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Escape the winter blues and join the Omassim Guesthouse for some last minute sunshine. The Omassim Winter Break retreat offers an equal measure of nourishment, relaxation and activity. Treat your body, mind, heart and belly with a unique combination of yoga, sweat lodge, meditation, surf, vegetarian cuisine and walking in the stunning nature of Portugal`s West coast.
Omassim Guest House (2 houses) is an oasis of bright and homely accommodation located in a quiet and lovely residential area in the small village Palhais, Ericeira with an open view over the surrounding green hills.
Omassim Guest House can accommodate 20 guests with 2-bed, 3-bed, and 5-bed rooms (including one bunk bed) with shared bathroom. The dining and living rooms are the perfect meeting point to have breakfast, read a book, or on cold days enjoy the warmth by the fireplace. Relax and enjoy the peaceful nature, soak up the sun next to the swimming pool (not heated) in its lovely garden or feast on the delicious vegetarian menu.
Ericeira charming Fishertown is about four kilometers south walking distance away, the next beach (Ribeira dIlhas) reachable in about 20 minutes walk in beautiful nature reserve with stunning, breathtaking views.
The yoga classes are suitable for all yoga levels, so you will be just fine. The morning Vinyasa Flow classes are very active, while the evening classes will be slow, soft, relaxing, restorative or Yin yoga. This is the best gift you can offer to yourself during the coming wintertime and it could also be a genuine effort to your New Year's resolution to live a life full of health, peace, happiness and joy.
The sweat lodge is a hut made of branches bent into a circular shape. This format of tortoiseshell (also considered the womb of Mother Earth) helps generate positive thoughts and is conducive to good directing prayers to the Great Spirit Mother Earth, to ourselves and to our fellow women and men. As you enter the sauna you walk left crossing behind the hole clockwise and occupy your seats. The first four stones that are brought into the sweat lodge represent the four sacred directions: east, south, west and north. The hot stones are placed in the fire pit and water is poured onto the hot stones resulting in the purifying steam. During this time there is a sharing among the participants.
The door opens three more times, at the times given by the sweat lodge keeper of the ceremony. The duration of the sweat lodge varies depending on the group. You will exit the sweat lodge reborn and recreated. If your retreat dates coincide with December 24, there will be a Christmas Sweat Lodge ceremony. Retreat dates falling at the end of the year will also see a sweat lodge or fire ritual ceremony.
Yoga is for everyone, you don't need to be an aficionado, nor to be in top form. Each class includes the practice of pranayama (breathing exercises), asanas (seat, posture) and savasana (relaxation in the end of the class). The morning classes will be the Vinyasa Flow, a gentle practice of Hatha yoga which focuses on the synchronization of the breath (prana) with the postures (asanas). It is a dance of the asanas always in connection with breathing to calm the mind. Let the breath be your guide to liberate your mind and increase your inner peace, harmony, love and joy. Practicing yoga will help to harmonize the nervous system, increase the sense of balance of body and mind and strengthens the lymphatic system. Traditionally the evening classes are more soft, slow, restorative or yin yogish to integrate the day and prepare for a great rest for the night. Let yourself emerge into the flow of your yoga practice. Enjoy the breathing, and relax deeply your body, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and also your mind. Let yourself lead your own breath through a class full of regeneration, recreation and calm.
Ericeira is a mecca for surfers. This area is considered as one of the best surf spots in Portugal. There is a wide range of beach, point, and reef breaks in the immediate area suited for all levels of surfing.
Delicious vegetarian meals will be provided for the duration of your retreat. Omassim will provide daily breakfast, 5 lunch packages or light lunch at Omassim Guesthouse, and 5 vegetarian buffet dinner.
Surfing lessons for you with the local surf schools run by professional surfers can be arranged. Whether it's your first time or you are an experienced surfer looking for some tips, a lesson at any level can be arranged. Surfing lesson will be given by local professional Ericeira Surf Progress School. The price including surf gear, transport, and insurance is 25 EUR for approximately. 2 hours, mini-surf course 125 EUR, approximately 10 hours surfing on 5 days, intensive surf course 255 EUR approximately 25 hours.
You will also enjoy many other activities in the surrounding area. The nature reserve is ideal for walking or mountain biking. The trails take you between beaches, along the cliff tops and past famous surf spots. Also, if you just want to lie on a nearby beach or stretch your legs, breath the fresh Atlantic air, watch the local surf and be surrounded by the stunning flora and fauna of Western Portugal, Omassim Guesthouse is the place to be.
Omassim provides spa treatments at extra charges (approximately 35-50 EUR):
The closest airport is Lisbon International Airport. From here, Omassim Guest House is 30 to 40 minutes away. Omassim provide transfers from and to Lisbon airport for an additional fee of 50 EUR for a group of one to three people. For groups of more than three people, the fee will be 20 EUR each.