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6 Days Surfing, Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Azores, Portugal

  • Surf Lodge, Caldeira de Santo Cristo, São Jorge, Azores, Portugal

Azores Yoga Retreat in Sao Jorge Island

Fajã da Caldeira de Santo Cristo, in São Jorge's island, a place of rare beauty, a natural sanctuary, and, for those who know it, a place of pilgrimage and deep connection with nature. Amidst the beauty of this luscious land and the vast sea, they will share with you what they love doing the most - surfing, yoga, and meditation.

Highlights

  • All yoga sessions
  • Daily surfing classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Hiking to the nearby waterfalls
  • All equipment for surfing, yoga, and meditation classes
  • Transfers from and to the airport
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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You will be staying at the local Surf Lodge. The style of the accommodation is simple and yet has everything you need for a comfortable stay. The rooms are shared and single sex (unless you ask otherwise). The main house, where the yoga hall is situated, has two double rooms en-suite, one triple room en-suite and a double room mezzanine. The cottage, just around the corner from the main house, has a double room, a triple mezzanine and shared bath room. The Surf Lodge houses are surrounded by green fields, backed by steep lush mountains and faced with the vast blue ocean.

The day starts with a yoga and meditation practice, followed by a really yummy and nutritious breakfast. What comes next depends largely on weather and ocean conditions. Some people might go surfing (there are surfing classes everyday), whilst others might choose go hiking to one of the waterfalls, snorkelling in the lagoon or take the SUP for a ride. After lunch tends to be a chill out time. We usually close the day with an outdoors meditation practice before supper. Evenings vary a lot, depending on the group's mood. Sometimes we sit around the camp fire chatting and star gazing, other times we end up dancing into the night. Centro Upaya has all the equipment you need for surfing, scuba diving, yoga, and meditation but you are welcome to bring your own gear.

Scuba diving can be organized on request.

This retreat will take place in Fajã da Caldeira de Santo Cristo, in São Jorge's island, in the Azores, Portugal. This is a natural sanctuary of rare beauty and impossible for cars to get there. All your luggage will be carried from the airport to the venue, so you can enjoy a stunning walk through the lush cliffs at the oceans edge. When you see, for the first time, the little village hugged around a deep blue lagoon and backed by steep lush mountains, you will know you have arrived at a special place.

Given the remoteness of where you are staying, make sure you have your basics packed for the journey. But don't worry, if forget something or need something, their staff can take care of that.

Nearby places

  • Sao Jorge Airport (SJZ) - 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Shop - 1 hour 30 minutes
Activities
  • Canoeing
  • Scuba diving
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming

They are right in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, so the cook relies a lot on what the ocean has to offer and makes the most of the fantastic local produce. There’s also always a vegetarian option and plenty of fresh fruit. Given the remote nature of the location, it is difficult to cater for special diets but let Centro Upaya know your needs in advance. Please also keep in mind this is a no intoxicants retreat (no drugs or alcohol).

Whilst surfing, meditation, and yoga are the core activities of the retreat, there are also incredible walks to be discovered, trips to the nearby waterfalls, scuba diving, stand up paddling, and plenty of time for doing nothing and unwinding.

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • All equipment for surfing, yoga, and meditation classes
  • All yoga sessions
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily surfing classes
  • Transfers to and from Sao Jorge Airport (SJZ)

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to São Jorge's airport (SJZ). Centro Upaya will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

Traveling to São Jorge always entails an over night stay at one of the main islands and then catching another plane to get there. There are low-cost flights to Azores from Europe mainland and an agreement with the local airline, Sata, for inter-island flights. Centro Upaya will pick you up at São Jorge's airport (SJZ).

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Rita from Lisbon
    10 out of 10

    "Having meditation, yoga and surfing, in such a beautifully green and blue location and with such wonderful people, was even better than I had expected. I felt lucky, grateful and alive. Moreover, even though it wasn't a meditation only retreat, had some important insights. It's truly worthwhile and the connection with nature was also very healing."

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  • Review by Guilherme from Lisbon
    10 out of 10

    "I have attended this retreat twice and it is always a different journey, a different experience, different energy. On both occasions there was a common theme: you live the most incredible experiences in one of the most incredible places on earth. This is a place where you really disconnect from daily life and connect with nature, with peace and above all, with yourself. My suggestion is to go open minded, switch off cell phones and fully connect with this magic place and be present on the retreat with the amazing guidance from Sagara and Ana. Its an experience you wont forget and for sure will touch you in a way that really changes you for good. Enjoy!"

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  • Review by Fernando from Lisbon
    10 out of 10

    "The retreat unfolds amidst an enchanting scenery where the elements come together to helps us feel “the body stable as a mountain, the heart deep like the sea and the mind vast as the sky"

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  • Review by Susana from Lisbon
    10 out of 10

    "It was a wonderful and peaceful week, during which I could enjoy doing some of what I love most: surfing, yoga and meditation. I met some fascinating people, amongst them, Ana and Sagara (our teachers). Together, they enabled a week of cleansing and recharging, both body and mind - I really needed that. The place itself is unique, the surrounding nature is breathtaking, you really feel on island away from the rest of the world. Thank you."

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  • Review by Luis from Lisbon
    10 out of 10

    "I attended the 2014 retreat. It is an amazing place in luxurious and immaculate nature. I really enjoyed the whole group I was with - the teachers, the participants and the rest of the staff. The yoga practice helped me recover and stay supple for the surf sessions. The ocean temperature is really pleasant and the water is so transparent. Sagara’s led the meditations help bringing presence and appreciation to everything that is happening. Food has healthy and delicious. I’m grateful for having had this experience."

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Lisbon, Portugal

At Centro Upaya they are committed to sharing the most helpful methods to lead a meaningful and awaken life. The core activities are meditation, yoga, non-violent communication, and focusing.

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