Creative explorers

Lagoa das Sete Cidades

 

Our mother's birthday wish to spend time with her children became a gift for all of us, with new explorations as a family.

This enriching experience has further inspired us to support others at different stages in life where pausing in a new and different way can be beneficial.

 

Deep experience of nature

Deep connection: purposeful exchanges

Deep reflection

 

 

 

The physical distance from other continents allows a certain "headspace" for inspiring experiences here on São Miguel. This island, where the power of the earth is tangible and palpable, offers an impressive backdrop for deepening the understanding of connections and achieving aha-effects; this thanks to a holistic approach through the five core capacities. Deep experience of nature, "impulses" as thought-provoking sparks as well as targeted interactive exchanges in respectful surroundings, offer new perspectives and promote one's own reflection in order to reconsider certain aspects of life. For an enriching experience with fellow guests, you will be encouraged to engage, and in addition to your mind, open your heart and soul to further broaden your horizons.

 

Experience a unique and memorable week

in a historic monument from the 17th century (at your sole disposal):

with your family - 2-3 generations

people faced by death: terminal illness or widows/ers

couples who wish to reinvent themselves after their children left home

 

We are all creative explorers!

Native Americans held the Caribou sacred.

When they hunted a caribou, they used every part of it.

Shouldn’t we do likewise with our core capacities?

The Caribou concept

Experiential journey

Lagoa das Furnas

Native Americans held the Caribou sacred.

When they hunted a caribou, they used every part of it.

Shouldn’t we do likewise with our core capacities?

The Caribou concept

Find your inner compass on an experiential journey with Caribou

may we invite you to:

foster reflection in profound exchanges with fellow guests?

 

 

hike under the marvellous skies, moonlight, and stars over the Atlantic Ocean?

 

 

recapture your creative inner child?

 

 

embark on an authentic spiritual journey?

 

 create emotional memories so vivid, you will be able to smell the sea!

Find

your

Inner

Compass

MENTAL

PHYSICAL

CREATIVE

SPIRITUAL

EMOTIONAL

Time out on the Azores

 

Imagine a world of butterflies and crater lakes, soaring cliffs, foggy volcanoes and boiling geysers, blue hydrangeas and pink amaryllis.

Imagine Atlantis...

Lagoa do Fogo

The Ancients placed the mythical continent of Atlantis west of Gibraltar.

They must have been thinking of the Azores, where the beauty of nature

is omnipresent and the power of earth tangible.

 

Tiny in the Atlantic Ocean as stars in the universe, the nine islands of the archipelago set the unforgettable stage for your transformative journey with Caribou.

Creative explorers

Lagoa dos Caldeirões

 

Commit to becoming a creative explorer

 

Growth is a collection of experiences – some social, others solitary.

 

Join Caribou in a historic monument from the 17th century (formerly Franciscan monastery) with a modern vibe on the Azores' main island of São Miguel. Spend a week – or more – in this oasis of hospitality with its garden and pool. Discover the island and enjoy the freedom to admit to your true self.

 

Become a creative explorer!

 

Climb your personal Azores High!

Gallery

Chà Gorreana

Archipelago

for explorers

Lagoa das Furnas

Exploration beyond São Miguel

 

The Azorean archipelago, half way between Europe and America, for centuries a meeting place for pirates, Atlantic sailors, adventurers and explorers, is still a special world. When you hear the Açor (Portuguese for hawk), which today is still native to almost all islands, you have arrived...

Hosts

Ilha de São Miguel

Caribou was founded by us as siblings.

When we were children, we dreamt of the lost continent of Atlantis.

As adults, we still dream of a better world.

 

This personal quest as well as professional obligations have led us around the globe. Along the way, we collected experiences, learned, and grew. And we explored the Azores, which come as close to a mythical land as there may be.

 

After five decades, as brother and sister we launched the second half of our lives during a stay in the Azores. Reflecting on the way forward, it seemed natural that we should widen our life long quest by offering others the opportunity to find closer to themselves and each other. The Caribou concept of bringing people together is in our DNA.

 

Follow the lead and become a creative explorer -

we cordially invite you!

...on the journey towards the infinite,

Urban Waltenspuel + Regula Waltenspuel

Caribou Azores - NPO (UID: CHE-238.540.079)

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Guests for each retreat are assembled according to a shared life concern that they wish to address during their stay. With the aim of making the joint activities productive and enriching, the thematic exchange is tailored to the respective context.


Guests stay one week to immerse themselves fully in this experience.


Upon request, e.g. from a group, a stay tailored to their needs can also last up to two weeks.

 

 

The guest house can accommodate 20 guests in 10 double rooms.

 

Season for the stay

01-08 July 2023     Gemeinsam kreativ entdecken*

08-15 July 2023     Atlantische Perspektiven*

15-22 July 2023     Neue Horizonte im Atlantik*

22-29 July 2023     Aufwind im Atlantik*

29 July - 5 August  Jenseits der Grenze(n)*

05-12 August 23   Beyond Boundaries

*in German

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Caribou Azores

c/o Regula Waltenspuel

Limmatstrasse 159

CH-8005 Zurich

Switzerland

 

+41 61 281 0808

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