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4 Day Yoga and Surf Retreat in Columbeira, Portugal

Buddha Retreats Yoga and Surf Hotel, Rua Salvador Carvalho dos Santos 7-9, 2540-590, Columbeira, Portugal

Yoga and Surf Retreat in Portugal

All difficulty levels
Instruction in English
Maximum 18 participants
All meals included
Airport transfer available

Stay in a beautiful Portuguese Quinta (country house) surrounded by nature close to the beaches of the Silver Coast. Recharge with daily yoga classes, learn to surf and enjoy delicious food.

Meet the instructors

Donald, Ralph, & Frits
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Highlights

  • Yoga classes
  • Surf theory and lessons
  • Surfing equipments and transfer to the beach included
  • Daily healthy and energizing breakfast buffet
  • Fruits, tea, and water throughout the day
  • Daily delicious lunch and dinner
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


4 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch, German
Group size: Maximum of 18 participants
Airport transfer available:
Lisbon Portela Airport (US$95 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
13:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Wireless internet

Guests stay in a restored Portuguese Quinta (country house) in comfortable single and double bedrooms. Guests can choose among rooms with shared bathroom or en suite bathroom.

The climate is very much influenced by the Atlantic and the weather can change quickly here, in particular outside of summer. If you come in spring or autumn always bring some warmer clothes for colder days and a rain jacket. There is a reason why Portugal is so lush and green. If you want to use the pool don't forget to bring your swimwear. We provide you with towels.

Please be aware that we have several cats and dogs living at the retreat centre. They are all very friendly but if you should be allergic to cats or dogs Buddha Retreats might not be the most suitable place for you.

Program

Surfing

Portugal and in particular the coast around Peniche and Baleal offer some of the best conditions for surfing, regardless if you are a beginner or want to improve your surfing. Buddha Retreats believes that students learn best when they are in small groups where instructors can spend enough time with each student to address individual needs and skill levels.

The surf lessons are suited for all type of levels from beginners, intermediate to advanced surfers. The instructors will take their time to explain theory and practice basic skills on the beach. They will provide you with all the equipment needed and a wetsuit that will keep you warm while surfing. Surfing conditions are good all year round with bigger waves during autumn and winter and smaller waves in spring and summer.

Yoga for surfers

The yoga practice focuses on core-strength and balance which have great benefits for surfing. Each class is a challenge and you will work your body. Sun salutations are a great way to strengthen the arms and the chest before surfing while forward bending and twisting are a great way to release the body after a long day of surfing. Each session ends with at least 5 minutes of relaxation (Savasana). Surfers and non-surfers of all levels can benefit from the classes. During our yoga and surf retreats we schedule one daily yoga class and one daily surf class.

The yoga studio is fully equipped with mats and necessary props so there is no need to bring anything. For the surf lessons we provide you with all necessary equipment such as wetsuits and surfboards. Bring water resistant sunscreen (FPS 30) if you join a yoga & surf retreat.

Day 1

  • 14:00 | Arrival
  • 18:00 | Yoga class
  • 20:00 | Dinner

Day 2 and 3

  • 08:30 | Healthy and energizing breakfast
  • 10:00 | Surfing (theory and lessons in the water)
  • 13:00 | Lunch and break
  • 17:00 | Yoga
  • 19:30 | Dinner

Day 4

  • 08:00 | Coffee, tea, fruit
  • 09:00 | Yoga
  • 11:00 | Brunch
  • 13:00 | Check-out

If you book a 4 or 5 day retreat during the 8 day retreats the schedule of the 8 day retreat will be followed.

Instructors

Donald Streeter

Ralph Pilleri

Frits Vogelzang

Location

Buddha Retreats is located about 75km north of Lisbon. The property is located on a spacious plot in the small village of Columbeira surrounded by fruit trees and green hills. The nearest beaches are a 15-20 min. drive away.

Surf conditions

Surf spot:

 Peniche

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Food

As part of all retreats we provide you with daily delicious and healthy meals. Most of the food is from the local farmers or comes from our own garden. The menu is based on the philosophy of whole foods avoiding processed foods and preservatives. In the morning we will serve you a healthy and energizing breakfast which includes fresh fruit, homemade granola, freshly baked bread or banana bread among other things. Depending on your schedule you will enjoy lunch either at the Buddha Retreats house or we will give you a packed lunch that you can enjoy at the beach. After an active day we will serve dinner on the terrace enjoying the sunset or indoors in front of the fireplace. During the warmer periods we try to do a seafood BBQ with fresh caught seafood once per week. The other meals will be vegetarian. As part of the retreats you can enjoy fresh coffee, herbal teas and purified water as much as you wish. During dinner time Portuguese red and white wines are served.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Seafood
  • Lactose Free
  • Whole food
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Enjoy the beautiful gardens
  • Go for a hike
  • Go surfing
  • Relax in front of the fireplace
  • Relax on the beach
  • Stand up paddleboarding
  • Take a dip in the pool
  • Visit to the nearby medieval town of Obidos

Spa treatments

Buddha Retreats offers various massage treatments that can be booked before arrival and during your stay.

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • All yoga classes
  • All surfing classes including equipments (wetsuits and surfboards) and transfer to the beach
  • All meals
  • Fruits, tea, and water throughout the day

What's not included

  • Additional activities or excursions
  • Airport transfers
  • Flights

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS)

  • Once you have left the airport take the E1 towards the north (Norte) and then follow the signs that say IC17.
  • After a few kilometers, you need to stay on the right lane to get on the A8 motorway (direction Norte) that takes you to Columbeira.
  • For around 70 kilometers you will stay on the A8 motorway until the exit Carvalhal / Delgada. There you will leave the motorway and turn immediately right driving parallel to the motorway.
  • After a few kilometers comes a sign on the left towards Rolica where you need to turn left.
  • After around two kilometers you will pass a petrol station on your right side.
  • Stay on the road until you see a white rock on the right side of the road that has the number "2" on it.
  • Turn left immediately and follow a small road driving towards the hills.
  • At the end of the small road you turn right into a very narrow street and after 100 meters you will have arrived at Buddha Retreats on your left.
  • It is advisable to either type in the retreat's address into your navigation or look up the route on Google Maps before leaving: Rua Salvador Carvalho dos Santos 7, Columbeira, Portugal.

Arrival by public transport

Once you arrived at Lisbon Airport and picked up your luggage, you need to take a taxi to the Campo Grande bus terminal which is only 2.5 kilometers away from the airport. There is a taxi stand just outside of the arrival area. From the Campo Grande terminal buses leave frequently to Bombarral (around 45 minutes). The bus to Bombarral leaves on the right side of the terminal in a side street (when looking towards the football stadium) opposite a tall green building. You can download the bus timetable of the Rapida Verde bus from Lisbon to Bombarral from the website of Rodoviaria do Oeste. From the bus terminal in Bombarral it is a 10 minutes taxi ride to Buddha Retreats (10 EUR on weekdays and 12 EUR on weekends one way). We are happy to arrange the taxi for you in Bombarral.

Airport pickup: We can also arrange transfer from Lisbon airport for €80. Please let us know about one week before the start of the retreat.

Airport: Lisbon Portela Airport Airport transfer available: Lisbon Portela Airport (US$95 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Low season
  • March – June

 

High season
  • July – October

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