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Pilates and Yoga Retreat in Portugal

Join Buddha Retreats in Portugal this coming spring for a special 6 day retreat! During this retreat we will combine the mind-body benefits of deep Pilates & Yoga practice with delicious healthy food and relaxation in the Portuguese country side. Enjoy some precious personal time to reset your mind and body. Benefit from deep pilates and yoga practice aimed at making sure that both your mind and body will be up for the challenges of life ahead. Let the peace of the picturesque town of Columbeira take over so that you will have time to relax and recharge from the fast pace of daily living.

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  • 9 Pilates, Gyrokinesis and Yoga classes
  • Enjoy a swim in the pool or relax some more in the garden
  • Fruits, teas and coffee are available for you all day
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 5 nights accommodation at a quinta

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Dutch, English
The maximum participants in the group is 16
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You will stay in a beautiful Portuguese quinta (country house) in double or single rooms. You will be able to choose your preferred room type from five double or twin rooms with shared bathrooms, two single rooms with shared bathrooms or three rooms with ensuite bathrooms for up to three guests.

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 gardens surrounding the main house have around 5000 square meters and offer enough space to relax.


Day 1

  • 18.00 | Pilates
  • 19.30 | Dinner

Day 2 and 3

  • 08.00 | Breakfast
  • 10.00 | Class
  • 12.30 | Lunch
  • 17.00 | Class
  • 19.30 | Dinner

Day 4

  • 08.00 | Breakfast
  • 10.00 | Class
  • 12.30 | Lunch
  • Afternoon free
  • 19.30 | Dinner

Day 5:

  • 08.00 | Breakfast
  • 10.30 | Class
  • 12.30 | Lunch
  • 17.00 | Class
  • 20.00 | Dinner

Day 6 :

  • 08.00 | Coffee, tea, fruit
  • 09.30 | Class
  • 11.30 | Warm brunch
  • 13.00 | Check out


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.

Retreat location

Buddha Retreats is located on a spacious plot at the edge of the small Portuguese town of Columbeira. Some great surf spots can be found within only a 15 to 20-minute drive from the property. Supertubos and the beaches of Peniche and Baleal are just around the corner. 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.

Nearby places

  • Lisbon - 40 minutes

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food is taken very seriously at Buddha Retreats. As part of all their yoga and surf retreats, they will 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, you will be served a healthy and energizing breakfast which includes fresh fruit, homemade granola, freshly baked bread, and banana bread among other things. Depending on your yoga and surf schedule, you will enjoy a delicious lunch either at the Buddha Retreats house or you will be given a packed lunch that you can enjoy at the beach.

After an active day, you will be served a dinner on the terrace while enjoying the sunset or indoors in front of the crackling fireplace. During the warmer periods, Buddha Retreats staff will try to arrange a seafood barbecue 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, you will be served Portuguese red and white wines.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
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)

  • Enjoy the beautiful gardens
  • Go hiking
  • Relax in front of the fireplace
  • Relax on the beach
  • Stand up paddleboarding
  • Surf
  • Take a dip in the pool
  • Visit to the nearby medieval town of Obidos

What's included

  • 9 Pilates, Gyrokinesis and Yoga classes, long morning and evening classes
  • All meals, healthy breakfast, delicious lunches and warm nourishing diners (all vegetarian)
  • Fruit, tea & coffee all day
  • 5 nights’ accommodation in a wonderful renovated Portuguese Quinta
  • Use of swimming pool, Yoga and Pilates studio, outdoor yoga platform and garden on grounds

What's not included

  • Additional activities or excursions
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS)

  • 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 two 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 meters 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

Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). The closest airport to Buddha Retreats Yoga & Surf is Lisbon Portela Airport which is 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 you may choose between Easyjet and Transavia. From London, Liverpool, and Edinburgh, you may try Easyjet. From Berlin, Bremen, Dresden, Leipzig, Hamburg, Hannover, and Kln-Bonn, there is 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.

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