Omar Puente Cuban Ensemble Masterclass Retreat

15th – 22nd July 2024

We are delighted to welcome the internationally renowned solo violinist, composer, and arranger  Omar Puente to Finca Ara Oko. Omar is a world-class violinist and educator. Throughout his career, Omar has performed at many distinguished venues such as Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and the Royal Albert Hall, supporting and sharing the stage with a whole host of other esteemed stars, including Tito Puente, John Williams, Nigel Kennedy, Courtney Pine and Wynton Marsalis.

His many accolades include winning Jazz Act Of The Year at the UK Latin Lukas Awards 2017, Award for Best Album and Best Jazz Soloist, top 10 placement for Songline Magazine’s Album of the Year and nomination in the jazz category in the 21st International CubaDisco Fair in 2017.

Omar, in collaboration with Latin percussionist David Pattman, is offering a week of ensemble workshops for percussion, bass, piano and horns. Students will work on a repertoire of Cuban popular music arranged by Omar himself.

We are offering only 10 places on this special retreat. To secure your place pay a non-refundable deposit of £150. Earlybird deadline 15th May. The final payment needs to be made by the 15th of June 2024.

The retreat is aimed at experienced instrumentalists who are able to read music. If you’re not sure if you qualify for this retreat, please get in touch with us and outline your previous experience. We can let you know if we think it would be suitable.

What the retreat includes:

    • 4 hours of tuition x 5 days plus practice time.
    • 7 nights accommodation.
    • 3 meals a day.
    • Accommodation – shared, single rooms or glamping.
    • Access to percussion instruments, piano and bass amp.
    • An opportunity to perform on the last night at a local bar.
    • The chance to stay in a beautiful farmhouse in the spectacular countryside away from the distractions of everyday life.

Not included:

For more information on the below points please visit our travel information page.

    • Flights
    • Airport transfers:
    • Travel Insurance
    • Extra nights accommodation
    • Extra meals
    • Alcohol

Below are the number of rooms or beds we now have available.

1

Available Single Rooms

3

Available shared rooms

4

Available Glamping

SINGLE ROOM: Earlybird £870 / Regular £910 – 1 available

 

SHARED ROOM: Earlybird £785 / Regular £825 – 3 available. Each room shares 2 – 3 people.

 

GLAMPING: Earlybird £655 / Regular £695 – 4 places available. Each tent shares 2 people.

How to book
Step 1: Fill out our registration form below.
Step 2: Pay your deposit or make a full payment by clicking on the payment link below.
Step 3: Pay the outstanding balance by the date listed directly to our bank account.
Please check we have spaces and read our Cancellation and Participation Guide before booking.

Our Donation Policy
Would you like to support young artists (under 31 years) or female survivors of human trafficking to access our retreats?

If you can spare any amount for this cause, we will match your funding. All you need to do is tell us in the “Retreat price and/or donation amount” add the amount to your total when you make your payment. We will inform you as to how we spent the money. Thank you for your generosity.
Find out more about our work with female survivors of human trafficking –Moving Voices UK

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Frank GeraghtyFrank Geraghty
10:38 03 Feb 24
Lovely place. Fantastic views.
Robert TozerRobert Tozer
07:02 02 Oct 23
The retreat was a wonderful communal and learning experience where we were able to relax and develop our percussion skills. I have no hesitation to recommend it to anyone interested in salsa percussion.
Larissa BailadoraLarissa Bailadora
10:22 30 Jul 23
Spent a week in July at Finca Ara Oko with Luanda Pau Afro Cuban Dance Retreat. What an amazing experience this was! Alongside fantastic dancing/drumming/singing experience we enjoyed our stay in this old Andalusian farmhouse nestled in the mountains at the altitude of 1.2k meters.Vicky and David were amazing hosts, making sure our stay was comfortable, relaxing and stimulating. Despite being extremely busy with hosting, catering, drumming and singing tuition, Vicky and Dave were extremely personable and always had time to talk and listen, play games and just be there for you.The activities during the time were well planned and organised. Food - amazing, and the rooms we stayed in well maintained, comfortable and clean.I would highly recommend and hope to be back one day for more.
Chantal RChantal R
17:10 25 Jul 23
Vicky and Dave are both lovely people that will make you feel welcome immediately. They live in a beautiful, peaceful area where you can relax. I loved the variety of delicious fruit available all day!
Arran CleggArran Clegg
09:54 25 Jul 23
A wonderful retreat in a delightful setting with focus on body movement, musicality and technique. Thanks to Vicky, David and Luanda for coming together to produce the amazing immersive and authentic Afrocuban experience!
Christina CChristina C
12:58 20 Jul 23
A beautiful experience! I did the Coro de Clave retreat in June/July 2023. Vicky & Dave are not only expert musicians, but experts at building community. Sharing space in an off-grid farmhouse can present some challenges, but that was more than made up for by the beautiful surroundings, lovely people, delicious food, and soul-stirring music. I hope to return next year!
Alex WoodwardAlex Woodward
20:36 10 Jul 23
I had a beautiful week at Finca Ora Oko for the Coro de Clave retreat. Vicky and Dave opened their home and hearts, and shared the music they love with us. I learnt so much and had a fulfilling and joyful experience in the mountains of southern Spain. I would return in a heartbeat to do it again. It really was a special experience that will always stay with me. Truly amazing!
Erik BaumertErik Baumert
20:44 06 Jul 23
I just got back from a week long retreat full of singing, drumming, and relaxing. Although the dates didn’t fully fit my schedule, Vicky and Dave were very flexible in accommodating me and tailored a couple of custom workshop days to my liking which was incredible. The workshops themselves were just the right amount of challenging with a very comfortable atmosphere to learn, so I could playfully grow my knowledge of Afro Cuban songs and rhythms. The finca is beautifully situated in between almond fields with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and starry night skies - and there’s various beautiful porches and hammocks to enjoy them from during siesta. Special shout-out also to the food, I’m a vegetarian and just loved all the dishes made from fresh, local veggies! Thanks for the perfect week!
Sue BeardonSue Beardon
18:52 04 Jul 23
Vicky and Dave are so generous with their talent and passion to share the wonderful music of Cuba. They manage to make the experience fun and yet with attention to detail and excellence. The beauty of the setting, the vibrancy of the music, great food, excellent company all topped off with the fulfillment of learning new skills. Altogether marvellous
Séverine DelfosseSéverine Delfosse
15:12 06 Oct 22
I attended a Salsa Percussion Retreat at Finca Ará Oko and had the most amazing time. Vicky and Dave were very welcoming and great to learn from. The tuitions were fun and insightful, Dave catered to different levels within the group easily and my lovely co-students were also helpful. The finca is homey (there’s even a pool if you’re not nesh!), the views are stunning and the food delicious. We got to do some nice walks around the valley, visited the local bar for some tapas and gazed at stars at night. I highly recommend this retreat and look forward to coming back next year. 🙂
Marion CunninghamMarion Cunningham
08:07 02 Oct 22
Just back from the salsa percussion retreat Thank you so much Vicky and Dave for a fantastic experience at La Finca Ara Oko, such a peaceful location with stunning views across the mountains, great accommodation with chillout areas including a plunge pool and hammocks (think I'm going to have to buy one). And for making us all feel welcome and at home! Delicious, tasty food every day, eaten on the patio with the mountains in the background, seeing the stars wow! And the lessons - thoroughly enjoyed playing with such a friendly supportive group of people, and a huge thank you Dave for being a great teacher and so so patient. Highly recommend this experience, I'll definitely be back!!
Alison TomlinAlison Tomlin
13:02 26 Sep 22
Just back from a glorious week playing salsa at Finca Ara Oko. What an amazing place to escape for a music retreat with stunning views over the mountains and a great feeling of space. Add to that expert and patient tuition from Dave, the generous hospitality of both Vicky and Dave, and great company, and you've got yourself a perfect holiday. I really appreciated the effort that was made to not only accommodate a vegan diet, but to provide really delicious and healthy food. Treat yourself to a week here if you can.
Karen SteadmanKaren Steadman
10:28 12 Sep 22
I'm writing my review whilst still here, dangling my feet in the delicious, cooling plunge pool. This place is special in every way, from the peaceful location with its spectacular views, to the beautiful accommodation and lovely spots to chill out and breathe it all in. We've been treated to delicious, wholesome food all week, all shared with a wonderful community of warm, friendly people who now feel like family. But it's not just about kicking back and relaxing. The level of study has been fantastic, immersing ourselves in Afro Cuban percussion for a week with just the right balance of challenge without creating any stress. Various trips out to the surrounding areas have given enough variety for this to be an all round magical experience. I came here with my partner who wasn't participating in the workshops and he was welcomed into the group beautifully and never felt left out.Do we really have to go home?
Julia BakerJulia Baker
19:26 22 Jun 22
I went on the batá drumming retreat at Finca Ará Oko in in June 2022 and had a lovely time. The place is beautiful and extremely peaceful (apart from when we’re drumming starts of course!) and a brilliant location to disconnect from day to day life and focus on learning. As a retreat location it’s idyllic, in the Alpujarra / Sierra Nevada mountains with a panoramic view of the area and all the way down to the sea. It’s truly magical - especially at night when you get to see the stars and even the Milky Way at times. I loved the accommodation - I had a spacious apartment with my own privacy which I really wanted, but would've probably been very happy any one of the other shared rooms to be honest. The rest of the finca is lovely, including a plunge pool perfect for dipping in in the heat. The food was delicious and healthy which was great too. The other participants were lovely and I felt really comfortable getting to know new people as well as spending time with Vicky and Dave. The surrounding area was great also - including walks in the hills close-by and I really loved going on a couple of ‘excursions’ during the week to see nearby towns.And this is all before talking about the drumming - which was brilliant! We focussed on learning a sequence of toques which included transitions, variations, calls and responses and singing. It was really good to focus on the batá and then these specific toques to really try to master them. I have been learning for a few years with Vicky and Dave/Bombo Productions and I get a great deal out of learning - from a sense of community to a therapeutic feeling through playing and entering the 'flow' mode. Combined with the beautiful location, the company, food etc, this made a perfect retreat to nourish my soul whilst deepening my skills/ knowledge in Afro-Cuban music which I love. It was an amazing week - I’m definitely going to return at some point in the future!There’s a lot I haven’t mentioned as I’m aware people probably won’t want to read an essay…but trust me that you will get so much if you choose to visit the magical Finca Ará Oko. Thank you so much y hasta la próxima! 🙂
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Jen Kearney Song Writing Retreat

 

25th May – 1st June 2023

Join us for a life-changing five-day songwriting retreat at Finca Ará Oko with the incredible singer-songwriter Jen Kearney. The week will offer daily lyric-writing workshops, melody crafting and chord progression development. You will participate in feedback sessions and interactive performances in a magnificently inspiring setting. You don’t need to play an instrument to participate, but you are encouraged to bring your instrument if desired.  There will be a few instruments on site including a keyboard, guitar, Cuban Tres and various percussion instruments.

About Jen:
Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Jen Kearney has spent some time seasoning her particular style of original music. Her sound is truly an amalgamation of musical styles including Soul,R&B, Funk, Rock, and Latin.  Kearney’s music and attention to lyrics and has met critical acclaim nationally and internationally.

Kearney released an EP entitled “Atlantic” in March of 2022.  She has written and produced six other studio albums and has done co-writing and session work with artists all over the world.  She is a 2022 New England Music Award nominee for Soul/R&B act of the year.

Kearney tours both as a solo act and with a full band. She spent 2018-2020 living in London touring the UK/ Europe with her own act and with a 9-piece Latin band called Snowboy & the Latin Section who covered two of Kearney’s songs on their latest album.  She has shared the stage with the likes of Maceo Parker, Los Lobos, Daryl Hall, Mavis Staples, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, The Derek Trucks Band and more.

Retreat prices –  Only 10 places are available –  Secure your place now!

All prices include accommodation, three meals a day and tuition. (Please see below for costs not included)

There are three different types of accommodation:

Single Room: We have 1 single room available (please note you will still be sharing a bathroom). Price £830

 

Shared Rooms  (2-4 people): We have three rooms available. Price £690 each

 

Glamping (2 x 4m bell tents 2 people per tent): £520

In 2023, we will see the introduction of a two-bell tent glamping area. Our tents are luxurious, spacious and comfortable. (Please note; the photo is from the company that has made our bell tents)

Please visit our Accommodation page to read more about the facilities available at Finca Ará Oko.

How to book

Step 1: Secure your place by making a non-refundable deposit of £150. (payment details below)

Step 2: Fill out the registration form: Retreat Registration Form

Step 3: Email the completed form to us at: enquiries@fincaaraoko.com

Step 4: Pay the outstanding balance by the date listed directly to the bank details below.

Please check we have spaces and read our Cancellation and Participation Guide before booking.

Our Donation Policy
Would you like to support young artists (under 25 years) or female survivors of human trafficking to access our retreats? If you can spare any amount for this cause, we will match your funding. All you need to do is add the amount you would like to donate to your total when you make a bank transfer and let us know via the sign-up form. We will inform you as to how we spent the money. Thank you for your generosity.

Find out more about our work with female survivors of human trafficking – Moving Voices UK

Bank Details:
Account name: Bombo Arts
Account number: 63017399
Sort code: 08-92-99

Reference: Kearney 23

PayPal Deposit – Jen Kearney: £155

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Not included in the price

– Extra accommodation per night:  £25

– Extra meals: Breakfast £5, Lunch £7, Dinner £10

– Alcohol

– Flights: The nearest airport is Almeria (1 hr 20mins drive), then Granada (1 ½-hour drive), then Malaga (2-hour drive). Fares range from £50-350 return. Malaga is often the cheapest and has the most frequent flights.

– Transport to and from the airport: Public transport, unfortunately, is rubbish. The cheapest way is to coordinate your flight times with others attending the course. We will help facilitate this and may suggest a flight time.  Here are some taxi prices from 2022.

Taxi to/from Almeria (7-seater) – €110.
Taxi to/from Malaga (7-seater) €170.
Bus to/from Malaga to Motril (Alsa bus company) – €10
Taxi to/from Motril €80.
Taxi to/from Granada €110

– Transport during your stay.

Car hire: Some of you may wish to hire a car during your stay. It is a lovely place to drive with good roads and no traffic. If you choose this option, please let us know as we have plenty of experience of how not to get ripped off by car-hire firms.

– Travel insurance: Please make your own arrangements.

– Extra lessons

– Extra excursions or activities: There are horse riding, cycling and water sports activities available nearby. If you would like us to organise any of these events, please let us know beforehand.

*If you wish to stay longer than 7 nights, please check with us to see if we can accommodate you. If we can’t for any reason, we will be able to suggest places to stay nearby.

 

Batá Drumming Retreat

 

Dec 28th – Jan 4th

We are delighted to offer a week-long winter batá retreat, which offers an intensive study of batá rhythm and song sequences whilst looking over a spectacular landscape. During the week, you will develop technique, stamina, timing and repertoire and meet and socialise with other like-minded people passionate about batá music.

This will be a small group retreat of five people. We will bring in the New Year drumming, singing and celebrating together.

Please visit our Accommodation page to read more about the facilities available at Finca Ará Oko.

Course tutors
David Pattman and Vicky Jassey
(Read more about them here)

 Prices:

Included in the price is 7 nights accommodation, three meals a day and 5 days x  5 hours of tuition. (Please see below for costs not included).

We have various price options depending on your preferred accommodation and if you pay a deposit before the Earlybird deadline.

*Earlybird is when a non-refundable deposit of £150 is paid before the Earlybird deadline or the regular rate, which is the deposit paid after this.

*Earlybird deadline: £150  by 15th November.

Scroll down to see how to book your place.

Single Room: 2 Available (please note, you will still be sharing a bathroom)
*Earlybird Single Room: £755
Regular Single Room: £830 (1-2 available)

Shared rooms: 3 available
Earlybird Shared Room: £625
Regular Shared Room:  £715

 

How to book

Step 1: Fill out an online registration form.

Step 2: Pay your deposit either via our bank account (free) or Paypal

Step 3: Pay the outstanding balance by the date listed directly to our bank account.

Please check we have spaces and read our Cancellation and Participation Guide before booking.

Our Donation Policy
Would you like to support young artists (under 34 years) or female survivors of human trafficking to access our retreats? If you can spare any amount for this cause, we will match your funding. All you need to do is add the amount you would like to donate to your total when you make a bank transfer and let us know via the sign-up form. We will inform you as to how we spent the money. Thank you for your generosity.

Find out more about our work with female survivors of human trafficking – Moving Voices UK

We need a minimum number of guests for a retreat to go ahead. Please check with us before buying your flights.  A full refund will be issued if Covid restrictions prevent the course from happening or if we do not have sufficient numbers for the retreat to run. Please also see our Retreat Cancellation and Participation Guide.

If you are interested in a bespoke percussion music retreat or would like to stay and have some 1-1 tuition, drop us a line.  enquiries@fincaaraoko.com.

 

Not included in the price

– Extra accommodation: please see our accommodation page for prices.

– Extra meals: Breakfast £5, Lunch £7, Dinner £10

– Alcohol

– Flights: The nearest airport is Almeria (1 hr 20mins drive), then Granada (1 ½-hour drive), then Malaga (2-hour drive). Fares range from £50-350 return. Malaga is often the cheapest and has the most frequent flights.

– Transport to and from the airport: Public transport, unfortunately, is rubbish. The cheapest way is to coordinate your flight times with others attending the course. We will help facilitate this and may suggest a flight time.  Here are some taxi prices from 2022.

Taxi to/from Almeria (7-seater) – €110.
Taxi to/from Malaga (7-seater) €170.
Bus to/from Malaga to Motril (Alsa bus company) – €10
Taxi to/from Motril €80.
Taxi to/from Granada €110

– Transport during your stay.

Car hire: Some of you may wish to hire a car during your stay. It is a lovely place to drive with good roads and no traffic. If you choose this option, please let us know as we have plenty of experience of how not to get ripped off by car-hire firms.

– Travel insurance: Please make your own arrangements.

– Extra lessons

– Extra excursions or activities: There are horse riding, cycling and water sports activities available nearby. If you would like us to organise any of these events, please let us know beforehand.

*If you wish to stay longer than 7 nights, please check with us to see if we can accommodate you. If we can’t for any reason, we will be able to suggest places to stay nearby.

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Google Reviews

Frank GeraghtyFrank Geraghty
10:38 03 Feb 24
Lovely place. Fantastic views.
Robert TozerRobert Tozer
07:02 02 Oct 23
The retreat was a wonderful communal and learning experience where we were able to relax and develop our percussion skills. I have no hesitation to recommend it to anyone interested in salsa percussion.
Larissa BailadoraLarissa Bailadora
10:22 30 Jul 23
Spent a week in July at Finca Ara Oko with Luanda Pau Afro Cuban Dance Retreat. What an amazing experience this was! Alongside fantastic dancing/drumming/singing experience we enjoyed our stay in this old Andalusian farmhouse nestled in the mountains at the altitude of 1.2k meters.Vicky and David were amazing hosts, making sure our stay was comfortable, relaxing and stimulating. Despite being extremely busy with hosting, catering, drumming and singing tuition, Vicky and Dave were extremely personable and always had time to talk and listen, play games and just be there for you.The activities during the time were well planned and organised. Food - amazing, and the rooms we stayed in well maintained, comfortable and clean.I would highly recommend and hope to be back one day for more.
Chantal RChantal R
17:10 25 Jul 23
Vicky and Dave are both lovely people that will make you feel welcome immediately. They live in a beautiful, peaceful area where you can relax. I loved the variety of delicious fruit available all day!
Arran CleggArran Clegg
09:54 25 Jul 23
A wonderful retreat in a delightful setting with focus on body movement, musicality and technique. Thanks to Vicky, David and Luanda for coming together to produce the amazing immersive and authentic Afrocuban experience!
Christina CChristina C
12:58 20 Jul 23
A beautiful experience! I did the Coro de Clave retreat in June/July 2023. Vicky & Dave are not only expert musicians, but experts at building community. Sharing space in an off-grid farmhouse can present some challenges, but that was more than made up for by the beautiful surroundings, lovely people, delicious food, and soul-stirring music. I hope to return next year!
Alex WoodwardAlex Woodward
20:36 10 Jul 23
I had a beautiful week at Finca Ora Oko for the Coro de Clave retreat. Vicky and Dave opened their home and hearts, and shared the music they love with us. I learnt so much and had a fulfilling and joyful experience in the mountains of southern Spain. I would return in a heartbeat to do it again. It really was a special experience that will always stay with me. Truly amazing!
Erik BaumertErik Baumert
20:44 06 Jul 23
I just got back from a week long retreat full of singing, drumming, and relaxing. Although the dates didn’t fully fit my schedule, Vicky and Dave were very flexible in accommodating me and tailored a couple of custom workshop days to my liking which was incredible. The workshops themselves were just the right amount of challenging with a very comfortable atmosphere to learn, so I could playfully grow my knowledge of Afro Cuban songs and rhythms. The finca is beautifully situated in between almond fields with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and starry night skies - and there’s various beautiful porches and hammocks to enjoy them from during siesta. Special shout-out also to the food, I’m a vegetarian and just loved all the dishes made from fresh, local veggies! Thanks for the perfect week!
Sue BeardonSue Beardon
18:52 04 Jul 23
Vicky and Dave are so generous with their talent and passion to share the wonderful music of Cuba. They manage to make the experience fun and yet with attention to detail and excellence. The beauty of the setting, the vibrancy of the music, great food, excellent company all topped off with the fulfillment of learning new skills. Altogether marvellous
Séverine DelfosseSéverine Delfosse
15:12 06 Oct 22
I attended a Salsa Percussion Retreat at Finca Ará Oko and had the most amazing time. Vicky and Dave were very welcoming and great to learn from. The tuitions were fun and insightful, Dave catered to different levels within the group easily and my lovely co-students were also helpful. The finca is homey (there’s even a pool if you’re not nesh!), the views are stunning and the food delicious. We got to do some nice walks around the valley, visited the local bar for some tapas and gazed at stars at night. I highly recommend this retreat and look forward to coming back next year. 🙂
Marion CunninghamMarion Cunningham
08:07 02 Oct 22
Just back from the salsa percussion retreat Thank you so much Vicky and Dave for a fantastic experience at La Finca Ara Oko, such a peaceful location with stunning views across the mountains, great accommodation with chillout areas including a plunge pool and hammocks (think I'm going to have to buy one). And for making us all feel welcome and at home! Delicious, tasty food every day, eaten on the patio with the mountains in the background, seeing the stars wow! And the lessons - thoroughly enjoyed playing with such a friendly supportive group of people, and a huge thank you Dave for being a great teacher and so so patient. Highly recommend this experience, I'll definitely be back!!
Alison TomlinAlison Tomlin
13:02 26 Sep 22
Just back from a glorious week playing salsa at Finca Ara Oko. What an amazing place to escape for a music retreat with stunning views over the mountains and a great feeling of space. Add to that expert and patient tuition from Dave, the generous hospitality of both Vicky and Dave, and great company, and you've got yourself a perfect holiday. I really appreciated the effort that was made to not only accommodate a vegan diet, but to provide really delicious and healthy food. Treat yourself to a week here if you can.
Karen SteadmanKaren Steadman
10:28 12 Sep 22
I'm writing my review whilst still here, dangling my feet in the delicious, cooling plunge pool. This place is special in every way, from the peaceful location with its spectacular views, to the beautiful accommodation and lovely spots to chill out and breathe it all in. We've been treated to delicious, wholesome food all week, all shared with a wonderful community of warm, friendly people who now feel like family. But it's not just about kicking back and relaxing. The level of study has been fantastic, immersing ourselves in Afro Cuban percussion for a week with just the right balance of challenge without creating any stress. Various trips out to the surrounding areas have given enough variety for this to be an all round magical experience. I came here with my partner who wasn't participating in the workshops and he was welcomed into the group beautifully and never felt left out.Do we really have to go home?
Julia BakerJulia Baker
19:26 22 Jun 22
I went on the batá drumming retreat at Finca Ará Oko in in June 2022 and had a lovely time. The place is beautiful and extremely peaceful (apart from when we’re drumming starts of course!) and a brilliant location to disconnect from day to day life and focus on learning. As a retreat location it’s idyllic, in the Alpujarra / Sierra Nevada mountains with a panoramic view of the area and all the way down to the sea. It’s truly magical - especially at night when you get to see the stars and even the Milky Way at times. I loved the accommodation - I had a spacious apartment with my own privacy which I really wanted, but would've probably been very happy any one of the other shared rooms to be honest. The rest of the finca is lovely, including a plunge pool perfect for dipping in in the heat. The food was delicious and healthy which was great too. The other participants were lovely and I felt really comfortable getting to know new people as well as spending time with Vicky and Dave. The surrounding area was great also - including walks in the hills close-by and I really loved going on a couple of ‘excursions’ during the week to see nearby towns.And this is all before talking about the drumming - which was brilliant! We focussed on learning a sequence of toques which included transitions, variations, calls and responses and singing. It was really good to focus on the batá and then these specific toques to really try to master them. I have been learning for a few years with Vicky and Dave/Bombo Productions and I get a great deal out of learning - from a sense of community to a therapeutic feeling through playing and entering the 'flow' mode. Combined with the beautiful location, the company, food etc, this made a perfect retreat to nourish my soul whilst deepening my skills/ knowledge in Afro-Cuban music which I love. It was an amazing week - I’m definitely going to return at some point in the future!There’s a lot I haven’t mentioned as I’m aware people probably won’t want to read an essay…but trust me that you will get so much if you choose to visit the magical Finca Ará Oko. Thank you so much y hasta la próxima! 🙂
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Coro de Clave Singing Retreat – Spain

Singing Retreat, choir retreat, Coro de Clave

 

June 25th – July 2nd 2024

We are offering a 7-day singing retreat at Finca Ara Oko, an ancient off-grid farmhouse in Southern Spain. Drawing on the choir Coro de Clave (based in London and Spain), this retreat provides ensemble and individual vocal development. You will learn stunning Cuban folkloric songs in three and four-part harmonies. Each day will consist of sessions that develop breathwork and diaphragm strengthening for vocals, musical confidence with rhythm and harmony, and lead and group singing.

We want you to leave our retreat a more confident, connected, and knowledgeable singer and take home with you a collection of beautiful songs and memories that you can keep forever.

 

The week works towards a performance locally in collaboration with our Spanish choirs.

The name Coro de Clave was given to choirs that proliferated in the black communities of Western Cuba from the last part of the 1800s until around 1920. They were mobile ensembles, often amassing over 100 members and would compete with other neighbouring groups. We have revived and transferred this beautiful idea of community singing to this century and expanded the repertoire to include other Cuban-based styles.

The retreat celebrates the music,  historical context and culture of this tradition, the coming together of a wonderful community of people who enjoy singing these special songs and the beautiful surrounding landscape.

The week-long retreat is split between tuition, practice time and making the most of the amazing location (mountain walks, beaches, snorkelling, sunbathing, star-gazing, horse riding etc. ), relaxing and, of course, eating and drinking.

Course tutors
David Pattman and Vicky Jassey
(Read more about them here)

Prices:
Included in the price are 7 nights accommodation, three meals a day and 5 days x  5 hours of tuition. (Please see below for costs not included).

*Earlybird rate, which is when a non-refundable deposit of £150 is paid before the Earlybird deadline or the regular rate, which is the deposit paid after this.

*Earlybird deadline £150 by March 25th.
Full payment by May 31st

If you would like to arrange to pay in instalments, let us know.

Please visit our Accommodation page to read more about the facilities available at Finca Ará Oko.

Below are the number of rooms or beds we now have available.

2

Single Room Available

5

Shared Room Available

4

Glamping Spaces Available

Single Room: 2 Available (please note, you will still be sharing a bathroom)
*Earlybird Single Room: £720
Regular Single Room: £790 (1-2 available)

 

Shared rooms: 3 available
Earlybird Shared Room: £595
Regular Shared Room:  £680

 

Glamping (2 x 4m bell tents, 2 people per tent):

We will use the glamping area as overflow accommodation if we have more than 7 people booking on the course.  Our tents are luxurious, spacious and comfortable. (Please note; the photo is from the company that has made our bell tents)

Earlybird Glamping: £565 each
Regular Glamping: £635

What is included:

    • 4 hours of tuition x 5 days plus practice time.
    • 7 nights accommodation.
    • 3 meals a day.
    • Accommodation – shared, single rooms or glamping.
    • An opportunity to perform locally.
    • The chance to stay in a beautiful farmhouse in the spectacular countryside away from the distractions of everyday life.

Not included:
For more about travel, visit our travel information page.

    • Flights
    • Airport transfers:
    • Travel Insurance
    • Extra nights accommodation
    • Extra meals
    • Alcohol

How to book
Step 1: Fill out our registration form below.
Step 2: Pay your deposit or make a full payment by clicking on the payment link below.
Step 3: Pay the outstanding balance by the date listed directly to our bank account.
Please check we have spaces and read our Cancellation and Participation Guide before booking.

Our Donation Policy
Would you like to support young artists (under 31 years) or female survivors of human trafficking to access our retreats?

If you can spare any amount for this cause, we will match your funding. All you need to do is tell us in the “Retreat price and/or donation amount” and add the amount to your total when you pay. We will inform you as to how we spent the money. Thank you for your generosity.
Find out more about our work with female survivors of human trafficking –Moving Voices UK

Registration Form & Payment Link

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.
Name
Gender
We use this information to organise sleeping arrangements.
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Accomodation

Which type of room would you like?
Prices vary according to th retreat and room type. Please check the webpage of the retreat you wish to book.
Please select your payment type.
Please check the dates on the retreat page for early bird discounts.
What are you paying for today?
Dietary requirements
The last questions! How did you hear about us?

Payments

We use an online bank called ‘Anna’. Click on the link below to be taken to our payment page. Before making a payment, please read our Retreat Cancellation Guide

Payment Link

If you wish to pay in Euros, please email us at enquiries@fincaaraoko.com

 

Google Reviews

Frank GeraghtyFrank Geraghty
10:38 03 Feb 24
Lovely place. Fantastic views.
Robert TozerRobert Tozer
07:02 02 Oct 23
The retreat was a wonderful communal and learning experience where we were able to relax and develop our percussion skills. I have no hesitation to recommend it to anyone interested in salsa percussion.
Larissa BailadoraLarissa Bailadora
10:22 30 Jul 23
Spent a week in July at Finca Ara Oko with Luanda Pau Afro Cuban Dance Retreat. What an amazing experience this was! Alongside fantastic dancing/drumming/singing experience we enjoyed our stay in this old Andalusian farmhouse nestled in the mountains at the altitude of 1.2k meters.Vicky and David were amazing hosts, making sure our stay was comfortable, relaxing and stimulating. Despite being extremely busy with hosting, catering, drumming and singing tuition, Vicky and Dave were extremely personable and always had time to talk and listen, play games and just be there for you.The activities during the time were well planned and organised. Food - amazing, and the rooms we stayed in well maintained, comfortable and clean.I would highly recommend and hope to be back one day for more.
Chantal RChantal R
17:10 25 Jul 23
Vicky and Dave are both lovely people that will make you feel welcome immediately. They live in a beautiful, peaceful area where you can relax. I loved the variety of delicious fruit available all day!
Arran CleggArran Clegg
09:54 25 Jul 23
A wonderful retreat in a delightful setting with focus on body movement, musicality and technique. Thanks to Vicky, David and Luanda for coming together to produce the amazing immersive and authentic Afrocuban experience!
Christina CChristina C
12:58 20 Jul 23
A beautiful experience! I did the Coro de Clave retreat in June/July 2023. Vicky & Dave are not only expert musicians, but experts at building community. Sharing space in an off-grid farmhouse can present some challenges, but that was more than made up for by the beautiful surroundings, lovely people, delicious food, and soul-stirring music. I hope to return next year!
Alex WoodwardAlex Woodward
20:36 10 Jul 23
I had a beautiful week at Finca Ora Oko for the Coro de Clave retreat. Vicky and Dave opened their home and hearts, and shared the music they love with us. I learnt so much and had a fulfilling and joyful experience in the mountains of southern Spain. I would return in a heartbeat to do it again. It really was a special experience that will always stay with me. Truly amazing!
Erik BaumertErik Baumert
20:44 06 Jul 23
I just got back from a week long retreat full of singing, drumming, and relaxing. Although the dates didn’t fully fit my schedule, Vicky and Dave were very flexible in accommodating me and tailored a couple of custom workshop days to my liking which was incredible. The workshops themselves were just the right amount of challenging with a very comfortable atmosphere to learn, so I could playfully grow my knowledge of Afro Cuban songs and rhythms. The finca is beautifully situated in between almond fields with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and starry night skies - and there’s various beautiful porches and hammocks to enjoy them from during siesta. Special shout-out also to the food, I’m a vegetarian and just loved all the dishes made from fresh, local veggies! Thanks for the perfect week!
Sue BeardonSue Beardon
18:52 04 Jul 23
Vicky and Dave are so generous with their talent and passion to share the wonderful music of Cuba. They manage to make the experience fun and yet with attention to detail and excellence. The beauty of the setting, the vibrancy of the music, great food, excellent company all topped off with the fulfillment of learning new skills. Altogether marvellous
Séverine DelfosseSéverine Delfosse
15:12 06 Oct 22
I attended a Salsa Percussion Retreat at Finca Ará Oko and had the most amazing time. Vicky and Dave were very welcoming and great to learn from. The tuitions were fun and insightful, Dave catered to different levels within the group easily and my lovely co-students were also helpful. The finca is homey (there’s even a pool if you’re not nesh!), the views are stunning and the food delicious. We got to do some nice walks around the valley, visited the local bar for some tapas and gazed at stars at night. I highly recommend this retreat and look forward to coming back next year. 🙂
Marion CunninghamMarion Cunningham
08:07 02 Oct 22
Just back from the salsa percussion retreat Thank you so much Vicky and Dave for a fantastic experience at La Finca Ara Oko, such a peaceful location with stunning views across the mountains, great accommodation with chillout areas including a plunge pool and hammocks (think I'm going to have to buy one). And for making us all feel welcome and at home! Delicious, tasty food every day, eaten on the patio with the mountains in the background, seeing the stars wow! And the lessons - thoroughly enjoyed playing with such a friendly supportive group of people, and a huge thank you Dave for being a great teacher and so so patient. Highly recommend this experience, I'll definitely be back!!
Alison TomlinAlison Tomlin
13:02 26 Sep 22
Just back from a glorious week playing salsa at Finca Ara Oko. What an amazing place to escape for a music retreat with stunning views over the mountains and a great feeling of space. Add to that expert and patient tuition from Dave, the generous hospitality of both Vicky and Dave, and great company, and you've got yourself a perfect holiday. I really appreciated the effort that was made to not only accommodate a vegan diet, but to provide really delicious and healthy food. Treat yourself to a week here if you can.
Karen SteadmanKaren Steadman
10:28 12 Sep 22
I'm writing my review whilst still here, dangling my feet in the delicious, cooling plunge pool. This place is special in every way, from the peaceful location with its spectacular views, to the beautiful accommodation and lovely spots to chill out and breathe it all in. We've been treated to delicious, wholesome food all week, all shared with a wonderful community of warm, friendly people who now feel like family. But it's not just about kicking back and relaxing. The level of study has been fantastic, immersing ourselves in Afro Cuban percussion for a week with just the right balance of challenge without creating any stress. Various trips out to the surrounding areas have given enough variety for this to be an all round magical experience. I came here with my partner who wasn't participating in the workshops and he was welcomed into the group beautifully and never felt left out.Do we really have to go home?
Julia BakerJulia Baker
19:26 22 Jun 22
I went on the batá drumming retreat at Finca Ará Oko in in June 2022 and had a lovely time. The place is beautiful and extremely peaceful (apart from when we’re drumming starts of course!) and a brilliant location to disconnect from day to day life and focus on learning. As a retreat location it’s idyllic, in the Alpujarra / Sierra Nevada mountains with a panoramic view of the area and all the way down to the sea. It’s truly magical - especially at night when you get to see the stars and even the Milky Way at times. I loved the accommodation - I had a spacious apartment with my own privacy which I really wanted, but would've probably been very happy any one of the other shared rooms to be honest. The rest of the finca is lovely, including a plunge pool perfect for dipping in in the heat. The food was delicious and healthy which was great too. The other participants were lovely and I felt really comfortable getting to know new people as well as spending time with Vicky and Dave. The surrounding area was great also - including walks in the hills close-by and I really loved going on a couple of ‘excursions’ during the week to see nearby towns.And this is all before talking about the drumming - which was brilliant! We focussed on learning a sequence of toques which included transitions, variations, calls and responses and singing. It was really good to focus on the batá and then these specific toques to really try to master them. I have been learning for a few years with Vicky and Dave/Bombo Productions and I get a great deal out of learning - from a sense of community to a therapeutic feeling through playing and entering the 'flow' mode. Combined with the beautiful location, the company, food etc, this made a perfect retreat to nourish my soul whilst deepening my skills/ knowledge in Afro-Cuban music which I love. It was an amazing week - I’m definitely going to return at some point in the future!There’s a lot I haven’t mentioned as I’m aware people probably won’t want to read an essay…but trust me that you will get so much if you choose to visit the magical Finca Ará Oko. Thank you so much y hasta la próxima! 🙂
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Salsa Percussion Retreat

 

“Just back from a glorious week playing salsa at Finca Ara Oko. What an amazing place to escape for a music retreat with stunning views over the mountains and a great feeling of space. Add to that expert and patient tuition from Dave, the generous hospitality of both Vicky and Dave, and great company, and you’ve got yourself a perfect holiday. ” Alison 2022

2nd – 9th September 2024 

A course for those wanting to learn and improve their salsa percussion skills. This course will include technique development, ensemble playing and drum variations for bongo, congas, güiro and timbales and cover styles such as salsa, son, charanga, mozambique and guaguanco.

The week-long retreats are split between tuition and practice time, making the most of the amazing location (mountain walks, beaches, snorkelling, sunbathing, star-gazing, horse riding etc. ), relaxing and of course, eating and drinking.

Course tutor
David Pattman. David’s experience includes playing with Omara Portuondo of the Buena Vista Social Club, Cachaito Lopez, Cubanismo, Anga Diaz, Roberto Plá, Snowboy, Django Bates, Alex Wilson, Slim Gailard, Carlos ‘Patato’ Valdez and Daniel Ponce as well as Jacob Collier and Paul McCartney.

Prices:
Included in the price are 7 nights accommodation, three meals a day and 5 days x  5 hours of tuition. (Please see below for costs not included).

*Earlybird rate, which is when a non-refundable deposit of £150 is paid before the Earlybird deadline or the regular rate which is the deposit paid after this.

*Earlybird deadline £150 by May 18th.
Full payment by June 18th.

If you would like to arrange to pay in instalments, let us know. Scroll down to see how to book your place.

Please visit our Accommodation page to read more about the facilities available at Finca Ará Oko.

Below are the number of rooms or beds we now have available.

1

Single Room Available

5

Shared room available

4

Glamping spaces available

Single Room: (please note, you will still be sharing a bathroom)
*Earlybird Single Room: £720
Regular Single Room: £790 (1-2 available)

 

Shared rooms: 3 available
Earlybird Shared Room: £595
Regular Shared Room:  £680

 

Glamping (2 x 4m bell tents, 2 people per tent):

Earlybird Glamping: £565 each
Regular Glamping: £635

What the retreat includes:

    • 4 hours of tuition x 5 days plus practice time.
    • 7 nights accommodation.
    • 3 meals a day.
    • Accommodation – shared, single rooms or glamping.
    • Access to percussion instruments, piano and bass amp.
    • An opportunity to perform on the last night at a local bar.
    • The chance to stay in a beautiful farmhouse in the spectacular countryside away from the distractions of everyday life.

Not included:

For more information, visit our travel information page.

    • Flights
    • Airport transfers:
    • Travel Insurance
    • Extra nights accommodation
    • Extra meals
    • Alcohol

How to book
Step 1: Fill out our registration form below.
Step 2: Pay your deposit or make a full payment by clicking on the payment link below.
Step 3: Pay the outstanding balance by the date listed directly to our bank account.
Please check we have spaces and read our Cancellation and Participation Guide before booking.

Our Donation Policy
Would you like to support young artists (under 31 years) or female survivors of human trafficking to access our retreats?

If you can spare any amount for this cause, we will match your funding. All you need to do is tell us in the “Retreat price and/or donation amount” add the amount to your total when you make your payment. We will inform you as to how we spent the money. Thank you for your generosity.
Find out more about our work with female survivors of human trafficking –Moving Voices UK

Registration Form & Payment Link

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.
Name
Gender
We use this information to organise sleeping arrangements.
Address

Accomodation

Which type of room would you like?
Prices vary according to th retreat and room type. Please check the webpage of the retreat you wish to book.
Please select your payment type.
Please check the dates on the retreat page for early bird discounts.
What are you paying for today?
Dietary requirements
The last questions! How did you hear about us?

Payments

We use an online bank called ‘Anna’. Click on the link below to be taken to our payment page. Before making a payment, please read our Retreat Cancellation Guide

Payment Link

If you wish to pay in Euros, please email us at enquiries@fincaaraoko.com

Frank GeraghtyFrank Geraghty
10:38 03 Feb 24
Lovely place. Fantastic views.
Robert TozerRobert Tozer
07:02 02 Oct 23
The retreat was a wonderful communal and learning experience where we were able to relax and develop our percussion skills. I have no hesitation to recommend it to anyone interested in salsa percussion.
Larissa BailadoraLarissa Bailadora
10:22 30 Jul 23
Spent a week in July at Finca Ara Oko with Luanda Pau Afro Cuban Dance Retreat. What an amazing experience this was! Alongside fantastic dancing/drumming/singing experience we enjoyed our stay in this old Andalusian farmhouse nestled in the mountains at the altitude of 1.2k meters.Vicky and David were amazing hosts, making sure our stay was comfortable, relaxing and stimulating. Despite being extremely busy with hosting, catering, drumming and singing tuition, Vicky and Dave were extremely personable and always had time to talk and listen, play games and just be there for you.The activities during the time were well planned and organised. Food - amazing, and the rooms we stayed in well maintained, comfortable and clean.I would highly recommend and hope to be back one day for more.
Chantal RChantal R
17:10 25 Jul 23
Vicky and Dave are both lovely people that will make you feel welcome immediately. They live in a beautiful, peaceful area where you can relax. I loved the variety of delicious fruit available all day!
Arran CleggArran Clegg
09:54 25 Jul 23
A wonderful retreat in a delightful setting with focus on body movement, musicality and technique. Thanks to Vicky, David and Luanda for coming together to produce the amazing immersive and authentic Afrocuban experience!
Christina CChristina C
12:58 20 Jul 23
A beautiful experience! I did the Coro de Clave retreat in June/July 2023. Vicky & Dave are not only expert musicians, but experts at building community. Sharing space in an off-grid farmhouse can present some challenges, but that was more than made up for by the beautiful surroundings, lovely people, delicious food, and soul-stirring music. I hope to return next year!
Alex WoodwardAlex Woodward
20:36 10 Jul 23
I had a beautiful week at Finca Ora Oko for the Coro de Clave retreat. Vicky and Dave opened their home and hearts, and shared the music they love with us. I learnt so much and had a fulfilling and joyful experience in the mountains of southern Spain. I would return in a heartbeat to do it again. It really was a special experience that will always stay with me. Truly amazing!
Erik BaumertErik Baumert
20:44 06 Jul 23
I just got back from a week long retreat full of singing, drumming, and relaxing. Although the dates didn’t fully fit my schedule, Vicky and Dave were very flexible in accommodating me and tailored a couple of custom workshop days to my liking which was incredible. The workshops themselves were just the right amount of challenging with a very comfortable atmosphere to learn, so I could playfully grow my knowledge of Afro Cuban songs and rhythms. The finca is beautifully situated in between almond fields with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and starry night skies - and there’s various beautiful porches and hammocks to enjoy them from during siesta. Special shout-out also to the food, I’m a vegetarian and just loved all the dishes made from fresh, local veggies! Thanks for the perfect week!
Sue BeardonSue Beardon
18:52 04 Jul 23
Vicky and Dave are so generous with their talent and passion to share the wonderful music of Cuba. They manage to make the experience fun and yet with attention to detail and excellence. The beauty of the setting, the vibrancy of the music, great food, excellent company all topped off with the fulfillment of learning new skills. Altogether marvellous
Séverine DelfosseSéverine Delfosse
15:12 06 Oct 22
I attended a Salsa Percussion Retreat at Finca Ará Oko and had the most amazing time. Vicky and Dave were very welcoming and great to learn from. The tuitions were fun and insightful, Dave catered to different levels within the group easily and my lovely co-students were also helpful. The finca is homey (there’s even a pool if you’re not nesh!), the views are stunning and the food delicious. We got to do some nice walks around the valley, visited the local bar for some tapas and gazed at stars at night. I highly recommend this retreat and look forward to coming back next year. 🙂
Marion CunninghamMarion Cunningham
08:07 02 Oct 22
Just back from the salsa percussion retreat Thank you so much Vicky and Dave for a fantastic experience at La Finca Ara Oko, such a peaceful location with stunning views across the mountains, great accommodation with chillout areas including a plunge pool and hammocks (think I'm going to have to buy one). And for making us all feel welcome and at home! Delicious, tasty food every day, eaten on the patio with the mountains in the background, seeing the stars wow! And the lessons - thoroughly enjoyed playing with such a friendly supportive group of people, and a huge thank you Dave for being a great teacher and so so patient. Highly recommend this experience, I'll definitely be back!!
Alison TomlinAlison Tomlin
13:02 26 Sep 22
Just back from a glorious week playing salsa at Finca Ara Oko. What an amazing place to escape for a music retreat with stunning views over the mountains and a great feeling of space. Add to that expert and patient tuition from Dave, the generous hospitality of both Vicky and Dave, and great company, and you've got yourself a perfect holiday. I really appreciated the effort that was made to not only accommodate a vegan diet, but to provide really delicious and healthy food. Treat yourself to a week here if you can.
Karen SteadmanKaren Steadman
10:28 12 Sep 22
I'm writing my review whilst still here, dangling my feet in the delicious, cooling plunge pool. This place is special in every way, from the peaceful location with its spectacular views, to the beautiful accommodation and lovely spots to chill out and breathe it all in. We've been treated to delicious, wholesome food all week, all shared with a wonderful community of warm, friendly people who now feel like family. But it's not just about kicking back and relaxing. The level of study has been fantastic, immersing ourselves in Afro Cuban percussion for a week with just the right balance of challenge without creating any stress. Various trips out to the surrounding areas have given enough variety for this to be an all round magical experience. I came here with my partner who wasn't participating in the workshops and he was welcomed into the group beautifully and never felt left out.Do we really have to go home?
Julia BakerJulia Baker
19:26 22 Jun 22
I went on the batá drumming retreat at Finca Ará Oko in in June 2022 and had a lovely time. The place is beautiful and extremely peaceful (apart from when we’re drumming starts of course!) and a brilliant location to disconnect from day to day life and focus on learning. As a retreat location it’s idyllic, in the Alpujarra / Sierra Nevada mountains with a panoramic view of the area and all the way down to the sea. It’s truly magical - especially at night when you get to see the stars and even the Milky Way at times. I loved the accommodation - I had a spacious apartment with my own privacy which I really wanted, but would've probably been very happy any one of the other shared rooms to be honest. The rest of the finca is lovely, including a plunge pool perfect for dipping in in the heat. The food was delicious and healthy which was great too. The other participants were lovely and I felt really comfortable getting to know new people as well as spending time with Vicky and Dave. The surrounding area was great also - including walks in the hills close-by and I really loved going on a couple of ‘excursions’ during the week to see nearby towns.And this is all before talking about the drumming - which was brilliant! We focussed on learning a sequence of toques which included transitions, variations, calls and responses and singing. It was really good to focus on the batá and then these specific toques to really try to master them. I have been learning for a few years with Vicky and Dave/Bombo Productions and I get a great deal out of learning - from a sense of community to a therapeutic feeling through playing and entering the 'flow' mode. Combined with the beautiful location, the company, food etc, this made a perfect retreat to nourish my soul whilst deepening my skills/ knowledge in Afro-Cuban music which I love. It was an amazing week - I’m definitely going to return at some point in the future!There’s a lot I haven’t mentioned as I’m aware people probably won’t want to read an essay…but trust me that you will get so much if you choose to visit the magical Finca Ará Oko. Thank you so much y hasta la próxima! 🙂
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Accommodation & Venue Hire

Finca Ará Oko is an ancient off-grid Andalusian farmhouse with original features offering three separate apartments with their own entrances and a total of six bedrooms (sleeping up to 12 people). We have a two-bell tent glamping area ( sleeping between 4-8 people). The grounds consist of three terraces (one is covered by a pergola), a plunge pool enclosure, and a long porch. Our property uses solar energy and a water filtration system. It has stunning views of the sea and the mountains.

You can rent rooms for us or hire the whole space to run your own retreat. Please get in touch.

The Porch House – 2 bedrooms (sleeps up to 4)
The Porch house has its own entrance, small kitchen, bathroom and a large porch overlooking the sea. The porch is a favourite spot for outdoor meals or just relaxation with a beautiful view. Guests in the Porch house can also enjoy the plunge pool, a large terrace offering space for yoga, siestas in a hammock and stunning sunrises.

£55 – 1-2 people
£70  – 3-4 people
*Discounts are offered for stays of 5 nights or longer

 

Poolside Apartment – 2 bedrooms (sleeps up to 4)
The Poolside Apartment is next to the plunge pool courtyard. It offers a bathroom and two rooms separated by a curtain. Guests in the Poolside apartment can also enjoy the plunge pool, a large terrace offering space for yoga, siestas in a hammock and stunning sunrises.
Room 1:  One double bed and one single bed
Room 2: A day bed & sofabed

£45 – 1-2 people per night
£65  – 3-4 people per night
*Discounts are offered for stays of 5 nights or longer

 

Main House – 2 Bedrooms (Sleeps up to 4)
The main house has two bedrooms (two double or one double and a twin) with amazing views. The apartment has a bathroom and additional toilet, a large kitchen and a living room. You also have access to two terraces as well as the porch and poolside if there are no other guests at the property.

£80 per night

 

Glamping (2 x 4m bell tents, 2-4 people per tent): 2023 will see the introduction of a two-bell tent glamping area. Our tents are luxurious, spacious and comfortable. We also have a fantastic outdoor shower.

£45 – 1-2  people per night
£65 – 3–4 people per night
*Discounts are offered for stays of 5 nights or longer

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Outside Shower

 

The Workshop Space

We have a covered outdoor space which can fit up to 10 people dancing, practising yoga or up to 15 people sitting in a circle playing music.

 

If you would like to run a retreat at Finca Ará Oko get in contact and we can have a chat enquiries@fincaaraoko.com

Retreats

 

We offer small-scale retreats in a beautiful off-grid farmhouse in the Spanish Alpujarra, Sierra Nevada mountains.

Our retreats combine tuition and practice time as well as making the most of the amazing location, which includes mountain walks, beaches, sea-swimming, snorkelling, sunbathing, star-gazing and horse riding as well as relaxing and, of course, eating and drinking.

Dates for 2023

Afro Cuban Folkloric Percussion
May 15th – 22nd
Sept 1st – -8th

Jen Kearney Song Writing Retreat
25th May – 1st June 2023

Bata Drumming Retreat
June 7th – 14th

Coro de Clave
25th June – 2nd July

Cuban Folkloric Dance
July 17th – 24th July

Salsa Percussion Retreat
Sept 18th – 25th

 

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