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Stay in a beautiful Portuguese Quinta (country house) surrounded by nature close to the beaches of the Silver Coast. Recharge with daily yoga classes, learn to surf and enjoy delicious food.
Guests stay in a restored Portuguese Quinta (country house) in comfortable single and double bedrooms. Guests can choose among rooms with shared bathroom or en suite bathroom.
Portugal and in particular the coast around Peniche and Baleal offer some of the best conditions for surfing, regardless if you are a beginner or want to improve your surfing. Buddha Retreats believes that students learn best when they are in small groups where instructors can spend enough time with each student to address individual needs and skill levels.
The surf lessons are suited for all type of levels from beginners, intermediate to advanced surfers. The instructors will take their time to explain theory and practice basic skills on the beach. They will provide you with all the equipment needed and a wetsuit that will keep you warm while surfing. Surfing conditions are good all year round with bigger waves during autumn and winter and smaller waves in spring and summer.
The yoga practice focuses on core-strength and balance which have great benefits for surfing. Each class is a challenge and you will work your body. Sun salutations are a great way to strengthen the arms and the chest before surfing while forward bending and twisting are a great way to release the body after a long day of surfing. Each session ends with at least 5 minutes of relaxation (Savasana). Surfers and non-surfers of all levels can benefit from the classes. During our yoga and surf retreats we schedule one daily yoga class and one daily surf class.
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.
Buddha Retreats is located about 75 km north of Lisbon. The property is located on a spacious plot in the small village of Columbeira surrounded by fruit trees and green hills. The nearest beaches are a 15-20 minute drive away.
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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.
We offer various massage treatments that can be booked before arrival and during your stay.
Lisbon Portela Airport
Transfer available for additional US$89 per person
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. 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.
Airport pickup: We can also arrange transfer from Lisbon airport for 80 EUR. Please let us know about one week before the start of the retreat.
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