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Free Spirit offers you 365 days a year of sunshine! Relax, rejuvenate, and enjoy! Free Spirit House in Cascais' surf and yoga retreats are high-end, clean, chilled, and in a perfectly located house within just minutes of the best and most beautiful surfing spots in Europe, historic sites, beach towns, and nightlife. Ideal to relax, to spend your holidays by the pool, listening to music, sipping on a drink at the bar, play games with new friends, and chill in the relaxed atmosphere, Free Spirit provides for both co-working and digital nomads.
You can choose to stay in bunk beds or private bedrooms with private toilets. Free Spirit House, the beautiful house in Cascais, has a swimming pool and a beautiful garden, a bar, and a chilled area where people have meals. You can use the house’s fully equipped kitchen to store and cook your meals or just order the previous day from the healthy food suppliers (please ask for the menus at reception).
Free Spirit House has a capacity of 26 people. On the ground floor, there is one premium shared room for six people and one private room for two people in bunk beds and a shared toilet.
On the first floor, there is one private room for two people with a private toilet and a balcony (single beds), one premium shared room for eight females, and one premium shared room for eight males. Each bed has a blackout curtain for increased privacy, a plug for your mobile phone, a box to place it, and a light to read. Additionally, each guest has a closed place to store their belongings and yes, they have a surfboard and kite storage room.
Free Spirit House proposes to have one session of yoga and surf per day and you can buy those in packages to be more affordable but you can also buy day-by-day and by request, private lessons; you decide and you do what you like, Free Spirit House just needs to know ahead of your arrival for their organization. From the hostel, you can discover Lisbon, Sintra Area, Cascais, and a lot of beautiful nature!
Free Spirit House offers you surf and yoga every day of the year. Normally, yoga is at 8 a.m. and surf is at 10 but it depends on the location you'll go to and the tides and swell. For some retreats, they also offer yoga in the evening, however, Free Spirit House is flexible, and if you prefer to do yoga at different times and the other guests and the instructor agrees, this can be changed. Don’t be surprised to do yoga at the beach or in the hills of Sintra, Free Spirit often likes to move out!
It’s wonderful to work out, lose weight, and tone up but yoga is so much more than a great workout. Yoga means union, it is a state of being in the present, focusing on the here and now. It’s a path to self-discovery, fine-tuned awareness, and unification of the mind, body, and soul. Yes, it is a series of postures that make you sweat and burn calories, but more than that, it is a way to escape the restrictions of the mind and the limitations you put on yourselves.
Yet, one of the most important benefits of any yoga routine isn’t physical, it’s the quieting of the mind. The bottom line is learning to pay attention. You fine-tune your attention, beginning with the body, and then moving to the mind. As you get deeper into your practice over the years, you start to see the mental and spiritual benefits.
Many people think yoga is part of a religion, particularly Hinduism, it is not a part of any religion. It is more of a science through which you can restore the balance of your emotional well being and of course, your fitness. Through regular practice, you’ll begin to notice subtle transformations in how you feel.
Yoga is not competitive or goal-oriented, even when you’re in a class full of people, it remains a personal practice. It is a time for you to go inward, staying with your breath, and move through the flow of postures, going only as far as feels good for you. Known for its beautiful beaches and great weather, Portugal is the perfect destination for a yoga retreat.
The house is offering the best yoga classes near Lisbon. Surrounded by the Serra de Sintra, right next to Guincho Beach and Cascais, Free Spirit offers a number of different yoga retreats throughout the year. There is a yoga and surf retreat 365 days a year. Free Spirit's yoga is Hatha Vinyasa. Hatha yoga is the most popular, it’s known as the yoga of force, it emphasizes strengthening and purifying the body and involves physical postures (asanas) and breathing techniques (pranayama).
Free Spirit offers you lessons in Obidos Lagoon, one of the best beginner spots for kitesurfing in Portugal. The Obidos Lagoon is the perfect spot to learn how to kitesurf due to its consistent wind and flat shallow waters. Learning in calm waters reduces the learning time, as it’s a lot easier, you don’t have to fight against heavy waves or strong currents.
Learning kitesurfing in Portugal with professionals is the best and safest way to get into the sport! So, don’t wait! Feel the wind and experience the thrill on the water. Learn to master the art of kiteboarding with the assistance of your own IKO-certified instructor. International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO) is the world’s largest kitesurfing community providing support for instructors and students all around the world.
IKO programs are both practical and theoretical; designed to assist your learning in a safe environment while walking you through all the kiteboarding skill levels in order for you to achieve your desired outcome. Kite Control’s instructors have earned their IKO certification through a commitment to quality and safety, ensuring yours as well.
Rita is the founder of Free Spirit and passionate for Yoga. She has fallen in love with the yoga philosophy of Patanjali that is very close to Buddhism and she tries to pass onto to others this way of living. Hatha Vinyasa and Yang Yoga is the perfect way to prepare your bodies for the day ahead through strength, flexibility, or simply just better breathing. Afternoon Yin yoga will bring balance within your energy systems and a unique sense of physical and mental calmness. In the satsang sessions, we will be focusing on personal development (know yourself and love to be with yourself).
Ida is a Finnish wellness professional and ambassador. She has dedicated 8 years of her life to studying emotional wellbeing in the field of yoga. She is an exercise advisor, licensed personal trainer, as well as a licensed yoga teacher and has developed an innovative retreat program to teach Yin and Yang styles. She is known from her healing hands and gentle and safe assisting. Ida’s day consists of a morning ritual; meditation and chanting, her own yoga practice, teaching classes for the local community, surfing with friends, functional training, eating plant-based foods and resting properly
Francois owns a kite surf school in Portugal and he and his instructors will teach you how to kite.
The house is only five minutes away from the Cascais center and five minutes from Guincho Beach and at 25 minutes from Lisbon. The house has a premium location! The hostel is in Cascais but besides being very close to the city center, Free Spirit still offers you the possibility of a shuttle that takes you to the center once a day and transport to the beach if you do a surf or kite surf lesson.
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Apart from surf and yoga, Free Spirit House offers many other indoor and outdoor activities. Free Spirit also offers standup paddling in Cascais, hiking trips, or rock climbing classes. You can discover the area by horse when you book a horse riding trip. At the house, they have bikes that you can rent for a small fee and they recommend you to book a Sintra tour, you really don’t want to miss out on this magical place! After a day out in nature, you can book a massage and relax and unwind fully!
Besides all the amazing outdoor activities, Free Spirit House is also perfectly located to explore Cascais and Lisbon. Go on a day trip to Lisbon or spend the day in beautiful Cascais.
From Cascais you can use public transport to reach the atmospheric city of Sintra, then spend the day exploring Quinta da Regaleira, and Sintra’s historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Driving to Sintra is not recommended due to a lack of parking spaces and the narrow streets. It is best to start the day trip to Sintra early to beat the tourist groups that explore Sintra from Lisbon.
There are two buses running in Sintra that connect most of the must-see attractions in Sintra (434 and 435). The 434 bus runs in a one-way loop and stops at:
The 435 bus is another option in Sintra. This route connects Sintra to the Palácio de Monserrate via the Quinta de Regaleira. Discover romantic grottoes and colorful architecture. The area offers spectacular views of the Atlantic coast from the Serra de Sintra. Explore Sintra’s historic center, Quinta da Regaleira, and admire the coastal views at Cabo da Roca. A day trip to Sintra can also be combined with some hiking in the hills around Sintra or at Cabo da Roca.
Portugal is a great place for surfing, along with France, England, and Spain, it is one of the top European countries for surfing. There are plenty of surf spots in the wider Lisbon area and it’s where a lot of locals like to surf. Especially on the weekends! Several well-known spots include Carcavelos, Guincho (a popular spot for kite surfing and windsurfing as well), Bolina, and Monte Estoril.
These spots are extremely enjoyable when there’s a powerful swell from the southwest and wind blowing from the northeast. If you book surf lessons in Cascais, you will be surprised by the beauty and variety of beaches. Free Spirit House is located five minutes from Guincho beach and 15 minutes from Carcavelos; and these are the main spots they will take you every day.
A surfer van will come to pick you at the house for your surf lessons in Cascais and drop you back at the house again. The lesson takes approximately two hours but with the trip, you can count at around three to four hours. The price of 35 EUR includes the wetsuit, the surfboard, and the lesson but it excludes the transport which is an extra 5 EUR.
Free Spirit teaches all levels of surfers: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.
Someone who has never surfed before, or only once or twice, is considered to be a beginner. So up to and including the level that allows you on a good day to glide along with the white water of a broken wave and stay on your board, you surf on a larger surfboard, ranging from mini Malibu to a soft top. Intermediates can surf down-the-line, duck dive, and make at least a few turns in succession.
To be considered advanced, you can easily go for any type of wave; you surf rail to rail easily, and you use various boards for different types of waves.
35 EUR per lesson which includes a wet suit and board plus 5 EUR for transport to and from the beach. Surf lessons take place at Carcavelos or Guincho Beach but if the swell is not good, you'll be taken to a different beach.
Lisbon Portela Airport
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Please arrange your flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). From this airport, you can then take a taxi, Uber, or train to Cascais and Uber from the Cascais train station to the house (cheapest solution). Check-ins are after 3 p.m.; there is a possibility of storage before, the last check-in is at 9 p.m. and after that, there is a 20 EUR extra fee. Check-out is until 11 a.m. and there is a possibility of storage after.
Once you are checked-in, you will have a code to enter so no worries with the time you arrive but be mindful not to make noise when you enter.
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