Yoga lovers: best places to retreat yourself in Europe

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If you want a week off to clear your karma and get away from a stressful routine, here is a list of retreat places that could be suitable for you. All of these are easy to get to and perfect for yoga lovers!

For yoga lovers: Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Seminarhaus, Austria

First of all, this is another reason to go to Tyrol besides skiing and Christmas fairs. In fact, you can find an amazing place here – the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Seminarhaus (Bichlach 40, 6370 Reith bei Kitzbühel). It is hidden in the mountains in Reith im Alpbachtal, at the Sonnberghof eco-farm (Lämmerbichl 8, 5730 Mittersill). The main building is located on the slope of the Kitzbühel Alps. Secondly, the terraces offer a delightful view of the Alps and fresh mountain air. It is perfect for meditation.

As in all centers and ashrams of this chain, you have only 2 meals per day: brunch and dinner, as well as a couple of tea breaks. Vegetarian menu. Thus, it is forbidden to smoke and drink alcohol on this property. There is also a typical dress code for such places: loose trousers and T-shirts.

#accommodation & price

In the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Seminarhaus center, accommodation in a dorm with meals will cost 35-37 euros, and a twin room – 55-57 euros per day. For yoga classes, you will have to pay separately 39-49 euros per day. So, all prices depend on the season. Moreover, it’s better to book this place in advance on the center’s website. The minimum stay is 2 days.

#transport

From Kitzbühel Hbf station to the yoga center in Reith, you can take a taxi for 12 euros. Trains from Munich with transfers to Wörgl and Vienna go to Kitzbühel Hbf station – direct and with transfers in the same Wörgl or Salzburg. A ticket from Vienna, purchased in advance, will cost 24 euros, and the journey takes 4.5-5 hours. A train from Munich with one change arrives in approximately 2 hours and a ticket is around 30 euros. From Salzburg, you can take a taxi directly to the yoga center for 33 euros.  

For yoga lovers: Ashram de Yoga Sivananda, France

Another center is the Ashram de Yoga Sivananda (24 Impasse du Bignon, 45170 Neuville-aux-Bois), located in a real castle in the Loire Valley near Orleans in the commune of Neuville-aux-Bois. They organize Yoga Vacation and various weekend courses, as well as training for yoga instructors and Ayurveda specialists with the issuance of certificates. So, choose the program and the dates on the center’s website. During the day, you can rent a bike in the ashram and visit the famous castles of the Loire Valley.

#accommodation & price

You can stay in traditional ascetic dorms (63 euros) and separate ones (from 74 euros), or live in your own bungalow (63 euros – per person in a double and 74 euros – in a single) and even put up a tent in the garden (52 euros). In addition, the center reduces the cost for long stays (minimum1 week) and provides discounts to students and seniors. You must book a place and sign up for courses in advance by filling out the form on the website. All yoga classes and meals are included in the room rate.

#transport

Ashram de Yoga Sivananda is located 100 km south of Paris. You can get here by shuttle taxi from Paris airports for 75 euros per person. Or take the Intercités train from Paris Austerlitz train station to Les Aubrais station (ticket from € 10). The train takes 1 hour.

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For yoga lovers: Kalindi Lanzarote, Spain

For inspiration, retreat, and yoga practice, stop by the small island of Lanzarote, neighboring Fuerteventura. The island itself is of volcanic origin, which means that the land here is black. In addition, Lanzarote is famous for delightful landscapes: white dunes, canyons, natural pools, and beaches. In the very center of the island and far from towns and villages, there is a yoga and detox center: Kalindi Lanzatore (Acoraida, 12, Tao, 35560, Lanzarote). It was founded by two downshifters from Barcelona – Roy and Noemi.

#accommodation & price

Room rates – from 50 euros per day. In 4-seaters for the 3rd and 4th guests, they charge 25 euros extra. Breakfast, meditation, yoga classes, and lectures on nutrition and detox are included in the room rate. Due to the extremely limited supply, it is better to book seats in advance on the center’s website. For each guest, Roy and Noemi can develop an individual program with additional workshops, lessons, and massage sessions.

#transport

Ryanair (20 euros) and Vueling (40 euros) fly directly from Barcelona to Lanzarote. Flight time is 3.5 hours. From the airport to Kalindi itself (16 km) you can take a taxi for 18 euros or from the bus station Arrecife and take bus 16 to Tao (1.40 euros).

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For yoga lovers: Associazione La Selva Yoga Retreat, Italy

La Selva Yoga Retreat (Via Pestella 71, Positano, Amalfi Coast, Campania) is located on a high cliff, at the foot of which lies the picturesque Italian town of Positano. Yoga courses run from May to October. The teachers speak in English. Each program is unique and dedicated to different types of yoga. You can follow the schedule and choose a course that suits you on the center’s website.

#accommodation & price

The cost of the course is individual and depends on the chosen program. To sign up and book your place, contact the teachers directly. What is more, links to them are in the schedule on the center’s website. Typically, prices start at 700 euros for weekly accommodation, meals, and yoga sessions.

#transport

The closest airport to Positano is in Naples. Ryanair flies here from Milan (21 euros), and from Rome – Alitalia (83 euros). From Naples Airport, take the Autolinee Curreri bus to Sorrento (10 euros). Travel time – 1 hour. From the Sorrento bus station, take the SITA bus to Amalfi (3.40 euros) and get off at the Positano – Sponda stop. Travel time is also 1 hour. So, from the Positano stop, follow the bus for another 50 meters along the road and on your left, you will see a sign for La Selva.

For yoga lovers: Mundekulla Retreat Center, Sweden

Also, we recommend everyone plunges into harsh Nordic yoga and visit Mundekulla Retreat Center (Mundekulla 101, 361 95 Långasjö), located in the southeast of Sweden. The Mundekulla Retreat Center does not have its own permanent programs. You can find yoga courses of various durations and themed yoga festivals are often held here.  Equally important, all of them are in English.

#accommodation & price

Likewise, the cost of the course already includes accommodation and meals in the center. Prices for different courses may differ by more than 2 times. It all depends on the program and the teacher. The cost of a two-day course starts from 280 euros.

#transport

The closest town to Mundekulla Retreat Center is Emmaboda. From here, the eco-farm is just 10 minutes by taxi (15 euros). There are direct trains from Copenhagen Airport to Emmaboda. Travel time – 3 hours, ticket – 40 euros. Furthermore, from Stockholm to Emmaboda you can be reached only with transfers. The journey will take an average of 4 hours and cost 47 euros. Of course, you buy the tickets for both trains on the website.

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