ASHTANGA YOGA RETREAT - Finland
6 NIGHTS - ASHTANGA YOGA RETREAT
WITH KPJAYI Authorized Teacher - BELA LIPAT
In Karkku, Sastamala, Finland
29 JULY - 4 AUGUST 2019
• Daily Ashtanga - Mysore and/or led class
• Daily Meditation and Pranayama class
• 2 afternoon Yin Yoga and 2 Alignment/Technique Class
• Daily Vegetarian Brunch and Dinner (buffet)
• 1 Sauna with Frantsila Herbal products
• 6 nights accommodation in your choice of room: Twin-Share or 4-person sharing Room
Escape to Finland!
Imagine a week of total surrender into yourself and your practice!
Join us for this Ashtanga Yoga Summer Retreat in Finland -
enjoy the silence of the present moment, the natural beauty of Finnish Nature,
and a home away from home in a 16th Century traditional Finnish manor.
A yoga retreat is an opportunity for every student to give this precious gift of time away for introspection and freedom from daily routines to develop your practice, cultivate discipline, explore your inner world through meditation, and just be in nature in a dreamlike holiday setting. Unwind the stresses of your mind and body and allow inner change and healing to unfold in your body, heart and mind.
We start our days with meditation, breath work and Ashtanga Yoga. Then have a delicious brunch and some free time to explore the gardens, rest, and swim at the lake. We will end the afternoon with Yin Yoga or Technique/Alignment workshop, meditation, and Yoga Nidra. Combined with fresh, delicious, lactose-free and nutritious vegetarian food prepared with love and care in the manor’s kitchen, this retreat is a treat to remember.
Treat yourself to a week of yoga, meditation, the beauty of Finnish Nature, sauna and relaxation.
The focus of this retreat is the practice of the Ashtanga Yoga method as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and now taught by his grandson, R. Sharath Jois, the Director of KPJAYI, in Mysore, South India.
Each morning we will start the day with meditation and pranayama followed by the Ashtanga Yoga practice. We will start and end the retreat with a "led class" of the Primary Series and the rest of the mornings we will do Mysore style Ashtanga (self-practice), which is the traditional way of learning Ashtanga (teacher to student). Mysore classes mean the student practices at their own pace and progress through the asanas as and when they are ready. The teacher will go around the class offering one-on-one attention to each student and adjust when necessary. You need to know at least the Sun Salutations and the standing postures of Primary Series before coming to the retreat.
In Led classes the teacher guides all students through the Primary Series of Ashtanga following the proper Sanskrit Vinyasa count. The classes are suitable for all levels, focusing on both practice and philosophy.
In the afternoons, there will be Yin Yoga classes alternating with Technique/Alignment workshops,
and end with Yoga Nidra. All classes are in English.
All meals are prepared fresh daily by our host Tuuli, and are delicious, lactose-free and nutritious vegetarian food. In case you have any food allergies, just let us know when booking and we will take care of it.
**Food is vegetarian (not vegan), we serve cheese and eggs and milk products. The milk products are non-lactose. Special Non-gluten/Vegan menu is also available, with extra +10e/person/day. Please inform upon registration.
The following meals are included:
Accommodation and Location
The roots of Tuomiston manor stem from the 1500s and its unique spirit has been forged over many generations. Located in beautiful Pirkanmaa, the charming manor is situated in the village of Karkku and stands on a high hill overlooking lake Rautavesi, as well as being a stone’s throw from lake Riippilänjärvi. Tampere is only 40 km away, to which there is easy road and rail connections. The manor has gone through a transformation in 2016-2017. From being a private residence, it has become a retreat center for the advancement of well-being. The manor’s soul always ensures a peaceful and uplifting experience. The benign spirit of Kalle, the resident ghost, and the zen-master Yoda the cat, also play their role in creating a magical atmosphere.
There are twin-sharing and 4-person sharing rooms, all warm and cozy, with a fairy-tale like charm and atmosphere.
The package includes:
6 Nights Accommodation in a *room of your choice: Twin Sharing or 4 Person-Sharing
**2 vegetarian meals per day (brunch and dinner)
dinner upon arrival
brunch before departure
1 Sauna with Frantsila Herbal shampoo/conditioner/soaps
(optional, according to the group: use of hot tub)
*Sheets and towels not included, please bring your own.
**Food is vegetarian (not vegan), we serve cheese and eggs and milk products. The milk products are non-lactose.
Special Non-gluten/Vegan menu is also available, with extra +10e/person/day.
Please inform us in advance of any food allergies upon registration.
4 Mysore classes and 2 Led Class
Daily Pranayama and Meditation
2 Yin Yoga afternoon sessions
2 Technique/Alignment class
Daily Yoga Nidra - deep relaxation
14-16:00 Arrival at Retreat Center
16.00 Welcome Opening Circle and Gentle Flow
18.30 Dinner and rest
Tues-Sat 30.7- 3.8.2019
7.00 Meditation and Pranayama
8.00 Led Class on first and last day
Mysore Practice (please finish your practice by 10.15)
10.30 Brunch and free time
16 - 17.30 Yin Yoga (Tues/Thurs)
Technique/Alignment Workshop (Wed/Friday)
17.30 - 18.15 Yoga Nidra (Tues-Friday)
18.30 Dinner and rest
7.30 - 9.00 Led Class
9.00 Closing Circle
Program times may change slightly.
How to get there
Tuomiston Kartano is located 7 km from Tampere-Pori Highway and a 10-minute walk from Karkku Train Station. Trains running from both Tampere and Pori stop at the station. It takes about 30 minutes by car to travel from Tampere.
From outside Finland, by flight: Fly to Helsinki, take a train or bus to Tampere, then a train to Karkku Train Station. The retreat center is 600meters from Karkku Train Station. There are year-round several daily flight connections to/from Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland and flights six days a week to/from Riga, Latvia. Seasonal direct flights with Ryanair to/from Bremen, Germany and Budapest, Hungary are also available.
For the train, here is the website: https://www.vr.fi/cs/vr/en/frontpage
Available rooms, 2 x Twin-sharing and 4 x 4-Person sharing
Book your spot early to avail of your choice of room!
4-Person Share 925euros
Twin-Share Room 995euros
To Register for the Retreat:
1. Send us an email to register here:
2. Wait for our e-mail confirmation with all payment instructions.
3. Submit your non refundable deposit of 250€ to reserve your space.
4. Full payment must be completed by 30th May, 2019.
* Please feel free to ask us for any assistance or suggestions about your traveling plans to the retreat center.
* If you would like to come with your partner / family member / friend who is not going to attend yoga classes, please feel free to do so. There will be some reduction of total payment amo
unt for this person.
* Consumption of alcohol and drugs is not allowed during our stay.