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Hestvika yoga retreat

in the land of the

midnight sun

June 29th – July 3rd, 2022

Back To Nature

This summer it will be possible to participate in a yoga retreat in beautiful Hestvik at Styrkesnes in the north of Norway!

We who belong there, call the area Hestvika and Strøksnes, just so you know both names without being name-confused.☺

A guaranteed beautiful experience in the magnificent nature of Northern Norway. 

Join this epic experience!

Walks in the woods with views of the mountains, refreshing baths in the fjord or mountain lakes and accommodations in the local and cozy Norwegian farm style.

The retreat begins Wednesday afternoon on June 29th . Please arrive first at Valhall. 

We will take you to your accommodations, check in is at 15:00. We will have a brief orientation to get familiar with the area before we gather for a meet & greet session and further on we will have dinner at 18.00.

SCHEDULE Thursday - Saturday:

Every morning we meet for a healthy little juice shot at the Valhall at 08.00 and then begin our morning yoga session.  

Breakfast will be served immediately after our morning yoga session. 

Lunch - we will pack our own to bring to whatever activity we decide upon, dependent on the weather. 

The afternoons are free to relax. We may meet for optional guided walks in the woods and mountains, or for a swim in mountain lakes or in the fjord, or a potential gong bath.

Example:

Thursday we meet at noon for a shorter version hike.

Friday we meet at noon for a longer version hike.

Saturday we meet at noon for a swim in the lake or fjord.

Saturday at 1400, we meet for a relaxing gong bath at the Valhall.

VENUE:

All yoga classes and meals will take place in the community house Valhall.

MEALS:

Chefs Espen & Morten serve nutritious, delicious home-cooked food, both naturally and with a local twist.

Coffee, tea, juice, milk and mineral water are served at all meals. Vegetarian and vegan meals will also be served  for those who prefer this.

We kindly ask that any allergies are notified upon registration.

Alcohol will not be served during the retreat, but there may be sales of beer/wine on the closing night. Of course, this is optional, and as long as you enjoy the yoga, activities and nature we surround ourselves with, do as you please.

 

Accommodation & prices

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The accommodations take place in traditional northern Norwegian houses in the immediate vicinity, mostly in double rooms. 


A few single rooms can be available for an extra cost.

We have mostly double rooms with 2 x single beds, a few with double beds and a very few single rooms, so let us know what suits you best.

When registering an entire group, it may be possible to be accommodated together in a shared house, even if the standard for accommodation is rooms in shared houses with shared bathrooms/living rooms/kitchens. Let us know what is desirable when signing up, and we will arrange as best as possible.


REGISTRATION:

  • send email to gry@lotusyoga.no and you will receive e-invoices by mail for the deposit and for the remaining amount.

  • The registration and payment of a deposit is binding

PRICES:

  • Yogaretreat with all meals, activities, goodie bag and double room per person:

total NOK 5000,-

  • Yogaretreat with all meals, activities, goodie bag and single room per person:

total NOK.6000,-

PAYMENT:

  • Payment of a deposit of NOK. 1500,- secures your spot. The deposit is non-refundable.

  • Remaining amount of NOK. 3500,- (double room) or NOK. 4500,-(single room) must be paid by June 10th -22

CANCELLATION:

  • In case of unexpected situations due to corona restrictions that may require us to cancel, the full amount will be refunded.

  • In the event of a participant's illness requiring opt-out, we need a medical note for any refund of the retreat/course fee.

 

ABOUT YOUR GUIDES:


Stacy Seebart (Karuna) and Gry Zakariassen (Gita) will teach yoga twice a day in Valhall, a good and strengthening session every morning, and a softer session in the evening.  All classes will be available for ALL yoga levels.

Both teachers have their main yoga education from the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica.

Their yoga style is creative with music and is based on dynamic yoga, Yoga Flow and Vinyasa Yoga, with touches of Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Kundalini, Self Awakening Yoga(SAY), meditation and more.

In addition, there will be daily sessions of gong relaxation and gong baths where you will experience a sound therapeutic and stress-reducing relaxation. The sound and vibrations of the gong calms your mind and takes you into a deep physical relaxation for your whole body. In this state, the process of loosening blockages begins both mentally, energy wise, emotionally and physically.

Along the way, we may experience a calm but impulsive inner stream of images, memories, words and emotions. For many, this is perceived as a pleasant little journey into themselves through sound.

On days when the weather allows outdoor yoga, we take our yoga mats to Smivollen and practice in the fresh air with a view of the fjord. (Smivollen is the Zakariassens' family farm and is right next to Valhall.)

Tap the link and read more about us here:

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HOW TO GET THERE:


From/To: the nearest airport is Bodø.


For those of you who are not familiar with the Salten district, it´s above the arctic circle in northern Norway. The driving time from Bodø to Hestvika is about 2.5 hours. 

As much as possible, we will help you to communicate with fellow attendee’s opportunities for carpooling between participants.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED:

  • All delicious meals prepared by chefs Espen & Morten

  • Accommodation 

  • All yoga sessions with Gry and Stacy, gong baths and guided walks in nature

  • A swag goodie bag with tumbler and other good stuff❤️

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

  • Travel expenses


What to bring:

  • Bedsheets & towels

  • Swimsuit

  • Clothing suitable for both sunny warm, wet and cold weather, yoga clothes, good shoes for hiking

  • Yoga mat & blanket

  • Mosquito repellent & sunscreen 

  • Any personal medications


Good to know:

  • the local grocery minishop is open Mon-Saturday at daytime 

  • temperature can vary from +9 to +25 celsius

 
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