6-Day Yoga Retreat and Adventure in Iceland with Melissa Smith - June 2017

6-Day Yoga Retreat and Adventure in Iceland with Melissa Smith - June 2017


SUMMARY

Come prepared to let go of routine and explore the natural wonder that is Iceland, a holiday unlike any other. This retreat will be a genuine respite from the world and help you dive into the the transformative power of travel and retreating.

  • START DATE: June 4, 2017
  • END DATE: June 10, 2017
  • PRICE: $3,195
  • LOCATION: Reykjavík, Iceland


DETAILS

Discover your best holiday yet while exploring the beauty in Iceland!
Come prepared to let go of routine and explore the natural wonder that is Iceland, a holiday unlike any other. This retreat will be a genuine respite from the world and help you dive into the the transformative power of travel and retreating.

The raw and fierce beauty of Iceland is awe inspiring. The volcanic power that continues to form this island is palatable in the hum of Reykjavik and in the echoes of ageless glaciers and exploding geysers. Hot water for your tea? Hot shower water in your room? Yup, all geo-thermally heated. Iceland, in all its seasons and facets, is an extraordinary yoga retreat backdrop. From our base in Reykjavik we’ll find the rhythm of the city with multiple escapes to unrivaled natural beauty.

Morning practices will be emulate the beauty around us through a slow-flow Vinyasa Yoga practice, where each of the postures will be felt and held in tune with our breath, finishing with longer held restorative poses and either a delicious Savasana or intention setting Yoga Nidra practice. Some days, walking or seated meditation will also be offered.

After each day’s adventures, we will return to a late afternoon practice that could include some Thai Yoga Massage, luxuriously restful Restorative and Yoga Nidra or a simple meditation.

Through our time together, we will come away with a sense of community, restoration and the ability to see and appreciate the beauty of Iceland with freshly rejuvenated mind, body and heart.
*Schedules will vary slightly based on weather and final itineraries will go out to the travel crew about a month prior to departure. Our schedule above gives you an overall picture of what a week in Iceland will look like.

Optional Excursions

Between yoga, the full days of included excursions and chilling with new friends there is a ton to do on this amazing island. Plug the locals for fun excursions and check out below for additional awesome adventures. Please note that weather does play a part in some of the excursions so yogi flexibility (pun always intended) is always appreciated.

All but two dinners are included so that you can get out and enjoy Reykjavik’s culinary scene which ranges from the traditional to ‘new’ traditional to international and to raw. We highly recommend popping into Glo. These guys to raw, vegetarian, chicken and soup organic every day and pride themselves on sourcing locally. All locations are walkable from our home base and definitely worth the stroll.

The options are an additional cost but there is more than enough fun and quirky adventure to be had by strolling Reykjavik or hopping on a bike from the hotel. In particular, a trip to the top of the Hallgrímskirkja offers unbeatable views and can help you spot your next destination: Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur, also known as ‘the best hot dog in town’. Hot dogs are something of a national obsession, so if you’re willing, it’s definitely something to scratch off your ‘to do’ list…See all the choices here on Optional Exertions.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Slow flow vinyasa morning yoga with Melissa
  • Deliciously relaxing evening yoga with Melissa
  • Full day guided tour of Iceland’s famous Golden Circle
  • Gullfoss’ natural gorgeousness
  • Geysir natural spring (time-able water eruptions and a good indication of what’s going on below!)
  • Thingvellir’s cultural and historic past
  • Science, history and more natural beauty than you can shake and elf at (Icelandic “ha”)
  • Spectacular Icelandic whale watching
  • Foodie walking tour of Reykjavik
  • Bring your sense of fun and adventure as you adventure-nibble your way through a Reykjavik orientation
  • Morning guided caving tour
  • Afternoon excursion and soak to the Blue Lagoon
  • Comfort lux accommodations
  • Full buffet breakfast daily
  • Four full dinners (vegetarian and non-vegetarian options)
  • Transportation to and from Keflavik (KEF) airport
  • Free wifi
  • Iceland Waterfalls

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to Iceland
  • Lunches
  • Two dinners
  • Additional excursions
  • Alcohol or items of a personal nature/souvenirs
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Gratuities


ITINERARY

Day 1

Early (very early for most of us) morning arrival in Iceland

Transfer to Reykjavik (approx 1hr) and drop bags off at our hotel

Rejuvenate with a full breakfast (coffee!) and take a few moments to relax

Head out for a walking foodie tour of Reykjavik

Get your bearings and a gastronomical tour of this eaty-eclectic country

Play in downtown or stroll back and check in to your room

Evening de-plane and welcome yoga class

Group welcome dinner

Day 2
Early morning yoga and big (big) buffet breakfast
Grab a layer or two, camera and your sunnies for a full day locally guided Golden Circle adventure
Gullfoss’ (the ‘Golden Falls’) natural and massive gorgeousness
Geysirand Stokkur’s natural spring eruptions
Thingvellir- Iceland’s national shrine and World Heritage Site
Science, history and more natural beauty than you can shake and elf at (Icelandic “ha”)
Head back for early evening yoga
Chill down evening group dinner

Day 3
Morning yoga and group buffet breakfast
Free day to explore at your leisure
Walk into downtown to explore
Head out to see the countryside on an Icelandic horse
Book a day trip to the south coast
Check out the Iceland Phallological Museum (yup, seriously)
Early evening yoga and head out for dinner or stay in and chill

Day 4
Early morning yoga and group buffet breakfast
Get your grubbies on for caving and a swimsuit bag and towel for the Blue Lagoon
Explore the amazing aesthetics of Iceland’s caves and prepare to get your spelunking on
After a morning of caving set off to the Blue Lagoon to soak it all out, off and in
Head back rejuvenated for early evening yoga
Enjoy an evening together with a group dinner

Day 5
Early morning yoga and breakfast at the hotel
Head out on the water for whale watching
Get ready for up close and personal as we hop on rib boats (smaller, on-the-water boats) to meet the natives
Possible Minke, Humpback whale or White-beaked dolphin sightings
Decompress before early evening yoga and head out for dinner or stay in and chill

Day 6
Early morning yoga and breakfast at the hotel
Last day to take in Reykjavik, sample the local cuisine and get your puffin stuffie
Early evening yoga class and closing circle
Final group dinner

Day 7
Depending on your flight time it’s up for breakfast, hugs and goodbyes
Transfer to KEF and shuffle through a week’s awesome memories while waiting to board!

ABOUT MELISSA

Melissa embodies all things yoga and holds true to her personal belief in moksha (freedom). She is truly an example of living life! Her philosophy of teaching to the body in front of you, rather than from a memorized script, is what she believes is one of the key ingredients to cultivating authenticity as a teacher along with being present and practice, practice, practice. She began teaching Group Fitness in 1991 while attending Texas A&M. After a Marketing degree and an adventurous corporate career, she took time off to be a Mom of 2 spunky and resilient boys. She has lived and traveled all over the US, in Asia (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), and most recently resides in Calgary, Alberta Canada. Her 200-RYT (350 hours) is from Inspyrayoga in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2005 where Melissa specialized in pre/post natal for over 3 years.

Melissa has grown her practice and training by earning her 500-ERYT and blogging about her experiences as a student and teacher. She currently travels between Texas, Calgary and Asia, leading teacher trainings and immersions, specializing in Restorative Yoga and Sustainable-therapeutically based Yoga. She's also a level 2 certified AcroYoga Teacher. Melissa’s in depth Thai Massage Training began in 2009. Studying from several Thai masters, she has completed more than 500 hours of studies to date, and she continues her studies throughout the year. 

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