SEPT 28 - OCT 04, 2024  |  OCT 05 - 11, 2024  | ODECEIXE, PORTUGAL

Ashtanga Yoga & Meditation Retreat with Annette Hartwig & Pink Elephant Cooking.

The Herdade do Mar is a modern yet rural oasis nestled in the unspoiled nature of Portugals Costa Vicentina. An magical place to return to self and nature.

Imagine waking up to the sound of the ocean waves and smell of the sweet fragrance from pine trees & cistus plants. This beautiful and charming eco-friendly property offers sophisticated living spaces spilling out onto wide terraces, a huge lake and a saltwater infinity pool with sea view.  The abundant fruit & veggie garden as well as animals like donkeys, goats and sheep contribute to relaxing and slowing down immediately when arriving.

During this week you will have plenty of time to replentish yourself, spent luxurious amounts of time at the widely spread property or the stunning nearby beaches Odeceixe, Amoeira and Monte Clerigo . Nourishing yourself with delicious, vegan farm-to-table food as well as daily yoga sessions, sound-healing  and relaxing massage treatments.

Join us in a small group setting to return back into rhythm, flow and ritual to emody a state of wholeness & belonging.


7am - 9.30 Practice. Deep sadhana practice including Pranayama, Meditation, Intentions setting, guided Vinyasa yoga forms and assisted Self practice (Mysore Style)
10 am Nourish. biodynamic, organic and delicious farm-to-table brunch
12pm Expand. Free time for sunbathing at the lake, pool, strolling through the property,  exploring, reading, hiking, surfing, relaxing at the beach.
4pm Inspire.  yoga nidra, asana refinement workshops, sound healing.
6pm Nourish. biodynamic, organic and delicious farm-to-table 3-course dinner


The morning sessions begin with embodied meditation & somatic exploration followed by chanting and soothing pranayama. The asana practice will include guided forms with different emphasis as well as opportunities to refine your Ashtanga Vinyasa Mysore Self-practice with individual support from Annette. All guided sequences are valuable for both beginners and advanced practitioners, weaving together contemplative, inner conversations as well as preparations & modifications for the more complex asanas with wonder and discovery.

Daily workshop sessions in the afternoon will complement the morning classes to enrich your practice with more joy, presence and sustainability. We will navigate through inner & outer landscapes with Restorative Yoga, Asana Refinement, Functional Mobility (FRC®), Stress Release techniques, Yoga Nidra, Mantra Chanting & Kirtan. You can expect more special surprises and class-themes during the week when you are here.

Everyone is welcome. Beginners, yoga practitioners of other styles as well as experienced mysore style practitioners. Come as you are. We want the real you - perhaps strong, curious, vulnerable, excited, a bit rusty or tired, well established or recovering from injury or other conditions. Classes will be held in german unless some participants only speak english. In this case, german translation is always available. Please reach out if you have any questions.


Annette Hartwig has been teaching Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga & meditation worldwide since 2001. She is a Yoga practitioner, MindBody-Therapy-Coach, Somatic-Stress-Release® practitioner and FRC® Mobility specialist. Annette has studied Vedic & Mantra Chanting at the Krishnamacharia Institute in Chennai and immersed herself in In-depth-training with Richard Freeman and is deeply inspired by the 18+ years relationship with her teacher Dena Kingsberg.

Annette's own practice and teaching embraces the dialogue between somatic exploration, sound & bhakti , movement & stillness. She believes that any small moment in itself can open a subtle, soft and profound healing space beyond any forms & boxes. Her emphasis is being lovingly present with our own vulnerabilities & strengths, shadows & radiant light to come back into the natural state of well being & belonging.  Revealing that the subtle has never left us and we are held in a delightful interconnected-ness of our individual and collective human experience.


The Herdade do Mar is nestled in the middle of the Costa Vicentina Natural Park, surrounded by hills and valleys with cork oaks, pine trees and medronho. You have a stunning ocean view from the terrace, from the infinity saltwater pool as well as from the yoga-shala.  Along spectacular cliffs of the Rota Vicentina fisherman’s trail you can walk from the Herdade do Mar in about 45 min. to the next small village Odeceixe with it’s renowned beach, cafés & restaurants. Our all-time favourites Arrifana & Monte Clerigo are barely 25 minutes drive to the south and are also great for surf lessons and portuguese beach life.


This retreat location is a modern oasis. The charming eco-friendly property offers a haven away from the busy tourist areas, with sophisticated living spaces spilling out onto wide terraces. Its modern architecture and the beautiful minimalistic rooms are light and spacious. An open-plan kitchen and living room with sea view is just perfect for cosy evenings and delightful brunch & dinner conversations. Outside there is a large saltwater pool made of natural stones as well as a huge fruit and veggie garden as well as farm animals like goats, sheep and goose.


Our friends from Pink Elephant Cooking chop, bake, brew and mix a colourful and creatively balanced delicious plant-based farm to table cuisine. The generous brunch and a 3-course dinner are vegan and inspired by the region's wide selection of fresh ingredients and the passion for healthy and yummy food. The chefs also love yoga, so the meals are perfectly aligned with the practice: Full of energy, with intelligently combined ingredients and 100% organic. Water, coffee, tea and fruit are available throughout the retreat day. And: the Pinkies are always up for a chat and a giggle in the open-plan kitchen.


  • Food & accommodation for 6 nights at the Herdade do Mar.
  • Airport transfer on arrival and departure day (2x per day)
  • Sophisticated spacious, bright and peaceful rooms with underfloor heating and en-suite bathrooms, private terrace, soft bed-linen, hairdryer and bathrobes.
  • Delicious, nourishing biodynamic & organic farm-to-table vegetarian meals (brunch and dinner). The majority of all food is locally sourced and also grown at the land from the neighbours. We also have a 100% zero waste policy.
  • Tipps and tricks about vegetarian & vegan cuisine from the head chef Flippo and tour guiding through the own permaculture garden


  • Daily Meditation, Pranayama, Yoga (guided Vinyasa forms & Ashtanga Mysore-Style
) & gentle movement practices
  • Soundbath, Yoga Nidra, Kirtan and Asana Refinement-workshops, Stress release techniques & journaling in the afternoon
  • All Yoga-Equipment (Mats, blocks and blankets)


  • Spectacular cliff walks (5 min. distance from the venue) with to-die-for-sunsets
  • Multiple Sauna evenings & watching milky way in the clear sky.
  • Sunbathing at the infinity saltwater pool & the organic swimming lake.
  • Exploring the vast nature on the property or hiking on the Rota Vicentinas´ fishermen trail starting directly at the Herdade do Mar.
  • Heart filled connections & sharing circles
  • Soaking up love in the community
  • Taking time alone to have naps or just be.
  • Intro-Surf Session (optional)
  • Holistic massage treatments & Cranio Sacral Treatments (extra cost) to float happily in time & space


EUR 1.399,-  in a bright, spacious Twin/Double (ensuite) room with terrace

EUR 1.750,- in a bright, spacious Single room (ensuite) with terrrace

EUR 1.195,-  in a bright, spacious triple room ensuite  (only possible if you bring 2 friends)

Prices are per person and air travel costs are not included.

To make a booking a deposit of 475,- Euro is neccessary 48 hours after registration to secure your spot. The remaining paypment is due to 3 months before retreat start.



Airfare. Travel Insurance. And massage-treatments.



Check-IN: Saturday after 4pm. A welcome meeting & dinner will be at 6pm.
Check_OUT: Friday by 11am

Yoga Classes: Sunday - Friday


The Herdade do Mar is located between Aljezur and Odeceixe, 10 min. drive from Odeceixe. Fly into Faro (1,5 hrs. away) and Lisbon (3 hrs. away) You can travel to Lisbon alternatively by train, via Paris & Irun.


This year we are offering airport transfers from/to Faro airport on the arrival day (around midday) and departure day (leaving the venue at 11 am) for no extra costs.


Alternatively you can book a rental car if you like to be independent throughout your whole journey and wish to discover the surroundings and further beaches. We recommend 

luzcar (operating from Faro).


Additionally we are happy to help organizing car--pooling for sharing a car amongst retreat participants.


Public transport from Lisbon to Odeceixe with Rede-Expressos-Bus. From Faro to Lagos with the EVA Bus or by train. From Lagos to Odeceixe with Rede-Expressos. You find an overview with all public transport services here. Please email us if you need assistance.


A transfer from Odeceixe Bus-Stop will be available on the Check-In day (10 Euro p/P one way) and needs to be booked via us.


We are delighted that you are joining us for the Ashtanga Yoga & Meditation Retreat . After you have submitted the registration you will receive an email with information &  bank details. Please allow up to 24 hrs. for an answer. Thank you. If there is any uncertainty about the course or travel, please feel free to write us.

Cancellations: In case we (yogabija) have to cancel the retreat we will refund your payment reduced only by 50,- euro for costs incurred. If you cancel your booking 6 weeks before the retreat  we will refund your payment reduced by 150 euro cancellation fee. No refunds will be offered for later cancellations. We highly recommend to get a travel insurance.

We are very much looking forward to having you here.



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