Buddha Retreats is located in the small village of Columbeira, offering all-inclusive yoga and surf retreats in central Portugal close to the Silver Coast.
Yoga Retreats (4)
Nancy is a lively, energetic, caring and attentive Iyengar yoga teacher. She has completed the 3 year Iyengar teacher training program and has been teaching ever since. In her classes she brings the energy that her yoga practice has brought her. Guiding the students safely toward the benefits that yoga brings. Making contact with each student, correcting, adjusting and teaching how each body can develop in its own unique way. Making it possible for everyone to to experience the advantages of the Iyengar yoga method
Donald discovered Iyengar Yoga was for him after taking lessons with his partner Ralph Pilleri. He began attending classes at the BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute Amsterdam, where he completed the teacher training program in 2006. As a certified Iyengar yoga teacher, he has been assisting in the teacher training program at the Institute for several years now. He gives regular classes in Amsterdam & Rotterdam. His teaching style is energetic, yet calming. He works on balancing, strengthening, & building steadiness in a way that is healthy for the body, increases flexibility & lengthens the muscles.
Ralph took his first yoga class in 2002, and was hooked from the start. He completed the teacher training program at the BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute Amsterdam in 2007, under the guidance of senior teachers Clé Souren, Charles Hond & Annemieke Post. He has also studied with Geeta & Prashant Iyengar at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in India. His extensive teaching experience includes assisting in medical classes at the Institute in Amsterdam, which sharpens his awareness for the healing effects of yoga. He welcomes all levels, from raw beginners to more experienced practitioners.
Frits Vogelzang is one of the founders of Buddha Retreats. He is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher with more than 10 years teaching experience. Frits is our in-house instructor and has been teaching yoga classes at Buddha Retreats since 2014. His teaching style is energetic and accessible for beginners as well as for more advanced students.
from Germany, October 2020
"Best time ever! "
It could be that Frits is the best yoga teacher in the world. He's the funniest for sure. The lessons with him were really great fun and I learned a lot about my body. Thanks alot!
from Netherlands, June 2019
"peaceful location, good food and great yoga!"
The Iyengar yoga experience was very good. Both yoga teachers, Daniela and Sarah Jane are very skilled and made everybody feel at ease. They created an enjoyable environment for different levels of yoga practice. Also outside the yoga classes they were pleasant companions.
The food was great and the staff friendly!!
from Germany, October 2021
I totally loved staying at buddha retreats. The people, the food, the location! So great! They were organizing everything for you and have always been so charming! It felt like a little family and I got a room I didn’t expect that everyone else was jealous about 😂 the „princess tower“
I really loved it and will come back!
from Great Britain, September 2021
"Could have been so much more "
The food was really creative and nutritious and delicious.
The Iyengar yoga with Fritz was great however we only had 2 classes with him. The other 2 were with Julie and she was neither Iyengar and lacked energy.
The surfing was fun
from Portugal, September 2021
"Life changing "
Everything was really amazing, better than expected. The staff was kind and helpful, the views were amazing and the food is from another world! Loved every minute 🙏🏼
from Sweden, September 2021
The food was tasteful and healthy.
The location is calm and relaxing.
The surfing instructors were very professional.
from Germany, August 2021
I had an amazing time at Buddah Retreat. The house is beautiful, the food amazing, the yoga and surf instructurs passionate about their sports. I learnt so much and will incorporate a lot of it in my yoga practise back home. Finally, I was lucky to be part of an amazing group of people. It was just a wonderful, relaxing and healthy way to spend my holidays. Thank you, Buddah Retreat!
from Netherlands, August 2021
"Feeling at home at Buddha Retreats"
Nice people and atmosphere. Stephan was super supportive and all the ladies in the kitchen great. Massage of lorayne was very good
from Portugal, August 2021
"A great retreat experience"
The food, people, staff, facilities and surroundings, massage and wine experience.
from France, August 2021
"A full week of "
I enjoyed everything, moments & details during a full week at Buddha retreat :
Stéphan the owner is very kind,
the house is really beautiful and very peacefull.
Nice to enjoy the swimming pool after surf & yoga of course !
Special crush for Frits, the Iyengar teacher, amazing, exacting & also very fun 🤩
And what about this delicious, tasty & healthy food we had everyday released by this nice & smart girl :)
Jaho, our surf teacher is also amazing and caring.
That’s it. Just like that, this house & her team is just perfect to reset, breathe, chill & enjoy life there.
Many thanks & best memories 💙💙💙 Morgane from Paris ~
from France, October 2020
"Perfect place to go and let it go"
The place is perfect to stay quiet but also connect with other guests. The location is full of gardens and different room giving the fest the opportunity to stay quiet or socialize as she/he wishes. The food is amazingly fresh, balanced and made with LOVE. Everyone is very attentive to the guests needs. The yoga and surf instructors also very good and pleasant. I had an amazing time. Swimming pool, surf, yoga, sun and rain, new friends, all in one perfect stay.
Luís Manuel Pinto
from Portugal, August 2020
"The perfect combination."
It was my first yoga retreat - not my first retreat, not my first yoga class. I anticipated and dreamt about a great location, welcoming people, excellent healthy food, comfortable accommodation and challenging yoga classes. I have to say I got all that and more - A big shout out to the whole team at Buddha Retreats. They really host with heart, and you can feel it. The extras: the cute doggies, the excellent food and kitchen team and an incredibly rewarding massage by Jana.
from Great Britain, November 2019
This is my first time join a yoga retreat. I joined 5 days 4 nights with a small group of people and two amazing experienced instructors. I have been practicing yoga on and off for few years, but I never tried Iyengar yoga before. Iyengar yoga is different, in the 5 days practice I felt my body become more relaxed as well as my muscles are more strengthen. Donald and Ralph are very nourishing teacher, they take turns to teach us on different days. The different energy and types of teaching (one is more gentle, more focus on flexibility; another one is more advance and focus on strength) are just perfect combination. You can see how passionate they love the things they are doing. I am not a vegetarian, so before join the retreat I was a bit unsure how the food will be like. But it turned out that I was worry too much, the meal were amazing and delicious, I ate even more than I usually do. The wine and teas are also very nice. I was very satisfied with everything. Highly recommended.
from Germany, October 2019
from Great Britain, October 2019
"A magical place! "
I spent 4 nights 5 days at Bhudda Retreat the first week in October. It’s a small and very friendly retreat with just 12 guests. My room was comfortable and I shared a bathroom, all very clean. The food was superb and a great variety at each meal, locally sourced and very fresh. The wine in the evening was also very nice! We were lucky with the weather and had some relaxing time around the pool in the sunshine! At 55 I am relatively new to iyenger yoga and was very happy to have two absolutely fantastic teachers in Donald and Ralph. They supported me so much over the 5 days with my yoga and giving me the confidence to try positions I would never have thought I could do before I arrived!! I came away feeling amazing and can’t wait to go back.
from Switzerland, September 2019
"Everything was perfect!"
I really loved the whole experience. Everyone at the retreat is lovely, food is amazing and the overall atmosphere was very relaxing. I would definitely go back!
from Great Britain, September 2019
"A nourishing time "
I have been on many yoga retreats
This one I feel like I have come home
Stephan a team member and one of the owners he was my first contact he answered promptly all my queries via email booked me a taxi
The warm welcome when I arrived was from Stephan
I immediately felt comfortable
The little extras in my room and bathroom ..luxury towels and bedding
The amazing vegan food options for myself Was beyond my expectations
Fritz was my yoga teacher and he helped heal my pulled shoulder with his high standard fun teaching he is a extremely mindful teacher and ensures his students can manage the Asana
With his direction I have healed my pulled shoulder muscle and I feel light from the laughter we all shared in his classes
I feel nourished and energised all my needs were met .. beautiful surroundings, with people who care for you from the cleaner to the cook
We had a Jane who was the guest host and ensured every one enjoyed there stay
Jane organised trips / treatment/ individual needs
Jane was around to help all guests and did so with enthusiasm and integrity
I will be going again ..,
from Germany, August 2019
"Wonderful time off in a beautiful scenery "
The staff is incredibly friendly, the food is divine, the location absolutely stunning and yoga&surf a lot of fun!
from Italy, June 2019
We liked everything!
from Netherlands, September 2021
"Geweldige tijd gehad! "
De locatie is echt prachtig. De kamers en badkamers zijn super netjes. Het eten is echt heel lekker en altijd genoeg. Mooi zwembad erbij. De yoga lessen zijn heel leuk en leerzaam en voor alle niveaus. Het vervoer en de materialen voor de surflessen zijn goed geregeld. De surflessen zijn ook top! Hele leuke tijd gehad!
from Netherlands, June 2021
"Geweldige ervaring!! Precies wat ik nodig had :)"
Buddha retreats is een prachtig landhuis gelegen midden in de natuur. Heb hier een hele fijne tijd gehad. Vriendelijke mensen, het was een gezellige groep en de combinatie tussen sport en relaxen was echt perfect. De yoga- en surflessen waren uitdagend maar wel erg leuk! Erg gelachen om de grapjes van Frits (yoga instructeur) Daarnaast was het eten geweldig, echt een feestje! Vond het kortom een super ervaring en ben helemaal tot rust gekomen, bedankt!!
from Belgium, August 2019
"Fantastische en onvergetelijke reiservaring!"
Ik heb enorm genoten van mijn verblijf in Budha retreat. Het is een heel mooi landhuis gelegen in een prachtige en rustgevende omgeving en het eten was iedere keer opnieuw erg lekker. Verder was alles was goed geregeld en de sfeer was zeer ontspannen. Iedereen van de organisatie was ook zeer vriendelijk en behulpzaam. Zowel de surf- als yogalessen waren uitdagend maar wel enorm leuk. Kan deze retreat ten zeerste aanbevelen. Dank je wel Buddha team voor deze fantastische ervaring!
from United States, May 2019
De surf instructeur was ook heel goed.