Two inspiring summer courses with Liisa full of yoga, nature, relaxing and learning!
Yoga retreat by the Baltic Sea, Finland, July 16-23.7.2018
Beautiful Baltic Sea! Get inspired and charge your batteries in an intensive yoga-meditation-pranayama -retreat on a small island of Pettu, in the clean and quiet archipelago of southwest Finland.
Please sign up before April 15!
Our days will start in silence with meditation/visualisations and pranayama (breathing), followed by an asana class, in strong and precise Iyengar and more simple Hatha -styles (2,5h total). After the morning class, there will be brunch and free time. Before the dinner, there is another asana class (1,5h). An old traditional, wood-heated sauna by the sea will be heated every second evening. There is a kayak, canoe and rowing boats in our use.
The level of yoga will be adjusted to the level of majority of the group but everyone will deepen their level of current practice. It is a great chance to get your body and mind cleansed from toxins, restore your energy, learn about yourself and create a yoga routine for home. It is recommended to have basic knowledge of the asanas but enthusiastic attitude, open mind and moderately good condition is the most important thing. If in doubt, please ask!
In your free time, you can explore the beautiful island, go for a swim or take a canoe trip, or just enjoy the fact that once you don’t need to do anything. I recommend you to leave your work and laptops at home, if possible, and enjoy the nature and silence.
Our course location is the Art Nouveau -style Villa Solhaga, on the island of Pettu, southwest Finland. It is a yoga minded guest house with ecological values. Our hosts take care of us with mainly organic food and many home grown vegetable. Meals will be vegetarian/vegan (mainly in macrobiotic style) but optional fresh local wild fish straight from the sea might be served in some days for those who want to have taste of the speciality of the island. Villa Solhaga has a beautiful modern wooden yoga room with big windows to the nature. In good weather, we might have some lessons outside in a pier. Rooms are for two to three persons, with limited possibility for small one person -rooms.
The island of Pettu is 160km from Helsinki. The nearest train/main bus station is in Salo, 50km from Pettu (the trip by bus from the airport or Helsinki takes 1h 20min). From Salo to Pettu, we travel together by a taxi /minibus.
Course Fee, full board 1050€.
The fee includes accommodation (1-2 persons in a room), full board and all yoga lessons (about 2,5h in the morning and 1,5h in the afternoon). Sauna every other evening. Special diets can be taken care of, please write about them when signing in.
The course fee is not including the trip and insurances. You need to bring your own yoga mat, 1-2 blocks and a yoga belt.
Sign up to the course and secure your place by writing to Liisa and paying 100fr/100€ non-refundable deposit before April 15, 2018.
Yoga in the wilderness! Yoga&Nature – Arctic retreat in Lapland (Finland) and the Arctic Ocean (Norway), August 2-10, 2018
Sign up latest before May 1, 2018! Don’t leave it to the last minute, the flight prices will increase!
During the course, there will be plenty of yoga, meditation and pranayama (breathing practice), home-cooked vegetarian meals, and as much as the weather allows, day trips to the wilderness. We will stay flexible with the program, since the weather conditions can be anything from very warm and sunny to rainy and cool. In the rainy days, we have an opportunity to practise more yoga, enjoy the wood-heated sauna or sit by the fire in „kota“ (traditional Sami dwelling). If the weather is good, we will stay more in the nature.
In the first half of the course, August 2-6, we will stay in the Finnish Lapland, far from everything. We have a private house by the river (picture under, yellow house), with own cook, and of course, a wood-heated sauna. Our host Seppo will drive us around to visit some interesting nature sites. In August, there will be still lots of light during the nights but the worst mosquito season is over. In the second half of the course, July 7-10 we travel by car to the amazingly beautiful Arctic Ocean, to the Norway, staying in a tiny fishing village of Ekkeroy (www.ekkeroy.net) by the Varanger fjord, which is famous of its‘ birdlife and the white sand beaches. Also there, we will have sauna and you can swim in the ocean! We will continue the daily yoga and meditation classes there as well.
This is a course for yoga enthusiastic and the true nature lovers, people with a flexible mind, who embrace the wild nature and long walks and don’t mind sometimes a bit harsh conditions and changing plans and schedules. For a small group of 7 participants only! (Three places are already reserved for the summer 2018, so don’t wait too long with the registration.) The accommodation is basic but very cozy and clean, in 2 persons rooms in homely houses. We will practise yoga in a beautiful living room with big windows to the river and forest. Please notice that in Lapland there is no Internet connection in the house, so no radiation and you can truly enjoy the life happening now! We will have our own fantastic vegetarian cook Maija with us (vegan meals possible).
The level of yoga classes will be adjusted to the general level of the group. Yoga style is a mixture of precise and strong Iyengar yoga and more simple but effective hatha yoga. All levels, also beginners, are welcome but the basic knowledge of yoga asanas and moderate condition is recommended. Doesn’t matter how experienced you are, everyone will benefit from the lessons. The biggest lesson will be to learn to enjoy and respect the silence and beauty of the untouched nature and allow yourself to slow down and observe, and notice how it start to get silent inside as well.
There will be usually a long yoga/meditation/pranayama -class in the morning (about 2,5h) and another yoga class before the dinner (1,5h). There will be only one class in the travel days, as well as in some days after long walks and very active days, depending how we feel (or we might have just a meditation by the fire, or enjoy the of heat of sauna).
How to get there? The closest airport is Ivalo (Finland) from where we are picked up to our course location, by the Inari river about 5 the km from the three-house -village of Angeli (literally „blink and you miss it“). We will pass on our way the closest town, Inari, which is about 75km away from our house, and depending on the weather and enthusiasm, we might also explore for example an ancient sacret sites there, have a day hike or visit a Sami culture museum Siida.
Price 1370€. Transportations in Lapland and Norway are all included, as well as the accommodation, meals and yoga classes. Not including the flights to Ivalo (via Helsinki) and insurances (recommended).
Registration : Registration deadline is May 1, 2018! But, the course will be confirmed to happen only after there are six participants signed up. So please sign up as soon as possible, so that everyone could book the flights as early as possible (flight prices tend to rise after the Easter). You can secure your place by paying non-refundable deposit of 100€/ 100 Swiss francs. The amount of participants is limited to seven only!
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