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The Surf and Yoga week program is suitable for everyone of 23 years and older. Experience is not required, but if you already have experience, this week will significantly help improving your yoga and/or surfing skills. The "retreat" is similar to Pura Vida Lodge's all-in surf week. Besides surfing lessons, there is a full yoga program focused on body strength and flexibility.
The Pura Vida Lodge is located in a green surrounding on a quiet spot in Mimizan, France. The beach is only five minutes away. Behind the lodge there is a pretty river, which also has its own beach. Here the lodge conducts the yoga and SUP lessons.
The spacious rooms of the Pura Vida Lodge are available for two to six people. Some rooms have their own balcony with hammock. The sturdy beds with comfortable mattresses will give you the sleep you need after a day of surfing. Hygiene is highly important to them, so they clean the shared bathrooms and toilets daily.
The lodge is surrounded by a huge common garden area with (heated) eco swimming pool facing south. This means constant sun! If you are looking for shade, you will find more than enough sheltered spots. The garden is equipped with bean bags and hammocks to relax in. The outside solar shower is perfect to rinse off after a surf session.
At night you can light the campfire, where you can enjoy a cold drink and talk about your day with the other guests. The lodge limits the number of guests to ensure a relaxed vibe in the lodge.
During this workshop, you will only be practicing exercises sitting down or lying, prefect after a day in the water. The exercises focus on strengthening and stretching of the joints and the connective tissue.
On top of that, you will be stretching the underlying mussels and make your pelvis more flexible. During Yin yoga you will hold exercises longer (three to five minutes). You will experience the exercises more intensely and get to know your body better.
Pura Vida Lodge chooses Yin yoga as a counter pole of the Yang activities like surfing. It therefore offers compensation and will bring you back in balance. During the last 30 minutes of this workshop you will be doing a Yoga Nidra or yogic sleep. You will work with visualisation, breathing exercises, meditation, and body scanning.
SUP yoga, a combination of stand up paddling and yoga, is the perfect match between surfing and yoga. You will first practice on land in an introduction lesson to get more comfortable before you hit the water with the SUP.
During this workshop, you will be working as a group or with a partner. Partner yoga brings people together through movement, play, breath, touch. It teaches you how to let go and how to do yoga poses in a playful but efficient way. It is a nice way to stretch your body and to experience the poses in a more intense way.
While guiding an exercise, you might get a better feel for it and for your own body movement. This workshop we will finish off by doing a long, relaxing “Shavasana”.
Want to learn how to surf? The Pura Vida Lodge is the place to be! If you take your perseverance and patience to Mimizan, the staff take care of the rest. Under the guidance of a certified surf instructor, you will quickly learn how to lie on the board and how to paddle. The ultimate goal of course is catching your first wave!
Pura Vida Lodge only works with surf instructors certified through the International Surfing Association (ISA). They are both lifeguard and instructor and are present all week to teach beginners and advanced surfers during lessons.
During the lessons, you will be using soft top surf boards and flexible fins (safety first). Before and after lessons you are free to use all kinds of boards available at the lodge at no extra cost. The boards vary in length and shape. There are several longboards, malibu’s, shortboards and fish surfboards available.
As a guest of the lodge, you may use surfboards, wetsuits, bodyboards and skimboards all week for free. You get your own beach cruiser with board rack to cycle to the beach whenever you want and go surfing on the spot you like before and after the lessons. However, remind yourself that surfing costs energy, so don’t forget to relax in between!
Lastly, there will be a comfortable bed available for you, a big breakfast buffet every morning and a chef preparing the most delicious dinners at night. Finding relaxation is not difficult in Pura Vida Lodge lounge garden with (heated) swimming pool, in one of the bean bags while using free Wi-Fi and at the daily camp fire at night drinking cold beers. There aren’t more ingredients needed to make this holiday in the Pura Vida Lodge one you will remember for a long time!
Mimizan is a well-known surf spot in the southwest of France right on the Atlantic Ocean. Europe’s most beautiful waves roll in here all year round. Mimizan is the perfect spot for beginners because the waves break on sandbars just offshore, but also more advanced surfers will enjoy themselves in the green waves further outside.
Even in the high-season, you will be able to surf beautiful waves without a busy crowd. With the bikes you can quickly cycle to a surfspot in beautiful nature. One of those spots where you can easily have one of those “moments of total happiness”; does that sound familiar?
Also in the evening Mimizan is alive. On the boulevard (and in the village) you can find many cozy bars. There is something for everyone; a wine bar where you can drink a nice wine, a pub with all your favorite beers on the tap and, of course, the Pura Vida Bar where you can go for a dance, but also to watch a relaxed surf movie. Or do you just want to have a little drink sitting in the dunes while the sun goes down? It is all possible!
Every morning, you will wake up with a delicious and healthy breakfast buffet in the sunny garden. The products that the lodge uses are fresh and every day they surprise you with something special (so they are not telling you about it yet!).
Besides freshly brewed coffee and tea, they provide juices and home made bread with lots of topping to choose from, like home made peanut butter and chocolate paste. Also yogurt, cereals, and fruits are part of the daily breakfast menu. A good start of the day and enough energy for a surf session.
Every night you have the choice, indulging yourself with a self made dinner or going out and letting others cook for you? At the lodge or in the village? Early or late? It is whatever you like best, after all it is your holidays!
You have the option to use the lodge's gas barbecue and the fully equipped outside kitchen. A lot of times guests cook something nice together and indulge each other.
Not in the mood to cook yourself? Then there are plenty of nice restaurants in the village where you can enjoy a lovely dinner or you get something delivered to the lodge. Of course the staff will give you plenty of tips and tell you where you might even be able to make a Pura Vida deal.
Still got energy after your surf session? Play darts, table tennis, or jeu de boules. Or train your balance using the Indo boards or slacklines. The lodge also provides skateboards (longboards and carver boards) that you can use for a tour around the area. But don’t forget to relax as well! Grab a cold drink and settle yourself into a bean bag or hammock by the pool. Everywhere in the lodge you have access to free Wi-Fi.
Please book your flight to arrive at Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (BOD). Bordeaux is the nearest biggest airport. Also, Biarritz Pays Basque Airport (BIQ) is nearby. Should you like a transfer from Bordeaux or Biarritz please indicate this in your booking. Pura Vida Lodge will inform you about the possibilities.
Depending on where you come from in Europe, you might also want to consider to come by car. The lodge is about an hour and a half south of Bordeaux. You can park your car for free right in front of the lodge all week.