Northern Lights in Iceland

FEB 10-17, 2019 // Yoga, Food, Nature, Hot Springs & More

WITH Jason Bowman

THE MAGIC

What's Unique

Yoga, Northern Lights, Hot Springs, Glaciers, Icelanders will tell you that winter is the most breathtaking time to visit their awe-inspiring country.  The beauty of Iceland is not only found in it’s raw otherworldly nature, but in the unique and creative culture that bleeds out of Reykjavik. – We will spend one night at the Blue Lagoon, three days in Reykjavik and then chase the northern lights and and hot springs in the North!

The 2017 & 2018 retreats sold out with a 50 person waiting list, so don’t wait! If you’re looking to go to Iceland a different time of year, please visit our other Iceland Retreats.

adventure  greentriangle2  hiking, waterfalls, glaciers, hot springs, icebergs
nourishment  greentriangle2  local icelandic food
home  greentriangle2  moving retreat in the south of iceland
spirit  greentriangle2  vinyasa flow & more
what’s unique  greentriangle2  seeing the northern lights in this extremely magical place

THE HEART // The Northern Lights are on most people’s bucket lists for good reason, they are absolutely breathtaking and theirs trip, while designed so that it will be spectacular even if we dont’ see them, will maximize our chances to witness nature at it’s best. Last year we saw 3 nights in a row of spectacular Northern Lights and we’ll be going back to the exact same place at the exact same time to try to repeat the feat!

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 in February 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?!

There’s no where else in the world where the culture and the people are such clear reflections of the magnificent nature that surrounds them. As Iceland embraces you it teaches that we are not just trying to be one with nature, but that we are nature itself. The beauty of a yoga retreat is the attention given this concept of embodying our own nature and there’s no better teacher than the young but wise, Iceland.

On this journey we’ll pulse between diving deeply into the most magnificent and powerful parts of Iceland and the most magnificent and powerful parts of the human experience.  We’ll start by exploring Reykjavik, and journey south, then head north into the enchanting winter wonderland with the ultimate goal of seeing the Northern Lights and joining together as a small supportive community coming from around the world. While our heads will be tilted up to the magic of the sky our bodies will begin to ground in the earth with wonderful yoga classes.  We’ll take it a step further and sink into the healing and unique waters of the hot springs and awe inspiring glaciers.

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!

SCHEDULE

FEBRUARY 10
7:00am Arrivals
Hot Springs
Stay at Silica/Ion or similar Hotel

FEBRUARY 11
Morning & Afternoon Yoga
Transfer to Reykjavik
Free Day in Reykjavik to Explore
Stay at Iceland Marina or similar

FEBRUARY 12
Morning Yoga
Afternoon Glacier Tour
Stay at Iceland Marina or similar

FEBRUARY 13
Morning Yoga & Afternoon Yoga
Free Day in Reykjavik to Explore
Stay at Iceland Marina or similar

FEBRUARY 14
Transfer to Ravenhill
Day Free to Explore Reykjavik or do Optional Activities
Afternoon Yoga
Stay at Ravenhill 

FEBRUARY 15
Morning Yoga  & Afternoon Yoga
Visit to Myvatn Hot Springs
Stay at Ravenhill 

FEBRUARY 16
Morning Yoga  & Afternoon Yoga
Free day for soaking in the last of Iceland
Optional visit to Kaldi Beer Spa
Stay at Ravenhill 

FEBRUARY 17
Return Transfer
Departures for Reykjavik & Airport

From the Road

Testimonials & Our Story

“I just returned from my trip to Iceland with YOGASCAPES. It was an other wordly experience. Ben, Aarona and the people of iceland exceeded my expectations I am so impressed with this organization and hope to join in on another retreat soon.”

“This was my first retreat with Yogascapes and it far exceeded my expectations! The breathtaking location, the wine tasting, the delicious food, everything was just fabulous.”

“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!”

For more testimonials, click here.

YOUR TEACHER

Jason Bowman

Jason Bowman is a writer and yoga teacher in San Francisco. His practice and teaching have been greatly influenced by Ashtanga Yoga as he’s learned it from Richard Freeman and Maty Ezraty and Vipassana Meditation as he’s learned it from SN Goenka.  He has completed several trainings and silent retreats as well as years of practice with all three teachers.  The impression they’ve left can be felt in his strong ability to teach the physical practice alongside the philosophical with insight and character.

Jason has excelled in teaching teachers and providing continuing education to various yoga communities. He has led several Yoga Alliance Certified teacher trainings as well as regular immersions, workshops, retreats and guest lecture series both at home and around the country. He is well known for his ability to be thorough while maintaining a light-hearted sense of humor.  His classes encourage a personal examination of the space between theory and direct experience and his love for the practice shines through in his ability to teach with a concrete yet creative voice.  Jason has a keen eye for detail and his classes are consistently fun and challenging while always in tune with the underlying internal inquiry that makes the practice so beautiful.

YOUR HOME

Glacier Lagoon, Reykjavik, Ion Hotel

After arriving in Keflavik and visiting the Blue Lagoon, we’ll spend 3 nights going deeper at Glacier Lagoon Hotel. We’ll dive deep into the geothermal and glacier landscape that Iceland is so known for.

Then we’ll spend 2 nights in Reykjavik in hand selected private apartments! 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.

Then we will journey to the magical Ion hotel for two nights where we’ll soak in their beautiful pool and surround ourselves in the quiet of the Icelandic nature. Hike to Hot Springs, discover waterfalls, eat bread baked in the ground, and launch our wonderful retreat at this breathtaking venue.

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

THE JOURNEY

Travel Info

Welcome to Iceland! You’ll be flying into Keflavik Airport which is about 45 minutes south of Reykjavik. Most flights arrive in the morning and so we will begin our journey with you then. Don’t worry, everyone will have pretty much taken the same overnight flight and need a day to catch up on sleep!

We will be taking a domestic flight on the 14th up north, and returning on the 17th with plenty of time to catch the evening flight from Keflavik. We do suggest staying an extra night if you would rather take one of the morning flights depending on your destination.

There will be a shuttle departing Keflavik Airport around 7 am on the 10th and we will determine exact departure as the trip gets closer and we get everyone’s travel info. Our bus will also be providing transportation back to Keflavik Airport on February 17th and we require that you book flights after 5pm on the 17th so we can bring everyone together. 

Airport: KEF – Keflavik
Group Arrival Time on February 10th  –  before 7am. 
Departure Time: After 12pm on February 17th
Transfer Cost Outside of designated times: A LOT

 

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

February 10-17, 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
Visit to Myvatn Hot Springs up North
Delicious Icelandic Cuisine
Daily Yoga Classes
Glacier Hike in the South
Optional Visit to Kaldi Beer Spa

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 INVESTMENT

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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