Luanda Pau – Afro Cuban Dance Retreat

Luanda Pau - Afro Cuban Dance Retreat

17th – 24th July 2023


We are very excited to welcome the legendary Luanda Pau to Finca Ara Oko this year.  Luanda will teach oricha and rumba dance over five days which we hope will result in a local performance. Each day will explore different dance styles, techniques, rhythms and songs, including an introduction to learning basic drumming and singing with David Pattman and Vicky Jassey, which underpin these dance styles.

We use the word retreat to mean that as well as learning and developing, you also get a chance to relax in nature and the beautiful surroundings. We are expecting a possible excursion to Granada and to present a small performance at our local live events venue.

There are 3 places left; two glamping and one single room; book your place now by paying a non-refundable deposit.

Costs & Accommodation
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).

Single Room: £830 all-inclusive (£150 deposit. Full payment by 17th June)

Shared Room: £690 all-inclusive (£150 deposit. Full payment by 17th June)

Let us know if you would like to arrange to pay in instalments. Scroll down to see how to book your place.


Glamping: £520 all-inclusive. (£150 deposit. Full payment by 17th June)

2 x 4m bell tents with 2 people per tent. (Please note; the photo is from the company that has made our bell tents)

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:

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.

Bank Details
Account name: Bombo Arts
Account number: 63017399
Sort code: 08-92-99
Reference: (Your initials/ name of course)

If you prefer Paypal, use the link below, but please note we charge a 3.5% bank charge fee.

PayPal Deposit – Luanda Dance: £155

£385 (including charges)


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.