YOGA IN THE SWISS ALPS: WINTER RETREAT, SPRING RETREAT, SUMMER RETREAT, FALL RETREAT
MOVE: Switzerland Yoga and Meditation Mountain Retreat
January 2022 retreat open for registration!
Do you love yoga and meditation? Would like to take your practice to mind blowing Swiss Alps?
Let me transport you there for a moment. Imagine a small designer hotel that smells of wood and is set right in the mind-blowing Alpine landscape.
You open the window and invite into the room a tantalising fragrance of wild herbs and fir trees. You nap to the sound of the birdsong as a soundtrack. You practice yoga in a room with an Alpine view to die for.
Your body feels stronger and more toned as you practice yoga twice a day and spend hours outdoors. Your mind is both sharper and softer - the unique effect of regular meditation. You know you are taking care of yourself the best possible way.
If this sounds like you, we've been waiting for you. Join us to experience yoga in the Alps - a place where time stops and nature is all there is.
I found this unique and peaceful place in the Bernese highlands while retreating from the hustle and bustle of the daily life.
I remember the first time time I visited this place. The drive to the tiny mountain village was spectacular, and I could barely keep my eyes on the road. Up on the altitude, colours of the mountains and the sky kept changing around twilight. I was taking mental photographs.
And then as I arrived, I realised that the true jewels of this place are our beautiful hideaway and a stunning glacier lake nearby. Like a giant emerald, it called me for an icy swim, and I jumped in!
It was an extremely refreshing experience even for a nordic soul like myself, and I emerged renewed, cleansed and clear in my mind. This is when I realised that I had to create a retreat here and have you experience the beauty of this magical place.
We are staying in a rustic design chalet with a spa nested amongst untouched nature and surrounded by the Alps.
All rooms are comfortable, cosy and come with a private bathroom.
Panoramic rooms are generously sized (30m2) and come with stunning mountain view. They also offer a comfortable sitting area for reading and relaxing and lots of morning sunshine.
Valley rooms are comfortably sized (24m2) and come with a lovely valley and village view.
We also have a few suites available - please contact us for details!
YOGA PRACTICE AND YOUR TEACHER
This yoga retreat is lead by me - Elena. I am the founder of Sparkling Yoga Retreats. I am a psychologist and have been leading retreats and teacher trainings for over 9 years. I have a strong background in both technical and therapeutic aspects of yoga and meditation and over 15 years experience of teaching yoga and meditation.
Read more about me here.
This yoga retreat is designed for all levels of practitioners including beginners (you'll be asked to practice prior to the retreat), intermediate and experienced practitioners. During this 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 as well as a myriad of supportive practices including myofascial release technique and resistance training targeting stabilising muscles.
Programme components of this yoga retreat
- elemental vinyasa flow
- alignment based hatha yoga
- in-depth self-myofascial release techniques
- restorative flow
- yin yoga
- pranayama / breath work
- seated meditation - guided and self-guided
- restful yoga nidra (yoga sleep) meditation in savasana
All sessions will be adapted to the participants in the room. You will receive guidance on how to modify poses and lots of individualised attention.
Included in the retreat fee are generous delicious brunches at the hotel every day featuring lots of scrumptious and fresh local produce as well as vegetarian dinners.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
Included in the price of the yoga retreat is
- 3-night/4-day yoga retreat package
- stay in a beautiful and comfortable alpine chalet hotel
- 3 generous buffet breakfasts
- 3 x restaurant dinners (3-course, gourmet & vegetarian)
- the use of yoga space
- rich yoga programme featuring 2 yoga and meditation classes with an expert teacher daily
- the use of the mountain spa at the hotel
Pricing details are available in the booking form - just click on the date that you are interested in at the top of the page or in calendar.
7.30-9.00 morning yoga and meditation practice
9.00-10.00 brunch at the hotel
10.00-16.00 hike, lake dips, rest, sauna or nap
16.30-18.00 afternoon yoga and meditation practice
18.00 dinner & free time with a possibility to use saunas at the hotel
Our location in Bernese highlands (Berner Oberland) is easy to access from any major city in Switzerland and is a short distance from Gstaad. You can then drive or take a train to the village. It’s both a spectacular train ride and drive whichever direction you’re coming from.
You will receive further instructions upon registration.
In a cosy spa of our chalet hotel you'll be able to enjoy a variety of mountain saunas (Finnish, Bio, Infrared) and a cosy relaxation area.
Infrared sauna is amazing for deep muscular relaxation and tissue detox - an excellent add-on to our yoga programme!
WHEN IS THE BEST SEASON TO JOIN THIS RETREAT?
Winter yoga retreat is all about the magic and magnificence of Swiss Alps in the most peaceful of seasons. You can combine this yoga retreat with cross-country skiing if you are into it. Or combine it with sitting outside on your balcony, wrapped in a warm blanket and with a cup of tea, watching the snow falling..
Spring yoga retreat is like a breath of fresh air. You can say good-bye to Winter blues and say hello to sunshine. A great time of year to re-start your practice if you've been taking a little break from it.
Summer yoga retreat is when it's pleasantly warm in the Alps, so we start the day by practicing outdoors (weather allowing).
Autumn yoga retreat is the most colourful one of all. You'll fall in love with one thousand shades of green, amber and crimson. You'll feel addicted to crisp mountain air and a feeling of deep relaxation in your whole body following the lake dips and sauna pleasures.
PLANNING YOUR ARRIVAL
The best airport to travel from is Zurich, and the best time to land in Zurich would be in the morning or around noon on the first day of the retreat. The programme starts in late afternoon, so you would have enough time to arrive without stress, check in, settle in your room and meet the group at 4.30pm on Thursday.
From Zurich airport, you can take a train or drive. It will take you around 3 hours either way to get to the location. Our retreat is close to the bus stop so you won't need a taxi if you're arriving by public transport.
The best time for your departure flight from Zurich would be in the evening of the departure day.
We are taking all the necessary covid-19 related hygiene and safety measures to ensure a smooth and relaxed stay.
Upon arrival, you'll be asked to present a covid-certificate with a QR code (based on a recent test, recovery or vaccination).
TESTIMONIALS FROM OUR PAST RETREATS IN THE SWISS ALPS
Thank you for such a beautiful and fun retreat, Elena! I arrived exhausted and malnourished. And am leaving energized, restored, and replenished with minerals and fresh microbiota. Loved the group, adore the location, and appreciate your flows. I will be back.
Everything was amazing, nothing truly could be done better, cause it was perfect. Loved the location, loved the group, loved the sequences, loved the energy. Beautiful place! LOVED IT ALL.
Being a repeat customer, this is my 3rd retreat with Elena, and I can't wait for more! This is a very unique experience, with beautiful flows, amazing locations, and such fun participants!
The hotel is stunning, the mountains magnificent & the energy of this place is incredible. Thank you for sharing this special place with me (& my fellow retreaters), moving our bodies, reminding us of what they can & want to do, rebooting my practice again! Thank you Elena for making these few days so special and memorable. I am returning home with more sparkles!!
Much love and gratitude.
I enjoyed your capacity to adapt to the group with the programme that is always varied. This is an amazing place for a yoga retreat! Hotel, the landscape, yoga space, everything is perfect. This second time participating in the mountain retreat was just an great as the first. You are a unique person with a set of talents that allow you to bring forth your own style of yoga (professionalism, tone of the voice that mesmerizes, your own music) We couldn’t be happier to have had the possibility to join this retreat and can’t wait to come back in July. Namaste!
I recently participated in Sparkling Yoga’s Switzerland retreat in the gorgeous Swiss Alps. This was my first retreat and although I didn’t have any expectations nor comparisons, everything was more than I had wished for. The location was breathtaking, the hotel and its facilities were perfect. Elena put a lot of effort into making this retreat wonderful. Her classes were challenging yet she provided an atmosphere were I felt safe to make and play with my own physical and mental boundaries. I am already recommending Elena and Sparkling Yoga’s future retreats to friends.