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Ocean & Yoga Retreats in Portugal, Aljezur, Algarve


journeys of reconnection by the ocean

our yoga & surf retreats calendar 2022


September 11 - 17 (guided by Edu)


Yoga & Somatic Movement, Surf & Ocean Adventures, Conscious Eating, Nature Reconnection

optional: Transformative Bodywork, Surfing lessons


yoga retreat pricing:

in double room: 995EUR

in single room: 1095EUR 

tent spots (own equipment): 695EUR

tent spots (rented equipment): 745EUR




(own/rented equipment)

what does an Ocean & Yoga Retreat look like?


Live with us on an organic farm in Portugal, Algarve, during this yoga retreat. Start your day with a meditation practice, returning to your inner silence on a beautiful yoga deck overlooking the native forest. Spend the morning in silence, enjoying a healthy organic breakfast and prepare for a transformative yoga and somatic movement session. Classes are suitable for any level and we create and hold a safe space for you to drop inside, find your inner strength and reconnect to the vital flow within you. 


After our morning session you will be served a healthy superpower lunch cooked with love, with most ingredients coming from our garden.

In the afternoon, you have time to relax, go to the beach or for a walk, or book a massage or Transformative Bodywork session ...

our new & authentic approach to surfing:

ocean adventures by Ocean & Yoga


Feel more! During our retreat week together, we'll go on an ocean exploration to experience the qualities of this big blue vastness. We dive in and learn how to see and feel currents, how to hold your breath and dive, or float along the river stream, how to catch waves on a surfboard, or other floating devices or with your whole body. 


Depending on weather and wind, we also spend some time on the beach together, or we'll walk around the cliffs and learn how to open your senses and study the laws of the ocean. Edu or Joao will be guiding you on this adventure.


Our team is dedicated to guide you through a journey of reawakening your sense of wonder and joy for the world you live in. You have the opportunity to connect to nature, listen to its guidance and rediscover the deep connection you have with all beings.

relaxing yoga holidays & creating new healthy habits for your life


On some yoga retreat days, we'll have an additional yin yoga session in the afternoon that will allow our bodies to soften and dive into the present moment. On one evening we enjoy a special sound journey under the stars. 


Our dinner is served on the terrace overlooking the sunset and sharing life stories and inspiring conversation with people from all over the world. 


The aim of our programs is to lead a life of inner connection, responsibility and freedom - and to drop the unnecessary stories that we have written about ourselves. Through our time together you have access to tools that support you to reawaken your truth and let go of what doesn't serve you anymore. 


During our yoga retreat week together you will experience the supporting structure of community: we share a house, eat meals together, laugh, dance, play and share stories and songs around the campfire. It is so much more than just a yoga and surf retreat!

a typical Ocean & Yoga Retreat day


well, what's a typcial day ... we flow with the tides and weather and mood. However, this description describes an idea of how the yoga retreat days with us will usually shape up...


7:30 Morning Meditation & Pranayama

8:30 Healthy, homemade breakfast in silence enjoying the morning sun

10:00 – 12:30 Yoga & Somatic Movement Workshop on the yoga deck

13:00 Healthy, homemade delicious lunch 

14:00 – 16:00 Chill out time & individual body work sessions

16:00 – 18:30 Ocean Excursions & Nature Reconnection Workshops, or Yoga Relax sessions & soundjourney

19:00 Healthy, homemade dinner & evening specials such as campfires or beach picnics

your Ocean & Yoga team of yoga retreat teachers, guides & plant-based meal chefs

Eduardo Terzidis

yoga teacher & guide, ocean excursions


Eduardo guides most of our yoga retreats at Olho Branco, close to Aljezur, Portugal (June - September) and will be your main yoga teacher. He will offer meditation sessions in the morning and hatha yoga and somatic movement, yin yoga and take you on our ocean adventures.

Eduardo is a yogi, surfer, Permaculture designer and sustainability freak. He has started playing with the waves since he was a kid and surfing has shaped the person he is today. 

During this journey, the practice of Yoga has always been a central point. Moreover, Eduardo believes that sustainability starts from our own selves and it is only when we learn to be gentle and loving with ourselves that we can become such with what surrounds us. This and other principles are what he bases the method “Nature Yoga”. Eduardo is a Permaculture designer and he likes to integrate Permaculture principles in the practice of Yoga and viceversa. 

Jana Toepfer

founder of Ocean & Yoga

yoga and somatic movement teacher & transformative body work


Jana guides some of our Ocean & Yoga Retreats (in 2022 only the yoga retreat in October) as your main yoga teacher, and - if she is not guiding the full retreat - she supports Edu as a guest teacher on all yoga retreats in June, July, August and September 2022 for some wisdom-filled, dynamic and fun yoga and somatic movement workshops and to offer individual Transformative Bodywork (more information here).


In her retreats, Jana shares her passion for life.

For a life well lived, in full expression, honesty and integrity. 


She has been teaching yoga since 2010 (completed her yoga teacher trainings in Anusara Yoga) and has continued her studies in Meditation, Body Mind Centering, Contact Improvisation, Feldenkrais and Transformative Bodywork. In her sessions you will experience a whole lot of movement!


Walking the Red Path for several years now, learning from the indigenous ways of the Lakota Nation, she prays with the Vision Quest and Sun Dance. She integrates what she is learning on this road with a lot of love into her yoga & movement sessions.



Olga Sadowski

plant-based cooking & conscious eating, wisdom keeper & activist


Olga creates our plant-based meals made with purpose and love.  


Olga has been dedicated to plant-based cooking and mindful eating practices for several years, has worked and curated healthy and creative meals as a chef in upscale yoga retreat centers and is always creating new and nourishing inspiration for yogis and people who are curious about a healthy lifestyle. She will guide us through mindful eating rituals and share her wisdom on conscious & delicious cooking and inspire our understanding of our belonging to nature by eating. 


"Modern habits disconnect us from this communion with the land and its cycles. But without them, recognizing our own role in the orchestra of life is impossible. I believe food carries a key to the reconnection with nature.

In the process of death the human body refuses the intake of solid foods first, later all foods in general. If you think about it, every time we feed our body we are actually saying yes to our aliveness. It is an act of love for life. Understanding this simple formula opens the door to a world beyond meals itself. Reconnecting you with your gut intelligence and the source of all life. The rituals of cooking and eating become regular practices of mindfulness, connecting you with the reminiscence of who you are and what you are here for. Alongside you are naturally developing your capacity of compassion, a feeling of self responsibility and the will to act politically."

Fernando Neves

organic farm owner, host & chef


All Ocean & Yoga Retreats are hosted by the family of Eva and Fernando, the owners of the beautiful farm Olho Branco. They have two daughters and two cuddly dogs and some chicken and they focus on a simple and healthy lifestyle as close to nature as possible.


Fernando will make sure that you have everything that you need during your time with us. He is the man in the garden and he co-creates with Olga our delicious homemade, local and organic meals with the freshly harvested veggies from the garden


He is also a passionate surfer and tree-planter and will share his wisdom & home with you: a piece of paradise between mountain, ocean and sky.


our Ocean & Yoga retreat in Portugal, Algarve includes 

- 6 nights on an authentic, organic farm in double or single room (farmhouse, ensuite/or shared bathroom) or cabin (double or triple shared) or tent (bring your own or rent equipment from us)

- daily morning meditation & pranayama

- daily morning yoga & somatic movement sessions

- 1-2x afternoon restorative/yin yoga sessions

- guided meditations in beautiful nature

- ocean excursion with the chance to try all kinds of floating devices (hand planes, body boards and surf boards)

- 1x soundjourney

- guidance & support in your practice & process by the teachers

- daily homemade plant-based, local meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

- camp fires & sunset picnic (depending on conditions)

- spontaneous extra workshops based on interest of the group



- additional surfing lessons with local surf school

- transformative body work & massages



our Ocean & Yoga retreat location in Portugal, Aljezur, Costa Vicentina, Algarve

ocean and yoga retreat cozy accommodation & room options

single rooms


Depending on the season, we have 2-3 single rooms available. 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 a surcharge of 100EUR-130EUR/per retreat applies for this extra comfort (depending on retreat).

double rooms


Most of our rooms are double rooms 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. Some double rooms have an ensuite bathroom, others shared bathrooms.



For a literal "down-to-earth" experience and to create a discounted price option, we offer 2-4 tent spots per retreat. You can bring your own gear and we'll find a good spot for you depending on the season in the shade by the river, or on the upper level with beautiful sunrises. You can also rent a tent and equipment (camping mattress, sleeping bag or duvet and pillow) from us. .


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mezzanine (only available for summer retreats)


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 of 40EUR-50EUR/ per retreat if the mezzanine is shared between 2 guests (depending on retreat). 

wooden cabin (only available for selected retreats)


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 personally 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, though!) we also offer a small reduction of 50EUR off the retreat price if shared between 3 people. 

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