PHOTO & SURF
WE ARE CONNECTED BY VISUAL POETRY.
We believe that by coming together to share knowledge we a create space for more freedom of expression.
Designed for intermediate female photographers that are looking for a supportive platform that promotes growth, enthusiasm and creativity, this program aims to make you explore a new perspective in capturing the surf and skate scene while reinforcing your own style.
Through open talks and supportive coaching, you’ll start by capturing the board culture and find your confidence to translate into its natural flow and beauty. You’ll be surrounded by surfers and skaters, rural landscapes and breathtaking Atlantic beaches, crispy fall sunsets and salty air, and talented photographers. A truly inspirational and effortless atmosphere that invites you to explore your curiosity, fuel your passion and score your aspirations.
A breakthrough opportunity to transition your dreams into a visual reality.
Contact us if you want to know more about our packages.
- 4 x nights in an exclusive countryside villa
- Photo shoots in or out of the water + 1 analog photo shooting
- Theorical sessions
- Analysing and open talks with special guests
- Daily breakfasts, lunches and dinners adapted to all diets (complimentary drinks* and fruit)
- Pickup and drop off from and to Lisbon airport
- Goodies bag
* Alcoholic beverages will be available but are paid separately
The following is not included: international airfares, one dinner at a local restaurant, surf or yoga lessons, surfboards, PCR test and medical insurance.
AN EXTRAORDINARY FIVE-SUITE VILLA IN THE ALENTEJO COUNTRYSIDE.
Located in one of the most iconic landscapes in Portugal, the Koolscty villa encompasses five spacious suites with a striking minimalist aesthetic that lends itself to an atmosphere of tranquility, simplicity and timelessness.
Beyond just being an off-the-grid sanctuary, the property embodies the Koolscty movement – open and inviting with an old-meets-new vibe. It’s an escapist’s dream abode that bucks the trend of staying in ever-changing tourism “hot spots”.
If you’re ready to hit pause on your fast-paced life and attune your soul to the natural rhythms of a bucolic landscape, our villa is the perfect destination. Oh… and did we mention that all this is only a short trip away from A+ surf spots and beautiful beaches?
The board riding culture has it’s own captivating artistic and rebel composition. By putting together this juxtaposition of freedom and passion, you’ll be compelled to capture this romantic rebellion accompanied by our photo coaches.
DIGITAL x ANALOG
You will explore both ways in an open environment of creativity and curiosity. Techniques will be show and feedback shared. Excitement will be all over the place while shooting with our special guests in Alentejo’s off-the-grid locations.
OPEN TALKS x SPECIAL GUESTS
Breaking the silence is the best way to achieve improvement and create a respectful movement in the art industry. By showing or opening up we believe that it fast paces your way into conquer your dreams.
INTRODUCING OUR TALENTED SQUAD.
Let’s be honest. The pathway to progression has more than a few sharp turns and bumpy stretches. The good news is that our Koolscty Squad will have your back every step of the way. We’re one of a kind with backbone for days and a passionate disposition. Most of all though, we give you a safe space to be your curious natural self.
PHOTO COACHLEESAIt didn’t take long for her love of photography to deepen into a love for SHADOW/LIGHT, water and surf photography. This passion quickly grew when she moved to the Portuguese waters. In photography and much more art, Leesa focuses on the relationship you have to it and what a shoot, edit session or a final image makes you feel rather than how others perceive it. Technical tools are important but the emotion behind art is just as if not more important. Her ambition remains clear: maintain a passion for this art form no matter how busy and distracting the world gets.
PHOTO COACHCATHIPassionate about life, she uses photography to preserve and affirm the reality she knows. tired of working for years in the service of commercial photography, she decided to distance herself from the profession in order to look at photography as an artistic object. Live fully shoot careless, a ''not that serious'' approach to photography. By shooting a roll in a disposable machine, we will demystify the idea that the camera makes the photographer and simplify the approach of analog photography, embracing the fact that these cameras are disposable at risk, letting go of expectations and accepting the possibility of failure, and then, together, we analyze the results of each one.
BOARD RIDER GUESTJennyOcean hustler and photographer enthusiast, Jenny portrays a variety of strong women that create a lifestyle which allows them to keep pursuing their passion for longboard. With an endless energy, captivating humor and lady slide elegance, you’ll be inspired to translate Jenny’s natural beauty through your lenses and get that one shot.
HostJoanaBorn and raised on a diet of surf, skate and beach life, Jo is happiest when she’s on a board. Blessed with the ability to see patterns and interpret connections, she’s designed her life around a love of all things boardsports. From the ocean to the mountains and the concrete in-between, these residencies are a physical manifestation of Jo’s life passion and a way for her to share it with others.
FOR RAD WOMEN
DOUBLE ROOM W/ ENSUITE
Looking for a spacious room with clean lines and all the creature comforts? The Double Room has a roomy bed topped with the crispest white sheets. Like the Master Suite, it too can be shared with a friend (one bed/separate duvets).
SHARED TWIN ROOM W/ ENSUITE
Me time is the bomb but connecting with others is what this room is all about. Introducing the Shared Twin – a space that’s defined by its simplicity and luxury. Complete with two restful single beds and its own shower-bathroom ensuite.
The villa is situated a scenic 2-hour drive south from Lisbon on the west coast of Portugal. Porto Corvo is 20 minutes away. It’s here you’ll find shops and restaurants in a picturesque setting with cobblestone streets and traditional Alentejo houses.
The closest airport to our Villa is Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) in Lisbon. From here, we will pick you up and take you straight to the Villa.
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We advise you to check the latest information about COVID 19 and travelling to Portugal using this link. We also encourage all of our guests and staff to follow the preventive action guidelines given by the World Health Organization and to follow the travel recommendations from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in your country.
The residency starts on Thursday and ends on the following Tuesday. Check-in at the Villa is 2:00 pm and check-out is 10:00 am the following Tuesday. In order to offer our best service, we must adhere to this schedule. Unfortunately, we cannot provide concessions for any activities that you miss due to a late arrival or early departure, however, it’s possible for you to arrive or leave any day during the weekend so long as you give us an advance warning. Please let us know ASAP and we’ll arrange a transfer for that day (cost not included on the package). Please note that we don’t allow for any arrivals at the Villa earlier than 2:00 pm on check-in day as we need to prepare everything for you to enjoy an epic weekend.
To avoid missing out the transfer to our villa, we advise you to arrive the day before and spend one night in the beautiful city of Lisbon – we’re happy to guide you through. The pick-up at Lisbon airport will be on Saturday at 11:00 am sharp. By ensuring that you’re on time, we can drive to the villa for check-in and begin with a mellow afternoon schedule.
First, that’s great – this’ll give you some extra time to unwind before joining our residency. Better yet, we can also recommend a few awesome breakfast spots nearby where you can relax and unwind until pick-up time.
We’ll drop you at Lisbon airport on Tuesday at 12:00 pm, however, please consider that heavy traffic might result in a later drop-off. For this reason, we advise you to book your flight back either later in the afternoon or on Wednesday for a more chilled return home.
We require a deposit payment within 48 hours via our payment service to hold your spot. We’ll then send out an invoice as soon as we get your booking request (usually within 24 hours). If this invoice isn’t paid within 48 hours from receipt of the payment link, the booking will be automatically canceled and your spot forfeited.
All COVID 19 cancellation, on-site procedures and protocols will be sent via email once you’ve proceeded with the booking payment. For more questions regarding the cancellation of a booking, please get in touch via email.