YOGA IN THE ALPS: WINTER RETREAT, SUMMER RETREAT, FALL RETREAT
MOVE: Switzerland Yoga and Meditation Mountain Retreat
Last spots available for January 2019 retreat!
We recommend booking this alpine retreat early in order to secure your spot as this is a popular retreat and we can only host a small group of the participants in this unique location. Most of our Swiss Alps retreats in the past have been fully booked with a waiting list.
A Note from Elena
This yoga and meditation retreat is for you if you love to move - whether it’s yoga, hiking or exploring; if you enjoy mountains, fresh air that smells of herbs and fir trees, waking up to breathtaking views of forest covered mountains that line the valley and if you appreciate good food, designer alpine decor and architecture, space, peace and tranquility. This yoga retreat is for you if you would like to experience yoga in the Alps - a place where time stops and nature is all there is.
I remember the first time time I visited this place. Driving to that little hideaway, I was mesmerised by the stunning picturesque villages in the valleys, carpets of snow that covered the meadows as we were passing through higher altitudes, colours of the land and the sky that kept changing around twilight, showing off their shades of golden, blue, pink and peach. I remember how I suddenly saw my whole life from a new perspective, as if rising above all the little things in a helicopter, seeing the bigger picture, the beautiful picture indeed. You feel touched to the core of the heart when you come so close to pristine, majestic places like this one. And you wonder, can I save a little piece of that magic, inside, and take it home with me... I wasn’t planning on hosting a yoga retreat here at first. It was just a little escape into a surreal place and time to recharge and reconnect. But after having experienced Engadine, I was completely convinced that there is hardly a village more suitable for a yoga and meditation getaway than this. And I am so extremely pleased that this vision has now come to life.
For the third year now, we are offering three retreats every year that invite you to enjoy the beauty of three distinctly different seasons in the Alps. A Winter yoga retreat which reminds about the magnificence of Swiss Alps in the most peaceful of seasons, a Summer yoga retreat which invites to practice outdoors and most of the sessions take place on our amazing rooftop terrace overlooking the mountains and of course, and our signature Autumn yoga retreat which enchants with a multitude of colours, crispiness and clarity of mountain air as well as majestic calm quality of nature all around our retreat location.
We are staying in a beautiful spa hotel nested just by the side of the mountain and surrounded by stunning pristine nature. The ellipse shaped hotel features huge windows along one of the walls which allows you to enjoy magnificent views during the day and fall asleep looking out at the stars. There is also a bathtub with a view available in the superior room, lots of lovely details and outstanding wooden decor.
If you prefer simplicity, there is a more basic choice of room available which is a little smaller and has a regular bathroom. These rooms are in the older building of the hotel. Both types of rooms are available for double or single occupancy.
During our Winter yoga retreats, you will enjoy the cosiness of the rooms, the warmth of the yoga shala and the tranquility of the nature all around the property.
During our Summer yoga retreats, you will delight in practicing yoga on the rooftop of the retreat hotel in the morning and letting your body and mind wake up to the rays of sun and magnificent view of the mountains all around the rooftop terrace.
During our Fall yoga retreats, you will fall in love with the colors that the mountains are soaking in, peaceful and quiet energy of the Alpine hideaway where we are staying and the symphony of woody fragrances during the walks across the valley.
This yoga retreat is lead by Elena Mironov, the founder of Sparkling Yoga Retreats. Elena is a very experienced yoga and meditation teacher, with a strong background in both technical, therapeutic and energetics aspects of yoga and meditation, over 12 years of teaching experience and a background in psychology. Read more about our teachers here.
This small group yoga retreat that is open for intermediate and experienced practitioners. 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.
Included in the retreat fee are generous delicious brunches at the hotel every day featuring lots of scrumptiously fresh local produce as well as 3 vegetarian dinners at a lovely restaurant in the village.
Our hotel has a beautiful spa with steam bath, sauna with a panoramic view as well as "experience showers", relaxation room and a massage therapist. You can choose to just use the wellness and spa facilities during this Swiss Alps retreat or let yourself be pampered with a selection of massages and treatments in addition to pre-planned programme.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
Included in the price of the retreat is
- accommodation for 4 days/3 nights at our lovely hotel
- 3 generous buffet brunches
- 3 vegetarian dinners at the restaurant
- the use of yoga space at the hotel in the morning
- the use of studio in the village where we practice in the afternoon
- all yoga and meditation classes
- the use of spa at the hotel in the afternoons/evenings.
Pricing details are available in the booking form.
7.30-9.00 morning yoga and meditation practice at the hotel spa
9.00-10.00 brunch at the hotel
10.00-16.00 hikes, hot springs, rest, nap (optional skiing in Winter)
16.00-18.00 afternoon yoga and meditation practice in the village yoga space
18.00 dinner & free time with a possibility to use spa and saunas at the hotel
Our location in Engadin Valley is easy to access from any major city in Switzerland. You can then drive or take a train to the village. The hotel is about 10 minutes walk from the station. It’s both a spectacular train ride and drive whichever direction you’re coming from.
You will receive further instructions upon registration.
TESTIMONIALS FROM THE PAST RETREATS
Everything was great, nothing better. Hotel is great, food was delicious, sauna is beyond lovely. Great retreat!
Thank you for showing us what self-love and care look like and allowing us to relax, release stress and pressure of our lives, and enjoy each day as much as possible here. I'll be back and can't wait to keep on exploring the world with you. Thank you!
I loved the peacefulness and the beautiful surroundings. Elena explained what yoga poses meant - always interesting to hear about the benefits of yoga poses. The location was beautiful, staff very friendly.
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!
Very professional teaching and the teacher. Loved your guided meditations. A beautiful hotel!