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Nov 142017
 

Overview: Join KPJ Authorized Ashtanga Yoga teacher, Ally Ford for a retreat in the magnificent Valais Region of Southern Switzerland, the heart of the awesome Alps. Breathe fresh air and connect with nature. Take in gorgeous panoramic views of the mountains in a luxurious 4-star resort and spa set in a remote valley. During this retreat, you will enjoy daily yoga and meditation sessions, explore stunning hikes or mountain biking among the peaks, and rejuvenate in the spa’s steam bath, sauna, jacuzzi and indoor and outdoor thermal pools. With 5 spectacular golf courses within one hour’s drive, there’s something for every outdoor enthusiast. Join us on this incredible adventure of a lifetime.

6 days / 5 nights
Ashtanga Yoga for all levels
Sunday June 3 – Friday June 8, 2018
Single: $1,800 p/p
Double: $1,500 p/p (Email Ally to specify separate beds or shared bed)
Note:
Resort is family friendly and larger rooms are available. Email Ally to inquire.
 

Yoga and Meditation:

Through Mysore-style Ashtanga Yoga with Ally from Monday through Friday you’ll deepen and refine your daily yoga practice.  Twice-daily group meditation sessions allow you to begin or reaffirm your meditation practice. Feel the connection of collective consciousness while sitting with the group in a beautiful, peaceful setting. All levels welcome.
 

Location and Accommodations:

Some 14km and 700 vertical meters up a zig-zag road from the Rhone Valley town of Leuk is the gorgeous mountain village of Leukerbad. Gazing up to an amphitheater of towering rock turrets and canyon-like spires, Europe’s largest thermal spa resort is pure drama. Beauty-conscious Romans once took to Leukerbad’s steamy thermal waters, where today visitors soak to relieve sore bodies after numerous outdoor activities, like hiking the Gemmi pass or braving Switzerland’s longest via ferrata (a mountain route equipped with steel cables, ladders, and other fixed anchors). 

Luxuriate at the 4-star Le Bristol Hotel & Spa, a veritable cocoon of warmth and harmony offering the latest and largest private Wellness & Spa center in the region. The Spa features an indoor pool with bubbling water grotto, outdoor pool, jacuzzi and a thermal water biotope. The thermal baths with water at 34°-35° (95 degrees Fahrenheit) supplied from the hotel’s own spring (at a depth of over 2,000 meters) afford panoramic views of the Alps. The Panorama Sauna also has a clear view of the mountains, a steam bath, modern treatment rooms, and over 50 massage and beauty options using Babor products.

Healing Properties of Thermal Waters:

It is said that thermal waters relax muscles, increase elasticity of the connective tissue and improve circulation of synovial fluid into the joints.

The mineral springs in Leukerbad contain predominantly calcium sulfate minerals like Gypsum. With water uptake and release through the skin, ions are exchanged.  Warm water gypsum relieves rheumatic and neurological conditions and helps to ease pain after accidents or injuries. Additionally, these minerals may help relieve sluggish digestion.

 Activities:

Included: The Thermal Canyon Walk is an imposing bridge path that leads 600 meters into the Dala Gorge. Feel the force of the cascading water as you walk along moss-covered rock walls to a 100-foot high waterfall. Stairs then descend to the thermal water’s source, which was said to flow from paradise. Perfectly shaped and appearing almost artistically inspired, the pool lies in the Dala Gorge and fills visitors with a quiet spiritual energy.

Included: The Gemmi Pass is the high mountain pass across the Bernese Alps connecting Kandersteg in the canton of Bern with Leukerbad in the Valais. The pass was used by the Romans and attracted notable historic tourists like Mark Twain and Pablo Picasso. 

You’ll ride a cable car to the Hotel Wildstrubel with a restaurant and panoramic deck offering views of the highest of the Swiss Alps peaks from Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, and Weisshorn to the south and the Bernese Alps of the Jungfrau massif to the north. The Gemmi Pass region provides hiking trails and mountain climbing in the summer. You can also take another cable car to beautiful  Daubensee mountain lake for alpine fishing and hiking.
 
Your trip also includes 2 hours of mountain biking along the invigorating trails or through the quaint mountain village (electric bikes or extended trips with a guide available for a fee). There are 19 spectacular bike trails in and around Leukerbad.
 
Additional optional excursions available for arrangement through the hotel include a trip to Switzerland’s quintessential Matterhorn Peak (full day), summer tobogganing, and golf.

What’s Included

• 6 Days/5 Nights Accommodation
• Ground Transportation
• Breakfast & Dinner daily (vegetarian options available)
• Daily Ashtanga Yoga & 2 Meditations per day with Ally Ford
• Gemmi Pass Hike
• Thermal Walk Hike
• 2 Hours Mountain Bike Usage
• Usage of thermal pools (33 degrees C), panoramic sauna, steam bath, and fitness room
• Rooms are non-smoking, with private bathrooms, complimentary Wi-Fi access, minibars, TVs, hair dryers, private safes, bath robes and slippers.

Schedule/Itinerary

Swiss Alps Yoga Retreat Daily Schedule*

Sunday June 3rd, 2018
Arrive at Le Bristol Hotel In Leukerbad by 5:00 PM
7:00 PM Welcome Dinner

Monday – Thursday
7:00-7:30 AM Morning Meditation
7:30-9:30 AM Morning Mysore Yoga (Ashtanga Yoga)
9:30-10:30 AM Breakfast
10:30-5:30 PM Free Time/Hike/Bike/Swim/Golf/Rest/Climb/Explore (or join included* excursions, see above)
5:30-6:00 PM Afternoon Meditation
7:00-8:00 PM Dinner
8:00-onward Free Time

Friday June 8, 2018 Departure Day
6:30-7:00 AM Meditation 
7:00-8:30 AM Led Primary
8:30 AM Light Breakfast
11:00 AM Check Out

*Schedule is subject to change. A more detailed schedule will be shared as the date draws near.

Arrival and Departure Information
Please arrive at the resort on Sunday June 3, 2018 by 5pm for a welcome dinner at 7pm. Check out on is Friday June 8, 2018 at 11:00AM.

You have the option to fly into various European airports and either rent a car or take public transportation to the resort. Here’s a great link with suggested routes to Leukerbad: http://visitleukerbad.co.uk/site/Getting_There

You can also visit this hotel link for location and suggested routes:
http://www.lebristol.ch/en/contact

Book Now

Pay either the balance in full or $500 deposit to secure your spot. Balance is due by March 30, 2018. 

Booking Options



 Cancellation Policy

You can cancel your booking at any time via notification to Ally Ford Yoga in writing by sending an email.
 
Regardless of the reason for the cancellation, the cancellation fee will be calculated as follows: 

  • Notification received more than 60 days before the start of the retreat / workshop: 30% of the full fee + $25 administration fee

  • Notification received 31-60 days before the start of the retreat / intensive: 50% of the full fee + $25 administration fee

  • Notification received 30 days or less before the start of the retreat / intensive: 100% of the full fee. 

We recommend you to get coverage through a travel insurance for unforeseen circumstances.  Ally Ford Yoga reserves the right to cancel the retreat / workshop if fewer than 8 participants have signed up by May 20. In such circumstances the participants will be informed promptly and registration monies reimbursed. Any travel costs will not be reimbursed.

 

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