We know how it is. Running a retreat somewhere new can be a bit daunting. Especially if you haven’t travelled a ton, or if this is your first retreat. With the amount of time, energy, and money invested, you want to make sure as the host that you deliver an incredible experience to your students. You want to make sure that you feel a nice connection with the place and the people running it, that the property embodies your own values, and will support you in creating a seamless and extraordinary experience for your group.
getting to cocoon
We're minutes from the charming fishing villages of Zambujiera del Mar and Vila Nova de Milfontes, both in the gorgeous Alentejo region of Portugal.
If you're coming from abroad, you'll probably come from Lisbon. We’re about two hours drive south from Lisbon, entirely dependent on how many espressos you’ve had. From Faro, which is in the Algarve region, we're slightly closer. (Faro is where many low-cost European airlines fly)
seasons + weather
Cocoon is open seasonally, from March through November each year. All three seasons that we're open (from Spring to Fall) are magical, with each season offering a unique opportunity to enjoy it's charms.
March, April and May tend to be slightly cooler, ideal for hiking along the bluffs, and enjoying everything in bloom. June through September are our warmest months, great for sunbathing at the beach, swimming in our lake, and enjoying the long days and the warm summer nights. October and November start to cool down again, although the ocean water is still nice to swim, and our fire-pit is perfect on the cooler fall evenings.
We are situated on Portugal's Costa Vicentina, famed for it's wild beaches + rugged cliffs. This is Portugal's West Coast, off the radar for most tourists. We are ten minutes drive from the beach, with a variety of different beaches to enjoy in the area - each with it's own perks.
There are a few sandy beaches nearby, perfect for sunbathing or surfing. (We can even set you up with the local surf school if you want to learn!) Other areas have bluffs, ideal for hiking along. It's typical in Portugal to enjoy a lunch at one of the simple beach shacks, like grilled fresh octopus and a carafe of Vinho Verde.
There is also a gorgeous natural estuary which forms a natural sandbank, ideal for those who like to swim in calmer water.
The water temperature in summer is typically around 20C (68F).
Cocoon is available for 7 night experiences from Saturday to Saturday. Your stay at Cocoon gives you access to the entire 275 acre property, including two yoga shalas complete with props and our freshwater lake. For our rates + info pack, please fill out this questionnaire.
money | electricity | health
Portugal is part of the European Union. The currency is the Euro (€). We suggest using xe.com for reliable currency conversions. Electricity in Portugal is 230V, with a frequency of 50hz. For more essential info on Portugal, check out Lonely Planet.
Portugal is a safe, stable + developed country. While much of the world is now confronted with terrorism, Portugal is still considered a low-risk country for such attacks. However - always exercise good judgement when you travel. Be cautious in touristy areas of Lisbon, specifically the 28 tram, which is notorious for pickpockets. Be cautious with your car rental - and leave your expensive belongings at home. Click here to learn about visa formalities.
refunds + cancellations
Please review our cancellation policy.