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Winter Retreat with ‘Yoga on Snow’ in the Upper Engadine

Enjoy a few active days in the snow in one of the most beautiful and famous spots in the Alps.
In the morning and late afternoon we will dedicate ourselves to yoga. In between we will walk over the frozen Lake of Sils and hike on well-maintained winter trails to the romantic valley of Fex. The horse sledge will take us back to the hotel for coffee, tea and cake.

On one of the days, Bina Nussbaum, a long-time snow sports top instructor and yoga teacher, will take us to the world's first 'Yoga on Snow' slope at the Corviglia in St. Moritz. This unique slope has been designed by her and her husband Nick. At four stops on this slope, we will experience specific yoga themes - such as prana, breath and movement - on the skis and under Bina's expert guidance. Afterwards we will enjoy the best slopes in one of the most famous ski resorts with Bina.

Look forward to a long weekend in a stylish but informal and relaxed atmosphere, with yoga and lots of movement outdoors.
If you do not feel like skiing or hiking, simply enjoy the wellness, the peace and the excellent service at the Hotel Waldhaus.

This mini retreat is offered for a group of maximum 12 participants.
Basic knowledge of yoga is recommended.
The 'Yoga on Snow' is suitable for intermediate skiers (no beginners).
Both the Yoga and skiing classes are taught in German. 

This Yoga & Snow Weekend will take place from Thursday, January 17, to Sunday, January 20, 2019 at the Hotel Waldhaus in Sils-Maria in the Upper Engadine. 


Teachers
Sabrina Nussbaum is a movement teacher and a very experienced yoga, ski and snowboard instructor. She has been practicing yoga for 30 years, preferably outdoors.
On the Sass da Grüm, in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, Sabrina and her husband Nick designed and built the "Sentiero dello Yoga" in 2012 - a yoga trail in a forest that can be used and enjoyed by everyone free of charge. One winter later, the couple has transferred their concept of yoga in nature onto the ski slopes of St. Moritz. 
Since 2005, Bina has been teaching yoga in Ticino, where she lives with her family during the summer. She spends the winters in the Engadine as a sought-after snow sports instructor and personal yoga coach for guests from all over the world.


Valérie Lutz is a trained language teacher and journalist. Since 2008, she teaches yoga in group classes and privates. 
She discovered yoga more than 25 years ago 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 many years now.
Valérie completed the 200-hour yoga teacher training as well as the 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training courses at AIRYOGA, both registered with Yoga Alliance. 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.


Accommodation
The architecturally outstanding Hotel Waldhaus is currently in the 5thgeneration of family ownership and sits perched on a hill overlooking the Lake of Sils. It is a relaxed Grand Hotel of style and 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 menu always features fish and vegetarian dishes to choose from.
With its 1400 square meters, the recently opened spa offers plenty of space for relaxation and wellness, as well as a large swimming pool. Massage and other treatments can be booked directly at the hotel. The indoor tennis courts can be booked at a reduced fee.
To find out more about the Hotel Waldhaus and its facilities please visit www.waldhaus-sils.ch


Program (Changes may apply)
Thursday, January 17, 2019
till 2pm: arrival and check-in
2:00pm: meet & greet in the hotel lobby
3:00pm to 5:00pm: dynamic yoga practice and opening circle
approx. 8:30pm: candle-light dinner with live music 
Friday, January 18, 2019
7:30am to 9:00am: Yoga (Pranayama, Asana, Meditation)
afterwards buffet breakfast
approx. 11:30am to 3:30pm: guided winter hike to the valley of Fex / return to Sils by horse sledge
5:00pm to 6:00pm: gentle yoga/Yoga Nidra
approx. 8:30pm: dinner (à la carte 5-course menu)
Saturday, Januar 19, 2019
7:30am to 9:00am: Yoga (Pranayama, Asana, Meditation)
afterwards buffet breakfast
Optional:            
11:15am: transfer to the Corviglia ski area in St. Moritz
12:00 to 3:00pm approx: ‘Yoga on Snow’ and skiing with Bina 
afterwards return to Hotel Waldhaus

5:00pm to 6:00pm: gentle yoga/Yoga Nidra
approx. 8:30pm: dinner (à la carte 5-course menu)
Sunday, Januar 20, 2019
7:30am to 9:30am approx: Yoga and Closing Circle
afterwards buffet breakfast / check-out (till 11:30am)
approx. 11:30am: closing walk on the frozen Lake of Sils
approx. 2:00pm: departure


Price per person
CHF 330.- for the Yoga & Hiking program (approx. 9 hours of Yoga, 2 guided winter hikes, ride in the horse sledge)
CHF 50.- for the ‘Yoga on Snow’ on the Corviglia (optional, extra booking)

Not included are:
• trip to/from Sils-Maria
• accommodation and meals at the Hotel Waldhaus
• individual expenses (drinks, food) on the hikes and skiing
• half day ski pass 
• massages and treatments


Arrival / Departure
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 booking please email Valérie Lutz at valerie@airyoga.ch


Once we have confirmed your participation, please book your preferred room directly at the Hotel Waldhaus: mail@waldhaus-sils.ch or phone +41 81 838 52 00.
A few single and double rooms in the 'small' category have been pre-reserved for our group at a rate of CHF 238.- per person and night including half-board. The cancellation policy of the Hotel Waldhaus applies for all reservations.

For the Yoga & Hiking program, a deposit of CHF 150.- per person is required. This deposit will only be refunded if the retreat is cancelled due to too few registrations (minimum of 6 participants).
The remainder is due by December 1, 2018. 

All outdoor activities are weather dependent. Changes in the program and daily events may apply.
In case of cancellation of the 'Yoga on Snow' due to bad snow or weather conditions, a sports alternative will be offered.

This retreat is organized by yoga-to-go Valérie Lutz. It is subject to the company’s General Terms and Conditions which will be send to each participant upon booking.