YOGA IN THE SWISS ALPS: WINTER RETREAT, SPRING RETREAT, SUMMER RETREAT, FALL RETREAT
MOVE: Switzerland Yoga and Meditation Mountain Retreat
May 2021 update: July retreat is almost fully booked - last rooms left!
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 river and birdsong as a soundtrack. You practice yoga in a room with floor-to-ceiling windows and Alpine view to die for.
Your body feels stronger and fitter 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 remember the first time time I visited this place. The drive to the mountain village was spectacular. Up on the altitude, colours of the mountains and the sky kept changing around twilight. I was taking mental photographs.
On that Alpine ridge I suddenly saw my life from a new perspective. Something inside me changed in that moment. And I wondered if I could save this memory and that magic, inside, and take it home with me.
Truth be told, I wasn’t planning on hosting a yoga retreat here at first. It was a little private escape. But the effect it had on me convinced me that there is no better place for yoga and meditation than this. I'm beyond excited that this vision has come to life, and by now, it's been 6 years since I've been offering this Swiss Alps retreat.
A word of warning: this retreat is so easy to fall in love with, that there's a risk you'll become of the of the returning guests who join me multiple times a year! I'd take that risk any minute if you ask me..
We are staying in a spa hotel nested just by the side of the mountain and surrounded by nature. Superior rooms come with big windows and even bigger mountain view. This type of room features a spacious balcony and a luxurious free standing bath tub. In the evening before you sleep, you might dim the light and watch the stars and the sparkling mountain tops.
Other than superior rooms, we have a few newly renovated modern and stylish classic rooms available - you can choose between the village and the mountain view.
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.
Our hotel has a beautiful spa with steam bath, sauna with a panoramic view as well as "experience showers", relaxation room and a team of therapists. You can choose to just use the wellness and spa facilities during this Swiss Alps retreat or pamper yourself with a selection of massages and treatments in addition to the programme.
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 modern alpine hotel
- generous buffet breakfasts and restaurant dinners (dinners are vegetarian)
- the exclusive use of yoga space for our group only
- rich yoga programme featuring 2 yoga and meditation classes daily
- the use of spa at the hotel in the afternoons/evenings.
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 at the hotel spa
9.00-10.00 brunch at the hotel
10.00-16.00 hikes, hot springs, rest, spa treatments/massages, 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.
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 skiing if you are into it. Or combine it with sitting outside in the hot springs and 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 on the rooftop terrace. The alpine view from that terrace is a big part of the yoga practice and the highlight of my year.
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 spending hours in a hot tub with a view.
PLANNING YOUR ARRIVAL
The best airport to travel from is Zurich, and the best time to land in Zurich would be before 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 2.5-3 hours either way to get to the location. Our retreat is just 10-minute walk away from the small train station in the Alps.
The best time for your departure flight from Zurich would be in the evening of the departure day.
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.