Overview: Join KPJ Authorized Ashtanga Yoga teacher, Ally Ford for a retreat in the magnificent Valais Region of Southern Switzerland, the heart of the 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.
Note: Resort is family friendly and larger rooms are available. Email Ally to inquire.
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.
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.
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.
• 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.
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:
Pay either the balance in full or $500 deposit to secure your spot. Balance is due by March 30, 2018.