Awaken Your Senses | July 11-16, 2021

«I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order» – John Burroughs

Hotel Medelina | Curaglia

From 1399 CHF | 5 Nights | English & German

When was the last time you touched the Earth with your hands? When did you last let your gaze wander over mountain peaks, rub that tree’s bark, smell the damp moss? When did you last open up to pure awareness, your felt sense? When did you last have this untainted, pure experience of being alive, without likes, dislikes and judgement?

Join me on a sensory journey in the beautiful Val Medel. Reconnect with your Self as you take in the stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Enjoy the serenity and tranquility of this unique little hotel haven and let our lovely hosts pamper you with delicious meals from local produce. Throughout our retreat, you will awaken, stimulate and become aware of each of your five senses through mindful movement, breathwork, meditation and carefully crafted excursions.

Our senses only know the present moment. We can’t hear the future or taste the past. Whichever sense you choose to observe, it will always point you towards what’s happening right now.

Connect to your breath and your body. Relish the feeling of the Alpine wind blowing over your skin, listen to birdsong as never before, rub pine needles between your fingers to release their scent. Take one step at a time, feel your foot touch down, follow your breath. Feel the harmony of nature without, and let it settle within.

  • Connect with nature in a whole new way by engaging all your senses
  • Experience yoga through your FELT SENSE and gain a deeper experience of the practice
  • Enjoy six days of true self-care and holistic embodiment
  • Enhance your hikes with bespoke ‘sensory hike cards’
  • Test your sixth sense on a crystal hunt with a local mountain guide
  • Challenge your senses on a twilight walk
  • Cultivate a sense of wonder by looking up at the night sky, both with your own eyes and through a telescope

Programme

Sunday, July 11

12.00 Arrival & lunch at the hotel
13.30 Welcome circle and mindful walk along the ‘Senda dils senns’ (trail of the senses)
17.00 Practice
18.30 Dinner

Monday-Wednesday, July 12-14

7.00 Morning walk & outdoor meditation to awaken your senses
8.30 Practice
10.30 Brunch

Sensory hike: Explore the beautiful and untouched nature of the Val Medel with all your senses. We set out with our bespoke sensory hike cards, designed to engage our awareness and experience nature in a new and profound way.
Hikes will typically be about 3 hours long, and you’ll have time to rest and relax in your room before our afternoon practice.

17.00 Practice
18.30 Dinner

Additional evening activity on Tuesday (or whenever the weather allows for it): Twilight walk & stargazing
Experience a nature walk in the fading evening light by using sight, touch, taste, sound, and smell, and get a chance to observe the beauty of the night sky, both with your eyes and through a telescope.

Thursday, July 15

7.30 Breakfast

Crystal Hunting with a local mountain guide
The hotel will provide us with a lunch package

14.00 Return to the hotel – ME time
17.00 Practice
18.30 Dinner

Friday, July 16

7.00 Morning walk & outdoor meditation to awaken your senses
8.30 Practice & closing circle
10.30 Brunch
Time to say goodbye…

Please note: Some of our activities depend on the weather, and our programme may have to be changed at short notice and according to the weather conditions.

Accommodation & Prices

The ‚Medelina‘ is located on the upper edge of the village of Curaglia in the Val Medel (a side valley of the Surselva), with a view of the village, the valley and the surrounding peaks. Owners Livia Werder and Rico Tuor, together with their team, have created this Alpine gem in 2017 and filled it with their love and heartfelt hospitality.
Local architect Conrad Pally has converted the former retirement home into an airy chalet hotel, using wood and rock from the region, assembled by local craftsmen. The hotel’s rooms reflect the landscape and culture of the Val Medel. Each room is dedicated to a nature theme, traditional craft or local culture.
In the Medelina’s restaurant ‚marenda‘ you will be pampered with culinary delicacies, and its library ‚egliada‘ gives insights into the diverse stories of the valley and the region. The spacious ‚arcun‘ on the hotel’s ground floor makes a perfect yoga shala. All double rooms in the hotel are equipped with private en suite bathrooms and balconies.
Dinners at the Medelina are informal gatherings at the restaurant’s long wooden tables. The hotel’s specialties are rooted in local tradition, and the chef works closely with local farmers and producers.

Retreat in a Double Room with private bathroom and balcony SINGLE USE: 1599 CHF
Retreat in a Double Room with private bathroom and balcony FOR TWO: 1399 CHF p.p.


Please note that we don’t sell single spots in shared double rooms. Shared rooms are only available for couples/friends/siblings etc. who carry out their booking together.

Included in the price:

  • 5 nights in a charming double room with balcony at Hotel Medelina
  • Twice daily bespoke practice with a focus on sensory awareness – asana, pranayama & meditation
  • Daily breakfast/brunch & three-course dinner, made with LOVE and local products (vegetarian & non-vegetarian options available)
  • Hike along the ‘Senda dils senns’
  • 4 morning walks with outdoor meditation
  • 3 mindful hikes in and around the Val Medel
  • Crystal hunting with a local mountain guide
  • Twilight walk and stargazing
  • Welcome & closing ceremonies
  • Lunch on Sunday & lunch package on Thursday
  • Water, tea, fruit & snacks at the shala

Not included in the price:

  • Journey to/from Curaglia
  • Drinks with dinner
  • Anything not listed under «included»

Yoga & General Fitness

Drawing from classical Hatha Yoga, somatic movement, Yin Yoga, and embodiment practices, our asana sessions will be deep and gentle. Centered around mindfulness, awareness and sensory attention, I invite you to peel away the layers, step into the field of the felt sense and let go of dogmatic concepts.
Classes are all-level, and no prior yoga experience is required.

Our hikes will take us along mountain trails. To participate in the daytime activities, you must be surefooted and free from giddiness, and have enough stamina to walk for 3-4 hours at higher elevation.

Attendance & Booking

This retreat will take place from a minimum number of 6 participants, regardless of the weather conditions.
Your spot can only be confirmed after we have received your deposit of 400 CHF. This deposit in non-refundable. The remaining payment is due no later than 60 days before the start of your retreat. All services are subject to the terms and conditions of rinneke gmbh.

Sign up here!