Buddha Retreats

Buddha Retreats is located in the small village of Columbeira, offering all-inclusive surf and yoga holidays in a beautiful place in Portugal.

Yoga Retreats 7

Instructors 4

Carljin Cornelisse

Carlijn is one of the in-house yoga instructors and is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher. She took her first yoga class while traveling in Central America and even though it was hard work she immediately felt the benefits. Her teachers Cle Souren, Delilah King, and Rembert Petrus have been guiding her and teaching her over the last few years and she is currently preparing for the next level of certification. As she loves to surf, she has been working on special sequences for surfers.

Nancy Reyerts

Nancy is a lively, energetic, caring, and attentive Iyengar yoga teacher. In her classes, she brings the energy that her yoga practice has brought her, guiding the students safely towards the benefits that yoga brings.

Donald Streeter

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 Pilleri

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.

Reviews 22

Ann Hayes

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!

Jane Humpage

from Great Britain, July 2017

"Perfect place for a getaway"

- Stunning building

- Made to feel very welcome

- Amazing food

- Well run activities: yoga was challenging and different each session; surfing was great fun and instructor was the best

Pauline Felka

from United States, July 2018

"Wunderbarer Entspannungsurlaub"

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!!

Bryndis Brynjolfsdottir

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.

Françoise Pradines

from United States, October 2017

la bonne humeur ,les rires et la joie permanente

Natalia Cortijo

from Canada, June 2018

"Serene Vacation"

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.

Sarah Ellard

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

Diana Igricziova

from Great Britain, September 2017

"Lovely retreat I'd highly recommend"

All is very well organised, starting with the yoga and surf classes, the food is amazing and the location very peaceful. Everyone is super friendly and helpful. Thank you guys for amazing 5 days!

Conny Speet

from Netherlands, April 2018

"Een warm welkom in prachtige omgeving"

Het warme welkom en de vriendelijkheid van het personeel was erg fijn om te ervaren.

Prachtige omgeving en elke dag Yoga van een goede instructeur en veel persoonlijke aandacht!

Ook het leren surfen was erg leuk👍

Anne Fauvel

from France, January 2018

"Super séjour! "

Le cadre, les cours, les repas, l'hébergement

Lienke Petersen

from Netherlands, September 2017

Ik vond de omgeving erg mooi en rustgevend. Alles was goed geregeld en de sfeer was ontspannen. De lessen waren leuk en uitdagend. Ik vond het fijn om meer kennis te krijgen en te oefenen met hoe je correct in een houding staat. Het eten was gevarieerd en erg lekker!


from Luxembourg, August 2017

Wunderschöne Oase in Portugal, traumhaftes Grundstück, sehr nette Leute, frisches, gutes und gesundes Essen, toller Yogakurs und Surfunterticht

Truus Gubbels

from Netherlands, June 2017

"Geweldig yogaretreat"

De ambiance: aan de rand van een erg leuk dorp de tuinen en uiteraard de spectaculaire yoga en het eten was erg goed


from Netherlands, June 2017


de locatie is prachtig; rust en uitzicht. Alles kan, niets moet. Huiselijke sfeer.Met veel aandacht wordt het eten bereid: drie fantastische maaltijden per dag en tussendoor yoga, surfen, wandelen of met een boekje aan het zwembad.

Anna Perriard

from Switzerland, April 2017

"Wonderful retreat"

We had a wonderful time at Buddha Retreats. The house is perfectly located with beautiful surroundings, a nice yoga studio and only a 20 minutes drive from the beach. The moment you arrive you already feel relaxed and the schedule is perfectly balanced. We will definitely come back! Thanks a lot for everything!

Testimonials 4

Ann B.

October 30, 2016. Buddha Retreats Yoga & Surf Facebook page

A beautiful place. I didn't want to leave. Thank you to everyone who made it so.

Maja L.

October 17, 2016. Buddha Retreats Yoga & Surf Facebook page

Absolutely loved my stay here!!! Excellent teachers (we had guest teachers Claas & Hiske for yoga), very friendly staff, great, healthy vegetarian food, beautiful, quiet surroundings, beautiful cozy house..

Dou D.

October 10, 2016. Buddha Retreats Yoga & Surf Facebook page

I'm sitting in the airport for my flight back to home and feeling a little bit sad. I really enjoyed the Buddha retreat. So nice people, so nice teachers... everything was perfect and very good organised. Food was soooo amazing and healthy. Many thanks to Stephan and his team. I really recommand the Buddha retreat. It was just to short. I would prefere at least a 8 days program. Stephan, Red and Uwe enjoy the amazing surf season. #stilltryingtositonmyblog #openyourcheastsweety #wherearethe20millions #needaspiderhunter #feelingsofreshandhappy #paddelpaddelpaddel #willcomeback

Dom K.

September 4, 2016. Buddha Retreats Yoga & Surf Facebook page

It's an excellent place for a retreat. Very friendly staff and travelers, clean rooms, very good and healthy (vegetarian) food and much more assets. It was a good mix of Surf and Yoga which resulted to relax in a decent way.

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