5-Day Creativity Camp & Olive Harvest : Oct 15th-19th

  • CO Project CO Project
  • Serra, Portugal
  • Oct 15 - 19, 2019 (5 days)
  • On-Site Private Room - €972.00 On-Site Shared Room - €732.00 Prices include €492.00 on-farm experience

About This Event

The CO Project’s 5-day Creativity Bootcamp is a fun-focused, nature-based explosion for people wanting to fire up their creativity and learn about sustainability, systems change and regenerative living. Join us for our very special October session during the farm’s olive harvest!

Our 5-day camps offer hands-on learning experiences every morning, along with optional afternoon design challenges around food prep, making things and participating in nature.

Perfect for guests looking to recharge their own creative practice or learn some new techniques for sustainable living and systems change

We run morning brain activating workshop sessions and afternoon creativity programs; the week ends with a challenge that will help you apply all you have uncovered to an impact area you are most excited about

We curate a constantly evolving program of content to choose from, including hands-on syntropic farming, vegan cheese making, soap and body care product making, food fermentation, and of course: relaxing playtime in nature

Local cultural experiences from wine tasting to olive harvesting, each bootcamp program offers different surprise experiences!

Our unique 5-day program is designed to really allow participants to activate their brains’ creative centers and find the sweet spot between challenge and reward. These summer bootcamps are perfect for any adult wanting to get reenergized while gaining a systems perspective on creating change in the world around us. 

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PROGRAM SCHEDULE 

Day 1: Arrival, CO Project Farm tour, food experience, plus time to get settled and relax

Day 2: Workshop sessions on ‘Systems, Sustainability + Design’

Day 3: Cultural exploration with riverside picnic, local winery tasting and tour, and forest walks

Day 4: Creativity design challenge based on explored topics and areas of interest

Day 5: Pitches, feedback, action setting, wrapping up and goodbyes

Please note: We do our best to follow the schedule above, but depending on weather and local availability, we sometimes have to move things around a bit… but we guarantee an incredible experience no matter how the agenda unfolds!

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THINGS TO NOTE

Our 5-Day Creativity Bootcamps are conducted in English.

The cost of your CO Project experience includes 23% Portuguese sales tax (i.e. IVA, aka VAT) so there are no further costs to pay upon arrival.

 

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

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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.

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.

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • 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.

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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