Norway

YOGA IN THE FJORDS

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EXPLORE: NORWAY YOGA AND ADVENTURE RETREAT

This yoga retreat is open for registration. As this retreat is popular and takes place only once a year, we recommend registering early.

Norway will steal a piece of your heart and take away your breath with its majestic magnificence. This Norway yoga retreat is a very special adventure that combines a nature exploration with a yoga and meditation experience.

The stunning fjord where we're staying during the retreat is breathing with a peaceful, grounded, enchanting energy. Resting in its splendour, the mountains around the fjord are like giant guardians by the sea, providing a beautiful setting for our yoga and meditation journey as well as hikes and mountain explorations in between the yoga sessions.

Join us in this oasis of unspoilt Norwegian nature and let yourself be carried away into a mythic cradle of the Nordic spirits.


TEACHER

The classes will be lead by Lauren Stokes, an experienced yoga and meditation teacher and fascial stretch therapist. Lauren is exceptionally good at inviting you to really use your body, allowing your mind to find peace and calm. Her classes are engaging, challenging and transformative, charging the students with humour, lightness and radiance. Read more about the teacher.

YOGA

This retreat is open to fit practitioners with yoga experience who enjoy an active yoga practice combined with outdoor adventures.

During this hatha yoga retreat, you will have an opportunity to experience a variety of approaches to hatha yoga, from elemental vinyasa flow to meditation, however the main style of yoga featured in this retreat, is vinyasa flow. 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.

 

ACCOMMODATION

We are staying in a beautifully renovated hotel in the fjord in Ålesund region. The hotel is set amidst a beautiful unspoilt landscape just by the water, surrounded by mountains. The rooms are simple, comfortable and tasteful. Double/twin and single occupancy available.

HIKING

There is a variety of trails just outside the hotel. One of the days, we have a guided walk in the mountain with a local guide from the village who will show us a magnificent trail that starts just a short walk from the hotel. 

WHAT IS INCLUDED

4-night/5-day stay at our beautiful hotel, breakfasts, dinners and takeaway lunch packs, all yoga + meditation classes as well as the use of space for yoga sessions. 

MEALS

Breakfasts, takeaway lunch packs and dinners are included. All meals are vegetarian and some fish options will be available throughout the retreat. 

TYPICAL DAY

7.30-9.00 Morning yoga + meditation

9.00-10.00 Breakfast

10.00-17.00 hiking, adventure of the day or rest

17.00-18.30 Evening yoga 

18.30-19.00 Optional meditation self-practice

19.00 Dinner

WHEN TO ARRIVE

The best time to arrive would be Monday afternoon/evening as the programme starts after early dinner. The best time to depart is Friday noon/afternoon as the programme finishes around 11am on Friday.

GETTING THERE

The location is about 1.5 hours driving distance from Ålesund and a few smaller airports in the area. It can be accessed either by public transport (bus) or by car. Further instructions will be sent out upon registration.


 

TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST RETREATS

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

Jennifer. Iceland Yoga and Meditation Retreat. Mar 2015

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.

Rasmus, Denmark. Iceland Yoga and Meditation Retreat. Mar 2015

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

Dorthe, Denmark. Iceland Yoga and Meditation Retreat. Mar 2015

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.

Cosima, Denmark. Iceland Yoga and Meditation Retreat. Mar 2015

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

Helene, Austria. Iceland Yoga and Meditation Retreat. Mar 2015

Beautiful place, nice atmosphere, amazing practice and teacher! I enjoyed it a lot and it was even better than expected.

Stefanie, Switzerland. Iceland Yoga and Meditation Retreat. Mar 2015

Elena, you have a beautiful voice to listen to during the yoga class. I liked the intensity of the classes as well.

Manuela, Switzerland. Iceland Yoga and Meditation Retreat. Mar 2015

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.

Mungo, UK. Iceland Magic. Oct 2014

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.

Giovanna. Iceland Yoga and Meditation Retreat. Mar 2015

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

Kathrin, Austria. Iceland Yoga and Meditation Retreat. Mar 2015

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!

Gitte, Denmark. Iceland Yoga and Meditation Retreat. Mar 2015

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!

Ulla, Denmark. Iceland Yoga and Meditation Retreat. Mar 2015

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!

Louise, Denmark. Iceland Yoga and Meditation Retreat. Mar 2015

The surrounding and the lagoon are wonderful. Elena - you are a beautiful person.

Susanne, Denmark. Iceland Yoga and Meditation Retreat. Mar 2015

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.

Mette, Denmark. Iceland Yoga and Meditation Retreat. Mar 2015

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!

Tijana, UK. Iceland Yoga and Meditation Retreat. Mar 2015

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