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If you are looking for a sweet escape from your busy daily routine, or if you want to feel refreshed and revitalized upon returning from your holiday, then The Algarve Surf and Yoga Retreat knows a perfect solution. At Algarve Surf & Yoga Retreat, you will get a chance to step back and retreat down with a wonderful yoga vacation. Feel the perfect moments of bliss as you spend five days practicing Yoga daily. By harnessing the energy within ourselves and nature, you will find your yoga skill improves, your outlook on life is elevated and through yoga, your sense of the here and now is heightened and our mind, body, and spirit are in perfect harmony.
The surf and yoga retreat lies nestled in a secluded natural valley amongst 16 acres of native cork trees. Still we are within striking distance of four superb local surf beaches. Our Algarve Surf & Yoga Retreat is aptly and affectionately known as 'Tipi Valley '.
Living close to nature replenishes our energy and natural beauty inspires us. You won't find a reception, office, radios, noise or disturbance. But what you will find is inner and outer peace in Tipi Valley. This environment fosters mindfulness whilst also offering a fun and rejuvenating stay.
Our yoga and surf camp reflects our philosophy of 'Simple Living'. Accommodations and facilities are simple with a rustic charm, yet tasteful and suitably comfortable. We are not a luxury retreat nor do we aspire to be one.
The Algarve surf and yoga camp aims to be as ecologically friendly as possible. Our two showers are built from local cane and bamboo and are private, clean with a tinge of the exotic. The water heats by day naturally from the sun during daylight hours.
We draw water from our well which is soft and clean and is not treated by fluorides or chemicals. Natural gravity creates the pressure. No power, no resources depleted. Our toilets operate as all modern toilets do. They are conventional in design, private and ecological but of a modern construction. They are self composting and non damaging to the environment.
Our yoga platform overlooks Accommodation and valley. It is a beautiful space and is a great place to begin and end the day. Facilities are set up to accommodate small groups only. Therefore guests are assured an intimate and a very personalized stay. Our local surf school we contract also keeps its numbers to a minimum. Rapid progression is a direct result of greater individual attention. Also we believe in low volume, low impact and ethical social contribution that is less intrusive on the environment and its culture.
Built from 12-meter long eucalyptus poles cut from our property, the 8-meter diameter Native Indian tipi tent is at the centre-stage of our camp. A wooden floating floor keep the occupant off the ground and the symmetry of the tents form makes for a natural, non-imposing monument. The sound of nature and the ocean can be heard through the natural cotton canvas liner.
The beauty in tipi living is being able to live that much closer to nature than in more conventional dwellings. The ambiance at night is simply spell-binding as the tent resembles a gigantic lantern, putting out a soft hue across the valley.
Give your body, mind and spirit a chance to relax and revitalize with yoga and nature. Gain strength, flexibility, and deep relaxation as you practice yoga daily. A sense of deeper purpose, a sense of belonging will come along with devoted yoga practice. Practice yoga in the morning and evening, enjoying clean ocean air. Breathe in the essential life force that surrounds and sustains us all. While practicing yoga, admire the exquisiteness of beautiful unspoilt beach. You will be surprised of how soothing it can be! Through yoga asana (postures), you will become more flexible in your body and more at peace in your mind.
In this five-day Yoga and surfing retreat, there will be 2 daily yoga classes as well as optional rest and rejuvenation day on Thursday to restore the body. Classes are conducted in the Tippi valley with one beach day per program.
Yoga at the Algarve Surf and Yoga Retreat roots itself in traditional Hatha. Our teachers instruct an often variation of differing styles to suit our program and the students personal ability and needs.
Classes take on a more dynamic flow (Vinyasa ) in the mornings and a more relaxing and meditative style in the evening. Fresh ocean air, regular stretching and steady postures and proper breathing combined with surfing and other outdoor activities on offer. A stay at Tipi Valley will not only be a relaxing and healthy holiday but also a completely rejuvenating experience!
Drawing on over 25 years surfing experience in countless surfing countries and world class surf breaks, it is Surf Algarve's pleasure to pass on that surfing stoke to beginners and intermediate surfers alike.
Surf Algarve contracts a local, fully licensed and insured, official Portuguese surf school to conduct all surf lessons. Our long standing partnership with the Odeceixe Surf School insures numbers are kept to a minimum An excellent range of foam long boards are used which are ideal and safe for beginners. Guests are free to sample a full range of equipment, picking and choosing boards as their surfing progresses
The Algarve Surf & Yoga Retreat is a tented, organic and eco friendly camp. Simple accommodation and a "homespun " rustic style, give our seasonal retreat its essential charm. The yoga retreat lies hidden away in an untouched valley, surrounded by native, cork oak trees and our own organic vegetable gardens. A nearby river follows the valley and spills out to our local surfing beach.
Transport between Tipi Valley and three stunning local beaches, including Amoreira Beach and river and Monte Clerigo. Amoreira Beach is a beach within Aljezur. The beach has a wide expanse of golden fine sand which is backed by deep sand dunes. At the southern end of the beach is the mouth of the river Aljezur. The sea is a popular spot for surfing and body boarding. When the tide is out a shallow lagoon is left on the beach. The lagoon is a safe popular stretch of water both for children and there parents.
Monte Clerigo beach is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The beach is near the village of Aljezur and is totally unspoilt by the ravages of tourism. The beach has good access points from the road and car park to the rear of the main beach area. There is a timber ramp and stairways down to the sand. The beach is of fine gold sand and is very clean. The southern end of the beach has unusual and extensive rock formations, amongst which visitors can observe a diverse marine life in the pools and gullies between the rocks. There is an abundance of starfish, crabs, Shrimps and Barnacles. This beach is also a popular spot for surfing.
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yoga)
Lauren splits her time between snow flakes and salt water; in the French Alps, Portugal, Devon, and the US. Lauren's dynamic and conscientious approach to her work and classes will guarantee you are experiencing varied, fun and safe classes in a magically holistic environment.
The Algarve Surf & Yoga Retreat is ideally situated to combine access to amenities, towns, tourist sites and airports, yet maintaining the peace, quiet and tranquility of a secluded retreat in Portugal. Not to forget, access to without dought, some of the most beautiful untouched beaches in Europe!
The Surf and Yoga Retreat is located in the Western Algarve of Southern Portugal. The Algarve is the southernmost region of mainland Portugal. The Algarve is a popular destination for tourism, primarily because of its beaches, Mediterranean climate, safety, cuisine and relatively low costs.
Positioned minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, our eco retreat has close access to both Amoreira Beach and river and Monte Clerigo. The picturesque and quintessentially Portuguese village of Aljezur is just 2 km away.
Faro International Airport is 1 hour 15 minutes away along a sealed motorway. The historical tourist town of Lagos is just 20 minutes by car. Lisbon is approximately 3 hrs to the north. The rugged and crowd less western Algarve offers stunning scenery, birdlife and nature walks. Aljezur also boasts quaint seafood restaurants and of course fantastic coffee and cake shops.
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You will be provided with daily wholesome meals as well as flavorsome snacks and drinks throughout the retreat. In Tippivalley Algarve Eco Surf and Yoga Retreat, organic vegetables are grown at accommodation and are as well part of its ethos. Tasty, organic food is provided (when possible and in season) and guests eat together in the Moroccan lounge or alfresco. The aim is to provide excellent wholesome food with an emphasis on sufficient portions and quality produce when available.
The Algarve Surf and Yoga Retreat is in a visually stunning location. Outdoor fun of all kinds is available and our close proximity to the ocean, mountains and rivers means that there is always something to do. Sometimes however the most precious moments are when we just stop and relax!
The beautiful natural river of Aljezur runs directly through the quaint village of Aljezur, past the Algarve Surf-Yoga Retreat before finally spilling out to Amoreira surf beach. A leisurely 40-minutes paddle through a habitat of marshlands and grassy flats will take you past birds nesting and the other local wildlife.
Whilst at present we dont have our own horses, a stable holding five horses is only a five minute drive away. The stable can arrange two-hour beach rides, gentle trots through eucalyptus forests, or fast cantering through the plains.
Kite boarding is taking off in a big way and fantastic conditions can be found just 40 minutes away in the Alvor Estuary and Mia Pria Beach Algarve. Ask us to refer you to one of the many quality schools in the area.
Laurie who works part time as a skipper for the Southwest Yacht Charter Company located in Lagos, can easily arrange a full or half day on the water off the beautiful south coast of the Algarve. Whether you want performance sailing or just to laze around on the water on a small runabout, Southwest Charters has everything from Yachts to fishing boats.
On the rare day when the surf is either flat or blown out, a great alternative activity to surfing is wakeboarding. A combination of surfing and snowboarding, wakeboarding can easily be picked up on the first lesson and power turns, carves and airs can be done by the radical.
Lagos, also located in the Southern Algarve, is a great place to dive. Whether it would a Padi course/ wreck dive or just one or 2 tank dives, the clear waters off the South Coast can offer some exhilarating sights.
At the Algarve Surf & Yoga Retreat we have 3 bikes available to hire. There are excellent tracks and scenic tours on the property and around the surrounding area.
The possibilities of hiking from the surf and yoga camp and around our property are endless! Trails that run along the cliffs on the coast, gentle walks along the river, beach strolls or more strenuous climbs of the local ridges and hills offer an incredible hiking experience in the Algarve, Portugal.
At Tippivalley Algarve Eco Surf and Yoga Retreat there are available onsite qualified wellness practitioners and masseuses that will gladly pamper you with enjoyable massage. Massages are done at camp in a private, comfortable setting. Additional costs applied.
There are many airlines servicing Portugal. Some offering exceptionally good prices when booked in advance. Public transport within the Algarve is very safe and reliable.
The nearest village to our eco camp is Aljezur (5 minutes). The nearest large town is Lagos. The closest international airports to the camp are Faro (1hr 15 minutes drive) and then Lisboa (approximately 3 hrs drive)
Faro is closer, smaller and more relaxed and has an excellent new motorway for drivers. Lisbon whilst further away has the advantage of 2 daily buses passing directly through Aljezur our local village rede-expessos.
Private Transfer (4 people) Shuttle Transfer (1 person). Faro to Aljezur c. 22.50 GBP each Faro to Lagos c. 24.00 GBP.
The cheapest option for solo travelers is the shuttle bus to Lagos then a bus or taxi transfer from Lagos to Aljezur.
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