Portugal Yoga Retreat

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!

Retreat highlights

  • 6 yoga classes
  • 5 two-hours surf lessons
  • Complimentary one-hour deep tissue massage
  • Daily local transfers to city and beaches
  • Access to the camp's facilities
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily healthy breakfast
  • 2 delicious dinners

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, Italian, Portuguese, English
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Shopping
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Free bicycle

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.

Program

This package includes six yoga classes, five surf lessons, and one deep tissue massage. 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 everyday 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.

Instructors

Dorotea Zafferani
Dorotea is a certified RYT 400 Ashtanga Vinyasa and Rocket yoga teacher and her style is strongly influenced by her background in ballet and contemporary dance. In her classes, Dorotea always encourages her students to listen and to bring stillness in their body and mind. At the same time, she never forgets the need for students to play, fall, and step out of their comfort zone. Dorotea's classes are strong, dynamic, energetic, and always incorporate a strong breathing technique. Expect to sweat, play, invert, and enjoy a long savasana at the end!

Retreat location

Moka 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 night clubs are increasingly crowded by 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 throught 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).

Nearby places

  • Ericeira - 5 minutes
  • Lisbon - 40 minutes

Food

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

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, analyze, 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 and will run on Saturdays on a twice-monthly basis. During the day, you can decide to visit Ericeira, Sintra, or Lisbon, or just lay down in the sun at the beach. Moka Surf House also provide surf equipment rental, horse riding, SUP lessons, surf guides, and surf training on request and at added costs.

Spa treatments

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.

What's included

  • 1 one-hour massage
  • 2 dinners
  • 5 two-hour surf lessons with full equipment
  • 6 one-hour yoga classes
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily local transfers

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Lunch
  • Some dinners

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book a flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Arrival by bus

From Lisbon, Ericeira is only 30 kilometers away. Every hour, a bus leaves from the bus station of Campo Grande to Ericeira.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 28 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Availability

This vacation is available from March 29 to November 30, 2018, please select an arrival date below.

 

Low season
  • March 29 - May 31
  • November 1 - 11

 

Middle season
  • June 1 - 30
  • September 16 - October 31

 

High season
  • July 1 – September 15

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