Transformation On The Coast of Portugal
Experience a slower pace and sink into the magic and beauty of Portugal. Enjoy the lazy warmth of summer in the country. Wake up with practice in the morning air, on the outdoor yoga deck, under the pine boughs. Partake of simple, delicious food made from locally farmed ingredients and prepared with love. Swim in the freshwater lake, or journey to a nearby beach. Explore the village of Vila Nova de Milfontes, or hike along coastal sandstone bluffs. Find a hammock and a book and savor the quiet and seclusion. Evening practice will be followed by a deeply restorative Yoga Nidra session, preparing you to sleep deeply and feel fully rested for the next day.
The coastal Alentejo region of Portugal is still off the beaten path, making it an ideal place to get away. The beaches remain mostly undiscovered (for now) and untouched; the landscape is breathtaking. The rolling inland hills are dotted with traditional, medieval architecture, white-washed villages and small farms. The ingredients for our meals are sourced from these local farms. There is a simplicity and a purity to life here that is deeply nourishing to body, mind + spirit.
Summer is the perfect time to carve out a week for yourself. Take this week to truly unplug and recharge - to gain perspective that’s only possible with distance, practice, introspection and relaxation. You will find connection and joy with fellow adventurers, deepen intention and practice, experience world-class yoga, nourish yourself with the healthiest food, and drink in the beauty of this very special place. This retreat is curated and designed to allow you to release, renew, restore and return feeling deeper freedom and connection.
- 7 nights stay in clean & elegant Cocoon Retreat Center, as well as use of the grounds, yoga shalas, dock, and bicycles.
- Daily morning All Levels Vinyasa classes
- Daily evening Yin/Restore/Yoga Nidra classes
- Two workshops; one designed to help connect to intention, and release limiting beliefs and one to refine, improve and play with deepening postures and practice.
- 3 farm to table, sustainably prepared meals each day (serious dietary needs can be accommodated)
- An complimentary portrait or pose-photo session
- Plenty of free to time to explore the charming village of of Vila Nova de Milfontes, walk on the beach, swim in the lake, or just relax and enjoy time to yourself.
- Closing Circle Ceremony
Price does not include:
- Airline tickets to Portugal
- Transportation from the airport to the retreat center
- Optional add-ons & excursions including; surf lessons, horse-back riding, local hiking excursions to nearby beaches, and more.
- Libations. Excellent wine is provided for a small fee by the retreat center.
Dates & Rates
July 18th - 25th 2020
Early Bird (Register by 4/1/20)
Single - $2,075
Double - $1,575
Triple - $1,425
Standard Rate (Register after 4/1/10)
Single - $2,175
Double - $1,675
Triple - $1,525
*Pay a NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $500 to register and reserve your spot. The remaining balance is due by May 10th 2020.
“Cocoon is a 275 acre farm and dedicated retreat center on the Atlantic Coast of Portugal, 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 incredible farm-to-table meals and elevated dinner conversation. The Guardian recently rated Cocoon "One of the Top 20 Yoga Retreat Centers in the World" and Yogascapes voted it "Top 10 Retreat Centers in Portugal."
Cocoon is situated on the breathtaking Atlantic coast of Portugal, near the charming fishing village of Vila Nova de Milfontes, in the Alentejo region, which is known for its long stretches of untouched coastline and charming white-washed villages. From Lisbon, its roughly two hours drive south, entirely dependent on how many espressos you’ve had. (from Faro, we’re slightly closer) The ocean, with bluffs, trails, and sandy coves, is a 10-15 minutes drive.” Find more HERE.
Her retreats are wonderful, appropriate for everyone from beginners to advanced teachers.
My husband and I have been fortunate enough to attend three of Marin’s international retreats. She is a fantastic leader, purposely choosing wonderful locations, facilities and options for additional group activities like local hikes or snorkeling. Marin makes sure to take the time to connect with everyone. Her attention to detail comes through in every aspect of the retreat; twice daily yoga, meditation and group activities. Each yoga class, whether morning Vinyasa flow or late afternoon Nidra, is thoughtfully crafted with everyone’s ability in mind, she helps you reach your edge and encourages you go to further. She is able to personalize the experience for everyone with suggestions for variations, modifications and physical adjustments for every pose. -A.S.
*Please note – The nearest major airport is in Lisbon, about 2 hours drive from the retreat center. Taxi or shuttle transport can be arranged but renting a car is recommended.
Car rental is extremely affordable in Portugal and will also ensure you’re able to freely explore the area around Vila Nova de Milfontes. If you would like to be paired with fellow travelers to save on rental and gas money please let us know.
If you have the time, a day or two in Lisbon is highly recommended.
About the Teacher:
Marin McCallen is a yogini, professional photographer and world traveler. Her time spent traveling and living in other countries and cultures has fostered an acceptance and willingness of heart and defines much of how she teaches and designs retreats. Curating unique, well-rounded and exceptional experiences is a natural passion and calling, and she loves sharing adventures with fellow travelers, seekers, and yogis.
Marins teaching style is articulate, enthusiastic, powerful, and empowering. She’s known for her relaxing & grounded presence.
Your metamorphosis awaits…
There is a magic that occurs on retreat. It’s a joyful alchemy created from supportive community, changed perspective, the excitement of travel, dedicated practice, deep meditative moments, introspection, and connection to the inspiring beauty of the natural world. These ingredients create transformation.
Cancellation Policy - Deposits secure your space and are non-refundable. For cancellation requests submitted with more than 30 days of retreat date, 50% of total amount (less deposit) will be refunded. Cancellation requests within 30 days of the retreat: no refunds given, no exceptions. No refunds or credits will be granted for failure to attend, complete or for arriving late or leaving early.