This retreat is my dream come true! To bring all the people I love and adore to one of my favourite places on earth to play together in nature and fill up on the glorious prana of the mountains. Blissed and blessed is how I'm feeling about this retreat and I so hope you'll be able to join me for this 'friends only' long weekend.
I'm combining two of my great loves - yoga and mountains and will be guiding you along side my dear friend Philippe, a qualified Swiss mountain guide, professional environmentalist and husband to one of my best friends.
Our base for this long weekend is the incredible 5 star Chalet Ulysse located in the beautiful Winkelmatten area of Zermatt. Our days will be topped and tailed with soul filled, nature inspired yoga and meditation and on Friday and Saturday we'll have the benefit of Philippe's expert guidance as we hike the mountains and valleys and fill up on stunning Swiss alp views and crisp, clean Zermatt air.
This part of world takes my breath away every time I visit and I always feel like my eyes and heart aren't quite big enough to take in all that our incredible planet has to offer. I hope so much to be able to share this awe and reverence for nature with you during this time together and to inspire you to find ways to bring more prana and life force into your own lives.
IS THIS RETREAT FOR YOU?
Yes yes and absolutely yes! This is an all levels retreat for all my incredible friends who feel a deep yearning to reconnect with nature, with themselves and with a group of like minded and inspiring human beings. Both the yoga and the mountain hiking have options so that you can choose what's right for you in the moment and maximise your very own prana and life force. This retreat is literally the catalyst for whatever it is you need over this long weekend, the container to reconnect, the opportunity to refresh and come back to the very essence of who you are are.
Yes this is a friends only retreat but that doesn't mean we skimp on luxury and I want to make sure you are all treated to a spectacular weekend that will breed connections of a life time and memories that live in all our hearts for years after. With this in mind I'll make sure you're fully covered on the yoga front for peace of body, mind and spirit with six yoga classes throughout the weekend.
Philippe will accompany us on two day hikes on Friday and Saturday and share his skilled knowledge of local flora and fauna as we traverse the mountain paths around Zermatt.
As always with a Pranarama Retreat I want to make sure you are well fed and filled up with prana fuelled food to keep you feeling fabulous throughout our time together. Nourishing vegetarian meals will be provided from Thursday evening's dinner until Sunday morning's breakfast. The only exception to this is Saturday evening. We'll arrange the aperitif in our chalet garden with Matterhorn views but Saturday night you're on your own to explore all the culinary delights that Zermatt has on offer - we just couldn't deprive you of this experience which is part and parcel of any visit to Zermatt!
Luxury 5 star chalet accommodation is also included. All rooms are on a shared basis either twin beds or a double bed at your request (and depending on who your roommate is!), with full use of all chalet facilities including two kitchens, living rooms (one will become our yoga room during class times) and a large garden with Matterhorn views.
As this is a friends only retreat you're literally paying for what you get with no hidden on costs or extra profit margins. Having lived in Switzerland for six years I know it can be expensive so I wanted to offer this experience in a way which we can all share in the abundance of the moment without worrying about all the hidden extras.
Twin room with shared bathroom (8 places) CHF 723 per person inclusive
Twin room with ensuite bathroom (2 places) CHF 778 per person inclusive
You'll need to get yourself to Zermatt and usually train is the best option here as Zermatt is car free. For those coming from outside Switzerland the costs of the train ticket from Geneva is around CHF 80 one way and CHF 160 for a return ticket. If you purchase your ticket in advance using the SBB mobile app then significant savings can be made by purchasing a Super Saver ticket which offers cheaper options outside peak times. This is great if you have some flexibility in your travel plans.
Saturday night dinner is at your own expense and we've left this open as we realise some of you may be dying for a fondue whilst others will want to haute cuisine it at one of Zermatt's top restaurants. The choice is yours here and the option to do some home cooking yourself at the chalet remains open as well.