Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Retreat with Dena Kingsberg and Jack Wiseman in Carrapateira, Portugal

July 4 - 10, 2015

Magical eucalyptus and pine forests, sandy beaches and spectacular cliffs – the simple yet beautifully designed Monte Velho Nature Resort is located in a peaceful setting right in the heart of the San Vicente Natural Park, Portugals West-Algarve. This retreat is an invitation to explore the richness of ashtanga yoga while having enough space to enjoy the sun on the beach, go for a surf or just chill in the hammock on your terrace.


Each morning will begin with quiet reflection and development of the breath. Followed by a combination of conducted and Mysore style classes which will accommodate and extend practitioners of all levels. The afternoon classes will support the morning practice and will cover fundamentals of asana, bandha, pranayama, yoga philosophy, chanting and stillness. Dena's authentic and holistic approach; inspire a passion for self-discovery and reflection.

Dena has been studying and practicing traditional ashtanga yoga for over 28 years. She is one of Sri K.Pattabhi Jois's most advanced female students. Having completed the fourth series in 1996 she is certified by the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute of Mysore South India to teach this method. Jack and Dena were married by Guruji in 1997. The arrival of Zoli currently 13 and Izac now 10 has completed the family picture. The path of motherhood has added a gentle compassion to Dena’s disciplined yet lyrical style of teaching. Assisted by Jack, family warmth and a love of the practice shine through to create a safe yet provoking class atmosphere. All classes will be taught in english.



Course fee: 600 euro (6 morning and 4 afternoon classes with Dena and Jack)

Accomodation + food:  590 euro in a shared double-suite. / 820 euro in a single-suite / 500 euro in a triple suite if you bring 2 friends. The price is per person and includes 6 nights accomodation at Monte Velho Resort and fullboard healthy-delicious vegetarian catering.


You have a question? Please send us an E-Mail - we are happy to help you and answer will within a few hours! Here you can register for the course. The journey to/from Monte Velho Resort is not included and needs to be organized by you.


Environment & Accomodation (Carrapateira).

Monte Velho Nature Resort is situated on a hill with 360 degree panoramic view in the San Vicente National Park on the west coast of the Algarve. The simple yet beautiful suites are spacious with bedroom, living-room (2 more optional beds) and bathroom. Each suite has it´s own terrace with daybed and hammock... plenty of room to relax.

Our chef is passionate about healthy+yummy food and spreads good vibes already when chopping veggies and singing in the kitchen. Besides plenty of love only the freshest regional ingredients go into the vegetarian meals, whenever possible based on certified organic produce.

On the 30ha plot of land you find plenty of places to retreat, watch the ocean, go for a walk, enjoy horseback riding or jump in the lake. The little beachvillage of Carrapateira with cafés and restaurants is about 4 km away. On the beaches (Amado, just a 10min drive) you can enjoy the sun or you go surfing (material and surfing lessons can be booked locally). The Spa is equipped with sauna, steambath and a massage room and an excellent network of therapists is available (e. g. holistic massage, osteopathy, acupuncture).


Getting there / Good to know.

Checkin: Saturday July 04th after 3pm. Welcome dinner for everyone at 7:00 pm.
Yoga: Sunday - Friday.
Ceckout: Friday 10th by 12:00 pm after yoga and breakfast.

Flight: To Faro (1,5 hrs drive) or Lisbon (3,5 hrs drive to Monte Velho).

Rental car: We strongly recommend to book a rental car. You can see the ocean from Monte Velho Resort and beautiful Amado beach is only 4km linear distance but hiking through the bush+over the hills takes at least 50 minutes. With a car you make it in 8 min. The rental car also gives you flexibility on your whole journey and in the end is usually cheaper than the total amount you would pay for train/ bus tickets, taxi / transfer. Monte Velho Nature Resort on Google-Maps.

Accomodation before / after the retreat (It is not possible to stay at Monte Velho before/after the retreat): In Lisbon: Lisbonstory Guesthouse, Travellers House, agarreomomento, appartments Ashtanga Yoga in central Lisbon at Casa Vinyasa. On the way south along Rotavicentina you find beautiful accomodation at casasbrancas.

In Carrapateira / Vilarinha:
Monte da Vilarinha, Casa Bamboo, Pensao das Dunas, Casa Fajara. Appartments: Monte da Sapeiro, Idyllic Holidays Appartments in Vilarinha. You can find more holiday lettings on homeaway, ownersdirect or tripadvisor.

Other enjoyable activities after practice:
... the beautiful sandy beaches and bays with excellent surf conditions

... an excellent network of therapists, e. g. massage, osteopathy, spiritual healing.
... hiking on the old fisherman trails or on the historical paths (Rota Vicentina).



Registration form.

You are registered and your place in the retreat is safe once we received the full course fee in our bank account. After we´ve got your registration we will send you an E-Mail with our bank details - please wait for our e-mail confirmation before you book your flights.

We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

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Cancellation policy: If you cancel your booking 30 days or earlier before the retreat yogabija will refund 85% of the course fee. If you cancel your booking within 30 days before the retreat the course fee will not be refunded.