Regenerative Living Weekend

  • CO Project CO Project
  • Serra, Portugal
  • Nov 23 - 25, 2018 (3 days)
  • Private Room Farmhouse | Queen Bed - €300.00 Private Room Farmhouse | Double Bed - €300.00 Private Room Farmhouse | Single Bed - €300.00 Shared Room Farmhouse | 2 Single Beds - €220.00 (All prices include €150.00…

About us

The CO Project Regenerative Living Weekends offer you a beautifully curated 2-night farm stay at our incredible Brain Spa facility in Serra, Tomar, Portugal.  

Designed around learning to take action, experiencing regeneration and deep reflection, our small group weekend retreats provide opportunities to learn everyday-tools for creative change and personal positive impact.

Discover everyday living hacks for:

  • Post disposable living
  • Zero waste kitchen
  • DIY lifestyle hacks
  • Sustainable shopping swaps
  • Vegetable-centric cooking
  • Organic food growing
  • How to pat and hug baby animals

These weekends are the perfect way to jump-start your shift to a more sustainable lifestyle or to deepen your commitment to creative and regenerative living all while learning in a beautiful, relaxing, and inspiring setting on our organic farm in the wine country of Central Portugal.

Add in a Swedish wooden hot tub, baby animals, organic food, natural swimming pool, and magical forest walks, all surrounded by the unique and inspiring design of a restored 100 year old olive farm.

Founded and designed by UN Environment Champion of the Earth (yes that’s actually a thing!), Dr. Leyla Acaroglu, the CO farm experience is designed to allow you to learn from nature, connect with like minded peers and activate sustainable living aspirations into actions.

What is the experience like?

You will enjoy beautiful organic, hyper local vegetable-centric food, regional wines and delicious cheeses (OMG, these are so good!) as we share our passion for zero waste cooking. Alongside the culinary experience you will have your mind activated in our hands on life-swap learning sessions and curated regeneration and reflection activities. You will leave with a backpack full of everyday sustainable living hacks for your home, kitchen, your health, body, garden, career, and daily life!

Fall is a time for reflection and regeneration so as the weather gets cooler we offer fireside chats, relaxing soaks in the wood fired outdoor hot tub, red wine or tea by the cozy indoor fireplaces where you can read, write or engage in great conversations. Enjoy winter forest walks and farm life experiences with our adorable baby donkeys. Your weekend away will leave you refreshed and ready to take action for a more sustainable future.

Each Regenerative Living Weekend starts on a Friday afternoon/evening allowing you time to get here for dinner and ends Sunday afternoon or evening. It’s easy to get to our incredible space by train from Lisbon (2 hours to Tomar) or car pool car ride is 1.5 hours.

We keep the weekends small and intimate with private rooms and a slightly cheaper shared twin share option.

**If you are a Portuguese resident, contact us for a local discount!

What I liked best about the CO Project, besides the stunning Portuguese setting, was the genuine commitment to making it an engaging sustainability lab. Every decision is made with a systems design mindset and is locally adapted to fit the context. Visiting the farm was getting a hands on experience in creative change making. I love this project! We need places like this that challenge our status quo and let people get their hands dirty and learn while doing. ~ Meli S

Event Highlights

  • Three incredible days in the rolling countryside of Serra, Tomar in beautiful Portugal

Venue Highlights

Our adventure based programs encourage people from diverse professional backgrounds to reorient the way they perceive and act in the world, to maximize their capacity to affect positive social change.

We use storytelling, challenge and play as catalysts for rapid knowledge transfer, community building and personal activation.

We help emerging leaders and established professionals rapidly up-skill in designing interventions for social innovation. All of our programs center on our unique approach to change-making through the Disruptive Design method and are designed for purpose-driven leaders, agitators and passionate communicators wanting to participate in solving and evolving planetary probelms.

The UnSchool exists to help fill what the knowledge/action gap that exists between knowing there are problems in the world and having the mental models and skillsets required to actively intervene and design solutions.

The farmhouse is ready for guests as we continue to regenerate this beautiful old farm into the world's first brain spa for creative optimists a living lab and campus for the UnSchool. We are lovingly and sustainably transforming this place into an incredible cultural destination, experiential learning space, and sustainability hub for positive creative change. Join us for a workshop, creative residency or open day this summer!

THIS IS A ONE-OF-A-KIND CREATIVE PLAYGROUND THAT DOUBLES AS AN ALL-INCLUSIVE BRAIN SPA, LEARNING LAB AND CULTURAL DESTINATION FOR INSPIRED CHANGE-MAKERS.

A brain spa is a place where you go to get your neurons recharged. So many burnt-out creatives try to get their energy back by having their bodies worked on, and whilst this is nice (who doesn't like a long massage!, And yes we can arrange this too), it's often our brains that need the recharge through reflection, connection and creativity.

The Brain Spa concept is about creating a space for regeneration of the mind as much as the body, in nature, with incredible people, nourishing food and the experiential learning to take back to your busy productive change-making life.

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Hot Tub
  • Coffee/Tea

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free

Menu/Cuisine

We have a beautiful big outdoor eating and cooking area which includes an outdoor kitchen, a hand built pizza oven and Portuguese BBQ. There is a long communal table that accommodates 12-25 people.

We have on-site vegetarian food prep who can provide you with healthy organic and vibrant meals so that you can focus on your experience (you're also welcome to cook some of your own meals if you wish!).

We have a thriving summer vegetable garden for cooking fresh vegetarian food (our facility is 100% vegetarian). We work with local partners to source all of our cheese and wine food from the local region and offer seasonal, vegetable-centric and organic food.

Accommodations

We can comfortably accommodate people with private and shared rooms on the CO Project Farm. We have a restored our 100+ year old farm house across 2 levels.

We are 5 minutes from a beautiful Zêzere River, a fresh water swimming delight with a river beach for natural swimming and picnicking
We have an onsite natural outdoor swimming pool for summer afternoon refreshing dips.

Nearby Tomar is full of rich cultural history with the 900 year old convent and castle along with winding old streets and cute cafes and restaurants. We can arrange wine tasting, farm visits, olive oil production tours and many other culturally rich experiences in our local area. The beach is a 45 minute drive from the farm. We have farm animals and an olive and citrus grove to explore along with a nearby natural cork and pine forest perfect for forest walks and nature immersions.

Directions

The farm is 1 hour 20 mins drive from Lisbon airport and 2 hours from Porto airport. The train from Lisbon to Tomar is 2 hours and 3.5 hours from Porto. It is very easy to get to the farm from Tomar via taxi, costs 15 eures and takes 20 minutes.

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Regenerative Living Weekend

at CO Project

  • Nov 23, 2018 - Nov 25, 2018 (3 days)

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