Epic Iceland Yoga Retreat

Aug 27-Sep 2, 2019 // Epic Iceland Yoga Retreat

WITH Devon Sweeney

THE MAGIC

What's Unique

Join Devon Sweeney to experience the full spectrum of supportive asana practices amongst the adventure and majesty of Iceland. Amidst the days filled with hiking and soaking, we will observe our practice come to life in the elements around us. Through practices that embody earth, fire, air and space – practitioners will experience a progressive evolution through Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga, and Yoga Nidra. As we travel through Iceland, we will feel the inner work of our yoga practice integrate with the sheer wonder of our surroundings. 

Daily practice with Devon in the global heartland of geothermal energy, meditation, hot spring soaks, glacier hikes and the possibility of northern lights will be our foundation for this inspiring journey of inner and outer exploration.  You’ll get a diverse experience in this magical land as we travel to from Reykjavik to the south and then to our favorite destination and what many Icelander’s call the most magical place in Iceland. Plenty of free time and optional trips make this escape customizable to all levels and interests.
THE HEART // We designed this trip to give you a delicious taste of some of Iceland’s most extraordinary wonders, from the glaciers, to the vibrant cozy city, to hot spring pools in the middle of nowhere, our trip is sure to bring wonder into your life.

OUR PROCESS // Did you know that we build all our trips from scratch? To learn more about our process and what goes into the making of a Yogascapes retreat, click here.

 

THE LIFE ON RETREAT

8 Magical Days

Our Iceland Yoga Retreat is designed for people with all levels of yoga and adventure experience. Men, women, couples, best friends, old friends and soon to be new friends. Our goal is to connect as deeply as possible to nature and to the cultural core of this beautiful place. I mean how often do you get to go to Iceland with a group of people that are passionate about such similar things?!

This means we’ll be outside as much as possible, hiking to hot springs, walking in mossy fields (not on the moss), following rivers to see where they take us, climbing glaciers etc. Nothing we do is mandatory but everything we have planned is irresistible. This is not a “luxury yoga retreat” by any means, that’s not why we go to Iceland, but don’t be surprised if you fall in love with all of the charming places we stay, or the healthy food we work hard to find in a country known for it’s fermented shark meat and puffins.

Each day in Iceland is different. We’ll mostly do yoga only once a day, but some days we’ll have the time to do 2 and if the weather is nice we’ll throw in something in nature!

After arriving in Keflavik we’ll head straight to the Blue Lagoon, and then return to Reykjavik for three nights/3 days. Here we’ll soak in the magic of this unique city. We’ll practice yoga at the local studio, eat delicious food, take day trips and explore the music and night life that is so abundant in this fantastic city. This is your time to explore on your own and do any optional excursions of your liking.

From Reykjavik we’ll head to our favorite spot in Iceland, the Snaefellsness peninsula where will hike the magical mossy coastline and take in the place where most Icelanders seek out for its mystical nature and healing power. 

SCHEDULE

AUG 27
7:00am Arrivals
Blue Lagoon Hot Springs
Stay in Reykjavik

AUG 28

Morning Yoga
Glacier Tour
Stay in Reykjavik

AUG 29
Morning Yoga
Free Day in Reykjavik
Stay in Reykjavik

AUG 30
Morning Yoga
Drive to Snaefellsness
Waterfall Hike
Stay at Hotel Hellnar

AUG 31
Morning Yoga
Explore Snaefellsness
Afternoon Yoga
Stay at Hotel Hellnar

Sept 1
Morning Yoga
Explore Snaefellsness
Afternoon Yoga
Stay at Hotel Hellnar

Sept 2
Morning Yoga
Depart for Airport

 

From the Road

Testimonials & Our Story

“The Iceland Trip in a nutshell: Double rainbows and hot springs everywhere, amazing people, one of the best yoga instructors I have ever encountered (Aarona rocks!), great lodging, daily active adventures, and just a darn good time. I went with a friend but would have been comfortable going solo. I would definitely recommend going – one of the best trips of my life!”
“I just returned from a Yogascapes trip to Bali. It was everything they said it would be and more! From the extremely organized planning to the week of fun, I was completely thrilled.  Leah was an amazing host/organizer and made sure everything ran smoothly.
The location was AMAZING.  Naya Ubud was the perfect place for the retreat and was a wonderful home away from home. Many different options (private room, shared room, etc.) made it flexible and comfortable for everyone.  Plenty of free time and terrific organized trips as well as great yoga kept it well balanced.
From the top of the volcano for sunrise to the water temples to a variety of yoga routines, we were exposed to so much! I am looking forward to taking another trip with Yogascapes soon!”

For more testimonials, click here.

YOUR TEACHER

Devon Sweeney

Devon Sweeney (e-ryt 500, yacep) is a student of inner ritual. Her work is offered with the intention of redefining the way the healing power of awareness is accessible in every body. She is a facilitator of the interplay between deep release and the process of building resiliency. She helps to create a setting for students to recognize their intrinsic capacity to evolve and support themselves. Devon’s vinyasa classes are delicately balanced experiences of rhythm and flow, subtle cueing and unique somatic patterning. Asanas become dynamic containers to explore the healing effect of breath and remember our essential guiding intelligence. She is a senior teacher and affiliate trainer for the Samudra Global School of Living Yoga with her teacher Shiva Rea. Over the last 10 years, Devon’s experiences teaching at a variety of festivals, trainings, events, and studio settings, have polished her unique ability to lead group practices with a graceful clarity. Devon has a background in Eastern Religious Studies, social & behavioral psychology, and is a licensed massage therapist.

YOUR HOME

In Iceland

After arriving in Keflavik and visiting the Blue Lagoon, we’ll spend 3 nights at Icelandair Marina Hotel right by the port and easy access to the center of most things in Reykjavik. The rooms and hotel is quirky, fun and very Icelandic.

Then we will journey to the magical Hellnar Hotel for three nights where we’ll explore the mystical coast and sleep, eat, move, heal between the Snaefellsjokul Glacier and the North Atlantic Ocean 

Accommodation will vary, but please see below for some ideas.

THE JOURNEY

Travel Info

Arrivals: The group pick-up from Keflavik Airport will depart promptly by 7:15 am on the first day of the retreat, Aug 27th. This transfer is included. The meet-up spot is Joe & The Juice Cafe, located to the left after immigration and customs. To make that shuttle, you’ll want to land by 6:45 am. If you miss this arrival window, you will be responsible for additional transportation costs. If you arrive before the 25th and would like to meet us at the airport or Blue Lagoon, let us know and we can help you plan.

Departures: IMPORTANT: Please book flights *after 4pm* on Sep 1st. There will be one group drop off in Central Reykjavik and another at the airport.

 

THE BACKBONE

Of Every Yogascapes Retreat

Our mission is to connect people to their deepest purpose/truths, wellbeing and inspiration. We combine vibrant yoga and wellness teachers with incredible guides, local culture, nourishing food, inspiring adventure and a crew of fun-loving people from around the world. Along this journey, you’ll have a Yogascapes Guide supporting you every step of the way, from signing up to helping you on a glacier. 

While every single retreat we create is unique based on the local culture, incredible teachers, the time of year and the environment, every experience is built on the following pillars.

 


 

MOVEMENT &  MEDITATION
Each retreat is filled with a mix of yoga, mantra, mudra, meditation and more. To learn more about the specifics of this retreat, check out the schedule or contact us. 

 

FREE TIME & OPTIONS
When you come on a yogascapes retreat, nothing is mandatory and we build in plenty of time for you to be own your own, to rest more, to explore more, or to be open to whatever shows up. 

 

NOURISHMENT
We love food, period. Delicious, healthy, beautiful, thoughtful food that nourishes the body and inspires the creative soul. Food is where we come together to replenish our bodies and where our community is built.

 

SENSORY EXPLORATION
Traveling is adventure of the senses and we build each trip to open our senses up to the world and be open to the world through our senses.  

 

DEEP LEARNING & INTEGRATION
We believe the experiences that last a lifetime are the ones in which you are learning and integrating what you learn into your life. Our teachers and guides create unique opportunities for deepening and expansion of your practice.

REST AND REJUVENATION
We know that life is overwhelming at times and our nervous systems beg not only for the medicine of adventure, but for deep rest and rejuvenation. A week of quiet nights and deep sleep, time for napping and giving yourself permission to do nothing at all. 

 

ACTIVATING CREATIVITY & PURPOSE
Our mission is to connect people to their purpose by exposing them to practices, people and places that bring out their deepest truths and desires. Each one has the intention to bring you into a deeper connection with yourself and your true gifts. 

 

COMMUNITY & SUSTAINABILITY
Come with no story to defend and no judgement to be had. Meet people who will change your life and/or share in all the ups and downs. Connect to old friends and family in a new way, on a retreat, or when you go back home. Our own healing is the healing of the planet and so we work work with eco-lodges and companies that have similar ethos and missions. 

 

​Giving Back: 2 trees are planted every retreat sign up to help protect our planet and natural resources. At check out, we also offer you the opportunity to give to inspiring local and international projects. Find out more here.

JOIN THE JOURNEY

Aug 27-Sep 2, 2019


HOW TO SAY YES TO A JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME.

STEP 1: Learn all about the trip; the theme, the teachers, the venue, the location, our policies, past photos, etc.
STEP 2: Choose a room below and reserve your spot as soon as you’re ready for early bird prices and best options.
STEP 4: You’ll get a confirmation + 3 emails leading up to your trip preparing you for an amazing adventure.
STEP 5: Drive, fly or boat to meet our team and group in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

ANYTIME:
Write us at help@yogascapes.com or call us at 510-629-9191 if you have any questions about the trip, how to sign up or anything else that comes up along the way.
By reserving your space through placing your deposit with us, you are agreeing to the stated policies in our Agreement. Please read all details below.

INCLUDES

7 Nights/ 8 Days Accommodatin
Healing Hot Spring Visits Including the Blue Lagoon
Delicious Icelandic Cuisine (2-3 daily)
Visit to Myvatn Hot Springs
Daily Yoga Classes
Hot Spring Hike
Airport Pick-up & Drop Off
Flight from Rekjavik to Akureryi
Transportation

Optional spa treatments, whale watching, snorkeling and cave tours and more.

 

Brace yourself, you will be taken to a booking page where you get to choose your specific room.

 

YOUR INVESMENT

Choose Your Room

POLICIES & TERMS

Get Clear Before You Purchase

We encourage those that can’t afford the full price option to sign up early for the lowest price. We strive to maintain a balance between offering our programs to the widest range of participants and running a sustainable and thriving company so that we can continue to create and share our experiences with you. Please inquire about payment plans.  We can split up your payments to make it work, however final payments are due 60 days prior to the start date of your retreat.

By reserving your space through placing your deposit with us, you are agreeing to the stated policies in our Agreement.  Please read in full and please note:

All prices are per/person USD. All bookings include a refundable deposit that is 50% of the total trip cost. Final payments are due 60 days before the start date of the trip to keep your spot secure.

If cancellation (always in writing) takes place within 7 days of booking, 100% of the trip price is refundable including the deposit, unless retreat start date is less than 60 days from booking date.

If cancellation takes place 120 days prior to the retreat start date, any payments made will be refunded within 30 days of cancellation, plus 75% of your deposit.

If cancellation takes place 90 days prior to the retreat start date, any payments made will be refunded within 30 days of cancellation, plus 50% of your deposit.

If cancellation takes place 60 days or less prior to the retreat start date, 100% of the trip price and deposit will be forfeited.

YOGASCAPES reserves the right to make any changes deemed necessary by our team, trip leaders, teachers or partners. In the rare case of a cancellation on the part of YOGASCAPES (due to political unrest, dangerous weather, or low sign-ups)  we will offer a transfer to another trip or a full refund of your funds. We require all participants to purchase travel insurance and highly encourage them to purchase “cancel for any reason” to protect them against the rare chance of cancellation.

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