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Surf, Yoga and Wine Retreat

Surround yourself by nature. Explore outdoors life. Challenge yourself. Enjoy amazing food and wine. and, most of all, have lots of fun!

Description

Located in Southwest Portugal amongst rolling hills, vineyards, beautiful farmland just a short drive to an amazing coastline, we are a small family business run and we've personally curated this space and the retreat for you to feel at ease and comfortable as though visiting a friend's place. The retreat has 4 hectares of property for you to wander, relax and enjoy and take some of that 'ME' time. We'll share our community with you showing you, where we receive our organic vegetables, local wines, and introduce you to some amazing artists in the area. Our Yoga and Surf teachers are certified and experienced and will guide you and challenge you and adapt the class, giving options to all levels. But the most important is not to take life too seriously, laugh it out and have a great time.

The Location

Cercal do Alentejo : The Best of the countryside, so close to the beach!

The picturesque town of Cercal will make you feel like going back in time. You will find stunning century-old houses, a warm and diverse community with a strong culture, traditional, coffee shops, bakeries, and little markets. All this is surrounded by dreamy rolling hills and green pastures where cows and sheep wander freely.
At the same time, we are only 15 minutes driving away from the beautiful coastline, with many different beaches to explore and a few charming and lively fisherman villages.

The Location

The Property

Where the hosts want you to feel as a friends place

Your retreat is at a small rustic boutique hotel, surrounded by nature. Even if feels secluded, is a short walk from town and the beautiful hiking trails of Costa Vicentina pass right at its door. The guest houses and common chill-out spaces were all thoughtfully decored with antiques, personal family pieces, arts and crafts. Among the extensive outdoor space, there´s a pool, gym, hammocks, and chill-out areas spread along with the hoods so you can have your own `Me` time. Sustainability is a very strong concern here and you will feel the effort to stimulate biodiversity, protect the environment, and include the local community. You will have the possibility to learn about it during your stay.

The Property

The Yoga

Dynamic flows surrounded by Pine and Oak trees

The ground, where the classes take place, is all built with recycled hood and is located in the middle of the woods within the property. Your class will most likely have the soundtrack of birds and sheep bells wandering in the pastures nearby.
Our main instructor, Nina, is certified in Hatha and Ashtanga practice but she likes to create her own style adapting it to the students. Classes will include pranayamas, dynamic flows and we will try to learn or perfectionate a few challenging poses. Nina loves to make students aware of their body, with its strengths and weaknesses and to make them play with movement. There will be options for all levels. You will feel challenged and revigorated. But it´s always your choice of how deep and how intensely you want to do your practice.

The Yoga

The Surf

Stunning beaches and so much fun

The classes will happen on some of the more stunning beaches of Costa Vicentina.
The Surf instructor, Beatriz runs the only female-owned surf school in the area. She has more than 12 years of experience giving classes on this coast. Either, if you are just curious and want to try it for the 1st time, or if you want to improve your technique, Beatriz and her team will adapt the class to your level within all safety. Surfing is an amazing sport for the body and mind and is accessible to all ages and body types. What can beat exercising and learning a new sport on a beautiful beach, while getting sun and having fun with a lot of fun like-minded people?

The Surf

The Hiking

Explore, wander, and be amazed with the views

As part of the program, there is a hike along with one of the most beautiful coastal trails of Europe. We will start the Fisherman´s trail in the little town of Porto Covo and walk through the beach. Then we will proceed through dunes, cliffs, forests until we the historical fort that defended the region in the 1500´s. The hike is challenging but accessible and you will have the option to do the shorter or longer version depending on how much you want to challenge yourself.
Accessible to you anytime, there is a historical trail that passes by our property, you can explore it on your own anytime. We promise you rolling hills, green pastures, and a true sense of rural life.

The Hiking

The Food

Local, Seasonal, Organic

Brunch and Dinner are included every day.
We will have different chefs coming to cook and there will be a few dinners in traditional restaurants so you can really appreciate different culinary types and have a full gastronomic experience. Our cuisine is healthy but delicious based on a Mediterranean diet but with a lot of south American, middle eastern, and a bit of Asian influence.
What we praise the most is in our cuisine, is the quality of the ingredients that are all fresh and artisanal from small local producers.
You will feel the flavour and the Love.

The Food

The Wine

Tasting and learning

A glass of wine is included in every dinner. Of course, there is more available to sell. Every evening we will present a different producer and their story. Of course, all of them are from small local companies with a strong sustainable concept.
As part of the program, there is a visit to a vineyard and cellar with the producer. You will learn about their ecological farming techniques, the production and you will be able to try different wines on different maturation stages. It ends with a wine and tapas tasting overlooking the vineyards at sunset.

The Wine

The Rooms

The simplicity of Rustic Charm

All the rooms have private bathrooms and lots of natural light. They are all decorated with handmade pieces and personal objects that give them a very cozy feeling. The linens are top quality and made in Portugal and the soaps are made by a local artisan with bio ingredients.

The Rooms

The Hosts

From New York to Alentejo

Vera was born in Porto and worked in the Fashion business and Cam is a photographer born in California. They both met while living in New York. During a Surf road trip in Portugal, they found the property and immediately fell in Love with it. They quit their careers and lifestyle to start their dream project in Portugal and create a business that had a positive impact on the environment and the local community. Their goal was to build a place where guests feel welcome as at a friend´s house. Where there's a cool, fun, and warm vibe all the time. And that is a platform to share the wonders of this beautiful region off the beaten path.

The Hosts

The Massage

Relaxation and Deep Healing

A 50 minutes massage is included in the package. Our main therapist, Jana, will adapt the session to your needs. She will identify your problem areas and insist on those. Your body will appreciate and your mind as well. Weather allowing the massage will happen on an open-air space surrounded by nature.

The Massage

Eco Practices

Sustainability is one of our biggest concerns and we are always looking for ways to cause a positive impact on the environment and in the local community. If you are interested, you can learn about our practices and get involved. Among them:
-Using local organic products and privileging small producers with sustainable principles
-Avoid waste, reuse, repurpose and recycle as most as we can
-Stimulate biodiversity
-Responsible use of water and electricity
- Give fair working conditions to our collaborators and ensure they feel part of the project
- Produce our own electricity through solar power
- Reject the use of chemicals in our land and within our property
- Preserve and cherish the local culture and traditions

Opening Times and Prices

April 30 - May 6
September 17-23
October 29- November 4
November 12-18
November 26 - December 2

Directions and Travel

We are an easy and beautiful 2hr drive south of Lisbon Portela airport. There are also frequent buses from Lisbon to town center in Cercal do Alentejo. And we're just a short 15min walk from there. You can always put Quinta Camarena into google maps...

Retreat Features and Activities

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