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Retreat: The Rasas Experience, Surf, Yoga and Ritual in Mythical Southern Portugal

Todd Tesen and Jana Toepfer invite you to:

The Rasas Experience!

surf, yoga and ritual in mythical Southern Portugal 

Dates: November 15-22, 2014

Location: Monte Velho Eco Retreats, Carrapateira, West Algarve, Portugal


Join us for this retreat where we align to our authentic divine heart. This retreat is set on a beautiful hilltop with a view of the ocean. So deep in nature, giving you all the space

to rediscover your pure raw self and your divine essence: Life’s Pulse …or Consciousness itself!

pricing: 989EUR 

includes 2x yoga daily, 3x surfing lessons, accommodation in double or triple room (single upon request and additional fee), full board by private chef. Transportation and flights not included. 

closest airports: Lisbon (3hrs) or Faro (1.5hrs) 

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From the top of Monte Velho, we become consciousness of the vast natural space around us, the strength of the elements in the region and the overwhelming beauty of one of the last secret places in the world. The ocean, the trees and hills, the animals and humans, one vision that puts us in the very center of the continuous beautiful and mighty universal cycles. Once a rural tourism center, Monte Velho has grown into its true essence and purpose as an Eco Retreat Center. A space to appreciate and bring to life the natural beauty of the environment and a chance to have a real and empowering experience, our connection to our roots and a way to discover our true nature.



Todd Tesen, licensed E-RYT500 and Certified Yoga Instructor, formerly with Anusara Yoga, was already practicing hatha yoga & meditation for 10 years when he dove into the graceful and precise methodology of Anusara Yoga in 2001. Todd recognized the efficacy of the biomechanical alignment principles and empowering psychological approach to healing and dedicated his teaching to the transformational power of body and spirit in harmony.

At the same time, he embarked on his philosophy studies with Dr. Douglas Brooks, one of the world’s leading scholars of Tantra. Todd has taught nationally in the USA and Mexico, as well as in the UK, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Greece and Turkey. After teaching abroad for 5 years, in 2009, Todd returned to the United States and opened Rasa Yoga, his studio in Novi, Michigan. His teaching is playful and uplifting, creating a supportive foundation where the student can discover what is truly possible and how deeply they wish to manifest their infinite potential.

Jana Toepfer is originally from the North Coast of Germany and has lived and studied yoga in bustling places such as Berlin and LA. As for so many of us, the practice of yoga has turned her life upside down and has brought truthfulness, clarity and acceptance. She loves playing with yoga in its various forms. Mainly influenced by years of practicing Anusara yoga and completing her teacher trainings (RYT 200) in this style, she makes yoga very accessible and playful on and off the mat with adequate sessions for any level. She has taught yoga in various studios in Berlin and Costa Rica, and now teaches and hosts retreats in her chosen home base in the South of Portugal to share her passion for surfing and the beauty of nature and the ocean. 

"I love creating cutting-edge projects and filling them with joy and life. I feel a deep curiosity for this world and love for the ocean. My other passion is spending time with friends for the pure appreciation for being here in this body, in this lifetime, with all of you guys.