• What is OndaRoot?
Your personal time-out. Holidays where you can breathe again and let go.
We offer high-quality yoga, surf and kite lessons in small groups or privately. This ensures personal service and fast progress.
A professional systemic coach is available to work on your dreams and goals with you.
The OndaRoot team is there for you around the clock - before and during your stay.
• Who is OndaRoot Galicia?
The owners Leila & Cri take care of you personally. Click here to find more information on them.
The team is completed by our guest hosts, who prepare your breakfast with love and look after the house and by Juan and his certified surf instructors as well as our certified kitesurf instructors.
• I am travelling alone. Is that a problem?
No problem at all. About half of our guests are travelling alone. They enjoy having time for themselves or spend time with other likeminded travelers. You decide what is right for you at the moment.
• What is the average age of your guests?
Our guests are mainly between 25 and 40 years old, but we also host younger or older travelers. Age is not important at our place. As long as you are looking for a retreat in untouched nature, you are likely to meet likeminded people.
• How many people do you host in your lodge?
Our retreats are limited to 12 guests per week. This assures tranquility and relaxation far away from mass-tourism.
We offer premium yoga, surf and kite lessons in small groups (or privately if you prefer) in order to ensure personal service and fast progress.
• Is the OndaRoot Surf & Yoga Lodge suited for families?
Our retreats are focused on adults, aiming to offer our guests a relaxed stay.
For families we recommend our partner camp nearby.
• Are there other activities besides surfing, kitesurfing and yoga?
We are happy to organise further activities like rock-climbing, horseback-riding, sailing, mountainbiking, paragliding, hiking etc. for you.
• How is the weather?
Due to the influence of the Atlantic Ocean the summers in Galicia are not as hot as in other regions (e.g. Catalunia, Costa del Sol,…) of Spain. The spanish north coast hosts a mild climate, which makes it a very pleasant and healthy one.
In the summer months the average day temperature is at about 23 degrees Celsius, where we have to add that the perceived temperature in the sunshine is significantly higher.
There is an average of 8 hours of sunshine per day.
Booking/Before the trip
• How do I book?
Please send us your preferred travel dates and package. We will let you know if there is availability. For a booking we need some details and a down payment. As soon as you decide to make a booking we will email you our booking requirements.
• Do I book the flight by myself?
Yes, please book the flight on your own. We are not a travel agency so we are not able to offer you All-in-one packages. We recommend search engines like www.swoodoo.com etc…
If you have a hard time to find an appropriate flight we will be glad to help you.
• What should I bring?
We provide you with bed linen and towels (a large & a small one) which are exchanged once a week. We recommend to bring an extra beach towel.
As evenings and low season can get a bit chilly we recommend to bring some warm clothes (e.g.: long pants, sweater, a light weatherproof jacket) beside your summer clothing. If you need a hair dryer please bring one.
Yoga mats for the yoga class participants are provided.
• On which days can I arrive/leave?
Arrival and departure days are usually on Saturdays. If possible (depending on availability) you can also arrive on Friday or Sunday. Our courses usually start on Sunday or Monday.
• Which time can I check in/check out?
You can check in at 3pm or later. Check out time is 12pm midday.
If you arrive before check-in or want to leave later you can store your baggage in the house and use the living room and the kitchen until your room is ready or until your departure.
• Can I book „accommodation only“?
In exceptional cases we can offer the possibility to book „accommodation only“. Please request.
• I am traveling alone. Can I share a double room with another guest?
It is possible to share a double room if another guest also wants to share the room. If not, the single room surcharge applies. Please let us know when you book if you want to share a room and if you want to share with a guest of the same sex.
• Is it possible to extend my stay (longer than a week)?
Extension days are possible depending on the availability.
Most of our guests come by plane and then take the bus or a rental car to get to our lodge. You can find details here. Alternatively we are happy to organize a shuttle taxi for you.
Apart from that you can use our Facebook Car-Sharing group to find or organise a travel community with other guests of our lodge.
• Which details do you need to organize a shuttle taxi for me?
If you wish to go by shuttle taxi, please send us an email at least 2 days before your arrival with the following information:
- arrival date
- arrival time
- flight number
- number of travelers
• Can I share the shuttle taxi?
It is possible to share the ride, if another guest also wants to share the shuttle taxi. In this case the costs will be split between the passengers. Please let us know when you book if you would like a shuttle taxi and if you would like to share the ride.
• How do I recognize the shuttle taxi driver?
The driver is waiting in the arrival hall for you. He either has a sign with your name or the title OndaRoot, so you can easily recognize him.
Every morning a sumptuous organic breakfast with our popular "Bircher Muesli" and other organic cereals from Verival Organic, fresh fruits and veggies, milk, rice milk, eggs from happy hens, bread, spreads, orange juice, tea, coffee etc. is included.
• At what time do you serve breakfast?
From 9am until 11am you have the full choice. (Please bear in mind that in Galicia the sun is rising around 1,5h later than in middle Europe which means that it feels "earlier" than at home.)
• I am a vegetarian/vegan. Do you have vegetarian/vegan breakfast for me?
On request (when you book) we have a vegan breakfast option for you. If you have food intolerances or allergies, we are endeavoured to offer you alternatives. Please let us know with your booking.
• When can I use the community kitchen?
Feel free to use our spacious and fully equipped kitchen whenever you like. Herbs and condiments are always at your disposal. Further you are more than welcome to take as much tea and coffee as you like.
• Are there restaurants nearby?
In case you don't want to cook for yourself, you can visit the nearby restaurants, who offer a variety of tasty galician specialties, like seafood and fish but also various meat dishes.
Our main focus is to meet the needs of every single guest and to create the ideal setting for beginners as well as advanced yogis and yoginis. We achieve this goal by keeping the group size small (max. 10 participants).
• Which style of yoga do you practice?
Leila is teaching Hatha Yoga, strongly influenced by the methods of B.K.S. Iyengar and K. Pattabhi Jois (Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga). Her lessons are meditative on the one hand and challenging for both body and mind on the other hand.
In a well-structured way she shows you how to energise and balance your body as well as your mind and soul. Leila gives you individual and careful support and always brings your attention back to your breathing. She focuses on a correctly aligned posture but also encourages you to replace a performance-oriented attitude by sensitivity for yourself. By training your awareness you sensitize your perception and learn to focus your mind.
• I am quite inflexible. Can I do Yoga at all?
Especially in this case yoga is ideal for you. Mindful stretching helps you to become more flexible and to losen up muscle bracings. Less flexible people often have the advantage to be more stable in postures which require some balance.
• Do I have to bring a yoga mat?
We provide yoga mats as well as belts and blocks for our yoga course participants.
• How long is a yoga class?
A yoga class is min. 1,5 hours.
Our lodge is located between 4 beaches - all of them with sand bottom and a maximum of 5 minutes drive away. The unique underwater topography ensures that almost every day you'll find a suitable and nice wave for beginners and intermediate surfers.
• How many people are participating at the surf course?
A maximum of 5 participants per instructor guarantees personal assistance and fast progress.
• Is the surf equipment included in the course?
Yes, surfboard (either soft- or hardtop) and wetsuit are included in the surf course.
• Can I use the surf equipment after surf class?
On surf course days you are free to use our boards and wetsuits the whole day - as long as you want.
• How do I get to the beach?
Transport to (before class) and from the beach (after class) is included for surf course participants.
• I have already been surfing for a while, will I find suitable waves?
From soft long boarding waves to steep „walls of water“ you can find a variety of surfing conditions (depending on swell, tides and wind) around our house.
• Which surfboards are available for rent?
During the surf course we usually use soft boards between 8’ and 9’, but you also have the possibility to choose from hardtops between 7’2“ and 8’6“. Besides we have a variety of shortboards between 5’7“ and 6’3“.
• Do you offer surf theory lessons and/or video analysis?
Of course we do. Theory lessons build an essential part of our 5 day surf course. Besides theory input on the beach, we offer an extensive theory lesson as well as a detailed video analysis in the lodge.
• I would like to try surfing, can I book trial lessons or private lessons?
You can book a trial surf lesson or private lessons at your arrival.