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7 Days Surf and Yoga Retreat on the Silver Coast of Portugal

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Pedro Gonçalves

Reviews (38)

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

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! ;- )

Judith Pritz

from Netherlands, October 2018

"Holistic nutrition for body and soul"

Twice per day yoga was great to do, the meals were very delicious, healthy and surprising, the trips we did in the area were very nice and divers and Ali and Pedro are two authentic, generous and easy going people. Very comfortable company!! No doubts to return once for another retreat there.

Sanna Elsendoorn

from Netherlands, October 2018

"Great place to go to!"

Excelent stay. Pedro and Ali are amazing

Anne Jassin Schweitzer

from Germany, October 2018

"Traumurlaub"

Ali und Pedro sind wunderbare Menschen; total freundlich und offen, sehr bemüht das es einem an nichts fehlt, lustig und einfach perfekt: das Essen, die Unternehmungen, der Strand mit dem Meer, das Surfen und das vegetarische Essen; jeden Tag was anderes mit frischem Gemüse aus dem eigenen Garten...die Yogastunde konnte von Anfänger bis fortgeschrittener jeder bestreiten und es hat sehr viel Spaß gemacht, besser geht es einfach nicht...

Josepha Jordana

from France, September 2018

"Une retraite au paradis"

Ali et Pedro sont d'un calme et d'une bienveillance vraiment apaisants, la maison où nous sommes accueillis est très propre, lumineuse et calme, avec le parfait équilibre entre intimité de chacun et moments de convivialité.

Les cours de yoga et de méditation sont finement adaptés chaque jour, et très instructifs.

Chaque repas est un paradis gastronomique.

Et enfin, les lieux alentours et les excursions découverte sont d'une beauté incroyable.

C'était une semaine au paradis!

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!

Linda Genter

from Germany, August 2018

EVERYTHING! The hosts Ali and Pedro were absolutely amazing. Pedro is very knowledgable in Yoga, Pilates, Meditation, Stress Management, Life Coaching etc. Ali is the best cook in the world. Both are very warm-hearted persons and they took such good care of us. The garden with all the vegetable and fruit is amazing and even better is what Ali makes of it. It is impossible not to love her food. The Workshops were interesting and eye-opening. The days had a flexible structure and they adapted to our needs. For example, we did a wine-tasting tour that was not planned initially. Everything is made possible to make sure everyone gets the most of of the week. The house is really nice, too and the cute cats are lovely. The Location is excellent as is it just a few mins walk from the beach. Don't miss the sunset here!

I would come back anytime and can recommend this to anyone who wants to calm down from everyday stressful life.

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.

Roza Tanka

from United States, October 2018

"Amazing week!"

It was a great experience to spend a week with Ali and Pedro. The daily yoga lessons were allways an enjoyment, Pedro knew exactly when we were on the top and when he should choose a bit lighter exercises for us.

We had every day an attractive program to discover the places around our location and the workshops were good planned to our needs.

Ali is a great cook, all of her meals were tasty and it was nice to know that almost all products came fresh from the garden.

The accomodation is also nice, the bed is hight comfort and in the night you hear the waves of the ocean.