The Retreat takes place in 2 different locations, Reykjavik and the Whale fjord . We will spend the first 3 nights in the capital of the country, Reykjavik, it is not a whirlwind metropolis. Few skyscrapers grace the skyline, traffic jams are rare and faces are familiar. But don't be deceived a steady beat of energy and events keeps the city alive and pulsing with excitement.
Reykjavík is a city of bold contrasts: it is both cosmopolitan and small-town; vibrant and sophisticated; young-at-heart and yet full of history. Many monuments, new and old, are also worth a peek, including the newly built
oceanfront music and conference center, Harpa. Luckily, everything in Reykjavík is close by, and the city is perhaps best explored by foot or bike.
For the last part of the retreat we will stay in the countryside, surrounded by nature overlooking the stunning 'Hvalfjordur' ('Whale Fjord') it is a great place from which to view the aurora/northern lights.
From there it is easy to explore Iceland’s numerous waterfalls, glaciers, geothermals and geology.
$3365 EARLY BIRD SPECIAL before May 31st 2017- $3665 thereafter
• 6 Nights accommodation double occupancy • All breakfasts & 5 dinners
• The Blue Lagoon Experience • Golden Circle Tour • South Coast Tour
• Airport Transfers • Daily Yoga classes.
The hotel in Reykjavik is one of the great hotels of the country and is part of the Icelandair Hotels family.
Cool Scandinavian chic oozes from every part, with amenities such as 24-hour room service, gym, spa and a gourmet restaurant. Light-filled rooms and comfortable beds await you.
Our second location, in the
countryside has spectacular views over Whale fjord and the surrounding mountains. Each small villa host 4 people in 2 bedrooms, a living-room and a bathroom, they also have their own natural geothermal hot tubs outside on the veranda. We also have executive suites with ensuite bathrooms in the main hotel for those that would prefer a private room. The main hotel has large geothermal tubs to soak in under the stars.
2 Yoga Spaces
We will use the spacious main conference rooms in each location, both with wooden floors throughout and a great sound system. Each space has a few blocks, blankets and yoga belts for use.
The most important ingredient in Icelandic cuisine is location. Iceland is blessed with an abundance of fresh water, clean nature and fertile fishing grounds, while geothermal energy makes it possible to supply a year-round offering of fresh vegetables, grown locally in organic greenhouses.
In the past few years, Iceland has emerged
as one of Europe's most dynamic
gastronomic destinations, full of exciting
places to taste thrilling new recipes. Chefs
create modern dishes with traditional
ingredients, influenced by the philosophy of
the New Nordic Cuisine, where freshness and local seasonal ingredients play a vital role.
The TOURS & ACTIVITIES
Iceland is a country of extreme contrasts. Widely known as "The Land of Fire and Ice", it is home to both some of the largest glaciers in Europe, and some of the most active volcanoes in the world. Iceland is also the land of light and darkness, where long summer days with near 24-hours of sunlight are offset by short winter days.
The Blue Lagoon Experience
No trip to Iceland is complete without a visit to the Blue Lagoon. Set in the surreal surroundings of an ancient lava field on the Reykjanes peninsula, this geothermal wonder is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate. It features the Lagoon, several saunas, a healthy restaurant and various spa treatment options.
The South Coast Tour
The vast expanse of Iceland’s southern coastal plain, sandwiches snow- capped glaciers and the sea and crisscrossed by some of the country’s most powerful rivers, is the subject of this option-packed tour. First stop is the waterfall Seljalandsfoss, set against the backdrop of Eyjafjallajökull glacier, before continuing to the waterfall Skógarfoss and Folk Museum at Skógar.
One of the most interesting of its kind in
Iceland, the museum building are
roofed with turf in the traditional way. The trip then continues east, past the towering mass of Mýrdalsjökull glacier to Vík, Iceland’s southernmost village. And what way to round of a busy day than with a seafood banquet at local restaurant Víkurskáli, washed down with beer and Icelandic schnapps, “brennivín”, before returning to Reykjavík. (lunch is available but not included in the price)
The Golden Triangle Tour
As its title suggests, this comprehensive tour covers all the major attractions of southwest Iceland, beginning with a drive to the national park and former parliament site at Thingvellir and continuing through the mountains to the area around the lake Laugarvatn, known for its high level of seismic activity.
Next stop is Geysir, the world’s most famous hot spring, and Strokkur, its smaller neighbor, which erupts in a spectacular of blue water every few minutes.
The trip then continues to Gullfoss, the Queen of Icelandic waterfalls, returning to Reykjavík via Skálholt, site of Iceland’s first episcopal see, founded in 1056, and the garden village of Hveragerði.
Incorporating traditional elements of both Astanga and Iyengar yoga, Ari’s classes promote precision and efficiency of movement, and demand a willingness to examine and redefine one’s own habitual movement patterns. Each class makes evident Ari’s passion for physical expression as a gateway to access the innermost aspect of our being. Through the grace of the movements of the physical body, it is his hope that each student can imbue the same sense of grace and peace within. In the spirit of old hermetic adage: As above, so below; as within, so without.
Noah’s teaching has its roots in yoga but is not bound by tradition: Sometimes fluid, always informative. We will look at the geometric alignment of the body and the possibilities that arise in one’s movement by correcting body mechanics and introducing old and new movement patterns. Noah’s work is informed by intense study of music, meditation, breath work, diet, and numerous movement modalities (including: Yoga-Asana, Acrobatics, Gymnastics, various martial arts, Ballet, and WeightLifting). Noah has worked closely with yoga teachers of various styles (Katonah, Prana Flow, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Anusara, Ashtanga, Acro-Yoga), spanning well over a decade. Having experienced severe rheumatism and a full recovery from the debilitating disease he also brings first hand knowledge of moving through physical and mental challenges.
Noah is the cofounder (with Emile Sorger of www.mysticalphysical.com) of Philly's most talked about new studio The Yoga & Movement Sanctuary!
Not included In Price:
Extra Activities not included.
All flights, drinks soft or
alcoholic, all lunches, gratuity for all staff, other extra activities
Included In price:
3 Nights in Reykjavik
3 Nights in the Whale fjord
All breakfast, 5 dinners
The Blue Lagoon Experience
Golden Circle Tour
South Coast Tour
You will need to arrive In Reykjavik Airport before 11am to be picked up with the group. So we can all go to the Blue Lagoon as a relaxing way to start off your retreat after a few ours flying.
We recommend you to use Skyscanner for cheap flights from The States. But do check for cheaper prices elsewhere.
Duration of the Retreat 7 days
Pretty much all nationalities can get a visa on arrival. But just in case check with your embassy website in Iceland to be completely sure as laws change constantly.
You and your students Passports need at least one full blank page and 6 months validity.
There is no specific indication about vaccines in Iceland.