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The sun works wonders for your mind, body and soul; studies prove it. But why flick through research papers when you can experience its remarkable power in person on a yoga retreat in Portugal. In the quaint surfing town of Peniche, yoga enthusiasts can soak up the delicious Spanish sun with daily Yin and Yang yoga. Meditate in a peaceful park and uncover total mind and body relaxation with a 45-minute Ayurveda massage. We also must mention the scrumptious seafood BBQ and Portuguese tapas and wine nights. 

Overview

Suitable for intermediate, beginner, and advanced practitioners
Sunrise Yoga by seaside
Free organic herbal tea available all day
Unlimited SUP board rental
All yoga mats & equipment provided
Afternoon relaxing Yin Yoga classes in the nature park
One 45-minute relaxing Ayurveda massage
Free time to explore Sintra National Park & Lisbon
Delicious healthy breakfast daily
Instruction in English
Organiser also speaks Finnish, German, Portuguese, and Spanish
Imagine waking up to the sound of the sea breeze moving through the trees. Meditating at sunrise right by the seaside, practicing yoga and hearing nothing but the sounds of crashing waves, sunset awareness hikes with meditation on a beautiful secluded national park beach. It’s just such a great combination in so many ways. Relaxing and feeling balanced is a big part of The Salty Pelican retreat for those who are interested. Yang Yoga is the perfect way to prepare your bodies for the day ahead. Whether it’s through strength, flexibility, or simply just breathing better. Learning how to breathe properly is really important and your bodies will feel more in tune and balanced. While afternoon Yin yoga will bring beautiful balance within your energy systems and a unique sense of calmness you will feel both physically and mentally. Enjoy the special treat and relish the beauty of the magnificent Ursa beach, as Isabella leads you on a nature hike with awareness and meditation exercises, followed by a sunset picnic on one of the most magical beaches in Portugal. Exploring Portugal's beautiful nature, relax & sleep in a laid back beach retreat, eat well to restore, revive, and feel amazing. The friendly, highly experienced team will help you develop your own yoga practice, take you to the most magical beaches, and create the perfect experience. It will be the perfect week of meditation, wellness, yoga, and good people.
Prices are based on a 4-day, 3-night stay, vary by season and are indicative only. Please enquire for details
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Program

Whether you are seeking a wellness break or a more active vacation, you will find the perfect balance at The Salty Pelican Yoga Retreat. You can pick and choose your extra activities… Additional wellness treatments and activities like Ayurveda massages, SUP Yoga, awareness hikes with meditation, mountain biking, rock climbing trips, sunset cruises or even wine tasting & tapas nights. Create memories of a lifetime and let The Salty Pelican be one of them! 

The yoga classes 
Yoga is for everyone, you don't need to have any prior experience…For sunrise we take you down by the seaside for our morning Yang Yoga followed in the late afternoon with our gentle practise of Yin Yoga which focuses on increasing your inner peace, harmony, love and joy. Practising Yang & Yin yoga will help to harmonize the nervous system, increase your sense of balance with the body & mind and strengthen your lymphatic system. 

Traditionally the Yin evening classes are more soft, slow, and restorative to integrate with the day's surfing activities and prepare the body for a great rest overnight. Let yourself emerge into a nice flow of your yoga practice. Enjoy breathing, and relax your body, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and also your mind. 

Sample daily program
  • 07:00 Wake up 
  • 07:15 Walk to the beach 
  • 07:30 Yang Yoga 
  • 09:00 Healthy breakfast buffet 
  • 10:30 Surf lessons, SUP Yoga, SUP lesson/tours all depart down to the beach 
  • 10:30 Free time to relax or explore 
  • 15:30 Relaxing Ayurveda massage 
  • 17:00 Meditation in peaceful nature park 
  • 17:30 Yin Yoga class in the nature park 
  • 19:00 Seafood or vegetarian BBQ or other activity in our garden 

Massages 
On the first morning, a schedule is open to make your massage reservations. 

SUP Yoga, Meditation Awareness Hike, and relaxation: 
Every Thursday afternoon around 18:00 depending on the time of year, there will be an awareness hike down to the beautiful remote beach of Praia da Ursa. Here we will do meditation right on the sand with a beautiful sunset with small snacks and wine to finish. Every Monday & Wednesday morning we have our SUP ( stand up paddleboard ) Yoga classes right on the water. Attendance to both of these activities is highly recommended. 

You also have plenty of time to relax during the day, swim, have a massage, explore Sintra National Park, walk around the Cascais beaches or even discover the narrow streets and hidden restaurants of Lisbon city in a day. Lisbon is just a short 30-minute train ride away ( 2,50 EUR ) and the magical Sintra is just 20 minutes away. It really is the perfect spot here at The Salty Pelican. 

Nightly activities: 
Every night we try and get all our guests together to socialize over a good meal and some nice Portuguese wine. From traditional steamed clams, and seafood BBQs with delicious stuffed sea bass to our famous sunset BBQ & wine cruises out on the amazing Cascais bay… you are going to love every moment here at The Salty pelican.

Optional activities
The Salty Pelican retreat sits snuggled between the sun-dappled shores of the Cascais bay and Sintra's dramatic mountain range. To relax, you can always grab a beer from the bar, grill up some grub at the hostel barbecue area, or lay back and chill out in one of the hammocks in the beautiful garden with some mighty good tunes.

Beaches
Cascais is renowned for its glorious stretch of white sandy beaches which are simply stunning, beautiful palaces, cosmopolitan vibrancy and as Lisbon's most sophisticated beach destination. You can take a stroll on the seaside promenade and discover many beachfront cafes where you can absorb the clean swathes of golden sand with the wide stretch of the Atlantic sweeping around the bay to Cascais.

Cascais
Exploring Cascais is a voyage of discovery. On the one hand, there is the original historic area that has a distinct nautical air about it - with its cobbled winding streets leading down to the cosy harbour where the day's fresh catch is still sold by local fishermen in the nearby square.

Guincho beach
Marvel at the unspoilt sand dunes and untamed waves at Guincho beach - part of the beautiful Sintra Cascais National park - with its high waves that attract surfers and kitesurfers from all over the world as having some of the best waves in Europe.

Municipal museum
The museum is so close to the sea that waves often reach the steps at high tide. Have a light lunch at the restaurant or cafe in the charming Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum while checking out its Atlantic views.

Hidden beach of Praia da Ursa
This is an incredible "secret" beach which you can take a beautiful hike down to catch an amazing sunset in Sintra National Park.

Moorish Castle
Right at Sintras highest point, the Moorish Castle offers outstanding views across the mountains and down to the Atlantic.

Nightlife
Cascais is also a magnet for night owls, providing an eclectic range of evening entertainment that offers everything from pubs, cafes, restaurants, and glitzy cocktail lounges, to cosy, percentage craft beer bars, and to late-night clubbing.

Pena Palace and Park
Many say was the inspiration for Cinderella’s castle in Disney’s magic kingdom.

Quinta da Regaleira Palace
Imagine a place with secret passages, stepping stones, hidden caves and grottos, a library that looks like you're floating in the air, a beautiful chapel and residence - all while being located in one of the most beautiful parks. That would be Quinta da Regaleira, an architectural marvel built at the direction of Portugal's first millionaire and to his exacting specifications. It's really one of the most magical and enchanting places you can visit whilst you're in Cascais. The bus right near The Salty Pelican takes you there in just a 25-minute bus ride.

Visiting Lisbon and Belem
Lisbon city centre is just an easy 25 minute ( 2.50 EUR ) train ride away from The Salty Pelican. It's a great day trip to add to your week here and you can hop off the train at Belem halfway and try one of Portugal's most famous pastel de Belem, a traditional Portuguese custard tart, a treat not to be missed. Belem is also full of sights and scenery to check out before heading into Lisbon. It's a great little pit stop.

Sintra
The whole coastline offers a seemingly endless amount of dramatic and ever-changing scenery, culminating in the extraordinary town of Sintra, the end-of-summer getaway for royals over 100 years ago, and now an official World Heritage Site.

Biking and mountain biking
Cascais has an amazing coastline and it's an easy fun way to explore by bike, with self-guided trips or organized trips for all levels of ability. You can ride through the amazing scenery of Sintra National Park with its spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean and dense forests. Visit archaeological sites, fantastic beaches, and unspoiled villages as you pedal along some of the nicest routes in Europe. The more adventurous choose to ride a mountain bike downhill from the top of Sintra National Park all the way down to The Atlantic and finish with a wine and sunset right on the beach.

Swimming
Nearby the retreat you have an abundant amount of beautiful beaches, saltwater swimming pools and hidden coves all within very short walking distances. 

Other activities:
  • Enjoy an Ayurveda or Thai massage at The Salty Pelican
  • Enjoy peaceful walks or bike rides along the beautiful seaside promenade
  • Explore the Cascais region: Boca do Inferno, Guincho, Cabo da Roca, Sintra or Lisbon
  • Chill out, relax in our quiet garden with a book and some sunshine
  • Try your hand at some of the amazing daily activities from awareness hiking, SUP, rock climbing, SUP yoga, wine tasting and sunset cruises
  • Take it easy and just lie on one of the many beaches all day, that are all within a very short walk away.
  • Taste great Portuguese tapas in our garden with some wine tasting

Accommodation

Beach setting
Caters for vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian diets
Shopping
Bar
Garden
Lounge
Bicycle rental
Conference room
Free Wi-Fi
Library
Patio
Table tennis
Barbeque facilities
Kitchen
Luggage room / storage
Board rental
Dry cleaning
Laundry
Tour assistance

Check-in

14:00

Check-out

11:00

The Salty Pelican Yoga & Surf Retreat in Portugal was designed and built very recently.. So you'll find everything new, comfortable, modern, secure and clean. Our retreat has a combination of deluxe spacious shared rooms, private double rooms & shared twin rooms for up to 40 persons. Most rooms have a private terrace overlooking the garden or sea views and all rooms have a private ensuite bathroom.

We offer many great design features at our retreat, including a sea view rooftop terrace with outdoor lounging & dining area to hang about and unwind all day, an indoor communal dining area, a yoga deck, rooftop all-day food & drinks menu, indoor yoga shala, cinema room, wellness menu offering massages and body treatments, tourist & tours information desk, laundry room, FREE WiFi, delicious FREE buffet breakfast daily, Unlimited premium FLOWT surfboard range rental, clean fresh linen and much more.  

Our fluent English speaking staff are always ready to answer all your questions. When you want to experience the local culture, we have all the information you will need to visit Peniche and the best surrounding area sites, including a FREE local map at check-in. While you're here you can give surfing a go, as we have a diverse collection of surfboards for guest use and qualified surf instructors if you prefer a lesson to start. 

Our daily yoga & meditation programs are running daily except on Mondays... and be sure to check our wellness centre list of treatments, body scrubs and massages on your arrival. We have established a diverse range of activities which includes our Seafood & Grilled Vegetarian BBQ nights, Portuguese Tapas & Wine nights, Obidos guided tour with meditation and a wine lovers vineyard tour and tastings. We guarantee you’ll have a great day every day and really appreciate this experience in Peniche...

Important note: Check-ins arriving after 10 pm are only accepted with prior notice by email or phone call. Reception closes at 10 pm without prior notice.

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Shared room | Shared bathroom | $289
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Food

The retreat includes daily buffet-style breakfast with freshly baked bread, jams, cheeses, hams, freshly cut fruits, vegetable slices, delicious organic teas, coffee, fruit-infused water, natural yoghurt, and freshly baked pastries, and homemade hummus, chia seed puddings and much more. You can also enjoy our twice weekly seafood BBQ and our delicious Portuguese tapas & wine nights. You will also find an all-day menu serving delicious & healthy Portuguese infusion food along with white & red wines, ciders, sangrias, local craft beers, cocktails, including some quick rooftop snacks.

 If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate them to the organiser when making a reservation 

Location

You’ve probably heard all about Lisbon as a digital yogi destination, but what about Europe's westernmost city, Peniche which has also been dubbed Portugal’s surf capital? Just 50 minutes northwest of Lisbon International Airport is Peniche, a charming fishing town and surfing paradise ideal for surfers of every ability. It’s such the perfect spot to seamlessly blend your yoga practice with a fully immersive experience that connects you with the elements of nature through yoga, surf, hiking and adventure…!

This picturesque and laid-back surfer town of unspoilt sand dunes, sandy beach breaks and beachfront restaurants, will steal your heart and maybe that’s the magic of this place…. Just in front of our property, you can directly access the beach in a few steps to catch some sun, swim in the protected bay or paddle onto some nice beginner waves.... If you are dreaming about white sandy beaches and clear blue waters in peaceful surroundings – this might be it! Located just opposite The Salty Pelican, you will find a few cosy restaurants snuggled between the sand and the sea, creating a more upbeat ambience that is famed for their tasty food & gorgeous sea views. Aside from the beautiful beach and delicious food, with the whole coastline offering a seemingly endless amount of surf-able waves and ever-changing scenery, it’s also the perfect beach to learn how to surf. Finish your days on our rooftop terrace with new friends, feel the warm ocean breeze with a sangria in hand and await that magical sunset! 

Exploring Peniche is a voyage of discovery… On the one hand, there is the endless amounts of sandy beaches with a great variety of waves,… Then there’s the joy of discovering the back streets of the town centre where you’ll find hidden whitewashed houses, vegan cafes, lively bars, grilled sardines, specialist coffee shops, cool bars, fusion restaurants, and surfers from all over the world and lively surf shops.

Our proximity to Lisbon, Portugal’s enchanting capital city, is just an easy day trip away..... Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city. Spend a day or half-day exploring the city, rooftop cafes with wonderful views and end the day in the abundant amount of cosy cool bars, clubs and restaurants that litter the city.

​​In the Unesco heritage medieval town of Obidos, just a short 20 minute trip from The Salty Pelican, there’s no excuse not to see one of the loveliest towns in Portugal. A town and castle perched on a hill, that has kept its beautiful historic centre with traditional shops, walk along the city wall with magnificent views and local ginja tastings.… Peniche is a perfect destination for your next yoga and surf holiday.

Nearby Towns

Obidos
14 km
Nearest airports
LIS Lisbon Portela Airport
Transfer available for additional € 45 per person
25 km
Nearest train stations
Dagorda-Peniche Station
14km
Sao Mamede
14km
Obidos Station
16km

Instructors

Ida
Ida
Ida, the in-house yogi goddess from Finland, will help develop muscular strength, stamina, flexibility, balance, and breathing. Ida will bring balance to your body and mind during your morning practice by the sea, so that you build your bodies to be light and strong for the day. She teaches both Ying and Yang yoga along with meditation sessions. 
Gabby
Gabby
Born in England and went to high school in Portugal, at heart, Gabby is a true South African and the beach has always been a great part of her life. She will make sure you are not only progressing with surfing, but that you have a smile on your face the whole time. 
Monika
Monika
Monika is one of the co-founders of The Salty Pelican and she is also the hostel "mum". She is always happy no matter how bad the day may seem. Monika will always find a way to make you smile and cheer you up. Not only that, she is also a qualified masseuse with over 10 years experience and available everyday to help you relax with a beautiful Ayurveda massage. 
Anna
Anna
Anna is from the UK, and she will take care of some the yoga classes and SUP yoga classes out on the water. She teaches both Hatha and Yin yoga styles. 

What's included?

  • 1 relaxing 45-minute Ayurveda massage
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • UNLIMITED yoga classes
  • UNLIMITED premium surfboard/SUP rental
  • Daily meditation
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • Free WiFi
  • Free time to enjoy the best beaches and surf spots
  • Free organic herbal teas available all day
  • All yoga & surf equipment provided
  • Lemongrass & bergamot shower shampoo dispensers

What's not included?

  • Airport transfers
  • Barbecues
  • Evening meals
  • Sunset boat cruises
  • Surf lessons
  • SUP lessons
  • Guided meditation hike

Cancellation policy

Cancellation

Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a 86% refund

Changes

You may not change your dates after booking

Covid

No refund if you test positive for Covid
Full refund if you cannot travel due to Covid restrictions
Full refund if the retreat does not take place due to Covid restrictions
Prices are based on a 4-day, 3-night stay, vary by season and are indicative only. Please enquire for details
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