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Reinvigorating Yoga, Meditation, and SUP Camp Portugal

This is a unique retreat combining yoga, SUP, health, and wellness. Yoga on a SUP will reinvigorate you and push you to become even better than you thought possible, all while enjoying the sensation of floating on water. This retreat isn't only about yoga and paddling, it's also about exploring the outdoors! These outings aim to balance your body's energy and create vibrant health on every level.

Highlights

  • 4 SUP yoga sessions
  • 3 sessions of SUP tours
  • 1 paddling technique clinic
  • 2 traditional yoga sessions and 2 sessions of hiking
  • Daily beach / lagoon transfers
  • Use of SUP equipment
  • 4 nights' lodging
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Portuguese, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 7
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Barbeque facilities
  • Fireplace
  • Terrace
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Outdoor shower

Mauka Lodge has four tastefully appointed rooms that can accommodate up to eight guests. All the rooms are cozy and comfortable. You will rest well after days of activities. Music lends a strong influence at Mauka Lodge where you will find guitars, basses, djembes, and more. All the instruments are available to play or listen to while being played by others.

Comfortable hammocks and puffs will give you some space to read a book, play some music, or just relax with a cold beer or glass of Portuguese wine. The outdoor area has a barbecue zone, tranquil terrace, seating areas, and a fire pit for evening music nights and gatherings. Mauka Lodge also has facilities to wash your equipment and wetsuits, as well as grab a refreshing outside shower. Wi-Fi is complimentary and works well throughout the entire lodge.

Mauka Lodge SUP, Yoga, and Meditation Retreat Portugal Program

Your days at the lodge will start with a meditation session followed by a nice and healthy breakfast. After that, you will start your SUP tours or hikes and the day will finish with a yoga / SUP yoga lesson back at the lodge. There will be days full of activities but time for relaxation as well!

SUP yoga

The yoga training consists of a solid foundation for those who are seeking to explore the true gifts of yoga and share it with others. Asanas, pranayama, meditation, and philosophy are integrated into the daily classes. The SUP yoga classes are held in a private outdoor pool as well as on some of the flatwater tour locations.

SUP tours

With so many beautiful places to see, why stay in just one place!

Serra da Arrábida

A day of paddling in Portinho da Arrábida, one of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal, will let you experience clear waters as well as the unique flora and fauna to be found on the tiny island "Pedra da Anixa" just off the beach. The Serra da Arrábida Natural Park, amid the deep blue sea and the green of the hills, is an excellent place to test and improve your paddling skills and relax in the natural surroundings. Situated by the sea, the park offers some of the most stunning coastal scenery in the Lisbon area.

São Martinho do Porto

São Martinho do Porto is a nice village in a beautiful and calm bay. This bay is a shell-shaped lagoon. It is connected to the Atlantic Ocean by a small passage between the hills. Around the bay is a wide sandy beach and next to the beach hills and dunes. During the summer season, there are many blue-white tents on the beach. You will explore the bay and work on different paddling skills during your time in the water, followed by a nice lunch at a local fish restaurant.

Peniche and Atouguia da Baleia

A day to visit Peniche, a historic fishing village, and a chance to paddle on the nearby lagoon in Atouguia da Baleia (Barragem de São Domingos) will both show you a different "side" of Portuguese culture as well as a peaceful lagoon setting full of birds and wildlife.

Outings

Explore the surrounding beaches and valleys of Ericeira, visit the beautiful natural park in Mafra, and take part in a meditative walk on Ericeira's Surfing Reserve Cliff.

Hiking around the valleys and beaches of Ericeira allows an unspoiled and uncluttered chance to experience the unique sights, sounds, and smells.

The natural park in Mafra, a grand monument, once known as The Royal Hunting Reserve, was created by King João V as a leisure park for the royal family.

On the trails, you are likely to spot wild boar and red deer, and if you're quiet, you just might cross paths with a fox or a mongoose. You'll also see a great variety of birds such as the Barbary partridges, cuckoos, larks, thrushes, song thrushes, kingfishers, and owls.

The meditative walk high on the cliff overlooking Ericeira's Surfing Reserve will leave you feeling relaxed and more in tune with yourself and your surroundings.

Improve your paddling

Yes, you know how to paddle, and yes, Mauka Lodge is going to help you paddle better!

The paddling technique workshop will teach / reinforce things such as:

  • Demonstrate correct SUP etiquette
  • Understand equipment - board, paddle, and leash
  • Enter and exit the water correctly
  • Paddle in a standing and kneeling position with balance and confidence
  • Identify correct paddling technique, the 3 p's (position, posture, and paddle)
  • Identify the 5 phases of the paddling stroke
  • Learn how to paddle with proper technique
  • Demonstrate correct methods of changing direction
  • Demonstrate turning - back paddling left and right
  • Demonstrate how to stop, safe wipe-out, and dismount
  • Improve / Learn how to perform a pivot turn

A typical day

A typical day at the SUP yoga retreat is packed with fun, learning, and nature from start to finish. It goes a little something like this:

Morning

  • Meditation
  • Breakfast
  • SUP yoga / yoga

Afternoon

  • SUP tour or hiking
  • Healthy snack
  • Free time

Location

Mauka Lodge sits on more than an acre of a natural forest, where the scent of the pine trees and the songs of the local birds allow an effortless connection to nature. Mauka Lodge is located in the famous surfing city of Ericeira, Europe's first World Surfing Reserve. The closest restaurant is a 10-minute walk from the lodge and Ericeira village is only 5 minutes by car.

Nearby places

  • Sintra - 30 minutes
  • Lisbon Airport (LIS) - 40 minutes

Features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Beach
  • Fireplace
  • Hammock
  • Terrace

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 4 SUP yoga sessions
  • 2 traditional yoga sessions
  • 1 paddling technique clinic
  • 3 SUP tours
  • 2 hikes
  • Equipment (board, paddle, leash, and wetsuit if needed)
  • 4 activity-filled days with professional and certified teachers
  • Daily beach / lagoon transfers
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Photos and videos of your SUP yoga retreat

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Airport (LIS).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 5 days before arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Thursday July 26, 2018
Departure: Monday July 30, 2018

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