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Pedro Gonçalves

Ali Müller

Reviews (63)

Niklas Krusche

from Germany, October 2021

"Couldn't imagine a better week"

From start to finish, this was a perfect week to relax, learn surfing and dive deeper into the world of yoga. Ali and Pedro are doing an exceptional job in creating a familial atmosphere and combining it with great trips and yoga sessions. I would come back here any time - thank you so much for a great time, Ali and Pedro!

Anonymous

from France, August 2021

"Amazing yoga retreat"

This yoga retreat is exceptional on all levels. The warm welcome, the place, the homemade food are splendid. Yoga teachings are wonderful because they remain connected to reality and therefore can be integrated into the daily life of a city lifestyle. In addition, the beach 10 minutes walk is breathtaking. This yoga retreat is one of the most beautiful experiences

Juliette Tourtiau

from France, August 2021

"An amazing place to disconnect! "

It was a great experience! The location was very nice and perfect to just rest and disconnect from day-to-day life, the room and the private bathroom were in perfect condition, the food was amazing, the yoga classes were accessible yet challenging (I've been doing yoga for 1 year) so just what I was looking for. I really loved the balance between free time and activities.

And of course, Pedro and Ali were the nicest hosts! They took care of everything for us to relax and enjoy our stay. I would definitely recommend this retreat!

Anonymous

from France, August 2021

"Peaceful yoga retreat"

Very well located 10min on foot to the beach. Cosy rooms. Ocean temperatures highly appreciated as it is a bit more colder and windy than the 30+ degrees Lisbon. Nice visits, especially the one to the mythic wave place of Nazaré. Healthy food and lovely fruits and veg cooked directly from the garden. You really feel the 4 elements in this place: water (ocean nearby), earth (rocks and wild nature), sun (nice temperatures) and the air (windy). 🙏 Fully energised to go back home in the city. Thank you Ali and Pedro for your warm welcome. 😀, Aurélie.

Teresa Kaczmarczyk

from United States, August 2021

"Unforgettable experience"

This retreat was excellent! I arrived after months of isolation and working from home in New York, and immediately was put at ease. Ali and Pedro make you feel right at home. They take such good care of you and are genuinely the nicest people you will ever meet.

They host you in their lovely home, provide excellent yoga classes twice a day, trips and amazing food. Most of the food comes from their garden and it's so fresh and delicious. Breakfast was my favorite meal: from the garden: strawberries, peaches and plums, most amazing local bread and cheese, yogurt, muesli, over night oats.

The area is lovely and plenty to do: beautiful beach a short walk away, hiking, wind surfing, beautiful walk on the beach to a lovely town of Santa Cruiz and organized trips with Pedro.

I felt relaxed, rested and nurtured. I felt included in this lovely family with a 10 month old baby Mateo, just about the happiest baby you will ever meet.

Thank you for such a nice, friendly and nurturing environment. Hope to see you again soon!

Cynthia Huet

from France, July 2021

"One of the most relaxing getaway ! "

My week with Ali & Pedro was way beyond my expectations.

As a beginner, I could learn so much and feel the passion they both share for Yoga. The food was just so good ! Amazingly cooked with most of the ingredients from the garden. The house was really nice, clean, cosy and very close to the ocean.

I highly recommend this Yoga retreat !

Thank you so much Ali and Pedro for your kindness, I really hope to come back :)

Mounia Moalla

from France, July 2021

"Great memories"

One of the greatest yoga retreat that I did. I loved the warm welcome and kindness of Ali and Pedro, the quality and variety of yoga classes, the peaceful village, and the quality of food.

I highly recommend this retreat.I will return to it soon for sure :)

Jill Cornwell

from Great Britain, June 2021

"Relaxing and friendly retreat with excellent food"

The food, the yoga, Ali and Pedro, the bedrooms, the garden, the cats.

Maria Alicia Casero-rojo

from Great Britain, March 2020

"Lovely yoga retreat with delicious food"

What can I say? Lovely welcoming hosts, calm atmosphere, small group experience, vegetarian food so delicious I forgot I hadn't had meat all week, all of that as well as yoga twice daily, excursions, local walks, and time to chill out as you wish, it's just been completely wonderful.

The yoga is accessible but also challenging, showing different aspects morning vs evening.

The house has a lovely calm atmosphere, with a garden where they grow all their vegetables, and chickens for fresh eggs. Also for entertainment, with Al Capone's daily escapades. The food is beautiful and plentiful, with huge breakfasts, and delicious everything else, always homemade and freshly cooked.

It's really close to the local beaches, for wonderful walks and swims if you're brave/mad enough, and to the village, which is small but perfectly formed.

The day trips are fab, to Nazaré and a winery. I would suggest they add Torres Vedras, we went as a coincidence but it's a really lovely town full of old buildings.

And the local walks are also really very nice, beautiful landscapes, whether at the beach or on the hills.

I wish Ali and Pedro every success for the future, they make it look easy, but they work really hard for their guests so they're comfortable and happy.

All in all, a top experience which I recommend wholeheartedly.

Claudia Thomas

from Germany, December 2019

"Feeling like home "

Ali and Pedro are excellent hosts and from the first second the relaxing time could start. Great location, only a short walk away from the beach, very tasteful vegetarian food mainly from their own garden, 2 lovely cats to cuddle with, very comfortable beds and last but not least a perfect hot shower.

Adriana Quinonez

from United States, November 2019

"What a beautiful experience!"

Everything was perfect! Ali and Pedro were so welcoming, very kind and super laidback. They had so much knowledge and wonderful stories to share about there teachings and travels. The hiking trips we all went on were awesome! Everything looked like a painting. I celebrated a birthday during my stay and when I shared that with Ali the next morning her and Pedro purchased a cake and sang Happy Birthday for me. It was very sweet! The food was amazing and always fresh, and their home was always spotless. The garden that they keep was also very beautiful. To sum everything up, my stay here surpassed what I was expecting. I would definitely stay again and I highly recommend anyone else to stay as well.

Anonymous

from Sweden, November 2019

"Great yoga in cozy environment!"

We had a fantastic week - Ali & Pedro are great yoga instructors and they serve amazing food from their own garden. They also took us hiking and exploring the neighborhood. The beaches are stunningly beautiful and only a short walk away.

We look forward to come back again!

Ida & Thomas from Sweden

Mary-laure Bollini

from Switzerland, September 2019

Nice balance between yoga, activities, free time. Delicious food :-)

Friendly atmosphere

Rita Nagle

from Ireland, September 2019

"My friend and I searched for the ideal yoga Retreat "

We spent some time researching a variety of locations and comparing location, yoga and what was included., 4ELEMENTS RETREAT stood out for value for money and for what was on offer. It looked almost too good to ne true, well glad to say it was even better than we imagined.

The location, facilities and yoga was excellent. Pedro and Ali welcomed us and made sure our stay was memorable from the the moment we arrived at the airport. The twice daily yoga has inspired us to continue as the increase in flexibility was evident. The house 🏡and the high quality of accomodation and amazing food 🍲 ensured we cant wait to return. The only downside was how quickly the week came and went.Thank you Pedro and Ali thanks also to Pedro's mum and dad who helped maintain the house and grounds.

Tanja Weber

from Switzerland, September 2019

"Great to relax and enjoy yoga and nature!"

I relly enjoyed the reatreat at 4elements. Ali and Pedro are doing a GREAT job! The garden is beautiful, the yoga really good and the nature around is amazing. And the food (mostly from their own garden) is really delicious. Thank you very much Ali and Pedro & see you again! :-)

Laura Dutreix

from United States, September 2019

"Yoga Retreat in Santa Cruz, Portugal"

The yoga practice, it was so much more than just doing yoga poses twice a day - I learned a lot! The food was all fresh and excellent tasting! Accommodations were very nice (especially to have a private bathroom). Added bonus of going to Nazare and the winery. Plus the beautiful beach within walking distance!!

Lynne Kuchel

from United States, September 2019

"Just go!"

This was my 3rd retreat but my first outside the US. The location was close to the beach and very relaxing and peaceful. Ali and Pedro are wonderful instructors and I felt like they really opened their home to us. There were 2 yoga practices each day with plenty of individual attention on alignment. The group size was small which was nice as well. We spent a lot of time on pranayama before each morning practice which I really enjoyed. I feel what I learned will enhance my practice going forward. There were lots of options to explore the area during the day. Or do nothing and chill which was also nice. Food was plentiful, healthy and tasted great. If you go hungry it's your own fault.

Aslaug Arnoldsdottir

from Iceland, September 2019

"A little trip to Heaven"

This retreat is the perfect combination of Yoga, meditation, beach , sun, great food and inspiring conversation. Ali and Pedro are the perfect hosts and have created a diverse program that has something for everybody. Staying with them was the perfect way to end the summer

Tara Faherty

from Ireland, August 2019

"Relaxing holiday "

The house and location were beautiful. The schedule for the day was perfect. I liked that there was a plan laid out for me but that there was no pressure to follow it. In fact the whole retreat was run in a casual and kind way. The yoga and meditation were great and different everyday. Also the food was amazing!

Anonymous

from Ireland, August 2019

"Rejuvenating holiday "

I highly recommend this place. My only regret is not staying longer. The combination of yoga, meditation, walks, good healthy fresh food and swims in the sea is exactly what's needed to recharge and reset. Ali and Pedro really welcome you into their home. Their instruction, kindness, humour, wisdom and warmth really make the retreat. They allow you to be as involved as you wish. I really enjoyed the privacy of having my own room and bathroom, which is not the norm at yoga retreats. A highlight was the Tibetan bowls and meditating on the beach as the sun set. Of course another highlight was the wine tasting at a local winery. Nice group size as well.

Judy Levin

from United States, August 2019

"Exceeded expectations"

I loved everything about this retreat. Pedro and Ali are so warm and welcoming, we practiced yoga and meditation each morning and evening, the groups are kept small and ours formed an incredible bond, the meals are healthy and delicious, served from garden to table, I can’t say enough about it, you’ll just have to find out for yourself.

Siobhan Tinkler

from Ireland, August 2019

It was lovely to meet Pedro and others attending the retreat at the airport and to travel together to 4 Elements.

As well as the yoga, Ali and Pedro arranged some lovely trips. Some good hikes too.

The trip to the Winery and Picnic on the Beach were two highlights for me.

Ali is a gifted chef and provides creative yet simple and delicious home cooked food.

Pedro was a super teacher. He explored different styles of yoga and meditative experiences with us in the classes, making them interesting and challenging at the same time.

Santa Cruz has some beautiful beaches, but awful weather if you want a sun soaked beach holiday!

It's a great surfing destination and I got to see teams practising for the heats in the European Surf Championships which were taking place there the weekend we left.

A particular unexpected, personal highlight and proud moment for me was meeting the Irish National Surf Team who were competing in the Championships. Unfortunately I couldn't stay to watch them compete. I was delighted to meet them.

Ingrid Foley

from Ireland, August 2019

"4 elements"

For anyone starting their yoga journey and wants to be cared for in Pedro and Alis home this is retreat for you. Every day was a new experience form the meditations to the trips Ali and Pedro brought us on, Nazare being my highlight. We all felt so cared for. I need to make a special tribute to Pedros parents who work so discreetly in the background. The hard worth ethic that you all as a team emanate is second to none. Feel very privileged to have been part of this retreat. Ingrid Namaste

Anonymous

from Ireland, August 2019

Pedro & Ali were wonderful & generous hosts . They provided tons of nutritious food & brought the group on 3 different walks , to a vineyard & to the historic town of Obides .

The yoga was good but we spent a bit too much time focusing on 'breathing ' (30 mins sometimes) .

Anonymous

from Canada, July 2019

"Un bon apprentissage de yoga+du temps pour aller à la plage"

La chambre était belle, propre et reposante.

Maura Clancy

from Ireland, July 2019

"Time Out"

Ali and Pedro were so welcoming, this retreat is an oasis of peace and relaxation. There is no pressure and the yoga and meditation is respectful of where you are in your practice. Everything is inclusive and they try to meet individual needs of all guests.

Anne Marie O Donovan

from Ireland, July 2019

"Positive vibes "

Ali and Pedro were most welcoming from the very beginning. Their attention for detail , their passion for yoga and their relaxed hospitality extended a warm welcome to everyone. The yoga and meditation was first class, their depth of knowledge was admirable much to the fact that they up skill every year by Visiting India. Nothing is forced and you go at your pace . Ali is exceptional in how she can whizz up a delicious meal from the veggie garden. Pedro parents are delightful and are an integral part in ensuring that your stay is relaxing. If you want unwind I would highly recommend this , if you wan to learn better yoga techniques then a thumbs up from me .

Anonymous

from Austria, July 2019

"Wonderful time! "

Ali and Pedro kept us busy the whole week, were very flexible and understanding. Food was just perfect, Ali outdid herself :)

Definitely recommend it, they put their hearts into their yoga retreat and I wish them well!

Anonymous

from Great Britain, July 2019

"What a lovely week!"

Ali and Pedro are fantastic, caring hosts. They really look after you. They are very generous with their time, and took us on trips around the local area (which is gorgeous). Thanks to Pedro I now have a greater understanding of the different aspects of yoga, and I did my first crow :-) Ali is a great cook, you certainly won't go hungry. The accommodation is very clean and comfortable, and located near beautiful unspoilt beaches; ideal for walks and sunbathing.

Thank you Ali and Pedro for a really lovely week!

Britta Stoffel

from Germany, June 2019

The Yoga Retreat was the perfect combination between relaxation and some activity. The Yoga lessons from both were very good and a bit spiritual, the house is nice and the food that Ali cooks freshly from all the veggies in the garden was very tasty. It was a lovely retreat.

Anonymous

from Great Britain, June 2019

"Amazing Experience"

The welcoming and caring atmosphere was brilliant.

Such fun with everything, and such a supportive atmosphere.

Johanna Fredenberg

from United States, May 2019

"Highly recommended"

The fact that we stayed in Pedro and Alis home, the garden was fantastic and the food made from their own produce… <3 Also the ocean very close, the sound of the waves... wish I could have that now as well when I do yoga :)

Joanne Schoeberlein

from United States, May 2019

"4 Elements"

Pedro and Ali made everyone feel welcome in a retreat that felt like home. The food was delicious, the rooms clean and comfortable. There was a large vegetable garden with hammocks in the yard. The was a good balance between yoga classes and free and structured time. You always felt comfortable to spend your time as you wanted - to walk or to have some down time.

Moira Horgan

from Ireland, April 2019

"Highly recommend"

This was a great retreat. I have done a few retreats over the years and this was one of the best in terms of value for money but also accomm, food and wonderful company. Pedro and Ali are lovely hosts, the rooms and private bathrooms are excellent and the veggie food v good. Yoga classes were top class and the beach is 3 mins walk away. I would recommend this to anyone who needs some 'me time' and who want a tranquil, restful but also energising break. Big thumbs up from me

Anonymous

from Switzerland, September 2021

"Abgestimmte Yoga Lektionen und Natur in liebevoller Umgebung"

Die immer wieder überraschenden Yoga Lektionen und das wunderbare vegetarische Essen in familiärer Atmosphäre waren sehr entspannend

Masala Boly

from Belgium, August 2020

"Un havre de paix et d’enrichissement personn"

La gentillesse, le sourire, la flexibilité et bonté des hôtes, la qualité et quantité des aliments et saveurs exceptionnelles des repas, la méditation sur la plage, l’utilisation des bols chantants, la chambre privée avec sa propre salle de bain, la propreté exceptionnelle, la plage proche, les échanges enrichissants, le transfert aéroport, la personnalisation des cours, les massages à domicile,... bref, tout est fait pour passer un séjour relaxant, reposant, constructif, enrichissant et agréable. Je recommande vivement et reviendrai avec le plus grand des plaisirs!!

Jacqueline Ripart

from Spain, March 2020

"Un accueil familial et généreux"

Pedro et Ali, nos hôtes et nos professeurs de yoga, partagent généreusement leurs passions, leur maison et leurs connaissances pour le « bien-être », à tous les niveaux. Chez eux, et avec eux, en cours comme en ballade, règne un climat harmonieux et joyeux propice à la pratique du yoga. La taille du groupe, limitėe à 8 personnes au maximum, est très appréciable.

Pedro and Ali, our hosts and our yoga teachers, generously share their passions, their home and their knowledge for “well-being”, at all levels. At home, and with them, in class as in ballad, reigns a harmonious and joyful climate favorable to the practice of yoga. The size of the group, limited to a maximum of 8 people, is very pleasant.

Chantal Lafitte

from Great Britain, November 2019

"Yoga détente"

La plage et possibilités de balade à 2 pas de la maison : cadre magique.

Gentillesse, implication et accueil familial.

Petit groupe de 5 participants.

Kathy Le Sant

from France, August 2019

"Wonderful yoga retreat"

Thank you so much Ali & Pedro for this amazing week. I loved everything. I learned in yoga much more than I expected. The food was incredible. The area close to the see. The calm of the environment. NAMASTE 🙏

Jula Austin

from Germany, August 2019

"A lovely place to calm down"

Ali and Pedro are lovely hosts. The yoga sessions were great and also the meditation. Ali's cooking expertise is excellent and with all the fresh veggies from their own garden, you could not ask for more.

Mélissa Rdm

from Belgium, July 2019

"Amazing yoga retreat!"

Ali and Pedro are so nice hosts, the yoga lessons are just perfect for beginners, Pedro and Ali take time to help and correct you and they know so many things about the yoga to answer to our doubts or questions, I learned a lot! And thank you Ali for the amazing vegetarian and vegan cooking, every meal is a good surprise! Nice to meet you guys and I hope to come back! ☺

Martine Muller

from France, July 2019

Accueil chaleureux et sympathique

Katharina Loth

from Germany, June 2019

"Highly recommended "

I had the most wonderful week at this yoga retreat. Ali and Pedro are the perfect hosts and both great yoga teachers who are happy to pass on their knowledge and passion for yoga theory and practice. On top of that, we were spoiled with Alis home-cooked meals mostly with ingredients fresh from their huge garden. I would come back anytime.

Anonymous

from United States, April 2019

"Super Woche!"

Die Woche bei Ali & Petro war perfekt. Die Yogastunden mit beiden waren super. Auch die Meditationen am Abend. Am Tag haben wir Zeit gehabt für Entspannung, Massagen, schöne Spaziergänge & Wanderungen. Der Ausflug nach Nazaré und die Weintour waren spitze.

Nicht zu vergessen ist auch das fabelhafte Essen. Ali ist eine super Köchin!

Sehr schön ist auch die Nähe zum Strand & das Haus mit riesigem Garten. Nicht zu vergessen sind die beiden lustigen Katzen.

Insgesamt eine sehr erholsame Woche, die ich nur weiterempfehlen kann.

Anonymous

from United States, April 2019

"A real portugal and very spiritual experience"

Very familiar atmosphere and Ali & Pedro are great. Very open minded, helpful, true and warm-hearted people. It was my first yoga retreat and I was fascinated from the difference of each yoga class and the progress I made. I had only little yoga experience with hot yoga therefore it was a perfect week to get to know such a variety and a focus on the core of yoga and meditation. Additionally, I really miss the tasty homemade food mostly from ingredients from the huge gardens 😍 🙏

Christian Kotulla

from Germany, March 2019

"Exzellenter Yoga & Surf Urlaub"

Zuerst fand ich die Idee, Yoga und surfen in einem zu machen leicht komisch und exotisch.

Doch als Anfänger kann ich mit Fug und Recht behaupten: Es passt super zusammen, man lernt viel für die Körperbalance, was sich auf dem Surfbrett auszahlt.

Ali und Petro sind nur zu empfehlen:

1. Der Abholung vom Flughafen klappt problemlos

2. Die Zimmer sind neu und sehr sauber

3. Die Tage sind klar strukturiert mit Yoga-Klassen, Ausflügen und eigener Freizeit

4. In den Yoga-Kursen wurde auf Anfänger, wie mich, sehr gut eingegangen.

5. Alles in Allen sehr empfehlenswert, für alle die eine Woche eine Auszeit nehmen wollen und ihren Körper nicht auf einem Liegestuhl, sondern auf einer Yoga-Matte „trainieren“ möchten! ;- )

Leonoor Leus

from Belgium, January 2020

"Best place to recharge your batteries"

Being here felt like a warm embrace. Ali & Pedro go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and at ease. The quality and intensity were perfect for all levels of participants, Ali catered to my veganism in the most delicious way. I felt beyond blessed to spend my end of the year here and start the new year fully recharged.

Jennifer Mai

from Australia, June 2019

"Everything I needed and more!"

I initially thought the combination of surf and yoga was a little odd but after a week I can fully appreciate how well they work together. Ali & Pedro are kind and knowledgeable teachers and you can truly feel the genuine passion and respect they have for yoga and more generally leading a balanced and happy life. They took care of us as though we were their own family and made sure we were well fed and looked after at all times. Their classes cater to all experience levels and they’re always willing to adapt the class depending on how we all feel that day. For those who would like to learn more about the theory and origins of yoga, Ali & Pedro are a wealth of knowledge and are more than happy to discuss anything. I can not recommend this retreat more and would love to come back in future!

Sónia Moura

from Portugal, July 2020

"Gratidão "

Acolhimento caloroso. Excelente localização. Praia adjacente fantástica. Comida muito bem confeccionada, equilibrada e sempre com cuidado na apresentação e variada. Sempre vegetariana. Quartos recentemente remodelados, modernos e espaçosos com casa de banho privativa, irrepreensívelmente limpos. Aulas de Yoga excelentes e adaptadas de acordo com o nível dos praticandos. Professores de surf muito atenciosos. A Ali e o Pedro estou muito grata pela estadia que me proporcionaram. Fizeram sentir-me em casa! Obrigada. Bem hajam! Namaste *

Karen Fabbri

from United States, January 2019

"A lovely relaxing stay at 4Elements"

What a wonderful week spent together with others, Ali & Pedro and the two kitties! Ali and Pedro were very welcoming, always ready to help and full of interesting stories to share. Ali’s homemade veggie meals with fresh food from the garden were innovative and quite good - we never went hungry!! The house is situated walking distance from the coast (cliffs, beaches and dunes, beautiful sunsets and the occasional cocktail/beach bar) and village of Santa Cruz. Pedro kindly helped us rent a car during part of our day to visit some of the “surf” sites (Nazaré, Peniche) and Óbidos. The two hikes were really lovely and the New Years celebration was fun.