yörük nomadic residency and retreat

5 Jul 2017 – 10 Jul 2017

Event times

TIMEFRAMES 5th-10th July 2017
5th July – Arrivals and 6pm dinner and Opening evening ceremony.
(Guests are also invited to arrive the evening before)
9th July – Closing shared offering on the full Moon
10th July – Shared breakfast and departures

Cost of entry

£425(£375 Early bird booking before 8th May)
Concession price £325 (limited available, do write to us about this)
Includes full workshop programme, accommodation, all food, tea and snacks.

Mount of Oaks permaculture community

Castelo Novo
Castelo Branco, Portugal

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A residency and retreat that will combine creative, ecological and spiritual practice to form a holistic and collective exploration of myth, homemaking and 'handheld knowledge' at the intersection between nature and culture.


The intention of this nomadic residency is to combine art and spiritual practices to unify ideas of ‘healing’ and ‘creativity’. Considering the close relation between ‘the artist’ and ‘the healer’, and how this important relationship plays a part in dialogues and processes of ‘progress’ and creativity. Exploring how we can open our intimate experience as individual creators, to become shared vessels of creative potential. How art practice and making with our hands can inform and initiate a healing of ourselves the community and further afield.

Each day will bring together our 4 lands methods, combining yogic practices of breath work and posture, with movement, sound work dance and ritual. These energetic practices will lead into individual and collective making, ceremony, performative land walks and home making. Through working with these “source gestures” we will delve into the essence of myth, facilitating a deep re-thinking of the stories we tell about home, climate and society.

Together we will form a small group of up to 20 people. No previous experience or qualifications are required. 

We will be hosted by the magical permaculture community 
‘Mount of Oaks’ nestled within the Gardunha Mountains – a beautiful place of convergence, micro climate and refuge. Within the District of Fundao, meaning ‘Deep Place’.

Each day will have 3 meals of organic vegetarian food from the land, including delicious olives and natural spring water. We will be camping in a simple way in shared bell tents, close to nature. This is very much part of the experience of returning to and becoming ensconced in the land. There is also an option to bring your own tent. There are lovely compost toilets, wood and solar showers.

Flight to Lisbon and from Lisbon take a beautiful train journey to Fundao or Alpedrinha, from where transport to the site will be arranged.
If travelling on the 5th July, flights should arrive in Lisbon by 11:30am giving time to get the 1:30pm train from Oriente to Fundao ( 3 metro stops from the airport). We can advise on routes. This train is 10 Euros single and 16 Euros return if booked in advance.

For further information and to register your place contact:
Louise and Eva at fourthlandinfo@gmail.com

Eva and Louise are both artists and have worked together through their art and social practice 'Fourthland' for 7 years. Fourthland combines artistic, ecological and holistic practice to form artworks as social structures to facilitate new and immersive ways of communing across diciplines, generations and cultures.

In addition to their extensive experience as workshop hosts and teachers, Eva and Louise have additional training as yoga instructors in Kundalini Yoga and Shakti Dance, as well as gong healing and movement practice. 

Their work has recently been hosted and exhibited with SPACE, Arnolfini, Barbican, South London Gallery Local and PEER gallery. 

To find out more about their past and preset work, do visit our websitewww.fourthland.co.uk

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