Creative Experimentation & Loving Dogs

About This Event

The retreat package “CREATE“ focuses on free creative experimentation and the infinite rewards that come from letting your hands work on what your soul is asking for: to be the artist you are, without restriction. So, if you feel like experimenting creative and handy abilities, and also want to relax and benefit from the healing love of our dogs, then you've found the ideal place.

We will provide you with all the materials you need for your arts or craft project. We will guide you, answer your questions and allow you to take your own direction without being a formal course. You will develop confidence by doing – dedicating your time to creative activity purely because you love to do it. Our dogs will watch you working on your project and give you affectionate support!

Modalities: Painting; mosaic; sound installations; landscape art; sustainable projects and adaptive technologies, crafts based around natural materials, such as palm fronds; dream catchers, etc.

For all ages. We have special offers for children. Families are welcome.

Additionally we offer various options for relaxing, expressing your creativity, enjoying unforgettable new places, or simply letting our dogs' love warm your heart. 

In our region there are a couple of interesting touristic attractions like local restaurants with typical Bahian food, surfing, diving, whale watching (seasonal), sea turtle project, etc ...

The package includes delicious vegetarian meals made from organic locally-produced vegetables. If you would like to eat some different dishes, there are very good restaurants nearby, or you can let us know for discuss.

If you want to take a break from your day-to-day life and enjoy the company of dogs, you've found the ideal place. If on the other hand you'd like to pursue some cherished activity that you usually don't have enough time for, we offer various options for expressing your creativity and enjoying unforgettable new places.

Offered activities included in the package

(Pick and choose your activities from the list below, making your own arrangement. It’s all included!)

a)  Options for you to experiment and express your creativity

How can creative experimentation bring benefit to our life?" - talk"Aesthetics, beauty and inner truth" - talk"The influence of colors in our lives" – talk and experimentationsPainting and wall paintingPainting and creating mandalasMosaic with tiles for decorating ambiencesMosaic – arts with recycled plasticBush craft experiments with natural materialsCollages and dream catchers"Enjoying clay" – talk and experimentations"Sound structures with natural materials" – talk and experimentations"Landscape design" – talk and experimentations"Physical and energetic awareness" – group sessionBody expression and dramatization – group sessionMeditative Dances – group session

 b)  Other activities for you to choose from - included

"Bahia, Brazil – its history and culture" – talk"The natural park – both relaxing and energizing" – talk"Permaculture and sustainability" - expert advice"Gratitude to the 4 Elements" – group session"Crystal bowls, light exercises and meditation" – workshopGuided meditation with dogs: "Touchable Love"  – group session"The healing power of dog’s love" – talkDog fundamentals talks during your stayCome together around the fire place in natureSharing experiences as a group - farewell

 c)  Tours and visits to interesting sites - included 

Guided tour to the Historical Center of Salvador da BahiaVisit to a local "capoeira" groupVisit to the charming seaside town of ArembepeVisit to the sea turtle project  "TAMAR" in ArembepeTour to the famous historical beach of Praia do Forte

Special offers

Second person pay less: If you bring your partner or a friend, the second person gets a 50% discount.Families and groups: Special prices for families and groups, please enquire.

Group size for retreats :

Maximum 8 participants for each retreat date. (Our dogs will receive you as a “family member”, because of that the retreat group size could not be bigger than 8 persons). Please contact us to check the availability.

CUSTOMIZED PACKAGES

If you would like to come with a group, the maximum group size is 18 persons.

Or if these package dates don’t suit your schedule, please contact us to request a customized package, indicating your preferred arrival date. 

So if you’re feeling inspired by what we offer, contact us now to guarantee your place.  

If you want another accommodation as double occupancy, that could be discussed. Please require.

Early check-in can be requested, and if you would like to stay longer, that is possible too.  Please request availability before booking

“Unforgettable experience“ . I came to stay at Retreat Bela Natureza on their 5 day 'Smile' package which focuses on interacting with the dogs at the retreat. I had a wonderful 5 days not just getting to know and receiving love and affection from the 13 beautiful dogs, but also truly getting in touch with nature as the retreat is filled with tropical greenery and animals who sing throughout the day. The ensuite Curió was comfortable and spacious and the facilities at the retreat suited my needs perfectly. Thankyou Evelyn and Bela Natureza! - Emily, London, UK . ************************************ . February 2018: "Merveilleux Endroit“ . Je suis resté une semaine dans ce merveilleux endroit avec Evelyn et sa petite famille de 13 chiens vraiment adorables. J'ai pu l'aider pour la maintenance et quelques petits travaux de jardinage. C'était quelques heures par jour et ce fût un vrai plaisir de participer à son projet, de se sentir util. Evelyn est une personne très gentille, toujours souriante, avec la main sur le coeur, qui aime partager son expérience de la vie. Si vous voulez passer une semaine de détente toute en restant un minimum actif, je vous recommande ce superbe endroit. J'ai choisi le package standard qui offre la possibilité d'aider deux heures par jour. - Pierre, Bordeaux, France . ************************************ . January 2018: “Sacred Space for Healing“ . Retreat Bela Natureza is a sacred space for healing. It's my second time at the Retreat and, like the last, it's been transformative. Before arriving, I was feeling unbalanced and exhausted — and the Revitalize package was exactly what I needed to restore my energy. The experience of deeply connecting with nature (gathering fresh fruit from the land, swimming in the ocean, dancing around a fire, listening to the birds sing, playing with the resident family of dogs, etc) has brought me back to life. And, Evelyn's ability to truly see someone, hold space and offer the healing practice(s) needed is a gift. I highly recommend the Retreat and exploring all it has to offer. I'm already planning my next trip back! - Robin, New York, USA . ************************************ . January 2018: “Unforgettable experience with loving dogs in nature“ . Being at "Retreat Bela Natureza" for me was such a privilege. The amazing contact with nature and the dogs made my stay such a dreamy experience. The team from the Retreat put so much passion into everything they do, they are really welcoming and have a lot of knowledge on so many different subjects, from composting to meditation, reiki, art, environment... I feel like I have learned so much. It's good to be open to learn different things you may have not even thought about before! I participated in a few different workshops and I really feel this is the perfect space for healing and also to be be inspired in creating art immersed in nature and with the constant love of the resident dogs. I stayed for the "Create" package of the Retreat, and it had been an amazing opportunity to work on my artistic skills. Looking forward to coming back here again! - Aurora, Sydney, Australia . *************************************** . December 2017: “Amazing experience!“ - I've just spent 5 days at Retreat Bela Natureza experiencing their package "Smile" and had the most delightful time. I arrived there feeling stressed and exhausted and day-by-day, through deep contact with nature and their lovely family of dogs, I regained peace and quiet, inner silence and yes, my big smile! Observing dogs and sharing with them was a great experience: each one's personality, humor and attitude revealed a lot about myself. Meditating, reading, walking beside them helped me regain contact with my inner self, the main purpose of this trip. Arembepe's beaches and town were also lovely, calm and beautiful. Small local restaurants offer great food and environment. Last but not least I was fortunate to be a part of a nice group guided by Evelyn, who was the person that received us and cared for us through these days, always supportive and caring. Be sure not to miss her amazing Crystal Bowls guided meditation! - Iamna, Buenos Aires, Argentina . ************************************ . July 2017: “Bello lugar“ . Si eres un amante de los Perros y además te encanta vivir entre árboles, este es el lugar perfecto!(contact info blocked) en contacto con la naturaleza y con el amor de una bella manada de perros. Es un lugar para conectarse con los sonidos de las plantas, disfrutar de la visita de las aves y respirar aire puro. Puedes pasar el día caminando entre un mágico tapete de hojas, escoger la sombra de un árbol para meditar, realizar actividades ludicas y creativas en conección con la naturaleza o disfrutar de la compañía de los amigos perrunos que te consienten y se dejan consentir. Bello lugar. - Claudia & Oscar, Equador . ************************************* . July 2017: “Les chiens qui savent venir au bon moment“ . En deux jours, je me suis senti à l'aise et apaisé dans ce lieu. Les arbres qui bruissent au gré du vent, les chiens qui savent venir au bon moment pour réconforter, les personnes qui sont tout sourire dès 7h du mat et qui accueillent le jour avec joie, les autres avec une (contact info blocked) ça me donne du baume au coeur. - Victo, France . ************************************ . May 2017: “Un espacio lleno de vitalidad y hermosa energia“ . Retreat Bela Natureza es un espacio bellisimo para conectarse con uno mismo y con los demas a traves de naturaleza, las plantas, los árboles y sobre todo la familia de perros. Tuvimos experiencias de meditaciones con cuencos y perros y fueron experiencias maravillosas. El aire puro, el silencio y los sobidos naturales permiten honrar la abundancia, el amor, la compañía y el aprendizaje. El desayuno es excelente, incluye pan, mantequilla, dulces, varios tipos de quesos, huevos revueltos u omelette, torta y budines, frutas, jugo de fruta natural, cafe y te, entre otros. También puede incluir almuerzo, merienda y cena con menu muy completo. Las cabañas son muy confortables. Esta muy cerca de la playa de Arembepe, aldea hippie y projecto tamar de tortugas y praia do forte. Recomiendo mucho! - Micaela & Agustin, Buenos Aires, Argentina . ************************************ . May 2017: “Maravilloso“ . El tiempo que pasamos con Evelyn fue maravilloso. Empezando por ella, una mujer inteligente, independiente y muy asertiva. Sus 15 cachorros son excelentes y están muy bien educados. Siguiendo la teoría de Evelyn, al poco tiempo de llegar ya puedes descubrir que cada uno de ellos tiene una personalidad diferente y muy marcada y que todos son capaces de enseñarnos muchas cosas a nosotros como humanos. Las comidas son maravillosas y el desayuno increíble. Fue un verdadero placer haber podido estar aquí. - Luis & Lucía, Madrid, Spain . ************************************ . May 2017: “Voltarei mais vezes com certeza“ . Neste paraíso chamado Coqueiro de Arembepe, 15 cães, todos castrados e muito bem cuidados nos ensinam a sermos pessoas melhores, para nós mesmos e para os outros. Tem Foquinha, a que tudo observa e fiscaliza ; Princesa, um pacotinho de amor embrulhado em laço cor de rosa, como diz Evelyn ; Lobo, Pajé, Bambina e por aí (contact info blocked) um com sua personalidade própria e cativante. Sem contar a paz e sossego do sítio e a hospitalidade de Evelyn e seu jeito todo especial em acolher seus visitantes. Voltarei mais vezes com certeza e ainda quero fazer a meditação com os dogs! - Jane, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil . *********************************** . April 2017: “Unos días en el paraíso“ . Este lugar tiene algo mágico algo que te reconecta con el latir de la tierra y el sol. Aquí es fácil olvidarse del reloj y sumirse en la paz y la tranquilidad del silencio, del sonido de la brisa entre los árboles, del sol acariciando tu piel, del amor incondicional de los perritos que aquí viven, todo eso rodeado de un bello entorno con una huésped muy atenta y que hace que te sientas como en casa de una manera muy tierna. - Iru, Barcelona, Spain . ************************************ . March 2017: “Good times, sweet dogs & stunning nature“ . Angekommen im Retreat bei strahlendem Sonnenschein, begrüßte mich zuerst ein Bündel von goldigen & bezaubernden Hunden :-) Die Nächte verbrachte ich in einer der liebevoll eingerichteten Eco-Lodges und war vollkommen überwältigt von der Schönheit der Natur, inmitten der man sich befindet. Ein Oase für Körper & Seele, um wirklich mal vom Alltagsstress zur Ruhe zu kommen und sonnige Stunden mit Buch in einer Hängematte zu verbringen (Hundebesucher nicht ausgeschlossen :-) ) Mein Lieblingsplatz war der große, offene und ruhige Pavillon, der ideal für Yoga und/oder Meditation-Stunden wegen der Ruhe gemacht ist, da man von einem Naturreservat umgeben ist. Suuper leckeres,vegetarisches Frühstück mit frischen Mangos & Ananas aus dem Garten! Für Hunde- und Naturliebhaber ist diese Unterkunft also ein echtes Paradies! Ein kurzer Fußmarsch führt einen in das kleine Örtchen Arembepe, das bis jetzt zum Glück noch vom großen Tourismus verschont wurde, dort kann man kleine Geschäfte besuchen oder leckere brasilanische Köstlichkeiten ausprobieren. Tipps und Tricks bekommt man von der Gastgeberin, die sich sehr gut in der gesamten Umgebung auskennt und gerne ihre Hilfe anbietet. Die Tage sind leider wie im Flug vergangen und ich kann diese Naturoase für Tierliebhaber nur weiterempfehlen! :-D - Sabrina, Berlin, Germany . ************************************ . February 2017: “Mejor imposible“ . La cabaña Curio es perfecta. Bien fresca para dormir en las noches de calor, abajo tiene una salita con una mesa ideal para quien precise estudiar, escribir, ect. Y lugar suficiente para acomodar todo. Además una gran ventana donde puede entrar mucha luz. El baño es completo y cómodo. Realmente no precise nada más! - Agustin & Julieta, Buenos Aires, Argentina . ************************************ . February 2017: “Momentos de interação e trocas, de gratidão“ . A estadia neste sítio é uma experiência de contato intimo com a natureza, bem como comigo mesma. Comigo mesma porque o silencio -aqui silencio significa o barulho dos bichos, somente- propicia boas reflexões. O quarto aconchegante, todos os cachorros e a nítida paz das pessoas que aqui criaram um lar fizeram eu me sentir em casa logo que cheguei. Os cafés da manhã e almoço fartos e que valorizam tudo que vem da terra local dão energia pra curtir os dias quentes e ensolarados daqui… São momentos de interação, trocas, de mostrar gratidão pelo que toca a cada um nesse cantinho lindo nessa Bahia lindaeedback de - Anita, São Paulo, Brazil. . ************************************ . January 2017: “Lugar muy lindo para pasar unos días de relax“ . Gracias Evelyn por recibirnos :-) Pasamos una semana hermosa en Arembepe y también recorrimos otras playas cercanas de la zona. Evelyn fue muy amable de pasarnos todos los datos y recomendaciones. Evelyn es muy atenta y cálida, nos hizo sentir muy cómodos. El lugar es muy lindo para pasar unos días de relax. Nos encanto arrancar el día con un excelente desayuno, muy completo con frutas del lugar y el mejor café. El sitio es hermoso, lleno de vegetación, los perros son amorosos y la casita donde te hospedas es acogedora. Para ir a la playa o centro donde hacer las compras hay que caminar 600m hasta donde está la parada de colectivo y de ahí son 10min. El único inconveniente es que el coletivo solo funcionan hasta las 20hs. Recomendable para ir a pasar unos días y desconectarse de todo. - Emilia & M., Buenos Aires, Argentina . *********************************** . January 2017: 心と身体を癒やす犬たちとのふれ合い . スゴくおすすめです! ■概要 自然と15匹の犬に囲まれながらとてもリラックスすることができる。 敷地内にはココナッツ、マンゴー、パパイヤ、カシュー、ジャックフルーツの木々があり 差し込む太陽の光を和らげてくれる。 木々があるので真夏でも過ごしやすい。 暑い日にはスイミングプールでゆっくりできる。 ■部屋 泊まった部屋は独立したロッジだった。 名前はBem-Te-Vi(ベン-テ-ビ)。 ロッジは個別のトイレ・シャワー、洗面所、クローゼット、机、蚊帳が完備されている。 シャワーは温水だが、水で浴びるのが気持ち良かった。 ■犬たち すごく人懐っこい、そしてしっかり躾されているので、安心して一緒に過ごすことができる。 犬たちに囲まれ 、犬を撫でながら本を読むのは、至福の時だった。 ■自然 時々野生のサルに出会うことができる。 そして朝は鳥たちのさえずりで気持ち良く起きることができた。 ■設備 ヒーリングを行うパビリオンは本当に素晴らしいの一言。 自然の力を感じながら集中し、疲れた心と身体を癒やすことができる。 個人的にはクリスタルボールのヒーリングが一番心地良かった。 . Genia, Toquio, Japan . ************************************ . January 2017: "Loving dogs & beautiful nature“ . I stayed at this peaceful place for one week and adored it! The dogs were very friendly, so spending time with them was a relaxing and joyful experience. They each have their own unique and lovable personalities, you will miss them when you leave! I stayed in the suite attached to the owner, Evelyn's, house. It was quite spacious and comfortable, I felt very at home. The surrounding area is lush with trees and bushes making it the perfect place to unwind and connect with nature. There is also a lovely breakfast every morning with fresh fruit and bread from the nearby market. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here! - Katie, Chicago, USA . ************************************ . January 2017: “A magical little forest to nurture your heart and body!“ . Retreat Bela Natureza is a refreshing corner in the surroundings of the wonderful village of Arembepe where we could relax our bodies and minds with the pack of magical dogs. It was the first time for us to experience meditation led by dogs, or even hear that such healing was possible -- and it really was an extraordinary experience! We were lodged in the room Bem Te Vi -- a cozy cottage under the mango and coconut trees equipped with the basic necessities which was flooded with the birds singing in the mornings. Every morning we had a table filled with fresh and juicy fruits, mostly picked from their own trees, that helped us start the day with our bellies happy :-) I highly recommend this place, but be careful -- you may not want to leave! - Sugadero, Tokio, Japan . *********************************** . January 2017: “Paz, tranquilidad, naturaleza“ . Con un amplio terreno lleno de plantas y árboles frutales, sus cómodas y rústicas cabañas, su comida super saludable y natural, y lo mejor de todo, la compañía amorosa de Evelyn y todos sus perros, hacen de esta la combinación perfecta para los amantes de la naturaleza. - Agustin, Cordoba, Argentina **********************************.

Venue Highlights

"Smile with Dogs" : The loving and playful contact with the dog family that lives at the retreat. At Retreat Bela Natureza you can relax and energize surrounded by beautiful nature, going to nice beaches and enjoy Brazilian food and happiness. In the loving company of our resident dogs you will find a nurturing atmosphere for your body and soul. It´s a perfect retreat for animal lovers who want to know more about the relationship between humans and dogs and for families with children that want to learn more or work on their contact and interaction with dogs.

Directions

Retreat Bela Natureza Brazil is a pioneer and unique rustic nature retreat with resident healing dogs, located 28km away from international airport Salvador da Bahia (SSA), close to the charming beach village Arembepe. At the highway Ba-099, "Estrada do Côco" it's only about a half hour drive away from the International Airport..
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Located in a secure condominium neighboring the Environmental Preservation Area of the Capivara River, Retreat Bela Natureza Brazil offers modern infrastructure within a peaceful and welcoming natural environment.
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Retreat Bela Natureza Brazil is hidden away in nature, easy to reach when you know the way, but you might not find us on your own with just a GPS. Keep us updated on your flight's arrival time, give us a call, or give us a call if you arrive in Arembepe by bus, and we will assist you!
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For further information to find out how to get to Retreat Bela Natureza Brazil or about transportation from the airport, please contact us.

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