Yoga and Self-Care Retreat

BLAUSEE Hotel & Spa, Switzerland

Autumn 2021


Rediscover a deeper connection to yourself.

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Take this precious time for yourself and disconnect from the daily stresses of life. Enjoy daily yoga practices, take a walk in the forest, hike in the mountains, soak in a hot tub, relax in the spa, book a massage, read or simply relax.

Dedicate time to reflect, rediscovering what you value most and letting go of what no longer serves you. Allow yoga and nature to help you feel grounded, building stability in your body and clarity in your mind.

My intention is for you to leave the retreat balanced, refreshed and with the self-care tools to help you stay on track and support your physical, mental and emotional health as we approach the colder months and busy holiday season.

Men, women and all experience levels welcome. Previous knowledge of yoga is recommended, although not conditional. This retreat is designed to be accessible with modifications and variations offered as needed.

BLAUSEE Hotel & Spa, Switzerland

Blausee Hotel and Spa is quietly situated on the banks of a small romantic and pretty forest lake with beautiful shades of crystal clear blue.

Surrounded by a small nature park and the majestic backdrop of the Bernese Alps, Blausee has charmed locals and travellers since 1885 and been praised as a “scenic gem of magical forest solitude”.

The retreat offers individually styled rooms, cosy open fireplaces, a spa area with sauna, steam grotto as well as outdoor areas with whirlpool and hot tub garden. The restaurant serves regional vegetarian cuisine and the evening menu is selected from ‘GaultMillau’ 13 POINTS CERTIFIED KITCHEN”

Program Includes

BLAUSEE Hotel & Spa, Switzerland
  • 3 overnight stays with full board
  • Accommodation in individually styled double rooms, junior and chalet-style suites
  • Morning and late afternoon yoga practices
  • Daily pranayama and meditation
  • Spa area with sauna, steam grotto, whirlpool and hot tub garden
  • Balanced brunch buffet: Fruit juice, smoothies, eggs, bread, birchermüesli and other tasty treats
  • Selection of teas and Blausee water available throughout the day
  • Fresh and dried fruits available throughout the day
  • Light 3-course vegetarian menu with option of 1-fish main meal from GaultMillau’ 13 Points Certified Kitchen’
  • Comfortable relaxation areas
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Admission to the Blausee Nature Park
  • Free parking at the entrance to the Blausee Nature Park
  • Service, VAT and all taxes


BLAUSEE Hotel & Spa, Switzerland
Thursday 5 November 2020

From 14.00: Check-in

16.30: Greeting and Welcome Drink

17.00-18.30: Restorative Yoga

18.45: Evening Meal

20.15-21.00: Evening Meditation, Reflection, Q & A


Friday 6 November 2020

7.30-8.15: Meditation, Pranayama

8.30-10.00: Energizing Morning Yoga

10.00-11.00: Brunch

11.00-16.00: Free Time (hiking, massage, reading, relaxing, conversation…)

16.00-18.00: Mindful Yin Yoga

18.30-20.30: Evening Meal

Saturday 7 November 2020

7.30-8.15: Meditation, Pranayama

8.30-10.00: Energizing Morning Yoga

10.00-11.00: Brunch

11.00-16.00: Free Time (hiking, massage, reading, relaxing, conversation…)

16.00-18.00: Mindful Yin Yoga

18.30-20.30: Evening Meal


Sunday 8 November 2020

7.30-9.30: Gentle Yoga Practice

10.00-11.00: Brunch & Reflections

11.00-12.00: Safe Travels Home

Meet Your Teacher, Karen

As a driven and over-worked business owner, I tried yoga to help relieve stress and regain strength and flexibility. I never looked back and sold my company to dedicate my career to inspiring others to prioritize their health, well-being and stress relief through yoga.

Since 2014 I have completed 1100 hour yoga teachers training at Centered Yoga, Samahita in Thailand, am certified by Yoga Alliance RYT 500 and regularly attend continued professional development in philosophy, anatomy, movement including alignment and somatic practices, pranayama (breath work) and meditation. I specialize in teaching private clients as well as offer coaching, group classes, holistic immersion programmes and lead retreats. 

In 2020, I became a certified Integral Facilitator through Ten Directions Integral Facilitation Program led by Diane Musho Hamilton, a master facilitator, mediator and Zen Roshi. The training has had a profound effect on the way I connect to the world around me and approach my work and life.

My background as a professional ballet dancer, teacher and business owner plus being a wife, mother of 3 sons and living in a foreign country all contribute to my strengths as a teacher, allowing me to help clients who are looking for a way to integrate balance into their busy lives.


Rediscover a deeper connection to yourself.

Retreat is limited to allow for specialized attention.

What others are saying about the Yoga and Self-Care Retreats.

BLAUSEE Hotel & Spa, Switzerland

“The yoga retreat was very much what I had expected as I have practiced with Karen before. I’ve noticed that I am much more relaxed and more confident in my strength and abilities as far as my yoga practice goes. I felt so good taking all that time just for myself and my own mental and physical health and wellbeing. It felt like a gift to myself.

What I liked most about our retreat was the instructor and was how much thought and care she Karen put into making every moment and every participant count. The wonderful women who were part of the retreat – it felt like a warm cocoon of women power, kindness and support. And, the location, the delicious brunches and vegetarian dinners.

Karen is such a gifted instructor. Her voice is so calming and she makes everyone feel like they are doing enough regardless of their yoga or meditation experience. She has such a unique way about her and is one of the most compassionate people I have ever met. She shines with a light so bright it makes you light up too.”

Kara Forte

“I already had “high expectations” :), but they were even exceeded and the retreat was more than fantastic, in every way: the pranayama, meditation and the movements – a lot of it was new to me which I really appreciated. I realised how little effort it takes to pay more attention to my breath in my daily life, that was probably the most “aha” moment.

What I liked most about our retreat was time to pay attention to things one does not do in daily life, chat with like-minded people, and Karen, you have been the best teacher and host I could have ever wished for. I really appreciated our little chats and your way of sharing tips.”

Nicole Lenz

“I enjoyed the variety of practice, breath work, meditation, silent mornings, shared meals, and time alone. The benefits I felt included practicing gratitude and understanding the reasons why, asking for and offering forgiveness. I also had a heightened awareness of MY personal yoga.

What I liked most about our retreat was the daily structure; confidence in Karen guiding and holding the group and sessions; opportunities for walks, talks and shared meals.

Karen knows her work, prepares thoughtfully and thoroughly allowing flexibility in process. Go with an open mind and heart. Have your own awareness of little self care practices to draw on when challenges arise. There is no need to hide nor over-share/connect with everyone.

Gift wrap THIS experience – it cannot be repeated, retain the qualities of it within.”

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You may pay the deposit and book your room directly through Blausee Hotel & Spa.

Frequently Asked Questions

BLAUSEE Hotel & Spa, Switzerland

I’m Not Flexible Can I Still Participate?

Definitely! This retreat is for everyone, and one of the many benefits of the practice is learning how to gain greater flexibility and ease in the body as well as relieving head, neck and back strain from repetitive motion and your sedentary work environment.

I Have Pre-Existing Pain and/or Injuries, Can I Still Practice?

Yoga and Mindful Movement practices are often advised to those dealing with pain or healing from injuries. However, please be sure to receive your doctor’s permission to begin any new physical activity. It is essential you tell me if you’re experiencing pain or recovering from any injuries, so I can help guide you through a safe practice.

What Do I Need to Wear?

Comfortable clothing that allows your body freedom to move. We practice without shoes.

Do I Need a Yoga Mat?

Please bring your own yoga mat and 2 yoga blocks or I recommend purchasing them. This will help you stay accountable, build your confidence and make progress so that you can practice after the retreat has finished. If you have any other favourite yoga props (e.g. cushion, blankets, bolster) that will help you feel more comfortable please bring these as well. Straps will be provided by the teacher.

Should I Eat or Drink Before I Practice?

Try not to eat anything heavy before you practice. It will make breathing and your movements that much easier on an empty stomach. Try to avoid drinking during practice.

Reservation. How do I book?

A deposit of CHF 200 is required to confirm your booking. You may pay the deposit and book your room directly through Blausee Hotel & Spa. The remaining balance will be charged at the end of your stay.

Blausee offers various types of massage including Classical, Aroma, Lomi Lomi (traditional Hawaiin) and Full-Body with facial peeling and facial massage. Please book sessions before you arrive. CLICK HERE for more information on the massage type and therapist.

Blausee Hotel & Spa
CH-3717 Blausee
Tel: +41 33 672 33 33

I Have a Question, Where Should I Ask?

Please email me at with your questions and I’ll get right back to you.

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