4-Day Yoga, Meditation and Wellness Retreat in Portugal

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If you're craving a relaxing recharge, Portugal’s sun-soaked shores should do the trick. Escape the daily grind and feed your soul on this 4-day yoga and meditation retreat in the charming fishing town of Cascais. Surrounded by breathtaking beaches, yoga enthusiasts can enjoy Yin and Hatha yoga sessions next to the sapphire sea. Unlimited surfboard rental and free time allow yogis to plunge into the region’s many natural wonders, which includes the Sintra National Park. A complimentary 45-minute Ayurveda massage is the icing on the cake!
Suitable for beginner, advanced, and intermediate practitioners
Morning Yoga by the seaside
Daily meditation
Unlimited premium surfboard rental
All yoga mats & surfing equipment provided
Afternoon relaxing Yin Yoga
One 45-minute relaxing Ayurveda massage
Free time to explore Sintra National Park
Delicious healthy breakfast buffet daily
Imagine waking up to the sound of the sea breeze moving through the trees. Meditating in the morning with a sea view, practising yoga and hearing nothing but the sounds of the sea, 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. Hatha Flow yoga is the perfect way to prepare your body 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 body 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 coastline cliffs, as we lead 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 learning how to practice yoga, surf, sun... good people... good times and good vibes!

Accommodation

Beach setting
Caters for vegan and vegetarian diets
Shopping
Bar
Garden
Lounge
Bicycle rental
Conference room
Free Wi-Fi
Library
Patio
Table tennis
Barbeque facilities
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Luggage room / storage
Board rental
Dry cleaning
Laundry
Tour assistance
The Salty Pelican yoga & surf retreat sits snuggled between the sun-dappled shores of the Cascais Bay and the Sintra's dramatic mountain range. Cascais is renowned for its glorious stretch of white sandy beaches which are simply stunning, beautiful palaces, cosmopolitan vibrancy, and Lisbon’s most sophisticated beach destination. With over 300 days of sun per year, you will spend most of your time outdoors, even during winter. 

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. Truly one of the most unusual and magical places to experience in Europe, the centrepieces are undoubtedly the Pena palace and park, which many say was the inspiration for Cinderella’s castle in Disney’s “Magic Kingdom”, the mystical and symbolic Quinta da Regaleira palace with its tunnels, magical grottos, fountains, and gothic architecture, and right at Sintra’s highest point, the Moorish castle offering outstanding views across the mountains and down to the Atlantic. 

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

Don’t miss the Seixas palace, a magnificent 19th-century palace overlooking the sea, or the municipal museum so close to the sea that waves often reach the steps at high tide. Have a light lunch at the restaurant and café in the charming Santa Marta lighthouse museum and check out the Atlantic views. 

The venue
The retreat just went through a complete renovation from top to bottom, so you'll find everything new, comfortable, modern, secure, and clean with comfy new beds, personal lockers, a fully equipped guest’s kitchen, laundry facilities, luggage storage, a herb garden, and new super clean bathrooms. 

The Salty Pelican has been converted into a stunning traveller's meeting point, featuring a cosy lounge, an awesome chill-out barbecue terrace, and peaceful gardens. So whether you’re up early to go check out the beach or stretch out those achy muscles with our sunrise beach yoga, joining our learn to surf classes, or you’re just after a few lazy craft beers on the terrace before hitting the town, all your needs will be taken care of. 

The accommodation includes a comfy bed in a spacious room with shared bathrooms and a delicious breakfast. Besides the awesome time, you will learn stand up paddleboarding, the retreat offers all the comforts of a home. 

The retreat has a beautiful garden to relax about all day in, with comfy XL bean bags, hammocks and a large nation with free BBQ facilities. If The Salty Pelican's all-day menu of delicious healthy smoothies doesn’t tempt you, they also have a big kitchen for you to cook up a storm in. To explore Cascais, you can rent either a bicycle or longboard skateboard from the reception. The retreat also offers female-only accommodation in a four-bed dormitory where available. 

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.

Food
The retreat includes daily buffet-style breakfast with freshly baked bread, jams, cheeses, hams, freshly cut fruits, vegetable slices, delicious teas, coffee, fruit-infused water, natural yoghurt and freshly baked pastries. You can also enjoy our twice weekly seafood BBQ and our delicious Portuguese tapas & wine nights. You will also find a menu serving delicious healthy detox smoothies, white & red wines, ciders, sangria, local craft beers and some healthy snacks at an additional cost. 

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:
  • Gluten Free
  • Seafood
 If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate them to the organiser when making a reservation 
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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, , awareness hikes with meditation, rock climbing trips, group dinner nights and winery tours & tastings can be booked after your arrival. 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. We start in the morning with our Hatha Flow yoga with sea views, followed in the late afternoon with our gentle practise of Yin Yoga which focuses on increasing your inner peace, harmony, love and joy. Practising Hatha Flow & 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 
  • 07:30 Hatha flow yoga & meditation
  • 09:00 Healthy breakfast buffet 
  • 10:30 Surf van departs 
  • 11:00 Surf lesson 
  • 12:30 Lunch at the beach 
  • 13:00 Free time 
  • 17:30 Yin Yoga & meditation
  • 19:00 Seafood or vegetarian BBQ or other activity 

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

Meditation awareness hike and relaxation 
Every Monday & Thursday afternoon around 15:00 depending on the time of year, there will be an awareness hike along some beautiful remote cliff tops that surround Ericeira. After we will practice meditation right on the sand with a beautiful sunset, small snacks, and wine to finish. This activity is highly recommended. 

Surf lessons are only on 5 days of your 8-day package, giving you plenty of time to relax during the day, swim, have a massage, explore Sintra National Park which is just 25 minutes away, walk around the Ericeira beaches or even discover the narrow streets and hidden restaurants of Ericeira old town. Lisbon city is also just 35 minutes away. It really is the perfect spot here at The Salty Pelican. 

Nightly activities
Every evening we try and get all our guests together on our amazing sunset sea view terrace to socialize over a good meal and some nice Portuguese wine, while we enjoy the sun dipping below the horizon. From seafood/vegetarian BBQs with delicious stuffed sea bass to our famous sunset tapas and wine nights and our all-day menu of delicious drinks and food, 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 Ericeira and Sintra's dramatic mountain range. To relax, you can always grab a refreshing drink from the bar, or lay back and chill out in one of the poolside sun loungers or beanbags on our beautiful sea view deck, catch some sun while you read a book with some mighty good views.

Beaches
Ericeira is renowned for its glorious stretch of white sandy coves which are simply stunning and for its amazing surf. 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 past Ericeira.

Ericeira
Exploring Ericeira 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.

Ribeira d'Ilhas beach
Marvel at the unspoilt sand dunes and untamed waves at Ribeira d'Ilhas beach - with its perfect waves that attract surfers from all over the world for having some of the best waves in Europe.

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
Ericeira is also a magnet for night owls, providing an eclectic range of evening entertainment that offers everything from pubs, cafes, restaurants, glitzy cocktail lounges, to cosy craft beer bars and to late-night clubbing. We are located just a few minutes' walk from all of the above. 

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 Ericeira. The bus right near The Salty Pelican takes you there in just a 45-minute bus ride.

Visiting Lisbon and Belem
Lisbon city centre is just an easy 35 minute Uber ride away or a 75-minute bus from The Salty Pelican. It's a great day trip to add to your week here and you can visit Belem also and try one of Portugal's most famous pastel de Belem, a traditional Portuguese custard tart, a treat not to be missed. 

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.

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
  • Chill out, relax on our sea-view terrace deck with a book and some sunshine
  • Try your hand at some of the amazing daily activities from awareness hiking, rock climbing and wine tasting tours.
  • 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 on our sea view terrace with some wine. 

Instructors

Alex
Alex
Alex is a qualified surf coach with the Portuguese Surf Federation. He is also a qualified swimming coach. With Alex, you are in safe hands. He is very understanding and patient and will make sure you have a smile on your face, in and out of the water.
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. 
Wellington
Wellington
Pro surfer and amazing surfer, Wellington is great for advanced classes and also great with beginners. A must to watch when he is free surfing. Great to have him and his skills and knowledge at The Salty Pelican.
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. 
Tina
Tina
Tina is from Germany and she organizes all the SUP activities. She will help you learn to paddle, take you on sunset paddle tours or relax with some SUP-Yoga sessions. The good vibe extends from The Salty Pelican to the beach, its one team with a shared vision on what we offer to our guests to make sure that their overall experience is unique.

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, vary by season and are indicative only. Different lengths of stay are also available. Please enquire for more details
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