The Algarve Surf & Ecological Association (ASEA)

The Algarve Surf & Ecological Association was primarily formed in order to further highlight environmental awareness and actions throughout this area of natural beauty in the Costa Vicentina Natural Park.

ASEA's three primary objectives are: Nature Conservation, Social Contribution and Environmental Awareness through its seasonal events.

Asea is in its very early stages of development and growth. We currently liaise and work alongside community groups and individuals l in order to help sustain and preserve the areas great natural beauty of this protected region and to promote sustainable programmes

Minimal impact to the ecosystems yet providing positive social and financial contribution is its goal

All Individuals contracted by ASEA to coordinate its seasonal events are required to be fiscally registered in Portugal.


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      Lawrence Quirk

Laurie grew up surfing as a grommet in the mecca of Australian surfing locations, the Gold Coast. Burleigh Heads, Kirra and the Super Bank were all local breaks. At age 16 his wanderlust took him on the classic Australian pilgrimage to Indonesia. In fact he was one of the youngest surfers to surf G Land (Grajagan) back in ’85. Grajagan was the worlds first ' real' surf camp in its truest sense. Living in a tree house in the remote jungle of southern Sumatra, tiger prints in the sand, 8-10 ft. perfect barrelling lefts peeling mindlessly down the reef. Life couldn't be better. He was hooked !
Afterwards it was an endless, obsessive pursuit of surfing and world travel that would continue for another 20 years and lead him to Portugal

Laurie SurfingWhen he finally returned to Australia, the hunger for exotic waves and world travel had not waned and he went on to live 2 years in California, 1 year on Hawaii's North Shore, 2 years in Japan and over 3 in South Africa and Zanzibar before venturing to Europe and settling in Portugal. 

His wanderlust has remained strong ever since and he continues whenever possible to travel and surf the globe.

He now works professionally in the maritime industry as a captain at the Marina de Lagos. Now if he is not in the water, he is on the water !

Laurie has practiced Yoga on and off since he was a teenager keen to incorporate the benefits into his surfing lifestyle. He completed his intensive Yoga Teacher’s Training course in the Sivananda Ashram


 Cecilia Galvagni-Manageress / Dance Teacher

Born in Brazil, Cecilia comes from an artistic background with a professional dance 
education and carrier, and always possessed an avid curiosity about the world and a great love for travel. In addition she has always possessed a keen interest in meditative practices, self understanding and different sources of spiritual knowledge.

These interests took her to Eastern Europe and India, where she traveled and studied. Her travels and pursuits have given her an insightful understanding of human needs, as well as encouraged her to try and get experience in different working fields far from her original pursue in administrative positions. Cecilia is a high organized person who loves problem solving in addition to having a sincere friendly customer-oriented style, skills that were further polished most recently, while she worked for a fast-paced international law firm based here in southern Portugal.


Nathan Stage - Manager / Yoga Teacher

Nathan hails from Wembley London. Now a man of the open road. A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. ' Lao TzuUsing'.

Nathan has worked extensively in hospitality. Work has been interspersed with extended trips worldwide. Nathan also spent 2 years living in Brazil immersing him self in the vibrant culture and working in the tourism sector in Rio  

His broad travel experiences, the many inspirational people he met on the road and at home, his strong connection to nature and his compassionate, enquiring nature lead him finally in the yogic direction

.Nathan spent 5 years studying and practising this ancient art. It lead him to India,his family roots and finally back to London where he recently finished his teacher training in Vinyasa flow yoga with Rebecca Parker of Tri Yoga and Liquid Gold. 



                                       Soula Alexandra -yoga teacher  


Soula grew up in Toronto, Canada  and always had a very active personality. From gymnastics to rock climbing and cycling, and then to taking up her first yoga class in 2005. After stepping out of this first class, feeling light, graceful and fully aware of her body, she knew she'd found something incredible !   

"The yogi believes that he is born to help others and he looks upon creation with eyes of love" (Iyengar).

Soula believes If we can heal ourselves, create self acceptance and acceptance of others, we create a more compassionate world,

Yoga and Vipassana (insight) meditation are now an integral part of her daily life.  Their complimentary nature helped deepen her yoga practice.

Soulas teaching style naturally emphasizes self-awareness, as well as correct alignment with fluidity.  She lives with an open heart and is dedicated to yoga as a practice, and sharing it with others along the way.



Pedro Barata

Pedro hails from Porto north of Lisbon but now lives locally in the village of Aljezur chasing waves and Reef ( his dog) and leading the surfers life.
He is available for massages either half hour or full hour at the retreat. Pedro is trained in Shiatsu, Swedish and Remedial massage and is effective in alignment and lower back issues. Being a surfer himself he knows the muscles that get hit the hardest from a long session on the water and he will always leave you in a state of deep bliss after working his magic. The only problem is you wont want him to stop ! Massages are done at camp in a private, comfortable setting.