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Yoga and Surfing Holiday Portugal

People often do not understand the madness of surfers chasing their next wave, but once you catch your own, you will be instantly and irreversibly hooked on the experience. Surfing makes you acutely conscious of the water's energy and flow, much like a yogic breath, and this energy and flow should be used to their full potential. Surfing is a beautiful sport, but requires a focused body and mind, and for that reason the combination with yoga is just perfect!

Highlights

  • 3 fully equipped surf classes
  • 1 yoga Nidra class (sleeping meditation)
  • 1 beach yoga class and 1 Yin yoga class
  • Daily pranayama and morning yoga classes
  • 1 group Reiki or sound healing session with a professional therapist (min 4 pers)
  • Daily healthy breakfast buffet, 4 home-cooked vegetarian dinners
  • 1 lunch with group in a local restaurant
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Car rental
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

You will be staying in a shared double room with a shared bathroom or a 4 pers bedroom with ensuite bathroom. For an extra fee, Prana Casa can give you the double room for private use. The peaceful property is located in an urbanization in the middle of the Costa Vicentina Natural Park, on the west coast of the Atlantic Ocean. The entrance to the Rota Vicentina trail, the old fisherman's trail that follows the coastline, is within an only 5-minute walking distance of the accommodation.

The house has a large garden boasting shady olive trees, an extended herb, a pool bar with an outdoor kitchen and a beautiful meditation garden where you can practice your meditation any time a day. A swimming pool allows guests to sunbathe and relax while talking with friends and fellow guests. On most days, yoga classes will take place on the wooden yoga deck in the garden, while bad weather sees the class head indoors.

Program

The physical benefits of practicing yoga as a surfer are, for example, improved balance, flexibility, lung capacity, and core strength, and it also decreases the risk of injury. This is why practitioners of both yoga and surfing benefit from the physical and mental enhancements of the combined exercises.

Prana Casa has developed a program in which they marry these two lifestyles. You will start your days with an energizing morning yoga practice, after which you will enjoy a healthy power breakfast, and prepare for a day of surf and fun on the beach.

You will end each day with a relaxing activity and a healthy, freshly cooked, vegetarian dinner coupled with some storytelling (one afternoon is completely off).

Sample daily schedule

Day 1:

  • 17:00 (or later) Check-in
  • 19:00 Dinner and introduction
  • 22:00 Silence

Day 2:

  • Morning yoga and pranayama
  • Breakfast
  • Fully equipped surf day
  • End of afternoon Yin yoga
  • Dinner
  • 22.00 Silence

Day 3:

  • Morning yoga and pranayama
  • Breakfast
  • Fully equipped surf day
  • Mindful walk in a natural park
  • Free time & dinner at your own cost in a local restaurant

Day 4:

  • Morning beach yoga, introduction to acro yoga & photoshoot
  • Breakfast
  • Fully equipped surf day
  • End of afternoon yoga Nidra
  • Dinner
  • 22:00 Silence

Day 5:

  • Morning yoga and pranayama
  • Breakfast
  • Free time: optional extra surf classes
  • Non-veg lunch (fish/meat) with the group in a local resto (or veggie/fish BBQ if the weather allows)
  • Group sound or reiki healing (by min 4 persons, otherwise yoga class)

Day 6:

  • Morning yoga and pranayama
  • Breakfast
  • Free time: optional extra surf class
  • End of afternoon Yin, Hatha or Nidra yoga
  • Dinner
  • 22:00 Silence

Day 7:

  • Morning yoga and pranayama
  • Breakfast
  • 10:00 Check out

Retreat location

This retreat will take place in the Southwest of Algarve, Portugal. This Nature Reserve offers a pristine coastline; beautiful landscapes, old villages and numerous beaches, such as the infamous Arrifana, Monte Clerigo, Amoreira, Amado, and Odeceixe.

Unique features

Activities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Barbeque facilities
  • Beach
  • Fireplace
  • Garden

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi

Food

Your food is prepared by your yoga instructor and is healthy yet simple so you could be inspired to take some recipes home and integrate a healthy lifestyle in a simple way to your busy lifestyle. Every day, there is a healthy breakfast buffet and 4 home-cooked vegetarian (or vegan) dinners, 1 afternoon they take you to a local restaurant where you will enjoy local fish or meat. If the weather is good, they will try to organize a fish/veggie BBQ in the garden. One night is free for you to decide where you like to go and eat (at own cost) this will be on a day where we do morning yoga, breakfast, and mindful walk, cause it allows you to enjoy the whole afternoon without having to look at the time somewhere else.

There are limited facilities to cook your own lunch, since they have set up a basic outside kitchen, but rather than cooking yourself you can pre-order a 5 EUR packed lunch deal which you can keep or bring along with you and enjoy wherever you like. Going out for lunch though is super cheap in Portugal: A drink is around 1 EUR and fresh soups are sold for around 2 euros, or you look for a prato de dia (dish of the day) in any restaurant which will cost you around 7.50 EUR.

Alkaline water, herbal tea, and fruit are available during the day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

During the day you will have also enough time for yourself to go to the beach, relax at the saltwater pool, go for a walk in the national park, book a horse ride tour, take a mountain bike ride, or treat yourself with an hour relaxing massage. If you rent a car, you can visit the beautiful area at your own leisure.

Hiking the Rota Vicentina, the "fisherman's trail"

Tracking right next to the coastline, the Rota Vicentina follows the trails used by locals to reach the beaches and hot fishing spots. It is a single track along the cliffs, with plenty of sand, which can only be explored by foot. Since your accommodation is nestled in the Costa Vicentina natural park, it is recommended you discover some parts of the famous Rota Vicentina.

Adventure Horse Riding

Set your spirit free and learn to trust the beautiful nature of the horses. Instructors will guide you through tracks along the beautiful coastline.

Biking and mountain biking

The Southwest has a wide network of mainly unmapped dirt tracks that are great fun to explore on a (mountain) bike, with trips customized for all levels of ability. Meander through colorful drifts of spring flowers and forests or see the ripening grapes and wheat fields in the autumn. Visit archaeological sites, fantastic beaches, and unspoiled villages as you pedal along some of the quietest roads in Europe. The more adventurous choose to ride a mountain-bike as in this part of Portugal. Since most roads are still unpaved, you can go on forever and just follow your nose.

What's included

  • 1-afternoon group reiki or sound healing with professional healer (min 4 persons)
  • 1 afternoon Yin yoga class
  • 1 beach yoga
  • 1 yoga Nidra class (sleeping meditation)
  • Accommodation in shared or private double room
  • Alkaline water, herbal tea, and fruit available during the day
  • Daily healthy breakfast buffet
  • Daily morning pranayama
  • Daily morning yoga classes
  • 4 home cooked vegetarian dinners
  • 1-afternoon lunch in a local nearby restaurant with the group
  • 1 introduction to mindful walk in the natural park
  • 3 fully equipped surf day

What's not included

  • Lunch (except for one)
  • Airport transfer
  • Snacks
  • 2 dinners

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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