August 30th - September 1st

Portuguese Immersion Weekend 

Challenge yourself this summer and meet like-minded people with the same goal. Improve your Portuguese language skills while immersing yourself in the Portuguese culture, and enjoy the Portuguese countryside while spending the weekend at the lush riverside Cara Creek Eco Lodge. Participate in both conversational group classes and private 1-2 language tutoring. Combine your language skills with your cooking skills, and participate in a traditional Portuguese cookery class in Portuguese, where you'll be taught how to make a traditional Portuguese dish by our lovely friend Vanessa, the local Portuguese lady. Enjoy the tasty traditional food and drink throughout the weekend, and enjoy the incredible facilities that Cara Creek Eco Lodge has to offer. 

This is an all-inclusive non-residential course, which means all of your meals and full access to our facilities are included in the package. Meals include: dinner on Friday evening, and breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. All meals will be traditional Portuguese dishes.


Course Schedule:
on Friday evening you will arrive at Cara Creek Eco Lodge by  5pm  .

Friday Evening 

  • Enjoy a welcome drink and snack, followed by a group presentation. Meet the hosts and use this opportunity to get to know them. Share a bit about yourself, tell everyone why you're here, what motivated you to eat, and how you will benefit from the weekend. Get settled in and get to know your peers. Enjoy the pool or the hot-tub, or take a dip in the river or practice some yoga on the riverside deck.
  • Eat a traditional Portuguese dinner with local organic wine and craft beer and enjoy some local, homemade liquer.

Saturday Morning 

  • Wake up to a yummy and nutritious Portuguese breakfast. 
  • First Portuguese Group Class - Presentation in Portuguese, basic conversational "get to know each other" activities designed to put you in ease and boost your confidence. Duration - 2 hours.

Saturday Afternoon 

  • Experience a traditional Portuguese lunch. 
  • Private 1-2 tutoring - Duration - 1 hour.

Saturday Evening 

  • End your day with a traditional Portuguese dinner. 
  • Join us on a show of a Portuguese film to end the busy day in a relaxing way. 

Sunday morning 

  • Wake up to a yummy and nutritious Portuguese breakfast. 
  • Second Portuguese Group Class -  Duration - 2 hours.

Sunday Afternoon 

  • Relish in a traditional Portuguese lunch. 
  • Have some fun and participate in some group activities.
  • Enjoy your free time until dinnertime. 

Sunday Evening 

  • Portuguese cookery class - learn how to prepare a very popular traditional Portuguese meal - Francesinha! 
  • Farewell Fado Night - Watch an incredible Fado performance by a local singer. Get deep into the Portuguese spirit and feel the emotion that the Fado music transpires, and enjoy a glass or two of Port!


September 6th - September 9th

Self Defence Womens Weekend: A Practical Course for Beginners


A weekend of learning practical self-defence! 

The course includes 7 hours total of group lessons on Saturday and Sunday, as well as 1 hour private lesson with Fred Dickson. 

About Fred - Course Leader 
Fred is an ex-military, professional self-defense instructor specialised in Krav Maga

What you can Expect for the Weekend: 
During this course you can expect to walk away with the techniques to calmly and safely control any situation while building awareness and promoting self-confidence. 
This course will help you to achieve a reliable understanding of common domestic and street defense.
You will familiarize yourself with procedures and methods to benefit you and those around you in a relaxed and friendly environment. 
Our capacity for this course is 8 people to maintain an optimal student to instructor ratio of 1;8. 
This is an all-inclusive residential course, which means all of your meals and accommodation are included in the package.

Meals include: dinner on Friday evening, Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday and Sunday, and Breakfast on Monday before your check out. Meals are made from local and organic produce and will properly nourish your body for the lessons. Accommodations are private eco-pods situated right on the River Seia.

Course Schedule: 
Friday evening you will arrive at Cara Creek Eco Lodge by 5pm. We will have a family-style dinner, meet and greet as well as an evening stretch on our river-front platform. The intention of the stretch is to prepare your body and mind for the workouts ahead. 

Saturday - We will begin at 8am with a comprehensive introduction to the course. Fred will cover all aspects in detail so that everyone begins on the same page. There will be two group sessions, one 2 hour session in the morning and one 1 1/2 hour session in the evening. 

Sunday - There will be two group lessons - a 2 hour morning session and 1 1/2 hour evening session.There will be a comprehensive briefing to wrap up the self-defense course after the last evening session 

During both Saturday and Sunday, in between the group classes, you will have your scheduled one-to-one lesson with Fred. 

Monday - We will close the weekend with a morning stretch and delicious breakfast. Provided it will transport to the train station as needed. 

Arrival to Cara Creek Eco Lodge: 
We are located about 2 1/2 hours from Lisbon by car, 2 hours from Porto by car, and 1 hour from Coimbra by car. You can use the GPS coordinates and link to map provided on our Facebook page for driving directions. 
Alternatively you can take the train to Carregal do Sal and arrange pick up with us. We are located just 10 minutes from the station. Book your train at from Lisbon, Porto or Coimbra. 

What is Included: 
All group lessons 
One-to-one lesson with Fred 
Two stretching sessions - one Friday evening, and one Monday morning - with the professionally trained yoga instructor on site 
Accommodation and meals During your stay and Cara Creek Eco Lodge 
Use of paddle boards and mountain bikes during free time 
Use of the facilities at Cara Creek Eco Lodge which include: a natural swimming pool, a wood fired hot tub, a body-weight gym, a private river beach, a swimming creek with rock jump, a library with a selection of books to read in our hammocks around the property
Pick-up from the train station in Carregal do Sal

Price for All-Inclusive Weekend Course: 
€ 450

TO BOOK - Head to our Booking Page to book your spot!


Stay with Us

Cara Creek Eco Lodge

Mini Farm | Our Pets

Meet Lily and Lola, our dwarf goats! Maintaining our permaculture principles, they eat the weeds and provide us with milk to make fresh cheese. We have pigs that enjoy roaming freely down by the river, and chickens for fresh eggs, too. We also have loveable pets, 4 dogs and 2 cats.


Unique Accommodations

Sip a coffee as the river flows past your private deck of one of our 5 Penta-Pods. Star Gaze from bed in one of our 4 Tetra-Pods. Pitch your own tent in our camping area. Or from Spring 2020, stay in one of our renovated traditional Portuguese stone houses.


Exceptional Eco Facilities

We have built some eco-friendly facilities that blend in well to those that are naturally provided. Paddle in the natural swimming pool, relax in the wood-fired hot tub, rock jump into the creek for a wild swim, or stand up paddle board along the River Mondego....



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Cara Creek Eco Lodge

Mondego, Fiais da Beira,
Ervedal Da Beira, Coimbra, Portugal
Contact us directly at +351 965 162 534

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