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

Peaceful and energetic, creating a meditative atmosphere in the Ashtanga Yoga Mysore Room. Join us for 2 workshop weeks with Petri and Wambui at the Dawn Collective Shala in the Costa Vicentina Natural Park, one of Europe´s most stunning & untouched coastal regions. Students of all levels are invited to explore and enjoy new depths in their practice under the guidance of these two incredible teachers.

Petri focuses on integrating healing and therapy with Ashtanga Yoga, meeting each student's individual needs and guiding their progress. Petri's hands-on adjustments are gentle, effective, therapeutic and, according to some, magical - they originate from his own practice & teaching as well as from his past work as a traditional finnish folk healer and naturopath.



For all details, schedule and bookings please contact Petri and Wambui on their website.



You can choose from a great variety of accommodation (different budgets and needs) within a 5 min walk to a 10 min. drive from the Dawn Collective Shala / the beach. As this is a popular destination we recommend to seek accommodation as early as possible. Please find further info and some recommendations here.



The Dawn Collective Shala (Google Maps) is located between the picturesque Arrifana Beach (2 km) and the little village Aljezur (7 km), where you will find everything you need like supermarkets, cafés & restaurants, bakery, organic shops and a charming local farmers market on saturdays.


The stunning and unspoiled beaches of Arrifana, Monte Clerigo and Amoreira allow for endless summer days & unreal sunsets. All beaches are easy to access and offer great surf conditions. The jungle-ish hinterland with magic forests of pine, eucalyptus and cork can be explored with nature walks, mountain bike or donkey/horse rides.

The Dawn Collective Shala has a wooden floor and catches the first rays of sun in the morning. Yoga mats, blankets and blocks are available as well as a big lawn to hang out after class, filtered water, tea and delicious espresso. Also massage treatments are available at the Dawn Collective Shala.



Petri Räsiänen started practicing Ashtanga Yoga 30 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 student´s 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.


The closest international airports are Faro (1 hour 15 Min) and Lisbon (3 hours) - both are connected to Aljezur with excellent freeways. Most comfortable to get around & discover the area is a rental car - we recommend to book a rental from luzcar (operating from Faro).

Public transport: Rede-Expressos Bus drives daily from Lisbon straight down to Aljezur and on week days you can also get from Faro via Lagos to Aljezur - please find all bus- and train connections in the Algarve on this website


Mountainbikes, E-Bikes and Scooters can be rented on a daily or weekly basis in Aljezur & Vale da Telha.

For all questions, registration & payment please get in touch with Petri and Wambui on their website.