7 Days Life Awareness Yoga Retreat in Algarve, Portugal

  • Vila do Bispo, Faro District, Algarve, Portugal

7 Days Life Awareness Yoga Retreat in Algarve, Portugal

  • Vila do Bispo, Faro District, Algarve, Portugal

Deepening Yoga Retreat Portugal

Join a week of yoga in the astonishing South West area of the Algarve, Portugal. A week to relax and connect with nature and to deepen your knowledge about body and mind. Our Yoga Villa is set in the wonderful national park Costa Vicentina, just 3 kilometers from the beautiful unspoiled coastline and beaches. Enjoy twice daily yoga classes, beautiful walks, and delicious, healthy food!


  • 11 yoga classes with qualified teachers
  • Tibetan singing bowl healing meditation session
  • Professional and passionate yoga teachers with yoga therapy certification
  • Delicious, healthy, and mostly organic food
  • Organic teas and fresh fruit juices
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • Dutch, German, English
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You will be staying in the quiet Yoga Villa, outside the picturesque fisherman village Vila do Bispo. Yoga Villa has 5 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 many wonderful trails take you towards the Algarve's most astonishing beaches.

The life awareness program yoga retreat in Portugal is a retreat to rediscover, reconnect, and recreate your life and learn to maintain mental and physical well-being. In this beautiful natural setting, you will take time to train mind and body and to develop health, happiness, and a deeper connection with your true self.

The yoga sessions will be combined with deepening theory and meditation training to regain focus and consciousness of mind. Train body and mind to develop a healthy and happy life by yoga, meditation, and being in wild nature. More than just a yoga holiday in Portugal, it's a wonderful life changing investment in yourself.

Daily schedule

  • 07:30-09:00 Dynamic yoga class
  • 09:00-10:00 Healthy breakfast
  • Free time (hike along the cliffs, take a surf lesson, enjoy the beaches)
  • 13:00-14:00 Delicious lunch (at Yoga Villa or as picnic)
  • Free time (read and relax, enjoy the swimming pool or jacuzzi)
  • 18:00-19:00 Relaxing yoga and meditation
  • 19:00-20:00 Yogi Vegetarian dinner
  • 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

    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.

Situated right in the National Park Costa Vicentina and just 3 kilometers from the most astonishing unspoiled beaches along the Atlantic Ocean, a calm environment is what you need to reconnect with yourself, let go of your ongoing thought, and breathe. Sitting on top of the cliffs while the evening sun sets in the ocean right in front is a better place to meditate.

Learn to give space to your body and soul with yoga in Europe's most beautiful National Park Costa Vicentina in the South West corner of the Portuguese Algarve. Explore the unspoiled white sand beaches with crystal clear water on the South Coast, hike along the rough black cliff sides on the West Coast, and watch the local boys surf.

Nearby places

  • Beautiful unspoiled coastline and beaches, 3 kilometers

"You are what you eat", and 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 that you could wish for and of course, organic as much as possible.

All food is included and MEKAYOGA has developed a very much appreciated tradition of cooking together during the week. It's a wonderful way to get to know each other and get inspired with delicious yogic, vegetarian recipes.

Fortaleza de Sagres and Cape Saint Vicente

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.

Hiking along the cliffs

The area offers a lot to discover. Take a picnic and go for a wonderful 3-kilometer 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 harbor's auction café while watching the fishing boats return and bring in their treasures.

Mountain biking in Monchique

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.

Scuba diving in crystal clear water

Take a boat tour to discover the Algarve's most secret beaches and sea caves, watch dolphins, or join the diving center to explore the area's sparkling underwater world.

Surf lessons and world famous surf beaches

Just a wonderful walk away from the 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 their friends that are certified and experienced local surf teachers.

Treat yourself to some deep relaxation with MEKAYOGA's in-house massage therapist or work on rebalancing your energy with a hands-on healing session.

  • 6 nights' accommodation at the Yoga Villa
  • 11 yoga classes from MEKAYOGA professional and passionate yoga teachers
  • All yummy healthy food, fresh from the farmers' market, and mostly organic
  • Delicious organic teas and fresh fruit shakes
  • Tibetan singing bowl healing meditation

Arrival by airplane

The closest airport is Faro Airport (FAO). It takes you 70 minutes by car to Yoga Villa. You can also fly to Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS).

Arrival by bus

Buses run from Lisbon to Lagos and from Lagos to Vila do Bispo.

Arrival by shuttle

MEKAYOGA recommends you to either rent a car with Goldcar or to use the services provided by www.my-transfer.com. This service offers very affordable shuttle transfers from Faro Airport (FAO) to the village Vila do Bispo. Shared shuttle costs 29,50 EUR and private service costs 76,50 EUR.

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

  • J
    Review by Janet Stevenson from France

    A gentle yogi

    PROS Pros: Michael adapted the yogi to each of his quests.

    2017-Sep-04 11:17:12

  • D
    Review by Damian Lluna from Belgium

    Great yoga retreat

    PROS Pros: Beautiful region and lovely house Very good and deep yoga ckasses Amazing food Kind and careful service Good atmosphere

    2017-Sep-02 19:32:46

  • H
    Review by Helene Krenchel from Denmark

    CONS Cons: Personally I had to get used to the humid weather. It sometimes hit 90-100 pct which means wet bedlinnen, towels and clothes. But on the other hand the wind is strong and helpfull and the scenery so stunning that you forget the tideous details in no time.

    PROS Pros: 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

    2017-Jul-30 14:47:13

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    Review by Allan Henneberg from Denmark

    Very good experince

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

    2017-Jul-15 07:28:37

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    Review by Anonymous

    2017-Sep-02 14:49:06

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    Review by Nicky Joshi from France

    Great escape

    CONS Cons: My room . I thought I could have been. More cozy and better decor .

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

    2017-Aug-26 06:04:24

  • S
    Review by Stanislav Pargov from Belgium

    2017-Aug-07 19:29:39

  • R
    Review by Rik Goedhart from Netherlands

    2017-Aug-05 14:54:00

  • P
    Review by Anonymous

    Lovely group, great instructors uncomfortable accomodation

    CONS Cons: The website says every room has a private bathroom! This is very much not the case. Not a lot to do during the day but go to the beach bunk beds creaked with every movement when the house is full it is too many people.

    PROS Pros: 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.

    Organizer response: Dear Pamela, Thank you for your stay for us, we enjoyed your good vibe! Also thanks for your feedback, this way we can learn to further improve our guests experiences. This week we hosted 10 guests. On average we receive between 6 and 10 guests per week, spread over 4 double/twin rooms, a private single room and a bunkbed space. As we receive many requests for the summer, we decided to add the private single room so we could accommodate more people that really wanted to stay with us. This is the only without private bathroom that can be booked online. I will adjust our room description right away, our apologies for not having updated the rooms description online yet. All the other rooms that we offer online are double/twins with private bathrooms. We do not offer the bunkbed space online because it is a much smaller space than the other rooms and because it shares a bathroom. For that reason, we give a thorough explanation of the bunkbed space and a 100 euro discount and we only offer people this option after we have been fully booked. This way our guests can make a conscious decision whether they want to accept the bunkbed or rather come back another time. We have knowingly decided to keep a lot of free, because we learned from experience that filling up the days with lots of activities does not eventually support people to slow down, to start reconnecting with the self and to start cultivating inner peacefulness. I wish you all the best! Love and light, MekaYoga

    2017-Aug-05 05:16:23

  • N
    Review by Nina Repar from Germany

    Relax & enjoy in the beautiful nature of Algarve

    PROS Pros: 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.

    2017-Jun-18 07:26:24

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    Review by Ella Whiteley from Great Britain

    2017-Jun-04 12:10:23

  • L
    Review by Louise Burger from Netherlands

    Organizer response: Hi Louisa, I hope you are having a great day! Thank you for writing our review. I see you have selected a 0 out of 10 for the quality of activity? Could you please share with us what was missing for you, how this could be improved? I was slightly surprised as I was under the impression you had a wonderful time in the Yoga Villa. I am looking forward to hearing from you! Love and peace, Harmke

    2017-Jun-04 06:20:17

  • N
    Review by Nadine Fossati from Switzerland

    2017-Jun-03 00:46:38

  • V
    Review by Verda Law from Canada

    It was an awesome vacation,relaxing , transforming experience !

    CONS Cons: None

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

    2017-May-21 16:01:33

  • S
    Review by Sara Dufour from France

    2017-May-21 09:54:09

  • S
    Review by Sara Miletic from Switzerland

    2017-May-07 17:19:42

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    Review by Barbara Horgue from France


    2017-May-02 08:07:02


  • Review by Peter
    10 out of 10

    "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!"

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  • Review by Rachel Elizabeth
    10 out of 10

    "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!"

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  • Review by Tuomi and Janne from Finland

    "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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  • Review by Frederique from Canada

    "I did a yoga class for the first time during the first week of July with Harmke and I absolutely loved it! It was perfect for beginners and also for advanced people. Everybody can find his place during the class. I liked her presence, her consciousness about the body and mind and her personality as well! A stunning girl inside out with a great knowledge about Yoga; I will do it again for sure."

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  • Review by Maartje from Netherlands

    "Harmke is a lovely person that teaches yoga in a natural way. Because of her guiding voice, she easily lets you connect with your inner self. It was such a wonderful experience. I think I've become a yoga-addict after this week!"

    MEKAYOGA website, edited

Vila do Bispo, Portugal

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

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Arrival: Saturday October 7, 2017
Departure: Friday October 13, 2017

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