Yoga Roots Odeceixe, Portugal
October 10-15 2023
Ashtanga Yoga Intensive Week
The schedule and workshop theme is coming soon..
Welcome to our new Yoga Shala in the peaceful and meditative atmosphere in Odeceixe!
Ashtanga Yoga Intensive Workshops with Petri Räisänen & Wambui Njuguna–Räisänen
Join Petri Räisänen and Wambui Njuguna-Räisänen for a one week (6 days or drop-in days) workshop at the Yoga Roots Odeceixe, Portugal. The shala is located in the middle of the picturesque and peaceful village on R. Estr. Nacional 1, 8670-320 Odeceixe, Portugal. You cannot miss it (Google maps).
Website for Odeceixe activities Odeceixe in Algarve, Portugal
Costa Vicentina Natural Park, where the village is located, is one of Europe’s most stunning & untouched coastal regions.
Students of all levels are invited to explore and enjoy new depths in their practice under the guidance of Petri and Wambui and their incredible teachings.
Our Teaching method:
In an effort to reduce harm caused by cultural appropriation and erasure of South Asian lineage, we follow the Ashtanga Vinyasa system as taught by T. Krishnamacharya and K. Pattabhi Jois. We do, however, center each individual practitioner and their unique needs and capabilities. We do not follow a dogmatic, ‘one size fits all’ approach to the method. Our aim is for healing, both the physical and spiritual; acceptance and freedom. We’re open to discuss your individual Ashtanga practice and find the way how the method can be accessed for your needs. Please feel open to sharing with us anything which can affect your practice at the moment (i.e. injuries, childbirth, etc).
Physical Adjustments + Informed Consent:
While the assumption in the Mysore room is that people come for physical adjustments, we practice asking for permission before physically adjusting you. Consent is crucial and non-negotiable. If you’re happier not to be physically adjusted during your asana practice, we respect this choice as well. We will check in on a regular basis regarding consent to being physically adjusted. Some days you may want to be adjusted and other days not, and we welcome this. Feel free to be yourself and find your own way to practice Ashtanga. We are here to help you in your yoga process.
Class options, Schedule & Details:
We will have 1-3 batches of Mysore classes in the mornings and 1-2 batches of the afternoon workshops. The led classes on Fridays will take place at the local Deportivo (Sport hall) which has enough space for all the students. When register for the workshop, please give your suggestions for your practice time. Petri will send the payment details with the info email in February-March.
Our company Yoga Roots Odeceixe is just registered in Portugal, but it will take two or three weeks to finish the process and open the bank account. You can register for the workshops but don’t have to pay the deposit or full workshop before we will give you the payment details.
Besides the yoga program, we will have dinners, beach hang-out time, surfing, nature walks and trips together (or as you wish), with bigger or smaller groups of students. There is a great opportunity to try surfing as there are surfing schools in every bigger beach in the area.
Mysore Style = self Led practice with Petri and Wambui’s experienced, sensitive and healing adjustments.
Led Class = On Fridays guided primary series class at the local Deportivo (Sport hall). The village is small and all the places are within 5 minutes of walk. It will be a full Primary series class (if you are not doing the full Primary series, you can decide when you would like to stop).
NOTE: Some of the afternoon classes, especially Pranayamas can be held outdoors, if the weather will be suitable!
Mysore Style = Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday mornings
Led Class = Friday morning
Yoga Shala Odeeixe (before the renovation) “Chai park” next to the Yoga Shala
September 12-17 2023
The schedule and workshop theme coming soon..
Registration, payment and questions:
All registrations, questions and further info through firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com
Yoga Shala Odeceixe:
The shala is located in the middle of the Odeceixe village on R. Estr. Nacional 1, 8670-320 Odeceixe, Portugal. You cannot miss it (Google map).
We have all gender dressing rooms and toilet, but we recommend you come to the shala with your practice clothes on. There is no shower at the shala. As the village is very small, it is easy to walk to the shala wearing your practice clothes and take shower after the practice at your guest house or other type of accommodation.
Yoga Shala Odeceixe has a wooden floor. Yoga mats and blocks are available. Anyhow we recommend bringing your own mats to keep good hygiene and make sure that you have a mat which you like.
Next to the yoga shala there is a mini market, bakery and our Chai park where you can sit under the local “holy” tree and sip your well deserved Chai tea. The village coffee shops and restaurants are just around the corner for the breakfast, hang outs and meals.
Petri and Wambui are offering treatments during the workshop. Wambui is giving Chavutti Thirumal (massage by foot press) treatments and Petri is giving Energy healing / bone setting treatments. Please let us know if you are interested and we can book a time.
Small Yoga Shop is coming soon..
Accommodation in Odeceixe:
The Ashtanga Yoga Intensive is a non residential Yoga course and students are asked to book their own accommodation. If you are staying around the shala close to Odeceixe village, you can easily walk or bicycle to the shala, shops, beach and restaurants.
You can choose from a great variety of accommodation..Airbnb houses and apartments, little cute motels, guesthouses and campsites (different budgets and needs). Praia de Odeceixe beach is 3 km from the Odeceixe village if someone want to stay at the little beach village. On the high season there is a sightseeing train moving between the village and beach every half hour.
If you are staying at the Odeceixe village, you will have maximum 5 minutes walk to the Yoga Shala from any location.
We will give recommendations for the guesthouses and other accommodations as soon as we will have reviews from the students.
Surroundings: Odeceixe-Praia de Odeceixe, Portugal
Odeceixe is a village and civil parish in the northern part of the municipality of Aljezur, in the Portuguese Algarve.
Odeceixe is a seaside town in Portugal’s Costa Vicentina region. Found within the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park, this relatively undiscovered destination is a haven for surfers and nature lovers. It’s perhaps best known as a stop along the Rota Vicentina, a network of hiking trails offering sweeping coastal views and pastoral scenery through the Alentejo and Algarve regions of Portugal.
The beach of Praia de Odeceixe is a favorite of both surfers and families. The Rio de Seixe meets the sea here, looping around to form a horseshoe-shaped beach and calm lagoon.
This lagoon is perfect for swimming and paddleboarding, while the strong waves of the main beach draw a crowd of surfers and sun-worshippers.
The beach is located 3 kilometers from the village of Odeceixe. You can park your car on the southern cliffs. If there is no space, you can park your car on the side of the road.
The area is unspoiled and the landscape surrounding the beach is stunning. On the northern side of the beach there are steep cliffs. On the west side of these cliffs is a big rock that looks like the fin of a shark. This rock is a landmark which makes it easy to recognize Praia de Odeceixe.
The closest towns on both sides of Odeceixe are Rogil (9km), Aljezur (15km) and Lagos (48km) on the South side and S. Teotónio (12km), Odemira (27km) and Vila Nova de Milfontes (42km) on the North side. Here you will find everything you need like bigger supermarkets, cafés & restaurants, bakeries, organic shops and a charming local farmers markets on the weekends.
If you like hiking there are some great walking trails nearby. You can also find part of the long-distance Rota Vicentina trail (https://rotavicentina.com/en/walking/). This route takes you to amazing places and stunning viewpoints.
Wambui on the way to the waves
Praia de Odeceixe is a great beach for surfing and bodyboarding. There are many waves on the ocean side and usually there are plenty of surfers in the water. The surf school based on Praia de Odeceixe can be found from here: https://odeceixesurfschool.com. There are classes for all skill levels, including beginners. If you don’t need classes but just need surf equipment or bodyboard, you can also rent them from for a fair price.
Other amazing beaches within 15-30 min drive away are Arrifana, Monte Clerigo and Amoreira beaches.
How to get there?
Faro airport is 125 km from Odeceixe and Lisbon airport 225 km. The easies way is to rent a small and inexpensive car from the Faro or Lisbon airport and drive to the Odeceixe village. Then you can explore easily the closest beaches, nature and villages.
There is a bus from Sete Rios, Lisbon (https://www.busbud.com/en) for about 4 hours and 19€ to Odeceixe (bus stop on the main road by the village where you will have few minutes walk to the Yoga Shala and Odeceixe village). We’ve been taking a taxi (4km) to Sete Rios bus station from the front of the Lisbon airport. The trip cost about 15€. The bus ticket is better to buy from the company’s web site, as the ticket office at the bus station can have a long line. You can buy the ticket on line also just before your bus trip, if you are not sure which time you will make it to the bus station.
Ordered taxi from the Lisbon airport to Odeceixe will cost about 250€. Check https://gettransfer.com/en for the lowest taxi rates.
From Faro airport there is a public transport to Odeceixe, but it is complicated and will take probably longer than the bus trip from Lisbon.
Ordered taxi from the Faro airport (which we have been using) cost about 120€ (with https://taxipinheiro.com) (or check the rates from https://gettransfer.com/en and can be paid by credit card, which is not too bad rate if you are traveling with company. There are many other taxi companies to book a taxi online.
Local taxis in Odeceixe area:
Edgar Bicho +351 964 631 418
Luis Marrero +351 917 574 630
Lucas & Lucas +351 967 910 227
Silvia +351 939 780 396, +351 937 333 274
As there are not too many taxis around, it is good to book the taxi many days before your planned trip.
Our Big Why:
We believe the practice of yoga can heal the world, both on and off the mat. We also understand yoga to contain wisdom for both individual self- transformation and collective, societal progress. In this spirit, we are survivor-centric and survivor-oriented, and abuse, sexual assault, and discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated. This is a caste protected space and we do not subscribe to casteist beliefs or practices. We recognize our aspiration for our yoga spaces to feel welcoming and warm for anyone who wishes to take practice. We continually contemplate how we can make our yoga spaces braver and more accessible to all, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, caste, sexual identity, class, age, nationality, immigrant status, disability etc. Our workshop follows braver space guidelines.
Mental Health Disclaimer:
Yoga can be an effective and beneficial tool for reaching a more peaceful state of mind, managing stress better and getting physically well. Our workshops and retreats are designed for people with normal physical and mental conditions. If you are on medication, are currently taking (or have taken) therapy and/or counseling, or have any known mental condition(s) that would in any way hinder your participation in a workshop or retreat, please inform us, as well as your doctor/therapist before registering. We do not provide any specialist therapy or counseling at our workshops/retreats who would be able to help, should the need arise. If a student’s behaviour causes disruption for other workshop participants and the teachers, he or she will be requested to stop participating in the workshop and to seek appropriate help. In such a situation, we do not offer refunds, but are available to provide any documents necessary for insurance claims.
Full workshop October 10-15 2023 with 5 Mysore mornings in both weeks, Friday’s Led class and all afternoon sessions 360 €/week (including 23% vat)
Weekend October 13-15 2023 with 2 Mysore mornings in both weeks, one Led class (Friday) & afternoon sessions 220€
Single classes (Mysore or Led), possible if there will be space in the shala 40 €
Single classes (Afternoon techniques), possible if there will be space in the shala 50€
Single class (Pranayama, meditation, lectures), possible if there will be space in the shala 20€
Single class (Workshop opening), possible if there will be space in the shala 20€
In case of cancellation the payment is not refundable after September 25th 2023. Before September 25th 2023, a full refund (minus 20€ for management costs) is given. Please email your bank account number for the refund if needed.
In the case of Covid-19 cancellation (hopefully no more of that) the full payment will be refund without management cost!
You can register for the workshops but don’t have to pay the deposit or full workshop before we will give you the payment details.
1. Bank transfer (most recommended)
To: Yoga Roots Odeceixe, LDA
Bank: Credito Agricola
Message: Odeceixe Oct 10-15 2023, Your Name and what you are paying..Full program/Only Mornings/Weekend etc.
2. Paying by Cash to Petri or Wambui before the first Yoga class
3. Low cost international transfer
Message: Odeceixe Oct 10-15 2023, Your Name and what you are paying..Full program/Only Mornings/Weekend etc.
Low fees transfers about 3€ each transfer (please add that to the final amount)
Some students have used this transfer and the commission is much lower than in PayPal or Bank transfer from outside the Europe, especially if you are paying from the US or Asia.
All questions and information, email firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com
Looking forward to spend a beautiful weeks in Odeceixe, Portugal
Petri and Wambui