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Yoga & Hiking in the Engadine with Valérie Lutz

The locality of Sils is a place of abundant life energy and power. Poets and philosophers such as Hesse and Nietzsche praised this small village in the Upper Engadine, and returned again and again. Unique in its fantastic lighting and vast landscape, this is truly a magical place.

While the summer morning is still young and fresh, we will go for a walking meditation or a mindful walk in the forest. Our daytime hikes will also allow us opportunity to soak in the breathtaking natural landscapes with all our senses. We will integrate these intense experiences of our outer and inner world into our daily practice on the yoga mat. After our hikes, we will relax our body and mind with Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra or in the spa and swimming pool of the hotel. In the evenings we will be spoilt with an à la carte 5-course menu from the outstanding and fresh kitchen of the Hotel Waldhaus.

You can expect a highly enjoyable, long weekend in a stylish but informal, casual ambience, with yoga, lots of movement outdoors, and time and again moments of contemplation and peace.

To allow space for the individual experience, this mini-retreat is limited to a small group of max 10 participants. Basic knowledge of yoga is recommended. Valérie will teach in German. 


The Yoga & Hiking Retreat will be offered from Thursday, July 1, to Sunday, July 4, 2021 at the Hotel Waldhaus in Sils-Maria in the Upper Engadine.


The Hotel
The architecturally outstanding Hotel Waldhaus is currently in the 5th generation of family ownership and sits perched on a hill overlooking the Lake of Sils. It is a relaxed Grand Hotel of character with a highly regarded cultural events program. The Waldhaus is regularly ranked among the best hotels in Switzerland.
The cuisine is varied and flavorful, and makes use of regional and seasonal ingredients whenever possible. The à la carte 5-course menus always feature vegetarian dishes to choose from as well.
With its 1400 square meters, the modern spa offers plenty of space for relaxation and wellness, as well as a large swimming pool with a view of the larch forest. Massages and other treatments can be booked directly at the hotel. A mini-golf course and two sand tennis courts outdoors can be used free of charge, the indoor tennis hall at a reduced fee.
History and Picture Gallery of the Hotel Waldhaus.


The Teacher
Valérie Lutz is a trained language teacher, a journalist, and a yoga teacher for over a decade. She attended her first yoga classes in the late 1980ies with charismatic Indian master Selvarajan Yesudian in Zurich. As co-founder of AIRYOGA, she has been fortunate to experience many different yoga traditions and to learn from wonderful yoga teachers since 2003. Stephen Thomas has been her main teacher for more than 10 years now.
Valérie successfully completed both the Yoga Alliance registered 200-hour and 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training courses at AIRYOGA. The knowledge that she has gained over the years in more than 500 hours of continuing education (including but not limited to Yoga Nidra and Yin Yoga), in intensive trainings and retreats flows naturally into her practice and teaching. She teaches flowing Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga, adapting it to the needs of her students. 
Sils and the region of Engadine has been Valérie's second home for over 30 years.  She knows the area in all of the yearly seasons and continuous to be fascinated anew by its beauty and uniqueness.


Program (subject to change)
Thursday, July 1, 2021
until 2:00 pm: arrival and check-in at Hotel Waldhaus
2:00 pm: meet & greet in the hotel lobby
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm: dynamic yoga 
7 pm: aperitif at the hotel bar (offered by the Hotel)
approx. 8:30 pm: candle-light dinner with live music 

Friday, July 2, 2021
7:00 am to approx. 8 am: outdoor walking meditation
afterwards until 9:00 am: dynamic yoga
afterwards buffet breakfast
approx. 11:30 am to 3:30 pm: guided hike (easy to medium level, about 2.5 to 3 hours hiking time)
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm: gentle Yoga/Yoga Nidra
approx. 7 pm: dinner (à la carte 5-course menu)

Saturday, July 3, 2021
7:00 am to approx. 7:45 am: mindful forest walk (forest bathing)
afterwards until 9:00 am: dynamic yoga
afterwards buffet breakfast
approx. 11:30 am to 3:30 pm: guided hike (easy to medium level, about 2.5 to 3 hours hiking time)
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm: Yin Yoga 
approx. 7 pm: dinner (à la carte 5-course menu)

Sunday, July 4, 2021
7:00 am to approx. 9:00 am: morning walk with outdoor Yoga and Pranayama
afterwards buffet breakfast 
until 11:30 am: check-out
individual departure (the spa can still be used on the day of departure)


Price per person
CHF 370.- for the entire Yoga and Hiking program (approx. 10 hours of Yoga and two guided hikes).

Not included in this price are
• Travel cost
• Accommodation and meals at the Hotel Waldhaus
• Food and drinks on the hikes
• Massages and treatments


Travel
The Hotel Waldhaus is easily accessible by car or public transportation. Transfers from the hotel to/from the train station St. Moritz or Sils-Maria Post stop will be provided by the hotel's own shuttle service. 


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

Registration deadline is on June 10, 2021.


The receipt of your registration will be confirmed by yoga-to-go and is binding as from then on. At the same time, yoga-to-go will invoice you the cost for the yoga and hiking program. The amount is due within the time limit stated on the invoice.

Once yoga-to-go has confirmed your participation, please book your preferred room and category directly at the Hotel Waldhaus: mail@waldhaus-sils.ch or phone +41 81 838 52 00. 
Overview of the rooms and prices

A few single and double rooms in the “small” category have been pre-reserved for our group. The general conditions and cancellation policy of the Hotel Waldhaus apply for all reservations.

The retreat needs a minimum of 6 participants to take place. 10 participants maximum.

All outdoor activities are weather dependent. Changes in the daily program 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 facilitator/the teacher for any such loss, damage, injury, or death.

This retreat is organized by yoga-to-go Valérie Lutz. The Yoga & Hiking program is subject to the company’s General Terms and Conditions which will be provided (in German) to each participant upon registration.