Soul & Surf
Ocean Soul Retreat
Specialising in holidays truly dedicated to the body and mind, Soul & Surf gives guests the opportunity to experience India and Sri Lanka’s best kept secrets – wave-rich coastlines ideal for surfers of all abilities, stunning scenery and a chilled out vibe ideal for those in need of some serious R&R. Guests can partake in as many or as little activities as they like, from guided morning surf safaris or group lessons with qualified instructors, to sunset yoga lessons, overlooking the shimmering Arabian Sea or serene Sri Lankan river.
Along with the home bases in India and Sri Lanka, at Soul & Surf we run a number of Pop-Up retreats around the world, taking the spirit of adventure and desire to spend time in a beautiful and culturally rich place, to surf, to practice yoga, to eat well and to slow down to these new locations.
• USP (a fun unique selling point):
An intimate surf & yoga retreat for groups of 10 or less guests hosted by experienced yoga teachers and surf coaches. The Soul & Surf Pop-Ups are designed to take the experience of our permanent retreats in India & Sri Lanka to more destinations that we find really special.
• Level of surfer:
No matter if you are a seasoned, salty sea dog or a first-time beginner gliding into your first waves, the SW Algarve has it all. Both the west and south coasts are littered with beach breaks, point breaks and the occasional reef, all positioned to make the most of the wide swell window of Cape St-Vincent.
• What are the waves like in the area:
We’ve chosen to return to this corner of Portugal because of the concentration of waves and conditions for all abilities, all within easy reach of our base near Burgau.
• Transfer information:
We will be staying just outside of the fishing village of Burgau, a one hour drive west from Faro Airport towards Sagres.
• What is the food and accommodation like:
We will be staying in a 5 bedroom Quinta (farmhouse) located in a genuinely idyllic location with expansive views across open countryside, yet only a few minutes’ drive to the beach. In true Soul & Surf tradition you will be greeted each morning with a pre-surf tea or coffee with bananas to help kick-start your day. After your surf we will meet for a well deserved, hearty but healthy breakfast. This Pop-Up includes lunch each day as well as four evening meals each week, ending the week with a lovely big barbecue.
• Female surf instructors available:
Your hosts Rachel & Adam will be looking after you during this Pop-Up retreat. Rachel is a qualified ISA surf instructor and will be using her knowledge as a surfer and yoga teacher to guide you through a surf specific yoga practice each day. Adam is an ISA level 2 surf coach with over 4 years coaching experience, and alongside Rachel, will be taking you surfing each day.
• Extra activities:
Daily surf guides and tuition with Adam and Rachel Five yoga sessions, one pranayama and one meditation practice with Rachel