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 (6)
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 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 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 Italy, June 2019
We liked everything!
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 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 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 Denmark, October 2018
"very relaxing and peaceful"
i liked the yoga teacher fritz, the surf lessons with joao, the toilets and property surrounding were amazing. towels and swimmjng pool were fantastic. the food was freash, light and healthy.
from Canada, June 2018
My boyfriend and I really enjoyed our stay at the Buddha Retreat. It was located in the most serene Portuguese countryside, surround by beautiful hills where you could relax and enjoy the outdoors. The yoga instructor was amazing at getting us into deep stretches. The surfing was challenging but very fun. The food was vegetarian heaven! We did have fish one night and it did not disappoint! It was such a pleasure meeting everyone who was also at the retreat with us. Great memories. Would definitely recommend.
from Great Britain, May 2018
"Great Yoga, great food, great location"
this is a really healthy, restorative yoga holiday - just go - you will feel good.
Good strong Iyengar yoga
from Great Britain, May 2018
"Book it now!!!!"
Loved the food, great and fun yoga (learnt a lot and I think I left taller...), surfing was challenging but super fun, property itself was amazing - surrounded by lots of nature, great views and a super pool. Our yoga instructor and surfing instructor were so lovely and really made the experience. It was also easy to get there from Lisbon on the bus (I get lost a lot and didn’t get lost at all!!) Left feeling relaxed, and would absolutely recommend to anyone looking for a quick break that’s convenient and will make you feel like you’ve had a month off not a week!
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 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 United States, May 2019
De surf instructeur was ook heel goed.
from France, September 2018
"Un professeur attentionné et à l'écoute"
Un endroit magnifique au sein d'un petit village proche de Lisbonne.
Un cadre très relaxant et propice à la détente.
Le rythme des journées encadrées par deux séances de yoga.
L'accompagnement de Nancy notre maitre de yoga qui s'adapte à nos capacités tout en restant dans la rigueur de l'iyengar.
from Netherlands, August 2018
"Zeer leerzame ervaring en heerlijke retreat! "
De lessen waren erg uitgebreid, met veel persoonlijke aandacht. Nancy is een zeer kundige lerares, die je helpt om je lijf te leren kennen en je poses perfect uit te lijnen. Het eten was heerlijk en er hing een fijne en ongedwongen sfeer.
from United States, July 2018
Surfenstunden und Yoga sind eine tolle Kombination, besonders wenn man so nette und engagierte Lehrer hat.
In der 'Buddha-Villa' ist alles sehr liebevoll und geschmackvoll eingerichtet, das Essen war super frisch und lecker... viele nette Leute habe ich auch kennengelernt :) Nach einer Woche dort, bin ich vollkommen entspannt nach Deutschland zurückgekehrt. Vielen Dank ans Buddha Team!!
from Netherlands, July 2018
Een prachtige yoga retreat, prachtige omgeving en heerlijke eten. De yoga lessen waren top heel veel geleerd over mijn lichaam en de surf super leuk.