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Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Portugal.
The combination of yoga and surfing is the best way to allow your body to get back in harmony with nature and to increase your strength and flexibility. If you want to take a break from the busy life of every day or to have an activity holiday in a beautiful place, this package could be perfect for you. Moka staff would like to share with you the relaxed atmosphere of their house and the powerful Portuguese sun!
The house you will stay is a Portuguese villa with a large garden and a terrace with ocean view, and beyond the hills, you can find the Palácio Nacional de Mafra. Moka can host max. 20 people and offers double rooms, twin rooms, private rooms and shared rooms (4/6 people) with common bathrooms; bed linen and towels are provided at your arrival. There is a large dining-room with a fully equipped kitchen for guests and everyone has his own space for food and drink in the fridge and in the pantry. Yoga lessons and workshops take place in our 66m2 Mongolian yurt, which can be also free used as the wave skate ramp. In the large courtyard located in the middle of the house, you can chat with people, dining outdoors and enjoy the open air cinema in Portuguese warm evenings! But if you are searching for a quiet place you’ll always find a spot in the lovely garden, swinging on the hammocks among the fruit trees.
The daily timetable will be flexible, depending on the weather and ocean conditions in order to allow the guests to enjoy always the best waves during the surf lesson. At the surf school, you will find qualified instructors to guide you step by step and to provide you with all of the necessary equipment. Then you can choose every day one of the two yoga lessons scheduled in the shala: the one in the morning, at 08:30, will be dynamic and energizing, based on a mix of Rocket, Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow yoga, while the one in the afternoon, at 18:00, will be slow and focused on deep stretch, based on a mix of Slow flow and Yin yoga.
Yoga is well known for its infinite benefits. Whether they’re physical; improving strength, flexibility, building a sweat, recovering from injuries or more on a meditative level promoting calmness, stillness, and relaxation. Through the use of Asana we become more aware of our bodies and by incorporating breathing we create a moving meditation that brings awareness of our spiritual self. The strengths and flexibility that come from dedicated yoga practice will at one point translate into our everyday lives, changing the way we deal with problems and situations. By practicing yoga you’ll learn discipline and to challenge yourself on and off the mat without taking anything too seriously. Our 8 walls Mongolian yurt, with its simple and elegant circular space, will support the practice, creating the right environment to find a perfect balance of focus, tranquillity, and relaxation.
*90 minutes class with meditation.
The surf school is small, innovative and highly professional. The instructors, thanks to years of experience, have studied a teaching system divided by 4 levels able to help any surfer to quickly and effectively improve their technique and style. As passionate surfers, they know the Ericeira World Surfing Reserve perfectly and they will choose every day the best spots and timetables for the lessons. Whether you are an absolute beginner or an expert surfer, you’ll find the right pack for you!
Suitable for absolute beginners or for those who want to go through the fundamentals one more time. You can expect to learn the basics of surfing and to be able to catch white water waves.
Suitable for beginner surfers who can catch and ride white water waves on their own on a regular basis. You can expect to learn how to catch left and right green waves and how to reach the lineup.
Suitable for intermediate surfers who can catch and ride green waves on their own. You can expect to learn how to perform a bottom turn, cutback and trimming and to improve your knowledge on spot analysis and wave reading.
Suitable for those intermediate and advanced surfers who want to improve their performances in the water and receive technical advice and feedbacks on their surfing style. The instructors will use video footage to identify and analyze with you the mistakes made in the water and what it is needed to be improved.
Dorotea is a certified RYT 450 Ashtanga, Yin, Mandala Vinyasa and Rocket Yoga Teacher and her style is strongly influenced by her background in ballet and contemporary dance. Dorotea creates a tailored class for her students based on their level and ability both on a physical and more spiritual level. She loves to work with music and deliver a real experience to her student more than just daily practice. Her classes are strong, dynamic, energetic and always incorporate a strong breathing technique. Dorotea always encourages her students to listen and to bring stillness in their body and mind.
Christine is a 550/YA Vinyasa Yoga Teacher. She did her teacher training in 2013 and 2017 at the famous Lord Vishnus Couch in Cologne/Germany. Recently she is taking training in Aromatherapy. By understanding life as a permanent changing and transforming process, Yoga can find its complete expression. There is not the “one and only” way of practicing, it’s rather a question of what can Yoga do for you in this single moment: this perception and value inspire her work. She would like to invite you to an inner journey, in a place where you can create a little bit of ease and lightness.
Surfer since childhood, he grew up on the coast around Ericeira. Instructor since 2010, graduated by the FPS (Portuguese Surfing Association) and ISA (International Surf Association).
Surfer since 14 years old, he started surfing in Sardinia (Italy) and then moved to the ocean looking for more powerful and consistent waves. He has been teaching surfing for 10 years. Graduated by FPS (Portuguese Surfing Association)
Moka is on the top of the hill just outside Ericeira, an old fishermen village featuring typical light-blue and white houses facing the ocean. Restaurants and nightclubs are increasingly crowded with tourists every year. You can enjoy the fresh fish that arrives daily at the little harbor as well as the warm welcoming of the locals. A few steps from the house there are some bars and restaurants as well as a supermarket. Getting around is very easy: daily transfers to-from beach and Ericeira are included in your pack! You can also use our bikes for free, take the bus which stops very close to the house, rent a scooter or take a stroll and reach the two nearby beaches through beautiful trails. Then, if you want to get more serious with walking, you can plan with us a trekking inside Sintra and Cascais Natural Park which begins near the house. Ericeira is also a perfect starting point for discovering the many attractions of the Estremadura region; not far from the famous old village of Sintra, one of the most popular historical well-known locations in Portugal and right above the Sintra and Cascais Natural Park, a charming location for those who love nature. Lisbon is easily reached either by car or by bus (around 40 minutes ride).
As the staff is Italian, food is always in their mind and plays a central role in their day! Moka believes in a healthy and fair food market so the staff tries to reduce food miles using seasonal and local products, with a special attention to vegetarian aliments. Among other things, you’ll taste pizza, pasta fresca, mouth-watering classic Italian recipes and, of course, Moka coffee! During your stay, you will receive a tasty and healthy breakfast every day and two delicious dinners.
Every week, Dorotea will guide you through a 2 hours workshop to deepen your knowledge on some of the yoga topics that may need a little bit more time than a normal yoga class. You will spend some extra time exploring things in a different way, interacting with each other and with your teacher and getting out of your comfort zone. From inversions, backbends, pranayama, bandhas, chakra system and much more, you will learn, analise, discuss, practice, play and most importantly have fun while learning something new or simply getting deeper into things you already know. Workshops are open to all levels, from beginners to more advanced practitioners.
In Moka will find an expert guide ready to show you the best spots of Ericeira World Surfing Reserve and, if the conditions will require it, to organize daily surf trips throughout all the central coast of Portugal. If you already are an independent surfer and if you want to surf always the best waves, this is the service tailored for you.
Allow yourself some deep healing and give a treat to your body and mind! At Moka, we give the chance to restore yourself with two different treatments. Ayurvedic Yoga Massage, based on Master Kusum Modak technique, is a unique style of massage that combines deep tissue massage with coordinated breathwork and yoga stretching; the session is performed on a mat for free movement and flow. The deep tissue massage helps to release tension, eliminate toxins, promotes correct posture and improves respiratory patterns. Raynor Massage is a deep tissue holistic technique focused on releasing tension, muscles tightness and return the body to a natural state of relaxation. This full body Chi-release massage re-adjusts your circulatory, eliminatory and respiratory systems, so your body functions holistically, the way it naturally should.
Please book a flight to arrive at Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
From Lisbon, Ericeira is only 30 kilometers away. Every hour, a bus leaves from the bus station of Campo Grande to Ericeira.
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