DEC 30, 2022 - JAN 05, 2023  |  ODECEIXE, PORTUGAL

New Year's Yoga Retreat with Annette Hartwig & Pink Elephant Cooking.

Waking up, inhaling the fragrance of fresh ocean air and sweet cistus plants – the Herdade do Mar is a modern coastal farm nestled in the unspoiled nature of Portugal´s southwest coast. Here, far away from mainstream tourism you find the perfect escape from everyday´s obligations, stress & worries. You can recharge, enjoy ocean views all day, visit the nearby stunning beaches and nourish yourself with delicious vegan food as well as inspiring yoga sessions and relaxing massage treatments.


Join us in a small group setting, remembering a state of wholeness, finding back into rhythm and flow. Sharing inspiring conversations on & off the mat in a community which can hold and give space for everyone’s own experience.


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 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 & journaling, Yoga Nidra, Mantra Chanting & Kirtan.


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 understand english. In this case, german translation is always available. Please reach out if you have any questions.


Annette Hartwig shares from 25 years of practicing and teaching Ashtanga Yoga. She offers a nurturing, safe and inspiring class environment where you receive individual support to enrich the practice with more joy, curiosity and sustainability.

Annette is an Ashtanga Yoga practitioner, Somatic-Stress-Release® Facilitator, MindBody-Therapy-Practitioner, IAM Yoga Nidra teacher, and FRC® Mobility specialist. She has completed a 3-year long advanced practitioner training with her teacher & mentor Dena Kingsberg in Australia, has studied extensively with Richard Freeman in Boulder, Colorado as well as Vedic Chanting at the Krishnamacharia Institute in Chennai.

Annette's own practice and teaching embraces the dialogue between somatic exploration, movement, sound & bhakti. Her emphasis on being present in each moment opens a nurturing space beyond forms & boxes. There we are able to untie the knots around our hearts and find back into rhythm where the deeper aspects of the practice naturally unfold.


Daniel Schudt is handling all emails & bookings, being your host on-site making sure you have the smoothest retreat experience possible  - and of course he will contribute during the week with his background and great experience as a massage therapist, FRC® mobility trainer & yoga instructor. In his massage treatments Daniel is combining deep tissue massage,  acupressure & energy work to ease physical tension and pain while creating a space for healing & deep relaxation. You can book a treatment or therapeutic 1:1 movement session with Daniel after arrival.  


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.


Our new retreat location is a modern oasis. This 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 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 kitchen.



* 6 nights at the Herdade do Mar with en-suite bathroom, underfloor heating and more hotel-like comfort. 

* Everyday delicious, vegan farm-to-table brunch and a 3-course dinner
* Filtered water, tea & fruit available all day.


Check In: Friday, Dec 30 from 4pm. Welcome Meeting & Dinner at 6pm. 

Yoga program from saturday to thursday.

Check Out: Thursday, Jan 05 until 11:00am, after yoga and breakfast. 



* Yoga classes from Saturday - Thursday

* 6 morning-classes incl. Meditation, Pranayama, guided Vinyasa forms & Ashtanga Mysore-Style
* 5 Workshop Sessions including Restorative Yoga, Asana Refinement, Functional mobility (FRC®), Stress release techniques & journaling, I AM Yoga Nidra, Mantra & Kirtan.
* Yoga-Equipment (Mats, blocks and blankets) are available although we recommend to bring your own mat.



EUR  1.315,-  in a Twin-Share or Double 

EUR  1.645,-  in a Single room

EUR  1.195,-  in a 3-bed room (only possible if you bring 2 friends)


Prices are per person. Full payment with registration saves a spot. Travel is not included. Payment in 2 installments is possible with a 50 eur surcharge.  


The Heradade 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.


Booking a rental car is advised if you like to be independent throughout your whole journey and wish to discover the surroundings and beaches. We recommend 

luzcar (operating from Faro). If needed, we can help organizing car-sharing 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 will announce more special events and suprises for the new years celebration once the retreat has started.

* Free time to reflect, relax and simply be.

* Mesmerizing sunsets every evening over the atlantic ocean and the watching milky way in the clear sky.

* Stunning nearby beaches of Odeceixe, Amoreira, Arrifana & Monte Clerigo.

* Holistic massage treatment to float happily in time & space.
*Sharing cirlce, musik and dance.

* A surf-course or renting surf equipment

* Hiking on the Rota Vicentinas´ fishermen trail starting right at the Herdade do Mar.

* Sunbathing at the infinity-pool, the lake or exploring the vast nature on the property.



To clarify availability please email us before submitting the registration form.  


After we have received your registration we will send you an email with further information &  bank details. Please wait for our email before booking flights. Payment of the full retreat price within 48 hrs. secures your spot. Alternatively you can pay in 2 installments with a 50 eur surcharge. Please enquire details if needed.


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 before November 25th we will refund your payment reduced by 150 euro cancellation fee. No refunds with later cancellations. We recommend to get a travel insurance and a Seminar/Course- insurance.


We are delighted to be sharing your company here in Portugal soon.

Warmest, Annette & Daniel

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