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Join this surf and yoga retreat catering for those with some existing surfing experience but who wish to take advantage of the expert advice from the surf instructors, video analysis, hitch a ride to the best surf spots, yoga lessons, and develop the theoretical knowledge of surfing. Clients enrolled on the ‘Step-Up surf package’ benefit from 2 days of advanced surfing instruction and a lift to the beach on those days. Your time at SaltyWay is your holiday, so it is all about having fun.
The SaltyWay house, a typical Portuguese ‘Moradia’, is comfortable, clean, and cozy with a chilled out communal vibe. It is the perfect spot to unwind, eat together, and trade stories of the day’s adventures.
SaltyWay house comfortably accommodates 10 - 12 guests, is a blend of typical Portuguese style furnishings with a cozy and intimate surf vibe. The 3 rooms are for 2 or 6 persons, are clean, functional, furnished in a modest Portuguese style, have Wi-Fi access, towels, and linen. The house has double, single or bunk beds, and can provide girls only rooms if required.
SaltyWay also has a good-sized garden and chill out area with barbecue facilities and an outside shower. It is the perfect spot for barbecues, sunset beers, sunbathing, afternoon yoga, or chilling out in a hammock with a book.
A fire in the living room at night is lit up and you can enjoy the cozy atmosphere of this big room with the big windows. The kitchen offers all you need to make a good meal. You will enjoy lots of nights in the big garden with a bonfire going and the tales of the day.
From Monday to Friday, the highly qualified, experienced, and motivating surf instructor will take you to the surf spots, in the best conditions and with top of the range equipment. Each surf session is taught in a fun, no-pressure manner and is adapted to the personal needs of each and every guest.
The surfing session also goes hand in hand with daily theory lessons that cover wave anatomy, beach safety (currents and rips), reading the waves, forecasting, and board design. SaltyWay believes “knowledge gives you security and security allows you to have fun!”
SaltyWay guarantees one surf a day with the instructor but often squeeze a second free surf session in, if conditions allow and / or if the group agrees. You may also take your board and wetsuit during the free time or on the weekends for a solo session.
What is more, at least once a week, Saltyway offers video analysis sessions, which is by far the most effective way of improving your surfing. You will surf in small groups of 6 so as to keep the teaching personal, the vibe intimate, and not overcrowd the surf spots.
Finally you will have two 1 and a half hour yoga sessions a week to complement your surfing. The yoga will not only improve your balance and offer a welcomed relief to sore muscles from all the surfing but a chance to refocus and settle your mind after the adrenaline of the day.
A SaltyWay surf holiday is a 5-day course from Monday to Friday. Each day is neatly divided into half a day of surfing and surfing theory, and half a day of free time. Surf yoga sessions will also take place on two of these days.
Since Saltyway is committed to taking you surfing in the best conditions, the day’s schedule is flexible and will change accordingly. For example, the half-day of surfing and theory may take place in the morning or afternoon depending on the tides and the winds.
Julika Nölte's love of ocean, nature, and sports have led her, in 2015, to create SaltyWay. She was born and raised in Kiel, Germany, by the ocean, and has always had a longstanding relationship with the sea. In her late teens, Kiel became her base between extended trips to Australia, Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia, Morocco, and Europe. She began studying sports science in Kiel, teaching sport in Gran Canaria, and also surf for many years across Europe, that being the foundation for the awesome surf teacher she is today. Portugal has become her new home and where she enjoys life to the fullest.
Masha is a yogi, rock climber, and nature lover based in Portugal. She teaches her unique and transformative classes and retreats across Europe and is part of the Sivananda yoga team in teacher training courses in France and India. Masha’s teaching offers a heart-opening, invigorating, and experiential practice, grounded with a focus on both physical and energetic alignment. Her own practice and therefore teaching encompasses asana, pranayama, relaxation, healthy diet, positive thinking, and meditation. She has been a student of yoga and meditation since 2007.
This retreat will take place in Sintra, Portugal. Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a fairy tale town famed for its 19th romantic architecture. A long time sanctuary for the nobility and elite of Portugal, its mountainous and forested terrain is dotted with exquisite palaces, extravagant villas, and decorative gardens. Just a short journey from the SaltyWay house, this enchanting town proves popular among culture vultures and foodies.
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Lisbon Portela Airport
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Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS). From there, take the airport bus for about 3.50 EUR to Rossio bus station in Central Lisbon. Walk from Rossio airport bus stop to Rossio train station. Take a train (leaving every 30 minutes) to Sintra train station, the last stop on the line. Once on the train, please notify SaltyWay. On arrival at the station, get out at the top end of the station and turn left at the exit. Turn left again and SaltyWay will pick you up at Rua Dr. Vasco Vidal. This street runs parallel with the train tracks.