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Leave behind the festivities rush, relax, unwind, and rejuvenate your body and mind. Omassim Guesthouse is delighted to invite you to this invigorating Christmas and New Year Vinyasa Flow retreat with some Yin yoga and restorative yoga elements. Treat yourself in this holiday season with yoga, massage, and healthy food and bring 2017 to a positive close and making a fresh and healthy beginning for 2018!
Omassim Guest House (2 houses) is an oasis of bright, homely accommodation, located in a quiet and lovely residential area in the small village Palhais, Ericeira with an open view over the surrounding green hills.
Omassim Gueshouse can accommodate 20 guests with 2-bed, 3-bed, and 5-bed rooms (including one bunk bed) with shared bathroom. The dining and living room are the perfect meeting point to take breakfast, read a book, or on cold days enjoy the warmth by the fireplace. Relax and enjoy the peaceful nature, soak up the sun next to the swimming pool (not heated) in its lovely garden or feast on the delicious vegetarian menu.
Ericeira charming Fishertown is about four kilometers south walking distance away, the next beach (Ribeira dIlhas) is reachable in about 20 minutes walk in beautiful nature reserve with stunning, breathtaking views.
This holiday season, Omassim Guesthouse happily welcome you to bring 2017 to a positive close and making a fresh and healthy beginning for 2018. Whether you are seeking a wellness break or a more active vacation - additional wellness treatments and activities like surfing lessons can be arranged. Omassim can organize mountain bike tours and there will be 3 guided walks along the coastal line.
The yoga classes are suitable for all yoga levels, so you will be just fine. The morning Vinyasa Flow classes are very active, while the evening classes will be slow, soft, relaxing, restorative or Yin yoga. This is the best gift you can offer to yourself during the coming wintertime and it could also be a genuine effort to your New Year's resolution to live a life full of health, peace, happiness and joy.
Yoga is for everyone, you don't need to be an aficionado, nor to be in top form. Each class includes the practice of pranayama (breathing exercises), asanas (seat, posture) and savasana (relaxation in the end of the class). The morning classes will be the Vinyasa Flow, a gentle practice of Hatha yoga which focuses on the synchronization of the breath (prana) with the postures (asanas). It is a dance of the asanas always in connection with breathing to calm the mind. Let the breath be your guide to liberate your mind and increase your inner peace, harmony, love and joy. Practicing yoga will help to harmonize the nervous system, increase the sense of balance of body and mind and strengthens the lymphatic system.
Traditionally the evening classes are more soft, slow, restorative or yin yogish to integrate the day and prepare for a great rest for the night. Let yourself emerge into the flow of your yoga practice. Enjoy the breathing, and relax deeply your body, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and also your mind. Let yourself lead your own breath through a class full of regeneration, recreation and calm.
Ericeira is a mecca for surfers. This area is considered as one of the best surf spots in Portugal. There is a wide range of beach, point, and reef breaks in the immediate area suited for all levels of surfing.
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Delicious vegetarian meals will be provided for the duration of your retreat. Omassim will provide you with 7 nourishing buffet breakfast, 6 tasty lunches at Omassim Guesthouse, and 6 healthy buffet dinner.
Surfing lessons for you with the local surf schools run by professional surfers can be arranged. Whether it's your first time or you are an experienced surfer looking for some tips, a lesson at any level can be arranged. Surfing lesson will be given by local professional Ericeira Surf Progress School. The price including surf gear, transport, and insurance is 25 EUR for approximately. 2 hours, mini-surf course 125 EUR, approximately 10 hours surfing on 5 days, intensive surf course 255 EUR approximately 25 hours.
You will also enjoy many other activities in the surrounding area. The nature reserve is ideal for walking or mountain biking. The trails take you between beaches, along the cliff tops and past famous surf spots. Also, if you just want to lie on a nearby beach or stretch your legs, breath the fresh Atlantic air, watch the local surf and be surrounded by the stunning flora and fauna of Western Portugal, Omassim Guesthouse is the place to be.
Rituals and ceremonies about sweating are as ancient as mankind. It’s a spiritual legacy that has been practiced and appreciated by tribes and people of all cultures… Be it a Finnish Sauna, Turkish Hamam or Russian Banja all these traditions go back to the initial ancient sweating rituals practiced as a sacred cleansing ceremony.
In nature lies healing and well-being. We are part of nature and we need to remember the deep relationship we have with mother earth. To revive this relationship and to come back to nature is a matter of the heart – and a main aspect of Shamanism. Therefore, a sweatlodge-ceremony is especially powerful as it creates a feeling of re-birth.
Sweating opens our hearts and connects us to nature mentally and physically. Due to the intense heat our mind is less active and we open up to our intuition, to our true selves.
The heat created in a sweatlodge is by heating up stones in an open fire until they are sizzling. All stones are getting blessed and the wishes, longings and desires of every participant are passed on to them as part of the ceremony.
Stones are as ancient as our earth – they are like our ancestors. They were on this earth long before any other living being. They are sacred.
The sweatlodge is built from wooden sticks and covered in blankets so that the interior is completely dark. There are four rounds of sweating. Each round is dedicated to a specific theme and to one point of direction – East, West, North & South.
One after another all participants make their way into the lodge and sit in a circle around the hot stones. Once all are in, the “guardian of the fire” brings in the hot stones and the door closes – the first round begins. Each round is a spiritual ceremony dedicated to letting go of everything that not serving us, to opening up to our longings and our deepest wishes and desires and to receiving and being able to receive.
All in all the experience of a sweatlodge is impossible to put into words as it is different for every person. It is intense, challenging and cleansing and will leave you with a deep feeling of appreciation and gratefulness.
This unforgettable experience is bookable at an additional cost of 25 EUR per person.
Finding your own way from Lisbon Airport to the venue is possible by taking the Metro to Campo Grande where there is bus that runs to Ericeira.
The bus journey will take about 45 to 90 minutes depending on the type of bus.
The bus ride will cost you less than 7 EUR.
Once you arrive in Ericeira, we can pick you up from the bus station which is a 5-minute drive to the guesthouse.
The cost of transport is 6 EUR.