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


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!

Upcoming Events

Posted July 14th, 2012

We are currently planning new events to take place at the Hostel over the coming weeks. Details of these will be published very soon.

Living in a society which is facing major issues such as overpopulation, pollution, and diminishing natural resources, it’s time to find creative, efficient, and ‘out-of-the-box’ building solutions.

Natural Building often referred to as Alternative Building Methods, is a growing movement of building practices and principles.

“I strongly believe that architectural solutions lie within the natural materials surrounding us, and within the building methods from a time past when society was well connected with the workings of the Earth. Finding ways to integrate these primal ideas with modern day building science; creating structures which are truely customized to the environment which they live; a low embodied energy; from the Earth, and to return to the Earth one day.” April Magill

Come and join us for a fun (and muddy!) weekend as April Magill founder of Root Down Desgns leads us through an exploration of how we can build using local & natural materials! April will teach a hand’s on building practice using several different Natural Building methods. Techniques such as Cob, Wattle-n-Daub, Bamboo Wall/Cob Infill, Mosaic and Bottle Work, Earthen Plaster, and more will be taught and discussed. Participants will learn how to turn local soil and sand into building materials and how to harvest and use resources from the site such as Bamboo! We will sculpt, design, and create together! All participants will gain the knowledge and confidence to return home and begin their own Natural Building projects!


Arrive Friday afternoon/evening

Dinner followed by a Presentation by April on Natural Building; Question & Answer session; Discussions about Building Codes and other Issues

Saturday work day 9am – 6pm* (with lunch break)

Sunday partial work day 9am – 2pm (mid-morning snack)

Cost $100/person for Workshop which includes accommodation, brunch and dinner during your stay, and all materials for the workshop

Who is April? – April is a licensed Architect & Natural Builder living in Charleston, SC. “My passions lie not only within the world of design and architecture, but also in the world of building….creating….and working with my hands. I believe that in order to become a good Architect, I also must become a Builder as well. A need and a want to explore materials and to build with my hands has not only allowed me to participate in many traditional construction projects, but also led me down my newest path,Natural Building. I worked for 3 of Downtown Charleston’s Architecture firms, became a Licensed Architect in 2010, and served as Project Manager/Lead Architect on multiple projects before embarking on my own. Always itching to get out from behind the desk and into the fields, with a strong foundation of experience under me, I created Root Down Designs in 2011. Since embarking on my own, I’ve attended a 3 week Natural Building training in Asheville, NC, participated in a Natural Building project in Nicaragua, built/taught 4 Cob Oven Workshops, an Earthen Bench, and Earthen Plaster on my 1950’s home. I also stay busy with design work; always always ‘pushing the envelope’ on what I can do; working to pass Alternative Building Methods through the codes.

I hope to see you there!!!