8 Days Surf and Yoga Retreat in Lourinhã, Portugal

  • Lemon Tree Hostel, Av. António do Vale, 11, 2530 213 Praia da Areia Branca, Portugal

8 Days Surf and Yoga Retreat in Lourinhã, Portugal

  • Lemon Tree Hostel, Av. António do Vale, 11, 2530 213 Praia da Areia Branca, Portugal

Portugal Yoga Retreat

Join Ripar Surf School for this surf and yoga retreat which will provide you with lectures, walks by the beach, a Shiatsu massage, mantra vocalizations, and an amazing concert, fire show, shadow theater, and a handicraft fair. Enjoy an intensive week of sport, relaxation, health, and deep knowledge of yourself in a small village on the west coast of Portugal, with its amazing beaches and nature. Give yourself the chance to live this lifetime experience.


  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily surfing lessons
  • One shiatsu massage session
  • Surf equipment during weekends
  • Daily homemade breakfast
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Surfing insurance
  • Welcome dinner
  • 7 days with instruction
  • Portuguese, Spanish, English
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During this retreat, you will be residing at the Lemon Tree Beach House. Easily accessed from Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS), the beach house is just 65 kilometers north from Lisbon and 13 kilometers south from Peniche / Baleal. For less than an hour drive, you can easily get to major cities like Lisboa, Fatima, Nazaré, Mafra, or Ericeira.

Lemon Tree is a charming Portuguese house by the beach perfect for everyone who is looking for a nice, friendly, and homey place to spend a vacation. Whether you are looking for an adventurous surfing or a relaxing beach holiday alone, with friends or family, your Portuguese hosts Cristina and Nuno will make you feel at home at once.

Lemon Tree is located within a three minute walking distance to the beach. The house is a colorfully decorated, restored Portuguese home and offers everything you need for a great vacation including six single and shared rooms, five bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, two living rooms, plenty of outdoor areas to relax in a quiet atmosphere, and a garden with fresh fruits and vegetables available for you.

Your stay at Lemon Tree includes homemade breakfasts, free Wi-Fi, and parking, as well as various events organized by the house such as music jam sessions, movie nights, barbecues, and garden concerts in a summer.

Hatha yoga was born from Tantric philosophy, which is based on stimulation and consciousness of all the human physical parts trough body techniques, breathing, and concentration. Being a very interesting ally of all sports because of its characteristics, yoga is perfectly combined with surf due to its energetic practices, giving more concentration, balance, breathing control, and consciousness of the body. During this retreat, you will also do other techniques, such as mudra, Kriya, and mantra, so you will get the whole experience of this ancient philosophy.

Because surf is very demanding, in the beginning or at the end of each session, you will have the opportunity to stretch and relax through a Hatha yoga session which is extremely adaptable to all levels of experience. This means that you can have more energizing practices to start the day, and more relaxing and meditative ones as the evening approaches.

Surfing is an exhausting activity. If you don’t practice any regular sport, Ripar Surf School strongly recommends that you make a physical preparation before your surfing holiday. You can attend a gym, swimming pool, or some other sport activity that you enjoy. After this holiday, you’ll go home and start immediately changing your routine for a better lifestyle.


Upon your arrival, Ripar Surf School will pick you up from the airport and drive you to the Lemon Tree. It is a 50 minutes’ drive, mostly by highway and on request.

At the Lemon Tree, you will have a welcome dinner with the house host, surf instructor, and yoga instructor.

You will begin each day with breakfast, followed by a short walk to the beach where you will have your first yoga lesson of the day at 09:00. Depending on the weather condition and groups preferences, the lesson can be at the beach or at the surf school deck. The session last for about one hour and 30 minutes one hour 30 minutes.

After a short break, you will start the surf lesson that takes about two hours. Depending on weather and ocean conditions, the surf class can be at Ripar Surf School’s beach or at the best spot around suitable for surfers’ experience. It should take no more than a 10 minutes’ drive to reach the surf spot.

Between the surf lessons, you are welcome to have lunch at one of the local bars or restaurants at the beach.

You will be transferred back to the surf school complex at 16:00 or 17:00, where you will have your second yoga lesson of the day. It will also take about one hour 30 minutes.

Yoga classes can be done indoor in the case of bad weather conditions. However, it is guaranteed that the sun will shine during your stay and you will have yoga lessons in one of the most beautiful places you have ever been to.

  • Xico

    Xico is one of the best local surfers while also being an incredible father of three small children. He is patient and careful with all his surfing students. He lives under the influence of permaculture and believes that relationships can be found in nature and can be applied to all aspects of human habitation.

  • Miguel Contreras

    An openhearted human, that smiles through life. He is graduated in Medicine, since 2012, from de University of Salamanca and has been working as a General Practice trainee doctor in Nazaré until this year, when he realized he needed to explore new ways to approach health and life. He is a certified Yoga Sámkhya Instructor from the Portuguese Confederation of Yoga and a surfer with more than 10 years of experience which allows him to merge this two fulfilling activities into a practice than can enhance your surfing and promote your connection to yourself, in nature.

  • Pipas

    Pipas is a local surfer and has been a surf instructor since 2005. Teaching most of the times at the "improvers" surfing lessons, he will help you enjoying the ride of your life.

Located on the Silver Coast, 65 kilometers away from Lisbon, Praia Areia Branca is a lovely beach village that is still protected from massive tourism. Offering the best Portuguese surf spots, Praia da Areia Branca is the perfect place for surfers, nature lovers, families, friends, and couples. It has something magical that is difficult to describe in words. You can easily fall in love with this small paradise.

With beautiful beaches all along the coast, you can say that the beaches nearby have a mystic aura, filled with a great amount of biodiversity and geodiversity; all of them have hidden treasures to be found.

Nearby places

  • Ericeira - 1 hour
  • Fatima - 1 hour
  • Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) - 50 minutes’ drive
  • Lisbon, 65 kilometers
  • Mafra - 1 hour
  • Nazaré - 1 hour
  • Peniche / Baleal, 13 kilometers
  • Cycling
  • Massage
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Table tennis
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Concierge desk
  • Kitchen
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry

During this retreat, you will be provided with daily homemade breakfasts. On your arrival day, there will be a welcome dinner served. The food served during the retreat is a mix of the retreat participants’ food preferences and traditional Portuguese dishes.


Meals other than the welcome dinner and daily breakfasts are not included in the price.

  • Go cycling
  • Go surfing
  • Relax at the beach
  • Visit the 17th century fort
  • Walk around the surrounding areas

During your stay, you will enjoy one session of shiatsu massage. The treatment is included in the price.

Shiatsu massage uses accupoints pressure which, according to traditional Chinese medicine, will allow the chi (your vital energy) to flow and prevent illness. It is a relaxing and preventive therapy, conducted on the floor, without any oils or creams. The therapist applies the pressure with the weight of his / her body, using mainly his / her palms, fingers, arms, and feet.

You will also experience stretching movements. It is really good for those who are doing intensive sport, in this case, specifically conceived for surfers (arms and shoulders are a big concern). It is a massage from the feet to the head, ending in deeply relaxation, conducted in a quiet surrounding place. It is a 45 minutes’ session that you will never forget.

  • 1 shiatsu massage
  • 1 welcome dinner with the team
  • 5 days surf lessons (two sessions per day)
  • 6 yoga lessons (two sessions per day)
  • 7 nights’ accommodation at Lemon Tree Beach House
  • Daily homemade breakfast
  • Discount at the Backdoor Surf Shop
  • Free surf equipment during weekends
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Linen and towels
  • Airport transfer from or to Lisbon Airport (LIS)
  • Wetsuit, board, and insurance for surfing lessons
  • Meals other than welcome dinner and daily breakfasts

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). Ripar Surf School will pick you up at the airport and drive you to the resort. The pick-up is included in the price.

Arrival by bus

From Lisbon Portela Airport, just get the metro to Sete Rios Station and take a bus to Praia Areia Branca. It should cost no more than 12 EUR.

Arrival by taxi

You can take a taxi from the Lisbon Portela Airport directly to Praia da Areia Branca. It costs approximately around 70 EUR.


39º 15’33.60’’N / 9º 19’49.47’’O

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 20 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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    Review by Anonymous

    Careful: this is all about surf and not yoga

    CONS Cons: I use bookyogaretreats because I am looking for (1) yoga (2) retreats. Ripar is a surf school that simply puts you in a different place to stay and also offers yoga. This is not a retreat.

    PROS Pros: Fernando was very professional

    2017-Sep-16 09:05:59

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    Review by Anonymous

    2017-Sep-07 00:22:14

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    Review by Anonymous

    PROS Pros: Praia da Areia Branca is a wonderful little town with a beautiful beach and delicious seafood restuarants. Ripar Surf School is great. The instructors explain and demonstrate everything from surf technique to safety rules very well and are super helpful and encouraging. I mostly surfed with Pipas ans Diogo, but I was my impression from other students that all instructors are like this. The yoga classes were a good supplement to the surfing as it really helped stretching all sore muscles. Carla did an excellent job at adjusting the classes to our needs. The staff at the quietly situated Lemon Tree Hostel was friendly and helpful. There are good kitchen facilities for making your own food and a cozy garden. The Jam Night in the garden was nice and with the big repetoire of the guitarist there was something for everyone to sing (hum) along to. Overall, I would definetly recommend this retreat to anyone wanting to learn or get better at surfing.

    2017-Aug-28 09:46:00

  • R
    Review by Rachel Agress from United States

    2017-Aug-25 07:53:16

  • S
    Review by Signe Benn Hansen from Great Britain

    2017-Aug-22 16:16:49

  • D
    Review by David Carr from United States

    Ripar surf and yoga

    2017-Aug-19 14:31:30

  • K
    Review by Kristina Boye Lindquist from Denmark

    2017-Aug-13 02:16:00

  • H
    Review by Hedvig Bergman from Sweden

    2017-Aug-12 20:45:17

  • M
    Review by Miran Dogan from Sweden

    2017-Aug-07 09:31:40

  • H
    Review by Helen Frost from Denmark

    Perfect introduction to surfing despite tough conditions

    CONS Cons: If I had to find something negative the only thing I could think of would be the 300m walk to the beach, but that's really not a big problem

    PROS Pros: Everyone at Ripar is extremely helpful and friendly, the equipment is great and the instructors know the waters and surfing like the backs of their hands

    2017-Aug-07 07:38:26

  • B
    Review by Berenice Mertens from Sweden

    A perfect relaxing stay among friendly and positive people

    PROS Pros: I had a wonderful time in Areia Branca. I stayed one week for yoga and surf. 1/ The hostel was great: delicious breakfast with a wide variety of choice (I am gluten intolerant and Cristina, the owner, knidly bought gluten free products for me. We also had a freshly baked cake every day! =)). Friendly staff. Very clean, the hostel is entirely cleaned every single day. Quiet and peaceful, with a beautiful garden,...I felt at home. 2/The Ripar surf school was very good. The instructors were nice, easy going and professional at the same time. They are passionate about what they are doing. They helped us a lot, sometimes individually, trying their best to make us progress, no matter what level we were at. 3/ I am more a yogi than a surfer and Carla's classes were amazing. I learnt a lot with her. She has the ability to teach yoga poses, meditation, mantras, yoga philosophy,... We had yoga at different places, in front of the ocean...just like paradise. 4/ The location: Areia Branca is easily reachable from Lisbon. It is a small town, a bit touristic, but not too much. Just perfect to have some activities for tourists, restaurants, clubs, shops,...there are also nice places to visit around. A relaxing spot for holidays.

    2017-Aug-03 14:58:44

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    Review by Siska Rappé from United States

    Very recommandable

    CONS Cons: Yoga classes were scheduled on the hottest hours of the day, a real pity!

    PROS Pros: Super host João took us out to the best restaurants in the surroundings. We really enjoyed our stay in Native surf house!!

    2017-Jul-21 07:06:46

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    Review by Joke Le Comte from Belgium

    2017-Jul-17 16:13:47

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    Review by Tom Knox from Denmark

    Surfing is brutal

    CONS Cons: Just minor things not worth mentioning. Nothing is perfect.

    PROS Pros: If you're a beginner surfer combining it with yoga is perhaps not optimal. Until you've mastered popping up the body takes a lot of physical punishment. Yoga is complicated if your body is extremely sore and bruised. But otherwise great. The yoga teacher is great. Very attentive and adapts the classes as needed. I stayed at the Native hostel. The owner JP is a bit of a character. But his heart is in the right place. It seemed to attract the most fun surfing young people. I had a great time there. If you're on a budget it's perfect. The beach bar Solmar has the best sea food IMHO. Go there for the sunset

    2017-Jul-16 22:11:54

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    Review by Karin Fleming from Belgium

    Great time!

    CONS Cons: Sometimes the schedule was tight, and timings of activities weren't always communicated quickly or far in advance, which made it difficult to plan things. But this is partially unavoidable, since the surf classes were based on the tide and conditions and this changes from day to day.

    PROS Pros: While the focus of my stay was more on surfing and less about the yoga, I really enjoyed myself. The instructors were all very knowledgeable, friendly and open to questions. Overall a great experience.

    2017-Jul-16 11:13:39

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    Review by Anonymous

    2017-Jul-10 19:31:04

  • J
    Review by Jack Witts from Great Britain

    Perfect Trip

    PROS Pros: The accommodation and surf school was amazing, I can not find a bad thing to say.

    2017-Jul-04 10:44:03

  • V
    Review by Vanessa Graf from United States

    Great Experience

    CONS Cons: Nothing

    PROS Pros: Community feel

    2017-Jul-04 07:15:42

  • A
    Review by Angela Laube from Switzerland

    2017-Jun-29 18:19:54

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    Review by Anonymous

    Was absolutely perfect!;)

    CONS Cons: Doors were too laud;)

    PROS Pros: Was waaay better than i expected. People were super nice and friendly. Instructors were very good. Cake baked everyday:) movie nights, hospitality. Oh my goodness i absolutely love it:) the people And energy of this place. And i really like that they have an offer just for 3 Nights. For sure i will come back there this year:) thanks for all people working there (e.g. Christina) for making this place wonderful;)

    2017-Jun-29 05:07:31

  • T
    Review by Torge Froehlich from Netherlands

    2017-Jun-28 09:20:50

  • L
    Review by Lisa Jody Manser from Turks and Caicos Islands


    CONS Cons: Nothing,,, as much as I wasn't aware that the hostel was separate from the surf school - not that it mattered as they work hand-in-hand,,,,

    PROS Pros: Lemon Tree Hostel was fantastic,,, great energy, clean and so friendly,, Ripar - just fabulous!! The instructors - amazing, surf spot was great,, everything was excellent!! I couldn't have asked for a better long weekend,,

    2017-Jun-27 18:16:39

  • M
    Review by Muriel De Hondt from Belgium

    2017-Jun-21 21:52:27

  • Review by Dima
    10 out of 10

    "I have only one word to describe my experience with Ripar School it was awesome! Accommodation and surf courses were awesome! Surf instructor team awesome! Hosts awesome! Weather awesome! Food awesome! The whole place of Praia Da Areia Branca is awesome! Strongly recommend to all people going for active vacation!"

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  • Review by Greig Thomson
    10 out of 10

    "My children and I had an absolutely fantastic time! Great staff and instructors meant there were always friendly, helpful people around and they were always there to give you feedback and tips during the session. Additionally, they were always there to make sure everything was both fun and safe. Outstanding!"

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  • Review by Jonas O.
    10 out of 10

    "Ripar Surf School is simply amazing! Well organized, welcoming, friendly, helpful, and just a great atmosphere. We learned a lot and had fun doing it. All the best recommendations from us!"

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  • Review by Sabine Becht from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "Probably the best surf school with a passionate and professional team. I am so lucky to get recommended to this surf school. It was definitely the best idea! Were a small group with three great teachers and had lots of fun and found our new passion. I can't wait to get back into the water to catch the next waves. It was definitely not the last time with Ripar!! Thank you very much guys!"

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  • Review by Christine M. from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "In my opinion, Ripar is the best surf school for both beginners and advanced surfers for several reasons. The course is very intensive; you will be in the water four hours a day for at least five days per week. Price is around 200 Euros, so 10 Euros per hour for teaching and rental. The teachers are very patient with beginners. They explain everything very thoroughly and pay special attention to you once you hit the water the first time by being with you in the water and pushing you when needed. At the end of the week, it should be possible to have surfed a few green waves already. When I came there for the first time I had already surfed a few times but I don't really count those times as the other surf schools taught me wrong and I spent three days to unlearn my take-off with a knee. The classes are also good for advanced surfers. The teachers are locals and know the spots very well. I had some very good guiding sessions where we went out in a small group, surfed, relaxed and got very good hints and tips in between from the teachers. The teachers themselves complement each other very well. Xico is the best teacher I know - he has been surfing his whole life and it is a joy to watch him surf. He can spot very well where you can improve. His younger brother Pipas can give very good pointers on how to watch the waves and be in the right spot and so on. Both can relate very well what to watch out for when coming to a new place as a surfer and also what it means to experience the spirit of surfing. Raffa knows everything about the ocean and will share with you an abundance of knowledge. The other teachers I have not met yet. Also, I feel completely safe when I am in the water with them. I know that if something happens and I drown they will fish me out quickly as they are so fast and always have an eye on everyone. The spot Areia Branca has perfect waves, both left and rights. Numerous times I came out of the water completely stoked only to quickly paddle back in. It is so much fun. Everyone has a great sense of humor, both the teachers and the other guests who are very cool and international. I remember so many days where we cheered for each other to catch the waves and laughed until my belly hurt. The groups are not so big: When you see the other surf camps in Peniche, you see 20 to 30 people in one group and wonder how everyone can get the attention they need. To be fair, I have never been with Ripar during the main season (the largest group was around 15 people I think). This time it was the first time that I saw them teaching a larger group and it really doesn't matter how big the group is, I was astonished to see Xico paddle quickly from the far left to the far right, pushing someone into the green waves on the way and giving advice to many others and all during one set! I have been to many other surf schools in and on Fuerteventura, Dominican Republic, France, the Philippines, Peru, Sri Lanka, India, USA and Indonesia, but nowhere I have found such dedicated teachers and such an amazing atmosphere. Needless to say, I can really recommend surfing with Ripar! :)."

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  • Review by Ola Marysia from Russia
    10 out of 10

    "I've chosen the Ripar School after very long hours searching where to surf in Portugal. This school stands out among all others cause, the teachers are not only true masters of surfing but also great instructors. They are the ones who inspire us, tell us our mistakes and how to improve them, motivate us to try again and again till the time when we can stand on the board and finally surf. Surfing is a really tough sport. Thanks to our teachers we had fun! The group is also small. For five students we had two teachers. Personal approach to everyone. You will get more hours of surfing for the same price than other schools. The School has a great location. Two minutes walk to the beach where we had lessons. If the wind was not good on the beach, our teachers drove us to another beach (10 to 15 minutes by car). Everyday we had lessons without excuses. I've stayed at the hostel which is one minute walk from the school. It was very comfortable, cause after lessons I just wanted to eat and sleep. Ripar School is the BEST school ever! Five stars."

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  • Review by Olga S.
    10 out of 10

    "I have chosen the Ripar School after very long hours searching where to surf in Portugal. This school stands out among all others because the teachers are not only true masters of surfing but also great instructors. They are the ones who inspire us, tell us our mistakes, and how to improve them, motivate us to try again and again till the time when we can stand on the board and finally surf. Surfing is a really tough sport. Thanks to our teachers we had fun! The group is small. For five students we had two teachers. Personal approach to everyone. You will get more hours of surfing for the same price than other schools. The School has a great location. Two minutes walk to the beach where we had lessons. If the wind was not good on the beach, our teachers drove us to another beach (10 to 15 minutes by car). Everyday we have lessons without excuses. I have stayed at the hostel which is a 1-minute walk from the school. It was very comfortable because after lessons I just wanted to eat and sleep. Ripar School is the best school ever! 5-star!"

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  • Review by a traveller from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "My wife and I were lucky enough to spend one week learning to surf with the family run Ripar Surf school. Set in an amazing location, the week couldn't have been better, mostly down to the warm, friendly and immensely knowledgeable guys at Ripar. From their first contact arranging pick up from Lisbon airport to the actual lessons, the guys were brilliant. As complete novices, we weren't sure how we would progress, but thanks to the patience and gentle encouragement from Fernando, Pipas and Xico, we have come home to Scotland ready to ride green waves with confidence and huge smiles on our faces. An amazing experience all round, we will definitely be taking some friends along and booking in again next year. Their website says it all - they really are surfing dude super heroes! Thanks guys, we had a brilliant time! :)"

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  • Review by Samira
    9 out of 10

    "Lovely people, great atmosphere, fun, and professional teachers. Ripar Surf School exceeded my expectations massively. Keep it going and thanks!"

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  • Review by Phil Bailey
    9 out of 10

    "We had two lessons whilst on holiday, the last being today. The whole set up was fantastic, each of our boys (8 and 11) were both lucky enough to have an instructor with them throughout. In no time at all they were standing proud on their boards. The instructors were great, very patient, clearly explained what we needed to do, and always very friendly. We will most certainly come back and book more lessons the next time we return to Portugal. Highly recommended."

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  • Review by Theresa Rauchberger from Austria
    9 out of 10

    "Best surf teachers ever! Areia Branca feels like a second hometown for me now. I loved it!"

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Lourinhã, Portugal

Ripar Surf School is a surf school based in Praia da Areia Branca, close to Peniche and Baleal. It offers surf lessons and yoga classes with a different concept.

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