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West Coast Yoga Retreat with Stefanie Zimmermann Castson

Tofino is a picturesque, laidback fishing town on Vancouver Island on Canada’s West Coast. The area hosts wild and untouched natural landscapes with rivers, lakes and bays, long sandy beaches and rainforests with ancient, huge trees. Surfers, hikers and nature lovers will find their paradise here.

We will stay at the Ecolodge situated in the heart of the Botanical Gardens in Tofino. In the morning, we welcome the day with pranayama or meditation on the beach. Afterwards, in the yoga room of the lodge, Stefanie Zimmermann Castson will guide us through a well-rounded asana practice that aligns the mind, body and breath. In the afternoon you are free to join our guided nature and environmental related adventures with local specialists or to arrange your free time according to your needs. Your very own beach cruiser will take you along the bike paths to beaches, sightseeing, hikes and places for exploration.

Tofino is part of the Clayoquot Sound. This UNESCO biosphere reserve is one of the most untouched areas in the world. It is the territory of wolves, black bears, cougars, otters, eagles, whales, dolphins, seals and salmon, among others. The protection of this rich nature and the preservation of its bio-cultural diversity is the primary concern of the non-profit organization Clayoquot Action. During our week in Tofino, Executive Director Dan Lewis will lead us on an exciting hike on Meares Island and, on one evening, he will introduce us to the work of Clayoquot Action. The registered NPO is currently running a campaign called 'Salmon People' to raise awareness to the importance of wild salmon for the ecology and economy of the area. Each participant in this yoga week will support the work of Clayoquot Action with a donation of CAD 20.- included in the retreat price. More information on the ‚Salmon People’ campaign can be found at www.salmonpeople.ca. For additional donations go to https://salmonpeople.ca/donate-now

It is a good idea to combine this yoga week with a side trip to Vancouver. 

This unique West Coast Yoga Retreat will be offered from Saturday, June 1st, to Saturday, June 8th, 2019 at the Ecolodge of the Botanical Gardens in Tofino on Vancouver Island in Canada.

With more than a decade’s experience as a professional Physiotherapist, Yoga Instructor and Educator, Stefanie Zimmermann Castson possesses a unique skill set that allows her to share her knowledge with other students and teachers in an accessible, understandable, fun and relatable way. 
Out of a need to care for the precious body and health, Stefanie turned her focus on health prevention through movement. She is the co-author of the book "Back School" published in 2008 and sold with great success. Stefanie founded Health & Yoga in 2009. For AIRYOGA she is teaching classes, workshops, and in the yoga teacher training. She also works as a physiotherapist.
For more information please consult www.healthandyoga.ch

The Ecolodge is a simple yet very nice and cozy accommodation in the middle of the beautiful Botanical Gardens of Tofino. Integrated within a small rainforest, including walking paths and a small private beach.
The lodge is exclusively reserved for our group. The eight rooms and two suites are simply furnished, comfortable and clean. On each floor, there is a shared bathroom with toilets, shower/bathtub and washbasin. The two suites have a private bathroom with toilet. Laundry service is available for a fee.

The Botanical Garden also hosts the famous Darwin's Cafe, which offers healthy snacks and homemade cakes during the day.
There are several extended beaches in the near area. The town of Tofino can be reached by bike in 10 minutes or within 30 minutes walking distance.
For more information and to see pictures, please visit www.tbgf.org/ecolodge/

Check-out the program of the week here… 
We reserve the right to make any necessary changes to the program and daily schedule.

To participate in the yoga sessions, basic knowledge of yoga or related movement forms is required.
Stefanie teaches in English.

Price per person
Early Bird offer for bookings until November 1st, 2018: CHF 1’890.- 
Regular price for bookings as from November 2nd, 2018: CHF 1’990.-

First come, first served:
•  single rooms (limited number): extra cost of CHF 500.-
•  two suites with private bath/toilet, one queen size bed and two bunks each (for 2 to 6 person max.): extra cost of CHF 800.- per suite

Services included:
•  accommodation for 7 nights in the Ecolodge in double room with shared bath/toilets 
•  7 rich breakfasts 
•  4 dinners (Vegetarian) 
•  daily yoga sessions (taught in English)
•  guided hike on Meares Island with Dan Lewis, Executive Director of Clayoquot Action, including water taxi fee 
•  guided tour of the Botanical Gardens 
•  environmental education (multimedia presentation) with Dan Lewis, Executive Director of Clayoquot Action
•  6 days bike rental (from June 2, to 7, 2019)
•  donation of CAD 20.- per person to Clayoquot Action to support the campaign ‘Salmon People’
•  towels in the rooms and for the beach 
•  Yoga props (blocks, belts, bolsters)
•  WLAN in the community rooms

not included:
•  all travel cost and transfers (exception: the water taxi to Meares Islands is included)
•  extra meals and beverages 
•  guided Kayak tour (approx. 2.5 hours): optional, extra booking for approx. CAD 70.-)

Notes on the trip
The best way to get to Tofino is from Vancouver - fastest by small plane or seaplane, the more affordable but longer way is by ferry and bus. The Ecolodge is about 16km away from Tofino airport, about 3km from the bus terminal and harbour. A taxi or bus will get you there easily.
Helpful information on the different travel options can be found under https://tourismtofino.com/plan-your-trip/getting-here/.
If desired, our travel expert Selina Diaz at Travelhouse will assist you in the booking of your flights, transfers or hotel in Vancouver as well as for your taylormade round trip in Canada: selina.diaz@travelhouse.ch, phone: +41 43 211 75 78
Booking well in advance is strongly recommended, as Canada and Vancouver Island are very attractive destinations.

For information on immigration regulations for Canada, please see www.swiss.com/ch/en/prepare/travel-regulations/immigration-regulations-for-canada. Your passport must be valid until six months after your travel date.

Booking / Further Terms/Notes
For further questions and to book please email Valérie Lutz at 

Your registration will be confirmed and is binding from then on.
Within 10 days a non-refundable deposit of CHF 400.- per person is due.
The remainder is due by March 1, 2019. 

A refund of the cost is only possible if the triphas to be cancelled due to too few registrations (minimum of 8 participants).

All outdoor activities are weather dependent. Changes in the program and daily events may apply.

Insurance is your own responsibility. We strongly recommend a travel insurance, health- and accident insurance with sufficient coverage.
The company/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 is organized and accompanied by yoga-to-go Valérie Lutz. It is subject to the company’s general terms and conditions which will be provided (in German) to each participant upon registration.  

Yoga-to-go supports the voluntary compensation of CO2emissions caused by airplane flights. With your payment to e.g. the Swiss NPO Myclimate you can compensate the carbon footprint of your flights. Your offset payment will support national and international, high-quality climate protection projects. To find out more please see www.myclimate.org