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Enjoy, relax, get to know your true self, and become in complete peace with it! With this 7-day retreat in the peaceful nature and magical landscape of Algarve, Portugal, you will have a lot of time to relax and explore Southwest Algarve and Vicentine Coast National Park and its wonderful beaches. This yoga retreat is suitable for those who have practiced for many years to deepen their practice with specific guidance, to learn more about body and mind and to further develop the true Self. If you are new to meditation and yoga, this is a great chance to start your practice with personal guidance to create a proper foundation for self-practice.
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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 50 square meter 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 beautiful beaches.
uring this week you will enjoy daily guided meditations and yoga classes. There will be silence in the villa in the mornings and evenings, which is a wonderful and effective support to connect with silence and peace within.
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 place in the provence Algarve, Portugal. Your place of stay for the retreat 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 the Natural Park where many wonderful trails will take you towards Algarve's beautiful beaches.
Imagine unspoiled white sand beaches and crystal clear water, green hills and steep cliffs. The area offers you a calm environment, which is needed to reconnect with yourself, let go of your ongoing thoughts, and breathe. There would be no better place to meditate than sitting on top of the cliffs while the evening sun sets in the ocean.
"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-transfers.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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