CO PROJECT FARM PORTUGAL

A BRAIN SPA FOR CREATIVE OPTIMISTS

SYSTEMS CHANGE WORKSHOPS | DESIGN CAMPS | CREATIVE REGENERATION RETREATS 

 

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CO STANDS FOR CREATIVE OPTIMISM

WE ARE CREATING A SPACE FOR CREATIVE CHANGE MAKERS. PROVIDING UNIQUE EDUCATIVE EXPERIENCES THAT EQUIP AND ACTIVATE POSITIVE, SYSTEMIC AND REGENERATIVE CHANGE. 

Down a winding unpaved road lies an abandoned olive oil mill from the turn of the century, a 100 year old farmhouse and a beautiful olive and citrus farm. This once-abandoned space is being transformed into a living learning laboratory and brain spa for creative optimists.  On the CO Project Farm we run UnSchool workshops, host weekend creative residencies, run design and leadership camps, have big community open days and offer a full service retreat space for facilitators and like-minded organizations wanting.   

 Watch the shooting stars at night from our star-gazing triangle cabin

Watch the shooting stars at night from our star-gazing triangle cabin

 Our outdoor kitchen area is the heart of the collaborative experiences that unfold on the farm

Our outdoor kitchen area is the heart of the collaborative experiences that unfold on the farm

 We have regular open days where we cook up big community meals fresh from our organic garden.  Come to the next one >

We have regular open days where we cook up big community meals fresh from our organic garden. Come to the next one >

 

The farmhouse is ready for guests as we continue to regenerate this beautiful old farm into the world's first brain spa for creative optimists a living lab and campus for the UnSchool. We are lovingly and sustainably transforming this place into an incredible cultural destination, experiential learning space, and sustainability hub for positive creative change. Join us for a workshop, creative residency or open day this summer!

 

 We have lots of farm residents helping to restore the land and provide hours of entertainment

We have lots of farm residents helping to restore the land and provide hours of entertainment

 Our growing library is filled with brain activating ideas and world-changing tools for creative change

Our growing library is filled with brain activating ideas and world-changing tools for creative change

 Our guesthouse has been lovingly restored and is ready for your visit at a workshop or residency program

Our guesthouse has been lovingly restored and is ready for your visit at a workshop or residency program

The CO Project Farm was amazing! Through simple and engaging activities in the farm, we were able to learn about a great variety of tools to explore the complexity of our interconnected world and the value of team work and diversity. It was definitely the space I needed to reignite the belief and excitement about my individual potential to create change.
— Tatiana (Design Camp)
 

Beautifully curated 2-night farm stays at our incredible Brain Spa facility in Serra, Tomar, Portugal. Designed around learning to take action, experiencing regeneration and deep reflection, our small group weekend retreats provide opportunities to learn everyday-tools for creative change and personal positive impact.

Discover everyday living hacks for: Post disposable living, zero waste kitchens, DIY lifestyle hacks, sustainable shopping swaps, vegetable-centric cooking, organic food growing, how to pat and hug baby animals.

These weekends are the perfect way to jump-start your shift to a more sustainable lifestyle or to deepen your commitment to creative and regenerative living all while learning in a beautiful, relaxing, and inspiring setting on our organic farm in the wine country of Central Portugal.

Add in a Swedish wooden hot tub, baby animals, organic food, natural swimming pool, and magical forest walks, all surrounded by the unique and inspiring design of a restored 100 year old olive farm.


This is a one-of-a-kind CREATIVE playground that doubles as an all-inclusive brain SPA, LEARNING LAB AND cultural DESTINATION for inspired change-makers. 

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!, And yes we can arrange this too), it's often our brains that need the recharge through reflection, connection and creativity. 

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 continue to regenerate this beautiful space and share it far and wide! but for now you can come to the co project!


OUR PROGRAMS

LEARN FROM NATURE

AT OUR LIVING LEARNING LAB

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A UNIQUE CREATIVITY ESCAPE IN the PORTUGUESE countryside 

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

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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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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 elevating potential for positive impact 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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