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You are already a family and you would like to enjoy holidays with your kids? It's not a problem anymore. Depending on the age of the children, Karma Surf Retreat is organizing child care or surfing lessons for kids, while you do yoga or surf yourself in this 8-day surf and yoga retreat in Portugal. Come and have the best family holiday in Lisbon!
You will stay in a double room suite (with 1 child), own apartment or house (with 2 or more children). You will be accommodated in a comfortable villa with pool, a paradisiacal garden, and panoramic sea views from the entire plot. You will sleep in stylishly furnished double rooms (some with private bathroom and balcony) and make use of all the amenities and areas of the villa, such as hammocks, deck chairs, chill out / meditation area, and a fully equipped kitchen for your culinary well-being.
The cozy living room has TV, DVD, and Wi-Fi ready for your entertainment. Of course, you also can watch the crackling fire in the fireplace while having a stimulating conversation on the couch. The large panoramic windows in living and dining room treat you with unforgettable views of the countryside and the Atlantic Ocean.
Guincho Villa hosts 5 charming rooms decorated with love and zen simplicity. All rooms are accessible from inside the villa and 3 of them have a splendid sea view. You can also opt for the apartment on the ground level of the villa with a private terrace and separate entrance.
With the surfing and yoga package, you will enjoy learning how to improve your surf skills and have yoga lessons on 5 days. Within this package, you will have 2 yoga classes and the surfing lessons each day from Monday to Friday. The yoga classes will be held before and after the surfing lessons in order to wake up and prepare your body for the surfing experience in the morning and to calm down, relax, and recover in the evening. Your children will be taken care of during your sport activity thanks to the child care. According to age and mood of your kids, they will play, draw, splash, or sleep. If they are already old enough (6 years), they can also have their first encounter with the tiny waves at the beach on a surfboard or a bodyboard, of course together with qualified surf instructors. The ability of swimming is mandatory for participation in the children's surf course.
Saturday is changeover day. Arrive, breathe, relax, and explore. There will be time to meet other participants and in the evening there will be a welcome barbecue altogether.
Sunday is time to chill out and / or discover the surrounding cities, venues, beaches, nature, the pool, read your favorite book, or just enjoy the stunning view from the beautiful property. Those who need to be active can as well enjoy one of the many recreational activities the area offers such as horseback riding, climbing, hiking, mountain biking, scuba diving, etc. (whatever you like to do, Karma Surf Retreat makes it happen), but Karma Surf Retreat aware that one week of daily surfing and yoga will already be a challenging experience for your body.
Monday to Friday you will learn how to surf on nearby beaches and get to know beautiful places along the coastline we all worship so much. You will also be taught in theory of surfing, getting to know about security measures like how to read a beach, weather forecasts, and the right choice of material. Last but not least, you will be living the surfer's lifestyle!
In order to start your surfing experience relaxed and also to calm your muscles down, there will be yoga classes in the morning and in the afternoon.
You will start the day with a gentle yoga class in the morning in order to wake up and build up flexibility, strength, and confidence for the surfing lessons. The different yoga styles (Hatha / Power / Iyengar yoga) will ensure a memorable yoga experience and give inspiration for your daily yoga exercise at home.
Then you will fuel up your body with a delicious organic breakfast, so you can start into the day full of energy. After breakfast, Karma Surf Retreat's surf instructor will pick you up for the surfing lessons and bring you to the finest surfable beaches of this region, so you will learn how to surf together. The selection of surf spots, of course, depends on your ability, as well as wind, and wave conditions.
After the surfing lesson, you can refuel and enjoy the tasty healthy packed lunch we have prepared for you directly at the beach or back at home.
Early in the evening, a second yoga session aims at relaxation and stretching your muscles and ligaments. This will help you to recover faster from surfing and reduce the risk of sore muscles.
After this, you are free to do whatever you want. A delicious meal on the terrace watching the sunset, eating out, relax with a refreshing drink or tea at the pool, in front of the fireplace or simply reading an exciting book in your cozy bedroom. Karma Surf Retreat is confident that with the given variety of possibilities, you will find the one that makes you happy the most.
At the end of this week in Karma Surf Retreat, you will be able to surf for the first time standing, have improved yoga skills, and meet some great like-minded people. You’re going to be fit and refueled enough for everyday live back home, take great memories with you and for sure you will be looking forward to coming back the next time.
Igor has the ability to question life without anxiety, which opens him to meet the experience with a child’s curiosity and keeps him present. Together with Jenny, he has decided to open up to eclecticism and enrichen their yoga practice from different points of view.
Growing up in an internal world where questioning was driving, Jenny became an observer of human behavior; her own and those of her surroundings. Together with Igor, she has decided to open up to eclecticism and enrichen their yoga practice from different points of view.
For over seven years, Zarah has practiced various styles of yoga all around the world. Zarah believes strongly in the awareness of self through body, breath, and movement and she feels her focus, drive, and confidence deepening as she continues to learn from her many students and teachers. She guides students through demonstration and clear instruction, warmth, and compassion, speaking both on spiritual and physical terms.
This retreat will take place in a comfortable villa with a pool and sea view in a picturesque mountain village called Malveira da Serra, nested in a paradise-like garden on the slopes of the Serra de Sintra with a breath-taking view over the Atlantic coastal region. The south-facing location guarantees sun all day long.
The village itself is situated on the slopes of the Serra de Sintra, a mountain chain of at least 529 meters altitude, running from the Cabo da Roca (the westernmost point of continental Europe) to Sintra, a small historic town (UNESCO World Heritage Site).
The beautiful location of the property invites you to spend time outdoors, enjoying and letting nature soak into your soul. The nearby Praia do Guincho, and the mystical forests of the Serra de Sintra are particularly magical places full of positive energy. There are of course numerous beaches with waves waiting to be explored.
There are some nice restaurants (Portuguese cuisine, seafood, pizza, and other snack options), bars, hairdresser, pharmacy, banks, a bakery, a butcher, some small shops and a supermarket, all in about 10 minutes' walk from the villa.
In the morning, Karma Surf Retreat will serve you a healthy organic breakfast (buffet) consisting of cereal, organic fruit, bread, rolls, homemade jam, milk, yogurt, typical sausages and cheeses of the region and other Portuguese delicacies. Moreover, coffee, various healthy teas, water, and fruit are at your disposal during your stay at the Karma Surf Retreat. At noon, Karma Surf Retreat arrange a delicious packed lunch on the beach between the surf sessions.
On top of that, Karma Surf Retreat will organize a barbecue get-together plus a culinary surprise. At all other times, there is a fully equipped kitchen of the villa at your disposal, so you can prepare your favorite dishes and dine together, for example, on the terrace overlooking the sea watching the sunset.
In case you would like to eat out, there are several restaurants nearby, including typical Portuguese, seafood, grilled chicken, snacks, pizza, and also a gourmet restaurant. For sure you will find something you like. You have an even bigger variety of restaurants from just 15 minutes close in Cascais. Even Lisbon with the stunning culinary diversity (including vegetarian) is 30 minutes by car and will fulfill every wish possible.
Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS). Airport shuttle is available 50 EUR per trip for 1 - 3 persons. Alternatively, from the airport, you can take the public shuttle bus to the train station Cais do Sodre, where you take the train to Cascais (combined approximately 7 EUR). From there, you can take a taxi to the retreat in Malveira da Serra (approximately 8 - 12 EUR). Travel time is 1 - 1.5 hours.
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