Expanding Into Space | August 22-27, 2021

A Mindfulness & Astronomy Retreat

Hotel Walserhuus | Davos Sertig

from 1349 CHF | 5 Nights | English

Immerse yourself in a dazzling Alpine landscape and star-studded night skies! This unique experience combines healing movement and meditation practices with astronomy and astrophotography to guide you into presence and stillness. Dive into a vast universe and explore your inner space in the context of outer space.

Throughout time, people have found peace, pleasure, and perspective by looking up at the stars. Not only has the night sky fueled our stories and dreams – we are quite literally made of star-stuff. Stargazing and a deeper understanding of the cosmos are a wonderful addition to any contemplative practice. Expand your awareness with mindful hikes and bespoke meditations in vast open spaces. Become aware of the Moon’s phases and the seasonal patterns of the stars, learn how our universe came to be, challenge your imagination with mind-boggling concepts like string theory and the quantum field.

Join us on this journey of expanding into space. Become familiar with the night sky and deepen your meditation practice. Astronomy and astrophotography will be taught in a hands-on, interactive way. Whenever the weather allows for it, we will spend our evenings outdoors appreciating the night sky with professional telescopes and astrophotography equipment. During bespoke meditation sessions you will learn how to incorporate what lies beyond into your daily contemplative practice. Spend your days exploring the vast Alpine landscape, connecting to nature, dissolving boundaries and expanding your awareness. 

I’m incredibly excited and deeply grateful to be hosting this very special retreat together with my amazing husband Ben Moore, Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Zurich, avid astrophotographer and author of several popular science books, covering the history of our universe and our moon and expanding our understanding of what lies beyond. Ben is not only a renowned scientist and researcher, but also has a gift of explaining the cosmos in an entertaining and understandable way. He has recently hosted a series of highly popular and notoriously sold out late night shows at Kosmos in Zurich, spent six months as Scientist in Residence at the Rietberg Museum and is a regular speaker at events both on- and offline. Ben will be giving talks on various topics, explaining the equipment and introducing us to the night sky. There will also be ample time for you to ask him any questions you might have about the universe.

Programme

Sunday. August 22

from 15.00 Arrival
17.00 Welcome Circle and introduction
18.30 Dinner
After dinner: We will plan our evenings according to the weather. Stargazing, walking meditation, astrophotography, Yoga Nidra, discussions, contemplations and journaling will all enrich your experience.

Monday, August 23 – Thursday, August 26

8.00 Mindful morning movement & meditation
9.30 Breakfast
You can spend your day at your own leisure or accompany us on mindful hikes of nature appreciation, mountain meditation and heartfelt community.
17.00 Pre-dinner talk and contemplation
18.30 Dinner
After dinner: We will plan our evenings according to the weather. Stargazing, walking meditation, astrophotography, Yoga Nidra, discussions, contemplations and journaling will all enrich your experience.

Friday, August 27

8.00 Mindful morning movement & meditation
9.30 Breakfast
10.30 Closing Circle
Departure

Accommodation & Prices

The Walserhuus hotel, located at the end of the peaceful and picturesque Sertig valley on 1860 metres and surrounded by mountain peaks, is the ideal place to find inner peace, connect with nature and listen to your own needs. Its newly renovated rooms with their Swiss pine wood furniture and decor are cosy, rustic and modern at the same time. No matter which room you sleep in – expect to hear nothing but the sound of the river at night, and enjoy magnificent views in all directions.

Retreat for one in a Superior Double Room with outdoor jacuzzi and terrace for single use: 1799 CHF
Retreat for two, sharing a Superior Double Room with outdoor jacuzzi and terrace: 1549 CHF per person
Retreat for one in a Double Room with terrace for single use: 1549 CHF
Retreat for two, sharing a Double Room with terrace: 1349 CHF
Retreat for one in a Double Room (no terrace) for single use: 1349 CHF

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.

PREREQUISITES

No previous astronomy or meditation background is expected. You will take home not only tons of astronomy and meditation knowledge but a personal connection to the night sky and a deep appreciation of the cosmos, both within and without.

If you choose to accompany us during the day, please be aware that some of our hikes may reach elevations of over 2500m, and require appropriate gear and good stamina, as well as some experience with Alpine hiking trails. You should be surefooted and free from giddiness to participate in the hikes. However, participation in the daytime activities is not mandatory, and you can always choose to spend the day at your own leisure.

Please note that this retreat will be guided in English only

Included:

  • 5 nights at the Walserhuus Hotel
  • 5 breakfasts & 5 three-course dinners
  • tea & coffee in the seminar room
  • daily meditation, contemplation and mindful movement
  • meditation instruction and discussion
  • talks on astronomy and astrophysics
  • evening stargazing and astrophotography whenever the weather allows for it
  • mindful hikes around the Sertig valley
  • Davos Klosters guest card

Not included in the price:

  • Journey to/from Davos Sertig
  • Lunches
  • Drinks with dinner
  • Anything not listed under «included»

Attendance & Booking

This retreat will take place from a minimum number of 5 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 until June 22, 2021. All services are subject to the terms and conditions of rinneke gmbh.
COVID-19 CANCELLATION POLICY & SAFETY MEASURES: We have temporarily adjusted our cancellation policy – please click here to learn more.

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