JUNE 30 - JULY 6, 2018 // Updated details & registration will be online soon!

Ashtanga Yoga Retreat with David Keil & Gretchen Suarez,  Portugal.

Come with us and enjoy one week of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with David Keil & Gretchen Suarez in Portugal's beautiful southwest Alentejo. This retreat is an opportunity to dive deeper into the practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga while having a holiday at the same time. Monte Velho Nature Resort is located in a peaceful setting with fantastic ocean views in the middle of the Costa Vicentina Natural Parc. Here you can savor the sun on Europes most stunning sandy surf-beaches or discover the djungelish hinterland on well marked hiking tracks.



Each morning will start with some moments of silence and gentle breathing exercises followed by Ashtanga Yoga Mysore Style Practice where each student will be individually supported. Three afternoon classes will focus on deepening the relationship to breath, bandha and the Vinyasa count. We will establish a complementary sitting/meditation practice and there will be plenty of time for yoga anatomy: Gaining a better understanding of the postures and the human body in order to intelligently move forward even in more difficult asanas. Classes will be taught in english. All Levels are welcome!


David Keil has an extensive background in bodywork and anatomy. He is well known for his amazing observation- and adjustment skills, which allow him to share techniques that will take you and your practice to the next level. He has a fun, informal and informative style of teaching. With his anatomy, adjustment, and Ashtanga Yoga workshops he has been travelling around the world for many years. David will be accompanied by his partner Gretchen Suarez – both are deeply rooted in the tradition of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and authorized to teach this method by Sri K Pattabhi Jois and R Sharath Jois.

Gretchen Suarez has been teaching yoga for over 15 years. She studied with the late Sri K Pattabis Jois in Mysore who authorized her to teach Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Gretchen is also a licensed psychotherapist and meditation teacher - she emphasizes the mental, emotional and spiritual elements of the practice.




Monte Velho Nature Resort is embedded in the unique landscape of the Costa Vicentina Natural Parc: an bundance 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 truly special and full of magic.


The simple yet beautiful rooms are very spacious with bedroom, living-room (2 more optional beds) and bathroom. Each room has its own terrace with daybed and hammock. After the yoga practice a delicious meal is waiting for you - our chef is passionate about yummy healthy-yogic 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.


DATE: JUNE 30 - JULY 6, 2018. // Updated details and registration online soon!


6 morning classes
* mindful meditation practice, breath awareness & development of ujaii breath
* Mysore Style practice


3 afternoon classes:
* deepening the understanding of bandhas, breath and vinyasa count
* yoganatomy elements to better understand the moving body in asana
*  establish & maintain a sitting practice / mindful meditation


All classes being taught in English by David Keil & Gretchen Suarez.



6 nights at Monte Velho Nature Resort including fullboard healthy-delicious veg. catering:


in a shared double suite: 620 Euro

in a single suite: 830 Euro (limited availability)

in a triple suite: 560 Euro (bring two friends)

in a 4 bed dorm: 410 Euro


Prices are per person. Travel is not included.

Payable with registration to save your spot: 550 Euro. The rest 4 weeks before the retreat.

All payment details, a registration form and conditions can be found here.



* Savor the sun on the nearby beaches Amado and Bordeira

* Book a surf course or hire board & wetsuit

* Hiking & Mountainbiking on the Rota Vicentina

* Holistic Horseriding

* Enjoy the many walking tracks on the property, go for a swim in the lake

* Indulge in doing nothing at all

* Steambath, Sauna and Massage treatments at Monte Velho Spa



Checkin: Saturday July 1st after 4pm. Welcome meeting & dinner for everyone at 6 pm.
Yoga: Sunday - Friday.
Checkout: Friday July 7 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. In the past participants were happy with rental cars from luzcar (operating from Faro).


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.  

All bus- and train connections in the Algarve can be found here.


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