YOGA & SURF RETREAT
in Algarve, Portugal
Breathe. Laugh. Relax.
Retreats with Ocean Awakening are dedicated to adults who would like to relax, eat healthy and learn some meditation techniques, surf and yoga. We invite you to a mindfully designed place located in Costa Vicentina natural park by the ocean in Portugal - Soul Farm Algarve. You will find here comfortable and eco-friendly accommodation close to nature: in traditional stone houses or beautiful tipi-canvas. Details below:
SURF & YOGA RETREATS
Location: Soul Farm Algarve - nearby Arrifana beach in Aljezur, Portugal
Retreat dates in 2021:
1. From 27th of September to 2nd of October - no more free spots!
2. From 4th to 9th of October - reserve your spot
Prices from: 670€ per person in double canvas - glamping holidays
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. The details are available in our terms & conditions. In order to enter Portugal by plane, you need to have the COVID test negative (NAAT or antigenic) or the EU Covid Certificate and fill in this form. We hope to see you soon!
Ocean Awakening & Soul Farm Team
What is included in the retreat?
Accommodation (6 days/5 nights) in double canvas - glamping style (with proper beds, linen and towels);
Healthy vegetarian meals daily: breakfasts, lunch boxes for the beach picnics;
Two warm dinners with aperitif and desserts: the welcoming one and the vegan one;
90 minutes of daily yoga sessions with a qualified teacher;
4-days of surf course with experienced instructors, insurance & surf gear;
The vegan culinary workshop;
Sunset meditation by the ocean;
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 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, your instructor and the board. 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. They say: "Never forget that a good sunblock is essential when you stay a long time in the water!"
WHAT KIND OF FOOD DO YOU SERVE?
Food is a very important part of retreats run by 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" vegan meals.
You can expect sweet & savory breakfasts with fresh orange juice, coffee and tea, a lunch box for the beach and 2 warm dinners with aperitif and desserts (one will be 100% vegan).
During the other evenings you may want to try the local resturants which serve lots of traditional Portuguese meals. You will also have an access to the outdoor kitchen, so making your own food is an option too. What is more, our Italian chef is a great pizza-master, baking wonderful treats for our guests every week.
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 helps you to concentrate much better.
Our teachers are familiar with different styles, like Asthanga, Hatha, Iangar, Jivamukti, Kundalini, Nindra, Yin - always 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.
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 with 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
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