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Autumn Pranayama Intensive Retreat with Stephen Thomas

This 4-day retreat focuses on the theory, technique, practice and evolution of the ancient practices of Pranayama, Kriya and Meditation (concentration/dharana).
Pranayama will be the main pillar of this program but strong, supportive morning and afternoon Asanas are included (with emphasis on the deep, restorative and supine based forms). Also Buddhist and Yoga perspectives will be presented.

This intensive retreat is ideal for students wishing to develop these subtle practices and to explore details in the Restorative Asanas including belt/block/bolster variations. Regular Pranayama students will have space to deepen the Kumbhaka and Bandhas and to explore further Kriyas. Students newer to Pranayama will get very detailed instruction on how to build the foundations of this practice including practice sequences and introductions to the proper method for many Kriyas, Bandhas, etc.

Stephen Thomas will lead this retreat from Thursday afternoon, October 25, 2018 through Sunday afternoon, October 28, 2018 at the seminar centre Kientalerhof in Kiental, Switzerland.

Stephen Thomas is an experienced Yoga teacher and practitioner. He leads Teacher Trainings, Workshops and Immersions across Asia and Europe. His teaching is deeply rooted in the traditional Yoga practices of Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation. His philosophical background is influenced by studies in the Classical systems of Yoga Philosophy as well as Tibetan Buddhism and Tantra.
Stephen studies directly with O.P. Tiwari of Kaivalyadham, India - a living master in the science of Pranayama. He blends this with his ongoing studies in Asana, Nutrition, Ayurveda, Philosophy and the varied modern evolutions of Yoga. Stephen teaches in English.

Location and Accommodation
The seminar house Kientalerhof is a center for holistic bodywork and development of consciousness in the peaceful village setting of Kiental in the Bernese Oberland. Many hiking paths surround the beautiful, versatile nature reserve. The house and the guest rooms are decorated in a simple, friendly and loving way. Our yoga classes will take place in the newly build moon wood house ‚Chiene’, with a splendid view.
The kitchen of the Kientalerhof is tasty, nourishing, fresh and unique. It offers gluten- and lactose free foods if needed.
Massages and different therapeutic methods allow a deeper relaxation. There is a wood fired sauna, as well as the garden.
To find out more on the location please visit www.kientalerhof.ch

The students are accommodated in two-bed-, triple- or four-bed rooms at Hotel Kientalerhof or adjoining buildings. There is a limited number of single rooms available (first come, first served).

Room prices per person and night:
Two-bed room in moonwood house with private shower/toilet: CHF 160.-
Two.bed room with private shower/toilet: CHF 135.-
Two-bed room with shared shower/toilet: CHF 120.-
Triple-bed room with private shower/toilet: CHF 120.-
Triple-bed room with shared shower/toilet: CHF 105.-
Four-bed room with shared shower/toilet: CHF 95.-
1 person in two-bed room in moonwood house with private shower/toilet: CHF 210.-
1 person in two-bed room with private shower/toilet: CHF 175.-
1 person in two-bed room with shared shower/toilet: CHF 145.-
One-bed room with private shower/toilet: CHF 165.-

For all questions regarding accommodation please call Kientalerhof at +41 33 676 26 76 or contact https://www.kientalerhof.ch/en/kontakt/
Please book your room directly with Kientalerhof once your participation has been confirmed by AIRYOGA.

Included in the accommodation rate
•  Full board (vegetarian food)
•  Fruits, tea and tap water during the day
•  First use of Sauna (4 person min.)

Not included
•  Transportation to/from Kientalerhof
•  Sauna fee (CHF 15.- per person)
•  Massages and treatments
•  Visitor’s tax (CHF 3.- per person and night)

Schedule (subject to modifications)
Thursday, October 25, 2018
3:00 pm Arrival, Check-in
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Evening Practice
6:30 pm Vegetarian Dinner

Friday, October 26, and Saturday, October 27, 2018
7:00 am to 8:00 am Chanting & Meditation
8:00 am to 9:00 am Breakfast
9:30 am to 12:00 pm Pranayama/Kriya/Asana
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm Time off
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Pranayama/Asana Workshop
6:30 pm Vegetarian Dinner
approx. 8:30 pm Evening Meditation & Chanting (optional)

Sunday, October 28, 2018
7:00 am to 8:00 am Chanting/Pranayama
8:00 am to 9:00 am Breakfast
till 9:30 am Check-out
9:30 am to 11:30 pm Asana
12:30 pm Lunch
2:00 pm Departure

Price for the yoga program
The yoga program (approx. 16 hours total) costs CHF 390.- per person, payable to AIRYOGA.
The individual cost for accommodation/board/visitor’s tax is payable to Hotel Kientalerhof in advance or on arrival (Maestro-/credit cards are accepted).
The cancellation policy of Hotel Kientalerhof applies.

Arrival / Departure
Kiental valley is easily accessible by public transport and car. See → https://www.kientalerhof.ch/en/standorte/kiental-anfahrt/ how to get there.
On Thursday, October 25, 2018, please arrive at Kientalerhof at around 3:00 pm for check-in. Your first yoga class will be at 4:00 pm.
On the last day, Sunday, October 28, 2018 the departure is after lunch at 2:00 pm.

Bookings / Further terms
To apply, please send a request and a short summary of your yoga background to stephen@airyoga.ch

Please let us know your room preference upon booking. We will confirm your participation and send you further details of the payment, of what to bring etc.

The participants will be responsible for booking their accommodation with Kientalerhof once they are confirmed into the course.

Registration deadline is on October 1, 2018.

Insurance is your own responsibility. The company/the teacher shall not be held liable for any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to persons.

Participation is limited to 28 students.

Please note the AIRYOGA reservation and cancelation policy for workshops and intensive trainings.

For further information, please contact zuerich@airyoga.com