Dark and Light. Embracing Yin and Yang

A 5 day retreat to Iceland.    Only 1 place still available!

No addresses or postcodes for this one…A unique and exceptional retreat on this remote, ancient sheep farm on Iceland’s northern Troll Peninsula, nestled at the foot of the Skíðadalur glacier.

Thursday 24 October – Tuesday 29 October 2019

Cost: £1725 per person based on twin share of a cabin ( you have a single room either upstairs or downstairs and share the bathroom with one other person)

Yes….Iceland is an expensive country but rest assured, this will be a once in a lifetime trip and worth saving up for.

Imagine staying in beautiful cabins on a remote, ancient sheep farm on Iceland’s northern Troll Peninsula, nestled at the foot of the Skíðadalur glacier. The site has been continually inhabited, from the time of settlement by the Vikings in Iceland in 850 AD. It has now been adapted as a retreat by yoga teacher Anna and her son, the land and farm having been in her family for generations.

The Yoga

The only thing which is constant in life…is change. We are continually riding the turbulent waves of life, the joy and the sadness, the movement and the stillness, the dark and the light. This is the yin and yang of life. Opposing yet complementary and supporting energies which infuse everthing we experience.

So, as in life……also on the yoga mat. Sometimes we find steadiness and ease, and often we find shaky foundations and creaking joints. The joy of yoga is in taking the time to follow the path of ongoing discovery and learn how to be with what simply is!

What better place to explore the essence of yin and yang in our practice, than in a place so different to our usual surroundings.

Moring sessions will be geared to awaken us to some of the yang elements of our practice, creating heat and movement in the body. Late afternoon sessions will complement and balance our experience with practices which are more yin and also restorative in nature.

Who will this retreat suit? – This 5 day retreat is suitable for all levels. Complete beginners are very welcome to come along. All that is required is that you bring an open mind and a willingness to learn. For those with more experience in their practice, there will be an opportunity to re-visit basics with a new eye and use this to refresh and deepen practice… and learn more!

Non Yogi Partners – If you would like to bring a friend or partner who isn’t interested in joining the yoga, they would be most welcome.

Please note: The week is not suitable for people who are only interested in strong physical yoga as a variety of practices will be offered.

The Venue & Area

Our venue is remote and situated on Iceland’s northern Troll peninsula. A 5 hour bus ride from Rekjavik will bring us to Anna’s farm.

Anna and her family who own the farm, live by and are tied to all the natural cycles of the seasons, gathering in and harvesting berries and mushrooms, and helping the community to bring the sheep down from the mountains at the end of summer. It is a way of life essentially little changed for centuries, despite the trappings of modern comforts. There is a tremendous and special sense of place and history, which manifests as a palpable energy, which you can feel as soon as you arrive.

This is an opportunity to experience the balm to the soul which pure wilderness confers, in one of the world’s last unspoiled environments. The Huzur Vadisi Retreats team have joined together with Anna and her family to host us at this very special venue and we are assured of a caring, supportive and well-run retreat experience.

The Accommodation

The accommodation consists of eight traditional Icelandic cabins, set against the backdrop of the wild mountainside, and in the shadows of the awesone Skíðadalur glacier.

Each cabin has a double bed upstairs under the eaves and a large single/small double bed downstairs. The two rooms share a bathroom, which is off the downstairs bedroom.

There is a large rustic space with big wood burning stoves and comfortable, cosy seating. There is also a beautifully appointed sauna and you can soak in a hot tub whilst gazing at the stars or if you are lucky….the Northern Lights.

The yoga shala is spacious and well equipped. The large gable end windows have views reaching up the valley towards the glacier.

The Food

Our chef is a passionate creator who loves to come up with new and delicious ideas.

All meals are included for your stay…. breakfast buffet, either lunch or packed lunch if going on a trip, snacks, 3-course dinner/buffet. Vegan and special diets can be catered for. The majority of our food will be vegetarian although some fish may be available for those who whuch to eat it.

Pricing

Twin share of a cabin is £1725 per person. You have your own room and share the bathroom with one other.

The cost includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Transfer cost from Rekjavik/Akureyi to the venue by coach. (based only on your arrival at the specified time for the group transfer. If you do not take the group transfer, travel costs will be yours)
  • All meals:breakfast buffet, lunch/packed lunch, snacks, 3 -course dinners/buffet. Vegetarian, vegan and special diets catered for.
  • Twice daily Yoga
  • Use of hot tub and sauna
  • Fruit, herbal teas etc available throughout the day

The cost excludes:

  • Insurance. –  It is the responsibility of the guest to ensure they are covered by travel insurance which covers for cancellation of flights, the retreat and your health etc. Please ensure you have adequate cover. 
  • Travel to Rekjavik
  • Trips and activities
  • Transport to activities

Additional Information

We hope to be able to offer a few trips and I will work the yoga around these so we can make the most of the time we have in Iceland. Here are some outline details with a rough estimate of costs.

Nature Baths at Mývatn –  are very worth visiting and would be a part of the Mývatn daytrip. The cost is £34 for the baths. This trip is about a 2hr beautiful drive one way. You can stop on the way to see Godafoss Waterfall (free entry!!)
 
Whale watching – cost is £70
 
Beer Spa cost is £54
 
All swimming pools in Iceland contain geothermal water which are nice and warm with several hot tubs. The pool in Dalvík is the one that is closest to the lodge. This would be a good end to a whale watching day, to wash the salt away.
 
Please note that on top of these costs there are transfer costs which will depend on how many people join the trips.
 
In addition, our host would love to take us walking up the valley and maybe to the glacier… again free!

Getting There

Flights to Rekjavik are various prices so it’s best to shop around. The following airlines operate flights:

Icelandair

British Airways

Thomson Airways

EasyJet

I am hoping that to avoid our having to take an internal flight to Akureyri, our destination on the North coast, we can meet in Rekjavik at a meeting point to be arranged and travel together on a coach.The only other way to reach the venue is by car all the way or internal flight then a drive.

The prices quoted therefore includes the return cost per head for this transfer. This is based only on your arrival at the specified time for the group transfer. If you do not take the group transfer, travel costs will be your responsibility to cover. I have opted for the ‘travel together by bus’ option to make the whole trip simpler and cheaper. 

So, you can of course arrive into Rekjavik earlier if you wish to do some city sightseeing. All I ask is that you make your way to the airport for 10.30 or our city meeting point for the transfer for 11.15 am on our first day.

On departure day, we will leave after breakfast and be back in Rekjavik for flights leaving after 4pm.

Booking and Terms

If you have any further questions or would like to book a place, please email or call me.

✎ julie@yogalighthouse.co.uk    ☏ 0771 8875614

Your booking cannot be confirmed until I receive your booking form.

A deposit of £350 will reserve your place with the balance due 8 weeks before departure. I can accept cheque or bank transfer.

The deposit is non refundable should you decide to cancel.

I understand completely that this is an expensive retreat and I am cutting costs as much as I can to try and make it affordable. Iceland is an expensive country!

If you cancel within 6 weeks of the retreat, I will be unable to make any refund and the full cost will be due.

Please note, I always seek to act in good faith in my description of the facilities offered but rely on information given to me by the owners regarding their venue.