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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 in is a Portuguese villa with a large garden and a terrace with an ocean view, and beyond the hills, you can find the Palácio Nacional de Mafra. Moka can host a maximum of 20 people and offers double rooms, twin rooms, private rooms, and shared rooms (four to six people) with common bathrooms. Bed linen and towels are provided on your arrival. In the big dining room, you can find a personal pantry and a kitchenette to prepare your lunch.
Yoga lessons and workshops take place in a 66-square-meter 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, dine outdoors, and enjoy the open-air cinema in Portuguese warm evenings. But if you are searching for a quiet place, you will always find a spot in the lovely garden, swinging on the hammocks among the fruit trees. Private rooms are cleaned only upon request, otherwise, the staff does not enter the room.
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.
One in the morning at 8:30 a.m. will be more dynamic and energizing, based on a mix of Ashtanga, Vinyasa while the one in the afternoon at 6:00 p.m. will be slower and based on a mix of Hatha, slow flow, and Restorative yoga with 30 minutes of Yoga Nidra included. Each yoga class is from 75 to 90 minutes long depending on the weekly schedule and includes meditation, pranayama, or Yoga Nidra. Surf lessons included are for beginners.
Yoga is well known for its infinite benefits whether they are 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, you become more aware of your body and by incorporating breathing, you create a moving meditation that brings awareness of your spiritual self.
The strengths and flexibility that come from dedicated yoga practice will at one point translate into your everyday lives, changing the way you deal with problems and situations. By practicing yoga, you will learn discipline and to challenge yourself on and off the mat without taking anything too seriously. The eight-wall Mongolian yurt with its simple and elegant circular space will support the practice, creating the right environment to find a perfect balance of focus, tranquility, and relaxation.
The school is innovative and highly professional and guarantees quality and safety during all the lessons. Once in the water, groups (maximum of six people per instructor) will be divided according to surf level and previous experience and every alumn will receive personalized instructions and feedbacks. Your instructors, as local experienced surfers, know perfectly the Ericeira World Surfing Reserve perfectly and they choose every day the best spot and timetable for the lessons.
Beginner level is suitable for absolute beginners who want to learn the basics of surfing and for surfers who want to learn how to catch left and right green waves and to improve their paddling technique to reach the line-up.
Intermediate level is suitable for surfers who can catch and ride green waves on their own and want to learn how to perform maneuvers on the wave and to improve their knowledge on the spot analysis and wave reading.
(*): 90-minute classes with meditation, pranayama, or Yoga Nidra
Please note that the schedule is subject to change.
Dorotea has been part of the Moka family since 2016 and is an in-house yoga instructor. She 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 tailored classes for her students based on their level and ability both on physical and more spiritual levels. Her classes are strong, dynamic, energetic yet deeply restorative, and always incorporate a strong breathing technique. In her classes, Dorotea always encourages her students to listen and to bring stillness.
Francesca is one of the founders of Moka Surfhouse & Yoga Retreat. She began studying yoga in Italy in 2009, falling in love with ashtanga practice under the guidance of Gian Renato Marchisio – Authorised Level I KPJAYI teacher. She continued her studies participating in various workshops in Italy and Portugal. She got her 200/YA Yoga Teacher after one year training with Joana Cadete and Rita Chacaço.
Christine is a 550/YA Vinyasa Yoga Teacher. She did her teacher trainings in 2013 and 2017 at the famous Lord Vishnus Couch in Cologne/Germany. Recently she is taking a training in Aromatherapy. She will invite you to a inner journey to find a ease and lightness place by observing, feeling and breathing and bringing attention back your body, heart and soul.
Carlotta is a passioned yoga student since many years, it was in 2013, after the experience of spending time in the Sivananda Ashram in India, that her wish to dive deeper in the Philosophy of Yoga became more intense. After completing Yoga teacher training (RYT 200hr) with Joana Cadete and Rita Cachaço she continued with Yin and Yoga Nidra teacher trainings (RYT 100hr)
Federico discovered Yoga in 1998 and started teaching ten years later, after graduating from Sivananda Vedanta School. Over the years, he has conducted many seminars, workshops, and teacher training courses (Sivananda, Satyananda). Yoga and Advaita Vedanta are his constant source of study, research, and personal growth. He teaches hatha yoga, Vedanta, and yoga philosophy.
Miguel is one of the best surfers in Ericeira thanks to his technique and style: he knows better than anyone the barrels of Coxos. Miguel is a Billabong rider, recognized surf instructor and coach surfer by the FPS (Portuguese Surfing Federation).
Michel started surfing at the age of 14 in Ericeira and he was international surf judge for 20 years in the Association of Professionals Surfers. He is a respected surfer, graduated as surf instructor and coach surfer by the FPS (Portuguese Surfing Federation).
The holiday will take place in Baleia, Ericeira, Portugal. Moka is located on the top of the hill just outside Ericeira, an old fisherman 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 and from the beach and Ericeira are included in your pack. You can also use their 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 them 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).
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During your stay, you will be served a tasty and healthy breakfast every day and six delicious dinners included in the price. 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 special attention to vegetarian aliments. Among other things, you will get to taste pizza, pasta fresca, mouth-watering classic Italian recipes, and, of course, Moka coffee.
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, they give you the chance to replenish yourself with a treatment that reduces stress and muscle tension. The goal of your 60-minute massage is to relax your entire body. In addition to relaxation, it improves circulation and flexibility, moves toxins out of the tissues, releases tension, promotes correct posture, and improves respiratory patterns. The massage re-adjusts your circulatory, eliminatory, and respiratory systems so your body functions holistically, the way it naturally should.
Lisbon Portela Airport
Transfer available for additional US$69 per person
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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