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Join Ripar Surf School for this surf and yoga retreat which will provide you with lectures, walks by the beach, a Shiatsu massage, mantra vocalizations, and an amazing concert, fire show, shadow theater, and a handicraft fair. Enjoy an intensive week of sport, relaxation, health, and deep knowledge of yourself in a small village on the west coast of Portugal, with its amazing beaches and nature. Give yourself the chance to live this lifetime experience.
During this retreat, you will be residing at the Lemon Tree Beach House. Easily accessed from Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS), the beach house is just 65 kilometers north from Lisbon and 13 kilometers south from Peniche / Baleal. For less than an hour drive, you can easily get to major cities like Lisboa, Fatima, Nazaré, Mafra, or Ericeira.
Lemon Tree is a charming Portuguese house by the beach perfect for everyone who is looking for a nice, friendly, and homey place to spend a vacation. Whether you are looking for an adventurous surfing or a relaxing beach holiday alone, with friends or family, your Portuguese hosts Cristina and Nuno will make you feel at home at once.
Lemon Tree is located within a three minute walking distance to the beach. The house is a colorfully decorated, restored Portuguese home and offers everything you need for a great vacation including six single and shared rooms, five bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, two living rooms, plenty of outdoor areas to relax in a quiet atmosphere, and a garden with fresh fruits and vegetables available for you.
Your stay at Lemon Tree includes homemade breakfasts, free Wi-Fi, and parking, as well as various events organized by the house such as music jam sessions, movie nights, barbecues, and garden concerts in a summer.
Hatha yoga was born from Tantric philosophy, which is based on stimulation and consciousness of all the human physical parts trough body techniques, breathing, and concentration. Being a very interesting ally of all sports because of its characteristics, yoga is perfectly combined with surf due to its energetic practices, giving more concentration, balance, breathing control, and consciousness of the body. During this retreat, you will also do other techniques, such as mudra, Kriya, and mantra, so you will get the whole experience of this ancient philosophy. Because surf is very demanding, in the beginning, or at the end of each session, you will have the opportunity to stretch and relax through a Hatha yoga session which is extremely adaptable to all levels of experience.
This means that you can have more energizing practices to start the day, and more relaxing and meditative ones as the evening approaches. Surfing is an exhausting activity. If you don’t practice any regular sport, Ripar Surf School strongly recommends that you make a physical preparation before your surfing holiday. You can attend a gym, swimming pool, or some other sports activity that you enjoy. After this holiday, you’ll go home and start immediately changing your routine to a better lifestyle.
Upon your arrival, Ripar Surf School will pick you up from the airport and drive you to the Lemon Tree. It is a 50 minutes’ drive, mostly by highway and on request.
At the Lemon Tree, you will have a welcome dinner with the house host, surf instructor, and yoga instructor.
You will begin each day with breakfast, followed by a short walk to the beach where you will have your first yoga lesson of the day at 09:00. Depending on the weather condition and groups preferences, the lesson can be at the beach or at the surf school deck. The session lasts for about one hour and 30 minutes one hour 30 minutes.
After a short break, you will start the surf lesson that takes about two hours. Depending on weather and ocean conditions, the surf class can be at Ripar Surf School’s beach or at the best spot around suitable for surfers’ experience. It should take no more than a 10 minutes’ drive to reach the surf spot.
Between the surf lessons, you are welcome to have lunch at one of the local bars or restaurants at the beach. %You will be transferred back to the surf school complex at 16:00 or 17:00, where you will have your second yoga lesson of the day. It will also take about one hour 30 minutes. %Yoga classes can be done indoors in the case of bad weather conditions. However, it is guaranteed that the sun will shine during your stay and you will have yoga lessons in one of the most beautiful places you have ever been to.
SUP Yoga day takes place at Obidos. We drive 25 kilometers north to a beautiful Lagoon. After a short introduction to this new board, we will paddle about 1 hour and reach our yoga place. SUP Yoga class starts after a delicious homemade picnic. On our way back. we will visit Obidos, a romantic and charming medieval village. The historical heritage and breathtaking landscapes make Óbidos is one of the main jewels of the country. The day ends with Sunset at Cabo Carvoeiro.
Obidos, a romantic and charming medieval village. The historical heritage and breathtaking landscapes make Óbidos is one of the main jewels of the country. Here you can taste the best chorizo bread of the region, and visit a bakery that cooks 130 years old secret recipes. The visit is not completed without drinking Ginja (typical cherry liquor) in a chocolate cup. It is a cliché, but it is worthy.
Xico is one of the best local surfers while also being an incredible father of three small children. He is patient and careful with all his surfing students. He lives under the influence of permaculture and believes that relationships can be found in nature and can be applied to all aspects of human habitation.
An openhearted human, that smiles through life. He is graduated in Medicine, since 2012, from de University of Salamanca and has been working as a General Practice trainee doctor in Nazaré until this year, when he realized he needed to explore new ways to approach health and life. He is a certified Yoga Sámkhya Instructor from the Portuguese Confederation of Yoga and a surfer with more than 10 years of experience which allows him to merge this two fulfilling activities into a practice than can enhance your surfing and promote your connection to yourself, in nature.
Pipas is a local surfer and has been a surf instructor since 2005. Teaching most of the times at the "improvers" surfing lessons, he will help you enjoying the ride of your life.
Located on the Silver Coast, 65 kilometers away from Lisbon, Praia Areia Branca is a lovely beach village that is still protected from massive tourism. Offering the best Portuguese surf spots, Praia da Areia Branca is the perfect place for surfers, nature lovers, families, friends, and couples. It has something magical that is difficult to describe in words. You can easily fall in love with this small paradise.
With beautiful beaches all along the coast, you can say that the beaches nearby have a mystic aura, filled with a great amount of biodiversity and geodiversity; all of them have hidden treasures to be found.
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During this retreat, you will be provided with daily homemade breakfasts. On your arrival day, there will be a welcome dinner served. The food served during the retreat is a mix of the retreat participants’ food preferences and traditional Portuguese dishes.
Meals other than the welcome dinner and daily breakfasts are not included in the price.
During your stay, you will enjoy one session of shiatsu massage. The treatment is included in the price.
Shiatsu massage uses accupoints pressure which, according to traditional Chinese medicine, will allow the chi (your vital energy) to flow and prevent illness. It is a relaxing and preventive therapy, conducted on the floor, without any oils or creams. The therapist applies the pressure with the weight of his / her body, using mainly his / her palms, fingers, arms, and feet.
You will also experience stretching movements. It is really good for those who are doing intensive sport, in this case, specifically conceived for surfers (arms and shoulders are a big concern). It is a massage from the feet to the head, ending in deeply relaxation, conducted in a quiet surrounding place. It is a 45 minutes’ session that you will never forget.
Lisbon Portela Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). Ripar Surf School will pick you up at the airport and drive you to the resort. The pick-up is included in the price.
From Lisbon Portela Airport, just get the metro to Sete Rios Station and take a bus to Praia Areia Branca. It should cost no more than 12 EUR.
You can take a taxi from the Lisbon Portela Airport directly to Praia da Areia Branca. It costs approximately around 70 EUR.
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