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7 Days Epic Meditation, Yoga, and Adventure Retreat in Vals, Switzerland

Meditation and Yoga Retreat Switzerland

Join this detox and yoga retreat in Switzerland! This holiday is designed for those losing interest in life and suffering of "full plate and empty life" syndrome. If you need a stronger body, feel your limits, achieve your dreams, enhance your memory and concentration, cultivate a positive attitude, and refurbish your emotional outlook, join Holly Niemela in a definitive experience for your soul, mind, and body.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation practices
  • Wonderful yoga cleansing practices
  • Detox beverages to cleanse your body
  • Free time to explore the location
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, English
The maximum participants in the group is 14
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Accommodation

During this holiday, you will stay in either a shared or private room. The beds include two separate mattresses but they are connected on one wooden platform bed. This may be too close for comfort and would be ideal for partners, close friends or relatives but not for two people who do not know each other. The Steinbock Hotel has 15 bedrooms like this with en-suite bathrooms that promises a relaxing night. The rooms are modern, elegant, and are reduced to the essentials but offer everything you need. The rooms are facing south-west and have a modern card locking system and are also equipped with a pull-out couch. If you have any questions about the accommodation, please send an inquiry prior to booking.

Holly Niemela Switzerland Yoga Retreat Program

A full-throttle Adventure Retreat for those whose greatest desire is to live an Epic Life. Do you operate at your highest self? Do you get the juice out of life? Can you find balance through your body, your mind, and your spirit?

When was the last time you slept under the stars? How about the last time you really felt hungry? Losing interest in life? Not sleeping well? Suffering from Full Plate/Empty Life syndrome? Need a stronger body, to feel your limits, achieve your dreams? Enhance memory and concentration? Cultivate a positive attitude? Refurbish your emotional outlook? Connect to your deepest desire?

When was the last time you did something for the first time in your life? If these questions are knocking on your door then please join me for this exceptional epic adventure for you within a mind-fully and spirit-fully inspired group at the Steinbock Hotel in the Swiss Alps.

We going to deep dive into the 3T’s: Transform, Transmute, Transmit

This adventure is NOT a temporary solution but a life-changing opportunity to learn how to push your RESET button. Encompassing hatha yoga cleansing practices, yoga asanas, breath work, 2 hours of meditation teaching/practice per day, sauna and cold plunging, vegetarian, homemade cooking and the healthy alpine air, thermal water and energy of Vals.

BIG CHANGES

Reaching down into my yogic roots I’ll teach a holistic yogic program—a combination of holistic practices that are rarely taught in yoga studios. After following a 5-day (pre-retreat) kick-starter eating plan (to get off caffeine, meat, and whites) everyone is enabled to start off retreat day 1 with the practice of Lagoo Shanshankprakshalana (a classic detox teaching from the ancient manuscript Hatha yoga Pradipika).

The goal is to purify different systems of the body so that energy will be able to flow freely through your entire system and facilitate the capacity to meditate, for introspection and for wellbeing. I will teach Kunjal Kriya, another typical yogic detox practice that I learned over 15 years ago in India. Kungal Kriya helps to eliminate stagnated and undigested energy within us. You will let go, the body will relax and the mind frees up space to be able to reset.

DAILY ROUTINE

Up early at 6:30 a.m. because you slept deeply for 8 hours. Drink a large glass or two of the Valser water with apple vinegar or lemon juice then swing open the windows and breathe in the crisp, pure air. Dip in the mountain stream or the cold plunge, a daily bathing ritual before our morning practices. With a stunning vista of the Alps, we start our yogic practice: chanting, short meditation, then a combination of gentle then dynamic asanas, breath work, and more meditation.

Breakfast is a joyous moment to break the morning silence, share the meal and yourself: taking the time to savor the food and drink as well as the company. The early afternoon is slated for alpine walks with a picnic lunch, alternating moments in silence with mindful conversation and including stops for sitting meditation practice in nature. Afterward, return to the Steinbock Hotel for either a sauna detox/cold plunge followed by a good nap, reading, relaxing, yoga nidra or just taking in the view. Dinner at 7:30 p.m. followed by our evening meditation program. (Please note: a massage therapist will be available during our week for those who wish to book treatments).

Some yoga/meditation experience is helpful but not essential for this retreat. I believe everything is already there in you if you have the intention to reset, I’ll help you find the key and you open the door. I teach, you learn through your direct experience—not a book nor MOOC!

And when we finish the week you’ll be able to put together yoga routine and a 20-minute meditation on your own. I’ve taught over 15 retreats in Vals and have over 28 years of experience in mind-body wellness. These days I’m here to teach how to collect experiences, not things and helping others to find more meaning in their lives rather than their bank accounts.

NIGHT OUT!

For those who desire, we will spend one night under the stars, around a campfire, in the wild. Most likely cosmic photographer, snowboarder, nature lover and Vals native Markus Casutt-Gartmann’ll accompany us. Watch the stars come out, meditate in a remote natural environment, reconnect deeply to the planet, the stars and yourself.

We’ll also spend time in the woods, taking in the energy of the amazing alpine forest. What I’ve experienced since early childhood, the need to be in the forest has now become popular as forest therapy. Each of us will find a place to just sit, be and feel the elements of the forest, using our senses to learn to come back to our senses getting off the digital connection and onto our inner connection.

DELICIOUS

The 3T’s retreat nourishment is composed of carefully prepared vegetarian cuisine, organic and local when possible, deliciously prepared meals and drinks—healthy and balanced. Full breakfast brunch with berries, yogurts, farm-fresh eggs, local cheeses and butter, home-baked bread, almond milk, nuts and other fruits. Packed lunchbox: ready to go out for excursions in the forest and mountain Alps. Dinner: soups, salads and main course varied each day with something sweet to finish! Focusing always on quality and not quantity.

Your Guide

Holly Niemela is a Paris-based wellness expert, mind-body therapist and yoga / meditation teacher with 30 years of experience. Holly has become an ambassador for wellness guiding individuals, groups, and companies towards better health and wellness. In 2009, she was part of the first group of teachers to bring mindfulness to France with Jon Kabat-Zinn’s MBSR.

She is one of 100+ worldwide certified teachers of the Google-developed program “Search Inside Yourself, the unexpected path to success and happiness at work.” Anchored in neuroscience and evidenced-based research, common sense from years of experience and a dose of intuition, Holly’s conferences, programs and international get-away retreats highlight how ancient practices can be adapted for our fast-paced, digital world to develop our inner connection to outwardly create, collaborate, and be compassionate human beings.

INVESTMENT FOR THE 3 T’s RETREAT

1200 EUR per person for double occupancy and 1500 EUR for single occupancy. This includes 6 nights in a comfy, cozy room (all wood and stone chalet) with private bathroom, 3 vegetarian, healthy meals per day, sauna or cold plunge and all yogic teaching and guiding (5 hours plus per day). This package does not include transportation to / from / within Vals nor daily hotel tax.

If this retreat is paid by your company, please contact Holly for a price quotation.

Included excursions

Daily alpine walks in the surroundings are included in this retreat.

Instructors

Holly Niemela
Holly has studied yoga and mind-body therapies for over 28 years with teachers from Europe, the United States, and India. She is a Reiki master, directly trained by John Harvey Grey. Holly is also trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) under the direction of Jon Kabat-Zinn and was part of the first group of teachers that brought MBSR to France. Holly is a certified teacher in the mindfulness and emotional intelligence program.

Location

This holiday will be held at the Steinbock Hotel in Vals, Switzerland. The hotel is situated directly in the skiing and hiking area. The Hotel Steinbock is the ideal place for sports enthusiasts and the view of the latest sports hotel in Vals is unique. You can look just like the mountains across the valley over the roofs of Vals.

Vals is situated in the heart of the Alps, exactly in the middle between Milan and Zurich and is a Walser-German-speaking enclave in the Romansh dominated Val Lumnezia (Valley of Light). The people of Vals migrated from Upper Valais some 700 years ago and settled in the highest alpine valleys of Grisons.

The village center is called Vals-Platz and lies at an altitude of 1,252 meters above sea level. Throughout the municipality of Vals, you can still find many farms which in former times were inhabited in all year round but now they are usually only used as spring and fall pastures.

Besides Vals-Platz, the only places that are still inhabited all year round are Camp, Leis, and Valé. As required by law for half a century, houses and barns are still roofed with stone tiles. And although a lot of new buildings have gone up in the past few years, there are parts of the village that still seem intact and undisturbed.

Nearby places

  • Chur, 50 kilometers
  • Zurich, 170 kilometers

Features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Stargazing
  • Steam room

General

  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi

Food

During this holiday, you will be served three vegetarian meals per day, organic, and local when possible.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Climbing

This area is an insider tip in the climbing scene. Whether simple short routes or challenging routes at the distinctive Zwerreilahorn, Vals offers something for every climbing fan.

Hiking

With a municipal area of 175 square kilometers, one of the largest municipalities in Switzerland, Vals is a very extensive hiking area that offers a wide range of alpine routes as well as high-alpine routes.

Mountain biking

Discover the nature by mountain bike, kick-bike, or e-bike. There is the right bike for everyone available for maximum driving pleasure.

Slacklining

Connect your hiking trip with a balancing act on the slackline. Increase your body feeling and your balance right in front of the hotel.

Other activities

Other activities include hunting during the wild season, photography courses at night, herbal classes, physical therapy, and coaching weeks.

Possibility to go to the Thermal Baths of Vals which is world famous as designed by Peter Zumthor (for an additional cost)

Spa treatments

During this holiday, massage services can be booked at the venue on request for an additional cost.

What's included

  • 3 vegetarian meals per day
  • 5 daily hours of yoga and meditation
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily alpine walks
  • Daily detox beverages
  • Use of sauna and cold plunge

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Spa treatments

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Zürich Airport (ZRH).

Arrival by bus

The Vals-Ilanz postal bus service runs down into the valley. Rhaetian railways offer regular connections to Chur, a main traffic axis, to Disentis with connections via the Oberalp pass into central Switzerland, or Valais.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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