SEPTEMBER 9 - 15, 2018


Ashtanga Yoga Retreat with Petri Räisänen & Wambui Njuguna-Räisänen.

Peaceful and energetic, creating a meditative atmosphere in the Mysore Room - we are looking forward to one week under Petri's and Wambui´s guidance where students of all levels are invited to explore and enjoy new depths in their practice. After the yoga you can savor the sun on Europe's most stunning sandy surf-beaches or relax on your private terrace in the hammock. Being surrounded by pine, cork & eucalyptus forests, Monte Velho Eco Resort has fantastic ocean views and  is located in the unique landscape of the Costa Vicentina Natural Park.


The Mysore Style class in the morning accomodates and extends practitioners of all levels with Petris & Wambuis experienced, sensitive and insightful adjustments. 3 Afternoon Workshops are filled with thorough technical analysis, a therapeutic perspective on the practice as well as pranayama and meditation exercises revealing the peace and power found within. All levels welcome.

Petri Räsiänen started practicing Ashtanga Yoga 29 years ago and became a devoted student of his Guru, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. He was authorized by Guruji to teach in 2001. Petri is careful to pass on his Guru's exact teachings, meeting each students individual needs and integrating healing and therapy. With his gentle approach and his intuitive perception he creates an open, energetic and meditative atmosphere in the Mysore room. Petri is an internationally recognized teacher since many years who is well-known for his calmness, charisma and magic touch.

Wambui Njuguna-Räisänen discovered the therapeutic benefits of Hatha Yoga in 1995 and has practiced ever since in complement to the various forms of dance and martial arts she has been involved in. Wambui is the editor for Petri’s two books and she was introduced to Ashtanga Yoga in 2008 . After starting to teach in Helsinki in 2011 she continues to assist Petri internationally, following closely in the direct method of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.



Monte Velho Nature Resort is embedded in the unique landscape of the Costa Vicentina Natural Parc: an abundance of wild nature along the stunning atlantic coast with high cliffs, sandy beaches and secluded bays. 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 is truly special and full of magic.


The simple yet beautiful rooms (suites) are very spacious, each with a bedroom, a lounge-area and a bathroom. All suites have their own terrace or deck, with a daybed and hammock. After the yoga practice a delicious meal is waiting for you - the chef is passionate about yummy & healthy food. Besides plenty of love only the freshest local organic produce goes into the vegan & vegetarian meals.


On the nearby beaches Amado & Bordeira (only 10min drive away) you can enjoy the sun, take a long walk or surf a wave - surf lessons including board & wetsuit can be booked on the beach. Hiking and mountainbiking on the old fisherman trails along the cliffs or inland on the historical paths (Rota Vicentina) is a great adventure and in Monte Velhos Spa with sauna and steambath you can also spoil yourself and book a massage treatment.


* 6 morning mysore classes, all levels welcome

* 3 afternoon workshops with pranayama & meditation, technical insight & therapeutical perspective on asanas.


* 6 nights accomodation at Monte Velho Resort

* full- board healthy-delicious veg. catering


Checkin: Sunday Sept. 9th after 4pm. Welcome meeting & dinner at 6 pm.

Yoga: Monday - Saturday

Checkout: Saturday Sept. 15th by 12:00 pm after yoga and breakfast.



EUR    960,-  in a 4-bed dorm

EUR 1.050,- in a triple suite (bring two friends)

EUR 1.140,-  in a Twin or Double suite

EUR 1.380,- in a Single Suite (on request)


Prices are per person. Travel is not included. Payable with registration are 550 Euro. The remainder is due 2 months before the retreat.


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

Public transport & Taxi pickup are possible, however we recommend to book a rental car which allows to discover the amazing beaches & offers flexibility on the whole journey. We can recommend luzcar (operating from Faro).


A pickup from Faro airport costs 100 euro, from Lagos 40 euro.  All bus- and train connections in the Algarve can be found here.



* Enjoy in the sun on the nearby beaches Amado and Bordeira

* Book a surf course or hire board & wetsuit

* Hiking & Mountainbiking on Rota Vicentinas´ fisherman or historic trail

* Holistic Horseriding, walking tracks or a swim in the lake on the property

* Relax and unwind with Steambath, Sauna & Massage treatments at Monte Velhos Spa

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