JUNE 11 - OCTOBER 05, 2018


Mysore Intensive Program.

The Mysore Intensive program is a nonresidential yoga course for everyone with the desire for more clarity & contentment. Join us for 1 or up to 6 consecutive weeks of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga at the Dawn Collective Shala in Arrifana. The magical, unspoiled nature here in the southwest Alentejo with vast sandy beaches, spectacular high cliffs and picturesque bays allows the unfolding of moments of distinct presence.


Each morning begins with silent mediation,  pranayama & chanting followed by a Mysore Style Practice where personalized attention is given. The daily Ashtanga Yoga Practice facilitates a sound balance of softness & strength and encourages a deep & authentic relationship with oneself.


Students book their own accomodation. There is a great variety of places to stay (for different budgets & needs) within a 2-10 min. drive from the Shala and the beach. Please find our recommendations on the bottom of this page. If you wish to practice Ashtanga Yoga during your holiday while having plenty of time on the beach with your family, partner or fellow students - the Mysore Intensive Program is perfect for you. 



The Dawn Collective Shala is located between the picturesque fisherman-village of Arrifana (2 km) and  Aljezur (7km). The beautiful beaches & cliffs of Arrifana, Monte Clerigo and Amoreira are easy to access and in Aljezur you will find everything you need like supermarkets, cafés & restaurants, an organic shop and a local farmers market on saturdays. The nearest town is Lagos and the closest international Airports are Faro (1 hour 15 Min) and Lisbon (3 hours).


 June 11 - 15
 June 18 - 22
 June 25 - 29
 July 30 - Aug. 3
 August 6 - 10  14
 August 13 - 17
 August 20 - 24
 August 27 - 31
 September 3 - 7
 September 17 - 21  15
 September 24 - 28  15
 October 1 - 5  15


Monday - Friday

7.30 am - 8 am Meditation, Pranayama, Chanting

8 am  - 10 am Mysore Style


Monday & Wednesday (directly after the morning class)
1 hour pranayama & sutra chanting


Rest days: saturday, sunday & moon days.


On moon days there will be a complimentary meditation practice. Last sunday of the month: led class




We welcome everyone - from an established Mysore Style practitioner to a complete beginner. Beginners are asked to join for 2 weeks to facilitate the best possible understanding & a solid foundation of Ashtanga Yoga. Places will be given by the "first come first serve" principle. Classes will be held in english (german translation is available). Drop-In's or other arrangements by invitation only. Please send us an e-mail if you are unsure if the course suits you or if you have any questions.



Course fee:  150 euro for one week / 240 euro for two weeks. To sign up please use the Registration Form on the bottom of this page. The course fee is non-refundable and needs to be wired within 24hrs after registration to save a spot. If you wish to join for more than two weeks please get in touch.

Residents of the area are most welcome to join. Please enquire for more details.



Annette Hartwig started practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in 1997. She is deeply inspired by the longterm guidance of her beloved teacher Dena Kingsberg (certified by Sri K.P. Jois) whom she assists on international workshops. With more than 17 years of teaching experience and her intuition Annette creates a nurturing class atmosphere where she supports & inspires students of all levels with precise observation, clear instructions and gentle hands-on-adjustments. In 2001 Annette has had the great fortune to study with the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. She regularly returns to Mysore to study with R. Sharat Jois and nourishes her curiosity by Intensive study courses with Richard Freeman.



The closest international airports are Faro (1 hour 15 Min) and Lisbon (3 hours) - both are connected to Aljezur with excellent freeways. We recommend to book a rental car. In the past participants were happy with rental cars from luzcar (operating from Faro).


By bus you can get from Faro to Aljezur with EVA and Rede-Expressos & Rede Expressos also offers a daily service from Lisbon. All bus- and train connections in the Algarve can be found here.


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



A great choice of accommodation is available within 2-10 Minutes drive from the Dawn Collective Shala. On AirBnB or similar platforms you can search for the areas of Aljezur, Arrifana, Vale da Telha, Espartal, Monte Clerigo. Here is a few places we can recommend:


Great 2-bedroom Oceanview house 5 min walk to the beach, 5 min drive to the shala.

Beautiful 2-bedroom Townhouse in the Old Town of Aljezur

1-Bedroom Retreat House in the Old Town of Aljezur

Casa Lua 2-Bedroom  in the Old Town of Aljezur

Tiny 1-bedroom House in the Old Town of Aljezur

Casa Azul 2-bedroom in the Old Town of Aljezur

2-bedroom house in the old Town of Aljezur


Onda Vicentina, a B&B run with a lot of heart in Vale da Telha

Casa Euca, very stylish and modern 2-bedroom house in the countryside


1-bedroom Appartment directly on the cliffs of Arrifana Beach

1-bedroom Appartment also directly on the cliffs of Arrifana Beach 


Youth Hostel Arrifana

Amazigh Design Hostel in Aljezur 



After having received your registration we will send you an E-mail with further information &  bank details. Please wait for our E-Mail before booking  flights. The course fee is non-refundable and needs to be paid within 24 hrs to save a spot. Thank you.


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