CO PROJECT PORTUGAL

A BRAIN SPA FOR CREATIVE OPTIMISTS

CREATIVE RETREAT | REGENERATION | SYSTEMS CHANGE 

 

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WE ARE Regenerating an old olive mill & farm TO transform it into a living learning lab & creative retreat space for social entrepreneurs

Down a winding unpaved road lies an abandoned olive oil mill from the turn of the century, dilapidated and roofless, with strong stone walls still standing. Steeped in history, this once-abandoned corner of the world is being regenerated into a new travel destination for creative and cultural experiences: a Brain Spa.

 We're building Triangle cabins to stay in the olive grove, or you can book the guesthouse, which has already been renovated and ready for your stay!

We're building Triangle cabins to stay in the olive grove, or you can book the guesthouse, which has already been renovated and ready for your stay!

 Our new outdoor kitchen is getting a quality inspection check from a local resident

Our new outdoor kitchen is getting a quality inspection check from a local resident

Your support in our fundraiser will help us regenerate an old farm, build the world's first brain spa for creative optimists farm facility, and develop an incredible cultural destination, experiential learning space, and sustainability hub.

With your help we will be able to:

  • Begin converting this amazing old olive oil mill from the turn of the century into an incredible brain spa facility with a geodome conservatory for viewing the stars (so we can invite an astronomer in residence!). 
  • Integrate significant sustainability initiatives into the farm, such as windmill conversions and solar-powered car charging stations. 
  • Help us activate more positive change in 2018 through our UnSchool of Disruptive Design programs, which teach systems thinking, sustainability and design to change-makers from around the world. 

This is a one-of-a-kind creative playground that doubles as an all-inclusive brain holiday for inspired change-makers. 

 Just finished outdoor dining area made with reclaimed materials from the farm, with a traditional outdoor BBQ and oven added. Overlooking the olive and citrus grove, where we have over 200 trees.

Just finished outdoor dining area made with reclaimed materials from the farm, with a traditional outdoor BBQ and oven added. Overlooking the olive and citrus grove, where we have over 200 trees.

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?), it's often our brains that need the recharge through reflection and connection.

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.

Read more of our plans to regenerate this beautiful space and share it far and wide! 

                    

upcoming programs and retreats

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Apply now to these programs at the co farm

LEARN FROM NATURE

AT OUR LIVING LEARNING LAB

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A UNIQUE RETREAT FACILITY IN RURAL PORTUGAL

JUST 1.5 HOURS FROM LISBON, IN A SMALL MOUNTAIN TOWN TOWN NEAR A BEAUTIFUL RIVER

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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 Scioli, Argentina

ORGANIC VEGETABLE CENTRIC FOOD

EXPERIENCE VIBRANT HEALTHY farm fresh CUISINE

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Our visit to the farm gave us the chance to re-energize, to connect more deeply with nature and to connect more deeply with ourselves. We are excited to see its evolution and already planning our next visit.
— Eli Malinsky, New York

RESTORATION AND REGENERATION THROUGH SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

WE HAVE AMBITIOUS PLANS FOR THE MILL RESTORATION

 

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I stayed at the CO Project farm in August 2017 as it was just getting started with the renovations. The farm is embedded in rolling hills that are covered in olive groves and citrus trees, there is a clear blue lake just around the corner and the view from the terrace allowed us to watch the sun set while dining on local food, most of it grown in Leyla’s very own veggie garden.

My favourite bit of the visit was probably sitting on the terrace at night, sipping vino verde and witnessing an insane amount of shooting stars whizzing through the sky above our heads. There is hardly any light pollution, so the view of the stars is truly sublime. The farm is a living experiment and an exciting manifestation of Leyla’s vision of how to do things differently all round. It is surely one of the most picturesque hubs for change-makers worldwide, and is set to inspire not only through the natural beauty of its surroundings but by giving visitors the chance to become a living part of this vision.
— Anna Laura Schlimm, Designer, London

HOST YOUR NEXT WORKSHOP OR RETREAT AT OUR BEAUTIFUL LIVING LAB AND BRAIN SPA

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REGENERATE & RECHARGE

The Brain Spa concept is all about establishing a unique creative space dedicated to an educative and regenerative experience that focuses on systems, sustainability and design. Burn out affects many people and just getting your body massaged is not enough to regenerate the neuro fatigue that affects many people working to activate change. A Brain Spa is a place for creative renewal and regenerating energy for elivating potential for poistive imapct in the world around us. 

I WANTED TO CREATE A SPACE WHERE PEOPLE CAN COME TO REGENERATE AND ACTIVATE THEIR CREATIVITY FOR POSITIVE IMPACT CO FOR ME IS ALL ABOUT CREATIVE OPTIMISM

- LEYLA aCAROGLU, UNSCHOOL AND CO PROJECT FOUNDER

 

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LEARN SYSTEMS CHANGE WITH US

Systems thinking is all about understanding the dynamic and interconnected systems at play in the world around us. The new insights that emerge from systems thinking enable more in-depth insights to form the foundation of systems systems change. 

Our programs are based on the 3 pillars of systems thinking, sustainable sciences and design thinking as tools for activating positive change. All our programs are immersive and experiential, allowing for a rapid and significant transfer of systems thinking knowledge and tools. 

START YOUR CREATIVE ADVENTURE NOW

APPLY FOR A CO PROJECT CREATIVE RESIDENCY PROGRAM 

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