HATHA YOGA RETREAT + PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
YOGA RETREAT + PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
The concept of this retreat combines the benefits of a daily yoga practice with a personal development programme.
Through yoga you become stronger, healthier and more aligned with your body, mind and soul. The practice of yoga and meditation also create clarity which often leads to identifying which areas of our lives could be improved or transformed. This is exactly where the personal development coaching is relevant and essential, to provide you with an honest and objective reflection as well as provide you with tools and support.
The classes will be lead by Elena Mironov, a yoga and meditation teacher with over 12 years of teaching experience and a background in psychology. The personal development programme is led by Maria Matkowska, a sparring partner and a coach with over 8 years experience, both within the context of individuals and companies. Click here to read more about the teachers.
This retreat is open to all ages and levels of fitness and experience. During this hatha yoga retreat, you will have an opportunity to experience a variety of approaches to hatha yoga, from elemental vinyasa flow to peaceful hatha with a therapeutic quality. Some of the sessions may include the elements of yin yoga, myofascial release, pranayama and meditation. A part of the programme is yoga nidra (yoga sleep) meditation which has an extremely restful and restorative effect. All sessions will be adapted to the group and modifications of the poses will be offered to cater for all participants and to ensure that everyone is receiving the benefits of the practice and the individualised attention
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
An important part of this retreat is an individually tailored personal development programme. This means that in-between yoga and meditation classes, you will receive two one-on-one personal development sessions during the retreat, as well as a set of personalised assignments.
Your facilitator will develop a plan for your one-on-one work before the retreat based on what is important for you to work on (you will fill out a registration questionnaire prior to the retreat to help us prepare).
Whether you are attempting to create a positive change in your work, relationship/-s, health or anything else, during this retreat you will be inspired, motivated and empowered to not only identify your goals, but also to take action in pursuing them.
We are staying in a beautifully renovated hotel in South Tyrol region. The hotel is set on a beautiful plateau at 1400m, surrounded by mountains and overlooking the majestic Dolomites. The rooms are simple, comfortable and tasteful. Standard rooms are in the main building of the hotel and feature a rather classic decor with lots of natural wood. Superior rooms are in a new part of the hotel and feature lots of aromatic untreated wood, large living space, mountain views and direct access to the garden. Double/twin and single occupancy available.
There is a variety of world class walking and hiking trails just outside the hotel, so you can use the breaks between the session to enjoy the out-of-this-world views and beautiful nature to support your yoga practice and personal development programme, to re-charge the batteries and to empty the thinking mind.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
3-night/4-day stay at our beautiful hotel
gourmet breakfasts, lunches and dinners
all yoga + meditation classes
the use of space for yoga sessions
the use of all wellness facilities, saunas and pools
personal development programme
Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included. All meals are vegetarian and some fish options will be available throughout the retreat.
6.30-7.30 Morning yoga + meditation
8.30-12.30 Individual coaching sessions or alternatively hiking, wellness or rest
12.30-13.30 Buffet lunch
13.30-17.30 Individual coaching sessions or alternatively hiking, wellness or rest
17.30-19.00 Evening yoga + meditation
SPA AND WELLNESS
The spa and wellness in our South Tyrol location is truly a masterpiece: the wellness area boasts over 10 different saunas including Alpine herbs sauna, aroma steam room, rose meditation cabin, Finnish panorama sauna, mountain pine sauna, infrared sauna, lavender, camomile, thyme, hay and many more. From Finnish sauna, you can enjoy a fantastic view of the surrounding mountain ranges and the South Tyrolean Dolomites.
In addition to that, the location offers a spacious alpine garden landscape with panoramic outdoor jacuzzi and natural pond, as well as a partly indoor- and partly outdoor swimming pool with a view.
A very wide selection of spa treatments is performed using high-quality natural products from the region.
WHEN TO ARRIVE/DEPART + GETTING THERE
The location of the retreat is high in the Italian Alps, on a remote plateau in Bolzano region. The recommended airports are Verona and Bergamo.
The best time to arrive would be Thursday lunchtime, meaning your flight has to arrive in Verona or Bergamo airport in the morning. If this is not feasible, we will ask you to book an additional night at the hotel so that you arrive the day before. The best time to depart is Sunday noon/ early afternoon, meaning that your flight should be planned for Sunday evening.
The hotel can help you organise your transport from Verona and Bergamo airport upon your request.
Further instructions will be sent out upon registration.
TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST RETREAT
I loved the location, the attendees, the balance of challenge and serenity of the yoga practice. I enjoyed everything! Elena is always encouraging while helping us to not strive or push ourselves excessively. Elena, I just wanted to thank you for creating this magical yoga oasis. I loved how you smiled beautifully + authentically throughout the retreat. It set the tone to the entire retreat. With love, J
Very lovely place with quiet and peace. The private lagoon was perfect. Elena - you are a very skilled and good at creating practices that fit each individual.And you seem very balanced which reflects in your classes.
The best yoga teacher with a very inspiring lifestyle. Loved the atmosphere in the class, lagoon and surroundings. Love the music and the yoga practice. Hope to see you again! Love, D
I really liked the group. I love your positivity and patience/spirit + your experience. This is a very beautiful, special place. Really liked the yoga for its dynamism, how it built up from class to class, how it’s so flowing yet very challenging at times. Meditation was great too, but I am more of a movement person.
I enjoyed the holistic and integrative approach - everything fitted so well together and things and people complemented each other: the group, the teacher, the location, the practice, the nature, the music. Dear Elena, it has been real pleasure to experience this retreat in beautiful Iceland with you. Thank you for being an amazing teacher. I have a feeling we will meet again sometime soon. All the best, love and light on the path of yoga and life XX
Beautiful place, nice atmosphere, amazing practice and teacher! I enjoyed it a lot and it was even better than expected.
Elena, you have a beautiful voice to listen to during the yoga class. I liked the intensity of the classes as well.
We had the most enjoyable weekend yoga retreat in Iceland with Sparkling Yoga. Elena is a wonderful teacher and has a gentle and playful approach to her classes. The classes combined with the thermal pools at the blue lagoon made it a memorable experience. I would definitely go on another of Elena’s retreats.
Location - beautiful. Elena - voice, yoga nidra, sense of calm and peace. You are like an angel. Thank you for being so lovely and sharing this experience with me. Please keep me on the mailing list as I would love to join you on future retreats.
The magic of Iceland, which was reflected on the retreat. Fairy Elena made me feel like a little elf who was guided into a life filled with more light and joy. The classes were easy to follow but still I was challenged and took a massive step forward. Thank you Elena for giving us so much strength and for showing us a way. That’s what I was looking for
I enjoyed the balance between dynamic and physical practice and the constant calmness and grounding. The location is magical and so is the yoga practice! I enjoyed every class and felt it had a good balance. Dear Elena, thank you so much for another wonderful retreat. I really needed it! Also thank you for your calm and sweet presence. You said some things that really resonated with me and the things I’m going through at the moment. Hope to see you soon in Copenhagen!
I enjoyed the place, the focus, the purity. The bubble effect of the retreat. The teacher and her ability to include everyone.The location - beautiful and pure place. Thank you!
The nature and surroundings are an amazing offset for the practice, very nurturing and relaxing. I enjoyed the mixture of classes based on the elements and your gift to adjust the sessions depending on the group. I love that we practice to music and the poses have great variety. The way that the classes are structured suits me well and mix of physical and meditation is very balanced. Hope to join you in Morocco or Bali!
The surrounding and the lagoon are wonderful. Elena - you are a beautiful person.
Elena, you are the best teacher!! Really nice practices, enjoyed them all!! Found them a bit softer than last time - but that could also be just me..As always, really nice to be at the lagoon.
I love the location which is perfect in connection with doing a lot of yoga, going into the lagoon after the classes was very enjoyable and the views magnificent. I feel that I got deeper into the poses and loosened up more that I have done in a long time, extremely pleasant feeling 🙂 I could probably use another couple of days here. Thank you!