At Cabeça da Cabra we try to promote a different approach to surf and we would love to share it with you. Since 2015 we promote only one surf retreat per year, so you can be sure this is a special occasion for you but also for us, an unique moment to celebrate our love for the ocean, and share our most well kept secrets.

For 2023 we have something new, a retreat that has evolved with us for the past year and aims now to create an exclusive experience, to introduce more grace and particularly the effortless style we all look for in surf.

There is no need to endure a frustrating struggle, we prefer to work with the ocean rather than against it.  Trust yourself to someone that will make it easy and rewarding, someone prepared to adapt the learning method to your capacities and expectations. To help you in this journey we will have with us the local legend Vasco Monica (@vascomonicaa), Vasco has been famous for his style and grace, regardless if he is competing with a shortboard, approaching a massive wave with a 10′ gun, or a knee wave high with a classic longboard. Together, we will create the safe space we all need to absorve new technic skills but mainly to let what we already know come to surface.

Everyday we will have a moment to do a personal and careful analysis of your surf sessions in order to understand what might be holding you back and provide you with the right tool to progress.

Most important of all, we will share with you one of the least crowded spots in Europe, a paradise that might not last forever and that we should enjoy now in this present moment. Our house is located at 15 minutes drive from the main surf spots.

If you already surf, this surf retreat is the perfect opportunity to take it to the next level. Accompanied by an experienced surfer, it will be easier for you to have that breakthrough moment of progression that take your awareness, ability, and perspective to a new level.

Every night we will gather around a homemade meal, as we surrender to the wonderful feeling of relaxation after a day surfing.

Surf Retreat 2023 – 9th to the 13th of October 

| 4 nights | 5 surf sessions

Price: 990€ per person in shared room 1290€ in private room

The price includes your stay with us in a spacious suite, with private bathroom and a little kitchen stand. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, surf sessions and transfer to the surf spots are included in the price.

*4  breakfasts

* 3 lunches

*4 dinners

*5 surf sessions

*3 yoga lessons

About the food | You can count on us for a healthy and tasty menu, using only the freshest ingredients. We will be serving breakfast, lunch and a homemade “family” dinner. Joachim Dhollander will be our retreat chef, born in Belgium, he has embraced the Portuguese culture as his own, his personal journey in to surfing and permaculture, combined with his studies in culinary arts make him the perfect choice for our retreat.

If you have any food restrictions let us know, we love challenges. We believe enjoying tasty food in good company while you are surfing, will be a great opportunity to transform your habits.

About the Surf Equipment | We strongly recommend you to bring your own board and wetsuit, as your progression will be much more noticeable, however rentals can be provided, talk with us so that we can find the best solution for you.

Other Considerations | Our retreat has the very limited number of 7 participants. Even if you choose a shared suite (2 persons only) note that this rooms have two private areas for each one of the participants, to assure you maximum privacy and comfort.

We will provide transportation to the surf spots and pick ups from Porto Covo, however you should consider having a car rental as it will be easier for you to extend your stay, revisit the surf spots you got to know with us and consolidate the skills and knowledge acquired during the retreat.

We are aiming to do one surf session at your arrival day, so it would be great if you book your flight to arrive at the house early afternoon.

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A normal day in the retreat will start with a nice breakfast followed by a surf session, depending on the surf conditions we might have a picnic at the beach or lunch at the house. You can use the afternoon for some free surf, hike, explore the area, yoga and before dinner we will discuss your surf session over a cocktail or tea. We will also have a couple of surf film sessions after dinner.

8:30 – breakfast

10:00 – beach/surf

13:00 – lunch

18h30 – surf analysis

19h30 – dinner

During this surf immersion, you will stay at Cabeça da Cabra Guesthouse and will have a surf session everyday. If you rent your own car you will be able to explore more independently.  However, if you choose not to rent a car, we will be here to guide you in exploring the wonderful and secluded places of Alentejo either inland or by the coast.  We will also do some hiking and show you our region’s natural relics.

If you are able to challenge a friend, your husband or wife, girlfriend or boyfriend to join you in this course, it will be perfect because you can share a room, if not, you will certainly make a new friend! Please note that even in our shared rooms you will have your own private area.