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Come and join this surf and yoga retreat, a perfect combination of surf and yoga! You will get the chance to experience surfing in the best spots in Europe. The mission of this retreat is to create a place where people can relax, recharge and slow down. To give people an opportunity to step away from their fast-paced lives and to take care of their bodies and minds. To offer a beautiful location in a sustainable environment that is friendly for both nature and animals.
Buddha Retreats is a yoga and surf retreat in Portugal 70km north of Lisbon in the picturesque village of Columbeira. Buddha Retreats offers a place where guests can relax and recharge and slow down from the often fast-paced daily life and take care of body and mind.
The property consists of a main house, several additional buildings, terraces, an indoor and outdoor yoga studio, a swimming pool, a small river, fruit trees, a meditation garden and rural land. The spacious gardens surrounding Buddha Retreats make sure that there is more than enough space for everyone to enjoy their stay.
To keep a family-feel we never have more than 20 guests staying in our beautiful Quinta in comfortable single and double bedrooms.
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.
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 property is located on a spacious plot at the edge of the small Portuguese town of Columbeira. Some great surf spots can be found within only a 15-20 minute drive from the property. Supertubos and the beaches of Peniche and Baleal are just around the corner. There are several hiking trails in close vicinity. This area of the coast is easy to reach from Lisbon by public transport and car (about 40 minutes). Several budget airlines fly from different parts from Europe to Lisbon, which makes this long weekend yoga retreats a perfect getaway.
Buddha Retreats takes the food very seriously here. As part of all the yoga retreats, they provide you with daily delicious and healthy meals. They serve an abundance of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, often coming from their own garden or the local markets. The menu is based on the philosophy of whole foods, so they avoid processed foods and preservatives.
In the morning, Buddha Retreats will serve you a healthy and energising breakfast which includes fresh fruit, homemade granola, freshly baked bread and banana bread among other things. Depending on your yoga schedule, you will enjoy a delicious lunch either at the Buddha Retreats house or they will give you a packed lunch that you can enjoy at the beach.
After an active day, they will serve a dinner on the terrace enjoying the sunset or indoors in front of the crackling fireplace. During the warmer periods, Buddha Retreats triesto do a seafood BBQ with fresh caught seafood once per week. The other meals will be vegetarian.
As part of these retreats, you can enjoy fresh coffee, herbal teas and purified water as much as you wish. During dinner time, Buddha Retreats serves Portuguese red and white wines.
Lisbon Portela Airport
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Several budget airlines fly from different parts from Europe to Lisbon, which makes the long weekend yoga retreats a perfect getaway.
The closest airport to Buddha Retreats Yoga & Surf is Lisbon airport which is 75 km away. The Portuguese national airline TAP has flights from all major European cities to Lisbon and there are numerous budget airlines with flights.
If you visit during peak season (July to August), it is advisable to book your flights early as prices tend to be fairly high in those months. If you fly from any of the following places it is recommended to check the websites of these airlines for available flights.
From Amsterdam: Easyjet and Transavia
From London, Liverpool, Edinburgh: Easyjet
From Berlin, Bremen, Dresden, Leipzig, Hamburg, Hannover, Kln-Bonn: Germanwings
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. We are easily reached by direct taxi from the airport which is about 50 minute drive and between the 80 EUR and 100 EUR.