Forest Bathing and Yin Yoga at the Gate of Lapland
November 14-20, 2019
In the midst of November, when the first snow is in the air and the northern lights has started to return after the summer, we spend a week together for a unique experience in the middle of the northern wilderness. We eat and sleep well, do yoga and enjoy spending time in nature. All in order to strengthen our bodies and return to our natural state of health, balance, and joy.
The retreat is led by experienced forest guide Cornelia Lohf together with our beloved yoga teacher Maria Bergmark. Cornelia is an Associate Coach (IFC) and inspirer, known for creating forest experiences that invite all the senses. Maria has more than 20 years of experience of yoga and her style is very straightforward, simple and inviting, requiring no previous experience of yoga.
We want this week to be a pause from everyday life, to let you focus entirely on yourself and your own well-being. You stay in our newly renovated Eco Hotel, eat well-cooked organic food in a restaurant overlooking the river, and get to experience the untouched and beautiful Scandinavian nature.
Every day we spend at least two hours in the forest, guided by Cornelia. We will explore Shinrin-Yoku (“forest bathing”) – a nature therapy originating from Japan, filled with health benefits. During these hours we will let our stress melt away, reunite with nature, and break the cycle of stress. Shinrin-Yoku has lots of proven health benefits, and we are proud and happy to be the first to offer this in the northern Sweden.
Yin Yoga classes are offered a couple of times during the week. Yin Yoga is a calm and meditative form of yoga where we hold each position 3-5 minutes, to access the deep connective tissue. We use props like blankets and bolsters to be as comfortable as possible, and all the exercises are done with relaxed muscles. All yoga offered during the week is suitable both for beginners as well as for more experienced yogis.
Our week together is spent in the small village of Granö in northern Sweden, where we eat, sleep and do yoga overlooking the magnificent Ume River, surrounded by the endless northern woods. In addition to the weeks scheduled activities, there is plenty of free time during the day for you to explore the surroundings, maybe rent a bike, go for a walk, or just be. This week is for you, to recover and replenish.
Cornelia is an Associate Coach (IFC) helping people to find their own path in life and speaks both Swedish, English and her native language German. Her unique concept where she combines coaching with the north-Swedish nature is deeply appreciated. She also has a rich experience of pilgrimages, with over 5600 kilometers walked in Spain and Portugal, and firmly believes that hiking solo can offer amazing possibilities for deep personal transformation.
”The peace and calm in nature can unlock our brain to new possibilities. The nature reduces the amount of stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, while at the same time stimulating our creative brain. Often times nature easily removes headaches, tension and sleeping problems, while at the same time leaving us with new impressions, new thoughts, and new paths – both on the inside and the outside.”
Maria is the founder of Yogaretreats Northern Lights, works full time at Yogastudion Umeå and has devoted almost 20 years of her life so far to yoga. During her many long trips to Asia, she has tried out most yoga styles and philosophies. Over time, she found her very own way of living and teaching, all based on what she loves the most: simplicity.
"To keep things simple and not lose my temper over unimportant things is pretty much how I live my life. I do not like the airy fairy stuff in yoga. For me, stepping onto the mat is my way of connecting to my body and soul, just as simple as that. Many like the way I teach because I'm ordinary. No New Age stuff in my classes. To me, a retreat is a wonderful opportunity to dive deeper into yoga for a little longer, to become more present, and to guide people into that experience."
SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK
Day 1 - Thursday
15.00-17.00 Check in
17.30 Welcome gathering in the Glass House
Opening ritual - 30 minute walk: ”Arriving in the forest”
19.30 Welcome Dinner
Day 2 - Friday
09.30-11.30 Nature class: ”Forest Bathing - an invitation for all the senses”. Looking around, smelling the forests atmosphere, smelling without seeing, listening to the forest and the silence, tasting with attention.
15.00-17.00 Yin Yoga and the five elements - Earth. The five elements has their roots in Chinese medicine, and consists of fire, earth, metal, water and wood. The earth element is said to be the element that balances and integrates the other elements, making our body and soul working optimally.
19.15-20.00 Nature class: ”Night Time Forest Bathing”
Day 3 - Saturday
09.30-11.30 Nature class continuation: ”Forest Bathing - an invitation for all the senses” and ”An invitation to soft movements” with Qigong and balance practice.
Room for one-on-one coaching
19.15-20.00 Light meditation in the Glass House
Day 4 - Sunday
09.30-11.30 Nature class: ”An invitation to attention and meditation” in three steps, with walking meditation, breathing & inner smile.
15.00-17.00 Yin Yoga and the five elements - Wood. The wood element is described as the energy that makes things grow and gets things done.
17.30-19.00 Dinner Good Night
Day 5 - Monday
09.30-11.30 Nature class: ”Creativity and relaxation in the forest”.
15.30-17.00 Sauna and hot tub
19.15-20.00 Nature class: ”Night Time Forest Bathing”
Day 6 - Tuesday
09.30-11.30 Nature class: ”Attentive on your path”
15.00-17.00 Yin Yoga with focus on deep relaxation
19.15-20.30 Nature class/meditation ”Goodbye”
Day 7 - Wednesday
08.00-09.00 Breakfast / Wrap Up
FOOD & ACCOMMODATION
The food is served in Granö Beckasin’s cosy restaurant, made with love from local produce of fine quality.
The accommodation is located in the beautiful village of Granö. We stay in the newly renovated Eco Hotel, surrounded by nature and close to the magnificent Ume River.
On Granö Beckasin’s website you can read more about the food and hosting.
Retreat, accommodation and food, 6 nights:
The Eco Hotel / Single Room 15 600 SEK
The Eco Hotel / Shared Twin Room 13 600 SEK
Please note that we have six single rooms available. If you travel alone it is also possible to book half a twin room. You will then be accommodated together with another retreat participant with the same sex as you.
You secure your spot at the retreat by completing your booking and paying your fee in full directly on this website.
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