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Learn to maintain mental and physical well-being in the beautiful Vicentine Coast Natural Park in Portugal. You will train your mind and body to develop health, happiness, and a deeper connection with yourself. The yoga sessions will be combined with deepening theory and meditation training, so as to regain your focus and consciousness of the mind. You will reconnect with your true self and completely rest your mind, surrounded by green hills, steep cliffs, and white empty beaches.
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The MEKAYOGA villa has five double rooms, all with private bathroom, a comfortable living and dining room, rooftop terraces, a large swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and a wooden yoga deck under the orange trees in the garden. From the backyard, you walk straight into the national park, where there are many wonderful trails towards Algarve's beautiful beaches.
Dynamic morning yoga and relaxing evening yoga classes with guidance will give you a deeper understanding of mind and meditation. There will be quiet time in the morning and evening, and heaps of time during the day to do whatever you feel like. Go on a hike in the wonderful national park in Portugal, take a surf lesson, or read your book next to the pool, in the shade of an orange tree. It will be a week to enjoy delicious healthy food, reconnect with your true self, and completely rest your body and mind, surrounded by green hills, steep cliffs, and white empty beaches.
Michael Bijker studied yoga at the Paramanand Yoga Research institute in Indore, India, where he also obtained his yoga therapy certification. He has been teaching for many years and developing his own style of teaching, which is an inspiring mix between Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Yin, and Iyengar yoga combined with yoga philosophy to deepen your understanding of the true spirit of yoga.
Paramanand Institute Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Hatha Yoga)
Harmke is a 500-hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher and yoga therapist from the Netherlands. She studied yoga at Paramanand Institute for yoga sciences in India where she also obtained her yoga therapy certification. Her classes are influenced by your needs and based on the styles she studied, namely Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Iyengar yoga. She shares her spiritual journey of self-expression and increases peace of mind with a wonderful calm energy. Harmke looks forward to guiding you on your journey towards health, peace, and happiness.
The venue is located in Vicentine Coast Natural Park, in the southwest corner Algarve, Portugal. The nature reserve Costa Vicentina covers almost 75,000 hectares of secluded beaches, steep cliffs, sand dunes, fresh lagoons, and green hills spread along the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean. The villa is located outside the picturesque fisherman village Vila do Bispo.
As building is mostly forbidden, the area has remained untouched by tourism. Just a few picturesque Portuguese fishermen villages and surfers camping in their vans illustrate the astonishing nature along the coast. And the villa is located right in the middle of that.
A calm environment is what you need to reconnect with yourself, to let go of your ongoing thoughts, and to breathe. What would be a better way to meditate than sitting on top of a cliff, while the evening sun sets in the ocean right in front? Learn to give space to your body and soul in Europe's most beautiful national park, Costa Vicentina.
Explore the unspoiled white sand beaches with crystal clear water on the south coast, and hike along the rough black cliff sides on the west coast. Watch or join a surf session in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Discover the birds and flowers that this protected reserve inhabits. And of course, enjoy the overload of sunshine, as this is by far the sunniest area of Europe.
During this retreat, you will be offered daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as organic teas and fresh fruit shakes. You are what you eat, therefore MEKAYOGA wants you to eat healthy, happy food that is prepared with love. They make sure to have fresh delicious fruits, vegetables, and other healthy ingredients from the local farmers' market. Food will be organic as much as possible.
MEKAYOGA have developed a very much appreciated tradition of cooking together during the week, which is a wonderful way to get to know each other and get inspired with delicious yogi, vegetarian recipes.
You can take a boat tour to discover Algarve's most secret beaches and sea caves, watch dolphins or join the diving center to explore the area's sparkling underwater world.
Rent a mountain bike and cycle along the coast or in the wonderfully green Sierra de Monchique. Join an organized tour to be sure you get to see all the best places. This is a great and adventurous way to further explore the beauty of the Algarve.
The area offers a lot to discover. Take a picnic and go for a wonderful hike through the hills and along the coast, to spend your afternoon sunbathing on Praia do Cordoama. If you will feel more active, you can continue for another 12 kilometers along a beautiful coastal path until you reach the end-of-the-world village Sagres. Enjoy a good cappuccino in the harbor's auction café, while watching the fishing boats return and bring in their treasures.
Experience stand up paddle boarding yoga sessions or stand up paddle boarding tours to sea caves.
On the way you will find Praia do Mareta, Praia do Tonel, and Praia do Beliche, a few of the area's famous beaches for their world-class surf breaks. Get some adrenaline while watching the local talented surfers or take the challenge and join a surf lesson yourself. MEKAYOGA will be happy to hook you up with certified and experienced local surf teachers.
On the other side of the village, you can find the Fortaleza de Sagres and the famous Cape Saint Vicente, the most western point of Europe, long believed to be the end of the world.
You can book Reiki therapy and massage treatments during your stay. These treatments are not included in the retreat price.
Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO).
Good public transport connections are available. From Faro Airport (FAO), you can take a taxi to the bus station for approximately 10 EUR. Then, you can take the bus to Lagos, which is a small town 20 kilometers from the venue. In Lagos, you can take a taxi or a bus to Vila do Bispo. MEKAYOGA will wait for you at the bus stop.
You can rent a car or use the shuttle services provided by Greenbus. This service offers transfers from Faro Airport (FAO) to Vila do Bispo, where MEKAYOGA will wait for you at the bus stop. A shared shuttle will cost 29,50 EUR and a private service will cost 76,50 EUR.
From Faro Airport (FAO), you can take a taxi to the train station for approximately 10 EUR. Then, you can take the train to Lagos, which is a small town 20 kilometers from the venue. In Lagos, you can take a taxi or a bus to Vila do Bispo. MEKAYOGA will wait for you at the bus stop.