DRIFT AWAY - PORTUGAL 2020
21 -26 October 2020
Join us for a very special retreat - five nights of Drift in Portugal: Based at CASA PAÇO D’ILHAS near Ericera - we invite you to join us for a unique surf and yoga retreat. The theme of this retreat is connection - connection to each other, connection to the ocean and connection with ourselves.
We will be located on an exclusive hilltop overlooking the world class surf break - “Ribiera D’Ilhas. The location is close to the town of Ericera, a World Surf Reserve and the entire coast is a mecca for surfers with many options for all conditions.
The Retreat will include a local surf guide to take us to the best spot for the day for the intermediate surfers and lessons with our local surf school partner for the beginner surfer as requested. The Retreat will be led by Becs and Nat and Meagan will also be with us and available to offer her Mahina Therapies massages. Our special guest and good friend Belinda Baggs will also join us for this special adventure.
Ericeira is perched high on the cliffs some thirty meters above a string of sandy beaches: A small fishing village whose name derives from ‘sea urchins’. The town has great beaches which are popular with locals for sunbathing and swimming and the entire coast has many great surf spots. Ericeira town itself is still a laid-back place of cobbled streets, grilled sardines, narrow lanes and whitewashed houses. It still manages to maintain it`s original character, symbolised by it`s labyrinth of windswept alleys that whisper tales of seafaring adventures. Ericeira's main square, Praca da Republica, is lined with pavement cafes and cake shops, while the Rua Dr Eduardo Burnay, which leads from the main square to Praia do Sul, is full of bars and restaurants.
There is an option to spend two afternoons in town and we have planned one evening meal in Ericera Town.
CASA PAÇO D’ILHAS our home for the Retreat:
CASA PAÇO D’ILHAS throws together an excellent combination of traditional heritage-style (EST. 1869) with all the modern amenities our guests could wish for. For those searching to escape from the hustle and bustle of modern-day living, Casa Paço D’Ilhas offers a holistic leisure experience: Plenty of hidden corners to unwind in our pristine garden, take a dip in one of our pools, or sit back and relax at our in-house cafes.
About the CASA -
We will have sole use of:
- two outdoor yoga terraces (one garden based, one with sea view)
- communal areas including the breakfast and dining room with cosy fireplace, apero lounge and honesty bar
- the sunlit veranda
- the full garden space, which has plenty of corners to explore
- 2 swimming pools
- fire pit area / BBQ area
- newly converted pool house
Early morning meditation and practice, followed by a hearty and locally sourced breakfast, surf (options before / after breakfast - tide dependent) then yoga and lunch. Afternoon activities to include town trip, workshops and Sintra National Park hike with delicious dinner options. We have bed space for 24 people, but we are limiting the Retreat to 14 guests maximum.
SURF - We plan to surf every morning.
We are set in the middle of a world-class surf zone with an exceptional variety of surf spots ranging from powerful reef breaks to mellow beach breaks, catering for different levels and tastes of surfing. You can surf all tides at Ribeira, although mid-tide can be best: with wind, early morning is best for the beachbreaks as mostly no wind in the morning. You will be surfing the beachbreaks in all tranquillity mostly in small surf (up to 3ft). Otherwise you’ll be surfing the reefs around here like Matadouro, Ribeira Dilhas, Sao Lourenco, that are the more intermediate level breaks, all maximum 5 mins drive away from Paco DIlhas and very consistent even with afternoon wind on.
For intermediate surfers:
We will surf close by unless conditions require travel and then we travel in a van with long time local Miguel to the best nearby surf break for the best conditions of the day. We will be looking for mellow longboard waves. We will have the van available. We can travel towards Lisbon for more sheltered bays if the swell is big and go SUP paddle boarding if surf is flat. There is a possibiltiy of video analysis on one of the days. Not included but can be arranged (approx 10 euros per person)
For beginner surfers: We have teamed up with a local surf school for daily surf lessons at the best nearby break for surfing on the day. They will pick you up and give you a lesson including all equipment and return you to the Casa.
Casa Paço D’Ilhas is also close to the lush nature of the Sintra-Cascais National Park. There is an optional tour taking in the old town, stunning cliffside village of Azenhas do mar, tour of Cabo Da Roca-Praia Do Guincho-Boca do Inferno-Cascais- Belem Monastery, this follows the picturesque coastal road through the winding road of the Sintra National Parc all the way down to the Belem Monastery at the Tagus River. Not included but can be arranged as cost depends on numbers (20 - 40 euros per person)
DRIFT AWAY PORTUGAL RETREAT:
Airport transfers from Lisbon airport
Accommodation and three meals per day except one dinner out in Ericera
Surf guiding / surf lessons (includes 2 trips or lessons dependent on your requirements)
Daily Meditation / Yoga / Restorative yoga / Yoga Nidra
Longboarding workshop with Belinda Baggs & Nat Fox
Session on Activism with Belinda Baggs & Drift Team
Trip to Sintra National Park (20-40 euros depending on group & package)
Video analysis (Starts from 10 euros)
Prices start from £750 per person for a twin room / £850 for own room.
Please ask for brochure to see the available rooms at the Casa - first come first served.
Email us for a brochure:
Deposit of £400 required to book.