Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered Portugal.
Take a break from the hectic life of everyday and join Moka Surf House for a rejuvenating yoga retreat in Portugal. Practicing yoga in our big Mongolian Yurt you will find a perfect balance of focus, tranquillity and relaxation. Every morning the chirping of birds will wake you up and during the afternoon the shadow of our large ficus will refresh you from the powerful Portuguese sun. Then, at sunset you can relax on the terrace directly facing on the ocean.
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.
Every day, you will have two yoga classes. The one in the morning, at 8:30, 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. On Tuesday, Friday and Sunday the class include meditation.
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 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 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).
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 and will run on saturdays on a twice-monthly basis.
During the day, you can decide to have surf lessons, 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.
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 your flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
Ericeira is only 30 kilometers far from Lisbon. Every hour, a bus leaves from the bus station of Campo Grande to Ericeira.
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