When I created Swiss Yoga Retreats a few years ago, I had a dream. To welcome and host YOU in my beautiful mountain haven. To share and connect, to dive deep into the practice, to immerse in nature. Since then, I’ve welcomed more than a hundred of you – and I’ve loved every single moment of it.
But things have changed. Yoga retreats are ten a penny nowadays, my inbox and social media are constantly getting flooded with ever more goddess empowerments, magical journeys and transformational immersions.
And so I struggled recently. I struggled to see myself competing in this rapidly growing market, I struggled to see what more I could offer, I struggled to see my uniqueness.
I thought about giving up on hosting retreats altogether. My social media dried out – you might have noticed.
Then I took a break. I flew to Bali, sat down and got quiet. And while my trip was in many ways not what I had been looking for, it set off a process inside me. It taught me a lot about what I am not – and through that I learned to see what I am and what I have to offer.
I can’t empower you to be a goddess (only you can). I won’t raise your Kundalini or open your Chakras (though I like to use such concepts as tools), I won’t make you ecstatically dance through a room or forest (though this can be very liberating), I don’t feel any ancestral Karma or the presence of spirits, and I certainly don’t have any supernatural powers.
What I can offer is my practice. I can offer you my LOVE and my presence. I can take you outside and share the smell of pines, the sound of a waterfall, the sweat of a tough ascent, the birdsong, the crackling fire, the deep breaths and the stillness of morning Sadhana, the power of a path that profoundly transformed my life: Yoga.
It’s not the fancy poses, not the funky spiritual labels and tag lines, not the pandemonium of superstitions that keep drawing me back to the practice. It’s awareness and presence, stillness and discipline, a deep awe of nature and the universe and the elevating experience of everything being interconnected and intertwined. This is the Yoga that I practice, and this is all that I can offer and share.
If this calls to you, join me. The July weekend is already fully booked, but I’m offering a second weekend in August – at Chalet Berghof in the Sertig valley, a place with so much natural magic that you won’t miss the supernatural. If you want to dive deeper – into nature, into the practice – I offer a five-nighter at the amazing Walserhuus from August 18-23, and I’d love to welcome you.
The website got a makeover – I invite you to take a look. And I will be sharing more on there (and on social media) soon: thoughts, practices, little tidbits of inspiration, book recommendations – and of course a whole bunch of carefully curated retreats for 2020 (I’m working hard on those, please bear with me). Watch that space.
For now, let me close with two quotes that recently resonated with me – and a personal note.
«At the deepest level, there is no giver, no gift and no recipient… only the universe rearranging itself.» –Jon Kabat-Zinn
«When we recognize our place in an immensity of light-years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual.» –Carl Sagan
Nature is my temple
The mountains are my church
I worship the sky
And bow to the Earth
We are all unique, we are all the same.
This post was originally published as my May Newsletter on April 28.