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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. In 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.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Visiting guest teachers
  • Certified Iyengar yoga instructors
  • All meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Beautiful gardens
  • Free time to relax

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


8 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Dutch, German, English
The maximum participants in the group is 16
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Accommodation

Guests will stay in a beautiful Portuguese Quinta (country house) in double or single rooms. There is capacity for up to 16 guests.

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.

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 | Early morning yoga class
  • 10:00 | Brunch followed by free time for the rest of the day
  • 19:00 | Dinner

Day 5 to 7

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

Day 8

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

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

Food

Simple, fresh, nutritious meals will be served at the retreat where the produce is left to speak for itself.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • 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

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All meals included
  • Yoga classes

What's not included

  • Transfers are not included in the package price. Surfing option is availble at an additional cost.

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 kilometres you need to stay on the right lane to get on the A8 motorway (direction Norte) that takes you to Columbeira.
  • For around 70 km 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 kilometres comes a sign on the left towards Rolica where you need to turn left.
  • After around 2 km 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.

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