The Playfully Curious Somatic Yoga Retreat, Cocoon Portugal

Join Megan and Michael for a spectacular 7 night yoga and sound extravaganza! Bring yourself and enjoy some solitude, come with a partner, or share a room and make some new friends.

March 15th -22nd, 2024

Part play and part slow down... movement, stillness, solitude, socializing, silence, sound healing. Explore your inner space with 2 daily Somatic Yoga practices, embodied writing, and complete each day receiving the vibration of sound therapy with hands on healing.

Yoga Teachers! You will receive 27 hours of continuing education credit for Yoga Alliance and/or International Association of Yoga Therapists, including Somatic Yoga techniques. Learn Somatic Yoga for self care and to share with your students!

About Cocoon

Cocoon Portugal is a 275 acre farm + yoga retreat center situated in the Alentejo region of Portugal, which is know for its long stretches of untouched beaches and rugged coastline. The breathtaking Atlantic coast and the quaint white washed fishing village of Zambujiera del Mar is a 12 minute drive from Cocoon.

The whole property is ours for the week!

Your stay at Cocoon includes 3 organic farm to table vegetarian meals per day. In your free time you can saunter around the full grounds including 2 yoga shalas, oversized hammocks, a fresh water lake and explore on bicycles. Spring water, coffee and local herbal teas are available all day.

Where & How

Cocoon is 2 hours south of Lisbon and slightly less from Faro airport. Transportation to Cocoon is available from either airport. If your prefer to arrive by bus you can take the Rede Express Bus from Lisbon and we will pick you up at the  Vila Nova Milfontes bus station 10 minutes from Cocoon.   In Lisbon you have one bus that goes to Vila Nova Milfontes from Lisboa – Sete Rios. At the airport you will take a taxi or catch the metro to Lisboa – Sete Rios.

The same bus company serves Faro to Odemira or Vila Nova Milfontes. Vila Nova Milfontes is better from Lisbon and Odemira from Faro,  but Vila Nova has more timetables…

Uber (approximately €150) or Private taxi is an option; here’s the information (2023 prices).

We highly recommend that you rent a car if your would like to explore the coastline and surrounding areas.

Pricing Includes:

7 nights accommodations at Cocoon

11 spacious, clean rooms are available in single, double and triple occupancy with either en suite bathrooms or shared baths. All have courtyard access and some rooms also include quiet back terraces.

3 Organic Farm to Table Meals Per Day

Including a wood fire pizza night! Nourishing, healthy and delicious! Vegan and gluten free meals are available upon request.

2 Somatic Yoga Classes & Meditation Each Day

We will practice indoors at Cocoon's well propped, light filled studio, as well as outdoors on the wooden platform beneath the canopy of old growth pines. Cocoon is equipped with all the luscious props.

Daily Embodied Writing

Afternoon sessions to explore the free flow process of writing from your inner narrative of sensation.

Sound Therapy & Energy Healing

As you relax into the meditative sounds of Michael's music, Megan will offer individual hands on energy healing.

*Not Included In Pricing: private appointments, flights, transportation to/from the airport. Cocoon has an honesty bar where students can purchase local wine, beer, and home made chocolate for a reasonable price.

Payment & Cancellation Policy

Payments may be made by credit card, IBAN direct bank transfer, Venmo, or Revolut. A non-refundable deposit of €350 is required to hold your space. Final payment of full balance is due in full on or before arrival on March 15 for all payments.

Cancellations submitted more than 30 days before the retreat will be refunded at 100% of the payment (less deposit and credit card fees). There are no refunds for any cancellations within 30 days of the retreat. We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. No exceptions can be made to our cancellation policy.

Daily Schedule

8:00 am  Sunrise Somatic Yoga

10:00 – 11:00 am   Breakfast: eggs from Cocoon’s own hens, local fruit, Greek yogurt, homemade granola & bread, jams and local honey

11:00 am   Free time to explore the coastline, visit quaint fishing villages, hike or chill

2:30 -3:30 pm   Lunch: often a bowl filled with delicious ancient grains like farro topped with avocado, roasted veggies, nori or mixed greens.

3:00-5:00 pm, Afternoon nap, read in a hammock, stroll the farm

5:00-5:30 pm Embodied Writing Session

5:30 – 6:30 pm Yummy Seconds on Somatic Yoga!

7:00 – 8:00 pm    Community Dinner: Indian + Japanese curries, Mediterranean stews, legumes, rice, salad and dessert.

8:30 pm   Sound Therapy & Guided Meditation

*Check-in after 3:00 pm Friday. The retreat starts with dinner on Friday followed by a ‘ground & put you to bed’ class and sound healing on March 15th.

*Check out is 10:00 am on the 22nd, after our closing practice and breakfast.

* Please note, we will be practicing, mauna – spiritual silence upon waking in the morning until after breakfast. We also ask that you make a sincere effort to keep yourself off devices and phones any time you are on the property.3

“Soma” is the Greek word meaning “living body”. Viewed from the outside, a human being is a body with a certain shape and size. However, when a human being looks at him/herself from the inside, he/she is aware of feelings, movements, sensations and intentions – a very different fuller being. What an individual sees from his/her first person, living, sensing, internalize view is a soma.

To yourself you are a soma. To another, you are a body. You learn about yourself through movement. The somatic viewpoint is that humans are self-aware, self-sensing and self-moving and therefore, self responsible somas who can change themselves.

Befriend your soma with playful yoga, nutritious food, natural beauty and good company.

Bring A Companion And/Or Make A Few Friends

Room Options & Pricing

Update: we are down to just 2 rooms. Please contact us for available options and pricing before making deposit.

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