8 Days Rejuvenating Yoga Retreat in Lisbon, Portugal

  • Moka Surfhouse, Praceta dos Sete Moios, 11, Carvoeira, Ericeira 2655 128, Mafra, Lisbon, Portugal

Overview

Yoga Retreat Portugal

  • 6 days with instruction
  • Take a break from the hectic life of everyday and join Moka Surf House for a rejuvenating yoga retreat in Portugal. Practice in a yoga shala overlooking the yard where the shadow of a large ficus will refresh you during the afternoon and the chirping of birds will accompany you every morning. Then, at sunset you can relax on the terrace directly facing on the ocean.

    Highlights

    • Daily yoga classes
    • Complimentary deep tissue massage
    • Free time to explore the surrounding areas
    • Daily local transfers to city and beaches
    • Daily tasty and healthy breakfast
    • Access to the camp’s facilities
    • 7 nights accommodation
    • Two delicious dinners

      Languages

      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: French, Italian, English
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    The house you will stay at 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 offers double rooms, twin rooms, and shared rooms (maximum four people) with different 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 are held in the shala, 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 outdoor, and enjoy the open air cinema in Portuguese warm evenings! But if you are searching for of a quiet place, you will always find a spot under a fruit tree in the lovely garden.

    Every day, you will have two yoga classes. The one in the morning, at 09:00, will be dynamic and energizing, based on a mix of Rocket 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.

    • 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!

    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 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.

    Getting around from the house is very easy: daily transfer to and from beach and Ericeira is included in your pack! Furthermore, you can use the bikes for free, take the bus which stops just a few steps from the house, rent a scooter, or take a stroll and reach the two nearby beaches through a beautiful trail.

    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

    As the staff is Italian, food is always in their mind and plays a central role in their day! Among other things, you’ll taste pizza, pasta fresca, mouth-watering fish 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 requirements are served and/or catered for:

    • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
    (If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

    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.

    If you are interested in spending a day walking along the small streets of Baixa and Chiado, or enjoying evenings between Alfama and Bairro Alto, Lisbon is easily reached either by car or by bus. You can also visit nearby tourist attractions.

    The Sintra and Cascais Natural Park is also just around the corner. Moka offers trekking tours within the territory of the park during which you’ll deeply immerse yourself in this wonderful and wild Portuguese area. From the cliffs, you’ll admire unique landscapes, recharge your mind, and feel the ocean in all its power.

    You will enjoy one complimentary 60-minute session of deep tissue massage. Dorotea is a qualified Raynor technique massage therapist, a deep tissue holistic technique focused on finding and releasing tension. Its origins are in Ayurvedic massage, Chinese medicine, Lomi Lomi, reflexology, Shiatsu, and yoga breath work combined with deep tissue body work to the release of prana (or chi).

    The primary goal of Raynor naturopathic massage is to relieve someone from residual tension, muscle tightness (in an area of the body when the body is at rest), and return the body to a natural state of relaxation. With this technique, it is believed that each massage should not be performed in a routine manner since every person is different and must be addressed with a specific treatment depending on their needs.

    This is the reason why for Dorotea it is important to get know the person first in order to understand their needs and work together towards bringing the body to his natural state of relaxation.

    • 1 hour deep tissue massage
    • 2 delicious dinners
    • 6 days yoga classes, twice a day
    • 7 breakfasts
    • 7 nights accommodation
    • Daily local transfers
    • Airfare
    • Airport transfers
    • Lunch
    • Some dinners

    Arrival by airplane

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

    Arrival by bus

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

    • 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.

    Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

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      Review by Christina Skouros from United Kingdom

      The perfect Portugese retreat!

      CONS Cons: There isn't anything I didn't like everything was great!

      PROS Pros: We came here for a week just for the yoga. It was the best holiday and felt so relaxed all week. Everyone is so lovely and the food...WOW! Breakfast every morning too with fresh juice, fruit and home made cake. The yoga was challenging but felt really flexible and strong by the end of the week. Lovely mountain and beach walks nearby, just perfect you must go! We will be back :)

      7.5 Value for money
      7.5 Accommodation & facilities
      10 Food
      10 Location
      10 Quality of activity
      10 Overall impression

      2017-May-09 20:14:17

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      Review by Nicole Felicitas from Canada

      Amazing and rejuvenating - PERFECT.

      PROS Pros: The owners and staff of Moka House have created a very special place. A place that was quiet and relaxing, but still provided a fun and playful atmosphere. The accommodations are simple, clean, and comfortable. There's a little whimsy and romance in each room of the house. The outdoor living spaces are unique. welcoming, and calming, each providing a space to enjoy the outdoors and time to yourself if that's what you need. The meals were also simple and delicious. The continental breakfasts with a daily breakfast box was definitely one of my favourites. I looked forward to it every morning. The homemade suppers were also good. The servings are large that I always ended up having extra for the next day. This was a great value to me. The yoga schedule was great! It provided a nice mix of different yoga practices. Dorortea is an experienced yogi with a cheerful smile and a great spirit. She was flexible with the schedule and didn't mind doing a different practice if asked. The owners are GREAT people. One of them was always at the house during business hours and all of them are friendly people. Spending time with them and getting to know them was wonderful. The same can be said for the rest of the in-house staff. David and Alice were super friendly, approachable, helpful, and also a pleasure to get to know. Though it's not in Ericeira, Moka House provides a daily transfer to and from town. It's only 10 minutes away! There is also a city bus that you can take and the bus stop is a 3 min walk from the house! It's EASY and ACCESSIBLE so you're able to go back and forth to the main village. I HIGHLY recommend going to Moka for yoga and surf. It's an AMAZING place! I would go there again, for sure.

      10 Value for money
      10 Accommodation & facilities
      10 Food
      10 Location
      10 Quality of activity
      10 Overall impression

      2017-May-07 18:22:02

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      Review by Maria Lunney from Italy

      A special jewel in the hills of Ericeira

      CONS Cons: The dact that I had to leave.

      PROS Pros: Moka is a very special place tucked up in the hills of Ericeira.  From the moment that I was picked up at the stop in town to the final good byes, I am so grateful for the time that I spent there.  Highlights start with the incredible warmth of the entire staff, every single one of them.  Then there was the daily yoga, multiple chit chats in their lovely courtyard, walks to/along the beach, the soothing waves of the ocean, dinners al fresco in the setting of the Portuguese villa that the super talented Moka team created and continue to develop.  For someone who was heading out solo (a little hesitantly) on a quest for sun, some activity and the possibilities of meeting new people, I sure did score.  I can't wait to return. Thank you for the amazing getaway. Wishing you the very best if the season. Thank you!

      10 Value for money
      10 Accommodation & facilities
      10 Food
      10 Location
      10 Quality of activity
      10 Overall impression

      2017-Apr-23 11:23:27

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      Review by Shauna Mcmahon from United Kingdom
      10 Value for money
      10 Accommodation & facilities
      10 Food
      7.5 Location
      10 Quality of activity
      10 Overall impression

      2017-Apr-15 21:34:36

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      Review by Sofia Tozy from France
      7.5 Value for money
      10 Accommodation & facilities
      10 Food
      7.5 Location
      10 Quality of activity
      10 Overall impression

      2017-May-16 10:21:07

    • Review by Alexandra from Berlin, Germany

      "I had a great time there. I loved the people taking care of us and the other guests there. There were nice teachers, too. The dogs of the owner and their babies were lovely to be around. I loved the house, the garden, and the kitchen area. I loved the sitting area, the terrasse, the beds and the rooms. The bathrooms were tidy and nice. Cleaning was done every day. I met awesome people there and I had a god time. Yoga lessons also were very well taught. The best recommendation from my side!"

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    Testimonials

    • Review by Simon from Plymouth, United Kingdom

      "Moka is an awesome place to stay. As others have said, the staff are excellent and cool people, making you feel at home and the atmosphere is very open with plenty of space to chill. The fact that it is a little bit isolated on a beautiful country hill (maybe one hour walk from the center of Ericeira along very nice coastal path) makes it a really social hostel as people share rides, do events, go surfing etc. all together which involves everyone that is around and dead easy to meet others. The film nights, Italian dinners, barbecues, surf lessons and especially the yoga (be prepared to sweat!) were all excellent. Special thanks to management, can't wait to come back."

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    • Review by Gwenne

      "Highlight of my trip to Portugal. Moka is a beautiful house (with big communal terrace, garden and balcony) not too far from the breathtaking coastline of Ericeira (Sao Juliao beach!). Staff are excellent. They all make you feel at home from the start and all is very well organised: From pick up from the bus station, to surf and yoga classes, to Italian dinners. Definitely recommend!"

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    • Review by a traveler from Biella, Italy

      "Staff and guests help to create the right mood. The house is well maintained and clean, there are good coaches during the surf lessons for beginners. The limited number of guests allows you to relax and meet everyone. I suggest to follow also the yoga lessons, especially for people like me who never tried this kind of activity because it is well structured for beginners. Don't lose the welcome dinner with barbecue of fish/meat!!"

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    • Review by Emanuela

      "Back again in Moka Surfhouse, together with my brother and a friend. The news was all around the house. From this season you can enjoy practicing skate directly in the front yard, and yoga classes have been increased in order to train your body for the surf time. As from the first year the staff is amazing and warm, every guest suddenly feels at home, rooms, kitchen and bathrooms always clean and tidy."

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    • Review by Susie Power

      "The best holiday in a long time. Brilliant yoga and surfing time with really friendly kind people. I look forward to going back."

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    • Review by a traveler from Barcelona, Spain

      "First trip I've done by myself and the staff made me feel right at home! They are honestly genuinely nice and are concern that you are having fun. I really enjoyed my stay with them not only did I meet wonderful people but also the yoga and surfing experience was incredible. You will not regret it! I plan on coming back."

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    • Review by Morten R.

      "Moka Surfhouse hosted us for a lovely week of surf, yoga, and Italian family feel. We really enjoyed our stay, and we would recommend anyone with an interest to try out surfing in cozy, safe, warm, friendly circumstances to go here."

      "The surf house is actually a local villa turned into a hostel. It is about 10 minutes drive from Ericeria and the shopping and restaurants there. It has a really friendly atmosphere, where everyone seem to become friends within minutes."

      "Hanging out at Moka between yoga and surf is really cozy. If you want to go to town, Moka staff will take you there at a very reasonable price, and there are also taxis, buses, and even bikes for a ride in the beautiful mountains."

      "We were lucky to get over own room with four beds. The bath room was in the hall, just next to our room. This was as close to a real hotel room as it gets. Of course, everything is hostel standard, and not at four or five star level. But there is all you need and the place is very clean and well kept."

      "The sea and surf itself was amazing. Beautiful beaches, fierce but surfable waves, good, local instructors. As beginners, we could not ask for more. Even more, the Portuguese local people are very polite, helpful and friendly. In Ericeria there is a cozy cafe and restaurant life with some quite good fish and seafood restaurants. The town in itself is quite beautiful and charming."

      "In short, Moka Surfhouse is a very, very good spot for active family vacation in beautiful and pleasant surroundings and with excellent hosts and family feel."

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    • Review by Darya Luzyk from Rotterdam, Netherlands

      "All in one, it was a perfect active holiday!"

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    • Review by Edo Luchis from Turin, Italy

      "Moka guys are the best. It always feels like home."

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    • Review by Natalie Esther Gips

      "It is an absolutely great location to stay for your surfing holidays. I loved the whole atmosphere in the surf house, the hosts, the other guests, the surf lessons, the rooms, just everything was perfect. I will definitely come back!"

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    • Review by Anna Mroczkowska from London, UK

      "I absolutely loved my time at the Moka Surf House! Their hospitality was unmatchable and wave instruction was top notch. Highly recommended!"

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    • Review by Patrick Bumler

      "The best holiday ever. Surfing is not just about surfing. It's so much about the people you meet and spend time with as well! Thanks for feeling like we know each other for years! Thanks for the surf guiding, for so much fun and laughing, for such a great overall experience. I already miss Ericeira, Moka Surf House, and you guys so much. I will definitely come back and I am already looking forward for surfing and laugh with you guys again. Love you and your house. No homo!"

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    • Review by Sveta Shestopalova from Moscow, Russia

      "It was my best beach vacation, full of waves, good people around, and Italiano (both Italian people and Italian talks). Thank you for the perfect atmosphere you create in your surf house, your valuable advice about everything and warm welcome of all guests. I hope to come back next year or even sooner. In the past month in Moscow I can't stop thinking about the ocean and when can I find some time and some good tickets to come to Portugal."

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    Moka Surfhouse & Yoga Retreat is located in the Ericeira's World Surfing Reserve. They offer surf camps and powerful yoga retreats in various accommodations.

    Speaks English

    Offers starting at --

    8 days / 7 nights

    Availability

    This vacation is available from April to November, please select an arrival date below.

     

    Low season
    • April 1 – May 30
    • November 1 – November 30

     

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

     

    High season
    • July 1 – September 15

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