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4 Days Iyengar Yoga Retreat in Columbeira, Portugal

Buddha Retreats Yoga & Surf Hotel, Rua Salvador Carvalho dos Santos 7-9, 2540-590, Columbeira, Portugal

Iyengar Yoga Retreat in Portugal

Come and join this Iyengar yoga retreat where you will stay in a beautiful Portuguese Quinta on the edge of the picturesque village of Columbeira close to the Silver Coast. On this retreat, you will practice asanas which will help your body develop flexibility, strength and stamina. And, by cultivating the body, the mind can become clear and quiet. The mission of this retreat is to create a place where people can relax, recharge and slow down. To give people an opportunity to step away from their fast-paced lives and to take care of their bodies and minds.

Meet the instructors

Donald, Ralph, & Frits
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Highlights

  • All levels welcome
  • Daily Iyengar yoga classes
  • Daily healthy and energizing breakfast buffet
  • Fruits, tea, and water throughout the day
  • Daily delicious lunch and dinner
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


4 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch, German
The maximum participants in the group is 18
Airport transfer available:
Lisbon Portela Airport (US$88 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
13:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Wireless internet

Buddha Retreats is a yoga and surf retreat in Portugal 70km north of Lisbon in the picturesque village of Columbeira. Buddha Retreats offers a place where guests can relax and recharge and slow down from the often fast-paced daily life and take care of body and mind.

The property consists of a main house, several additional buildings, terraces, an indoor and outdoor yoga studio, a swimming pool, a small river, fruit trees, a meditation garden and rural land. The spacious gardens surrounding Buddha Retreats make sure that there is more than enough space for everyone to enjoy their stay.

To keep a family-feel we never have more than 20 guests staying in our beautiful Quinta in comfortable single and double bedrooms.

The climate is very much influenced by the Atlantic and the weather can change quickly here, in particular outside of summer. If you come in spring or autumn always bring some warmer clothes for colder days and a rain jacket. There is a reason why Portugal is so lush and green. If you want to use the pool don't forget to bring your swimwear. We provide you with towels.

Please be aware that we have several cats and dogs living at the retreat centre. They are all very friendly but if you should be allergic to cats or dogs Buddha Retreats might not be the most suitable place for you.

Program

Iyengar yoga

Iyengar yoga is a dynamic and physically intensive form of yoga in which correct alignment of the asanas (postures) is important. This practice allows the energy to flow freely through the body. The practice of yoga will give strength and flexibility to the body and more peace in our mind.

The roots of Iyengar yoga originated in India and were founded by BKS Iyengar (1918) who was a student of Sri T. Krishnamacharya. All our Iyengar yoga teachers are fully qualified and have done several years of teacher training.

Iyengar yoga is suitable for all levels. In addition to yoga workshops, we also give weekly classes. Asana practice is a big part of each yoga class. By practicing asanas, the body develops flexibility, strength and stamina; and by cultivating the body, the mind can become clear and quiet.

The yoga studio is fully equipped with mats and necessary props so there is no need to bring anything.

Day 1

  • 14:00 | Arrival
  • 18:00 | Yoga class
  • 20:00 | Dinner

Day 2 and 3

  • 08:30 | Healthy and energizing breakfast
  • 10:00 | Morning yoga
  • 13:00 | Lunch and break
  • 17:00 | Yoga
  • 19:30 | Dinner

Day 4

  • 08:00 | Coffee, tea, fruit
  • 09:00 | Yoga
  • 11:00 | Brunch
  • 13:00 | Check-out

If you book a 4 or 5 day retreat during the 8 day retreats the schedule of the 8 day retreat will be followed.

Instructors

Donald Streeter

Ralph Pilleri

Frits Vogelzang

Retreat location

The property is located on a spacious plot at the edge of the small village of Columbeira and is surrounded by lush green hills. There are several hiking trails in close vicinity. This area of the coast is easy to reach from Lisbon by public transport and car (about 40 minutes). Several budget airlines fly from different parts from Europe to Lisbon, which makes this long weekend yoga retreats a perfect getaway.

Distances

  • Lisbon - 40 minutes

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

As part of all retreats we provide you with daily delicious and healthy meals. Most of the food is from the local farmers or comes from our own garden. The menu is based on the philosophy of whole foods avoiding processed foods and preservatives. In the morning we will serve you a healthy and energizing breakfast which includes fresh fruit, homemade granola, freshly baked bread or banana bread among other things. Depending on your schedule you will enjoy lunch either at the Buddha Retreats house or we will give you a packed lunch that you can enjoy at the beach. After an active day we will serve dinner on the terrace enjoying the sunset or indoors in front of the fireplace. During the warmer periods we try to do a seafood BBQ with fresh caught seafood once per week. The other meals will be vegetarian. As part of the retreats you can enjoy fresh coffee, herbal teas and purified water as much as you wish. During dinner time Portuguese red and white wines are served.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Seafood
  • Lactose Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Enjoying the beautiful gardens
  • Going for a hike
  • Go surfing
  • Relax on the beach
  • Stand up paddling
  • Take a dip in the pool
  • Visit to the nearby medieval town of Obidos
  • Relaxing in front of the fire place

Optional activity

It is possible to have the option to go surfing for extra charge as there are plenty of surf spots to be found within a short drive from Buddha Retreats. For more information on surf classes please send a message via the Contact Organizer button to Buddha Retreats directly.

Spa treatments

We offer various massage treatments that can be booked before arrival and during your stay.

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • All yoga classes
  • All meals
  • Fruits, tea, and water throughout the day

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Surfing

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Lisbon Airport

  • Once you have left the airport take the E1 towards the north (Norte) and then follow the signs that say IC17.
  • After a few kilometers, you need to stay on the right lane to get on the A8 motorway (direction Norte) that takes you to Columbeira.
  • For around 70 kilometers, you will stay on the A8 motorway until the exit Carvalhal/Delgada.
  • There you will leave the motorway and turn immediately right driving parallel to the motorway.
  • After a few kilometers, comes a sign on the left towards Rolica where you need to turn left.
  • After around 2 kilometers you will pass a petrol station on your right side.
  • Stay on the road until you see a white rock on the right side of the road that has the number "2" on it.
  • Turn left immediately and follow a small road driving towards the hills.
  • At the end of the small road you turn right into a very narrow street and after 100 m you will have arrived at Buddha Retreats on your left.
  • It is advisable to either type in the retreat's address into your navigation or look up the route on Google Maps before leaving: Rua Salvador Carvalho dos Santos 7, Columbeira, Portugal.

Arrival by airplane

Several budget airlines fly from different parts from Europe to Lisbon, which makes the long weekend yoga retreats a perfect getaway.

The closest airport to Buddha Retreats Yoga & Surf is Lisbon airport which is 75 km away.

The Portuguese national airline TAP has flights from all major European cities to Lisbon and there are numerous budget airlines with flights.

If you visit during peak season (July to August), it is advisable to book your flights early as prices tend to be fairly high in those months.

If you fly from any of the following places it is recommended to check the websites of these airlines for available flights.

From Amsterdam: Easyjet and Transavia

From London, Liverpool, Edinburgh: Easyjet

From Berlin, Bremen, Dresden, Leipzig, Hamburg, Hannover, Kln-Bonn: Germanwings

Arrival by public transport

Once you arrived at Lisbon Airport and picked up your luggage, you need to take a taxi to the Campo Grande bus terminal which is only 2.5 kilometers away from the airport. There is a taxi stand just outside of the arrival area.

From the Campo Grande terminal buses leave frequently to Bombarral (around 45 minutes). The bus to Bombarral leaves on the right side of the terminal in a side street (when looking towards the football stadium) opposite a tall green building. You can download the bus timetable of the Rapida Verde bus from Lisbon to Bombarral from the website of Rodoviaria do Oeste.

Arrival by taxi

From the bus terminal in Bombarral it is a 10 minutes taxi ride to Buddha Retreats (10 EUR on weekdays and 12 EUR on weekends one way). We are happy to arrange the taxi for you in Bombarral. We are easily reached by direct taxi from the airport which is about 50 minute drive and between the 80 EUR and 100 EUR.

Airport: Lisbon Portela Airport Airport transfer available: Lisbon Portela Airport (US$88 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

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This vacation is available in May - October, please select an arrival date below.

 

Low season
  • May – June

 

High season
  • July – October

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