8 Days Intensive Yoga and Surf Experience in Ericeira, Mafra, Portugal

  • Omassim Guesthouse, Rua das Taipas, No 2, Palhais, 2640-068, Ericeira, Mafra, Lisbon District, Grande Lisboa, Lisbon Region, Portugal

8 Days Intensive Yoga and Surf Experience in Ericeira, Mafra, Portugal

  • Omassim Guesthouse, Rua das Taipas, No 2, Palhais, 2640-068, Ericeira, Mafra, Lisbon District, Grande Lisboa, Lisbon Region, Portugal

Surf and Yoga in Ericeira, Portugal

Come and improve your surfing on the best waves of Europe with Ericeira Surf Progress. Yoga and surfing are two wonderful full-body practices which guide you to inner peace; a connection with your natural state and the elements and to deep love. Engaging in both can have a dynamic effect on each. Spend an amazing week of surf and yoga in Omassim Guesthouse and experience a mix of activity and relaxation, with home-made vegetarian food for inner balance and new strength. Bring back great memories and solid foundation for further practice of surf and yoga.


  • Daily surf lessons
  • Experienced instructors
  • An evening tour in Ericeira
  • Vinyasa flow yoga sessions
  • 60-minute body Ayurvedic massage
  • Daily delicious vegetarian meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Surf equipment
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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During this retreat, you will stay in Omassim Guesthouse. They have 2 houses to offer to all surfers. The guest house is an oasis of bright, 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 Gueshouse can accommodate 20 guests with double, triple, and quintuple rooms including one bunk bed with shared bathroom. The dining and living room are the perfect meeting point to take 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 in its lovely garden or feast on the delicious vegetarian menu. Ericeira's charming Fisher town is about 4 kilometers south walking distance away, the next beach (Ribeira D’Ilhas) is reachable in about 20 minutes walk in a beautiful nature reserve with stunning, breathtaking views.

Ericeira Surf Progress provides surf classes for different levels in separated groups. The surf courses are specifically designed for your level of surfing, combining theory and practice in the most effective way. As a complete beginner you will learn how to surf with them from the start. Well-experienced surfers will get the chance to perfect their surfing techniques. Riding a wave requires focus, a clear mind and a strong, lean body. That's why they give you the opportunity to join additional yoga classes. If you can find your focus and clear your mind through yoga, you will progress more in your surfing skills.

The program starts with a welcome dinner on Sunday. This weekly course will include 5 days of surf classes from Monday to Friday, with four to five hours of surf lessons a day. Surf material is included in the price. There is a maximum of twelve students per course. They will be accompanied by minimum two qualified surf teachers. The surf classes are made out of theory and practice. With the manual and personal approach, photo and video coaching your progress is guaranteed. Transport from a meeting point to the beach is also provided. After being surfed out, you will have a nice yoga session to end your wonderful day. After a few days of surfing, get some relaxing massage to get back in the water.

For intermediate surfers who want to take their surfing to the next level, Ericeira Surf Progress offers surfing progress course which will suit you well. It is the goal of four sessions to experience four different spots and to gain more knowledge about these world class waves. This course has between 2 and 6 participants. Each class lasts for approximately 3 hours.

Surf course content


  • Explanation of the different surf breaks and the difference between surfing beach, reef and point breaks
  • Surf rules and how to behave in the line-up
  • Learning how to read the wave forecast and charts
  • Safety rules
  • What type of material to use in which kind of waves


  • A good warm-up is essential before you go into the water
  • The art of surfing
  • How to read the ocean
  • Planning of the course week

Ericeira has a beautiful rocky coastline with steep cliffs and lovely sandy beaches. There are many surf spots and the waves are incredible. The surf spots of Ericeira are known by surfers from all over the world and it has been the stage of many world and national competitions. Ericeira has been dedicated as a World Surfing Reserve in 2011. It is the first surf spot in Europe and the second place in the world to receive such nomination. The habitants of Ericeira are friendly people and they warmly receive tourists with their traditional parties, little bars and local shops. If you like dancing, you should go to Ouriços: the oldest dance club of Portugal. Ericeira offers everything that your heart desires!

This surf and yoga retreat will take place in Omassim Guesthouse; Rua das Taipas, 2640 068, Ericeira, Palhais, Portugal.

Nearby places:

  • Lisbon Airport - 30 to 40 minutes

During this holiday, you will be provided with daily breakfast, 5 lunch packages or light lunch at Omassim Guesthouse, and 5 vegetarian buffet dinner. Delicious vegetarian meals will be provided for the duration of your retreat.

Beside surfing and yoga, you may also do other activities including:

  • Active meditation
  • Consultation (inner child and co-dependency)
  • Creative writing sessions
  • Excursions can be arranged to Sintra, Lisbon, and other places of interest
  • Guided walks
  • Sweat lodge (depending on the season)

Spa treatments is available at extra cost (approximately 35-50 EUR). Spa services including all below:

  • Aroma Touch massage
  • Ayurvedic massage
  • AyurYoga massage
  • Body-mind centering
  • Holistic massage
  • Reiki
  • Sound healing massage
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Zen Shiatsu and acupressure
  • 1 evening tour in Ericeira
  • 1 free day for relaxation or exploring
  • 1 full 60-minute body relaxing Ayurvedic massage
  • 5 days post-surf restorative evening yoga or meditation class
  • 5 days Vinyasa flow yoga classes
  • 5 healthy gourmet vegetarian meals
  • 5 tasty, nourishing light lunches
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 22 hours of surf lessons with local teachers
  • Surfboard, wetsuit, and surf insurance
  • Transfer to the beach
  • Yoga mats, blocks, and blankets
  • Airport transfers - can be arranged on request for 50 EUR per way
  • Excursions
  • Extra massages or treatments in spa
  • Fees from activities you take during your free time
  • Personal transport to any other places

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Airport (LIS). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. A direct transfer to and from Lisbon Airport can be organized for 50 EUR per one way. Finding your own way from the airport to the venue is possible by taking the Metro to Campo Grande where there is bus that runs to Ericeira. The bus journey will take about 45 to 90 minutes depending on the type of bus. The bus ride will cost you less than 7 EUR. Once you arrive in Ericeira, we can pick you up from the bus station which is a 5-minute drive to the guesthouse. The cost of transport is 6 EUR.


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  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Verified BookSurfCamps.com reviews

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    Review by Dario Bertolone from Belgium

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  • Review by a traveler from Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "My stay at Omassim was amazing. It was better than I could have hoped for. The yoga lessons were extremely good. The morning lesson was quite active and I learned a lot from Lia, who is an excellent yoga teacher. I also enjoyed the evening meditation session and yoga lesson a lot, which are more slow and relaxing. The food is in 1 word: excellent. I spend most afternoons reading in a hammock, but you can also go for a walk along the beautiful coastline or go the beach (all on walking distance). Or you can take a surf lesson. I would recommend Omassim to everyone, especially if you just want a week where you don't have to think about anything, just relax. Most guest traveled alone to Omassim and I met a lot of lovely people during my stay there. The travel from Lisbon Airport to Omassim is also easy by public transport and you can be picked up from the bus station in Ericeira. I will definitely be back next year."

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  • Review by a traveler from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "I had an amazing time at Omassim, and am so excited to share with friends, family and other travelers how great it was. I thoroughly encourage anyone who is considering going on a yoga retreat to do it. It was one of the best experiences travelling that I have ever had. The yoga was excellent, offering 3 classes per day from 2 different instructors, plus 2 meditation sittings per day. There were also a variety of other meditations or activities that you could try. I tried surfing twice with the great instructors from Progress Surf School, the waves in Ericeira are consistent and great for learning. I have to talk about the food, I am not vegetarian, but I could happily eat Eduardo's cooking every meal of everyday. Lunch & dinner were different and so fresh every meal, with flavors and dishes that suited everyone's taste, from all different cultures. I can definitely see why people end up staying 2 or more weeks and continue to come back to Omassim year after year. Everything is done with love and an open-mind, it is clear that Lia, Eduardo and the team do this out of love and passion for sharing this experience with others, not for commercial reasons or a drive for money. Most people were travelling by themselves so by the end of the week, we felt like a family. I would love to come back to Omassim in the future and bring my friends and boyfriend to experience it too."

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  • Review by Cornelius James S
    10 out of 10

    "Please visit this magical place. Lia, Eduardo, Alex, and all the staff are wonderful hosts and made me feel so welcome. The quality of yoga is excellent, the food is absolutely delicious and the hostel is really clean and beautiful. The beach is so close and the surf lessons were very fun and taught by awesome surf instructors. If you want a memorable, amazing and truly uplifting experience stay in this wonderful guesthouse. Thank you Lia and Eduardo for being so kind and providing an incredible service! Peace and lov"

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  • Review by Sue W Marlow, from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I had an immensely enjoyable week feeling quite away from normal life. Lia and Eduardo did everything they could to make us feel at home, relaxed and content. The yoga classes were super, catered for all levels, and there was a choice of times. The food was excellent and plentiful. The room was simple, attractive and adequate. The additional activities were well thought out. I recommend Omassim to anyone who likes yoga, rocky coastlines, sandy beaches and relaxing by the pool in the sun."

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  • Review by Sara G
    10 out of 10

    "I don't usually write reviews, only when a place really steals my heart. And it was the case with Omassim, I fell in love with this place so much that I didn't want to go away! If you have to choose a yoga retreat, go here without any doubt. There is everything you need to have the most beautiful experience ever: a wonderful location, next to the cliffs and the ocean, with a beautiful garden and swimming pool, with the most adorable people working to make you feel as good as possible: Eduardo, the Portuguese vegetarian chef, offering an incredible variety of vegetables cooked with love and savoir-faire, Lia, one of the best yoga teacher I've ever had, generous and always present, and all the other people, Zarqa, Clara, Alex,and the volunteers staying for a shorter period of time. You have yoga classes twice a day, or even three times if you want to do more, and you can take surf and stand up paddle classes whenever you like it, go for a walk near the ocean or visiting the amazing places surrounding Ericeira (Mafra and Sintra for example). Thank you Omassim, I'll be back!"

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  • Review by Camilla
    10 out of 10

    "I'm feeling so happy, refreshed, healthy and grateful for this life and body after a wonderful week at Omassim! Lia and her husband Eduardo own the retreat - he does all the cooking, there’s an array of delicious and creative vegetarian foods and flavors and plenty of it! I never went hungry and have been inspired to recreate dishes at home. Lia teaches the morning yoga and she’s one of the best yoga instructors I’ve had. She does Vinyasa flow. At night there’s meditation and another yoga sesh with a woman called Olga, who is also good. They split the Surfing up from beginners to intermediate - and the trainers are very patient with the newbies and if you're a bit more experienced and confident they take you out the back to catch the unbroken waves giving tips while you're out there but letting you do your own thing. The water is cold because it’s the Atlantic (which doesn’t warm up) but they give you wet suits and booties, which you need because the ground is rocky, so they protect your feet. I never felt cold in the water, in fact I found it to be quite refreshing. I did the lot: yoga, surfing, all meals and a massage. I think this is the best way to do it because it's not close to an array of restaurants etc. so everyone eats together, plays together, sleeps together, etc. so you become really close with everyone. The Ayurvidic massage was incredible too, almost spiritual. In your down time you can just laze by the pool or in the hammocks with the rolling farm hills in the background. It really is so picturesque. Or you can walk into Ericeira which is an hour from the retreat. There were all sorts of people: friends, families, singles - and it’s a nice way to travel if you’re on your own because they organised everything for you and its easy to make friends with like minded people around you. It's a great price for the quality and experience you receive. Extras are optional so you can pick and choose what you take part in, but I'm so happy I did it all. Since I've been home I've not stopped talking it to everyone/anyone who will listen. I couldn't recommend it enough. Thank you Lia, Eduardo, Olga, Zarka and the guys at Progress Surf School for a wonderful week! I want to go back now!"

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  • Review by A traveller

    "I'm arrived in Ericeira, I didn’t know anybody there, and then I was introduced to Joana, the surf babe in town. She took me by my hand and showed me the beauty of Ericeira. Joana showed us how to surf, how to feel the waves, how to treat them, how to catch them and to cherish them as long I could. What a feeling!"

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  • Review by A traveller

    "I came to Ericeira in May, and it was so good surfing those amazing waves with Filipe, that I had to come again in September. It’s one hell of a place to surf in Ericeira, and I’ll be back."

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Ericeira, Portugal

Ericeira Surf Progress offers surf courses that are specifically designed for your level of surfing in Portugal.

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Low season
  • April, May, June, October
  • September 16 - September 30


High season
  • July - August
  • September 1 - 15

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