MEKAYOGA offers yoga and meditation retreats to relax and heal body and mind, and cultivate inner peace and happiness with passionate and professional teachers.

Yoga Retreats (2)

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7 Days Life Awareness Yoga Retreat in Algarve, Portugal

Apr 27-May 3 | Jun 15-21 | Sep 14-20, 2019
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Instructors (2)

Michael Bijker

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.

Harmke Gerritsma

Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Paramanand Institute)

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.

Reviews (21)

Janet Stevenson

from France, September 2017

"A gentle yogi"

Michael adapted the yogi to each of his quests.

Damian Lluna

from Belgium, September 2017

"Great yoga retreat"

Beautiful region and lovely house

Very good and deep yoga ckasses

Amazing food

Kind and careful service

Good atmosphere

Helene Krenchel

from Denmark, July 2017

It was a great pleasure to land in so much kindness, yoga knowledge, teaching skill and overall organic attitude. Harmke and Michael are as a couple and teachers in my eyes the coming generation of workshop holders. They grasp the totality of why most of us yogis go abroad to be inspired. Not only yoga-wise but also as humans living among humans. Through kindness and with kindness. Namasté

Allan Henneberg

from Denmark, July 2017

"Very good experince"

A perfect introduction to yoga with skilled teachers, and nice sourrunding. Very nice people and good food.

Nicky Joshi

from France, August 2017

"Great escape"

The pace of life at the retreat was great . Lovely people


from Great Britain, August 2017

"Lovely group, great instructors uncomfortable accomodation "

Yoga sessions were never too complicated benefits, both physical and mental were felt immediately Instructors were passionate about yoga and gave excellent "life" advice as well as exersize instruction The beaches were probably the nicest I've ever seen, but it is a very long walk to get there.

Nina Repar

from Germany, June 2017

"Relax & enjoy in the beautiful nature of Algarve"

Really nice retreat with lovely organizers who really care for people. Yoga and meditation classes under the clear blue sky were great. The group was small, which added to the charm and family feeling. The villa is spacious and really nice and the surrounding nature is stunning. I would definitely recommend this retreat to anyone who is looking for relaxing and recentering with help of beautiful yoga classes in the beautiful nature.

Verda Law

from Canada, May 2017

"It was an awesome vacation,relaxing , transforming experience ! "

Friendly, food is 5 star healthy diet and delicious , relaxing environment and freedom !


from Germany, January 2018

"Man muss es sich selbst gemütlich machen"

die Natur und Lage ist wunderbar, die Stille und das Wetter waren traumhaft sogar Anfang des Jahres. Alles herzliche Menschen.

Maurus Thurneysen

from Switzerland, November 2017

"Meditation- and Yogaretreat Vila do Bispo"

Beautiful house and surroundings. The food was very healthy and delicious (suitable for vegetarians and vegans). The meditation and yoga sessions were very well guided, highly recommendable.

Anneke Laan

from Netherlands, September 2017


Het is erg leuk om in internationaal gezelschap een week met elkaar door te brengen. De afwisseling van yoga (en daar meer te weten over te komen) met tijd voor jezelf in een zonnige, rustige omgeving, brengt je in een heerlijk ontspannen stemming. Het strand op loopafstand van 45 minuten is geweldig. Ik ben gek op de zee en heb daar ruimschoots van kunnen genieten. De leiding was deskundig en bevlogen. Heel prettig.

Heerlijk en gevarieerd eten. Het missen van mijn dagelijkse cappuccino nam ik graag op de koop toe!


from Belgium, September 2017


Het huis is mooi gelegen midden in de natuur.

De maaltijden waren lekker gekookt en gezond.

Testimonials (5)

Maurus Thurneysen Zurich

MekaYoga Facebook page

Beautiful location, delicious healthy food and wonderful hosts. Recommendable

Nadia von Moos

MekaYoga Facebook page

Great location, delicious food and wonderful hosts. Recommendable!


Mekayoga Facebook page

I took a class with Harmke and it was one of my favorites from a whole month of daily practice at an ashram in India. She is so open-hearted, present, and inspiring as a yoga teacher and person. Harmke's class left me feeling both relaxed and energized, and looking forward to practicing again. 5 stars!

Rachel Elizabeth

Mekayoga Facebook page

Harmke radiates such an amazing positive energy and her yoga instruction reflects her peaceful yet spirited nature. Would definitely recommend her retreats and hope to personally experience one again someday soon!

Tuomi and Janne Finland

MEKAYOGA website

We were lucky to have Harmke teach us daily yoga practise during our stay. At the time, we were also taking surfing lessons for three hours each day. This would not have been possible for us as middle-aged couple without Harmke's gentle restorative yoga practise. We really liked the way she modified the practice to suit our special needs and even daily moods. Some days we were having Hatha style yoga, some days more stretching Yin type yoga and one day we focused on Pranayama. Having practised yoga for more than 15 years, I can truly say Harmke represents the top rank of yoga teachers with a radiant personality, warmth and thorough knowledge. I can recommend Harmke to any student interested in having a fulfilling practise in the spirit of true Yoga.

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