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Retreat: Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and SuperWholefoods Retreat in Carrapateira, Portugal

Located on the coast of Portugals natural park Costa Vicentina, the simple yet beautifully designed Monte Velho Nature Resort is surrounded by pine and eucalyptus forests, vast sandy beaches and spectacular cliffs. In this week you will not only deepen your Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Practice but also enjoy three fun SuperWholefood playshops with inspiring new recipes that are easy to recreate at home. All snacks + meals are so yummy that it's hard to believe how healthy they actually are. Of course there will be plenty of time to savour the beach, go for a surf or just relax in the hammock on your terrace.

All classes + workshops will be taught in English with translation into german being available at all times. Please find here all information in german about the Retreat.


Each morning will begin with meditation and breathing exercises followed by an Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Practice. All Levels are welcome: everyone from beginners to experienced practitioners will be individually guided and supported in the Mysore Style class environment. If you are familiar with the self-conducted practice (Mysore Style) you will get plenty of new inspiration and deepen your understanding for the finer details of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Those being new to this method will develop a thorough foundation of strength, flexibility and equanimity and learn to practice a small sequence on their own that can later be practiced at home and in any Ashtanga Yoga studio.

Morning practice (2,5 hrs): Meditation. Pranayama. Vedic Chanting (PYS). Ashtanga Yoga Mysore Style and/or conducted classes.
Workshops (3 afternoons à 2 hrs): Alignment in asanas and applied anatomy. Yoga-Philosophy in relation to modern life. Pranayama exercises. Q&A.

Annette Hartwig has been teaching Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga classes, workshops und retreats for more than 14 years in Europe, Bali and India. With her experience and intuition she creates a warm classroom atmosphere where you feel nurtured yet challenged at the same time. Annette is shaped and inspired by the longterm guidance of her teacher Dena Kingsberg (certified by Sri K.P. Jois), regular trips to Mysore (studying with the late Sri K.P. Jois as well as with Sharat Jois) and participating in an extensive Training with Richard Freemann. Besides of being a student of Dena, Annette assists her regularly on international workshops and retreats.

Daniel Schudt will be assisting in class and will contribute his knowledge as an experienced massage therapist and his passion for the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Method. Daniel is specifically  trained to apply Yoga in a therapeutic sense. He is enthusiastic about the sitting practice of pranayama and meditation with Emil Wendel being his teacher for many years.


SuperWholefood Playshops.

Learn how to make yummy and nutritious snacks and meals – to have after yoga class, in your lunch break at work or to simply spoil family and friends at home. All recipes are super easy and quickly recreated and no fancy machines are required. Tara-Lee will show how much fun, quick and easy it is preparing food that nourishes the body and soul; excites and pleases the palate and reduces the waistline. Yes it is possible! Tara-Lee will be introducing and working with superfoods in all her recipes discussing their nutritional benefits and how they support your yoga practise. The playful workshops will lead either into a commonly shared breakfast or lunch and everyone will receive a handout with all recipes.

In the three Playshops (2-3 hrs each) we will be making various (green) smoothies; fresh nut-milk; Indian chai; bountiful breakfast chia seed pots; as well as high-energy protein blissballs; "living" hummus and a raw lasagne.You´ll also learn how to sprout your own seeds and grains at home in minutes and Tara-Lee will be sharing her love for raw desserts - all 100% vegan, gluten and guilt-free. You will be indulging in midnight mint chocolate brownies; jaffa orange cupcakes and her mega matcha green tea frozen yoghurt.

Tara-Lee Byrne is a travelling chef who caters at renowned international yoga retreat centres in Europe, India and Australia. She is passionate about sharing the health and all-round benefits of introducing raw- and wholefood into your diet. In 2013 she started her own foodie empire “Wicked Wholefoods”. Tara-Lee has a lovely and fun way to share her extensive knowledge and passion about food and nutrition. She is a certified raw food chef graduating from Matthew Kenney Culinary Academy USA and also a professional cellist and committed Ashtanga Yoga practitioner who knows first-hand the importance and benefits of healthy lifestyle choices.



Course fee: € 590,-  including 6 morning and 3 afternoon yoga classes and 3 foodworkshops.

(490 euro special offer for anyone who has been on one of our retreats before!)

Accomodation at Monte Velho Resort: € 530,- in a double-suite // € 770 in a single-suite // Triple-suite is possible when you bring two friends: € 460 per person. Price includes 6 nights accomodation and full board catering.