Soulful Surfing - Rejuvenating Retreat for Body, Mind and Soul

  • Soulful Quest Soulful Quest
  • Praia da Arrifana, Aljezur, Portugal
  • Apr 30 - May 6, 2018 (7 days)
  • 700 - 780

Event Highlights

  • 5 surf classes
  • Daily morning yoga
  • 6 Holistic workshops for your mind, body, and soul
  • 1 personal coaching session to follow-up within a month after the retreat
  • 6 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, and 6 three-course dinners
  • Surf equipment (surfboard, wetsuit, leash)
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Pick up from Aljezur


You can expect to feel nourished on all possible levels: mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. You will be:

Surfing the emerald waters of the Atlantic Ocean
Finding your inner peace through meditations
Getting clarity on your purpose and creating pathways for dreams during life coaching sessions
Becoming grounded through mindfulness exercises
Touching your deepest potential and healing during art therapy sessions
Reconnecting deeply with yourself and nature
The programme will be adjusted to group’s needs, foreseeing every day one surf session (1.5-2 hours) and one self-development workshop (about two hours). Coaching sessions will help you understand your natural strengths, rediscover your purpose, and create pathways for dreams. Art Therapy sessions will stimulate your creativity and help you connect with your essence so that you find the answers you’re seeking and access your inner guidance. Mindfulness and meditation sessions will ground you and make it possible to be fully present in the here and now. All of it so that you can better surf the waves of your life!

The programme starts on Monday, April 30, at 17:00, with the welcome snack and Introductory session followed by the dinner, and finishes on Sunday, May 6 around 13:00 after the final Holistic workshop in the morning to close the process. Please note that the daily schedule shown below (from Tuesday to Saturday) might slightly change, according to participants’ needs.

You breathe nature, learn from her, surf, inhale the sun and good vibrations, heal through art therapy sessions, paint, dance, meditate, practice mindfulness, get clear on life path, remove stumbling blocks, touch your very essence, get real, enjoy delicious food, stargaze, get inspired, swing in the hammocks, talk to strangers, relax, have Eureka moments, have insane fun, feel the bliss, feel our raw and beautiful selves again.

It is a good idea to do some exercises before coming for the Soulful Surfing Retreat so that your body is ready for all the joys of surfing! You might want to do some planks, pushups, squats and burpees to strengthen your upper and lower body and core muscles.

When it comes to mental, spiritual and emotional preparation, come as you are and be ready to shed all the layers which are cluttering the real, raw you! If you have some specific questions regarding your life purpose and direction, just write them down so that you can bring them up during the retreat.

07:30-08:15 Gentle morning yoga
08:15-09:00 Breakfast
09:30 Pick up for surf classes
10:00-12:00 Surf class
12:30-17:00 Lunch and free time (possibility to have the second surf session at a supplement)
17:00-19:00 Holistic workshop (part of unique programme for your body, mind and soul, which unfolds day by day and combines in-depth coaching sessions, art therapy, meditation, mindfulness practice, Vedic Art and more...)
19:30 Dinner

About This Event

Would you like to experience powerful ways of reconnecting with yourself?
Have more clarity about your purpose?
Easier navigate a challenging transition in your life?
Find the path to your dreams and access your inner compass?
Or simply have time for yourself, to simply be as you are, raw and true, immersed in the stunning wild nature of Algarve coast?
Feel it…
… ocean… sun… surfing… transformation… inspiration… relax… mindfulness… personal growth… nature… wildnerness… reconnection… inner fire… aliveness…
… you will find it at Soulful Surfing Retreat – a holistic, transformational get-away that combines physical activity with personal development workshops, mindfulness, meditation, art therapy and coaching, so that you can recharge at all possible levels and find your own rhythm and flow!
Imagine an adventure for your body, mind and soul in the spectacular wild setting of the Costa Vicentina National Park in southwest Portugal, where tourism has not yet put a footprint on the landscape… Can you see yourself there, planting your feet in the warm sand, feeling the refreshing breeze and sun on your face?
If yes, then leave the rush behind to ride the waves of your life!
• 5 Surf classes with ISA certified surf instructors – all surf levels possible & equipment provided (surfboard, wetsuit, leash)
• 6 Holistic workshops for your mind, body & soul. A unique programme which combines group and personal coaching sessions that will help you rediscover your purpose and find a pathway for your dreams; mindfulness and meditation sessions to help you stay grounded and present; and art-inspired healing sessions, including elements of Vedic Art, movement therapy and mandala drawing, to deeply reconnect to your essence, your inner strength and fragility, and embrace it all.
• 1 personal coaching session within a month after the retreat
• Daily morning yoga
• 6 nights accommodation in double or triple rooms at Arrifana Retreat House
• Delicious, home-made meals from Monday evening to Sunday lunchtime: 6 Breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches and 6 three-course dinners including a get-away to a local Portuguese restaurant and a special, Ayurvedic treat
• Pick-up from Aljezur on arrival day and drop-off on the departure day
• Time to BE and deeply reconnect with yourself while discovering new aspects of yourself in the stunning beauty and wild scenery of Portuguese west coast
This means that basically your costs during the Retreat are covered - you just need to get there and let yourself experience it all!
• Your roundtrip travel from home to Aljezur, where pickups are organized
• Your travel and health insurance
• Staying in a double room + all the programme as described above: 770 eur
• Staying in a triple room + all the programme: 700 eur
Places are limited to maximum of 8 people, to ensure personalised and dedicated Retreat time for everyone.
If you would like to join the Retreat, please contact Marzena on @soulfulquest or at (contact info blocked) who will provide you with all the details regarding how to secure your spot.

When I was first invited to the Soulful Surfing Retreat last year I wasn't really sure if it was something for me. Nevertheless, I decided to give it a go and it WAS AMAZING. Surfing itself was one of the coolest things that have I ever tried and combined with meditation and mindfulness exercises it was just a perfect mix. Additionally, the location in Algarve where we stayed couldn't be better. Surrounded by nature, undisturbed by any external noise, it gives you all you need to fully relax. The people and the atmosphere were great as well, there was not one boring moment the entire week. Hands down one of the best holidays in my life ????

Venue Highlights

You will be staying in the comfortable and colorful Arrifana Retreat Guest House, which is 10 minutes by foot from the Arrifana Beach. This part of Portugal is not crowded with tourists yet - imagine pristine beaches, cliffs, hills, dunes, and eucalyptus forests.

Set in the beautiful Costa Vicentina National Park, the guesthouse offers plenty of space to relax and is a perfect location for the rejuvenating, Holistic Retreat. It is also a great starting point for hikes in nature, including the Fisherman’s Trail.


Twin rooms with shared bathroom and triple rooms with private bathrooms are available.


  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


Delicious, home-made breakfasts, picnic lunches and 3-course dinners are provided from Monday evening until Sunday lunch time. You will also explore local delicacies in a traditional Portuguese restaurant and enjoy an evening meal prepared according to Ayurveda principles. Various dietary needs can be accommodated, including vegetarian, vegan diets as well as gluten and lactose intolerance.



Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO) or Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS). Those two are the closest airports to Aljezur.

If you arrive to Lisbon, the easiest way to get to Aljezur is to take a bus that will take about 3,5 - 4 hours and will cost approximately 18 EUR. If you arrive to Faro Airport, you will need to reach Lagos by train or bus from Faro train station that will take 1 hour and 45 minutes and will cost 8 EUR. Then, take a bus to Aljezur (30 minutes).

The pick-ups from Aljezur (if you arrive by public transport) are arranged between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on the arrival day. If you would like to be picked up at another time, please enquire.

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