The Perfect Autumn Escape: A retreat to Portugal

OCTOBER 7 – 14, 2023


Join Julie and Peter for an idyllic 7 day Autumn reset where the water is warm, the food is farm-fresh, and the living is easy.

OCTOBER 7 – 14, 2023

This week long retreat is the perfect Autumn escape!

Expect incredible twice daily yoga classes, secret beach adventures, new friendships, and plenty of time to be solo, explore nature, nap in a hammock, hug a goat (!), and deepen your connection to yourself.

We will nestle down at Cocoon Portugal, an oasis of a property on Portugal’s untouched Atlantic coast that boasts two yoga shalas, a freshwater lake, veggie farm, and a circus of goats, sheep and peacocks.

It’s the perfect backdrop to pull back from daily living, reestablish a regular routine, and remember yourself more fully as you breathe fresh life into your life!


Cocoon is a 275 acre farm + retreat, located just ten minutes from the beach in the wild and untouched coast of Portugal. Far removed from the tourist culture of the rest of Europe, Cocoon boasts nearby beaches that are open and expansive with a magnificent coastline, and is interwoven with traditional whitewashed villages.

The farm includes a freshwater lake to swim in, farm animals to connect with, and two yoga shalas to enjoy. Our group will have full private access to the retreat space during our week long stay at Cocoon.

Cocoon Portugal offers inspiration and community for the modern traveler. Between the oversized hammocks and the freshwater lake, you’ll start to lose track of time as each day re-enlivens awareness that life is a gift.


Cocoon serves three nourishing and delicious farm to table meals each day. Coffee and herbal teas are available throughout the day. Food is sourced locally, either from nearby farms or Cocoon’s own gardens. A typical breakfast includes eggs, local fruit, Greek yogurt, homemade granola, local honey, homemade jam, slow-rise bread, and a daily tonic. Lunch is often a bowl; a base of ancient grains like farro, topped with avocado, roasted veggies, nori, or mixed greens. For dinner, expect Indian + Japanese inspired curries, Mediterranean stews, and at least one of their famous pizza nights.


Cocoon has two yoga spaces. The indoor shala is spacious and airy, and the outdoor deck is perfect for morning meditations or restoratives, set under old Pine trees. They have full collection of mats and props.

Julie and Peter have nearly 45 years of teaching experience collectively, and each bring their unique approach to yoga to every class. Expect classes themed around yoga teachings and philosophy to sweeten the physical exploration using bio-mechanic principles of alignment and smart sequencing.

Morning classes will be an upbeat and strong approach (maybe even sweaty!), and early evening practices will be a slower, deeper dive including restoratives, pranayama, and meditation.


Deposit of 50% holds your space. To qualify for the early-bird rate, balance must be paid in full by JULY 1, 2023. (Deposit is non-refundable, and the retreat center has a strict no refund policy!)

Early Pricing, per person (before July 1st, 2023)

  • SHARED / SHARED BATH: $2200/pp (private/shared bath option inquire)
  • SHARED / ENSUITE BATH: $2400/pp
  • SINGLE / ENSUITE BATH: $2800/pp
  • *TRIPLE / ENSUITE BATH: $2100/pp
    *To qualify for Triple price rate, you must have a trio upon registration*

Standard Pricing, per person (after July 1st, 2023)

  • SHARED / SHARED BATH: $2400/pp (private/shared bath option inquire)
  • SHARED / ENSUITE BATH: $2600/pp
  • SINGLE / ENSUITE BATH: $3000/pp
  • *TRIPLE / ENSUITE BATH: $2300/pp
    * To qualify for Triple price rate, you must have a trio upon registration*
*Payment plans are available on request.


  • Daily yoga, meditation, dharma talks and inquiry
  • 3 healthy, lovingly prepared farm to table meals each day
  • Access to the entire property, the freshwater lake and plenty of oversized hammocks
  • Free use of bicycles for daily exploration of local villages
  • Optional adventures to secret untouched beaches, nearby seafront villages, and hiking


  • International travel to Portugal
  • Transport from airport to / from Cocoon Portugal
  • Additional excursions or personal treats like massage, horseback riding, or surf lessons


Easiest is flying into Lisbon and renting a car for about a two hour drive south. We are happy to assist pairing you with other retreaters to share costs. Check in anytime after 3pm.

Cocoon is on the breathtaking Atlantic coast of Portugal, near the charming fishing village of Zambujeira do Mar, in the Alentejo region, which is far removed from the hustling tourist culture of the rest of Europe.

We recommend travelers insurance to safeguard your trip!



Julie Dohrman has been teaching locally and internationally for over 20 years and is one of New York’s most sought after teachers. Widely known for her inspiring, intelligent, and practical approach to yoga, Julie has an infectious passion for the practice, and views yoga as a means for personal transformation and growth. Her classes are deeply layered and invite your attention to awaken the body-mind connection, combining mythic stories and sage teachings from varied Tantric lineages with clear instruction and progressive sequencing. Julie is Certified in Anusara Yoga, ERYT-500 / YACEP, meditation instruction, and teaches in Brooklyn and NYC. She leads 200 / 300 hr Teacher Training under her school Shaktiyoga New York.


Peter Goodman is a Certified Anusara® yoga teacher, ERYT-500 and YACEP. He has been practicing yoga for nearly 30 years and teaching for over 15. Peter has had the great honor and pleasure of traveling worldwide to study with many great yogis in many corners of the world, and considers himself a lifelong student. In his classes, he is passionate and sincere in offering students a place to journey to – a place filled with stability, freedom, and integrity in alignment while never forgetting the joy filled love of life, and the highest teachings life offers.

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