Yoga & Surf Retreat

7 - 14 October 2023

Yoga, surfing, good and healthy food, as well as time for yourself and community!

If we were asked to summarise our Yoga & Surf Retreat into a few words it would be those above! Extend your summer and follow us to Portugal for a wonderful week at the seaside! Sophia and Lucy are looking forward to meeting you!

To all the German speakers: you might have guessed it, this retreat will be held in English.

Your retreat getaway on the west coast.

Retreat package

Come with us and stay for an active week at our 2 retreat villas that are located in a quiet surrounding in the beautiful world surfing reserve close to Ericeira. Yoga everyday and Europe’s best waves just a doorstep away.

One full week: 7-14 October

2 private villas in Santo Isidoro that are close to the surf spots and beaches with a beautiful terrace and a nice garden with a pool

Private yoga studio for our retreat group

Daily Yoga clases for all levels and with various styles

Surf lessons for beginners and intermediates

7 days veg. full board including a big breakfast / brunch every day, lunch snacks, and dinner

Maximum participants: 16 (we don't like overcrowded yoga sessions and cherish personal space)

Salty Retreat Team: Sophia & Lucy

We will stay in two charming, family-owned Retreat Villas (only 100m apart from each other) – a place with genuine hospitality and human warmth.

Lodging in comfy double or dorm rooms with private bathrooms (depending on the number of participants, we might be able to offer some single rooms)

Walking distance to the famous Ribeira d'ilhas beach and to Coxos beach, as well as Ericeira centre

Private yoga studio in one of our villas, 3 beautiful terraces with seating area, garden and pool area, and a little gym as a bonus

Cozy common areas in the inside with a fireplace and little coffee bar

Massage room (for optional massages to book)

Little kitchenette and two fridges to use (if you want to make some snacks, tea, etc.)

In the area

Ericeira is a beautiful fisherman's village overlooking the miles-long coastline of the Atlantic. Located 40km northwest of Lisbon with it's exceptional coastline conditions, it is considered the surfing capital of Europe.

Stunning sunset views and perfect conditions to learn surfing just across the street

If you don't feel the call to surf, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy the beautiful surroundings: walks and hikes along the protected coastline, guided mountain bike tours, stand up paddle in the river, bouldering, surf skate lessons and more

Wandering around Ericeira with it's beautiful cafes, bars and local markets

Self-organized trips to Lisbon, Mafra or Sintra to see the fairytale Palácio Nacional da Pena with its extensive park and countless mansions or the old moors castle...

Participating in this retreat can be well combined with a few nights before or afterwards in Lisbon, Portugal's vibrant capital


The time schedule for our daily yoga classes may vary as we align it with the tides and character of the atlantic ocean and surf classes.

First of all: our teachings are for all levels and all bodies. Your individuality is important to us and we will try our best to support you on your yoga journey.

In the morning we will practise energising flows, breathwork and meditations for a good and balanced start into the day

Afternoons or evenings are for regenerative slow flows and yin yoga, yoga nidra & meditation

Opening and closing ceremony with mediation and sharing circles

Yoga materials (mats, cushions, blocks & straps) are available for everyone

Surf’s up

Ericeira is a paradise for surfers of all levels! In cooperation with a local surf school we offer a 4-session course for beginners and intermediates. Classes are 2h on 4 days during the week and include a transfer from our villas to the spot and back.

Advanced surfers will love the choice from right- and left point/reef breaks in the area. Our hosts and Sophia are always happy to share their local knowledge about the surf spots, so that you are on the right spot at the right time.

If you don't feel the call to surf, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy the beautiful surroundings: walks and hikes along the protected coastline, guided mountain bike tours, stand up paddle in the river, bouldering, surf skate lessons and more

A balanced diet full of nutrients

We love good and healthy food and perceive a balanced diet as an essential part of our retreats, as well as yoga philosophy. Be prepared for culinary highlights and soul food.

Vegan / vegetarian quality cuisine on all retreat days

In the mornings: big breakfast including tea and coffee

For lunch: healthy and fresh snacks and salads (also to take away)

In the evening: varying dishes with several courses

Tea and filtered water are always available for free

Little coffeebar to serve yourself a coffee or cappuccino

Getting there

Check-In 7th of October between 3 and 5 pm

Our retreat villa is located 40 km north-west of Lisbon. From Germany or the UK there is the possibility to travel by train: via Paris to Hendaye and from there by (night) train to Lisbon (round trip usually around 300€). Alternatively, there are regular flights to Lisbon from various airports. Usually 9-12 weeks before departure is the best time to book a flight to Lisbon. Depending on what you plan to do besides the retreat, it may be worthwhile to book a rental car (in Portugal usually only around 10€/day for smaller models).

If you are travelling from Lisbon by public transport, it is best to take the (green) metro to the station ``Campo Grande`` - from there a bus leaves regularly directly to Ericeira (4,50€ per ride). From the bus station in Ericeira you can easily and cheaply get to us by cab, Bolt or Uber. You can also take a bus but might need to wait a bit. Of course you could also take a Bolt or Uber straight from Lisbon to our retreat villa as well.


Check-out 14th of October until 11 am

A salty elephant retreat with…

This year our beloved Yoga & Surf Retreat will be led by Doro.



Doro's yoga journey, spanning over a decade, has been enriched by her diverse experiences in South America and Europe. She is not only a dedicated yogi but also a systemic coach and a lecturer in professional development.<br /> With her diverse background, she brings a holistic approach to her yoga classes. She encourages her students to connect with their inner selves, explore various yoga styles, and tap into their personal growth potential.<br /> Yoga has become an essential part of Doro's daily life, offering her inner peace and strength, especially during challenging times. She values individuality and strives to help her students make the most of their practice by focusing on their unique sensations and experiences.<br /> She believes that yoga is a powerful tool for accessing deeper layers of the self. In her classes, she combines physical and mental strength-building with relaxation techniques, creating a well-rounded yoga experience.



Having originally trained in Hatha/Ashtanga, Lucy now practices and teaches in a much more embodied way, allowing space to drop out of the mind and into the body. She uses a combination of Yoga Asana, somatic movement and breathwork to rebalance and calm the nervous system. These have been the practices that have been most profound in her own personal practice. Lucy's style is soft, fluid and often breath led. There's no strict alignment, just you and your body, however, it needs to be in that moment.

To be transparent, you can see here what the retreat price is based on.

Accommodation is in one of our beautiful Retreat Villas with private bathroom

daily a rich and balanced full board with breakfast, lunch snacks, and dinner

Use of all outside and inside areas, swimming pool, yoga shala and the kitchenette

Use of all yoga materials; also for individual practice any time

595,00 € (paid directly to Omassim)

Costs of material and travel organisation

Daily guided yoga classes, meditation and breathwork as well as opening and closing ceremonies

Different optional workshops to deepen your practice

A Co² compensation for all participants paid by Salty Elephant

Eco Goodie Bag (a little surprise!)

Professional retreat design with lots of love for the details by Sophia and Lucy

222,00 €

Optional 4 days surf course

transfer to the surf spot and back, use of surfboard and wetsuit

185,00 € (paid on site)

Retreat package in total


(plus optional surf classes 185,00 €)

Please be aware that you will receive two bills: one from Omassim and one from Salty Elephant.

You would like to join but won't be able to pay the full price? Please feel free to let us know and we will try to find a solution that works for both sides.