YOGA & SURF RETREAT
Breathe. Laugh. Relax.
Our surf & yoga retreats are dedicated to adults who want to make new friendships and renew their connection to nature. We invite you to Soul Farm located in the natural park by the ocean in Algarve, Portugal. Accommodation in a beautiful and fun canvas with comfortable beds makes our guests feel very comfortable here. Daily yoga classes, healthy and delicious diet and the occasional pizza and music events are only some of many reasons why you will not want to leave us. Scroll down to see the details.
SURF & YOGA RETREATS
Location: Soul Farm nearby Arrifana beach in Aljezur, Algarve, Portugal
Dates: June, September and October 2020*
* In our highest season in July, August and until the 15th of September, we offer surf & yoga packages with private accommodation only. Contact us to get the details and prices.
We have created a special flexible booking policy related to coronavirus (Covid 19), so you can book your retreat without risk of losing it, in case of being quarantined and not able to take your flight or train. The details are available in our terms & conditions.
In these challenging moments, taking the time to go inward and meditate may be the most sufficient way to bring healing to ourselves and to the planet. We wish you all lots of peace, love and wisdom. Be safe and we hope to see you very soon!
Ocean Awakening & Soul Farm Team
What is included in the retreat?
Accommodation (6 days/5 nights) in double canvas with proper beds, linen and towels (upgrade for private canvas: 680€),
3 vegetarian & healthy meals daily: breakfasts, lunch boxes for the beach picnics & warm dinners with desserts,
1,5h of yoga daily (energizing in the mornings or relaxing in the afternoons) with a qualified yoga therapist,
4-days of surf course with experienced instructors, insurance & surf gear + "free surf" in the afternoon (12h on board in total),
Music night with a homemade Italian pizza baked in the authentic clay oven,
The vegan culinary workshop,
Pick up from Aljezur bus station on the arrival day at 4 P.M., check out on the last day at 11:30 A.M.
HOW ABOUT YOGA?
Practicing yoga and meditation by the ocean or in the woods is a very unique and beautiful experience connecting you to nature. Learning how to empty the mind and balance the body will not only increase your confidence, flexibility and strength - it will also help you surf!
Depending on the surf conditions, our yoga sessions are happening in the morning (before breakfast) or in the afternoon (before dinner). Speaking of what: did you know that swimming in the salty ocean water is part of yoga practice too? It purifies the channels of energy flowing within the body which makes you concentrate much better.
Our teachers are familiar with different styles, like Asthanga, Hatha, Iangar, Jivamukti, Kundalini, Nindra, Yin with the restorative approach. Therefore, the practice is adjusted to the spirit of the group and to your individual needs (for instance: poses releasing pain in the lower back or in the arms after surf).
You may also learn different meditation and mind training techniques accompanied by the healing vibration of chants and the Tibetan singing bowl. Every lesson ends with a session of deep relaxation. All of that will help you to rejuvenate and get ready for another exciting day in Portugal.
(We recommend to check also our offer for the retreat with personal training).
WHAT KIND OF FOOD DO YOU SERVE?
Food is a very important part of the retreats with Ocean Awakening. Our veggies, fruits, honey, eggs and cheese come directly from the local farmers and organic producers.
We passionately cook healthy and nutritious vegetarian meals. And we have no problems with adjusting to different kinds of food preferences, like vegan, gluten or lactose-free. Every program includes the culinary workshop where you can learn how to make healthy, yet simple and delicious "guilty-free" meals.
You can expect 3 meals per day: sweet & savory breakfast with fresh orange juice, coffee and tea, lunch box for the beach and warm dinner with dessert. Our Italian chef is a great pizza-master, baking wonderful treats for our guests every week.
It is already our tradition to end each retreat with a picnic dinner at the beach while enjoying the sunset. That is how we celebrate the awakening force of the ocean. Bon appetite!
Here, at Soul Farm, we embrace the idea of simple living with the presence of the unspoiled nature of Costa Vicentina park. Everything in our place was created with respect for the planet Earth: natural materials, simple solutions and long-lasting permaculture design.
Our canvas (tipi-like tents) are equipped in raised beds with linen, towels and solar lights that make the nights cozy and relaxing. Bathrooms with hot water are just a few meters away. At your use are also: fully equipped outdoor kitchen, chilling area with a little library and musical instruments, WIFI and car parking.
All of that inside of peaceful countryside where the sounds of crickets together with the sky full of stars will be your regular night lullaby. Feel welcome to visit us from May until October each year.
With best wishes,
Ocean Awakening & Soul Farm Team
HOW DOES THE SURF COURSE WORK?
The experience starts with an introduction to the ocean. Our instructors explain safety rules and give you a bit of surfing theory. You begin to develop a relationship with the ocean and your instructor. It is also an opportunity for the coach to assess each guest’s surfing skills.
Surf lessons are held each day at one of the nearby beaches: Amoreira, Arrifana, Monte Clerigo, etc. As the wind and waves change daily, we aim to find the beach with the best conditions for you.
Daily lessons of 1.5h will be held close to shore mostly. After a nice picnic, you are encouraged to free surf with your group's fellows, practice and expand on all you’ve learned in the class.
Group sizes are kept to a minimum while the fun rises to the maximum. An excellent range of beginners longboards, as well as shortboards, are available which are ideal and safe for surfers of all levels. You are free to sample your surfing gear according to your comfort.
In the picture: Amanda, one of the guests with Salvatore, our surf instructor just after a great surf session during the retreat. Never forget: a good sunblock is essential when you stay a longer time in the water!
To enquiry your spot and for more information about the program, dates or prices, reach out.