About us

The Core of the Karma Surf Retreat

The KARMA SURF RETREAT is a Surf and Yoga Retreat in Portugal – a small oasis of relaxation on the Atlantic coast in a paradisiacal setting just 30km west of Lisbon.

We offer Surf and Yoga holidays in small groups, which are housed in a luxurious, stylish villa set in a peaceful and tranquil environment. Our guests will enjoy a panoramic, breathtaking sea view, surrounded by unique nature. A fantastic experience!

We are a surf retreat and not a classic surf camp. We focus on the pleasure of surfing and every step involved in learning how to do it. The feeling of well-being resulting from yoga and surf exercises combined with healthy food and relaxation, in comfortable surroundings have revitalizing and rejuvenating effects.

We never have more than 12 guests, which are accommodated in double rooms, keeping a family atmosphere. Nevertheless the house, terrace, pool area and natural garden offer plenty of privacy and retreats.

The Founders: Timo and Jens, both from Berlin and passionate surfers – are also your hosts.

Timo has been living in Portugal for several years and Jens has recently discovered this spot and decided it is the best location in Europe to live at.
We look forward to welcoming you at our Surf and Yoga Retreat in Portugal and will take care of you, ensuring that you learn how to surf, practice yoga and making your stay a unique experience with lasting memories!
Timo auf Tour mit SurfboardJens Guincho



The team at GUINCHO VILLA near Lisbon, Portugal:  

Laura Host YogaLaura (Hospitality)

Laura, passionate about Hospitality and Yoga comes from Frankfurt and just loves Portugal. Here she has also found her love for Acro Yoga As your host she will welcome you with open arms and take care of all your needs.




Karma Surf Retreat Chef LeonorLeonor (Chef, Hospitality):

Ola, my name is Leonor, originally from a little town in the north of Portugal. My life brought me to one of my biggest passions, which is cooking. I am more than happy to spoil you throughout your stay at Karma Surf Retreat with healthy & delicious food and to share our beautiful culture with you. “My home is your home.”



Your hosts at ALGARVE VILLA, Portugal: James and Sabine

Sabine and James - your hosts at Algarve Villa!James is a passionate surfer, he has travelled around the world surfing some of the best spots and also to work in many interesting countries.  He met his partner Sabine over 10 years ago in Germany. A few years later they both made Portugal to their new home and they share their life with their daughter Olivia.

They both love the nature and outdoor activities and the life in the Western Algarve. Here they could combine work and lifestyle.

Sabine and James will welcome you to the Algarve villa and look after all your needs, share a good and relaxing time with you and show you some of the many beautiful places in the area!


Your hosts at ESSAOUIRA RIAD, Morocco: Melanie & Yassine

Melanie und Yassin - Your Hosts in Morocco!Melanie, born in Switzerland, and Yassine, born in Morocco, actually Essaouira, will be your hosts in Morocco, and will be there for you during your stay enabling your unforgettable exciting Moroccan surfing and yoga experience.

Living in Switzerland, they have been guests at Karma Surf Retreat in the first year and ever since were dreaming of opening up their own yoga and surf retreat in Morocco.

4 years later the time was right to start living their dream and the plan to live in Morocco in Yassins hometown, Essaouira, was finally put into action.

Melanie is doing yoga herself and felt in love with Yassin and Morocco more than 7 years ago. The nature, the originality and the feeling of freedom, they would never let her go anywhere else. She will be your contact at the house.

Yassin is surfing since he can run and knows every surf spot around Essaouira. He will accompany you as a surf instructor and take you to the best spots and guide you around.

The two are happy to welcome you, care for your needs, organize anything and make you familiar with this wonderful place and the environment!


The KARMA SURF RETREAT offers the ideal conditions for an unforgettable holiday, so the only thing we cannot guarantee is that it will be easy for you to leave and fly home again. 😉