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Connect @ Monte Rosa 2024

A 5 day retreat in the Portuguese Algarve

Registration has closed BUT
if you are interested in joining last minute,
I might be able to find you a spot.
Email me at

May 14 - 18, 2024

Monte Rosa, Barão de S. João, Portugal

only a few spots left

I am inviting you to come back with me to one of my favorite spots in the world.
The Round House holds many special memories from previous retreats,
as do the swimming pool, the hammocks and the houses on Monte Rosa.  

5  d a y  r e t r e a t

5 days filled with:

  • loving movement:
    experience moving in an embodied way, with all the time in the world to explore and be curious  
  • nourishing stillness:
    restorative yoga where you will rest supported by blankets and pillows for comfort, yoga nidra for deep rest and we will practice different ways to meditate  
  • finding and using your voice:
    through journaling and kirtan where we will sing and chant  
  • private sessions - limited availability:
    we use this session for what you want or need! Maybe you'd like to learn what I can do for you from a Yoga Therapy perspective (I will have almost finished the theory part of my training! Or maybe you have questions / requests? This will be your time!

W o r k s h o p s

  • Yoga practices for all bodies and experience levels
  • Embodied movement
  • Restorative practices to help your body find rest and relaxation
  • Chanting to find and use your voice
  • Creative workshops will include -among other things- music and journaling 

Through movement we will focus on our body and how movement feels. Strengthening the connections with all of your body, from your toes to the crown of your head. Through soft and small movement and through yoga asana we will open ourselves up to feel and connect.

Embodied movement means you will be guided to find ways to move that fit YOU and where you are at, instead of making your body fit into poses.

m o n t e  r o s a

Monte Rosa stole my heart the moment I found their website. And from the moment I arrived there for the first time I fell in love with all of it. The herb and vegetable garden, the swimming pool, the round house where we will gather for all workshops, the houses and rooms that are all one of a kind, the hammocks spread out over the grounds. The delicious freshly prepared food, the kindness of the people. I can go on and on.

This will be the 4th retreat we spend at Monte Rosa and I can't wait to go back. It's simply an amazing place to be.

W h a t ' s  i n c l u d e d

  • 4 nights stay at Monte Rosa
  • 4x breakfast and lunch packages
  • 3x dinner at Monte Rosa
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation practices
  • Choice of workshops and / or exploring surroundings for alone time
  • Afternoon at the beach (including transfer)
  • Yoga mats, blocks and straps are available for you to use
  • Bed linen 
  • Towels
  • Welcome Package

N O T  i n c l u d e d

  • Your flight to and from Faro
  • Transfer to/from Faro Airport (optional and price tbd)
  • Dinner at the beach restaurant
  • Massage (can be added to your booking)

No worries, the pool is included 😉


Tuesday May 14
Our program will start from 2 pm.
Welcome drinks & opening circle + Yoga practice

Wednesday & Friday between 8.00 and 17.30:
Morning Yoga classes + Afternoon workshops

Morning Yoga and Workshop
Afternoon and dinner at the beach

Saturday morning:
Morning Yoga + Closing Circle

Program ends Saturday May 18 around 2 pm.

Program might undergo small changes in the class and workshop schedule. Start and End date + time will not be changed!

F r e e  t i m e

Our program will balance activity with free time. Giving you space to also find time to explore, or take a book to one of the hammocks or a chair by the swimming pool. One afternoon we will travel to a nearby beach and enjoy dinner with a view there.

You are invited to take good care of yourself and your needs, which means that there is always space for us and our program to be flexible where needed.

A C C O M O D A T I O N  & P R I C I N G

We will have a few of the houses on the Monte Rosa grounds available for our guests.

From previous experiences we've learned Connect participants prefer to have a private room. So we have private houses and a few shared houses with a private bedroom.

All rooms:
members€ 750*
early bird€ 790**
regular   €850

*Member price is for Yoga Vayu members with an active Membership of 3 months or over.
** Early bird has now ended

I can't wait to see you

Please feel free to contact me at if you have any questions!

Course Pricing

If you would prefer to pay in installments, contact me at
to register and I will make a payment plan for you.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

You do not! Wether you have been practicing daily for years or not at all, these workshops will be accessible to everyone. In the lead up to the retreat Biddy will release a Yoga for beginners video online, so you can get in the mood!

Contact Biddy if you would like to spread your payments. The first downpayment to register your booking is €100. Your last payment is due on April 14th, 2024,at the latest, but we can work out a payment plan working up to that! Email Biddy for more information:

Yes! There will be a balance between the workshops and joined activities and time to be by yourself. You are always free to skip an activity if you need a little more space.

Comfortable clothes, including shoes that will be okay for a walk on the Monte Rosa grounds. Bathing suit, sun screen and a beachtowel.A water bottle and your favorite pen if you have one. If you have your own Yoga mat and accessories you can bring those, but these can also be made available to you on the location. A more detailed list will be sent to you a little closer to the retreat date.

I have purposefully chosen to keep the group small. The venue our workshops will take place in holds 10 participants max. That means that there will be enough space for me to connect to each and every one of you. It also means that there will be space for your needs and experience. This also means that there are limited spots available, please contact me if you have any questions!

Please email me with your question at

biddy Messchaert

Yoga teacher - Yoga therapist in training - Retreat organizer - Podcast and Book Club host

Biddy is the founder of Yoga Vayu and co-founder and host of The Show Up & Surrender podcast and The Zero Pressure Book Club.

Her one-on-one work with clients has prompted her to study to become a Yoga therapist. This will allow her to support her clients even better in many ways. Working trauma sensitive and with knowledge about how to work safely with people that might be suffering from injury or disease. Her 875 hour training is going well so far and she will start her case study work in the summer of 2024.

She is already a certified Yoga teacher for a variety of Yoga Styles. On her membership she focuses on embodied movement in both flow and restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra. She also hosts workshops and Retreats in the Netherlands, abroad and online! She teaches group and private sessions both online and in the greater Delft area, and wherever Yoga classes and retreats take her! While she loves teaching big groups, her heart makes a happy dance when she teaches small group and one-on-one classes.

You may also know her as the founder of Coming Home Retreats & Workshops.

She lives in Delft with Joost (husband) and Jillian (dog), loves books, music, movies, gaming and so much more!