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“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing” – A Nordic Saying
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’ve anchored this trip around the Sonar Music Festival – chasing the northern lights and the majestic South to start and then returning to Reykjavik to explore the music, art and incredible Icelandic culture.
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 journeying to the enchanting winter wonderland of Snaefellsness Peninsula, 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 and beautiful time in nature.
We’ll then head back to Reykjavik to immerse ourselves in the Icelandic culture. The amount of music and art that comes out of this tiny capital of less than 300,000 people is mind-blowing. We decided to plan around the Sonar Music festival to really experience the creative energy that we love about Reykjavik. This will also be a time for exploring on your own, shopping, going to delicious restaurants, reading & writing, in cafes, soaking in hot tubs and enjoying this quaint european city.
For most of his life, Trevor Exter has been a professional singer and cellist with his own approach to all aspects of composing, songwriting, producing, performing and touring. He makes music for nighthawks and dreamers, mixing acoustic pop, American soul and restless rock energy with an itinerant vision all his own. You may have seen him with De La Guarda, Steve Kimock Crazy Engine, James McBride’s Good Lord Bird Band, DJ Tasha Blank, his band XVSK, the Wanderlust festival and Broadway’s “Waitress” band. Find him at www.trevorexter.com.
Kerri is the founder of CTZNWELL, an emerging movement to mobilize people into a powerful force for wellbeing for all. She spent seven years as Executive Director of the non-profit Off the Mat, Into the World and is currently board chair. She is relentless in her commitment to elevating leaders, groups and projects to next-level social change makers through her work with The Catalyst Collective, an innovative consultancy designed for mission-based individuals, groups, and organizations that want to be successful and make a difference in the world.
Kerri Kelly is a force of nature. She is a skilled yoga teacher, motivating students to effect change in their lives. She’s a fierce coach, whose ability to turn ideas into purpose and action is a gift. And she plays big; straddling the mindfulness and political worlds, so that the social change makers—the visionaries—she works with can mobilize and organize effectively.
Kerri was on the fast track in the marketing world until 9/11 hit, when she lost her stepdad, a NYC fireman. That was the wake up call that got Kerri off the “should” path and into purpose. To her surprise, yoga was the most powerful source of healing and transformation during that time. She took the leap and has been on a crusade ever since to elevate wellbeing and help others discover their greatest potential.
Kerri is recognized across communities for her inspired work to bridge transformational practice with social change and politics. She’s been instrumental in translating the tools of wellbeing into practical application and social action in the public sector, working in collaboration with community organizers, spiritual leaders and policy makers. She is a commitment to personal transformation that leads to powerful social change.
To learn more about Kerri Kelly and her work in the world go to thecatalystcollective.com.
This is a moving yoga retreat that starts with a grounding night at the Silica Hotel at the Blue Lagoon followed by two nights staying at Budir Hotel and then three nights in the Icelandair Reykjavik Marina Hotel.
Our accommodation is comfortable and cozy. The food is authentic and nourishing. The locations are spectacular!
We offer three payment options based when you sign up! 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 however final payments are due at least 45 days prior to the start date of your retreat.
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