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If you want to do stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) and yoga in combination with nice people, healthy and good food, comfortable accommodation, culture and relaxing in a beautiful environment, right here is your place to spend your holidays! SUP and yoga are your favorite holiday activities, combined with good food and culture. Discover the Cascais coastline by SUP and learn how to do stand-up paddleboarding in Portugal. Book now!
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 SUP and yoga package, you will enjoy learning how to improve your SUP skills and have yoga lessons on 5 days. Stand-up paddle boarding classes will take place on Cascais beach (protected bay) and depend on the group level and weather / wave conditions. You will go on tours along the coastline around Cascais or alternative beaches. You will get to know this trendy sport and improve your SUP skills.
After 1 - 2 days you will be able to stand with stability and maneuver with the stand-up paddle board in the protected and calm waters of the Cascais bay. At the end of the week, you will be able to tour alongside the coast and also maneuver in more exposed waters. Maybe you will try and ride your first little wave.
The SUP-coaches are fully qualified, highly skilled, and very passionate about stand-up paddle boarding. They are keen on sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm for stand-up paddling, therefore making your stay a special fun holiday experience for you.
Daily yoga will support your start of the day, get you in tune for the stand-up paddling, and in the afternoon regenerate your body from the unknown SUP-exercise. With the two different yoga styles offered, you will have a lasting yoga experience and enjoy new inspiration for your daily yoga training at home.
After this week of SUP and yoga, you will be able to confidently do stand-up paddle boarding maneuvers in calm as well as exposed (choppy) waters, evaluate a safe SUP environment for yourself, know what equipment to rent, and last but not least, know how to behave towards fellow participants of other sports inside the water (SUP etiquette).
You will have met lots of like-minded, nice and fun people, and have eaten lots of delicious and healthy food. Your overall experience will be a very relaxing and soothing one, giving you lots of fitness and strength, as well as good memories to remember back home in day to day life until you come to fuel up again.
The day starts at 08:00 with a gentle morning yoga class for you to wake up and to salute the sun. You will generate even more energy during the following delicious, healthy organic breakfast at 09:00.
After breakfast, around 10:00, you will be picked up and brought to your partner SUP school in Cascais, where you will enjoy your SUP lesson. After the lesson or in between, there will be some time to enjoy your healthy packed lunch and chill out a bit on the beach, before you will be brought back to the retreat around 14:00.
If you want, you can, of course, stay at the beach seeking the soothing sunlight. Alternatively, you can enjoy the pool and beautiful garden of the secluded villa and read a book or socialize with other guests. Others go for other activities or some quick sightseeing. You are on holiday, feel free to do whatever you want.
In the afternoon, at 16:00 / 17:00, there will be a second yoga session also with some stretching elements in order to soften the effects of the unknown exercise of the stand-up paddle boarding. You will feel it in the arms, shoulders, and back, but also in the upper legs and butt area.
In the evening, there is lots of time to relax, prepare a nice meal, and dine on the terrace overlooking the whole Cascais landscape and the ocean or go out for dinner (Karma Surf Retreat can provide personal recommendations). Read a book by the fireplace or in the garden. After an action-loaded day like this, you will probably fall asleep early, well, and deep for a rejuvenating sleep.
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 Brazilian welcome-barbecue altogether.
Sunday is time to acclimatize and / or discover Lisbon, Sintra, the beaches, the nature by hiking, the pool, read your favorite book or just enjoy the stunning view from the beautiful property.
On Monday, you will get into the gear with the 2 yoga sessions in the morning and evening. The SUP-course will start with an introduction and theory / safety instructions on the beach, as well as your first encounter with a stand-up paddle board on the calm water in the protected bay of Cascais.
On Tuesday, you will be able to do your first controlled and stable paddle strokes and learn first maneuvers with the stand-up paddle board. It’s also fun to paddle to the nearby anchored yachts and fishing boats and have look and a chat.
Wednesday will be the day to practice maneuvers, repeat some theory and maybe if the weather and wave conditions allow you to do so, go on a little SUP-tour outside the protected bay. The SUP-coaches will make sure you are hungry because they will be awaiting you for a delicious Portuguese seafood lunch.
On Thursday, you can practice stand-up paddle boarding in more exposed waters and gain confidence with exercises and games with the SUP in the water.
Friday, depending on the fitness and skill level of the group, will be the day to go for a stand-up paddle boarding tour along the coastline, play a fun and challenging game that requires full SUP maneuverability skills or even try to surf your first little wave.
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, you will be served 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.
You will also be served freshly juiced juices and green smoothies made from fruit and veggies of the season. Moreover, coffee, various teas, water, and fruit are at your disposal during your stay at the Karma Surf Retreat. At noon, a delicious healthy packed lunch will be arranged to enjoy during or after your activities. You can have it at the beach or back home in the villa.
On top of that, Karma Surf Retreat will organize a Brazilian welcome barbecue plus a Portuguese seafood lunch. At all other times there is a fully equipped kitchen in 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 in Cascais (15 minutes). Even Lisbon’s stunning culinary diversity (including vegetarian) is only 30 minutes by car and will not leave any wish unfulfilled.
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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