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Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Portugal.
Keen on an amazing yoga and surf experience? Looking for healthy and tasty vegetarian full board? Then this retreat is definitely for you! In Omassim's vision, yoga and surfing are two wonderful full-body practices which guide you to inner peace, to a connection with your natural state, the elements and to deep love. They believe that yoga and surfing are an amazing combination engaging in both can have a dynamic effect on each. The yoga and surf retreat offers you a unique and unforgettable experience and gives you the opportunity to get the best of both.
Omassim Guest House (two houses) is an oasis of bright, homely accommodation, located in a quiet and lovely residential area in the small village of Palhais, Ericeira with an open view over the surrounding green hills.
Omassim Gueshouse can accommodate 20 guests with two-bed, three-bed, and five-bed rooms including one bunk bed. All bathrooms are shared. The dining and living room are the perfect meeting point to take breakfast, read a book, or on cold days enjoy the warmth of the fireplace. You will 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 the beautiful nature reserve with stunning, breathtaking views. Single occupancy is available for a supplementary charge.
Omassim was closed during the lock-down and re-opened on the 15th June. During the lock-down period, Omassim participated in online training to learn about the new measures that are required to make our place as safe as possible for our wonderful guests. We received the Certification and the Badge: Clean and safe. We have reduced our capacity to 50 percent so there is much more space. Bathrooms are shared with only one other person (in the shared bedrooms).
We have increased the frequency of cleaning common spaces as well as bathrooms and there will always be disinfectant sprays, alcohol gel and disinfectant soap available. Guests are welcome to bring their own personal disinfection utilities too. Whatever works well for you.
At breakfast, lunch and dinner times, guests are individually served by members of our staff. We have an impressive buffet of healthy food available. We maintain a distance of 1.50 meters between each table during these times. In the common spaces all our guests are asked to wear masks (this is the measure for now) and we will see how the situation unfolds with COVID-19.
We might need to divide the group for the yoga practice. For now, the recommended distance for people in the yoga shala is 3 meters, this means we only can accept 6 people practicing yoga in the yoga shala. We will find a good solution for this, but we just want to mention that we might need to offer 4 yoga classes per day and people can choose the one they prefer.
We are located in a small residential area called Palhais, 10 minutes’ walk from the famous beach Ribeira d´Ilhas, 15 minutes’ walk to Ribamar, a small village with a few cafés. The nature reserve has nice walks along the coastline and is a safe place to enjoy stunning views and beautiful nature. People are allowed to go into cafés and shops but wearing a mask is a necessity. We have beautiful beaches here, close by. The highlight of Omassim guesthouse is that we are next to the nature reserve and it is safe to go to a small beach without meeting too many people. We also have a saltwater swimming pool and a garden to soak up the sun and relax in the deck-chairs.
For our surfers: If you already have a wetsuit then it is recommended to bring your own. If you do not have a wetsuit, don't worry! The surfing school will provide a wetsuit for you for your entire stay, they will mark it, wash it and it will be only you using it for the time of your stay.
You can control your body temperature with our touch-free thermos any time you wish. Following the law, we prepared one room as an isolation/quarantine room for people who feel unwell and there is a strict protocol to follow.
Dive into the ocean and leave your worries behind. This retreat will provide you with an active holiday that nourishes body, mind, and soul and gives you a solid foundation for a further practice of yoga and surf. Enjoy your stay in the homely guesthouse, start your day with the tasty, home-made vegetarian breakfast buffet and make an amazing yoga and surf experience.
The benefits that yoga can have on surfing are far-reaching, whether it's through strength, balance, flexibility, or breathing techniques. On a physical level, yoga provides important pre-board stretches and allows the body to recover faster from the surf sessions. Joints become warmer and are opened, helping you to improve your flexibility, stability, and energy. Learning how to breathe and clear your mind will help you to stay calm and relaxed and to tighten your focus, catching your best wave ever.
Yogis can also get benefit from surfing. Surfing is feeling as one with nature, feeling, and breathing with the ocean, connecting in deep respect to ride your wave in harmony. You may experience a new level of focus and intensity through surfing - there`s no reason to not give it a try.
Depending on your arrival day, you will be able to enjoy max 12 yoga classes per week:
Yoga is for everyone, you do not 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 at 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 yogis 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.
Surfing lessons will take place on Monday to Friday (approximately 10 hour of surfing lessons/week). Wetsuit, board, transport and insurance are included.
Ericeira Surf Progress is the only surf school in Ribamar. The team consists of qualified teachers who are local surfers who perfectly know and master all the technical aspects of the sport. They know the region inside out and will be happy to share our knowledge and teach you how to read, surf and enjoy the ocean at its best. How to surf safely and how to feel confident in different surfing conditions, that is what you will learn with Ericeira Surf Progress.
Ericeira Surf Progress provides surf classes for different levels in separated groups. The surf courses are specifically designed for your level of surfing, combining theory and practice in the most effective way. As a complete beginner, you will learn how to surf with us from the start. Well-experienced surfers will get the chance to perfect their surfing techniques. Take your surfing to a higher level.
Please note that surfing is entirely dependent on the weather and sea conditions. Omassim will try their best to guarantee the hours of surfing experience. When the conditions do not allow us to surf at Ericeira beaches and we need to go further north or south we ask for a small donation (approximately 5 EUR / person) to support the extra costs of transportation.
In her yoga classes Lia tries to support the increase of physical flexibility and strength to transform it into inner strength, to gain trust, harmony, inner alignment and joy. She speaks fluent German, English, or Portuguese and can run classes in any of these three languages depending on the participants.
Eduardo is one of Omassim’s owners and he is definitely a box full of surprises. His mind is always wandering for knowledge, and so not only he replenishes our bellies with the most fulfilling dishes by being the head chef of our vegetarian/vegan kitchen, but also he is now our Kettlebell trainer in our NEW fitness package. He has more than 15 years experience, has had many Kettlebell trainings and specializations and his passion for Fitness is what thrives him to do it everyday and passing on the message to others that our body is our temple.
As a professional surfer she started the first female surf school in Portugal in 1998 and in 2014 founded Progress School “Take Your Level to the next step” with Filipe Rastef (Bodyboarder & Surfer). Years ago she moved to Ericeira to be able to surf the best waves of Europe every day. She continues training girls for competition. As a natural sequence of a dedicated surfing career she always had a strong affection for big waves. As the first and only Portuguese surfer girl she decided to challenge tow-in surfing, and was nominated for the Billabong XXL Awards.
Born and raised in Ribamar, he grew up amongst the best surfers of Ericeira. He knows all the secrets of this magic coast. Filipe used to compete at body boarding for 13 years and was triple champion of western Portugal. Since 2005 he turned this motivation, to teach the art of riding waves.
The retreat will take place in Ericeira, Portugal. 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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Omassim believes that cooking and eating are an art. That is why at Omassim, only good quality, seasonal, locally sourced fruits and vegetables are used. Seven veggie brunches and 6 veggie dinners as buffet are included in the price. Lunches are not included, but you have the option to use the common kitchen to prepare a snack for lunch. One evening, you will have a dinner out (extra charge).
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 40 EUR for approximately two hours surf course, 170 EUR approximately 10 hours surfing on five days, intensive surf course 300 EUR approximately 20-25 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.
Omassim provides spa treatments at extra charges from approximately 35 to 50 EUR
Lisbon Portela Airport
Transfer available for additional US$65 per person
Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS). A direct transfer to and from this airport can be organized at an additional cost of 55 EUR per one way.
There is a regular bus from Campo Grande in Lisbon to Mafra. There is also a bus going to Campo Grande from Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS).
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