JULY 2 - 8, 2016

Ashtanga Yoga Retreat with Dena Kingsberg & Jack Wiseman in Portugal.

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, the westcoast of the 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 Kingsberg has been studying and practicing traditional ashtanga yoga for 30 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 14 and Izac now 11 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.



The retreat venue Monte Velho Nature Resort is embedded in the unique landscape of San Vicente natural park: an bundance of wild nature along the stunning atlantic coast with high cliffs and sandy beaches. The 30ha plot of land is located on a hill with 360 degree panoramic view overlooking the pine- and eucalyptus forests and the ocean. Plenty of spots to retreat, watching sunrise or sunset with only the sound of frogs and birds in the background… we find this place truly special and full of magic.


The resorts simple yet beautiful rooms (suites) are very spacious with bedroom, living-room (2 more optional beds) and bathroom. Each suite has it´s own terrace with daybed and hammock. After the yoga practice a delicious meal is waiting for you - our chef is passionate about healthy-yogic and superyummy food. Besides plenty of love only the freshest local organic produce goes into the vegan & vegetarian meals.


At the nearby beaches “Amado” and “Bordeira” (just 10min drive away) you can enjoy the sun, take a long walk or surf a wave (material & surf lessons can be booked right on the beach). Hiking and mountainbiking on the old fisherman trails along the cliffs or inland on the historical paths is a great adventure and in the Monte Velho Spa with sauna and steambath you can also spoil yourself and book a massage treatment.



DATE: JULY 02 - 08, 2016


6 morning classes

 * meditation &  pranayama exercises

 * Mysore Style practice

4 afternoon classes

 * yoga philosophy

 * fundamentals of asana & bandha

 * pranayama practice
 * chanting & stillness


All classes being taught in English by Dena Kingsberg & Jack Wiseman.

German translation is available.



* 6 nights at Monte Velho Nature Resort

* fullboard healthy-delicious veg. catering


in a shared double suite: 590 Euro

in a single suite: 820 Euro

in a triple suite: 500 Euro


Single Room availability is limited. Triple room is possible when you bring 2 friends. Prices are per person. Payable with registration 600 Euro to secure the spot. The rest is payable 4 weeks before the retreat.


* Massage Treatments

* Sauna & steambath

* Holistic Horseriding

* Surf Lessons



* Enjoy the sun on Amado / Bordeira Beach

* Learn Surfing (courses booked locally)

* Steambath & Sauna at Monte Velho Spa

* Spoil yourself with a massage treatment

* Hiking & Mountainbiking on the tracks of the
   Rota Vicentina
* Holistic Horseriding

* Take a walk on the many paths of the property

* Go for a swim in the lake

* Indulge in doing nothing at all



Checkin: Saturday July 02th after 3pm. Welcome dinner for everyone at 6:30 pm.
Yoga: Sunday - Friday.
Ceckout: Friday 08th by 12:00 pm after yoga and breakfast.

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

A rental car allows to discover the stunning beaches and offers flexibility on your whole journey to / from Monte Velho Nature Resort.


Public transport / Taxi Pickup: Go to Lagos by Rede-Expressos BUS or EVA-BUS. A pickup from Lagos (40 euro) or from Faro airport (100 euro) can be arranged.

Please ask us - we are happy to help you and can recommend nice places to stay before and after the retreat!

Do you have a question? Please send uns an Email - we are happy to help you at any time!


Registration Form.

We are very delighted that you want to join us for the retreat with Dena & Jack! Please only fill out the form below if you are sure you want to join. E-Mail us before to check availability and clarify any questions. Thank you!


After we´ve received your registration we will send you a confirmation E-Mail with further information. Wait for this e-mail before you book your flights. You are registered and your place in the retreat is safe as soon as we received the full course fee of 600 Euro in our bank account. Thank you. We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

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.


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