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Yin & Yang - Playfully towards Balance: A Yoga Weekend in the Valley of Toggenburg

In this 4-day retreat we playfully explore the opposite forces of Yin and Yang. The silent, slow, receptive Yin contrasts with the dynamic, fiery, purposeful Yang. These polarities are reflected in yoga as well as in our daily lives. In a fast-paced world where performance and work are paramount, it often seems challenging to balance and find one's way back to inner peace and power.

Balance is effortless. We get to the bottom of this statement and discover how we can play with the vital contrast between doing and being. In both the active, strengthening Yang Yoga and the passive, resting Yin Yoga, we playfully explore our limits. We use props to examine classical asanas from new perspectives. In physical asana practice, we discover playfulness - effortless, light, open-minded. In the meditations as well as in pranayama, we take time to consciously listen to silence - to perceive, regenerate and enjoy. 
In our silent walking meditations at sunrise we experience the nearby Thur waterfalls as a strong source of energy and power.

To participate in this retreat, basic knowledge of yoga is recommended. The classes will be conducted in German and English.

This Yoga Retreat will take place from Thursday afternoon, July 9, to Sunday noon, July 12, 2020 at the Karunahaus in Unterwasser in the valley of Toggenburg in Switzerland.

The Teacher
Stefania Maria Bernet came into contact with meditation and pranayama already in her childhood, thanks to her first teacher Selvarajan Yesudian. She cultivates a regular, disciplined Asana practice for more than 10 years.
Stefania completed her first yoga teacher training at Bikram Yoga College of India. Guided by an open heart and a curious mind she studied to become a Medical Yoga Coach at the German Medical School in Berlin, and attended numerous immersions with her long-standing Hatha Yoga teachers Stephen Thomas and Noah McKenna. She also completed a 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Carol Murphy and further education in Pranayama and meditation with Shri O.P. Tiwari in the Kaivalyadhama lineage.
Stefania teaches mainly in Europe as well as America and Asia. She loves the various practices that guide people back to body, breath and heart. In her teaching, she values healthy alignment of the body, as well as a heartfelt and kind inner attitude.
Stefania is also a professional Actress and Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner. For more information please also visit her website www.pranastation.ch


The Retreat Center 
The Karunahaus is situated in the hills above the small village of Unterwasser in the valley of Toggenburg, close to nature at the foot of Mount Säntis at 1068 m.a.s.l. From here, you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Churfirsten mountains and the valley. The large terrace, various outdoor seating areas and shady trees invite you to enjoy the peace and quiet outdoors. Guests can also use the organic swimming pond, which is perfectly integrated into nature. A spacious barrel sauna can be used for a fee.
The guest rooms are bright, simple and functionally furnished. Shared toilets and showers are located on the floor.
The Karunahaus offers a fresh, rich vegetarian cuisine with mainly organic products, most from the region. The house is non-smoking and alcohol-free.
To find out more please visit www.karunahaus.ch


Schedule (changes may apply)
Thursday, July 9, 2020:
until 3:00 pm: arrival / check-in as from 2:00 pm
3:30 pm: Meet & Greet & Opening Circle
afterwards until 6:00 pm: Yang & Yin Yoga 
6:30 pm: Dinner
8:00 pm: Meditation (with introduction)

Friday, July 10, 2020:
7:00 am to 8 am approx.: guided, meditative walk in silence
afterwards until 10:00 am: Yang Yoga
10:30 am: Brunch     
afterwards free time (relaxing and resting, swimming in the organic pond, sauna, massage, hiking etc.) 
3:30 pm: Tea and small snacks
4:30 to 6:00 pm: Yin Yoga
6:30 pm: Dinner
8:00 pm: Meditation (optional)

Saturday, July 11, 2020:
7:00 am to 8 am approx.: Pranayama
afterwards until 10 am: Yang Yoga
10:30 am: Brunch     
afterwards free time (relaxing, swimming in the organic pond, sauna, massage etc.) 
optional: guided hike
3:30 pm: Tea and small snacks
4:30 to 6:00 pm: Yin Yoga
6:30 pm: Dinner 
8:00 pm: Meditation (optional)

Sunday, July 12, 2020: 
7:00 am to 8 am approx.: guided, meditative walk in silence
afterwards until 10 am: Yang Yoga & Closing Circle
afterwards Brunch     
until 12:30 pm latest: check-out and departure


Price per person
CHF 670.- with accommodation in a shared room 
CHF 770.- with accommodation in a two bed room
CHF 890.- with accommodation in a single room (limited number)

Included in these prices are
•  3 overnight stays in the selected room category 
•  Vegetarian half board (brunch and dinner)
•  tea and snacks in the afternoon
•  tap water and fruits at any time
•  approx. 16 hours of Yoga
•  yoga props (meditation cushions, blankets, blocks, belts)
•  one guided hike
•  use of the organic swimming pond
•  WLAN 
•  visitor’s tax 

Not included are
•  trip to/from Karunahaus 
•  drinks and snacks from the house bar
•  use of the barrel sauna (CHF 50.- per use, will be divided among the number of sauna visitors)


Travel / Transfer
From Zurich, the Karunahaus is accessible by car within 90 minutes or by public transportation within 2 hours. See how to get there under https://www.karunahaus.ch/haus/anfahrt.html
For participants arriving by post bus, a free luggage service from the bus stop 'Post' in Unterwasser to the Karunahaus will be organised.


Booking and further terms
For all questions and to book please email Valérie Lutz at valerie@yoga-to-go.ch

Registration deadline is on June 1, 2020.


Upon receipt of your registration, yoga-to-go will confirm your participation, and the registration is binding from that date on.
At the same time, you will be invoiced a non-refundable deposit of CHF 200.- per person which is due within 10 days. The remainder is due by June 1, 2020. 

A minimum of 10 participants is needed for the retreat to take place. 22 participants max.

The hike is weather dependent. Changes in the daily schedule may apply.

Insurance is your own responsibility. We strongly recommend a travel insurance including coverage of cancellation costs and travel incidents.
The facilitator/the teacher shall not be held liable for any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to persons. The participant waives any claim against the company/the teacher for any such loss, damage, injury, or death.

This retreat will be organized and accompanied by yoga-to-go Valérie Lutz in cooperation with Karunahaus. The General Terms and Conditions (AGB) of yoga-to-go apply. These will be sent to the participants upon registration.