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JUNE 2024

2nd - 7th June 2024
Clay, Yoga, Artisans

Portugal retreat

Experience the beauty of Portugal with us during a 5 nights and 6 days stay at Casa Paço D'Ilhas, a small Portuguese heritage bed and breakfast, surrounded by nature with the Atlantic Ocean at your doorstep.

Father and daughter duo, Chris Bramble & Freya Bramble-Carter, will take you on a clay experience like no other. The master potters will share their creative process encouraging you to connect with your inner selves and expand your skills.

There is no need to have any specific goals or expectations; instead, bring curiosity and a playful attitude as we explore different wheel thrown & sculptural techniques.

Karol will support you to reset your mind & body as you stretch out of your comfort zone with daily yoga practice, movement, meditation and journaling as well as plenty of time to rest and explore beautiful surroundings. 


This retreat will also offer the unique opportunity to visit traditional artisans, share their stories, witness their creative process and celebrate craftsmanship.


Yoga Styles:  Vinyasa Flow, Yin & Restorative Yoga, Meditation 

Skill level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Language: English 

Special Events: Clay Workshops, Welcome & Closing Ceremonies, Personal Development & Journalling, visit to local artisans 

Food: Vegetarian farm to table experience

Yoga Mats: We will provide yoga mats for you! You don’t have to bring your own

Group Size: max 8 participants





Want more info or to find out if this retreat is for you... Book a 15 minute zoom call with with one of our team to learn more

Portugal retreat


  • 5 nights of accommodation in Ericeira (24 mi from Lisbon)

  • x3 days pottery flow: throwing & sculpting with Chris & Freya

  • x2 daily movement sessions with Karol  (Yoga, Yin, meditation)

  • Daily breakfast, lunch & dinner (seasonal, organic, & vegetarian)

  • Tour to local artisans with a practical workshop included

  • Swimming in Portuguese waters

  • Transportation to all offsite activities


Casa Paço Dilhas, situated on the outskirts of the picturesque fishing village known as Ericeira. Located just 35 minutes from Lisbon airport, this charming venue surrounded by landscapes and the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.

Nestled atop a hill, this 19th-century heritage Bed & Breakfast offers a unique experience, being only a short stroll away from one of Europe's most renowned surfing beaches. Additionally, it's a 5-minute drive from the heart of the village. Each day presents an opportunity to uncover delightful corners within the expansive 2500sqm garden, bask in the sunshine beside two enchanting vintage-style pools, and savor dinners in the welcoming ambiance of the main house. Casa Paço Dilhas is truly a hidden gem and stands as one of the finest accommodations in all of Portugal!

Portugal retreat
Portugal retreat


Each of the rooms is integrated with this beautiful landscape, maintaining harmony with the natural environment, embracing guests with welcoming, therapeutic, and peaceful energy. 


Within the program of events there will be plenty of space to explore and enjoy some time to yourself and the facilities, including a pool and tranquil yoga studio and massage*. ​To reserve your room a non refundable £500 deposit is required.

Shared Room with Shared Bathroom

Occupancy: Stay in a single or bunk bed and share the room with one or two persons.
£1,995 per person

Private Room with Shared Bathroom

Occupancy: Stay in a single or double bed private room and share the bathroom with two or three persons.

£2,300 per person

Private Room with Private Bathroom

Occupancy: Stay in a private room with double bed and bathroom all for yourself. The ultimate comfort!

£2,750 per person

*All prices are inclusive of £500 deposit which is non-refundable. Prices include 5 nights accommodation, full board and all scheduled experiences. Massage not included. Flights not included See below for full Ts&Cs.


Dedication. Expertise. Passion.

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Artist, Teacher, Spirit Guide

Chris Bramble

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Born in London, raised in Ipswich, Chrisfound his passion for ceramics duringcollege in Hastings, specialising in the craftat The Glasgow School of Art. His styleblends African and European influences, andhe honed his skills in Zimbabwe beforeearning a master's degree in sculpture andmultimedia from Westminster University. In1988, he established his own studio inLondon. Chris's ceramics capture the spiritand heartbeat of today's black influencedculture, combining life, harmony, rhythm,and dance in his work.


Artist, Teacher, Healer

Freya Bramble-Carter

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As featured in British Vogue, House and Garden, with collections stocked in galleries such as The New Craftsmen, and Cynthia Corbett, Freya learned the craft of clay under her father’s guidance. Anchoring her practice in teaching; sharing the craft is very important to her whilst holding a caring, healing space to help those that are drawn to her ways. Each piece of her work is created as a meditation and spiritual activity.

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Yoga Teacher, Personal Development Enthusiast 

Karol De Souza

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Karol has been teaching yoga, running and directing her own Yoga & Personal Development retreats in Europe and around the world since 2017. Karol teaches the art of creative and intuitive Vinyasa Flow, Pranyama, Yoga Alignment and also incorporates other tools to Personal Development to her retreat experiences; like journaling, breath work sessions, dynamic workshops in Nlp and more.


Host, Creator & Dreamer

Gemma Bell

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Following over 10 years in corporate Marketing, Gemma took an unexpected career break in 2022 taking her down the path less travelled. It was here she recognised the beautiful synergy her two passions; pottery and yoga. Full of big ideas and putting plans in place - she is the mastermind behind Vessel Retreats. She thrives on bringing people together to build connections and inspire people to live more fulfilled and conscious lives. 



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Portugal retreat
Portugal retreat


​08:00 - 09:00 Sunrise Meditation, Yoga + Pranayama 

09:30 - 11:00 Breakfast  

11:00 - Travel to studio

11:30 - Pottery studio - workshop led by master potters


13:30 - Lunch made by local chefs


14:30 - Pottery studio

16:00 - Travel with free time - swim in the sea, take rest, lounge by the pool

19:00 - Yin / slow flow 


20:00 - Dinner

*Schedule is subject to change 


Everything on the itinerary is included but you're welcome to choose to venture out on, your own and do as much or as little as you feel like. 

  • What's not included
    Flights and transfers International flights and airport transfers Additional services Firing, glazing and shipping of ceramics. Any meals off site. Any other excursions during free time Travel Insurance We recommend purchasing your own travel insurance. Furthermore, you participate in the classes, hikes and workshops at your own risk and you must employ your own judgment as to which movements, positions, and exercises are appropriate for your level of training, overall physical fitness and experience as well as mental stability. All participants are required to have international health insurance that also covers medical care and transport home if needed.
  • Do I need to pay a deposit?
    When you sign up for a retreat, we ask for a non-refundable deposit of £500. Reservations via email or phone messages are not official bookings yet. Only once we have received your deposit or proof of payment, your reservation is officially confirmed. By transferring your payment or deposit, you indicate that you have read and agreed to the terms and conditions on this page. Once we receive the registration payment, we will be in touch with you to discuss and confirm your payment plan and confirm your reservation Full payment is due 6 weeks before retreat start date, on 20th April 2025. If we have not received full payment by then we are liberty to consider your booking cancelled and offer your place to someone else.
  • Cancellation policy
    If you cancel then you must do so in writing. Depending on the date we are notified the following charges will be made. Note that deposits are non refundable and non-transferable. More than 70 days before departure - Lose deposit 35 to 70 days before departure - Lose 50% of total costs 28 to 34 days before departure - Lose 60% of total costs 8 to 27 days before departure - Lose 90% of total costs Less than 8 days before departure - Lose 100% of total costs
  • Covid 19 booking conditions
    We want to ensure that we all acknowledge the ongoing COVID-19 global crisis and accept our obligations to comply with any official guidance from governments or local authorities, both in the UK and whilst on Retreat. Guidance on refunds for lockdown, FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office) advice, entry restrictions and quarantine Whether or not refunds are due from travel companies depends on a number of factors. If the FCDO is advising against travel at the time of departure, customers who have booked on the retreat are entitled to a full refund. If the above do not apply, but you personally are subject to lockdown rules or guidance meaning that you can’t leave your area and travel, even though we can continue with the retreat, then you would be subject to our normal terms and conditions for cancellation charges. Please check your own travel insurance policy to ensure cover is provided Quarantine in the UK Please note – should you be asked to stay at home for a period of time after returning from the retreat this does not affect the holiday itself, which can go ahead as planned. Therefore, no right to a refund arises. If you decide not to travel, cancellation charges will apply, and you should speak to your own travel insurer to see if any claim can be made. There are a number of travel insurance companies who are including Covid 19 cover. These include Saga, The Post Office Travel Insurance, American Express (do check their policy as different cards have different policies) as well as many others. We do ask that you have travel insurance before attending one of our meetings. Please note that we will have no liability for any refunds, compensation, costs, expenses or other losses of any kind incurred by you (including, where applicable, the cost of medical treatment), in the following circumstances: - If you, or anyone in your booking party, test positive for Covid-19 and have to quarantine for a period of time, or are notified or otherwise become aware that you have, or suspect you may have, come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 (or where they otherwise suspect they may have Covid-19) and have to self-isolate for a period of time. If this happens within 14 days of your departure date, you must contact us as you may no longer be able to travel. We will offer you the following option where possible and subject to availability: - Cancelling your holiday, in which case we will impose our standard cancellation charges as of the date of cancellation by you. You may be able to claim these costs back from your travel insurance. However, we will not be responsible for covering the cost of any curtailment of your holiday, missed transport arrangements, additional accommodation required, or other associated costs incurred by you. Or if you fail any tests, checks or other measures imposed by a supplier, airline, port or airport, border control authority or other government body or local authority or fail to submit for testing or assessment when requested to do so, and as such you are denied entry to board the flight, entry to the destination, access to the services or you are otherwise unable to proceed with the holiday, or that portion of the holiday.
  • Retreat Terms & Conditions
    Effective date: June 21st, 2024 Media Release By making this purchase, you understand that you are attending an event where photography, audio and video recording may occur. Your entry and presence on the retreat premises constitutes your consent to be photographed, filmed, and/or otherwise recorded and you consent to the use of your voice, image, and likeness without compensation in film, videotape, photography, and/or sound recording of this event and for marketing and promotional purposes, and you agree to release retreat organisers and representatives from any liability on account of such use. Release of Liability The retreat participant agrees that the retreat organisers, and their representatives shall not be held liable for any injury, damage, loss or delay experienced by the retreat participant. By making this purchase, you agree to these terms, and hereby release the retreat organisers, and their representatives from any and all responsibility or liability. Miscellaneous Trip does not include airfare.
  • What happens if the retreat gets cancelled
    If we must cancel a retreat, we will notify you as soon as possible and you can request a full refund. We are not accountable for your expenses incurred in preparation for the retreat, such as airline tickets, loss of work, visas fees and/or other costs associated with preparation for your trip.
  • I am coming on my own, can I share a room?
    We welcome solo-travellers with open arms. We will pair you up with someone - great friendships are made on these retreats.
  • Do I need to have experience working with clay?
    This is an open level hand-building and throwing workshop, previous clay experience is required. This is a practice workshop. The pots created during this workshop will not be fired unless the participant wishes to cover additional expenses e.g firing, glazing and shipping costs.

For more information or any specific questions contact the team 



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