A true retreat, if by retreat you mean, "nothing like your daily life." This was five days of (for a beginner, at least) intensive strengthening of the yoga and baby-surf muscles. Wonderful! The staff is great -- truly international, caring, and great cooks! The surf school instructors were equal parts fun-loving and able to break down the elements of surfing to manageable chunks, and the beaches are gorgeous. I only wish the valley where we slept were closer to the ocean.
In the valley, there's birdsong during morning and evening yoga (alas, regularly interrupted by the twang of mosquitos, due to some standing water near the yoga deck), hammocks and walks among cork trees, proprietor's friendly dogs, a walk down to the river, massages on Thursdays, and the sound of the distant surf to lull you to sleep at night (much needed, after a full day of activity). All of these things make for a lovely adventure. It is nearly impossible to return home and stuff yourself back into day-to-day office life when you're done.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- SURFING AND YOGA – THE IDEAL COMBINATIONThe Algarve Surf & Yoga Retreat is located in the beautiful Costa Vicentina Natural Park in Portugal's western Algarve. "A unique yoga and eco retreat ", "a great place to surf, practice yoga and relax ! "Imagine… A unique surf experience.Surf uncrowded waves on the unspoiled West Coast of Portugal.Imagine… Practice yoga in the morning and evening, whilst enjoying the ocean air. Breathe in the essential life force that surrounds and sustains us all. Relax, refresh and revitalise the body, mind and spirit.Imagine… Peace, quiet and tranquility all flowing with nature.Algarve Surf & Yoga Camp - A retreat in the true sense of the word !Surfing and Yoga - The ideal combinationAt Algarve Surf & Yoga Retreat we combine yoga and surfing. These two disciplines compliment each other in both beauty and purpose. By harnessing the energy within ourselves and nature, we find our surfing improves, our outlook on life is elevated, our sense of the here and now is heightened and our mind, body and spirit are in perfect harmony. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tipi Valley Algarve Eco Surf & Yoga Retreat Aljezur, Portugal