Portugal 7-12 August

AMO – Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

and Sound Ceremony

with John and Julia Scott

plus Ira Calixto and Ram Curbelo

7th – 12th August, 2022

Join John and Julia for the continuing Transformational Journey of asana, pranayama, meditation and mantra with guest facilitators Ira and Ram deepening the experience with oceanic sound journey.

John and Julia hold an expanded space to their presentation of what Yoga means to them. Grounded in the Principles, Methodologies of Ashtanga Vinyasa this retreat takes the course of a transformational journey. Beginning with an evening cacao ceremony to welcome and connect the two groups on a heart level. Each morning the grounding and centring of the morning Dynamic Asana practice continues to hold space and focus to explore deeper the traditional practices of yoga and the additional sound journey that Ira and Ram will provide.

John Scott

John has been studying, practicing and teaching Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga for 35 years, however during retrospective reverie, John asks when does one start yoga? John realises that much of his early years at school were naturally spent in meditation commonly called daydreaming – “eyes fixed out through the window as if travelling to another dimension of reality..”

John began his adult life as an Industrial designer and has shifted his design enquiry in what is the nature of this body, this breath, this mind, his experience and knowledge is extensive and shares his journey with a teaching style that is very metaphorical, analytical, technical and often humorous which appeals to students of many backgrounds and nationalities.

Julia Scott actor, yogini and singer

Julia first started her yoga journey at the age of 18 with Iyengar Yoga and Buddhist Meditation. For 10 years Julia was fully involved in acting life and performed in many Polish and  international film projects. When introduced to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Julia made a big shift as it became so clear to her that this one dynamic practice encompassed an inner journey of self-expression and deep discovery. Julia fully immersed herself in the practice and sharing the gems of AVY. Now when Julia is teaching and adjusting yoga asana, she draws from her multiple disciplines incorporating and integrating relationship skills so that the student feels met, held and supported, allowing for their inner expression to be articulated. After Sound Meditation Training, frequencies and sound are inseparable elements of her sharing. Julia’s gift is her voice, when joining her in mantra without realising, the students’ voices begin to harmonise and oneness pervades the space.

The synergy of Julia and Johns’ two energies fuel a collective experience of play, adventure, discovery and a resulting sense of belonging.

Ira & Ram

Ira & Ram a beautiful and dynamic couple with years of experience in ancient ceremonies and medicines. Their Sound Journey will take the group deep within the inner space connecting each individual to their expanded cosmic self with their oceanic sound journey.

John Julia Portugal
Magical eucalyptus and pine forests, sandy beaches and spectacular cliffs – the simple yet beautifully designed Monte Velho Nature Resort is located in a peaceful setting right in the heart of the Costa Vicentina Natural Park, the west coast of the Algarve. This retreat is an invitation to explore the richness of Ashtanga Yoga and Sound Ceremony while having enough space to enjoy the sun on the beach, go for a surf or just chill in the hammock on your terrace.


Monte Velho Nature Resort is embedded in the unique landscape of the Costa Vicentina Natural Parc: an abundance of wild nature along the stunning atlantic coast with high cliffs, sandy beaches and secluded bays. The 30ha plot of land is located on a hill with 360 degree panoramic view overlooking the pine- and eucalyptus forests and the ocean. Plenty of spots to retreat, watching sunrise or sunset with only the sound of frogs and birds in the background… we find this place is truly special and full of magic.

The simple yet beautiful rooms (suites) are very spacious, each with a bedroom, a lounge- area and a bathroom. All suites have their own terrace or deck, with a daybed and hammock. After the yoga practice a delicious meal is waiting for you – the chef is passionate about yummy & healthy food. Besides plenty of love only the freshest local organic produce goes into the vegan & vegetarian meals.

On the nearby beaches Amado & Bordeira (only 10min drive away) you can enjoy the sun, take a long walk or surf a wave – surf lessons including board & wetsuit can be booked on the beach. Hiking and mountainbiking on the old fisherman trails along the cliffs or inland on the historical paths (Rota Vicentina) is a great adventure and in Monte Velhos Spa with sauna and steambath you can also spoil yourself and book a massage treatment.

Portugal Beach

Event Details

Retreat Includes

  • 5 morning Dynamic Asana classes
  • 3 afternoon classes with Yoga Philosophy, Techniques of Asana, Bandha & Pranayama and Mantra
  • 5 nights at Monte Velho Nature Resort (depart on the 12th)
  • Full board healthy-delicious vegetarian catering


Check-in: Sunday August 7th after 4pm.
Welcome meeting & dinner 17:00.
Yoga: Monday – Friday.
Check-out: Friday August 12th by 12:00.
Rooms must be vacated at 10:00.


  • 1490  now: €1420- in a single suite
  • € 1190   now: €1120 in a Twin / Double suite (bring a friend)
  • € 1140   now: €1070 in a triple suite (bring 2 friends)
  • € 1140  now: €1070 in a quadruple suite (bring 3 friends)

Prices are per person. Travel is not included. Full payment with registration to save a spot.


Flights: To Faro (1,5 hrs drive) or Lisbon (3,5 hrs. drive to Monte Velho).

Public transport & Taxi pickup are possible, however, we recommend you to book a rental car which allows to discover the amazing beaches & offers flexibility on the whole journey. We can recommend luzcar (operating from Faro).

A pickup from Faro airport costs about 110 euro, from Lagos about 45 euro. All bus- and train connections in the Algarve can be found here.


  • Enjoy in the sun on the nearby beaches Amado and Bordeira
  • Book a surf course or hire board & wetsuit
  • Hiking & Mountainbiking on Rota Vicentinas ́ fisherman or historic trail
  • Walking tracks or a swim in the lake on the property
  • Relax and unwind with Steambath, Sauna & Massage treatments at Monte Velho ́s Spa


Please fill out the enquiry form below and we will reply to you as soon as we can.

After you have submitted the registration (see below) you will receive an email with further information & bank details. As all our emails are answered personally please allow for 1-2 days for an answer.

Please wait for a final confirmation email from us before booking flights. Thank you.

The full retreat price needs to be paid within 48 hrs. to secure your spot. Otherwise we will open the spot to someone else. If you need to cancel your booking a refund of 50% of your payment will be given when cancellation is before June 13th, 2022. No refunds with later cancellations.

We are very much looking forward to having you here.

Retreat center pictures from Monte Velho Retreat centre

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