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"YES, I WANT TO JOIN!" ~ sign up by sending us an email!


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include the following information:

- which retreat dates you'd like to sign up for 

- which accommodation option you prefer 



for your deposit payment of 300EUR.


click here for more info on traveling, arrival/departure


I am looking forward to meeting you! For further questions, feel free to contact me on What's app/Telegram: +351.927 181 448


with love,

Jana Toepfer

~ founder, Ocean & Yoga

booking terms & cancelation policy

Important information about current status in Portugal, changes to expect in our retreats

and updated booking, deposits & refund terms:


  • Our retreats here in Portugal have recommenced as of July 18, 2020 in line with current health protection measures recommended and enforced by the Portuguese government. This is possible since we are hosting small groups only and the yoga classes are taking place outside on the (now extended!!) yoga deck and meals are also being served outside. With all the space that we have here, all minimum distance requirements can be met. And of course, we’ll be monitoring the situation and recommendations as they roll in. If needed, we'll adapt or cancel in which case we'll refund your deposit payment.
  • we will not ask for vaccination certificates. We mights ask for tests depending on the current situation.
  • meals: will be served outside with spacious seating options.
  • rooms: we will try to make single rooms or glamping tents available whenever possible if this is important to you. Another option is to camp (in your own tent) for a discounted price.
  • group size: we'll comply with the current guidelines of the Portuguese government and are in general reducing group sizes.
  • travel: We are optimistic about the continuation of smooth and easy traveling here. However, we recommend that you either wait with flight bookings until closer to the start of retreat, or to book with travel insurance or check the terms of the airline for vouchers or refunds in case retreat gets canceled. 
  • We have updated our cancelation and refund policies.
    • Your first deposit payment of 300EUR to Ocean & Yoga to reserve your space is fully refundable in the event that we have to cancel the retreat.

      We would also give you this deposit back if Portugal would change the entry regulations after your date of booking and if you cannot enter the country due to the changes that Portugal made

    • In the event that circumstances prevent you from traveling to the retreat on your country’s side (including flight cancelations) we share the risk with you and will refund 50% of your first deposit to Ocean & Yoga back to you. And we will do so until the start of the retreat date!

    • The second deposit payment to the retreat location Olho Branco/Wild Oasis is your accommodation and meals deposit and is due 2-4 weeks prior to start of the retreat at which point we shall have certainty about the "go" for the retreat and travel regulations. This second deposit is only fully refundable if Portugal would change any rules within these last 2-4 weeks prior to retreat start that make it impossible or unbearable to come - and if we therefore would have to cancel the retreat. 
    • the remaining payment is due upon arrival.

(updated January 2022)

Volunteers at Olho Branco, Aljezur


if you are interested to support us as a volunteer at Olho Branco (housekeeping, kitchen support, garden help) during or outside of the retreats, please email Fernando:



Volunteers in Picota, Monchique


Join our vision of individuals and families here on the beautiful mountain top of Picota, Monchique, co-create your vision with us!


SEEKING long-term gardener with experience and ideas in permaculture, organic farming, agroforestry. You can also create your own business with the resources that we offer!



We are a team of individuals and families joining together as the guardians of the spring water from the mountain, with the vision to regenerate the land after the fires of 2018. Our vision is to create and maintain a place to live together in harmony, to be as sustainable and off-grid as possible, and to create a place for other people to come here to retreat, to meditate and practice yoga, to receive treatments and study healing arts, to live healthy, and to learn from nature.


At the moment, we occasionally have weekend events take pace here but there is no daily yoga, meditation or any other activity program at the moment. We also don’t have a schedule of set meals for all. Everyone takes care of their own cooking, but spontaneous gatherings of  eating together, meditation, dance, yoga and sweat lodges, do happen from time to time.


- several terraces with different types of veggie beds, biotopes, herbal gardens, tree nurseries, fruit trees and forrest trees

- several water mines, 8 natural water springs, watering systems to water the gardens, water tanks, gravity watering pipes from lakes above

- greenhouse (full set of materials is here, needs to be built)

- chicken/duck house 

- big array of tools (electrical and hardware) and big storehouse (100sqm)


- an old but sheltered with extra roof caravan with a gorgeous view and a budget for materials for you to rebuild and make it cozy to create your living space there

- roofed compost toilets and hot showers 

- a salamander to keep warm in the winter 

- access to a 100sqm dome to use for self-practice or possibly hold workshops 

- other people who live here can support you in the garden and we can also find and organize volunteers to support your work



- a nature and outdoor-lover who is interested in settling down (at least for a while) and to build a home here

(minimum vision at least 1 year) 

- someone with experience ready to take responsibility in planting, designing gardens and taking care of gardens, growing vegetable and fruit, agroforestry. Just getting started after taking one permaculture course won’t give you enough experience with the responsibility for such a big garden. 

- someone who is courageous to re-invent, creative to dream, savvy to manifest

- someone with vision and clarity how to create opportunities with and from the garden (e.g. create local initiatives for local families to have access to healthy and affordable food such as CSA (community supportive agriculture), selling at local organic markets, producing food ideas (conserving foods in jams, chutneys, dried stuff, sauces,...) or wants to create other ideas  such as pop-up restaurants, run your own permaculture workshops for adults or children,…

- someone who is self-responsible to create and organise your vision into daily tasks 

- good with team leading, able to organise further helpers or temporary volunteers, who we can invite to help you with projects and maintenance

- preferably also handy and able to support/help with construction work 

- preferably Portuguese/Portuguese speaking 



Please email Jana to introduce yourself and your visions - or contact for further questions if you feel the call!

general business terms

payment terms

  • Ocean & Yoga is a free project bringing the wisdom of yoga and yoga teachers together. Your deposit fee of 300EUR will go directly to the yoga teacher(s) offering the retreat program. This deposit covers all your yoga lessons/workshop content guided by the respective teacher/s and reserves your spot in the program/on the yoga deck. All remaining costs are received by different entities than Ocean & Yoga.
  • A second deposit payment to book your room and board is due directly to the farm Olho Branco (respectively Balsa Mae d'Agua or Seminarhaus in Germany). Wire instructions will be sent via email. If you wish to use paypal there is a +5% paypal fee.
  • The retreat prices listed on our website are calculated including further activities apart from the yoga programme, water activities, music/soundhealing sessions, nature reconnection workshops, circus workshops, cooking workshops etc. (depending on retreat). These costs will go directly to the respective workshop teachers and will therefore need to be brought to the retreat in cash so they can be paid directly. We will let you know via email how much the remaining cash payment will be, so that you know how much to bring to cover all remaining extras.
  • Your 3 payments consisting of deposit (1) yoga training fee, deposit (2) room & board, and cash payment (3) workshop fees will then match the calculated price as listed as "total retreat price" on our website. 
  • not included: flights, travel to location, rental car, insurance
  • Ocean and Yoga is not a travel agancy nor a yoga retreat center and doesn't sell any complete travel packages. All retreats as listed are programs created by skillfull yoga teachers weaving their own teachings with other offerings and activities and offering their work at our location of choice. 


  • cancelations 1: the deposit fee to reserve your spot in the program is fully refundable if Ocean & Yoga has to cancel the retreat and is partially refundable (50%) if law in your country of origin prevents you from traveling or if your airline cancels your flight. 
  • cancelations 2: the second deposit to the retreat location is partly refundable until the day of retreat start date.  


  • you are responsible to arrange and book your own travel to Aljezur. Closest airports are: Lisbon (3hrs) and Faro (1.5hrs). Check out the how to get here page for further instructions.
  • public transport to Aljezur is possible from both Faro and Lisbon.
  • we recommend that you book a rental car to be flexible during your stay. However, we can help you with a pick up service from Faro or Lagos. Please inquire for pricing.


  • single or double room choice is based on availability and surcharges apply for single rooms. Discounts may be available for the cabin (if shared by 3), or the mezzanine (if shared by 2). Please check on details page of each individual retreat.
  • early arrivals/extra nights aren't possible unless specifically listed
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