all Ocean & Yoga retreats are designed to enjoy a relaxing and inspiring week with a lot of time in nature.
Some retreats have a focus on meditation and yoga asana practice, some on personal transformation work, some or healthy living and ayurveda and others on surfing and wild nature time.
All retreats are guided by Ocean & Yoga founder Jana Toepfer. Some retreats are co-guided by another stellar teacher!
all retreats are hosted by Olho Branco, a beautiful, organic farm in Southern Portugal,
run by a lovely Portuguese/Czech family. Share their lifestyle of authentically living in and from nature around
You will love them & their hospitality!
Live on an organic farm and nourish yourself with organic & homemade food!
You will stay in one of the two cozy, refurbished farmhouses: Casa Por de Sol (Sunset-House) and Casa Nascer do Sol (Sunrise House) or in an all-naturally-built wooden cabin.
Wake up to the sounds of nature, pick fresh figs and walnuts, harvest veggies, and enjoy family style dinners on the big table under the tree. Enjoy the company of Samba the friendly dog and their two cute daughters playing around. Only a 10 minute drive away from the most stunning beaches of Portugal's South Western coast.
We have single rooms available in both houses. If you prefer to have your own four walls for a bit more luxury and privacy, please check availability when you sign up. Please note that surcharges for this extra comfort may apply depending on season. You can check this on the details page of the yoga retreat that you are interested in.
We have mostly double rooms availabe with two individual and separate beds for single travelers to be teamed up with a roommate - or friends traveling together. We can also supply this room with a big double bed for couples traveling together.
Just tell us your preference when you sign up
The mezzanine is located above the living room in Casa Nascer do Sol and can be a private room for one person, or shared between two. (two separate beds on opposite sides of the room, both people have plenty of private area).
Since it is just as cozy but not as quiet as the other rooms, we offer a small reduction off the retreat price if you choose this option. Please check discount on the respective retreat details page.
The all-naturally built wooden cabin is set by the edge of the property, just below the yoga deck. It can be a single or shared accommodation for 1-3 people.
Jana feels this is the coziest accommodation offered, but since the eco-bathroom (separate building next door) has a dry compost toilet and only warm water for showers during the day (you may use the shower in the main house for hot showers at night, tough!) we also offer a small reduction off the retreat price if you choose this option as shared accommodation (if used as single, no reduction applies). Please check discount on the respective retreat details page.
daily yoga sessions - accessible and non-dogmatic!
in most retreats, we have morning and evening sessions. Morning sessions last (depending on which retreat) 90min- 3hrs and are guided by Jana (or together with a co-teacher) offering various tools from the fields of asana, pranayama & meditation. Your curiosity for deeper transformational work might be ignited! Evening sessions of 90min-2hrs are usually yin or restorative oriented to relax the body & mind. Yoga sessions take place in a beautiful wooden-floored room or outside on the new yoga deck nestled in nature.
guided meditations in beautiful spots in nature - creative & simple!
on some mornings, these sessions take place at the farm, for example by the pond or along the flowing river when the sun rises. On other days, Jana shows you her favorite spots along the cliffs, in the woods or at secluded beaches to dive into meditation in a way that has never felt easier. Nature guides us into our inner landscapes unwaveringly. Experience meditative states in new forms: moving, walking, sensing. As you enter into deeper intimacy with yourself, you might encounter new ideas on your soul pupose. see images
surfing & ocean guiding - mindblowing facts about the ocean and a deeper understanding of your own nature!
if you choose a retreat with yoga & surf program, you get to enjoy an experience that goes beyond a normal surfing course. During the yoga & surf weeks, you will have 2 days of surfing classes (beginners or intermediate) with the best-educated surf instructors in the area. Your personal ocean guide, Max, will be of additional support for all of your questions and will guide us through one of the highlights of an Ocean & Yoga retreat: a 2hr ocean guiding session during which you observe, feel & experience the ocean at a level that is usually reserved for surfers, fishermen and divers. see images
soundjourney - hang out in the world of sound & relax profoundly!
This has become a popuar feature of every Ocean & Yoga retreat. We activate our bodies and willingness to hear and receive with some easy asana and breath work. Then the music begins (wonderful musicians from the area play different instruments from the Amazon, Tibet and India, such as gongs, didgeridoos, drums, strings,...) and you may sit & meditatate or lie down in a relaxed position & enjoy your journey through your inner landscape. Music can be the language of the soul. This is an evening of conscious dream time, self exploration and relaxation. see images
herbal workshop - informative & fun!
this 1 to 3hr workshop (depending on desire of the group) is guided by our lovely host Eva. Follow her into the world of herbs and get to know all the ambrosiant plants that grow on the property and try how they taste as teas or (during the longer workshops) make your own herbal cream, natural mosquito repellent or ointments and balms. If you're really into it: Eva has a huge array of books that you may borrow to study if you wish to do so. see images
homemade organic meals - mmmmmmmmmmmhhhh. yum!
Fernando is the chef of the house and he is repeatedly being asked when he will finally open his own restaurant. Well, he is too busy for that since he also grows most the ingredients for our meals on the property. Experience palate-tickling deliciousness of divine, homemade & organic meals to nourish your body & soul. We enjoy two healthy meals a day: brunch & dinner with the option to take a lunch bag for the day.
Let us know if you have any food allergies or intolerances. We are happy to accommodate. see images