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    Buddha Retreats is a yoga and surf retreat in Portugal 70km north of Lisbon in the picturesque village of Columbeira. We offer a place where guests can relax and recharge and slow down from the often fast-paced daily life and take care of body and mind.

    At Buddha Retreats we are as passionate about teaching yoga as we are about teaching surfing and our certified instructors will make sure that you have the best learning experience possible.

    Besides yoga and surfing we love healthy and yummy food. All our retreats start with a healthy and energising breakfast in the morning and end with everyone enjoying dinner together in the evening. We prepare most of our meals with ingredients out of our own veggie garden and buy fresh produce from the local markets.

    To keep a family-feel we never have more than 20 guests staying in our beautiful Quinta in comfortable single and double bedrooms. The spacious gardens surrounding Buddha Retreats make sure that there is more than enough space for everyone to enjoy their stay.


    Our mission is to create a place where people can relax, recharge and slow down. To give people an opportunity to step away from their fast-paced lives and to take care of their bodies and minds. To offer a beautiful location in a sustainable environment that is friendly for both nature and animals.





    Carlijn was born in the Netherlands and took her first surfing lessons while studying in Australia. After returning from Australia she took on an office job but decided after a few years that it was not for her and started to travel through Central and South America where she found her other passion yoga. She loves the ocean and began to freedive a couple of years ago. Carlijn is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher and has been teaching in Morocco, Bali and is one of the yoga teachers at Buddha Retreats. She loves to share her passion for surfing, yoga and freediving.


    Stephan was born in Germany quite far away from the closest beach to surf. Nevertheless he always had a passion for watersports and took his first surf lessons while living in Australia where he also met Carlijn. A few years ago while living in Amsterdam he got into kitesurfing and received his instructor qualification a few years ago.


    Frits was born in the Netherlands and started practicing Iyengar yoga more than 10 years ago. His passion for teaching and to deepen his yoga practice he decided to do a three year Iyengar yoga teacher training in Amsterdam. Though he is more passionate about yoga you will find him catching waves in-between retreats. Frits and Carlijn met each other at the Iyengar Institute in Amsterdam where they both did their yoga teacher training.


    The property and accommodation

    The property consists of a main house, several additional buildings, terraces, an indoor and outdoor yoga studio, a swimming pool, a small river, fruit trees, a meditation garden and rural land. The gardens surrounding the main house have around 5000 m2 and offer enough space to relax.

    We offer a variety of rooms:

    5 double or twin rooms with shared bathrooms

    2 single rooms with shared bathrooms

    3 rooms with ensuite bathrooms for up to 3 people


    Offering your own retreat

    Are you looking for a beautiful location where you can offer your own retreat? At the moment our retreat centre can accommodate up to 20 people. Please contact us for further information info@buddharetreats.com


    Your body & mind!


    The yoga style

    The Yoga

    During our retreats we teach Iyengar yoga which is a dynamic and physically intensive form of yoga where the focus is on correct alignment of the asanas (postures). This practice allows the energy to flow freely through the body. The practice of yoga will give strength and flexibility to the body and more peace in our mind.

    The roots of Iyengar yoga originated in India and Iyengar yoga was founded by BKS Iyengar who was a student of Sri T. Krishnamacharya. All our yoga teachers are fully qualified and have done several years of teacher training. Iyengar yoga is suitable for all levels.

    Asana practice is a big part of each yoga class. By practicing asanas, the body develops flexibility, strength and stamina. By cultivating the body, the mind can become clear and quiet.

    That’s how a typical day during one of our yoga retreats might look like:

    8:30 Healthy & energizing breakfast
    10:00 – 12:00 Yoga
    12:30 Lunch
    17:00 – 18:30 Yoga
    19:30 Dinner



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    Yoga & Surf

    The Perfect combination


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    Friendly Team

    team is the main thing that we have


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    The Surf

    Portugal and in particular the coast around Peniche and Baleal offer some of the best conditions for surfing, regardless if you are a beginner or want to improve your surfing. We believe that students learn best when they are in small groups where instructors can spend enough time with each student to address individual needs and skill levels. Our surf lessons are suited for all type of levels from beginners, intermediate to advanced surfers. Our instructors will take their time to explain theory and practice basic skills on the beach. We will provide you with all the equipment needed and a wetsuit that will keep you warm while surfing.

    Surfing conditions are good all year round with bigger waves during Autumn and Winter and smaller waves in Spring and Summer.

    That’s how a typical day during one of our yoga & surf retreats might look like:

    8:30 Healthy & energizing breakfast
    10:00 – 13:00 Surfing
    13:30 Lunch
    17:00 – 18:30 Yoga
    19:00 Dinner



    The yoga practice focuses on core-strength and balance which have great benefits for surfing. Each class is a challenge and you will work your body. Sun salutations are a great way to strengthen the arms and the chest before surfing while forward bending and twisting are a great way to release the body after a long day of surfing. Each session ends with at least 5 minutes of relaxation (Savasana). Surfers and non-surfers of all levels can benefit from the classes. During our yoga & surf retreats we schedule one daily yoga class and one daily surf class.



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    We cook with regional food

    The Food

    We take the food very seriously here at Buddha Retreats. As part of all our yoga and surf retreats we provide you with daily delicious and healthy meals. We serve an abundance of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, often coming from our own garden or the local markets. Our menu is based on the philosophy of whole foods, so we avoid processed foods and preservatives.

    In the morning we will serve you a healthy and energising breakfast which includes fresh fruit, homemade granola, freshly baked bread and banana bread among other things.

    Depending on your yoga and surf schedule you will enjoy a delicious lunch either at the Buddha Retreats house or we will give you a packed lunch that you can enjoy at the beach.

    After an active day we will serve a dinner on our terrace enjoying the sunset or indoors in front of the crackling fireplace. During the warmer periods we try to do a seafood BBQ with fresh caught seafood once per week. The other meals will be vegetarian.

    As part of our retreats you can enjoy fresh coffee, herbal teas and purified water as much as you wish. During dinner time we serve Portuguese red and white wines.


    The best regional food


    We offer different retreats. For more information click on the retreat you are interested in. For bookings please send us a email at info@buddharetreats.com

    • ”From”399″/”None”
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    • ”3
    • ”From”499″/”None”
    • ”5
    • ”4
    • From €725
    • 8 day yoga retreat
    • 7 nights accommodation
    • All levels
    • 13 Yoga classes
    • All meals included
    • Certified teachers
    • From €425
    • 4 day yoga & surf retreat
    • 3 nights accommodation
    • All levels
    • 4 Yoga classes
    • 2 Surf classes
    • All meals included
    • From €530
    • 5 day yoga & surf retreat
    • 4 nights accommodation
    • All levels
    • 5 Yoga classes
    • 3 Surf classes
    • All meals included
    • From €775
    • 8 day yoga & surf retreat
    • 7 nights accommodation
    • All levels
    • 8 Yoga classes
    • 5 Surf classes
    • All meals included

    Retreat dates

    28 December – 1 January
    29 March – 2 April
    8 – 15 April
    16 – 23 April
    10 – 14 May
    24 – 28 May
    4 – 11 June
    14 – 18 June
    29 June – 6 July
    20 – 27 July
    30 July – 6 August
    10 – 17 August
    20 – 27 August
    10 – 17 September
    20 – 24 September
    11 – 15 October
    25 – 29 October
    1 – 5 November

    Available retreats

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    Advanced Iyengar Retreat

    • Getting started

      Welcome to Buddha Retreats it has been a long way and we are happy that we finally moved in and started the renovation of this little piece of paradise. So, how did it all started? Well we (Stephan and myself) were looking to start a small scale yoga – and surf retreat. After initially wanting […]

    • Getting the strawberries started

      Yes, we like to grow our own food. For our first try we bought some strawberry plants, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and herbs. Let’s wait and see how this will go.

    • Smoothie time

      Even though we have a great chef coming soon we like to cook and try new stuff ourselves. My own little project this week has been smoothies and juices and my new favourite ingredient are dates. I soak them so I can use the fruit and syrup as a sweetener.  The result are two amazing […]

    • Finding the perfect colour

      Who would think that finding the perfect colour would be so difficult? It has been a week of numerous trips to different shops and many colours! As we have many windows with wooden frames and a big old wooden door at the entrance we wanted to be sure to choose the right one. Frits has […]

    • Intensive training for Iyengar yoga practitioners

      28 September – 2 October with Rembert Petrus For all Iyengar teachers and experienced Iyengar students. Rembert Petrus (intermediate senior 1 teacher) will give a 5 day intensive training at Buddha Retreats in Portugal from the 28th of September to the 2nd of October. Price from €499 Come and join us! Day 1 yoga 18.00-19.30 […]

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    • Phone: +351 925 283 912
    • E-mail: info@buddharetreats.com
    • Address: Rua Salvador Carvalho dos Santos 7 2540-608 Columbeira Portugal

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