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Refreshing Surf Camp in Portugal

Beginner difficulty
Instruction in English
Maximum 16 participants
Breakfast included
Airport transfer available

Start surfing or bring your surfing skills to a whole other level! This surf and yoga retreat has been designed so that you can enjoy a different and quality vacation. Yoga and surfing go together like the sea and saltwater. Both disciplines tap into a natural flow. Yoga gets you in touch with the rhythm of your breath and body while surfing gets you in sync with the wave patterns and ocean tides.

Highlights

  • 2 surf sessions
  • 2 refreshing yoga classes
  • 1 meditation and pranayama session
  • A team with travel experience to take care of you
  • Transport for the surfing sessions
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • 2 healthy breakfasts

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, Portuguese, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 16

Airport transfer available:
Lisbon Portela Airport (US$81 per person)

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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Terrace
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Car rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

During this retreat, you will stay at Golden Heritage Ericeira Villas. This retreat is an alternative for those seeking for some peace of mind. It is located in the city center but on one of the few premium properties in Ericeira. It has a common pool, outdoor parking, and also a number of green spaces.

Not only the Golden Heritage itself but its outdoor pool, the lovingly landscaped garden, as well as the countless chill-out and withdraw options also leaves nothing to be desired. The villa's goal is to be more a home than a surf camp, which allows you to have individual attention. If you find you need anything extra or have some special requests, please tell Golden Heritage Ericeira Villas.

Private double room

This room has occupancy for one or two guests. The room will have a double bed and lots of light. The bedroom is inserted in one of the large villa's property. There is a shared full bathroom for every three bedrooms. Living room, kitchen, garden, and swimming pool are the common spaces.

Program

Making a decision on how to spend your vacation is an important one. So, why should you choose this retreat? Tha's a good question! Do any of these reasons sound familiar to you?

  • You want to travel with like-minded people.
  • You want to learn more about yourself and your possibilities.
  • You wish to connect with other culture.
  • You have stress in your life and need to rest and be pampered.

The yoga classes invite you to withdraw, clear the mind, and relax. The daily Hatha yoga classes are perfect to start your day, build strength, and work on your individual body alignments. The special surf yoga sessions are designed to benefit your surf practice and help to prevent sore muscles after a surf day. The team is composed of people who travel a lot and know the importance of being well-received and followed up when you come to a country that is not yours.

Special Hatha yoga postures help to strengthen the key physical points to the surfing practice, such as arms, legs, back, and wrists, minimizing the risk of injuries and improving recovery time after a surf session. It helps you to focus your mind and supports your balance on the board. In yoga, you learn not to force any pose, but to find the depth of the pose in the moment. In surfing, you learn that you cannot force a wave or a set. Instead, you practice being fully present in the moment and in tune with the current so you can catch a wave.

Therefore, it is no wonder that pros, like Kelly Slater and Rochelle Ballard, use this old-school practice (roughly 5,000 years old) to complete their surfing skills. Whether you are a pro surfer or not, your surfing will definitely benefit from a special surf-yoga practice. You will see that practicing yoga will improve your surfing steadily.

Yoga is a great way to start your surf day by warming up your body and creating the energy on focusing yourself before a session or by stretching to help to avoid neck, shoulder, and back stiffness. You can then relax your physical and mental bodies after a nice surf day. Practicing yoga on flat surf days can also keep you in great shape until the next big swell comes in.

The Yin yoga classes in the evenings give you the chance to end your day completely relaxed. Several times a week, there are also beach yoga classes where the rhythm of the waves and the salty air let you relax and calm your mind immediately. Both yoga and surfing teach you to meet and overcome fear, breathe deeply and ride the waves of life with grace and ease. Learning to concentrate during intense yoga poses plays out in the water. As you breathe deeply and calm your mind, you settle into a natural rhythm and balance on your board. So when the big waves roll in, you can stay cool and collected. Hang loose with yoga!

More benefits of how yoga will improve your surfing skills

  • Increased flexibility
  • Stronger core muscles
  • Better breathing techniques
  • Improved balance
  • More stamina
  • Greater mental focus
  • Restored and revitalized energy

Morning sessions

The morning sessions are composed of energizing and revitalizing Hatha yoga to strengthen and tone your body structure and posture. In the happy back sessions, you will concentrate on postures to support a healthy and natural body posture, and a strong healthy back. During open your heart sessions, you will learn postures and frequencies to open your chests, release tension in your heart regions, and support your well-being.

With the hip hip hurra sessions, you will practice postures to open your hips. In addition to the benefits of the improved range of motion and circulation and decreased back pain, opening the hips can create an energetic shift or release as well. Opening the hips gives you access to freedom in the body and in your own unique expression - creatively, physically, sexually, and spiritually.

Sundown yoga sessions

With deepening Yin yoga, you will reach out to the fasciae structures, connective tissues, and joints of your body, you take your personal time out, let all the stress go and just become aware of yourself in the present moment.

Meditation and pranayama

Not every way of meditation is equally effective and relaxing for everyone. Therefore, you will get to know and practice different ways of how to meditate.

Schedule

Day 1

  • 14:00 Check-in
  • 15:00 Surf session
  • 17:00 Sunset yoga (Hatha yoga)

Day 2

  • 09:15 Breakfast
  • 12:00 Surf session
  • Free time

Day 3

  • 07:30 Meditation
  • 08:00 Morning yoga session (Hatha yoga)
  • 09:15 Breakfast
  • 11:30 Check-out

Instructors

Sami
Sami is a professional surfer born in Ericeira. He tries to adapt the classes to the students so that they have fun and learn the maximum. He has been teaching since he was 16 years old. He has worked as a surf coach all over the world. In addition to being certified as a surf instructor, he also has certification as a lifeguard, stand-up paddle instructor, and surf coach.
Sansão
Sansão is one of the surf instructors during your stay. His background is architecture, however, he dedicated himself to surfing a few years ago. He is certified as a surf teacher and has been teaching in Ericeira since the beginning of his training.
Lis
Lis is a yoga teacher. ​For her, yoga is a way to get closer to her real self and enable the flow of energy. The first step is to enjoy the body postures, a conscious breathing (pranayama), and concentration (dharana).
Mafalda
Mafalda is a yoga teacher and always available for the guests. She delivers two sessions per day at the camp including one morning session and one sundown session in the amazing sea view terrace.

Location

This retreat will take place in Ericeira, Lisbon, Portugal. Early in the morning, the misty veil slowly rains over the Portuguese Atlantic Coast and the first rays of sunlight fall warmly over the Surf Riders & CO - Surf Camp, dipping the flowers and palm trees in the garden into a light morning blush. The chirping of the little birds is the only noise you hear.

Nestled amongst the rolling fields of lush green vegetation, there stand the villas of Surf Riders & CO - Surf Camp, overlooking the region of Ericeira. There, the world is still in order. Slowly, the clear air mixes with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee. The first guests arrive at the breakfast buffet, ready for a new day in paradise.

The surrounding area also offers a lot. For city lovers and explorers, the center of the beautiful city Ericeira (the first world reserve surf in Europe and second in the world and part of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) world tour) and its many stunning beaches are within walking distance.

Apart from being a relaxed surf town, Ericeira is known for its combination of traditional and modern Portuguese charm. The beautiful scenery of blue and white architecture stretches through the entire cityscape. Its vibrant nightlife invites you to let go and dance through the night. The local and international restaurants make sure you get the best service while eating fresh and healthy delicacies.

Ericeira is very close to Lisbon and Sintra as well as many other spots worth visiting if you fancy a change of scenery. For those who like to explore more of the Portuguese Atlantic Coast, the historical cities, such as Óbidos, Peniche, and Fatima are very close too. The whole coastline invites water sports enthusiasts to go surfing, sailing, diving, and canoeing, while land lovers come with hiking, golfing, biking, and many more activities at their expense.

Features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Cycling
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Golf course
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking
  • Pilates
  • Sailing
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Tennis court
  • Wine tasting

General

  • Balcony
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Beach
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Smoke-free property

Services

  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Car rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Food

Every morning, you will be served a healthy breakfast with organic fruit, juices, and homemade granola muesli. You will also be offered a choice of well-chosen ingredients for a rich lunch pack. In the evening, the kitchens in each villa invite you to cook. Lunches and dinners will be at an additional fee.

For those who prefer eating out, Ericeira offers a variety of restaurants with either traditional Portuguese cuisine, as well as international dishes. During the retreat, Surf Riders Ericeira offers special healthy dinners to nourish your bodies and souls after a day full of yoga, surf, and adventure. The diet will be tasty, healthy, and balanced, which gives you strength for your yoga and surf sessions.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Organic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Biking
  • Boat trip
  • Bodyboarding
  • Canoeing
  • Canopying
  • Climbing and rappelling
  • Diving
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Jeep tour to the west coast
  • Massage
  • Mini-golf
  • Paintball
  • Personal trainer session
  • Squash
  • Stand up paddle classes
  • Team building
  • Tennis
  • Tour of Sintra, Cascais, and Estoril
  • Visits to historical cities in Fátima, Nazaré, Óbidos, and Peniche
  • Watching Lisbon Fado Show
  • Wine tasting

What's included

  • 2 surf sessions
  • 2 yoga classes
  • 1 meditation session
  • 2 healthy breakfasts
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Transport for the surf sessions

What's not included

  • Optional activities
  • Additional food not included in the itinerary
  • Airport transfer
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Souvenir shopping
  • Personal phone calls
  • Laundry
  • Alcoholic and bottled beverages

How to get there

Driving directions from Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS)

  • Take the A8 motorway.
  • Then, the A21 will take you to Ericeira.
  • Leave the airport at Av Berlin and turn left at Av. Porto.
  • Follow the signs to road E1 to the north A1 / A8 in the west / A12 in the south.
  • Take the exit 14 at IC17 / CRIL towards A8 west.
  • Take the exit towards A8 Leiria / Loures and follow this road for 16 kilometers.
  • Take the exit 5 towards N8 / Mafra / Malveira and follow the A21 motorway to the end.
  • The toll has a cost of 2.90 EUR if you have not seen green.
  • Make sure you get a valid ticket on the automatic machine.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request for 70 EUR. You can book your transfer soon after booking the room.

Alternatively, you can just take the metro to Campo Grande. In Campo Grande, catch a bus from Mafrense to Ericeira. The entire trip (from the airport to Campo Grande, Ericeira Bus Terminal, and walk to the Golden Heritage) can take three to four hours depending on the time you take the bus.

Arrival by bus

A cheap and convenient way to get from Lisbon to Ericeira is to use the public bus. Leaving the Campo Grande in Lisbon, there is a direct connection to the center of Ericeira. The first bus leaves at 6:27 a.m. and the last at 11.40 p.m. It takes between 45 minutes (fast lane) and 85 minutes.

Airport: Lisbon Portela Airport Airport transfer available: Lisbon Portela Airport (US$81 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 31 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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