7 Days Life Awareness Yoga Retreat in Algarve, Portugal

  • Yoga Villa, Unnamed Road, Vila do Bispo, Faro District, Algarve, Portugal


Deepening Yoga Retreat Portugal

  • 7 days with instruction
    • 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

    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!

    Skill level

    • Beginner

    • Intermediate

    • Advanced

    Group sizes

    The maximum participants in the group is 10.


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: 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.

    Shared villa
    • Horse riding
    • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
    • Swimming pool (outdoor)
    • Dining area
    • Garden
    • Terrace
    • Yoga deck
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    Private single roomShared villa

    • Private bathroom
    • Double bed
    • Twin beds
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    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

    • 08:00-09:30 Morning Dynamic yoga class
    • 09:30-10:30 Healthy breakfast
    • Free time (hike along the cliffs, take a surf lesson, enjoy the beaches)
    • 14:00-15:00 Delicious lunch (at Yoga Villa or as picnic)
    • Free time (read and relax, enjoy the swimming pool or jacuzzi)
    • 18:30-19:30 Yogi vegetarian dinner
    • 20:00-21:00 Evening Yin yoga and meditation
    • 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.

    The following meals are included:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Drinks

    The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

    • Organic
    • Vegetarian
    • Yogic
    (If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

    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 MAKEYOGA 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.

    • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
    • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.

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      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 !

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      2017-May-21 16:01:33

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      Review by Sara Dufour from France
      7.5 Value for money
      7.5 Accommodation & facilities
      7.5 Food
      7.5 Location
      10 Quality of activity
      7.5 Overall impression

      2017-May-21 09:54:09

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      Review by Sara Miletic from Switzerland
      7.5 Value for money
      10 Accommodation & facilities
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      2017-May-07 17:19:42

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      Review by Barbara Horgue from France


      10 Value for money
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      2017-May-02 08:07:02


    • Review by Peter

      "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

      "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!"

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    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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