15th - 18th June 2023
Together we'll find our muse, our inspiration, our renewed sense of awe between the movement and the stillness.
Immerse yourself in the rituals and practices which cultivate an appreciation of beauty- whether horse riding, yoga, sound meditations or dance, sketching, stretching or savouring the tastes of local food cooked with amor.
Journey with us into a magical space nestled along The Tejo to remember what makes you feel alive. We are collaborating this year with chefs, artists, musicians, sommeliers, cowboys, animals, teachers and students to indulge in a long weekend of exploration.
A farm lovingly given fresh life will be our home, the yoga decks, barns, pools and undergrowth the stage, the stables our private sanctuaries. We’ll dine under the stars and around the fires. Food cooked up by our favourite Argentinian chefs, practices offered from the whole Baraza family and many new faces guiding us on adventures.
Explore life along the Tejo at a picturesque farm which was recently, lovingly given fresh life. Discover the lands vegetable gardens and secret shaded spots, enjoy the pool, the pergola, fire pit all whilst overlooking the rolling plains of the Ribatejo.
Found in the old stables, the bedrooms reflect the essence of the surrounding gardens. They incarnate a mix of simplicity and creativity. Wooden furniture handmade by local craftsmen and artisans, plus fresh linen will ensure a relaxing sanctuary for your weekend of exploration. Conveniently located just under an hour from Lisbon...the journey will be a revelation.
This year Baraza Explores is collaborating with truly incredible individuals from all over the world who are excited to share their unique passions with you.
Every day you’ll get to choose which classes, workshops and presentations you’d like to attend. Our retreats exist to surprise and delight - to give you the space to enjoy familiar practices and to make fresh discoveries. To rekindle enthusiasm for old interests and amaze yourself with new found talents.
We love to give you the opportunity to curate your days as you please, giving the weekend an intimate festival vibration.
EZEQUIEL BRESSIA and FIONA GUITERREZ will be creating meals to remember. Simple, vibrant, seasonal faire that’ll leave you satiated through the day and in awe in the evening.
Our favourite Argentinian chefs will be mostly cooking in the fresh air with flames- using produce sourced locally from regenerative farms. You’ll leave writing down recipes - inspired to head to your nearest market once home to recreate their inventions.
TERRAMAY: Founded with the aim of promoting the importance of soil health, food awareness and the fight against desertification- they produce food with high quality standards, ensuring respect for all elements of nature.
ODE WINERY: ‘Great wines come from great grapes, and great grapes come from carefully cultivated vineyards.’
Following organic, sustainable and regenerative principles to ensure they have healthy soils, positive organic matter and a disease-free environment, their vines are lovingly nurtured to deliver their best fruit year after year.
To name a few...
BECKY HICKS: Becky is passionate about the healing effects dance has on the body, and sharing how it is used in different cultures for expression, in ceremony, story-telling, community and prayer. She created Sunflow, which is a class combining dance, yoga, movement meditation and her exploration of dance in cultures.
MBYE EBRIMA: Mbye is a kora player, singer, songwriter and storyteller. He was born in the Gambia to a djéli family – kora players and renowned disseminators of mandiga-kaabunké oral history going back many generations.
SARAH LEMOS - FACIALISTA: Sarah arrived from Congo in Lisbon in 2016, where she had worked as a nurse. Having always been interested in aesthetics and natural beauty, she graduated in the profession of facialist, where she discovered a more natural and sincere approach to beauty. In addition to massage techniques she also pays attention to the use of conscious/clean products that respect ecology, people’s work and are also aligned with biotechnology. She sees her profession of facialist as a craft of beauty in which she listens, massages, drains and smooths the skin, unlocking emotions.
Additional elements to book and explore during your weekend away.
HORSE RIDING: Embracing your inner rodeo star for the weekend? Take a leisurely ride through the neighbouring land for an hour with your trusty stead.
ONE-TO-ONE COACHING: Work with Ann Schreppers through the elements of energetics, sound and touch. Carving out some time for personalised guidance.
FLASH TATTOO: by Elias. Visiting us from their Baixa based studio They Tattoo, El will be offering up some unique pieces available for the weekend. Spontaneity highly encouraged.
Pre booking available under EXTRAS.
TICKETS: This year there are 2 options for you to explore.
OPTION 1: FULL DISCOVERY - Spend from Thursday 4pm until Sunday 12pm with us on retreat. 3 nights luxury accommodation, all meals, full schedule of classes all included.
*PAY 50% DEPOSIT = €345*
OPTION 2: FIM DE SEMANA - Share the whole of Friday and Saturday with us from morning till sunset ~ 9am until 9.30pm. This 2 Day Pass includes brunches, dinners, refreshments plus each day's full line up of classes and entertainment included. Accommodation is excluded. Daily transport to and from the venue is available to book, parking is also available for day visitors.
*PAY 50% DEPOSIT = €145*
Not included: Transport to and from. A comfortable private bus is available from Lisbon (1hr travel time), booking under extras.
BARAZA founders - Ruby Morris and Alex du Toit are passionate about providing unforgettable experiences. Our retreats, whether escaping to provide mini festivals in tipis, crossing borders to the mountains and secret locations or celebrating the seasons in truly remote parts of our adopted home - we always aim to surprise and delight. Run away with us for a long weekend of connection, food, fresh air and adventure.
Truly an amazing experience. You have enchanted us with every part of location, food, yoga & workshops, music, cosmetics, drinks, that you organised around the whole weekend. Dancing in the morning with you was one of my highlights. I do that every morning now. Apart from that, I am still amazed how well we all connected with each other and I am very grateful for having met so many lovely people! Anytime again!
This retreat was one the best experiences I have ever had! Everything was perfect! The food, the people, the location, the pool, the classes, my roommate, literally everything! Looking forward to the next one, coming all the way from Israel if I have to.’
For me it all boiled down to the details. Everything was well thought out and executed, all while feeling completely effortless (at least on my end). The balance of practice and social was quite nice and I really appreciated the effort that went into making every meal and gathering feel unique and memorable. The ambiance was always on point, and I loved how they transformed each meal be it décor, location, atmosphere, or even seating (assigned, milling about, seated around a table, etc.). The food was incredible and never ceased to leave me wanting to consume more than I possibly could.
The practices themselves were perfectly balanced between effort and ease, physical and spiritual. The staff was incredibly knowledgeable and wove the long weekend’s theme seamlessly throughout the various classes and workshops.
Thank you to everyone involved in this lovely experience and to the new friends I made along the way!
Baraza Escapes are pure magic! In every way one can think of, from the location, yoga, workshops, teachers, food, music to like minded and lovely people.
The attention of detail and effort that goes into these weekends are simply incredible and it’s obvious a lot of love has been put into the organisation of and during the weekend.
This was my second Baraza retreat and I am already looking forward to the next one! I am grateful to share these beautiful experiences with such amazing groups - I wonder what surprises you will have for us next time ;)