1-Day Farm & Food Workshop: Fermentation Focus | June 25th
About This Event
Join us for a full day of hands-on learning at the CO Project Farm! Our 1-day Farm & Food Workshops are packed full of lifestyle lessons on how to live sustainably and embrace a more regenerative lifestyle. Your ‘out-of-city’ experience will include:
Arrival on the farm and greeting by your host, who will take you on a tour of our various experimental approaches to small-scale organic farming, from permaculture to syntropic food forests
Collecting farm fresh ingredients and transforming them into beautiful, healthy vegetable-centric dishes to be enjoyed on our gorgeous outdoor terrace overlooking the property and surrounding hills
Exploring zero waste lifestyles by making your own unique products that you get to take home at the end of a fun and soul-nourishing day!
Meeting other link-minded travelers and residents interested in sustainability and creativity
Our 1-day Farm & Food Workshop content is tailored to each groups’ learning desires and may cover topics like fermentation, pickling, preserves, DIY natural body products (such as soap or toothpaste), vegan cheese or milk making, and other fascinating everyday practices that help you adopt a more sustainable lifestyle.
Our Farm & Food Workshops start at 10am and conclude at 5pm.
Trains depart Lisbon Santa Apolonia Station at 7.45am (regional train €10,10) or at 8am (fast train €18,60) and arrive at Tomar Station at 9.47am. Train departs back to Lisbon from Tomar at 6.11pm.
We offer a Tomar Station arrival pick-up at 9.50am and return drop-off at 5.30pm.
In summer, bring your swimming clothes for a cool dip in our natural pool!
We are happy to suggest that you stay over in Tomar, either before or after your farm experience, so you can truly enjoy this beautiful region of Portugal. We can recommend the Tomar Boutique Hotel but there are many lovely local accommodation options available (see the local tourism office).
10am-10.15am: Arrival welcome drink – delicious homemade kombucha or lemonade
10.15am – 11am: Farm tour and food picking experience – meet our animal family and learn about our small-scale organic agriculture projects
11am – 1pm: Vegetarian and vegan cooking class – under the guidance of our culinary team, transform what you harvested from the farm into a delicious and healthy vegetable-centric meal
1pm-2pm: Lunch on the sunny terrace overlooking the farm – enjoy a selection of local wines and cheeses with your midday extravaganza!
2.30-3pm: Afternoon relaxation – walk around freely and enjoy the farm or take a leisurely siesta in our orchard hammocks
3-5pm: Sustainable and zero-waste living workshop – discover many different ways to embrace sustainability in your daily life with our hands-on DIY workshop series and make something unique to take home with you
5pm: Wrap up the day’s activities, farewells and train station drop-off
All of the CO Project Farm experiences are designed for individuals wanting to discover practical life skills through our unique perspective on sustainability. Our nature-based Brain Spa offers something for everyone in this beautiful corner of Portugal!
THINGS TO NOTE
Our 1-Day Farm & Food Workshops are conducted in English.
The cost of your CO Project workshop includes 23% Portuguese sales tax (i.e. IVA, aka VAT) so there are no further costs to pay upon arrival.
This experience does not include an overnight stay. However, if you would like to spend more time on the farm, please explore our 3-day weekend getaways or 5-day creativity camps. We would love to welcome you as an overnight guest!
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
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.
DirectionsThe 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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