Weekend Nature Escape Retreat | August 23-25 | Food & Fermentation Focus Copy

  • CO Project CO Project
  • Serra, Portugal
  • Aug 23 - 25, 2019 (3 days)
  • On-Site Private Room - €486.00 On-Site Shared Room - €366.00 (All prices include €246.00 base amount)

About This Event

Do you want to reflect on your career, develop a project, start a book, build your creative confidence, regenerate an exhausted mind, rejuvenate your creativity, or simply carve out some time to be in nature? Then our 3-day Creative Recharge Weekend Getaway at the CO Project Farm is perfect for you!

Each weekend has a different focal point of knowledge transfer and our June weekend is Fermentation focused! Which means Kombucha, pickles, lacto-fermented vegetables and exploring simple ways of creating healthy, long-lasting and delicious-tasting food preserves.

Join this 3-day weekend getaway from August 23-25  to dive deep into the fascinating world of farming microbes for healthy food options. You will do loads of taste testing and experimentation, plus you will go home with your very own Kombucha starter! All our programs also include a take home digital toolkit of sustainable living tips and recipes.

Our lifestyle focused, food-filled and self-directed creative retreats are the perfect way to immerse yourself in nature and expand your skills in a beautiful and inspiring setting.

 Our relaxed weekend getaway unfolds with a flexible format:

Arrive on Friday morning for a local market tour and shopping trip, or come later in the afternoon to enjoy an aperitif on the sun-filled terrace overlooking the property

Take a farm tour to discover all of the different modes of small-scale organic agriculture we’re experimenting with and meet our delightful animal family (they love to cuddle!)

Pick farm fresh food right out of our garden and learn how to prepare delicious, healthy, organic meals while adopting zero waste kitchen and home principles

Take time to lie in a hammock, read a book from our extensive library, swim in the river, work on your novel or have a great conversation over a glass of wine with other likeminded creatives

We lightly curate content around the interests of the group and offer learning experiences in all manner of creative endeavors from systems thinking to design, creative reflection and productivity. You will learn many things through doing, as with all our experiences there’s lots of hands on activities from pasta making to Kombucha!

Our lightly curated 3-day programs start on Friday and end on Sunday afternoon, with the option of extending your stay into the week (based on availability).

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!

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PROGRAM SCHEDULE 

Friday 

Arrival option 1: Friday morning 11.30am pick-up from Tomar Station for market visit

Arrival option 2: Afternoon arrival and make your own way to the farm

Arrival farm tour and food experience

Welcome dinner

Saturday

Morning ‘Systems and Sustainability’ workshop (optional)

Farm lunch or riverside picnic

Afternoon relaxation

Sunset forest walk

Evening dinner experience

Sunday

Morning ‘Zero Waste Home + Living’ workshop (optional)

Farm lunch

Afternoon free time and departure

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THINGS TO NOTE

Our 3-Day Creative Weekend Retreats 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.

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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 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

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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