8-Day Intensive Surf and Yoga Retreat in Ericeira, Portugal
If 8 days of froth-lipped waves and flowing yoga on the beach sounds like bliss, then Portugal is the place for you. This retreat is located in the surfing town of Ericeira, which is renowned for dishing out spectacular swell year-round. Newbies will find their footing with comprehensive surf lessons taught by qualified instructors. And if you’re a regular shredder, this is the perfect opportunity to refine your skills. After a refreshing session in the water, guests can enjoy a soothing combination of Yin and Vinyasa flow yoga. During your stay, you’ll also indulge in a range of fresh, locally-sourced dishes.
In Omassim's vision, yoga and surfing are two wonderful full-body practices which guide you to inner peace, to a connection with your natural state and the elements, and to deep love. They believe that engaging in both can have a dynamic effect on each. Spend an amazing week of surf and yoga in Omassim Guesthouse. This mix of activity and relaxation and the healthy, home-made vegetarian food will allow you to gather inner balance and new strength. You take with yourself amazing memories and a solid foundation for further practice of surf and yoga.
The retreat will take place in Ericeira, Portugal. Ericeira is a mecca for surfers. This area is considered one of the best surf spots in Portugal. There is a wide range of beach, point, and reef breaks in the immediate area suited for all levels of surfing.
Omassim Guest House (two houses) is an oasis of bright, homely accommodation, located in a quiet and lovely residential area in the small village of Palhais, Ericeira with an open view over the surrounding green hills.
Omassim Guesthouse can accommodate 20 guests with two-bed, three-bed, and five-bedrooms including one bunk bed. All bathrooms are shared. The dining and living room are the perfect meeting point to take breakfast, read a book, or on cold days enjoy the warmth of the fireplace. You will relax and enjoy the peaceful nature, soak up the sun next to the swimming pool (not heated) in its lovely garden, or feast on the delicious vegetarian menu.
Ericeira charming Fishertown is about four kilometres south walking distance away, the next beach (Ribeira dIlhas) is reachable in about 20 minutes walk in the beautiful nature reserve with stunning, breathtaking views. Single occupancy is available for a supplementary charge.
Omassim believes that cooking and eating are an art. That is why at Omassim, only good quality, seasonal, locally sourced fruits and vegetables are used. Seven breakfasts, 6 light lunches as lunch boxes, and 6 dinners are included in the price. Filtered water, hot water, a selection of tea, coffee (extra charge during the day, included in the breakfast), selection of seasonal fruits are also included.
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate them to the organiser when making a reservation
Prices are based on an 8-day, 7-night stay, vary by season and are indicative only. Please enquire for details
This retreat is to take your wave-riding to a new level through intensive surf lessons (approximately 20 hours per week) in combination with daily yoga classes. Take part in the professional surf courses with our partners from Ericeira and enjoy the healing and invigorating energy of practising yoga by the ocean.
Our partner provides surf classes for different levels in separate groups. The surf courses are specifically designed for your level of surfing, combining theory and practice in the most effective way. As a complete beginner, you will learn how to surf with them from the start. Well-experienced surfers will get the chance to perfect their surfing techniques. Riding a wave requires focus, a clear mind, and a strong, lean body. That is why they give you the opportunity to join additional yoga classes. If you can find your focus and clear your mind through yoga, you will progress more in your surfing skills.
Combination of yoga and surfing
The benefits that yoga can have on surfing are far-reaching, whether it is through strength, balance, flexibility or breathing techniques. On a physical level, yoga provides important pre-board stretches and allows the body to recover faster from the surf sessions. Joints become warmer and are opened, helping you to improve your flexibility, stability, and energy. Learning how to breathe and clear your mind will help you to stay calm and relaxed and to tighten your focus, catching your best wave ever.
Yogis can also get benefit from surfing. Surfing is feeling one with nature, feeling, and breathing with the ocean, connecting in deep respect to ride your wave in harmony. You may experience a new level of focus and intensity through surfing - there`s no reason to not give it a try.
The yoga classes
There will be 6 yoga classes depending on surfing times: Vinyasa Flow Morning Class (no morning yoga on Saturdays) OR evening soft flow or Yin Yoga Class (no evening yoga on dinner-out-day).
Yoga is for everyone, you do not need to be an aficionado, nor to be in top form. Each class includes the practice of pranayama (breathing exercises), asanas (seat, posture), and savasana (relaxation at the end of the class).
The morning classes will be the Vinyasa flow, a gentle practise of Hatha yoga which focuses on the synchronization of the breath (prana) with the postures (asanas). It is a dance of the asanas always in connection with breathing to calm the mind. Let the breath be your guide to liberate your mind and increase your inner peace, harmony, love, and joy. Practising yoga will help to harmonize the nervous system, increase the sense of balance of body and mind, and strengthen the lymphatic system.
Traditionally, the evening classes are more soft, slow, restorative or yin yogis to integrate the day and prepare for a great rest for the night. Let yourself emerge into the flow of your yoga practice. Enjoy breathing, and relax deeply your body, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, and also your mind. Let yourself lead your own breath through a class full of regeneration, recreation, and calm.
The surf lessons
There will be 10 surfing classes (approximately 20 hours/week). Wetsuit, board, transportation, and insurance are included.
Our partner's team consists of qualified teachers who are local surfers who perfectly know and master all the technical aspects of the sport. They know the region inside out and will be happy to share our knowledge and teach you how to read, surf, and enjoy the ocean at its best. How to surf safely and how to feel confident in different surfing conditions.
Our partners offer surf classes for different levels in separate groups. The surf courses are specifically designed for your level of surfing, combining theory and practice in the most effective way. As a complete beginner, you will learn how to surf with us from the start. Well-experienced surfers will get the chance to perfect their surfing techniques. Take your surfing to a higher level.
Omassim would like to start the Surf and Yoga Progress on Sundays. Depending on your travel plans, please send an inquiry to them about the possibility to join on another day.
Please note that surfing is entirely dependent on the weather and sea conditions. Omassim will do their best to guarantee the hours of surfing experience. When the conditions do not allow us to surf at Ericeira beaches and we need to go further north or south, we ask for a small donation (approximately 5 EUR / person) to support the extra costs of transportation.
Ericeira Surf School
Miguel Fortes and Michel Amaro are the founders of Ericeira Surf School, 2 professional surfers from Ericeira, providing surf lessons for beginners, intermediate and advanced levels. Guided by their passion and knowledge as coaches and as international judges (Michel) of surf competitions for more than 20 years, they train their certified instructors to give the most professional and efficient hands-on lessons with a “safety first approach”, and fun in the water. According to your surfing level and the conditions of the ocean, you will join different groups once on the surf spot.
Surf lessons are with small groups with a maximum of 6 people (beginners group) per certified well experienced instructor with personalized feedback and hands-on support. Beginner lessons are held in a safe area the inside where you will be able to practice all the surfing basic techniques while enjoying the first rides on a wave. Intermediate level (maximum 4 people in the group) per surf instructor, will paddle to the line up (if conditions allow), catch green waves, learn how to perform the first manoeuvres and get comfortable among the other surfers. Most of the lessons will take place in Ribeira d´Ilhas, one of the most famous regular, consistent and forgiving waves in Europe.
Surfing lessons for you with the local surf schools run by professional surfers can be arranged. Whether it's your first time or you are an experienced surfer looking for some tips, a lesson at any level can be arranged. The surfing lessons will be given by local professional Ericeira Surf School. The price including surf gear, transport, and insurance is 40 EUR for approximately two hours of surf course, 170 EUR for approximately 10 hours of surfing on five days, intensive surf course for 300 EUR for approximately 20-25 hours.
- Active meditation
- Mountain bike tours
- Stand up paddle
- Sweatlodge (depending on the season)
- Horseback riding
- Boulder Tours
- Surfing lessons
Other available options
You will also enjoy many other activities in the surrounding area. The nature reserve is ideal for walking or mountain biking. The trails take you between beaches, along the cliff tops and past famous surf spots. Also, if you just want to lie on a nearby beach or stretch your legs, breathe the fresh Atlantic air, watch the local surf and be surrounded by the stunning flora and fauna of Western Portugal, Omassim Guesthouse is the place to be.
In her yoga classes Lia tries to support the increase of physical flexibility and strength to transform it into inner strength, to gain trust, harmony, inner alignment and joy. She speaks fluent German, English, or Portuguese and can run classes in any of these three languages depending on the participants.
Eduardo is one of Omassim’s owners and he is definitely a box full of surprises. His mind is always wandering for knowledge, and so not only he replenishes our bellies with the most fulfilling dishes by being the head chef of our vegetarian/vegan kitchen, but also he is now our Kettlebell trainer in our NEW fitness package. He has more than 15 years experience, has had many Kettlebell trainings and specializations and his passion for Fitness is what thrives him to do it everyday and passing on the message to others that our body is our temple.
Founder of Ericeira Surf School. Miguel started surfing in Ericeira back in 1982, and is today one of the best surfers in Ericeira. With a perfect technique, Miguel is one of the surfers with the most beautiful style and surf line, he knows better than anyone the barrels of Coxos. Miguel is a Billabong rider, recognize Surf instructor and coach surfer by the Portuguese Surfing Federation.
Co-Founder of Ericeira Surf School, Founder of SUP Ericeira. Michel started surfing at the age of 14 in Ericeira and he was an international surf judge for 20 years in the Association of Professionals Surfers. He is a respected surfer, graduated as surf instructor and coach surfer by the FPS (Portuguese Surfing Federation).
Nicoló is from Italy, 29 years old. He’s passionate about nature, photography and most outdoor sports. Climbing and surfing are the main one on the list. After many years spent working as a manager in retail he decided to move to Portugal and fulfill his dream of becoming a surf instructor.
Judith is from Germany but has been living abroad for more than 8 years. She recently moved from Salamanca where she worked as a yoga and German teacher to join us here at Omassim. She has been travelling a lot to Portugal in the last years and feels blessed for the chance to live in such a beautiful place and do what she is most passionate about: sharing yoga, meditation & massages with other people.
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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 an 8-day, 7-night stay, vary by season and are indicative only. Please enquire for details
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