Reconnect with your body, your breath, with yourself.
Our busy lives often leave little time for us to prioritize our health and wellness. This retreat will help you destress and feel nurtured from the inside out. Both gentle and active yoga practices, time for hiking or massages and delicious, nourishing food will bring a sense of inner peace and renewal. Four days dedicated to self care will help you slow down and develop a positive connection to yourself on a deep level.
The daily yoga practices, meditation and pranayama, delicious organic meals and beautiful natural surroundings are all there to support you during your time here. My intention is for you to leave the retreat balanced, refreshed and with the tools to help you stay on track and support your self-care and a healthy lifestyle.
Men, women, and all experience levels welcome. This retreat is designed to be accessible to all with modifications and variations offered as needed.
“Casa Santo Stefano” in Miglieglia consists of two lovingly restored 18th-century houses where you will find stylish simplicity, modern comfort and warm hospitality. The retreat offers tastefully decorated rooms, cozy Ticinese kitchens with open fireplaces, bright loggias and a grape-vine terrace with a pergola.
Miglieglia is a typical, peaceful Tessine village, nestling on a sunny slope of the Malcantone district with a picturesque mountain landscape and lush forests to explore.
- Accommodation in simple, tastefully appointed rooms
- Hearty breakfast of homemade bread and jams and other tasty treats
- Herbal- and black tea, cappuccino, espresso, latte macchiato available throughout the day
- Homemade cake for afternoon breaks
- Fresh fruit available throughout the day
- 2 vegetarian evening meals at Casa
- Diverse, well-lit study and relaxation areas
- Free Wi-Fi
- Ticino Ticket (Free public transport, discounts on cable cars, navigation and tourist attractions)
- Free parking near the Monte Lema cable car (100 meters from hotel)
- Visitor taxes and VAT
Sunday 14 April 2019
From 14.00: Check-in
16.30: Greeting and Welcome Drink
17.00-18.15: Restorative yoga
18.30: Evening meal at Casa
Monday 15 April – Wed. 17 April 2019
8.00-10.00: Energising morning yoga
11.00-16.30: Free time (hiking, massage, reading, relaxing, conversation…)
16.30.-18.30: Restorative yoga
Mon and Tues Evening meal in local restaurant (price not included)
Wed Evening meal at Casa
Thursday 18 April 2019
7.30-9.00: Gentle yoga practice
9.00-9.30: Vacate Rooms
11.30-12.00: Safe travels home
CHF 310 (excludes Casa Santo Stefano)
Casa Santo Stefano
Includes 4 x nights accommodation, brunch, fruit/tea/coffee throughout the day, homemade afternoon cake and 2 evening meals at Casa.
1 Suite-double room with bath/toilet CHF 470
Double room with ensuite shower/toilet CHF 410
Single room with shower/toilet CHF 450
Double room for single use with shower/toilet CHF. 610./570./530*
80 min. CHF 140, 55 min. CHF 90, 25 min. CHF 55
Meet Your Teacher, Karen
Certified with Yoga Alliance International, RYT 500. I regularly attend continued professional development in pranayama, anatomy and physiology, philosophy, science and asana including vinyasa at Centered Yoga, Thailand.
I help busy professionals prioritise their health and well-being through yoga in order to create greater balance, clarity and stress-relief in their lives.
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 that are looking for a way to integrate balance into their busy lives.
What others are saying about working with Karen.
“I wanted to get back on track in life, start doing yoga again even with my busy life in between working and family life.
It truly was an eye opener for me that I need to use, move and nourish my body! That I could feel with all my body and soul that I had been really missing yoga and the wellness that it provides to body, mind and spirit.
This experience with Karen is what we busy professional mothers are in need of for daily support for our body, mind and spirit – yoga, meditation and deep caring!”
Marian Nielson Joos
“Having Karen as your teacher is gold. As an online entrepreneur, I’m almost superglued to my computer. The result is pain. Everywhere! My neck, my arms, wrists, back. I can feel it getting worse at the end of each project.
What makes this experience with Karen completely different from all the other yoga I have done is how simple and effective it is and yet truly deep and loving. Thank you so much Karen for being such a patient, caring, expert teacher, this was more special to me than I can explain.”
Esther de Charon de Saint Germain
“I honestly feel that you led me to take control of my life once again, empowered me in the most subtle and gentle ways to come to the conclusion that I am worth it and I can shine my light so much brighter with others if I start taking better care of myself.
I am now on towards better health and the tough realisation that I needed to change many of my old habits and create some healthier new ones.
So thank you again from the bottom of my heart for your brilliant teachings and care.”
“Karen has a very personal and authentic teaching style. She is supportive and genuinely focussed on helping you to progressively improve through the classes. Her yoga classes were recommended to me to help me recover from long weeks of travel and working away from home and the associated jet lag and tiredness that I felt. I have definitely felt a better sense of balance between the demands of my working and family life and my own personal life. I also feel that I more easily leave the stresses related to my work during the week and that I can better enjoy the weekend with my family. Finally, I feel that physically I am stronger, fitter and more resilient. I recommend it highly.”
“Karen is a wonderful teacher. She motivates and helps you understand your own training. I was looking to find a moment where I could focus and improve getting more out of my yoga practice. I was surprised how quickly I improved and with that I had more energy. I felt much better after each session. I had walked around for a couple of years with problems in my hip and back which disappeared after doing yoga. Karen is calm but enthusiastic. She radiates a genuine interest in her students well being and their individual progress.”
Frequently Asked Questions
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?
Yoga mats will be available to use during the retreat free of charge. However, I recommend purchasing your own yoga mat. This will help you stay accountable, build your confidence and make progress so that you can practice after the retreat has finished. Any other yoga props required during class (e.g. blocks, cushions and blankets) will be provided by the retreat centre.
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.
What Are The Retreat Dates?
14-18 April 2019 at Casa Santo Stefano in Miglieglia – Tessin, Switzerland
Room and Board are separate. How do I book them?
Once you’ve paid your Yoga Retreat deposit you may
book your room and board directly through Casa Santo Stefano and pay once you arrive.
Tel: 091 609 19 35
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