3-Day Food Focused Weekend Retreat: August 2nd-4th
About This Event
About the Experience
Join us for an incredibly inspiring weekend retreat designed for adventurous minds. Explore the fascinating history of fermented foods, learn how to cook healthy vegetarian dishes and get your hands into the basics of home fermenting all whilst experiencing our unique bountiful small scale organic farm. The CO Project is a fun and energizing place to active your neurons and engage with contemporary sustainable living. We call it a brain spa for creative optimists.
Our sustainable lifestyle focused fermentation and food exploration retreats are the perfect way to get out of the city, learn new skills and try your hand at different methods of organic farming and vegetarian food preparation. You’ll be immersed in nature, meet a great group of like minded people and get to hang out with our delightful animals. Expand your perspective of contemporary sustainable living with all our hands-on experiences from kombucha making, to zero waste cooking and living.
We have four lovely private rooms in our 100 year old guesthouse that you can stay in during your retreat on our beautiful farm. Your weekend retreat includes:
Friday: Arrive anytime between lunch and evening time, be welcomed with a farm tour and refreshing homemade Kombucha. Settle into your room and relax before an evening aperitif on the sun-filled terrace overlooking the property. Join in the farm foraging for fresh produce that we will use to all cook a delightful meal in our outdoor kitchen and woodfired oven. Drink delicious local wines and take in the fresh country air.
Saturday: Take a farm tour with our organic agricultural manager to discover all of the different modes of small-scale organic farming from food forests to raised beds and companion planting. We’re experimenting with lots of different ways of producing healthy food in small spaces so you can learn and apply at home. Our animal family will be waiting at the gates for cuddles, so we’ll introduce you to our sheep, goats, donkey’s, ducks and chickens.
Our workshop will start with and introduction to fermentation (part 1) where we explore the history and application of farming with microbes. Then we pack a picnic lunch and go down to the local river beach for a relaxing lunch and swim. Back at the farm we continue with our fermentation workshop (part 2) and bottle our fermented delights and pack our take-home goodies. We’d like to spend our evening with pasta or pizza-making experiences and have some fireside chats to wrap up a fantastic day 2.
Sunday: Wake up late to a delightful farm brunch, take a walk and soak up the beautiful cork forest surrounding the farm. Our last workshop experience is focused on practical and easy applicable sustainable lifestyle swaps from zero waste cooking to making your own soaps/toothpastes/deodorants etc. The group picks the focus and our team delivers a hands on workshop where you take home what you make!
You can chill out in the hammocks, read a book from our extensive library, swim in our natural pool, write in our workroom, relax, think, play, and enjoy. There is just so much to get out of 3 days spent in nature!
Did you know that spending three days in nature has been shown by scientists to increase your positive ‘fighter cells’ by over 50% ? Read this fascinating article to find out more, then join us for a weekend that will replenish your creativity, from the inside out!
Our three day program starts Friday after lunch and extends until Sunday afternoon, with the option of extending your stay into the week (based on availability).Our retreats are conducted in English and facilitated by our incredible on farm team. We have expertise in organic farming, cooking, sustainability and fermentation. The groups are small and the experience rich. Sign up now to join us!
The cost of your CO Project experience is fully inclusive of the 23% Portuguese sales tax (i.e. IVA, aka VAT) so there are no further costs to pay upon arrival.
Want to stay in this stunning region of Portugal for a few extra days? Ask us about our recommendations for local accommodation and activities.
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
Venue HighlightsOur 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.
AccommodationsWe 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.
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
- Tour Assistance
Menu/CuisineWe 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.