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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. To offer a beautiful location in a sustainable environment that is friendly for both nature and animals. All of Buddha Retreats' programs start with a healthy and energising breakfast in the morning and end with everyone enjoying dinner together in the evening. The meals are prepared with ingredients out of own veggie garden and buy fresh produce from the local markets.
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.
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.
If you book a 4 or 5 day retreat during the 8 day retreats the schedule of the 8 day retreat will be followed.
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.
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.
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, from gentle beach breaks at Baleal to the fast and hollow waves at Supertubos. Most spots are just north or south of the fishing town Peniche, situated on a small peninsula with waves all year round, with bigger swell sizes in autumn and winter and smaller swells throughout the rest of the year. Due to the shape of the peninsula, there are plenty of options for just about any swell or wind direction. You can reach more than ten surfing spots for all levels - from beginners to advanced surfers - within a short drive from Buddha Retreats. For more information on surf classes please send a message via the Send Inquiry button to Buddha Retreats directly.
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Buddha Retreats takes the food very seriously here. As part of all the yoga retreats, they provide you with daily delicious and healthy meals. They serve an abundance of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, often coming from their own garden or the local markets. The menu is based on the philosophy of whole foods, so they avoid processed foods and preservatives.
In the morning, Buddha Retreats will serve you a healthy and energising breakfast which includes fresh fruit, homemade granola, freshly baked bread and banana bread among other things. Depending on your yoga schedule, you will enjoy a delicious lunch either at the Buddha Retreats house or they will give you a packed lunch that you can enjoy at the beach.
After an active day, they will serve a dinner on the terrace enjoying the sunset or indoors in front of the crackling fireplace. During the warmer periods, Buddha Retreats triesto do a seafood BBQ with fresh caught seafood once per week. The other meals will be vegetarian.
As part of these retreats, you can enjoy fresh coffee, herbal teas and purified water as much as you wish. During dinner time, Buddha Retreats serves Portuguese red and white wines.
Enjoying the beautiful gardens
Going for a hike
Relax on the beach
Relaxing in front of the fire place
Stand Up Paddelling
Take a dip in the pool
Visit to the nearby medieval town of Obidos
Lisbon Portela Airport
Transfer available for additional US$89 per person
Several budget airlines fly from different parts from Europe to Lisbon. The closest airport to Buddha Retreats is Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) which is around 75 kilometers 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 Berlin, London, Liverpool, Edinburgh: Easyjet
From Berlin, Bremen, Dresden, Leipzig, Hamburg, Hannover, Kln-Bonn: Germanwings
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.
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.
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