If you are a teacher or leader of some modality across yoga, health, fitness, meditation and more... The Salty Pelican facilities, premium shared and private accommodation, indoor yoga shala, sea view yoga deck, Spa and poolside restaurant offerings are designed to appeal to you and your students as an ideal setting for teaching and learning in a tropical paradise setting.

We Provide :

  • a dedicated environment specific to practices of transformation

  • a support structure through diet and relaxation

  • a setting with premium infrastructure and practice spaces that includes 1 dedicated yoga shala, a sea view rooftop yoga deck facing the sea and sunset, sea view swimming pool deck, poolside sun loungers & beanbags, covered chill-out lounges, wellness services, poolside restaurant and wifi across the whole property.



  • The Portuguese Experience – Experience the natural beauty of Portugal, along with Portuguese culture, revitalising massages, simple & delicious Portuguese food and that winning Portuguese simple way of life.

  • The Retreat Experience – We have many years of experience in hosting retreats and offer a professional approach with dedicated facilities to support growth, learning and relaxation in a retreat setting.

  • Location – We are located right by the centre of Ericeira with amazing elevated views looking over the town and towards the sea. A perfect fusion of Portuguese heritage with an ultra-cool surfer vibe , where traditional fishermen’s cottages nestle amongst surf shops, trendy lounge bars and lively cafes. The best beach to relax is also just a 500m walk away. Fast and easy to access with a direct private air conditioned van transfer from the Lisbon airport in just 35 minutes or by direct public bus. 

  • Cost – Our packages are all-inclusive and at very competitive rates when comparing the quality of our facilities and services

  • Beautiful Setting – Beachfront location with sea view swimming pool deck where we also practice early morning yoga.  Our retreat provides peace, quiet and nature all within a few steps away from the lively town centre. 

  • Delicious Food – Our guests rave about our delicious food. There is something for everyone with all dietary requirements taken on board.

  • Excursions – We can organise your guests on excursions each week including transfers to Lisbon city centre for shopping & exploring, meditation hikes to the beautiful Sintra national park or some rock climbing.  Many other excursions can be added on.

  • Wellness Services – Take advantage of our wonderful treatments, including Ayurvedic full body massages and other body treatments. 

  • Yoga & Fitness Facilities – A dedicated indoor yoga shala available all seasons. Fully equipped with eco-friendly non-slip yoga mats, yoga blocks and yoga straps. This shala is perfect for other activities including movie nights also. There is also a sea view rooftop yoga deck perfect for sunrise or sunset classes with amazing elevated views of the surrounding nature, coastline and town. There is also an indoor lounge area with large group dining/work table for theory classes. 

  • Surfing Services – We have a large diverse premium soft and hard surfboard range that can be included for your guests to have access to during their retreat with you. As we are just a few minutes drive from a few different surfing beaches, it's easy to find some time to have some fun in the surf over the week. We would be happy to organise private or group surfing lessons for your guests. 

  • Marketing Support – It's also possible for your program to be listed on our website as a Guest Teacher Program and can be shared on our social media channels ( +23k followers ) with a prior agreement on profit share basis or similar. 


Note down your group’s goals and experience wish. Take a look at our site to draw inspiration from the place. Send a note to our team to inquire about possibilities. We will help find the best dates and rates for your group. 



Our unique quality is that our retreat was opened specifically for teaching and practicing yoga, relaxation and good health. We are happy to share our place with genuine interested parties. We welcome you as a teacher with tradition, sincerity and integrity who may want to use our special place for your retreats.

  • Dedicated indoor yoga shala for up to 25 persons comfortably for all seasons 

  • Private and premium shared rooms 

  • All rooms have have ceiling fans & air conditioning

  • Elevated outdoor sea view deck  for both yoga and relaxing

  • Poolside restaurant & bar area

  • Fully equipped yoga shala with eco-friendly non-slip yoga mats, bolster pillows, cork yoga blocks and straps. 

  • Swimming pool with sea view deck and outdoor shower

  • Plenty of comfortable poolside sun loungers, beanbags and umbrellas. 

  • Indoor and outdoor dining areas

  • Communal lounge areas 

  • Healthy breakfast, lunch  & dinners available

  • Wellness area

  • Gift shop available with eco-friendly water bottles, sunscreens and more

  • Complimentary cold filtered water dispensers available

  • Daily housekeeping

  • Laundry service

  • State of the art electronic access control solution with RFID technologies allowing smart guest bracelets to access keyless, both the property, all bedrooms and all personal lockers/safes.

  • Surfboards rental & daily surf lessons 


  • Professional wellness team including specialists & highly trained therapists

  • Comfortable treatment room for therapies, bodywork & massages 

  • A variety of natural health products available for purchase


  • Separate teacher/assistants shared bedrooms onsite with private bathroom

  • Private or Group surf instruction

  • National Park Mediartion hike

  • Private air conditioned transfers from/to airport, Sintra or Lisbon city day trips

  • Stand up paddle boarding

  • Rock climbing 

What is shared accommodation ?

The Salty Pelican Surf & Yoga Retreat offers affordable luxury accommodation for yogis travelling on a refined budget. Shared accommodation is in deluxe shared rooms. Each bed has a personal electronically locked draw to store your clothes and valuables securely. There is also privacy curtains for each bed, a personal reading light each and shelves including personal USB charging points bedside. Luxury shared accommodation is a great social experience to meet other yogi's whilst you have a good time listening and sharing your travel stories with each other. Usually we attract 95% of our guests being solo travelling women aged between 20 - 55yrs of age, all here for a relaxing week of yoga, meditation and some surfing. Shared accommodation at The Salty Pelican is part of the reason why The Salty Pelican experience is so great. The hardest part about your stay will be having to leave us ;-) If you have any doubts, please read our reviews on TripAdvisor and Im certain they will ease your fears.

What do i need to check-in ?

You must have an ID-card or passport. No other proof of identity will be accepted.

When is check-in / check-out ?

Check-in: You can check in from 14:00pm and if you’re arriving earlier, we will do our best to have a bed ready for you as soon as we can. We have a restaurant and plenty of space to relax, if you arrive early. Please note: Reception closes at 22:00pm without prior notice. Check-ins after this time are only accepted by appointment via email or phone call before this time has expired. Check-out: Anytime in the morning up until the latest of 11:00am. You also have the option to relax in our open lounges or by the pool if you have a late departing flight on your check-out day.

Should i bring my own linen or towel ?

Beds are premade with fresh clean linen before your arrival. Don’t forget to bring a towel for the beach. We have fresh bathroom towels available for rent from the reception at additional charge (€3 per towel) but bathroom towels are provided in the private double rooms free of charge. As we are an eco-friendly retreat, linen in the rooms will only be changed every 3 days. Pool towels (not beach) are available with a deposit from the reception.

Do you have lockers or a safe in the rooms ?

Yes we do... Every bed in the shared rooms has a personal electronic locakable draw with space to store your clothes and valuables.The private double rooms have an electronic lockable safe to store all your valuables. Upon check-in, you will be given a waterproof wrist band which will give you access to our property, your bedroom locker or safe for 24hrs a day.

What can i do with all my bags after check-out ?

You can store your luggage in our day storage for free after checking out. We are only allowed to hold your luggage till the end of that day only.

How do I arrive from Lisbon Airport ?

Please find the directions to The Salty pelican below... FROM THE AIRPORT... If you are coming from Lisbon airport, In order to do this, take the underground Metro from Lisbon airport to the bus terminal Campo Grande, which takes about 10 minutes. Buses run every 90 minutes, start at 8am, and finish at 11pm. It takes 75 minutes to reach Ericeira. Ticket price: Approximately €7 Total Journey time: 85 min. PRIVATE TRANSFER FROM THE AIRPORT We can book you a direct transfer from the airport straight to The Salty Pelican. Please send an email to book. Price: €50 ONE-WAY 1-4 person sharing. Journey time: 35 min. FROM LISBON CENTRE... Take either a bus or metro from Lisbon centre to the bus terminal Campo Grande, which takes about 10 minutes. Buses to Ericeira depart every 90 minutes, start at 8am and finish at 11pm. It takes 75 minutes to reach Ericeira from Campo Grande. Ticket price: Approximately €4 - €6 Journey time: 85 min. ARRIVE BY CAR... If you’re arriving by car, the fastest way to arrive in Ericeira is by taking highway A8 and A21 and Its an easy 35 minute drive. Journey time: 35 min.

Do you sell alcohol, food or drinks ?

We have a small restaurant with a fully stocked bar with all your favourites, including a large selection of local beers, local wines, healthy smoothies and alcoholic cocktails. We have an all day menu providing a diverse menu of delicious locally sourced food and BBQ seafood for group dinners. We also have free unilimited drinking water throughout our property.

Is there a curfew or lockout ?

No... we trust you but in return we do ask that you respect the other guests and be quiet when you return to The Salty Pelican. Our front gate and door remains locked after 22:00, which you can easily enter with your electronic wristband when returning late at night.

Can i be in a room with my friends ?

We try our best to allocate beds in the same room for friends travelling together. However, this is not always possible. Please contact us directly for any special requests, including accommodation in the same room.

Can I bring children ?

We do not recommend that young children stay at our retreat, as the atmosphere tends to be rather peaceful and mature. However, under special request we may be able to accommodate children depending on the season and retreats capacity. Children under 16 may only sleep in the same room as the parent and can only be in private room accommodation.

Can i bring visitors into the surf & yoga retreat ?

You are welcome to bring friends into the pool deck area and restaurant area of our retreat but visitors are not allowed in the shared guest rooms at any time. This is for the security of all our guests who expect us to be able to identify everyone in the building and to provide a secure environment. Please understand that there are no exceptions to this rule.

Do you have wifi or internet access?

We have free wifi everywhere within the retreat.. even in your rooms.

Do you have laundry facilities ?

Yes we do.. we can arrange to wash your clothes and dry them for you at additional rates. Please ask at reception.

Can i smoke in the yoga retreat ?

Our yoga retreat is a non smoking building. Anyone who breaks this rule will be asked to leave without any refund. We do however, provide the exclusive use of our outside pool & outdoor restaurant area and sea view decks. Is is not permitted to smoke in the open space lounge room and indoor dining room though.

Do you have a guest kitchen ?

We have a fully functioning poolside restaurant and no guest kitchen facilities.

Do you have female only accommodation ?

Usually 95% of our guests are solo travelling women between the ages of 20 - 55yrs of age... all here for week of relaxing yoga & meditation. We have four deluxe all-female shared rooms available to book.

Reception hours ?

The reception is open for check-ins between 7:30am - 22:00pm. We can only accept arrivals later than 22:00 when requested beforehand via email or phone call only. If you have an early flight and need to leave before 7:30am, please arrange check-out and balance payments the day/night before departure.

Where can we park our car or scooter ?

Theres plenty of space to park your car in the street outside The Salty Pelican for free.

Can i pay in another currency or with a credit card ?

We usually accept all booking payments in advance before your arrival with online payments. You can also pay with credit cards at the reception but please note that a service charge of 3% will apply for all card payments. We accept cash payments during your retreat in Sri Lankan rupees only.

I have never surfed in my life. Is this retreat for me ?

No problem ;-) Usually 95% of our guests are either complete beginners or have only surf once or twice before. You re going to fit right in here and our surf instructors will make sure you learn the proper techniques and have loads of fun also.

Can I arrive before check-in time ?

Of course that wouldn't be a problem and you are more than welcome to relax aoround our lounges, pool area or restaurant until your room is ready. We can also store your luggae securely.

What can I include in my retreat ?

You have the option to include airport transfers, excursions including meditation hikes, private or group surf lessons, stand up paddle boarding tours, plus trips to Lisbon city centre. We also offer wellness packs including massages and body treatments from our qualified Spa team. Please specify in your inquiry

What are the minimum guests required to book our property?

We ask you to commit to bringing a group of at least 20-25 guests in order to make it worthwhile for both you as a teacher traveling to Portugal and for us to hold a practice space for your retreat. We can offer to help market your retreat to our own followers ( 23k+ ) in order to help you meet this requirement. Can discuss profit sharing basis also.

Can The Salty Pelican take care of bookings ?

Teachers are usually responsible for bringing their own students and taking the bookings for their Guest Teacher Programs. Our programs manager and reservations team can also provide full support and feature your program on our website or social media channels with over 23,000 followers. In return we can discuss profit sharing or commision basis if this is of interest.

What's included for teachers ?

We offer great teacher benefits including private accommodation, including private bathroom. Surfboard/lesson discounted rates and discounts at our wellness spa.

What if I need to cancel my retreat ?

Retreat cancellation results in loss of the 25% non-refundable deposit paid to secure the booking. Retreat postponement can be requested one time only, at least 6 months in advance of retreat start date and will be charged an administration fee of €100. If you cancel within 8 weeks of arrival, the 100% payment is non refundable.

Will The Salty Pelican be private for the exclsuive use of my guests ?

If you book a minimum of 20-25 guests (+ teachers).. then the answer is YES. But at certain times of the year it is not possible to have exclusive use of our retreat. If you plan to bring a large group, please indicate that you wish to book the entire retreat privately in your inquiry and we will confirm available dates. The price will be reflected for booking of all rooms.

Is there fixed times for meals and shala use ?

Breakfast times are fixed between 7am - 10am daily all other meal times are flexible. Class times are flexible, as you will be allocated a shala for the week.

Do you provide yoga mats and props ?

We have over 40 eco-friendly non-slip yoga mats that your guests can use. We also provide cork blocks and straps. Please specify in your application if you need specific props or a large amount of them.

Can guests arrive earlier or depart later after the retreat ?

Yes guests may book directly with us to join our signature surf, yoga & wellness programs before or after your retreat, depending on availability.

What can guests do outside of class time ?

Relax by the pool or at the beach! Paddle boarding Meditation hike Onsite massage & body therapies Sintra national park Surfboard rental or surf lessons Lisbon city trip

How many rooms or beds do you have ?

We can host a total of 44 guests and 4 teachers. With 1 private double room with balcony and sea view suitable for singles or couples, 6 premium shared rooms which sleep between 4 to 8 persons each. All rooms have views overlooking infinity swimming pool or sea views.

What is included in the rooms ?

ceiling fans all rooms air conditioning in all rooms queen size bed in private double rooms XL single beds in premium shared rooms Beds premade with fresh clean linen wifi internet access in all rooms hair dryer in all bathrooms personal electronic lockable draw for all premium shared beds. Electronic safe in double room 100% natural cotton linen on all beds Daily housekeeping Shampoo and conditiner dispensers in every shower

Do you have massage services ?

Yes, we have a full onsite wellness room with add-on massage and body treatments available for your guests.

Is there a deposit required ?

There is a 25% non-refundable deposit to secure your booking and practice space at The Salty Pelican. The next 25% will be required to be submitted 3 months before your arrival date. 100% of the booking total must be paid 45 days before the start date of your retreat.