Apr 29 - May 3, 2017
Apr 29 - May 3, 2017
MINDFUL MOVEMENT - Enjoy the spring in the land of FIRE & ICE on this magical Icelandic adventure!
GIVE BACK RETREAT
This retreat is part of our GIVE BACK initiative, where EPM will donate at least 10% of profits to a humanitarian partner in the community where each retreat is held.
Our home for the week will be a nordic adventure in the hub of the Icelandic culture and capital city of Reykjavik. We'll stay at a beautiful certified "green" spa hotel in the center and get a wonderful relaxing welcome to this amazing country where we'll have front row seats to the food, art, and history of the "land of fire and ice".
The completely renovated four-star Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura embodies the spirit of Reykjavik with a nature-and-wellness theme. This retreat includes upgraded “Art Rooms”, as well as access to an executive lounge, daily spa passes, and are decorated with beloved and distinguished Icelandic artists. Enjoy samples of their art, biographies, and artist’s pictures on display. The Art rooms are tastefully decorated and offer all the amenities you would expect.
The Soley Natura Spa is an on-premises high class facility featuring Iceland's only indoor hotel geothermal spa pool, Finnish saunas, fitness facilities, and spa treatments. With the unique proximity to Reykjavik’s wooded areas of Oskjuhlid Hill, guests of the Icelandair Reykjavik Natura Hotel can take advantage of the walking & cycling paths to explore the surrounding lava and seacoast landscapes, see a man-made geyser, and take a dip in a warmed lagoon of the North Atlantic or soak in a relaxing thermal hot tub at the Nautholsvik thermal beach (activities operate May - August).
Healthful, vegetarian food is part of the retreat experience, including breakfast and dinner daily, as well as selected lunches. We've carefully chosen delicious and fresh meals from renowned restaurants and chefs which will give guests an expansive experience of the cuisine. Our dinners will include a few multi-course tasting menus at the hotel's Satt restaurant emphasizing honest, healthy, and delicious Icelandic food, or at restaurants in the city.
Our day trips will allow us to experience the many unique landscapes and activities that this area has to offer. We will take a tour through Iceland's famous Golden Circle which will include the three primary stops on the route: the national park Þingvellir, the waterfall Gullfoss (meaning "golden falls"), and the geothermally active valley of Haukadalur, which contains the geysers Geysir and Strokkur. Though Geysir has been inactive for a long time, Strokkur, on the other hand, continues to erupt at every 5-10 minutes interval. We will also spend a day in the captial city of Reykjavik to explore some sites, take a walking tour, had have some free-time to shop, see more of the Icelandic design, or relax before our dinner in town! A day in the village of Hveragerði will allow guests to see more of this thermal water captial and even visit various sites and thermal parks. Plus a drive to the sites of the Southern Shore, including the waterfalls, glaciers, volcanos, and black sand beaches is on the itinerary. And a trip to Iceland wouldn't be complete without a day at the Blue Lagoon with its healing waters, silica masks, unparalleled views, and overall spa experience!
Daily meditation and yoga classes will be offered in a way to relax, stimulate, and help guests grow in their own personal practice. Classes are open to all levels, beginner to practiced, and can range from gentle, restorative, and more vigorous vinyasa flow and ashtanga styles.* Style and class levels will be determined and moulded to fit participating students' needs, and with a small intimate retreat class size, students will be able to get personalized attention and comfortability to deeply explore their practice. Classes will be held in a dedicated indoor private yoga space. During “Mindful Movement” retreats, there will be an emphasis on deepening the meditation practice throughout the week with various techniques being introduced.
“Mindful Movement” retreats will be facilitated by EPM’s collaborator, Jen Carter. Jen holds advanced yoga and meditation instructor certifications from New York City yoga studios Pure Yoga, Yoga Vida, and It’s Yoga based in San Francisco. She also maintains a daily meditation practice, and she views her purpose in life is to share the beauty and ease of that practice. Jen’s classes are crafted to challenge her students but also to make it easy for them to incorporate both asana and meditation into their daily lives back at home. She sees EAT.PRAY.MOVE as an amazing opportunity to explore new lands and culture while simultaneously exploring new levels within.
* Participation in classes and activities is optional throughout the retreat. All levels welcome!
DETAILS / PRICING
- 5 days / 4 nights (April 29 - May 3, 2017)
- Inclusive Retreat Price = $2,995 shared room, $3,495 single room (we match guests up based on profile if traveling alone and choosing shared room option)
- Deposit to hold space = $900
- Max # Guests = 12
** Final balance due 45 days before retreat start date.
Read full cancellation policy in our Terms & Conditions.
- Hotel accommodation (spacious bedrooms each with private bathrooms, linens)
- Daily Breakfast and Dinner
- Selected lunches
- Airport Transfers
- Transportation to/from day trips
- Daily meditation and yoga classes
- Use of hotel amenities (pools, spas, etc.)
- Tour guide on various day trips
- Entrance fees to Blue Lagoon and other sites
- Tour of Golden Circle
- Sites and walking tour in Reykjavik
- Greenhouse and Icelandic Horse farm visit with lunch
- Thermal spa visit with Rye Bread demo and dinner
* airfare not included
** all meals are vegetarian. special dietary restrictions can be accommodated
- Guided Tour of Golden Circle (Geysir, Gullfoss, Thingvellir National Park)
- Day in Reykjavik (walking tour, sites, dinner, shopping, freetime)
- Day at Blue Lagoon
- Visit to Hveragerði village and thermal spa
- Greenhouse and Icelandic horse farm visit
- Airport = Keflavik Airport (KEF), Reykjavik's major international airport
- Transfers will be provided to/from airport on start and end of retreat
Besides the basic packing and travel needs, here are a few things to think about bringing with you.
- Bathing suit (on-site pool, spa)
- Yoga clothes
- Personal yoga props (blocks, straps, etc.)
- Plug adaptors / converters
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Rain jacket