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In school you learned writing, reading and mathematics. But did you learn taking care of your body, mind and soul? It is your body, your mind and your soul that determine how you experience life, how happy you feel. To take care of them, MEKAYOGA will invite you to join this seven-day yoga retreat so you will be able to bring your heart, mind, and soul back to peace and quietness and find yourself strong, healthy, and happy again. Treat yourself to this wonderful journey towards joy, peace, and happiness!
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You will be staying in the quiet Yoga Villa, outside the picturesque fisherman village Vila do Bispo, right in the National Park Costa Vicentina and just 3 kilometers from the most astonishing unspoiled beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. The Yoga Villa has 5 double rooms (all with private bathroom), a comfortable living and dining room, rooftop terraces, a large swimming pool, jaccuzi and a wooden yoga deck under the orange trees in our garden. From the backyard you walk straight into the National Park where many wonderful trails take you towards the Algarve's most astonishing 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.
This yoga retreat will take pace in the national park Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal. Your place of stay for the retreat, Yoga Villa, is located outside the picturesque fisherman village of Vila do Bispo, right in Southwest Algarve and Vicentina Coast National Park. It is just 3 kilometers away from the most astonishing unspoiled beaches with some green hills and steep cliffs near the deep blue Atlantic Ocean. From the backyard of the villa, you can walk straight into Costa Vicentina national park where many wonderful trails will take you towards Algarve's most beautiful beaches. This area with its unspoiled white sand beaches and crystal clear water, will be the perfect area for you to give space and heal your body and soul.
"You are what you eat," and therefore MEKAYOGA wants you to eat healthy, happy food that is prepared with love. You will have fresh delicious fruits, vegetables and other healthy ingredients from the local farmers' market that you could wish for. And of course as much as possible organic. All food is included, and during the week a very much appreciated tradition of cooking together is developed. A wonderful way to get to know each other and get inspired with delicious yogic, vegetarian recipes.
The area offers a lot to discover. Take a pick-nick and go for a wonderful 3 kilometers hike through the hills and along the coast to spend your afternoon sunbathing on Praia do Cordoama. Feeling more active? 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 harbour's auction café while watching the fishing boats return and bring in their treasures.
Take a boat tour to discover the Algarve's most secret beaches and sea caves, watch dolphins, or join the diving centre to explore the area's sparkling under water world.
On the West side of Sagres 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.
Just a wonderful walk away from our villa you will find Praia do Cordoama, or towards Sagres Praia do Mareta, Praia do Tonel and Praia do Beliche, a few of the area's pearls and famous for its world class surf breaks. Get some adrenaline while watching the local, talented boys surfing waves or take the challenge and join a surf lesson yourself! MEKAYOGA is happy to hook you up with friends that are certified and experienced local surf teachers.
Rent a mountain-bike and cycle along the coast or in the wonderfully green 'Sierra de Monchique'. Prefer a local's touch to it? Join an organized tour to be sure you get to see all the best places! A great and adventurous ways to further explore the beauty of the Algarve.
Treat yourself to some deep relaxation with the in-house massage therapist.
The closest airport from the retreat location is Faro Airport (FAO). From Faro Airport (FAO), you can either rent a car with Goldcar or use the services provided by GreenBus. This service offers very affordable shuttle transfers from Faro Airport (FAO) to Vila do Bispo village. You can book a shared shuttle for 29.5 EUR or a private service for 76.5 EUR on my-transfer.com.
From Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS), you can take a bus that runs from Lisbon to Lagos and from Lagos to Vila do Bispo. You can check the bus schedules and reservation on www.rede-expressos.pt. You can also contact MEKAYOGA who will be happy to help you arrange your transport.
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