathroom): £795
Double (en-suite): £895
Single (en-suite): £995 sold out
£300 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your spot.