Over 400 years ago on Brazilian Soil Africans developed the martial art of Capoeira as a means of resisting oppression. The singing, clapping and traditional musical instruments that accompany Capoeira lead many to believe it is a dance, but concealed within the fluid movements and the playfulness lay strategic attacks. Capoeira is for all people, all genders and all ages! Whether you are seeking movement, dance, martial arts, music, culture or just a good workout in a positive environment – you will find it through Capoeira!

This retreat will be an introduction to Capoeira geared towards beginners, however all are welcome! This retreat hopes to share with you several aspects of this art form in the fun, positive and supportive environment of the forest.

Workshops: We will guide you through Capoeira basics and movements. Capoeira is a holistic practice and dedicated students are expected to learn traditional instruments, songs in Brazilian Portuguese and Afro-Brazilian dances associated with Capoeira. We will sample each of these areas over the weekend.

Instructors: This retreat will be led by Professor Tectoy Capoeira. Professor Tectoy, from the group Capoeira Esporao, visiting us from Connecticut during the last week in August. He is originally from Bahia, Brazil and has more than 20 years in Capoeira under Mestre Marinaldo. We wish to share our dedication, passion and love of Capoeira during the retreat and hope that you will return home to find an academy in your city!

What to wear:

Please bring clothing that you can move in but that are not too loose. We recommend fitted workout attire such as yoga clothing, sports bras, fitted tank tops or t-shirts, etc. If you wear running shorts, please make sure you have fitted shorts underneath. In Capoeira, we do go upside down (cartwheels, handstands) and do a lot of kicks. We don’t want you sharing your sacred sunshine with everyone! Also, clothing that is too loose may cause you trip, etc.

Capoeira Retreat Tentative Schedule:

Friday: Introduction to Capoeira and the instruments. Basic songs, clapping and a demonstration roda to get people excited

Saturday:

9 to 10:30 Basic Capoeira movements and escapes, 10:45 to 12:00 Music Workshop: Traditional Instruments and Songs Lunch 1:00 to 2:00 Inversions: Handstands and Balancing (work with partners) 2:15 – 3:30 Maculele Dance Workshop (Afro-Brazilian dancing with sticks) 4:00 to … More Movements and Intro to Roda Play After Dinner, songs and discussion around the fire

Sunday Morning:

9:00 – 10:00 Warm Ups and Intro Strength Training Exercises 10:15 to 11: 15 Chat on lifestyle of Capoeista (diet, cross training, philosophy etc) Play more Capoeira until everyone wants to go home!

The weekend retreat is $75 per person which includes accommodations, dinner each night, workshops, dances, and access to our beautiful 133 acres of forest complete with a pool, a lake with canoes, hiking trails, outdoor showers, a labyrinth, and much more!