Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Retreat with Dena Kingsberg and Jack Wiseman in Carrapateira, Portugal
new date for 2015 coming soon
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. This will be further enhanced by a full day of silence and fresh juices.
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.
Ashtanga Yoga Retreat with Dena Kingsberg & Jack Wiseman, July 05th - July 11th
* One week of yoga wih Dena+Jack (6 morning and 4 afternoon classes)
* 6 nights accomodation at Monte Velho Nature Resort incl. healthy vegetarian food ______________________________________________________________________________
€ 1.110,- Euro in a triple-suite (sharing with two others)
€ 1.200,- Euro in a double-suite (sharing with one person)
€ 1.430,- Euro in a single-suite (limited availability)
The price is per person. The journey to/from Monte Velho Resort needs to be organized by you and is not included. If you have any question please feel free to send us an E-Mail. On the bottom of this page you find the registration form.
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 Anne Marie is passionate about healthy+yummy food and she spreads good vibes already when chopping veggies and singing in the kitchen. Besides all her love only the freshest regional ingredients go into the 3 daily vegetarian meals, whenever possible based on certified organic produce. The day of silent practice is accompanied by fresh juices.
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 05th after 3pm. Welcome dinner for everyone at 7:30 pm.
Yoga: Sunday - Friday.
Ceckout: Friday 11th 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 lissabon-altstadt.de. 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. Quinta Azul. You can find more holiday lettings on homeaway, ownersdirect or tripadvisor.
Enjoy 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).