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Come and improve your surfing on the best waves of Europe with Ericeira Surf Progress. Yoga and surfing are two wonderful full-body practices which guide you to inner peace; a connection with your natural state and the elements and to deep love. Engaging in both can have a dynamic effect on each. Spend an amazing week of surf and yoga in Omassim Guesthouse and experience a mix of activity and relaxation, with home-made vegetarian food for inner balance and new strength. Bring back great memories and solid foundation for further practice of surf and yoga.
During this retreat, you will stay in Omassim Guesthouse. They have 2 houses to offer to all surfers. The guest house is an oasis of bright, homely accommodation, located in a quiet and lovely residential area in the small village Palhais, Ericeira with an open view over the surrounding green hills. Omassim Gueshouse can accommodate 20 guests with double, triple, and quintuple rooms including one bunk bed with shared bathroom. The dining and living room are the perfect meeting point to take breakfast, read a book, or on cold days enjoy the warmth by the fireplace. Relax and enjoy the peaceful nature, soak up the sun next to the swimming pool in its lovely garden or feast on the delicious vegetarian menu. Ericeira's charming Fisher town is about 4 kilometers south walking distance away, the next beach (Ribeira D’Ilhas) is reachable in about 20 minutes walk in a beautiful nature reserve with stunning, breathtaking views.
Ericeira Surf Progress provides surf classes for different levels in separated groups. The surf courses are specifically designed for your level of surfing, combining theory and practice in the most effective way. As a complete beginner you will learn how to surf with them from the start. Well-experienced surfers will get the chance to perfect their surfing techniques. Riding a wave requires focus, a clear mind and a strong, lean body. That's why they give you the opportunity to join additional yoga classes. If you can find your focus and clear your mind through yoga, you will progress more in your surfing skills.
The program starts with a welcome dinner on Sunday. This weekly course will include 5 days of surf classes from Monday to Friday, with four to five hours of surf lessons a day. Surf material is included in the price. There is a maximum of twelve students per course. They will be accompanied by minimum two qualified surf teachers. The surf classes are made out of theory and practice. With the manual and personal approach, photo and video coaching your progress is guaranteed. Transport from a meeting point to the beach is also provided. After being surfed out, you will have a nice yoga session to end your wonderful day. After a few days of surfing, get some relaxing massage to get back in the water.
For intermediate surfers who want to take their surfing to the next level, Ericeira Surf Progress offers surfing progress course which will suit you well. It is the goal of four sessions to experience four different spots and to gain more knowledge about these world class waves. This course has between 2 and 6 participants. Each class lasts for approximately 3 hours.
Eduardo Cunha has been through a lot in his life and has transformed it in a magical way, being an example of strength, courage, will, and motivation. Along his life path, he has been working with fire in a sacred and shamanic form, helping and serving thousands of people in their process of cure and self-discovery. He is deeply in love with nature and with a total understanding of the universal laws of the universe. The discovery of yoga and meditation transformed his life and is now an intricate part of his daily life. Nowadays, he works with Ayurvedic massage (AyurYoga, Abhangam), additional Ayurvedic treatments like Shirodhara, and massage applied with Pindas - with rice and herbs, Watsu, crystal bowls massage and nutrition in the forms of vegan, vegetarian, and raw food. His passion is preparing and leading fires for all different kind of ceremonies and events. Eduardo is a registered fire walk instructor (F.I.T.) and a sweat lodge keeper. Eduardo speaks Portuguese, French, Spanish, and understands Italian.
Felipe was born and raised in Ribamar, and grew up among the best surfers of Ericeira. He knows all the secrets of this magic coast. Felipe used to compete at body boarding for 13 years and was a triple champion of western Portugal. Since 2005, he turned to this motivation; to teach the art of riding waves.
As a professional surfer, she started the first female surf school in Portugal in 1998. Years ago, she moved to Ericeira to be able to surf the best waves of Europe every day. She continues training girls for competition. As a natural sequence of a dedicated surfing career she always had a strong affection for big waves. As the first and only Portuguese surfer girl she decided to challenge tow-in surfing, and was nominated for the Billabong XXL Awards.
Lives in Ericeira and was lucky enough to learn to surf with the sons as coaches! Since then, surfing has been a passion for me. He is now a surfing instructor and a teaching lover. The most important to him is when is giving a lesson that all the students feel safe, and that they have a really great time.
Lia Muczenski hails originally from Stuttgart, Germany but has lived in Berlin for many years and more recently in Portugal since the beginning of 2006. She is dedicated to exploring the body, heart, and spirit and has practiced yoga for more than 15 years with different teachers from Germany and England. Completing her yoga teacher training in 2008 in Portugal, Lia's expertise is in Vinyasa flow yoga, a gentle style of Hatha yoga, a dance of the asanas, which brings awareness to the body and the breath. It is a beautiful addition to her commitment to dance, movement, and performance in the different techniques of body-mind centering, Alexander technique, Feldenkrais, new dance, modern dance and authentic movement. In her yoga classes Lia tries to support the increase of physical flexibility and strength to transform it into inner strength, to gain trust, harmony, inner alignment and joy. She speaks fluent German, English, or Portuguese and can run classes in any of these three languages depending on the participants. Lia also offers massage, bodywork and Watsu (water shiatsu) and is a movement therapist (inner child and co-dependency) with additional training in family counseling (Bert Hellinger) and Somatic experience (trauma healing, Peter A. Levin).
Rita was born in Lisbon and she always grows up near the nature and the sea. She was gymnast since little kid and always be involved with the artistic world, shows and performance by influence of her mother. She is a lover of ocean, waves and travels. She is a soul surfer. Her biggest love is the personal and human development and the connection with the body and self-image concept. She is physical education teacher, life coach and personal trainer. After the trip of her life around Indonesia she moved to Ericeira. She is the founder and blogger of the Wavegirls Pt and Project Manager of My Destiny (Facebook). She speaks Portuguese, English and understands Spanish and French.
Ericeira has a beautiful rocky coastline with steep cliffs and lovely sandy beaches. There are many surf spots and the waves are incredible. The surf spots of Ericeira are known by surfers from all over the world and it has been the stage of many world and national competitions. Ericeira has been dedicated as a World Surfing Reserve in 2011. It is the first surf spot in Europe and the second place in the world to receive such nomination. The habitants of Ericeira are friendly people and they warmly receive tourists with their traditional parties, little bars and local shops. If you like dancing, you should go to Ouriços: the oldest dance club of Portugal. Ericeira offers everything that your heart desires!
This surf and yoga retreat will take place in Omassim Guesthouse; Rua das Taipas, 2640 068, Ericeira, Palhais, Portugal.
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During this holiday, you will be provided with daily breakfast, 5 lunch packages or light lunch at Omassim Guesthouse, and 5 vegetarian buffet dinner. Delicious vegetarian meals will be provided for the duration of your retreat.
Beside surfing and yoga, you may also do other activities including:
Spa treatments is available at extra cost (approximately 35-50 EUR). Spa services including all below:
Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Airport (LIS). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. A direct transfer to and from Lisbon Airport can be organized for 50 EUR per one way. Finding your own way from the airport to the venue is possible by taking the Metro to Campo Grande where there is bus that runs to Ericeira. The bus journey will take about 45 to 90 minutes depending on the type of bus. The bus ride will cost you less than 7 EUR. Once you arrive in Ericeira, we can pick you up from the bus station which is a 5-minute drive to the guesthouse. The cost of transport is 6 EUR.
"I'm feeling so happy, refreshed, healthy and grateful for this life and body after a wonderful week at Omassim! Lia and her husband Eduardo own the retreat - he does all the cooking, there’s an array of delicious and creative vegetarian foods and flavors and plenty of it! I never went hungry and have been inspired to recreate dishes at home. Lia teaches the morning yoga and she’s one of the best yoga instructors I’ve had. She does Vinyasa flow. At night there’s meditation and another yoga sesh with a woman called Olga, who is also good. They split the Surfing up from beginners to intermediate - and the trainers are very patient with the newbies and if you're a bit more experienced and confident they take you out the back to catch the unbroken waves giving tips while you're out there but letting you do your own thing. The water is cold because it’s the Atlantic (which doesn’t warm up) but they give you wet suits and booties, which you need because the ground is rocky, so they protect your feet. I never felt cold in the water, in fact I found it to be quite refreshing. I did the lot: yoga, surfing, all meals and a massage. I think this is the best way to do it because it's not close to an array of restaurants etc. so everyone eats together, plays together, sleeps together, etc. so you become really close with everyone. The Ayurvidic massage was incredible too, almost spiritual. In your down time you can just laze by the pool or in the hammocks with the rolling farm hills in the background. It really is so picturesque. Or you can walk into Ericeira which is an hour from the retreat. There were all sorts of people: friends, families, singles - and it’s a nice way to travel if you’re on your own because they organised everything for you and its easy to make friends with like minded people around you. It's a great price for the quality and experience you receive. Extras are optional so you can pick and choose what you take part in, but I'm so happy I did it all. Since I've been home I've not stopped talking it to everyone/anyone who will listen. I couldn't recommend it enough. Thank you Lia, Eduardo, Olga, Zarka and the guys at Progress Surf School for a wonderful week! I want to go back now!"
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"I'm arrived in Ericeira, I didn’t know anybody there, and then I was introduced to Joana, the surf babe in town. She took me by my hand and showed me the beauty of Ericeira. Joana showed us how to surf, how to feel the waves, how to treat them, how to catch them and to cherish them as long I could. What a feeling!"
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"I came to Ericeira in May, and it was so good surfing those amazing waves with Filipe, that I had to come again in September. It’s one hell of a place to surf in Ericeira, and I’ll be back."
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