Project Description

Return to Radiance Retreat:
Spiritual Pampering in Portugal

Yoga, Hiking, Nature Excursions
Niki Saccareccia

Cocoon, Portugal | 2021

Return to Radiance Retreat:
Spiritual Pampering in Portugal

Yoga, Hiking, Nature Excursions
Niki Saccareccia

Cocoon, Portugal | 2021/b>

Let Your Spirit be Pampered in Portugal

This summer, Return to Radiance with Niki Saccareccia at Cocoon, a 275 acre coastal Farm and Retreat Center situated on the breathtaking Atlantic coast of Portugal. Located just 2 hours south of Lisbon in the Alentejo region, and known for its long stretches of untouched coastline and charming white-washed villages, Cocoon is the perfect getaway to cultivate a deeper connection to yourself, your spiritual practice, nature and humankind.

Experience a sense of inner peace and a deeper connection to nature through daily yoga, meditation, journaling, fresh farm-to-table meals, cultural excursions, and a community of like minded travelers.

If you’re a down to earth yogi who loves the simple luxuries of life, private accommodations in a beautiful location, get ready to experience a week of deeply grounded play, connection, and the vibrant energy of being alive! 

This retreat is not an escape from reality but a true opportunity to take a deep dive into yourself, to explore your spiritual practices both on and off the mat, and enjoy connection to Mother Nature. Expertly led by Niki’s down-to-earth wisdom, you will be guided to remember what it’s like to live life simply, easily, and without limitations.

This is an opportunity to let go of conscious clutter, remember your true self, and prioritize your self care.

Maybe it’s a barefoot walk in the grass to the swimming hole… maybe it’s the sunset practice in the open air yoga shala… maybe it’s the pure and simple goodness of a fresh cooked meal…maybe it’s the excitement of adventure and new friends…This week-long journey is an invitation to fill your spiritual cup and renew your inner smile one mindful moment at a time. Imagine getting to experience true relaxation and a deep sense of inner-quiet. The combination of this wholesome location, the strength building yoga asana and breathwork, and the renewed clarity of mind will leave you feeling lighter and more creative.

Let the strong, wild, and majestic coast of Portugal return you to your true state of Radiance.


What’s Included

  • 7 nights accommodations at Cocoon
  • 3 local farm-to-table vegetarian meals per day with lean protein options, plus strong coffee, herbal tea, and spring water
  • Airport Transfers to/from Lisbon
  • Access to private lake sunbathing and swimming
  • Twice daily yoga + Manduka yoga props
  • Excursion to the fabulous sandy beach of Praia do Malhão, perfect for hiking, swimming, or sunbathing
  • Hiking Excursion to the famed Costa Vicentina trail
  • Picnic lunch at secret swimming hole
  • Pizza night from wood fired brick oven
  • Traditional Portuguese Wine Tasting
  • Bicycles to explore the area
  • Kind Conscious Community of Travelers
  • Pre-retreat community building and prompts for mindset elevation
  • Epic Sunsets
  • Excursion to Lagos for kayaking, sailing or shopping

What’s Not Included

  • Spa Services
  • Extra activities
  • Espresso based drinks + alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities


  • Massages
  • Surf / SUP Lessons or Rentals
  • Beach Trips
  • Horseback Riding
  • Shopping
  • Hiking
  • Visit a Local Winery

Ready to talk more about experiencing Portugal?

Let’s Find Time To Talk

Retreat Leader

Niki Saccareccia is a Los Angeles based E500 yoga therapist and meditation instructor, teacher trainer and wellness expert. She teaches to empower others to be the main agent of positive change in their lives by reconnecting to the inner healing intelligence. She does this by facilitating first-hand experience of true relaxation and complete mental focus. Her background as a Clinical Behavior Therapist makes her teachings accessible to everyone, without watering down the timeless wisdom of yoga’s rich technology.

Niki has had the great privilege of training with master teachers like Mark Whitwell, Leslie Kaminoff, Dr. Gil Hedley, and continues her ongoing study of yogic philosophy through the lineage of T. Krishnamacharya and Swami Satyananda Saraswati. She spent some time in northern Thailand learning basic Thai Massage and is the author of Roadmap to Mindful Living, a curriculum and protocol for developing sustained wellness behaviors blending the tools of Applied Behavioral Analysis and Yoga.

She leads classes, workshops, trainings and international yoga retreats that create an embodied experience of our one true nature: relaxation, strength and focus. Niki is also deliberately practical: Students learn about their anatomy and the mentality moving them from one action to the next, while cultivating a deep sense of presence and physical improvement whether they are utter beginners or yoga teachers, themselves. She focuses on breath-based physical alignment and then blends the sacred philosophy of yoga’s holistic teachings into the physical experience. In class, you’ll notice that she is a poet at heart, seamlessly weaving imagery, knowledge and instruction in an elegant and easy-to-follow way.

The insights and self-actualization that yoga says is our birthright are brought down to earth in manageable, understandable and exciting ways through Niki’s unique background and experience. She will challenge what you think you know while inviting you to explore what is possible about your own anatomy, mentality, your physical abilities and your sense of imagination. She meets the needs of each student as an individual, whether in a group class or private lesson.

Her habit-changing yoga practices have been featured at Loyola Marymount University Masters of Yoga program, as the leading wellness consultant at University of California Novus Think Tank, to the special education staff at Bridges 2e Academy, Breath 4 Change and in the Medical Magnet Program at Van Nuys High School; on,, Sivana East, WeTravel and; at addiction rehabilitation centers, country clubs and corporate office buildings around Los Angeles County; in the writers rooms for Bento Box Productions and MTV; on meditation apps like Yoga Wake Up, and at lifestyle festivals in Oregon and California. 

Learn more about Niki and her practice at & connect directly with her on Instagram @lightinsideyoga and facebook.

The Location

Cocoon is a 275 acre farm situated on the breathtaking Atlantic coast of Portugal, just miles away from the charming seafront village of Vila Nova de Milfontes. Located just 2 hours from Lisbon in the Alentejo region, this area is known for its long stretches of untouched coastline, and charming white-washed villages. 

Cocoon Portugal offers inspiration and community for the modern traveller.  It’s pure magic, where between the oversized hammocks and the freshwater lake, you’ll start to lose track of time. The kind of place where each morning is a celebration, practicing under the canopy of old growth pines, but so is each evening, with world class wine and fascinating dinner conversation.

With two yoga shalas, a pristine freshwater lake, and a circus of goats, sheep, + peacocks, this 275 acre property is a piece of magic on Portugal’s untouched atlantic coast.  Come play! 

Stay in one of Eleven elegant rooms, each opens to an outdoor courtyard.

Hop on one of our bicycles to explore the area. Help us collect eggs from our crazy chickens.  Skinny dip in our pristine freshwater lake, or simply daydream in our oversized hammocks… We’re just 10 minutes drive from the beach. Praia de Malhao is one of our favs – a fabulous untouched beach, perfect for surfing, swimming, or sunbathing. There’s also world-class hiking, on the famed Costa Vicentina trail.

Cocoon is a place where people come to slow down, to walk barefoot. Our community understands that the experience, the present moment, is elevated higher than the mere documentation of it. Cocoon is a community that’s cultured, open minded, and well traveled.


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 curries, Mediterranean stews, legumes, rice, salad and dessert. Get ready for a wonderful night around the outdoor, wood-fired Pizza oven, tasting traditional Portugese wines. Gluten free and vegan options available.

Want to make sure this is the right retreat for you?

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Travel Details
  • Book your Flights to Lisbon (LIS)
  • Arrive by noon on 1st day of retreat.
  • Depart by 4pm on last day of retreat.

Transport from Lisbon to Cocoon is included.

Arrival Day

Day 1

  • Depart Lisbon by Noon
  • Check in to Cocoon by 3 pm
  • Dinner
  • Welcome Circle
Typical Day


  • Yoga + meditation
  • Breakfast
  • Free Time / Excursion 
  • Lunch
  • Free Time / Excursion
  • Yoga
  • Dinner
Departure Day

Last Day

  • Yoga
  • Breakfast
  • Check out by 10 am
  • Travel to Lisbon


  • Single Ensuite = $2995 USD
  • Single Shared Bath = $2800 USD
  • Double = $2550 USD
  • Triple = $2350 USD

Early Bird = Get $200 off by January 24!

Registration Deadline and Balance Paid in Full by May 15th.


Refreshed mentally and physically

“I just wanted to thank you for being such a brilliant and insightful teacher. Every class that I’ve taken with you has been unique and has taught me something new. Best of all, I leave your class feeling refreshed mentally and physically.” -Janis Berkman

I have been  going to Niki’s Gentle Yoga/Healthy Back classes for several years now, and it has provided me with such ongoing acquisitions such as:release from joint pain, knowledge of breathing techniques coupled with meditation, and stretching intermingled with strengthening yoga postures. The sum of all this has enhanced peace of mind, triggered true relaxation, greater happiness, acquisition of better coping skills and handling stress. Increased body awareness through mindfulness and breath pacing has also emerged.

Niki’s intelligence, experience and expertise in teaching yoga flows through her calm, soothing, poetic voice and ability to gauge how we may be feeling physically as we move through space and on the mat. To accommodate individual needs, she provides us with varying choices for postures during our practice as well. ~Anita Pinkser

Are you ready to get spiritually pampered?!